Yes, I know that we just wrapped up Oscar season. And no, I really have no desire to start writing about it again. But this has been an extremely slow news week, and while I'm still crafting my review of Beauty and the Beast (hopefully soon), I figured I would write about some of the more fascinating movies set to come out in the latter half of 2017. There are already quite a few movies on the calendar that have serious Oscar potential, from Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated Dunkirk in July to Joe Wright's Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman. Alexander Payne's Downsizing, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name (recently set for a November 24th limited release), and the Hugh Jackman-starred Greatest Showman on Earth all have potential as well, but to be quite honest, we're only at the tip of the iceberg. The Oscar season will expand with May's Cannes Film Festival, and by the time that Toronto and Telluride roll around, things will be getting hectic all over again.
To prepare for the season, Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company are assembling their Oscar slate, hoping to get back into the thick of the action in 2017. Both studios are coming off disappointing years, as Searchlight struck out with Jackie and The Birth of a Nation, while Weinstein walked away with zero Oscars, despite a nice showing from Lion at the box office. While Searchlight is currently dropping schlock like Table 19 and Wilson into theaters, they're prepping for what could be a big season. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will release its first trailer later today, but the film doesn't currently have a release date. However, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's The Battle of the Sexes has been dated by the studio, as it is now set for a September 22, 2017 release date, putting it in prime consideration for a Toronto or Telluride bow. The film, which centers around the legendary tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell and could likely nab Oscar nods for both of its stars.
As for The Weinstein Company, the studio dated three of its high profile releases for 2017- Wind River, Mary Magdalene, and The Current War. The former is Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut, and it is now set for an August 4 release. Mary Magdalene is Garth Davis' follow-up to Lion, with a cast led by Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. The film will hit theaters in limited release on November 24. Finally, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War will debut on December 22, and will likely be Weinstein's big Oscar play. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Shannon playing Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse, respectively, there's no doubt that the Academy will far hard for this one.
There will be plenty more release date announcements in the near future, but expect a trailer for Three Billboards later today.
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