Trailer Thursdays: Ghost in the Shell and Valerian Bring Us All the Sci-Fi

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Release Date: 31 March 2017 | Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Rupert Sanders 
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt 
Summary: Cyborg The Major (Scarlett Johansson), and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s Artificial Intelligence technology. 

Ghost in the Shell is an upcoming American film based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere and Juliette Binoche.

After a few short viral teasers of Ghost in the Shell we finally get to see a teaser trailer that gives us a better look at what’s to come. It’s difficult to say how the movie will fair considering the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson and critiques of anime fans, however, one thing we can agree on is how large the CGI budget must have been. 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Release Date: 21 July 2017 |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman 
Summary: Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline – visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique, and epic science fiction saga. 

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.  Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe.

Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time – uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Solace (2016)

Release Date: 16 December 2016 | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Afonso Poyart
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell
Summary: When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers.

The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise.

When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.

Wilson (2017)

Release Date: 24 March 2017  | Comedy 
Director: Craig Johnson 
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Laura Dern 
Summary: Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.