The highlight of last night’s Super Bowl for movie fans across the globe wasn’t the football, but rather the exclusive extended film trailers which premiered over the course of the night.
Viewers got sneak peaks at some of 2015’s biggest upcoming movies including the controversial 50 Shades of Grey, summer blockbuster Jurassic World and George Clooney’s latest Tomorrowland.
Other movie news highlights this week include the announcement that Emma Watson is set to become a Disney Princess, the reveal of an all-star cast for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic and the casting of the all-female Ghostbusters line-up.
Emma Watson Set to Play Belle in Live Action Beauty and the Beast
Brown University graduate and UN Women’s Ambassador Emma Watson continues to showcase her wealth of talents. Watson has been cast as Belle in a new live action update of Disney’s 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast. The upcoming film is set to include the Oscar winning original score by Alan Menken and will closely follow the plot of the original movie. Watson announced the news herself via her Facebook page:
I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx
Since the Harry Potter films wrapped five years ago, Watson has been making waves both inside and outside of the acting world. Last year she graduated from university with a degree in English Literature and launched her widely publicised and successful HeForShe campaign at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
In 2012, Watson played Sam in the acclaimed adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, last year she starred in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah, and recently it was announced that Watson has been cast in La La Land, the highly anticipated next project by Oscar-nominated Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle. La La Land is a musical in which Watson will play an aspiring actress alongside Chazelle’s Whiplash star Miles Teller.
No other cast members have been announced for Beauty and the Beast, but with a release date set for 2016, it is likely we will hear more about the movie very shortly.
Casting Announcements for Steve Jobs Biopic and Ghostbusters
– Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter who won an Oscar for The Social Network, has been attempting to bring his Steve Jobs adaptation to life for some years. After several difficulties and hiccups, this week the movie finally got off the ground. Seminal director Danny Boyle directs a cast led by X-Men and 12 Years a Slave actor Michael Fassbender as Jobs, alongside Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the former Apple CEO. This intriguing and gifted cast, teamed with the renowned talents of Boyle and Sorkin, make this movie undeniably one to look out for upon its release next year.
– The other big casting news this week was the confirmation of the line-up for the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. The original 1984 film is a beloved comedy classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as three professors who establish a ghost removal service. The new film will be helmed by Paul Feig, reuniting the director with his Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, alongside Saturday Night Live comedians Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Many greeted the casting with enthusiasm: Wiig and McCarthy are much-loved, acclaimed comedic actors, whilst McKinnon and McCarthy have been making waves on SNL, regarded as the most recent break-out stars of the hit show. Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote and starred in the 1984 movie, was full of praise for the casting:
The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.
Nevertheless the announcement of the all-female line-up caused some controversy and debate online. Some fans made it clear that they felt the film should not be remade and original Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson infamously said “no comment” on the initial announcement of the casting. Still, Hudson seems to have changed his tune: in a tweet published Thursday he wrote, “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts… phenomenal!”
Super Bowl Trailers: Jurassic World, Tomorrowland and 50 Shades of Grey
Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World premiered its newest trailer at the high-profile Super Bowl and it looks set to deliver all the thrills and action beloved by fans of the original series. The trailer promises viewers genetically modified dinosaurs on the loose, stunning special effects and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt in full-on action hero mode, complete with a leather vest-jacket and a motorcycle. What more do you need?
Another Super Bowl spot was given to Tomorrowland, in which George Clooney questions “What if there was a place where nothing was impossible, where you could build whatever you were crazy enough to imagine? A place where you could actually change the world?” The thirty-second trailer keeps the movie’s plot deliberately vague, but its bright visuals, intriguing sci-fi premise and family film territory seem to guarantee Tomorrowland will be one of summer’s biggest blockbusters.
Upcoming romance 50 Shades of Grey also premiered a new trailer, which boasts the number of views the previous trailer gained (250 million times, in case you were wondering), recounts how many books were sold (over 100 million) and promises to provoke “countless” fantasies. Directed by artist and indie-film director Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Irish actor Jamie Dornan as the eponymous Mr Grey, the film will be released on Valentine’s Day this year.