Watch the Trailers for 11 of June's Most Anticipated Movies
Sequels, original tentpoles and eagerly anticipated indies hit theaters this month as summer movie season continues.
Big-budget sequels (Jurassic World, Ted 2) and original tentpoles (Spy, Inside Out) are among the most anticipated movies hitting theaters in the second month of summer movie season. June also marks the eagerly-awaited releases of the Entourage movie and film-festival-favorite indies Love & Mercy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Wolfpack and Dope.
Horror fans will also get to experience the latest installment in the Insidious franchise. And "Batkid" Miles Scott's Make-a-Wish event turned viral phenomenon gets the documentary treatment.
Read on to watch the trailers for and learn more about these highly anticipated films, presented in chronological order by release date, to better plan your June moviegoing.
Entourage (June 3): The boys are back. Four years after the HBO series ended, Entourage has done what few now-defunct TV shows could do, it made the movie that fans wanted. In the bigger version of the Hollywood-insider series, Vincent (Adrian Grenier) is directing his first movie while studio-head Ari (Jeremy Piven) is fighting the Texas billionaire financing the movie, while Drama (Kevin Dillon), E (Kevin Connolly) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) are dealing with personal problems of their own. The film is chock full of cameos, with everyone from Ronda Rousey to Warren Buffett to producer Mark Wahlberg.
Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5): Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott replace Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as the stars of the third installment in the successful Jason Blum-produced horror franchise. The past two micro-budget films have been some of the most profitable movies made in recent years, with the first film grossing $97 million on a $1.5 million budget and the second making $160 million worldwide. The latest film, directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote all three films in the series, is a prequel in which psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly uses her ability to contact the dead to help a teenage girl being pursued by a dangerous supernatural being.
Love & Mercy (June 5): Paul Dano and John Cusack play Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson at two different stages of his life in biopic Love & Mercy. The movie, which was acquired by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions after its Toronto Film Festival premiere, chronicles Wilson's struggles with mental health and substance abuse issues. Veteran producer/financier Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment (12 Years a Slave, Into the Wild) directs his first film in more than 20 years. Love & Mercy co-stars Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife Melinda Ledbetter and Paul Giamatti as Wilson's personal physician and legal guardian, Eugene Landy. Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner wrote the screenplay.
Spy (June 5): Melissa McCarthy plays a desk-bound CIA agent who finally gets to see some action in the field when she goes undercover to track down an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) who has learned the identities of all of the CIA's active agents. The espionage comedy reunites McCarthy and Byrne with their Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who will also direct McCarthy in the forthcoming female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. Jason Statham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale and 50 Cent co-star.
Jurassic World (June 12): The T. Rex is back (older and angry) and there's a new, genetically modified dinosaur in the smarter, more dangerous Indominus Rex as Universal revives its dinosaur-theme-park franchise with Colin Trevorrow stepping into the director's chair. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic films, serves as executive producer of the fourth film. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio and Judy Greer are among the stars of the new installment.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12): Sundance sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sparked a bidding war, with Fox Searchlight emerging victorious, and won the grand jury prize and audience award. The story, which has been compared to last summer's popular young adult book-turned-hit Fox movie The Fault in Our Stars, centers around high-school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) and his friendships with Earl (RJ Cyler) and his cancer-stricken classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke). Like TFIOS, Earl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, is also based on a young adult novel but seems quirkier. Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman round out the cast.
The Wolfpack (June 12): This buzzy Sundance doc centers around an isolated family whose kids spent their childhoods trapped inside their Lower East Side home because of their overprotective father. The six brothers, who are homeschooled by their mother, entertain themselves by obsessively watching and meticulously recreating their favorite movies.
Dope (June 19): This coming-of-age dramedy about nerdy kids in Inglewood, Calif. who have to get rid of and eventually sell a stash of drugs that accidentally winds up in their backpacks received an enthusiastic response when it premiered at Sundance. The film also sparked an all-night bidding war, with Open Road (handling U.S. distribution) and Sony (international) emerging victorious in one of the biggest deals of the festival. The buzzy title is produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker and executive produced by Sean Combs and Pharrell Williams, who also wrote the songs the kids in the movie perform in their band. Written and directed by Our Family Wedding helmer Rick Famuyiwa, Dope features a potentially breakout performance from lead actor Shameik Moore, who stars alongside Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zoe Kravitz, Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky.
Inside Out (June 19): The Pete Docter-directed Pixar movie, which features the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, goes inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, where five different emotions manage their keeper and maintain her memories — a task that becomes difficult after the girl is forced to move to a new city, leaving her friends behind.
Batkid Begins (June 26): The Make-a-Wish event that took San Francisco and the Internet by storm is now a documentary, following young cancer survivor Miles Scott's superhero-for-a-day experience. The film takes viewers behind the scenes to see how Scott became Batkid and battled villains to save Gotham, and how the event became a social-media phenomenon.
Ted 2 (June 26): In this sequel to the 2012 film, the Seth MacFarlane-voiced foul-mouthed teddy bear wants to have a baby, a storyline that makes both his human friend Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and Tom Brady potential sperm donors. Ted also discovers he has to prove that he's human in order to start a family, which leads to a court battle involving Amanda Seyfried as a young lawyer. Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and David Hasselhoff also make appearances in the movie.
May 26, 11:25 a.m. An earlier version incorrectly stated that Love & Mercy is Bill Pohlad's feature directorial debut. THR regrets the error.