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The two highlights were the first trailers from action-thriller American Assassin and Julia Roberts-starrer Wonder.
American Assassin is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s best-selling book series and stars Dylan O’Brien (in his first role since an accident on the set of the Maze Runner sequel) and Michael Keaton. It tells the tale of Mitch Rapp (O’Brien), an Arab linguistics student who becomes a CIA assassin after his girlfriend dies in a terror attack. He teams up with reluctant mentor Stan Hurley (Keaton), who trains him.
In the intense trailer, we learn Rapp’s goal in life is to kill the terrorist (and all of his associates) that were responsible for the death of his girlfriend. Rapp goes into the woods in an attempt to seek mentorship from Hurley. In order to be accepted by Hurley, Rapp suggests they go hand-to-hand — noting that within 20 seconds, the older man should be able to tell if the younger man has what it takes. Cut to Hurley handing Rapp a knife with a simple command: “Kill me.” Unfortunately for the young would-be trainee, he’s quickly disabled and has a knife to his own throat.
For O’Brien, known for MTV’s Teen Wolf and the Maze Runner films, the gritty role looks unlike what he’s previously been known for. Michael Cuesta directed the project from Lionsgate and CBS Films, which is set to open Sept. 15.
Wonder, starring Room actor Jacob Tremblay as a child with a facial deformity, got the highest test scores in the studio’s history. The trailer shows Tremblay’s character Auggie attending school for the first time and struggling with being bullied for how he looks. Roberts stars as his mother, while Owen Wilson plays his father. The first trailer has an uplifting feeling to it as Auggie is supported by his family and learns to accept and love himself for who he is.
Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of the R.J. Palacio novel is set to bow Nov. 17.
Lionsgate wrapped up its presentation with a full screening of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. The action comedy will open in theaters Aug. 18.
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