Watch the Week’s Most Intriguing Trailers
There seems to be something for everyone in the latest batch of new trailers:
‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’
Five years after the original “Maleficent” conjured up more than $750 million worldwide, Angelina Jolie’s titular sorceress returns to continue this revisionist take on “Sleeping Beauty.” The sequel’s initial teaser is narrated by Michelle Pfeiffer, who joins the cast as Queen Ingrith. What part she plays in the impending ascension of Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to the throne isn’t clear from the clip, which is long on striking visuals but short on plot specifics. At least the music — a dreamy cover of Donovan’s 1966 hit “Season of the Witch” by the British singer-songwriter Molly — proves intoxicating.
Perhaps not since Gary Oldman transformed into Winston Churchill for “Darkest Hour” has a star disappeared into a role like Renée Zellweger does in the first teaser for this Judy Garland biopic. While we don’t hear her speak in this minutelong spot, Zellweger does perform an impressive version of “Over the Rainbow.” This raises the question: Why hasn’t she done another musical since “Chicago” in 2002?
Along with “Someone Great” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” Netflix continues bringing diversity to romcoms with this entry (in theaters May 29 and on Netflix May 31) that was co-written by its leading actors, the stand-up comic Ali Wong and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Randall Park. They play childhood friends who dated in their teens and are reunited when he’s hired to work on a restaurant she’s opening. The charming trailer culminates with the reveal of the ultimate obstacle for this star-crossed couple: her new boyfriend, played by none other than Keanu Reeves. Whoa!
‘Angel Has Fallen’
He saved the White House in “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and Britain in “London Has Fallen” (2016), and this is the thanks he gets: Newly promoted Secret Service Director Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is framed for a drone-strike assassination attempt on the president (Morgan Freeman). The three-quel’s trailer looks pretty standard, but it reveals a promising addition to the franchise’s cast: Nick Nolte as Banning’s grizzled father.