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Last Week in Trailers: Star Wars Thors our icy hearts

So apparently there were trailers other than Star Wars: The Last Jedi released this week. I’m as shocked as you are.

Here they are in an easily-consumed listicle form.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Let’s just get this one out the way. On Friday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s official teaser was released and everyone lost their damn minds.

Stocked with throwback soundbites (0:46, 0:51, 0:53, 0:59) and one-liners to make you grip your face in anticipation, the trailer promises a film as engrossing as its predecessor.

Catch your favourites radically upending the Jediarchy on Christmas this year.

Thor: Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth in gladiator gear and short hair? Count me the heck in.

The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok lets its lighthearted nature be known from the get-go, with the typical comedic opener of “I know what you’re thinking. How did I get here? Well, it’s a long story.” And it keeps the jokes coming from there.

Fans are understandably ecstatic about this teaser, as well as the inclusion of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song in the Marvel cinematic universe. Because, hey, why not?

Catch Thor: Ragnarok 3 November.

Dear White People

It feels like people have been talking about this Netflix series for ages, and yet, here we are, only just catching the official trailer.

Dear White People has been doused in controversy since its teaser was released in February, but its latest trailer is out to show that its critiquing both sides of the political spectrum.

Included is the lead asking a black man on call to check his white privilege, jokes about sexual assault on campus and a young black man Googling if he’s gay.

See if the show is worth the hype — or the negativity — on 28 April.


Starz’s Outlander is releasing its much-awaited (by me) third season, and it looks as angsty and romantic as ever.

Jamie is frantically searching for Claire, while she chills out in the future with their daughter, and the husband who shares the face of evil incarnate. Gotta love time travel.

Outlander is back on screen in September.


It’s a fantastic week for shows I’ve tried desperately to get my friends to watch (to no avail.)

Sense8 is coming back after what feels like an eternity (I’m not counting the Christmas special), and it looks to delve even deeper into the mythology of the sensate.

“In season two, dark forces continue to track the cluster of eight connected characters. The sensates will learn more about BPO, the secret organization searching for their cluster and others like them, and will work to protect themselves from this organization that is out to hunt and kill them,” the description reads.

Catch it on Netflix 5 May.

Orange is the New Black

It’s not technically a trailer, but this first look at the newest season of Orange is the New Black is worth the list.

It picks up where we left off, with Daya pointing a gun at prison warden Humphrey, with a hoard of angry inmates egging her on. The first look ends with a gun being shot, but who was involved is a question for release day.

“It’s about to get real,” the description assures.

Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix 9 June.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in this trailer set to Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, and it’s as beautiful as you’d expect.

“The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time,” the iMDB description reads.

It’s not original, but it sure seems fun.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is set to be released 18 August.


John Boyega has had a big week.

In Detroit, the Star Wars actor plays a marshall involved in the racially charged 12th street riot in 1967 Detroit. The film looks specifically at the Algiers Motel Incident, which involved the murder of three black men, and the gruesome beatings of nine other people.

“From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67,” reads the description.

Detroit will be released 4 August.

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More

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