Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ben Mendelsohn rumored to star in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Every week, there seems to be some sort of new Star Wars news that causes the internet geek community to get very, very excited. In November, it was the first trailer for Episode VII, which pretty much broke the internet for a while. A few weeks back, it was the surprising news that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be hitting theaters in May 2017. We also received confirmation that Felicity Jones will be starring in Gareth Edwards' spin-off film, which is now titled Rogue One. While we all wait with baited breath for a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens (and just more information on the film in general), the news for Rogue One will tide us over. Tonight, there was another breaking story from Deadline (these guys have scooped several stories in a row) about a big casting rumor for the latest Star Wars film.

After casting Felicity Jones as the lead of Rogue One, it appears that Disney has now moved to casting her co-lead. And according to Deadline, that role will be filled by Ben Mendelsohn, the talented actor who has had bit parts in films like Killing Them Softly, Exodus, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond The Pines. Mike Fleming doesn't go into much detail at Deadline, as this still appears to be an early rumor. But if this came true, I would be tremendously excited. Mendelsohn is a great character actor and I can already imagine the chemistry between him and Jones. No plot details are known for Rogue One and Disney has revealed next-to nothing about the film, but this is shaping up to be a very promising flick and I'm looking forward to hearing more about it in the near future. From director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Chris Weitz, Star Wars: Rogue One will be hitting theaters on December 16, 2016. Three Star Wars films in nearly 18 months. That is truly incredible to think about.

Source: Deadline, Collider
Image Credits: Indiewire, Screen Rant

Steven Spielberg to direct 'Ready Player One' for Warner Bros.

On the cover of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, the book is described as "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix." That's an enticing concept, and Hollywood studios were quite intrigued as well. Warner Bros. scooped up the rights to the novel a while ago and the film has bounced around the studio ever since. It was recently reported that Christopher Nolan was involved with the project in some way, but that didn't come to fruition. Now, it has been confirmed that one of the most famous science fiction directors of all time will be directing the project that has the power to change blockbuster cinema forever.

In a very lengthy and informative report at Deadline (the entertainment news source that is currently stuck in a racism scandal after a controversial blog post), it is confirmed that legendary director Steven Spielberg will be directing Ready Player One from a script by Zak Penn. Spielberg will direct the film after he finishes work on Bridge of Spies, his highly anticipated Cold War drama with Tom Hanks, and The BFG, an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel due in 2016. Spielberg also has Robopocalypse, It's What I Do and a new Indiana Jones film on tap, but I don't see any of these films being released anytime soon (It's What I Do, a small war drama with Jennifer Lawrence, might be squeezed in between the bigger blockbusters). Spielberg is returning to Warner Bros. for the first time since A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, as he has spent much of the last fifteen years with Dreamworks, his own studio.

The one of the more interesting things about Ready Player One is the plot and the world that the story takes place in. According to Deadline and Rope of Silicon, Ready Player One is set in the year 2044 and tells the tale of a virtual reality creator who offers his entire company to anybody who can find the Easter eggs embedded within his OASIS game. Teenager Wade Watts is up to the challenge and must use a series of 1980's pop culture references to solve the game's puzzle. Deadline goes into great length in discussing the rights issues that could pop up with the multiple pop culture references involved in the production, but that's not really the most interesting part. The true promise of Ready Player One lies with the possibility of some truly groundbreaking visual effects.

Throughout the latter half of its article, Deadline mentions how Ready Player One is mostly set in a strictly digital, virtual reality world. This technology will be tricky to portray convincingly on screen, but they also mention that the science is there for this stuff to really work. Magic Leap is pushing cinematic reality beyond 3D, so Ready Player One could be the first major film to utilize that technology. All of this sounds incredibly exciting and promising and I can't wait to hear more about this film. For now, I'll just remain very enthused that one of my favorite directors is tackling an ambitious and brilliantly unique project. 

Source: Deadline, Rope of Silicon
Image Credits: Empire, Deadline, Nerdist

Bradley Cooper in talks to direct and star in remake of 'A Star is Born'

For the last few years, we've heard many rumors and developments about Warner Bros.' remake of the classic musical, A Star is Born. The iconic Judy Garland flick is ripe for a modern update, and it seems like everyone has been involved in the project at one point or another. For a very long time, Clint Eastwood was supposed to be directing the film, but nothing was ever heard again about Eastwood's update of the project (Eastwood moved on and did Jersey Boys later, so I guess he got his musical fix). Beyonce was also involved with the project for a very long time, but she eventually departed after her pregnancy. However, it looks like the project is getting a new start with a very big star at the helm.

According to Deadline, Bradley Cooper is in talks to direct and star in the remake of A Star is Born. As soon as the deal gets done, Warner Bros. hopes to approach Beyonce about rejoining the film's cast. Deadline also reports that Eastwood had discussed this role with Cooper (who he directed in American Sniper), so all of this makes a lot of sense. Will Fetters wrote the current draft of the script, but some rewrites are a sure thing for this flick. Cooper is currently filming David O. Russell's Joy and the Netflix show, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. With only a few small projects on tap, it shouldn't be too long before Cooper starts working on this film. I'm very excited for a modern update of A Star is Born and I think that Cooper and Beyonce will make for a solid pair. This will be an interesting project to follow going forward, and I'm betting that Warner Bros. will position this as a major Oscar player in 2016.

Source: Deadline via Rope of Silicon
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The Divergent Series: Insurgent review

The young adult genre in Hollywood is an up-and-down rollercoaster that makes it hard for studios and critics to predict how a YA adaptation will do. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were both critically and financially successful, the Twilight series was lucrative but destroyed by film fans, and now, we have The Divergent Series. I enjoyed last year's Divergent, finding that it put an interesting, if not overly fresh spin on the genre. This year's Insurgent is decidedly less enjoyable, despite the presence of Shailene Woodley and the charismatic Miles Teller. Insurgent features some very strong moments of promise, but much of the film drags, spending its time on a bizarre test sequence and lots of dull conversation. Divergent was a decent series opener, yet in order for the franchise to be exciting and invigorating going forward, Insurgent needed to be a knockout like Catching Fire was. Unfortunately, it just isn't up to the challenge.

Insurgent picks up right after the events of Divergent. The evil leader of Erudite, Jeanine (Kate Winslet), has just attacked the faction of Abnegation, but is now blaming the attack on a group of rogue Divergents. Tris (Woodley), Four (Theo James), Peter (Teller), and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) are hiding with Amity in the hopes of assembling an army to attack Jeanine and Erudite. At the same time, Jeanine is in search of the perfect Divergent to open a box that contains a message from the founders of the new society. Tris and Four end up clashing with the Factionless and then move their way to Candor before ending up the clutches of Jeanine. 

Everyone knows that Divergent is a very blatant rip-off of The Hunger Games. The Screen Junkies guys parodied that fact in a very funny Honest Trailer for the original film. However, that doesn't mean that there hasn't been a lot of potential for this franchise. The concept is fascinating and the cast is outstanding: Woodley, Teller and Elgort are engaging, excellent actors and Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson and Winslet are all strong veteran actors. The problem with the Divergent series is that the creative material isn't there and the source isn't exactly great stuff either.

I tried reading Veronica Roth's Divergent, but I stopped after a chapter or two. I couldn't take another whiny adolescent book series and I quit in the early goings. The original film's screenplay managed to survive despite the less-than-stellar material, but Insurgent suffers big-time. The screenplay, written by Akiva Goldsman, Brian Duffield and Mark Bomback, jumps from place to place with very little skill and the film's pacing is atrocious. Nearly half of the film is spent on a series of dream scenes that really don't do anything for the story. The final moments of the film manage to recover a bit of poignancy, yet the concluding revelations are simply baffling. 

Director Robert Schwentke takes over from Neil Burger and does a sufficient job. He doesn't hurt the film or help it, except on a few select occasions. Schwentke keeps the film at a quick, but choppy pace and also manages to keep the focus on Tris. The action scenes are well-filmed and there isn't much to complain about Schwentke's directorial eye. He does a fine job with this franchise and I'm fine with him staying on board going forward. 

The best thing that this franchise has going for it is the cast. The Hunger Games has Jennifer Lawrence and a series of strong veterans, but I would argue that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are less talented actors than Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort. Unfortunately, those two are wasted in favor of the bland and unintentionally funny Four, played by Theo James. Four is the "dark" and "mysterious" guy who basically has no personality at all. It's pretty funny, especially when his mom (Naomi Watts) calls him by his birth name, and he replies by saying: "Don't call me that! My name is Four." Pure screenplay gold. 

Tris is undoubtedly the focus of the story and the screenwriters emphasize her guilt over the death of her parents and friends. It's an interesting idea, but it's not a fresh one at this point (in fact, it practically rips off Katniss' problems in The Hunger Games and Stark's issues in Iron Man 3). Woodley delivers an impressive performance, but I never found it to quite enough to carry the film. 

As I've noted throughout the rest of the article, the film spends its final half in a testing room with a bunch of different tests that examine Tris' divergentness, or whatever they call it in Faction world. It ends up being a progressing series of fantasies and stuff that they showed in the marketing to make this movie look "action-packed." The movie practically drags to a halt at that point and there isn't much forward progress after that. In fact, it's only in the final few minutes that we see some of the other major characters re-enter the story and it comes off as awkwardly forced. 

In the end, Insurgent is a disappointing middle chapter that struggles to give this franchise the life it needs. Woodley and Teller are impressive young actors who manage to deliver charismatic performances, but the film's choppy structure and tediousness prevents it from ever doing anything interesting. Something just didn't feel right about this film and I seriously doubt that this film will be able to recover from this climatic chapter. The two-part finale, Allegiant, is coming, but I don't really see where this franchise can go for here. 

THE FINAL GRADE:  C-                                             (5.6/10)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Joe and Anthony Russo officially set to direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Marvel is probably the most powerful studio in Hollywood right now, and they will certainly not be slowing down. Last summer saw the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, and this year, Marvel is back with the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. 2016 will see the release of Captain America: Civil War and over the course of the next few years, we'll meet all kinds of new heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange and a new Spider-Man. However, the most anticipated project on the Marvel horizon has to be Avengers: Infinity War. The two-part finale to the first mega-phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War has been built up since the credits closed on the first Avengers film. While rumors have spread over the last few months like wildfire, we received some confirmation today about the director(s) of the highly anticipated saga.

Devin Faraci at Badass Digest officially confirmed today that Joe and Anthony Russo, the directorial team behind The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Civil War, will be at the helm for Infinity War. The deal was closed very recently, said Faraci, and he expects that there will be an announcement soon. In the report at Badass Digest, Faraci also discloses that the films will be shooting back-to-back in 2016/2017 and that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America trilogy) are in talks to write the film. All in all, as someone who believes that The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel movie, this could not be better news. I really enjoyed the dramatic gravitas that the Russo Brothers brought to the series and I can't wait to see their take on the epic finale of the Avengers series. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to premiere on May 1 and Captain America: Civil War will be hitting theaters on May 6, 2016, while Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1 will debut on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 will hit on May 3, 2019. Lots of great stuff is coming down the pipeline for Marvel fans.

Image Credits: Hollywood Reporter, Business Insider

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summer 2015 Box Office Predictions- Part 1

We're already nearly 4 months into 2015, and I gotta say, this year has been a disappointment so far. Kingsman: The Secret Service was a legitimately great film and there were a few other decent efforts, but in general, there hasn't been much to get me out to the theater. It's seriously shocking to me that the last review I wrote was for McFarland, USA (I'm hoping to get reviews out for Insurgent, Cinderella and Run All Night soon, but I'm not going to promise anything). However, there is hope on the horizon in the form of the summer movie season, which pretty much starts in April these days. Furious 7 will kick off the 2015 showcase with a bang and the season will continue until the very end of' August. The box office outlook for this summer is lucrative and we could see some huge records be broken. Here are my predictions for the first half of summer 2015, which is April 3- June 12.

FURIOUS 7- April 3

Opening Weekend Prediction- $135 million
Total Gross Prediction- $300 million

The Fast and Furious franchise has found a way to rejuvenate itself over the years and it hit its peak in 2013 when Fast and Furious 6 opened with $117 million over the four-day weekend with some heavy competition from Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hangover Part III. Furious 7 is currently tracking around that same number, but I have a feeling that it will blow it out of the water. There hasn't been a big action film since Kingsman and the Furious franchise has only grown in popularity over the years. Not to mention the tragic fact that this is Paul Walker's last film role (the actor died in November 2013). All in all, this will be a massive box office hit and one of 2014's biggest films.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $18 million
Total Gross Prediction- $45 million

It's another Nicholas Sparks movie, and it looks just as forgettable as the other films. However, there's an audience for these movies that comes out time and time again, so The Longest Ride will rake in a little bit of cash. With no major stars, this will be one of the lower grossing Sparks movie, but it should still turn a tidy profit.

EX MACHINA- April 10 (limited)

Opening Weekend Prediction- $1.4 million
Total Gross Prediction- $10.5 million

Ex Machina is one of my most anticipated films of the early summer, a hot festival property with two rising stars in Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson. The promise of an A.I. film done right is intriguing, and the buzz on this one is very, very good. Whether or not that translates to box office success is questionable, but I'm pumped either way.

CHILD 44- April 17

Opening Weekend Prediction- $7.5 million
Total Gross Prediction- $23 million

The long delayed mystery about a series of child murders in the Soviet Union has the potential to be a dramatically interesting film, but I don't think that it'll make much of a dent at the box office. Tom Hardy is a big name, but with dark subject matter and a lack of Oscar buzz, this drama will probably fail to gain much traction.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $6.4 million
Total Gross Prediction- $17.5 million

Another year, another Disneynature flick. None of these films make very much money, but they're part of the company's ecological initiative and they help animals in need. So even if this film doesn't make much money, it's for a good cause. A final finish near $20 million is in the realm of possibility for this one.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $30 million
Total Gross Prediction- $105 million

The first Paul Blart was a surprise hit in January 2010, grossing nearly $150 million on a $26 million budget. Five years later, we're getting a sequel that nobody really asked for, but that's okay- this film is still going to make a lot of money. It won't do as good as the original, but I can see it matching the first film's opening and crossing the $100 million mark at the box office.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $27.9 million
Total Gross Prediction- $55 million

The trailer for Unfriended started a social media firestorm when it debuted earlier this year, and I can easily see that excitement turn into big bucks for Universal. The R-rating will prevent the target audience from actually seeing the film, but I can still see teens and young adults flocking to this one in droves, especially on opening weekend. Early reviews are also positive, so that will definitely help.

TRUE STORY- April 17

Opening Weekend Prediction- $900,000
Total Gross Prediction- $15.5 million

While most audiences know James Franco and Jonah Hill from their raucous comedies and Oscar-nominated efforts, Franco is well-established in the indie world as well, and this time, he's bringing Hill with him for a dark and gritty murder drama. This film won't do big business, but it will be an independent hit during a weak mid-April marketplace.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $16 million
Total Gross Prediction- $50 million

Lionsgate did a very good job of getting marketing materials out early for this intriguing film, and early response has been good. I can definitely see Gossip Girl fans heading out to see star Blake Lively in this one, and the supporting cast of Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford could bring in older audiences. While it won't be a blockbuster, The Age of Adaline will be a modest hit when it debuts in late April.

LITTLE BOY- April 24

Opening Weekend Prediction- $3 million
Total Gross Prediction- $9.8 million

I didn't know about this movie until just now, but apparently, it stars Kevin James, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson and chronicles the relationship between a father and son during World War II. It could be an interesting flick, but the film sounds really sentimental and mushy, and with a lack of a marketing push, I think that this one will fade very quickly.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $8 million
Total Gross Prediction- $24 million

This film has the disadvantage of opening on the same weekend as Avengers: Age of Ultron, but luckily, it's targeting a very different audience. With Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Will Forte, this film should be able to pull in some audience members thanks to its star power. Don't expect a big hit, but I think that there's promise with this one.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $225 million
Total Gross Prediction- $680 million

The summer's biggest film will most certainly be Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 megahit, The Avengers. The first film debuted to a stunning $207 million and went on to gross $623 million at the box office. Marvel's audience has only grown since 2012, and I definitely see Avengers: Age of Ultron giving Avatar a run for its money at the domestic box office, especially if it's a good film.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $19 million
Total Gross Prediction- $58 million

Hot Pursuit seems tailor-made to be a big hit. It stars Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon and is obviously cut form the same cloth as The Heat and other star-studded cop flicks. However, Warner Bros. is really struggling to market this flick. There was a trailer, but there hasn't been many posters and I'm not sure how much the public really knows about this flick. This could go either way, depending on Warner's actions over the next few weeks.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $5 million
Total Gross Prediction- $14 million

Before I Wake is a horror film starring Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth. I didn't know that until a few minutes ago, but apparently, it's coming out rather soon. It won't do strong business, since there's two other horror films coming down the pipeline quickly after this one. However, it might be able to pull in a few dollars here and there.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $45 million
Total Gross Prediction- $140 million

Mad Max; Fury Road is an R-rated, high-concept sci-fi flick that is a sequel to a franchise that has lay dormant for several years. Does that sound like a recipe for a hit to you? It didn't for anybody until last July, when the first look at Fury Road dropped at Comic-Con. Since then, there has been a growing anticipation for this film and I think that it's going to really surprise at the box office. The fanboy excitement might be a little stronger than the general audience interest, but Fury Road should still be a huge hit.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $40 million
Total Gross Prediction- $100 million

Surprisingly, the original Pitch Perfect only grossed $65 million at the box office. However, it has since gained a massive cult following and a group of teenage girls who simply love that movie. The sequel should do much bigger business and the film will likely push the $100 million threshold.


Four Day Opening Weekend Prediction- $30 million
Total Gross Prediction- $72 million

Poltergeist is a remake of the classic horror film, and if it's good, I can see it doing major business. But if it's just a standard horror film, it will definitely be overshadowed by Insidious Chapter 3, which will wreck on June 5. It's baffling to me that Fox moved Poltergeist to the Memorial Day date instead of keeping it in late July, where it would have had the horror market all to itself.


Four Day Opening Weekend Prediction- $51 million
Total Gross Prediction- $125 million

Going into 2015, Tomorrowland was one of the most promising original sci-fi efforts. It starred George Clooney, it was directed by Brad Bird and it was shrouded in secrecy. I'm still very intrigued by the film's premise, but the marketing has yet to hook me. Others seem to feel the same, and I feel that could hinder the film's box office. Still, a family action flick with George Clooney seems destined to make at least $100 million.

ALOHA- May 29

Opening Weekend Prediction- $16 million
Total Gross Prediction- $70 million

Aloha got off to a slow start thanks to leaked emails from Sony exec Amy Pascal, who pretty much stated that the new Cameron Crowe film was a disaster destined to flop when it was released. However, the film bounced back a bit with a strong first trailer and audiences were enthused. I feel like this is good counter-programming amid the glut of action flicks, which could definitely attract an adult audience. Aloha might start soft, but word of mouth will carry it through the month of June.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $35 million
Total Gross Prediction- $90 million

San Andreas is a promising film, but it has yet to gain the traction it needs to be a major hit. Dwayne Johnson is a huge star and the film's effects look very good, so I can definitely see this breaking out in late May. And the film really needs to do big business- the production budget is rumored to be around $100 million. But even if San Andreas fails to live up to expectations in the US, it will surely wreck at the overseas box office, making this a guaranteed hit for Warner Bros.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $8 million
Total Gross Prediction- $28 million

Hillsong is a very popular Christian rock group and this is a concert/documentary film about them. The film doesn't seem to have much of a plot, but I'm sure that there's some sort of story to it. I don't know much more than that, but if this film pulls in the God's Not Dead audience, then it should do some decent business.

SPY- June 5

Opening Weekend Prediction- $50 million
Total Gross Prediction- $175 million

Melissa McCarthy is a comedy superstar and this is going to be her biggest film yet. The early word out of the South By Southwest film festival was very strong and the mix of action and comedy could bring in a male audience as well. Not to mention the strong cast and the fact that this is a perfectly timed release. This film is going to do very well, and should continue the hot streak for spy films at the box office.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $22 million
Total Gross Prediction- $60 million

Entourage ended a few years ago after a downhill spiral, but a few devoted fans have stayed with the series over the years. Producer Mark Wahlberg finally got a movie off the ground, and there is definitely the potential for a mid-level hit here. Entourage seems to have a very select audience, but those fans will certainly turn out in droves for this big screen treatment.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $38 million
Total Gross Prediction- $85 million

Insidious Chapter 2 was a massive hit, grossing $40 million in its opening weekend alone. This film should do similar numbers, unless Poltergeist is a massive hit. The cast is different, but the series brand remains the same, which will help Chapter 3 become a very big success.

LOVE AND MERCY- June 5 (limited)

Opening Weekend Prediction- $600,000
Total Gross Prediction- $10 million

The Beach Boys are an iconic American band and they hadn't received a biopic until earlier this year. Love and Mercy chronicles lead singer Brian Wilson over the decades (he's played by Paul Dano and John Cusack) and it received very good reviews at Sundance. This film will build off of its buzz and emerge as one of the summer's bigger indie hits.

DOPE- June 12

Opening Weekend Prediction- $6 million
Total Gross Prediction- $22 million

This is another summer Sundance favorite, and this should really do strong business. It's a coming of age flick set in Los Angeles and it seems like a film that could reach a wide audience. Sundance films have disappointed in the past (Whiplash), but I feel like Dope is poised to kill it at the box office.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $150,000
Total Gross Prediction- $13 million

The Grand Jury prize winner at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl set off a firestorm at the film festival in January. The premise seems a bit trickier for mainstream audiences, but I still see this film doing decent business. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is also an early Oscar favorite, which could draw in audiences. All in all, this film will have a solid little run in June and July.


Opening Weekend Prediction- $95 million
Total Gross Prediction- $260 million

Jurassic World is poised to be the biggest hit of June and one of the summer's biggest flicks. The Jurassic franchise has lay dormant since the disappointment of Jurassic Park III in the early 2000s, but with young filmmaker Colin Trevorrow at the helm, and a cast that includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio and megastar Chris Pratt, Jurassic World is set to bring this franchise back to life. The first two trailers were stunning and I simply can't wait to see this film. And if it's as good as I think it can be, the sky's the limit for the box office on this one.

That's it for Part 1 of my Summer Box Office Predictions. Come back in early June for Part 2, where we'll take a look at Inside Out, Ted 2, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation and The Fantastic Four!

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First trailer debuts for newly titled 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'

As we inch towards the start of the summer movie season, the studios will begin to dish out trailers for some of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year. The first full-length trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens will debut with Avengers: Age of Ultron, a teaser for Sony's Spectre will drop on March 28th (according to Scott Mendelson), and today, we received our first brief look at Mission: Impossible 5, now titled Rogue Nation. This film was originally set to hit theaters on December 25, but Paramount moved up the release to July to avoid running into Star Wars fever. The first teaser for the film is around a minute long, but Paramount will be revealing a full trailer tomorrow. Check out the teaser below:

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol was one of the best action films of the decade thus far and I've been looking forward to the fifth installment for the last few years. The first trailer delivered the goods, with just a hint of plot and enough spectacular action to go around. Not having Brad Bird in the director's chair is concerning, but I'm confident that Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie can keep everything together. With a script from Drew Pearce and Will Staples, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris and Rebecca Ferguson. The film will hit theaters on July 31.

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