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

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Scene from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Source: Lucasfilm

Nothing gets a movie fan hyped for an upcoming release like a well-made trailer. Every week, The Cheat Sheet Entertainment team pulls together the best new trailers that Hollywood has to offer for your viewing pleasure. This week’s new trailers include a promising sci-fi film starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, a divisive new movie from director Gus Van Sant, and a first look at a new World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Oh, and a new trailer for a little known movie called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Without further ado, here are the five must-see trailers this week.

1. Bad Santa 2

We kick off our list with a red band trailer (consider yourself warned) for a dark comedy sequel that has been 13 years in the making. Well, perhaps not literally, but that’s how long it’s been since the original Bad Santa (directed by Terry Zwigoff) made its debut. And while a different director (Mark Waters) will be helming the sequel, Billy Bob Thornton will be reprising the titular role, along with sidekick Tony Cox, and a much older Brett Kelly as “The Kid” (now called Thurman Merman). Here’s the official movie synopsis:

Bad Santa 2 returns Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Bret Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.

Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.

Bad Santa 2 arrives in theaters on November 23, 2016.

2. Arrival

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming movie looks to be a thought-provoking sci-fi film in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Contact. The impressive cast includes Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Here’s the full synopsis from Paramount:

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Arrival lands in theaters on November 11, 2016.

3. Allied

Director Robert Zemeckis helms this World War II romantic thriller that stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. This will be Brad Pitt’s third outing as a World War II-era military man after Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and David Ayer’s Fury. Not surprisingly, the movie is already generating Oscar buzz. Here’s the official synopsis:

Allied is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Allied arrives in theaters on November 23, 2016.

4. The Sea of Trees

Director Gus Van Sant’s latest movie stars Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal American who visits a forest in Japan that is well-known as a place where people go to commit suicide. There he encounters another suicidal man (Ken Watanabe), and the two strike up a philosophical conversation. Naomi Watts co-stars as McConaughey’s wife.

The Sea of Trees was famously booed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 where it made its debut, and the film still maintains a rock-bottom 0% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. On the other hand, as seen in the trailer, the film does feature some gorgeous cinematography.

The Sea of Trees arrives in theaters on August 26, 2016.

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Last, but certainly not least, Star Wars fans got another look at the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie in the second trailer. Set before the events in 1977’s A New Hope, Rogue One is the first Star Wars anthology film being released. Here’s the official movie synopsis:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on December 16, 2016.

All movie cast, crew, and awards information courtesy of IMDb.

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