We’re starting to get into the meaty part of the year for cinema, when summer time rolls around in the US and all the big Hollywood blockbusters begin to roll out.
Unfortunately for us in Oz, we still have a while to wait until a lot of the larger films finally reach our screens (and they wonder why film piracy is so prevalent in Australia), but in the meantime a reel of amazing looking trailers have just started to trickle online pointing to some of the most exciting releases on the horizon.
And judging by these latest clips, 2015 looks set to be the year of the thriller, with themes ranging from classic Shakespeare tales to mountain climbing adventures, gangster flicks, Cold War espionage stories and even tight rope walking.
Here are five new trailers that will definitely tense up your butt-hole and have you itching for their Australian release.
Starring arguably the most revered actor currently working in Hollywood, Michael Fassbender, as the title character and famed usurper to the Scottish throne, along with one of the most scintillating actresses in world cinema, Marion Cotillard as Lady MacBeth, this modern retelling of the famed ‘Scottish Play’ looks like it will be a faithful and brutal portrayal of one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful scripts. If Australian director Justin Kurzel can bring one tenth of the suspense and tension he created in Snowtown to MacBeth, it will be totally captivating.
Out in Australian cinemas: TBA
This man against the mountain epic looks like it will be an exhilarating thrill ride. Previous Hollywood mountain climbing stories (Cliffhanger, Vertical Limit) haven’t really reached their peak (pardon the pun), but this trailer makes Everest look like it could be a genuine, edge of your seat, action thriller. The cast is equally impressive too: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Out in Australian cinemas: September 17
French high wire daredevil Philippe Petit’s amazing story has already been brillianty captured in the documentary Man On Wire, but now his famed crossing of the World Trade Centre Twin Towers is set to get the Hollywood treatment starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. Although it looks like the feature film version the tower walk will have a lot more emphasis on the story as a Mission Impossible style heist, and JGL’s accent in the trailer comes off a little Pepé Le Pew, it’s exciting to see that this truly wonderful story is getting mass exposure.
Out in Australian cinemas: October 1
Bridge Of Spies
When a film is directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks and was co-written by the Coen Brothers, you can pretty much hear the engravers already filling in the plaques on the front of the Oscars statues. Bridge Of Spies tells the story of American lawyer, James B. Donovan (Hanks), who was recruited by the CIA during the Cold War in 1947 to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union by negotiating his release in return for the exchange of an American Soviet spy. It looks like it’s dripping with intrigue and tension, and will see Hanks do what he does best and act as the moral voice of reason for humanity.
Out in Australian cinemas: October 22
It goes without saying that Johnny Depp has been on somewhat of a cold streak of late. But his turn as infamous American gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film Black Mass has got critics and fans equally excited that the once great Hollywood star could be making a huge return to form. He looks mesmerising and terrifying as Bulger in the trailer – I just hope he can take that menacing scowl and turn it into a full 90 minute effort. He’s also set to be backed by a stellar cast, including Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon and Adam Scott.
Out in Australian cinemas: TBA