Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance, jointly with James Ponsoldt’s Smashed, we have the first trailer for Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks. Starring Olivia Thirlby and John Krasinski in the leads with support from Rosemarie DeWitt, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, and Dylan McDermott, Russo-Young co-wrote the script with the brilliant Lena Dunham. The film follows a 23-year-old artist from New York who arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family, where the father has agreed to help her complete sound design on her art film as a favour to his wife. This looks like a great role for Krasinski and it is his role that I look forward to most about this. Set to be released on VoD on 6th September ahead of its theatrical release on 12th October in the US, there is no word on a UK release date as of yet.
Another first trailer sees the joining of Hugh Laurie (House) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) in Emmy-nominated director Julian Farino’s The Oranges. Playing the role of a couple living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey, the duo are best friends with another couple on the street played by Oliver Platt and Allison Janney. When their neighbour’s daughter, Nina (Leighton Meester), returns home from a five year absence, instead of developing an interest in a boy her own age, it’s her parents’ best friend David (Laurie) who captures her attention, causing a rift between the couples and their families. The new trailer looks pretty interesting and it is certainly worth a watch for Hugh Laurie. Also starring Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat and The OC’s Adam Brody, The Oranges is set to be released in the US on 5th October, but as yet there’s still no word on when we can look forward to it over here in the UK.
Jack and Diane
Focusing on a very different kind of relationship, a lesbian werewolf one to be precise, we also have the first trailer for Bradley Rust Gray’s indie romance, Jack and Diane. Starring Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Riley Keough (Magic Mike) in the lead roles, the film follows these two teenage girls who meet in New York City and fall in love. When Jack discovers that Diane is moving, however, Jack pushes her away and, unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane’s emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. This looks like a great little indie and if for nothing else it will be interesting to see Temple in a much bigger role. Also starring Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge), Jack and Diane will be released in the US through VoD on 28th September ahead of its theatrical release on 2nd November; no word yet on a UK release date though.
Another film that debuted at this year’s Sundance with a new trailer this week is Leslye Headland’s directorial debut, Bachelorette. This new red band trailer contains a lot of swearing and puns and reminds me very much of last year’s Bridesmaids, so it does have promise. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan in the leads, the film follows three frisky bridesmaids who go searching for a little fun, but who find much more than they bargained for. Directed from Headland’s own script, the film also stars James Marsden, Adam Scott, and Rebel Wilson. Set to be released on VoD on 10th August before its theatrical release on 7th September in the US, it again has no release date in the UK as of yet.
The Big Wedding
Also on the wedding theme, we have the first trailer for writer-director Justin Zackham’s return behind the camera with The Big Wedding. With an all-star cast headed up by Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, the romantic comedy follows a modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. Set to be released on 9th November, the trailer sets up the plot quite nicely but it’s the cast that seems to be its best feature.
Cockneys vs. Zombies
From weddings to zombies, we have the first red band trailer for Cockney’s vs Zombies, which follows a bunch of east-enders who fight their way out of a zombie-infested London, led by an unlikely gang of amateur bank robbers and foul-mouthed pensioners. The trailer gives away enough to make it seem like a zombie film worth a watch, even if only for the ass-kicking bunch of oldies. Starring Honor Blackman, Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Alan Ford, Dudley Sutton, Georgia King, Richard Briers and Rasmus Hardiker, Cockneys vs Zombies is directed by Matthias Hoene and will be with us 31st August.
Another big first trailer this week sees the rebirth of Liam Neeson as Hollywood‘s number one action man in Olivier Megaton’s sequel to Pierre Morel’s 2008 hit with Taken 2. The new trailer features a lot of what was good about the first film with plenty of action, kicking, gunblasts, and also proves that the sequel has something more to give. Also starring Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, Taken 2 is set to be released on 7th October.