Today we have three fall movies to preview, one from a film long-completed and scheduled to arrive in theaters way back in 2017, another a new look at an old property, and a third featuring a modern crime story about a tough cop. First up is The Current War, a film we first previewed here at borg way back in January 13, 2018. Movie studios have fallout, collateral damage–call it what you like– from industry shifts, whether cancelations following mergers or projects braking during sex scandals. The latter was the reason for the initial delays for The Current War, a late production of The Weinstein Company. The star factor is nothing to sneeze at, with a slate of stars now popular for their superhero roles leading the way: Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) plays Thomas Alva Edison, Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) is George Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men franchise) is Nikola Tesla, and Tom Holland (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is Samuel Insull, an early General Electric co-founder. Will this film electrify audiences or were the delays a sign it’s going to have a rough go of it? The earliest we’ll know is October, when it finally arrives in theaters.
Raise your hand if you loved the first reboot movie adaptation of the 1970s-1980s TV classic series Charlie’s Angels? No? That one starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. Unfortunately it was more parody than homage, more wacky than the action drama that made the original such a success with audiences 40 years ago. Another reboot is on its way, titled again Charlie’s Angels, and somehow this version with its next generation of film stars and removal of melodrama and humor at first blush seems to have more in common with the original. It stars a very upbeat styled Kristen Stewart (Twilight series) plus newcomer Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers, Aladdin). The credits circulating so far list a slate of actors playing Bosley, including the film’s director Elizabeth Banks (Brightburn, Hunger Games series), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek Nemesis), and Djimon Hounsou (Captain Marvel). Weren’t we just talking about this movie Wednesday?
And last for today is Black and Blue, another October 2019 release, starring James Bond’s Moneypenny, Naomie Harris, as a British rookie cop caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The trailer for this film looks like a lot of 1980s cop movies, which might be a good thing. As with the other films previewed today, look for even more actors in tis film from the superhero spheres, including Luke Cage’s Mike Colter and Captain America: Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo, plus Fast & Furious regular Tyrese Gibson.
So let’s check out these new trailers:
The Current War will (hopefully) arrive October 4. Black and Blue lands in theaters October 25. And Charlie’s Angels is scheduled for release November 15.