Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, this film tells the story of Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) a Cornell University vet school dropout who inadvertently winds up in a traveling circus after the death of his parents. Reese Witherspoon plays Marlena, his married love interest, and Christoph Waltz is August, her cruel husband, a paranoid schizophrenic, and the circus’ head animal trainer. While we’re a little unsure about Francis Lawrence as director (his previous work includes Constantine and I Am Legend), we love the book version so much that we’ll have to see it in theaters. According to a recent tweet from Lawrence, a trailer should be dropping any day now.
Bridesmaids , directed by Paul Feig (5/13)
While the storyline of Bridesmaids is nothing special (two women battle to plan their friend’s wedding party) we’ve been fans of Paul Feig’s work since Freaks and Geeks, and it’s about time someone gave Kristen Wiig an interesting comedic role. Plus it has Jon Hamm! As Wiig told EW earlier this year, “It’s more a story about friendship than a ‘wedding movie’… There’s this weird pressure in society, and in a lot of these kinds of movies, that says you need to be married… We were careful about avoiding that.”
The Tree of Life , directed by Terrence Malick (5/27)
“There are two ways through life, the way of nature and the way of grace,” a mother tells her boy in the trailer for The Tree of Life. “You’ll have to choose which one you’ll follow.” His father’s advice: “Always be strong, always be your own man.” His struggle to align his parents’ diverse ideals as a boy growing up in the Midwest, and then later, some sort of existential crisis as an adult, seem to be the central conflicts in this beautifully-shot film. Watch a bootleg version of the trailer here.
The Help, directed by Tate Taylor (8/12)
Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, a society girl turned writer, who decides to interview the black women in her community about their experiences working for prominent white families. As you would imagine, as more and more women open up to her with their stories, racial conflict and class warfare ensues. Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , directed by David Fincher (12/21)
We’ll be honest: We loved Niels Arden Oplev’s Swedish film adaptation of this book, and we weren’t sure that it needed to be remade for American audiences. Or more importantly, how they were going to find a young Hollywood actress who would be able embody the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander as well as Noomi Rapace did. Rooney Mara (who is pictured above, taking a break on set): You’ve got a lot to live up to. That said, we can’t wait to see what David Fincher does with the incredibly dark source material. This could be his next Fight Club.
The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made , directed by James Bobin (11/24)
If the idea of a new Muppets movie scripted by the hilarious Jason Segel (a huge Muppets fan) isn’t enough to get you excited, then how about reported cameos from Emily Blunt, Ricky Gervais, Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Donald Glover, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Lady Gaga? The fim’s main cast includes Segel, Amy Adams as his girlfriend, Chris Cooper as an evil mogul, and Rashida Jones as an ABC executive, and the storyline is simple: the Muppets must reunite to save their old production studio. Can you think of a better way to spend next Thanksgiving?