Looks like it’s a good day for movie trailers. Several films I’m looking forward to now have teaser trailers up:
The first is The Polar Express. A Christmas tale based on the book of the same name, this computer-generated entry will feature the voice of Tom Hanks as the conductor and is looking good already. Alas, I’ll have to wait a whole year before seeing this one as it’s not due to hit theaters until November of 2004. I loved this book and its wonderful illustrations and it looks like they’ve managed to capture the feeling pretty well for a computer animated movie.
The other teaser is for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. While they call it a teaser it has quite a bit of footage, gives a good idea of the darker tone the next film will have and gives us our first glimpse of the new Dumbledore played by Michael Gambon. I haven’t kept up with the news on casting for this movie so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Gary Oldman has been cast as Sirius Black and Emma Thompson will take on the role of Professor Trelawny. David Thewlis will be playing Professor Lupin and is an actor I can’t recall ever having heard of before. I still think they should have gotten Sylvester McCoy to take on that role, but then only a few long-time Doctor Who fans know who he is.
The new Potter is due to hit theaters next June and word has it they’re already on pre-production for the next film as they race against the fact that the kids that star in the film are growing up fast. Good stuff.
Thirdly, the teaser for Shrek 2 is out there offering a very minimal idea of what the film is about. It’s looking pretty good and is due on May 21 of 2004.
Oh, and there’s also a teaser trailer out for Scooby Doo 2 for the three or four of you out there who actually enjoyed the first film.