5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and More

Trailers are as much a part of the movie-going experience nowadays as the films themselves. There’s something incomparably exciting about seeing what amounts to a two-minute sizzle reel of a release’s best scenes. It’s why trailer culture has proliferated into what it is today, and makes it so even the release date of a short teaser is a day to look forward to. In the spirit of these, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the TV and movie trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.

1. La La Land

Original ideas are getting harder and harder to find in Hollywood, making it that much more satisfying when a promising new one pops up. La La Land comes to us from visionary director Damien Chazzelle (Whiplash), starring A-listers Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a pianist and aspiring actor respectively. The two fall in love while living in Los Angeles, with a story set to stunning visual elements and skilled direction. It’s tough to bet against a movie with one of Gosling or Stone. Combine the two in a movie written and directed by a talent like Chazzelle and we have a recipe for a potential Oscar contender.

2. Vikings, Season 4

Admittedly, the History Channel has made itself into something of a punchline with shows like Ancient Aliens. The network isn’t just hair-brained pseudo-historical documentaries though. Vikings has been their runaway hit every since it debuted back in 2013. Season 4 brings the popular series back this fall, as we continue to follow the exploits of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok. The 30-second Comic Con teaser doesn’t give us a whole lot to work with in the meantime, but it’s exciting nonetheless to see our first look at the new season of Vikings. 

3. A Monster Calls

In terms of crazy cool visual elements, La La Land isn’t the only torch-bearer for upcoming releases. A Monster Calls, directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage), tells the story of a young boy coping with his mother’s terminal cancer. This manifests in a monster that visits him each night, voiced by Liam Neeson. The film is based on a book by Patrick Ness, that originally was started by author Siobhan Dowd before she herself passed away from cancer. The first full-length trailer teases at a spectacular realization of Dowd and Ness’s story, giving us plenty to chew on leading into its October 2016 release.

4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

We’re closing in on the release of the first chapter in Disney’s Anthology series, and now, we have a full run-down of all the behind-the-scenes action. Checking in at a lengthy 3 minute runtime, we get a thorough look at all the practical effects, on-location shooting, and the main characters. Overall, Rogue One looks to be an excitingly solid addition to the Star Wars family once it hits theaters in December.

5. The Hollars

John Krasinski is recognized in Hollywood mainly for his work as Jim Halpert on The Office. What many may not know about him though is that he directed three episodes of the series in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. As it turns out, this was just the first step in Krasinski’s directorial career. The talented actor once again sits at the helm for The Hollars, marking his first try at directing a feature-length film. He’ll be helped by a stellar cast too, joined by Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margo Martindale, Charlie Day, and Richard Jenkins.

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