With the summer movie season now starting to wind down following the release of movies like Mission: Impossible - Fallout and The Meg, the time has come to look ahead to the more prestigious time of the year. Studios have begun selling their potential Oscar films, and Universal's Green Book looks like it could be a major contender in that category. In fact, a trailer for the movie has hit the web, and it features some powerhouse performances from Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Captain Fantastic's Viggo Mortensen. Check it out, below, to see the first look at the film for yourself!
We weren't kidding when we noted that it looked powerful, were we? Based on a true story, Green Book centers on a rough-around-the-edges white mob enforcer (Viggo Mortensen) tasked with driving a world-class black pianist (Mahershala Ali) through the American south during the height of the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s. Though they initially know very little about each other at the beginning of the journey, they eventually learn to work together and understand their respective struggles.
One of the most interesting elements of the development and production of Green Book is the talent that has signed on to bring it to life. Specifically, the film has enlisted Peter Farrelly to direct, which is a major change of pace for the filmmaker. Farrelly is mostly known for gross-out comedies like Dumb & Dumber, and There's Something About Mary, so for Green Book to get him to jump genres like this could potentially indicate that there's something very special lurking in this story.
Of course, it is impossible to address the story of Green Book without homing in on the fact that it seems to tackle some serious issues of race and bigotry. These topics have become particularly fertile ground for movies to explore. In recent years we have seen films like Get Out, Straight Outta Compton, and Loving (to name a select few) achieve critical and commercial success by taking unflinching approaches to these topics, and Green Book could do the same for 2018. Couple that with the fact that Green Book is lined up to hit theaters in November (which is prime time for films to bait The Oscars), and it becomes clear that Universal may have a potential winner on its hands for the most prestigious time of the year in the movie world.
Make sure to stay tuned for more updates related to Green Book as further information about the movie is made available to us. The film is set to debut in theaters later this year on November 21, so mark it down on your moviegoing calendars and check out our 2018 movie premiere guide to learn more about all of this year's significant release dates!