Trailer Park–The “lost in the shadow of the Force” edition

Pan movie poster

With this past week’s release of trailers for both Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is no wonder a handful of smaller films’ trailers were lost in the wake of news from those far more highly anticipated films.  Two films are foreign war productions that may appeal to war/action film genre fans, and the other is a fantasy you’ve likely seen many times before, but this time featuring a handful of fan favorite genre actors.

First the fantasy–it’s director Ed Wright’s retelling of Peter Pan, titled simply Pan.  J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is one of those classic tales that stands up there with the likes of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Middle-earth novels, and The Chronicles of Narnia.  Peter Pan has been done over and over, including the coming December 4 live-primetime production featuring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.

Jackman as Blackbeard

Unlike most of the above novels, a definitive visual presentation of Peter Pan has yet to be made, although many would argue the success of the Disney animated version or possibly Steven Spielberg’s Hook.  This newest incarnation has some actors that may serve to entice fans to check it out.  It stars Wolverine Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Veronica Mars’s Amanda Seyfried as Mary, Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.

Here’s the trailer for Pan:

Pan hits theaters July 17, 2015.

Next up is ’71, a British action film set in Northern Ireland, following a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast in 1971.  Genre fans may notice performances by Prometheus’s Sean Harris, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ Paul Anderson, and Game of Thrones’ Richard Dormer.

Here’s the trailer for ’71:

Look for ’71 arriving in U.S. theaters February 27, 2015.

And last up is Kajaki: The True Story.  Another British war/action movie, this film recounts the story of a group of British paratroopers who encounter a field of land mines at Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.  Game of Thrones’s Mark Stanley stars.

Here’s the trailer for Kajaki: The True Story:

Kajaki: The True Story does not yet have a U.S. release date.

Speaking of wartime films, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cimberbatch and Keira Knightley, had a release date of November 28, 2014, yet it does not appear to be opening in many, if any, places across the country.  The Imitation Game tells the story of a codebreaker who saved millions of lives during World War II.

Here’s the trailer for that interesting looking film:

We hope to see The Imitation Game in a wider release soon.

C.J. Bunce

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