This Week in Trailers: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘A Monster Calls’, and More
New looks at ‘American Horror Story’, ‘The Flash’, and ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ abound.
Trailers are often our best ally when trying to decide what to watch next when it comes to movies, television, and other mediums. We know making those decisions is hard most of the time, but “This Week in Trailers” makes the process a little less painful by rounding up the latest trailers of each week. The final viewing decision will be up to you, but we want to make sure you don’t miss any available option. This week, new trailers were released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A Monster Calls, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Doctor Strange, American Horror Story, The Flash, and more. See what you missed below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Synopsis: From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.
Release Date: December 16th
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, and Riz Ahmed.
A Monster Calls
Synopsis: A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Release Date: December 23rd (Limited Release), January 6th (Wide Release)
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Patrick Ness
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Toby Kebbell.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Synopsis: Three-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.
Release Date: November 11th
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: Jean-Christophe Castelli
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, and Steve Martin.
Synopsis: From Marvel comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.
Release Date: November 4th
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: Jon Spaights, and Robert C. Cargill
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, and Amy Landecker.
American Horror Story (Season 6)
Synopsis: An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, an enigmatic hotel and a sinister farmhouse in Roanoke, North Carolina.
Release Date: Now airing (FX)
Genre: Horror (TV Series)
Creators: Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy
Starring: Lady Gaga, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, and Leslie Jordan.
The Flash (Season 3)
Synopsis: After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is. For using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
Release Date: Now airing (The CW)
Genre: Action, Adventure (TV Series)
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Tom Cavanagh.
Synopsis: A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.
Release Date: November 4th (Netflix)
Genre: Drama, History (TV Series)
Creator: Peter Morgan
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow, Victoria Hamilton, Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby, and Dame Eileen Atkins.
The Man in the High Castle (Season 2)
Synopsis: Season two resumes with Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) facing the consequences of her decision to betray the Resistance and allow Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a suspected Nazi agent, to escape the Pacific States with a film originally bound for the Man in the High Castle. Joe himself returns a hero to the Reich and finds himself thrust into the Nazi capital of Berlin, face to face with the father who abandoned him. Meanwhile, Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) becomes increasingly radicalized and drawn further into the Resistance after seeing images of his own execution in the mysterious films.
With political tensions mounting between Germany and Japan, Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) begins to regret his success in smuggling nuclear technology from the Reich and seeks solace in the strange new world he discovered at the end of season one. Meanwhile, Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) struggles to reconcile the values of the Reich with the deteriorating health of his son — all while tasked with a mission from the Führer for which failure is not an option. And Chief Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) begins to take greater interest in the Man in the High Castle, the films, and how Juliana Crain is connected to it all…
Release Date: December 16th (Amazon)
Genre: Drama (TV Series)
Creator: Frank Spotnitz
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Luke Kleintank, and Alexa Davalos.
Army of One
Synopsis: Gary Faulkner (Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA – and even God and Osama themselves. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, and Paul Scheer also star in this hilarious tale of patriotism and one man’s quest for justice.
Release Date: November 4th (Digital HD)
Director: Larry Charles
Writers: Rajiv Joseph, and Scott Rothman
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Russell Brand, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, and Paul Scheer.
Synopsis: An anxious programmer enlists the help of his empathetic wife when given the task to create the perfect call center program. However, their relationship spirals out of control when he begins replacing her with an ideal computerized replica.
Release Date: November 8th (Limited Release)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Logan Kibens
Writers: Sharon Greene, and Logan Kibens
Starring: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, and Retta.
Synopsis: A contemporary spy series consisting of 10 one-hour episodes, follows Daniel Miller, (Richard Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistleblower masquerading as “Thomas Shaw.” Guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans) Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field officer — agent-running, deception, danger and moral compromises.
Produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, the series creator/executive producer is New York Times bestselling author Olen Steinhauer (The Tourist, All The Old Knives, The Cairo Affair). Bradford Winters (“Dig,” “The Americans,” “Boss,” “Oz”) is the showrunner and an executive producer.
Release Date: October 16th (Epix)
Genre: Thriller (TV Series)
Creator: Olen Steinhauer
Starring: Michelle Forbes, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans, and Leland Orser.