This year the Cinemacon, the annual convention held in Las Vegas where Hollywood’s top film studios present their biggest films to theatre owners and the media, showcased plenty of brand new footages, sneak peaks, exclusive shows and star power. From Fate of the Furious to Mummy, here we give you highlights of some incredible movies coming our way this year.
Fate of the Furious
The cast introduced the film at Cinemacon in Vegas. Vin Diesel also paid an emotional tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died in 2013, saying he only agreed to make another film because it was Paul who said there should be an eighth instalment. He said: “Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot. I always feel like he’s looking down on us so we didn’t want to let him down.”
Universal sneaked in a screening of the eighth Furious film and later said in a statement “Exhibitors were thrilled with the over-the-top stunts, humor and icy villainess Charlize Theron, opining that it’s better than “Furious 7.”
Ben Affleck surprised audiences at Cinemacon by turning up for the Justice League presentation alongside Henry Cavill (Superman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman). Justice League is set for release on November. Warner Bros. Showed an extended trailer was shown, with extra chat and battle scenes.
“Justice League is the culmination of a journey for me that’s been seven years,” Director Zack Snyder told the crowd. “I’m a huge fan of these characters and this a dream come true to have a chance to bring them all together in this single film.”
War for the Planet of the Apes
The last time we saw Caesar, all out war was about to start between humans and apes. Fast forward a few years and we see it in full flow in the latest instalment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. Fox says “It’s a big, fat surefire summer smash.”
A new pretty intense trailer was screened and later put online which has got fans and critics excited for its release. Ruthless Colonel Woody Harrelson is heard saying "There are times when it is necessary to abandon your humanity to save humanity."
Marvel released a new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming at the event. A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The clip gives us a better look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker, a better look at Michael Keaton as Vulture and a better look at Robert Downey Jr - because who doesn't like Tony Stark?
The main villain of this film, Michael Keaton, who played an iconic Batman at one point in his career, is now going to be the bad guy. Tony Stark, on the other hand, stands as a mentor for the young Peter Parker after the events of "Captain America: Civil War." This Sony and Marvel produced film is set for release in July.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The film was given an early screening at CinemaCon before its release in May. The third and fourth movies failed to set US box offices - or the critics but Disney said “Cinemacon screening left exhibitors praising the visual effects, Johnny Depp’s performance and a lively story viewed as a significant improvement on the fourth film, 2011’s “On Stranger Tides.”
It sees Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow and Javier Bardem play the villainous Captain Salazar, while British actress Kaya Scodelario also appears. On Twitter, reactions from Cinemacon attendees were “very fun” and “so much better than the last one”.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Diney debuted a three second footage from The Last Jedi at Cinemacon which showed Rey on Ahch-To, the home of the first Jedi Temple where she met up with Luke Skywalker at the end of The Force Awakens. According to IGN Movies Executive Editor, Jim Vejvoda, the footage shows her swinging Luke's blue lightsaber, seemingly in the same general area where she ended the last film.
Tom Cruise couldn’t make it to CinemaCon this year, but the actor did appear via video from London to introduce some exciting new footage from the adventure-fantasy due out in June. Cruise introduced the extended clip from what he called Universal’s “bold, romantic, terrifying, epic monster film.” In the footage, his character of Nick Morton and Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail fall into a giant hole in the desert that’s been hidden for 2000 years.
Universal commented “Scary, sexy, cool. Tom Cruise looks a tad too adrenalized, but this remake doesn’t skimp on the gotcha moments.”