CinemaCon 2018: 5 movie and trailer highlights
Is this the reel life?
1. The Predator (14 September 2018)
With the trailer revealed during CinemaCon, the trailer boasts a stellar casting of Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and Boyd Holbrook. Directed and written by the famed Shane Black whose portfolio includes Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and recently, The Nice Guys, this science-fiction film follows the genetically-upgraded Predators attacking Earth after being triggered by Tremblay's character.
2. Venom (5 October 2018)
We'll admit, we're with other critics who said that the Venom teaser trailers previously released were less than promising. But this time, we get a chance to see more action and English actor Tom Hardy's transformation into the titular character/Eddie Brock. Known for his other villainous role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and his recent role in Dunkirk last year, Hardy stars alongside Michelle Williams as Ann Weying, Riz Ahmed as Dr Carlton Drake and Jenny Slate as a scientist who introduces Brock to the symbiote (responsible for changing him into Venom). As the first film introduced in Sony Pictures's Marvel universe, Venom will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, who's also noted for directing Zombieland and Gangster Squad.
3. Halloween (19 October 2018)
The OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the classic slasher franchise which skyrocketed her to fame back in 1978. Directed and co-written by David Gordon Green (directed acclaimed comedy Pineapple Express), this horror flick is set 40 years after the events of the first installment, with the subsequent sequels not included in this film's timeline. The plot follows the iconic killer Michael Myers escaping prison, with a still-traumatised Strode, now a grandmother, armed this time for revenge and awaiting for Myers to strike again. From raving reviews on social media after the release of the trailer during CinemaCon, it'll be exciting to see Curtis act again since her last acting project on Scream Queens. "It's going to scare the living sh*t out of all of you," she said.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (2 November 2018)
Throw on a ‘70s 'stache on Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek and he can truly pass off as the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. 10 years of the film being in production finally led to this year's CinemaCon, where two stills from Bohemian Rhapsody and a trailer were shown. Malek, who has another biopic to be released, Papillon, was chosen for the role of Mercury in this long-time coming biopic, directed by Dexter Fletcher. He came on board to direct after the movie's initial director, Bryan Singer, got fired last December after being unable to work with others on set.
Playing the other band members include Gwilym Lee as Brian May (guitarist), Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor (drummer), and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon (bassist). "What always had me was his ability to give people the ability to embrace their imperfections," said Malek during the convention. "This is a story that has something for everyone. Freddie Mercury connected like only a handful of performers have ever done."
5. Suspiria (Fall 2018)
After 40 years, this notoriously gory Italian film by Dario Argento (with a creepy soundtrack to match) is getting a remake. Starring Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion and Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, Italian director Luca Guadagnino helms this project about Bannion, a ballerina who uncovers secrets about the prestigious German ballet school she is in. Guadagnino, who has worked with Johnson in A Bigger Splash and directed his successful coming-of-age film in 2017, Call Me By Your Name, aptly treated the audience during Amazon Studios' panel luncheon to a graphic clip of a ballerina being ripped to pieces as Johnson dances in another room. Radiohead's Thom Yorke will be in charge of the film's soundtrack. The clip and trailer may not be available the the public just yet, but here's the original Suspiria trailer to keep you on your toes.