The weekend is finally upon us, providing some much needed rest and relaxation. Another week has gone by, and with it has come a slew of new movie trailers. There's a ton of projects heading down the pipeline, approaching both theaters and streaming platforms. Netflix in particular has been turning out tons of original movies, with each one of those countless movies getting their own marketing campaign. That was certainly the case this week, as two upcoming Netflix movies debuted their first trailers.
It's easy for some of these clips to fall to the wayside, but fear not. We here at CinemaBlend are compiling each week's new trailers every Friday. This one didn't fail to deliver, a a bunch of of movies got their first trailers arriving on the internet. And with it, hopefully the buzz to make each release a success. Here's the trailers for this week.
Disney and Pixar go together like peas and carrots, and the two powerhouses of animated entertainment are back at it again with Soul. The movie is directed by Pixar favorite Peter Docte, who is the man behind classics like Monsters Inc., Up, and Inside Out. So you should probably bring tissues to the theater. This first trailer is vague about the film's plot, it looks like Soul will be the most existential movie from the studios yet. Protagonist Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a teacher and jazz lover, before his life suddenly ends by walking into a manhole. In the after life he's sent to a "You Seminar", where he'll meet the likes of Tina Fey's 22. Also featured in the cast are Hamilton's Daveed Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, and musician Questlove. Soul will arrive in theaters on June 19th 2020.
Netflix's The Two Popes
This one has had some hype behind it, mostly due to the cast and title. The Two Popes is an upcoming biographical drama coming to Netflix, after appearing in numerous film festivals. Directed by Fernando Meirelles, and based off Anthony McCarten's 2017 play The Pope. The story follows Anthony Hopkins' Pope Benedict XVI, as he steps down from the position following scandal within the church. He's joined by Game of Thrones alum Jonathan Pryce's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the man who would one day become Pope Francis. The movie appears wholly focused on the two men, and the trailer features some beautiful cinematography to accompany the scene work. Meanwhile, the film's praises are shown on the screen, all but guaranteeing a great experience for those Netflix subscribers who stream the upcoming drama. The Two Popes will have a limited release starting on November 27, 2019, before becoming available to stream December 20th.
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man is a movie that sat in development hell for a bit, and gone through a few incarnations since its inception. Originally set within the now defunct Dark Universe and starring Johnny Depp, it looks like the new version will be an entirely different vision. Directed by horror writer/director Leigh Whannell, the movie focuses on a woman named Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss). She escapes an abusive relationship, when her abuser Adrian seemingly kills himself and leaves her his fortune. While Cecilia originally thinks she's safe, strange and terrifying things start happening around her, leading to a breakdown of her mental health. She believes Adrian is alive and invisible, and it should be fascinating to see how the psychological horror movie shakes out. The cast is rounded out by Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Aldis Hodge. The Invisible Man will hit theaters on February 28th, 2020.
One story that never been far from theaters is Peter Pan. The boy who never grew up and Neverland have entertained audiences for decades, and he'll once again head to theaters in 2020. Wendy is a new adaptation of that beloved story, directed by Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). The movie opens up on the Lost Boys, who are shown roaming around Neverland island. It's unclear how they got there, although there does appear to be a train involved. The magical element of the Peter Pan stories is left ambiguous in this first trailer, as we aren't shown any fairy dust or flying. But there are indeed pirates, and possibly a hint at the island's mermaids. All that remains unclear, although there should be more trailers ahead of Wendy's release. Wendy will hit theaters on February 28th, 2020.
Netflix's The Knight Before Christmas
The second Netflix movie that release a trailer this week is The Knight Before Christmas. The upcoming holiday rom-com shows the streaming service's continued dedication to releasing Christmas-themed movies around the holidays. The Knight Before Christmas stars Vanessa Hudgens in her second Netflix Christmas movie, following last year's The Christmas Switch. This one involves time travel, as a Knight is mysterious transported forward in time to 2019. His name is Sir Cole Christopher Frederick Lyons, played by Josh Whitehouse, who had a role in the now-cancelled Game of Thrones prequel. Hudgens' character stumbles upon him... by hitting him with her car in the snow. The fish out of water story soon turns to love, as sparks fly and Sir Cole charms her loved ones. You can watch all the romantic comedy magic when The Knight Before Christmas is available to stream on November 21st.
Clearly there are plenty of big movies coming down the pipeline, across a variety of genres and platforms. The films heading to streaming and theaters will induce horror, the feels, and even Christmas joy. That's ultimately the goal of movies: to tell a story and make audiences feel something. So no matter which genre strikes your fancy, there's a movie coming down the pipeline just for you. But make sure you tune into CinemaBlend's weekly list of trailers, so you know exactly what's coming next. And while you're at it, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies, and our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.