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As summer movie season draws to a close, there are still several big films set to hit theaters. First up is the Fantastic Four reboot, featuring awards-caliber actors Kate Mara (House of Cards), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as the eponymous superhero quartet. That same week, Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter as a rock-and-roll mom in Ricki and the Flash. Later this month, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton rolls onto the big screen the same week as Warner Bros. retro Man From U.N.C.L.E. revival and Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach‘s latest collaboration in Mistress America. August winds down with Zac Efron as an aspiring DJ in We Are Your Friends.
Check out the trailers for those and other eagerly awaited August titles and read about what makes them so hot.
Fantastic Four (Aug. 7): Fox’s latest take on the Marvel superhero franchise, which launched Marvel Comics with its comic-book iteration, stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as the eponymous quartet of superheroes. The movie — directed by Josh Trank from a script by Trank, Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater — marks Fox’s second round with the franchise, following two films released in 2005 and 2007 that starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd. The reboot has a different tone than its predecessors, with Fox pulling the 2005 and 2007 films from iTunes and Amazon ahead of the new film’s release so as not to create confusion in the marketplace. The new cast has an elite pedigree, starring in titles like Whiplash, House of Cards and Fruitvale Station, but Fox concedes “there were definitely some bumps in the road” during Fantastic Four‘s production. Still a sequel has already been scheduled for June 9, 2017.
Ricki and the Flash (Aug. 7): Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, as a hard-rocking musician who tries to reconnect with her children in this film, which new Sony motion picture chairman Tom Rothman made at his TriStar subsidiary before taking charge of the studio. Juno‘s Diablo Cody wrote the film, basing the character of Ricki in part on her musician mother-in-law and Jonathan Demme directed, insisting that all of the film’s songs be performed live, leading Streep to teach herself to play electric guitar. Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Audra McDonald co-star.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Aug. 14): Russian and American spies join forces at the height of the Cold War in the Guy Ritchie-directed retro revival of the classic TV series. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play special agents who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander and Jared Harris co-star in the Ritchie and Lionel Wigram-written film. The long-in-the-works film originally had Steven Soderbergh attached to direct. And Tom Cruise was later attached to play Cavill’s role, with Superman stepping in when the Mission: Impossible star dropped out.
Mistress America (Aug. 14): Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s latest collaboration (following Greenberg and Frances Ha), which premiered at Sundance, centers around a New York college freshman and aspiring writer (played by Lola Kirke) who’s rescued from her loneliness by Manhattan scenester and her soon-to-be stepsister (Gerwig).
Straight Outta Compton (Aug. 14): The N.W.A. biopic tells the (mostly) true story of the groundbreaking hip-hop group formed by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who produced the Universal movie, along with Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella. The film took 13 years to get to the big screen — a process that involved two studios, countless rewrites and overcoming decades-old feuds. The F. Gary Gray-directed Compton stars Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. as his dad and Corey Hawkins as Dre. Jason Mitchell plays the late Eazy-E.
Hitman: Agent 47 (Aug. 21): Fox’s latest movie based on the video-game franchise about a genetically engineered assassin features Rupert Friend in the title role. Friend stepped in for Paul Walker, who was set to star in the film before he died in a car crash in 2013. The movie is a sequel to 2007’s Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware co-star in the Aleksander Bach-directed film, written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch.
We Are Your Friends (Aug. 28): Zac Efron plays aspiring DJ and party promoter Cole Carter in the Max Joseph-directed movie set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife. Wes Bentley stars as charismatic older DJ James, who takes Cole under his wing, while Emily Ratajkowski plays James’ girlfriend, whom Cole ends up falling for.
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