5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: One Last ‘Rogue One’ Trailer and More

Darth Vader - Rogue One

Darth Vader in Rogue One | Lucasfilm

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 this, 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. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost here, with nearly a month to go before its wide release. The last trailer for the film went live in October, with many (including us) assuming it would be the final one before it hits theaters. So imagine our surprise when not one, but two separate international trailers surfaced within 24 hours.

Both are similar in terms of what they show us, with a few key differences. The first shows us a brief sequence with a young Jyn Erso and her mother, where Jyn is given what appears to be a kyber crystal necklace. The second provides us with some truly stunning footage of a X-Wings in action above Scarif. The bonus we get from both is a flash of the Death Star in action, as well as more from Darth Vader. All in all, it’s just enough to tide us over in the final weeks leading into Rogue One‘s release.

2. The CW’s four-way superhero crossover

The CW has been building out its DC superhero empire for years now, culminating in four separate shows spread out across the week. The lineup as it stands now includes Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, and the sum total is an expansive roster of heroes and villains.

Ever since Arrow was first joined by The Flash, the network has taken advantage of crossover episodes, using them as tentpoles for the fall TV season. This year, we’ll be getting a massive four-night crossover bringing together every hero The CW has to offer. The first official teaser gives it an official title as well: “Heroes vs. Aliens.” Yup. This is going to be awesome. 

3. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson revolutionized sci-fi cinema with The Fifth Element back in 1997. While the visionary director struggled to find similar success in the ensuing years, there’s little denying his massive contribution to the genre. Don’t let any of that convince you that Besson is finished contributing though.

For his next project, he’ll be adapting a 50-year-old series of French comics, bringing in the massive star power of Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, John Goodman, and Rihanna. The basic story focuses on time travel, stellar visual elements, and a distinctly Fifth Element-esque return to form for Besson. And for the first teaser trailer, it’s not hard to see any of that in action either.

4. The Expanse, Season 2

The Syfy network has long had a strategy of throwing a bunch of concepts against the wall until one of them sticks as a hit series. The last year or so though has seem them focusing down their lineup, and the result was The Expanse. Often billed as Game of Thrones in space, the heady series adapted from novels by the same name, numbers itself among an elite group of hard science-fiction succeeding on television. The second season will build on that initial promise, as the inhabitants of Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt all go to war with each other, forcing our cadre of main characters to choose a side.

5. Ghost in the Shell

In terms of visionary sci-fi, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about Ghost in the Shell. The world-famous anime series is iconic at its core, leading to a fair bit of controversy when Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role for the movie adaptation. That being so, it’s encouraging to see the original director for the anime, Mamoru Oshii, put his seal of approval on both the new production, and Johansson’s casting. Oshii runs through his own thoughts on the film in the above featurette, while giving us an intriguing look at some of the crazier visual elements.

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