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Last week in trailers: A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark Tower & Mary Poppins Returns

Disney’s D23 expo last week meant a ton of content for convention-goers’ eyes only (that included an Incredibles 2 teaser and Avengers: Infinity War footage). But patience is a virtue, and those of us unable to attend will have to sate our trailer appetites with what was released to the public this week.

I know. Life sucks.

A Wrinkle in Time

We’ll start with what was released at D23: the first trailer for Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time. The adaptation of classic 1963 novel features an all-star cast of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

The much-anticipated trailer racked up over 2.5-million views in two days, and left many a confused yet enthused viewer in its wake.

A Wrinkle in Time reaches South African shores 9 March 2018.

The Dark Tower

Based on the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower shows a very skilled and sexy Idris Elba fighting to save a tower while fire-bending Matthew McConaughey tries to take it from him.

A lesser writer would point out the phallic imagery this concept employs, but I am above that, so I won’t.

The Dark Tower is in SA 8 September.

Doctor Who

The latest teaser for Doctor Who caused quite the stir when it revealed Jodie Whittaker as the first ever female Doctor. Whittaker, most notable for her performance in Broadchurch, will take on the role in the show’s Christmas special.

Mary Poppins Returns

Disney has revealed the first look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns. The clip contains no music, no plot points, and no Lin-Manuel Miranda, but it still managed to pull in 9.7-million views on Facebook.

Ah, the power of franchise.

Poppins floats into theatres 28 December — just in time for us to avoid our family members.

Darkest Hour

In a bid to win a few Oscars for acting, make-up, and costume, Universal has produced the Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. 

The film opens “on the eve of World War II” and watches as the newly-instated Prime Minister (played by Gary Oldman) has to choose between signing a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fighting for Britain’s ideals.

Darkest Hour is in SA cinemas 2 February 2018.

Lemon

I know what you’re thinking: oh, gee golly, another awkward comedy about a white man who doesn’t understand social norms! I can’t wait!

Neither can I, friend. Neither can I.

Lemon stars Brett Gelman, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Gillian Jacobs and Megan Mullally. It does not have a South African release as of writing.

The Tick

If you’re missing Powerless and are longing for a light and comedic superhero show, then Amazon’s The Tick may just be for you (and no one else).

The Amazon Prime exclusive is a low budget live action remake of the 90s cartoon, and its trailer is walking a very thin line between lovable and annoying.

The Tick premieres 25 August only on Amazon Prime.

Ghost House

White people on vacation? Check. White people try to “take a souvenir” from creepy yet culturally significant place? Check. Mangled woman who contorts her body for the Vine? Check.

Bath scene? Sex scene? Abandoned, bloody hospital?

Ghost House has it all — except a South African release date.

68 Kill

68 Kill is about that relatable feel when your girlfriend turns out to be a callous murderer and expects you to be the same. We’ve all been there!

The film unites television stars for the big screen, with Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), AnnaLynne McCord (90210) and Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why) all taking on major roles. It, too, does not have an SA release yet.

Bonus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi BTS

D23 didn’t bring a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it did offer up a 3-minute-long behind the scenes video that included shots of the entire cast on set — including the late Carrie Fisher.

It’s beautiful, it’s emotional, and it deserves to be on this list.

Catch The Last Jedi in theatres 15 December.

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