Have your ears stopped ringing? Good. Don’t worry, this week the trailers are a lot less noisy. From dragons to drugs, to parenthood and Ballardian class injustice, this week is an eclectic mix of movie trailer goodness.
Let’s start with the dragons or Pete’s Dragon to be precise. Disney, who are seemingly on a mission to remake their animated back catalogue in live action, released the new teaser trailer for the classic tale of Pete and his best friend, Elliot the dragon. The film is directed by Upstream Colour‘s David Lowery and features the acting talent of Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.
Disney are intriguingly keeping the voice of Elliot the Dragon a secret so one can only assume that it must be someone of significance. The film is set for an August release this year so we still have the main trailers of the film to come and hopefully that will mean a much better look at Elliot as he is only seen very fleetingly in this teaser.
Also out this week was the trailer for the new Joseph Castelo film, The Preppie Connection. The film stars Thomas Mann, who you may recognise from last year’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, playing a private school student who creates a drug trafficking network at his school. The story involves Tobias’s (Mann) love for fellow student Alexis and he insists in the trailer that his new dangerous drug trafficking life is “all for her”. Eventually, Tobias’s antics lead him into the dangerous world of Columbian drug cartels.
The film is due to have a limited release in March, however, if you don’t manage to catch it in cinemas, it is also going to be on video on demand platforms from the same date. One of the joys of being in the era of video on demand is that smaller independent films like this are able to find an audience and the idea of simultaneous release is becoming a popular one.
Alicia Vikander seems to be in absolutely everything at the moment, you can’t watch a film without her turning up somewhere, but hey, we aren’t complaining, she’s brilliant. Her latest endeavour, The Light Between Oceans is directed by Derek Cianfrance who brought us the critically aclaimed Blue Valentine and A Place Beyond The Pines. It tells the story of a lighthouse keeper, Tom (played by Michael Fassbender) and his wife Isabel (Vikander) who one day discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a baby.
Tom and Isabel decide to raise the infant as their own until they meet a woman who lost her daughter and husband at sea at the same time as Tom and Isabel’s discovery. They must deal with the consequences of passing off the child as their own or let the truth be revealed. The film isn’t scheduled for release until September of this year so there is a possibility that they may be pushing the film for awards season. With the talent on display in both the cast and the crew, The Light Between Oceans certainly looks like a contender.
Finally, this week saw the new international trailer for the new film by Sightseers and Kill List director, Ben Wheatley. High-Rise stars the always wonderful Tom Hiddleston alongside Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons and is the adapatation of J.G Ballard’s novel of the same name. It centres around a luxury tower block in London, 1975, that is cut off from the rest of society. Due to class injustices within the high-rise a dangerous situation develops with the tower block eventually fragmenting into differing violent tribes.
The project has been in development since the 1970s with producer Jeremy Thomas trying to make the film with directors Nicolas Roeg, Vincenzo Natali and now, of course, Ben Wheatley has taken the reigns. Wheatley is well suited to adapting a Ballard novel, he already has a pedigree in making unsettling and psychadelic films and it will be exciting to see if he manages to pull this one off.
So there you have it, another look at this week’s latest movie trailers. A very eclectic mix but hopefully something for everyone. Come back next week for another sneek peak.