Making its world debut at TIFF, we have the first international trailer for Mike Newell’s anticipated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. The film follows the story of a young orphan named Pip who is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. With Jeremy Irvine in the lead role, the film stars an excellent cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins, and Ewen Bremner. Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) with a screenplay by acclaimed screenwriter and novelist David Nicholls (One Day), the new trailer is quite haunting but shows how brilliant the cast look in their roles. Great Expectations is set to be released in the UK on 30th November.
One of the most anticipated films heading to TIFF is Oscar-winning director Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) Seven Psychopaths. Reuniting with actor Colin Farrell in the lead, Farrell plays an alcoholic screenwriter struggling to write a serial-killer script who gets more real-life inspiration than he can handle when a dognapping scheme gone awry brings a galaxy of crazies to his doorstep. Also starring Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Harry Dean Stanton, and Tom Waits, the new trailer has caused a lot of excitement. After debuting at TIFF next month, Seven Psychopaths will be released in the UK on 7th December.
Another first trailer is for an upcoming drama based on one family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible. From the crew of The Orphanage, including director Juan Antonio Bayona who will be making his English-language debut and scribe Sergio G. Sánchez, the film follows the true account of a family – Henry (Ewan McGregor), Maria (Naomi Watts) and their three sons – who begin their winter vacation in Thailand, but who find themselves caught with tens of thousands of strangers in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Set to be released on 4th January, 2013, the trailer is quite intense, highlighting the horrific effects of the tsunami and the dramatic situations that the cast are set to face.
We also have the first trailer for this year’s Red Dawn remake, which will be stunt co-ordinator Dan Bradley’s directorial debut. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Brett Cullen, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the film is set around a foreign invasion in the US when citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a revolutionary group of fighters. Initially expecting to be released back in 2010 before MGM came into financial difficulties, the film is now set to be released in the US on 21st November, whilst we are yet to get a UK release date. At least the cast have been able to get some much needed recognition in this two year delay, namely Hutcherson with his lead in The Hunger Games and Hemsworth in Thor.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the next trailer, a film about the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers who attracts the interest of a dirty cop who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Directed by David Koepp (Spider-Man) from a script he co-wrote with John Kamps (Ghost Town), the new trailer showcases some of the brilliant action and stunt scenes that this film has to offer. Also starring Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, and Aasif Mandvi, Premium Rush has been released in the US this week and is set to come ashore to the UK on 14th September, a week before we get to see Gordon-Levitt in Looper.
A film that I’m personally looking forward to, and please don’t ask me why, is Pitch Perfect which has a new TV Spot this week. Directed by Jason Moore, the trailer for this upcoming comedy musical is sure to get you singing along. Adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction novel of the same name, the idea came from the senior editor at GQ magazine when he followed a group of a cappella groups in America and wrote about the singing, groupies, partying and rivalries that were all part of the experience. The adaptation, with screenplay by Kay Cannon, follows Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, who is cajoled into joining her school’s all-girls a cappella group The Bellas, which includes the popular faces of Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. The new trailer looks like a lot of fun, and is an interesting handful of roles for those involved. Set to be released on 19th October, Pitch Perfect also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Michael Higgins, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Freddie Stroma, Ester Dean, and Freddie Stroma.
For his fourth film this year we also have the first trailer for a film led by Channing Tatum, with the indie-drama 10 Years. Following a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up, Tatum stars alongside Rosario Dawson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lynn Collins, Anthony Mackie, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Ron Livingston, Oscar Isaac, and Aubrey Plaza. The new trailer shows just how great this ensemble is for an indie film, and it looks as if a lot of interesting relationships are going to be explored. Directed by Jamie Linden from his own script and making his feature directorial debut, 10 Years will be released in the US on 14th September, but there is no word yet on a UK release date.