Armando Iannucci is one of the greatest satirists currently working. Over the course of series such as Alan Partridge, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Thick of It and Veep, he has honed a styled defined by hilarious wit and biting social critique. So, tackling the backroom squabbling of Soviet Russia would be a natural fit for his talents. Adapted from the French graphic novel of the same name by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin is a comedic look at the power struggle following the dictator’s demise and features some top notch talent.
The Death of Stalin stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs and Michael Palin. After debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, IFC Films plans a fall US release.
Today Marvel Studios released their first trailer for next year’s Black Panther, which focuses on establishing the world of Wakanda. Likening the African kingdom to the old legends of the Lost City of El Dorado, this initial glimpse of Wakanda blends the ancient with the futuristic.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis & Martin Freeman (so far with pants intact). The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, opens February 16th, 2018.
Well, it was probably inevitable that Annapurna Pictures would want to ride the coattails of Wonder Wonder‘s current popularity to promote the inevitable William Moulton Marston biopic. The film will use Marston’s unconventional domestic arrangements as a lens for exploring the creation of his famous heroine. Will the biopic be the rare insightful examination of a complex personality or the all more common disposable, superficial recitation of facts and character impersonation? Who knows? But, hey, here’s a vague teaser:
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall & Bella Heathcote. It is written and directed by Angela Robinson. Annapurna Pictures will release it at some undisclosed date (presumably fall’s Oscar season, if the test audiences like it enough).
Korean director Bong Joon Ho is no stranger to genre having built a career on such films as Memories of Murder (policer/serial killer story), The Host (monster movie), Mother (murder mystery) and Snowpiercer (science-fiction dystopia). In the process, he has firmly established himself as one of the most talented filmmakers working today. He is back this year with another variation on the monster motif: Okja. And based on the first full trailer, it promises to be another stunner:
Okja stars, among others, TIlda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal and See Hyun Ahn. The movie will make its world premiere later this week at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is screening in competition. Netflix will release the movie in limited theaters and home streaming on June 28th.
As part of today’s The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration, Disney released the first trailer for Episode VIII. As with most initial views it is mostly teaser, but still, it’ll give fans shivers . . .
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, opens December 15th.
Today Marvel Studios unveiled the initial trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. This first footage is solidly focused on Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder who it appears is about to undergo another of his periodic humblings. The trailer wisely de-emphasizes Loki (headgear change noted with approval, though) in favor of new characters Valkyrie, The Grandmaster and especially Cate Blanchett’s Hela (who looks fantastic). The trailer also suggests that the film will arrive with Taika Waititi’s signature quirk intact.
Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson & Jeff Goldblum. The movie, directed by Taika Waititi, opens November 3rd.
This morning Warner Brothers released the first full trailer for this fall’s Justice League movie and it, well, looks like a Zack Snyder film.
But hey that split second snippet of Amber Heard’s Mera looked cool.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller & Ray Fisher. The film, directed by Zack Snyder, opens November 17th.
During this evening’s Kids’ Choice Awards (?!?) DC dropped the final trailer for this summer’s Wonder Woman solo movie. Highlights include an extended glimpse of Paradise Island and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor deadpan reactions to Diane’s heroics.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film features Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Robin Wright and, it seems, a variety of takes on what an Amazonian accent sounds like.
Wonder Woman opens June 2nd.
Well, the first one was set (rather haphazardly) to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, so scoring the latest to “Amazing Grace” is a logical progression . . .
Oh and another fleeting glimpse of Stephen Merchant’s Caliban.
Logan, directed by James Mangold, opens March 3rd.
I am Groot.
Also Mantis, some tentacle creatures and a frustrated Rocket Raccoon. So you know, shoud be good times.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn, opens May 5th, 2017.