5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Passengers’ 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 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. Passengers

The process for getting Passengers out of production and into theaters has been a long one for Sony. Boasting a hefty $100 million budget, it’s a rarity in the world of late-year blockbusters, given the studio’s intention to have it act as a standalone film rather than a tentpole franchise starter. Oscar-nominated director, Morten Tyldum sits at the helm of a movie with the star power of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The story itself follows two people on a 160 year journey through space, who wake up out of hyper-sleep 90 years too early. As they get to know each other, they begin to discover that things may not be what they seem aboard the ship. Things begin to break, their lives are thrown into chaos, and unable to return to hyper-sleep, they’re forced to fend for themselves alone in space.

2. Luke Cage

We’re officially a week out from the release of Luke Cage on Netflix, and excitement is running high. For our own early viewing, we were treated to a whole different kind of superhero series. Cage is a character who’s a reluctant protector of Harlem, fighting against a villain who’d stop at nothing to keep the people of the neighborhood under his heel. The latest featurette digs into some of those details, telling us a little bit about our villain, Cage’s own journey as a character, and what we can expect once it debuts on September 30. We can’t say much at this point, but we will say this: You’re going to want to tune in next week.

3. Ghost in the Shell

There are few upcoming adaptations that have generated the buzz that Ghost in the Shell has. Based on the popular Japanese manga by the same name, the expansive story takes place in a cyber-punk future where people possess all manner of technological upgrades to their bodies, including enhanced brains, arms, legs, and other various parts.

We saw controversy hit when Scarlett Johansson was cast as the main character, known in the manga as Major Motoko Kusanagi. In an already whitewashed Hollywood, it seemed a curious decision to tag Johansson, but there’s certainly no denying her box office appeal. For now, we have a promising 45-second teaser to work with.

4. Supergirl

Having just moved over from CBS to its rightful home on The CW, Supergirl will joining Greg Berlanti’s lineup of heroes for its second season. Rumor has it that it will culminate in an ultra crossover episode featuring the Flash, Green Arrow, the Legends of Tomorrow team, and Supergirl herself. While we wait, we’ll get an equally powerful team-up, marked by the arrival of Superman. We get a good look at him in the latest TV spot above, as he and his cousin Kara Danvers get together to save a space shuttle crashing toward the Earth’s surface.

5. Bastards

Someone has to hold it down for new comedy trailers this week, especially with most of the upcoming high profile releases residing primarily in the realm of dramas. First-time director Lawrence Sher will be in charge, helped by an all-star cast of Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Katie Aselton, Ving Rhames, and Harry Shearer.

On the surface, it looks to be a pretty run-of-the-mill “two brothers on a madcap mission” comedy, but with a solid group of performers heading the bill, there’s reason to be optimistic. The first trailer runs us through the basic story, as Helms and Wilson play siblings searching for their real father.

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