The past week has heralded several exciting and long-awaited trailer previews: from the first glimpse of Michael Fassbender’s much-anticipated portrayal of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep commanding the screen in Suffragette. Read on to discover more about these highly anticipated trailers and a round up of the week’s top movie news.
Eddie Redmayne Confirmed As Newt Salamander
Back in April it was rumoured that Eddie Redmayne was the forerunner for the role of Newt Scamander, the protagonist of Warner Brother’s much-hyped Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This week, the studio confirmed Redmayne has indeed been cast in the main role of the adventurer-come-magizoologist.
Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter JK Rowling posted on Twitter that she was “thrilled that Eddie Redmayne will be starring in Fantastic Beasts. He’ll be a perfect Newt Scamander!”
Filmmaker David Yates, director of the last four films in the Harry Potter series and director of the upcoming movie added: “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world.”
Redmayne’s casting was greeted with delight by Potter fans across Twitter. From what we know of the character of Newt so far, Redmayne seems a perfect fit; an actor who can simultaneously embody childlike enthusiasm, supreme intelligence and a zest for life.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on 18 November 2016, two days after the fifteen-year anniversary of the cinematic release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
First Official Trailer: Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard In Macbeth
Fresh from a critically lauded premiere at Cannes, Jason Kurzel’s new version of Macbeth released its first trailer this week. The upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy stars Michael Fassbender as the titular ambitious king and Marion Cotillard as his scheming, wrathful wife.
Interestingly, the play’s most famous lines remain absent from the trailer, but viewers are left in no doubt that the pairing of Fassbender and Cotillard will be a dynamic and memorable one. Their casting, this tantalizing trailer and the five-star reviews received in Cannes make Macbeth one of 2015’s most anticipated productions. The film will be released on 2 October 2015.
To read the full Macbeth trailer chat article click here.
Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep And Helena Bonham Carter Make History In Suffragette
Following an effective teaser released to coincide with the UK general election, the highly anticipated Suffragette premiered its evocative and goosebump-inducing official trailer this week. The always-wonderful Carey Mulligan takes the lead in the film, which centres on the founding of the British women’s suffragette movement.
The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw and is due to be released on 30 October 2015, following its premiere at the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival.
To read the full trailer chat article click here.
Ed Helms Takes His Family On Vacation: Official Trailer And Poster Released
Continuing the misadventures of the Griswold family, comedy film Vacation released its official trailer this week. Starring The Hangover’s Ed Helms as Rusty, son of the original series’ protagonist Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), the film chronicles Rusty’s mission to drive his family across country to America’s favourite family fun park, Walley World, before it closes forever. Sure to delight fans of the original series and offer laughs for newcomers too, Vacation is due for release on 21 August 2015.