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Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian spy falling for a CIA officer in the first trailer for ‘Red Sparrow’

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After unsuccessfully trying to get all of those destructive house guests to leave in Darren Aronofsky’s audacious psychological horror tale mother! last year, Jennifer Lawrence is now a master of seductive and manipulative combat, as shown in the first trailer for The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming action-thriller Red Sparrow.

Based on Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow trilogy, the film follows Dominika Egorova, a young woman who finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence that trains young people to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring an intense training process, Dominika emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced.

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While just about everyone in this trailer seems to be sporting a particularly bad Russian accent, with no exception to Lawrence, Red Sparrow seems to have a fairly impressive supporting cast including Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons. Justin Haythe adapted the film for the screen, based on the book written by Matthews.

As for whether or not Red Sparrow is actually just another Atomic Blonde with a different title slapped on the front of it is yet to be revealed, though the trailer does look rather promising if you ask me. I suppose we’ll find out for ourselves when Red Sparrow opens later this year on March 2.

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are coming for their Oscars in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ trailer

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are coming for their Oscars in the riveting first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots, the upcoming historical drama from director Josie Rourke, which explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart and her intense rivalry with another young queen.

Based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the film was written by Beau Willimon and follows Mary (Ronan) as she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, but Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).

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Determined to rule as much more than just a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and, ultimately, change the course of history forever.

The film marks the feature directorial debut of Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse and the first woman to run a major theater in London. Supporting cast members include Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.

Focus Features is set to release Mary Queen of Scots in select theaters just in time for the forthcoming awards season on December 7.

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Jack Black, Cate Blanchett fight evil pumpkins in new ‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’ trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Eli Roth’s adaptation of John Bellairs’ beloved children’s classic The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The film was adapted for the screen by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, and Kyle MacLachlan.

The magical adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Lewis (Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy facade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

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“I can give you the right books, teach you the right spells, but that last one percent, that’s up to you,” Black’s character tells Lewis, revealing that he is indeed a warlock himself and is willing to teach his nephew the ways of magic.

However, when Lewis’ uncle reveals that the home they reside in used to be owned by a very wicked and powerful warlock named Isaac Izard (MacLachlan), it is up to Lewis, his uncle, and Mrs. Zimmerman (Blanchett), the next-door witch, to destroy the clock once and for all before it does something horrible.

The House with a Clock in its Walls also stars Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, and will be released by Universal just in time for the forthcoming Halloween season on September 21.

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Timothée Chalamet battles drug addiction in the heartbreaking first trailer for ‘Beautiful Boy’

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As promised by Timothée Chalamet in a series of tweets posted over the past couple of days, the first trailer for Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy was released this morning, further revealing the upcoming addiction drama starring Steve Carell and Chalamet as a father and son going through a rough point in their lives.

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy, which was adapted for the screen by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

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Chalamet made history earlier this year when he became the youngest best actor contender in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards for his astonishing performance in Luca Guadagnino’s gay coming-of-age tale Call Me by Your Name, and it seems likely that he will earn another nomination next year for Beautiful Boy, as will Carell.

“Your mind knows you’re acting. But when you drop twenty pounds and you are under a rain machine for eight takes in a T-shirt—your body doesn’t know you’re acting,” Chalamet told MTV while discussing the drastic weight loss he underwent for his role as the meth-addicted Nic Sheff.

Also starring in the film are Golden Globe-winner Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, who starred opposite Carell on the hit TV series The Office for a number of seasons, as Vicki Sheff, Nic’s mother. Beautiful Boy will be released by Amazon Studios just in time for awards season on October 12.

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