Happy saturday! The trailer roundup released a day earlier this weekend since I’ll be on vacation starting Sunday (and kudos to the reader who said he prefers when we did the roundup on Saturday, at least you have your wish for this weekend).
The internet (or at least the little corner I live in) seemed divided into camps this week: people who really like the Apple TV Plus show Ted Lasso and the people who… don’t. It’s good not to like things! I had prepared a longer rant of how the effort to look cool online seems so exhausting but really, who cares, Ted Lasso is back for season two and it’s still a lovely, warm show about a bunch of very likeable weirdos.
We ended up with a sci-fi-themed wrap-up this week that wasn’t intentional, but happened thanks to several new versions that came out during Comic-Con @ Home.
Beautiful people wistfully gazing at each other across awe-inspiring landscapes as the wind ruffles their hair – the first seconds of the Dune the trailer almost looks like an advertisement for a perfume. But then we get down to business and the trailer… pretty much tells you the whole plot of the movie, as my colleague Chaim Gartenberg noted in a first look. Yes, the sand worm is emerging. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the highly anticipated and often delayed Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista and Javier Bardem, arrives on HBO Max and in theaters October 22.
Star Trek : Prodige
In this new 10-episode series, a group of young aliens steal an abandoned Starfleet ship called the USS Protostar, and are slowly dragged into the lanes of the Federation by a hologram version of Star Trek: Voyager’d Captain Janeway (with Kate Mulgrew voicing the character she played on the show). Star Trek : Prodigy comes at Paramount Plus this fall.
Star Trek: Lower Bridges
The popular animated series that makes fun of Star Trek lore returns for a second season, following the USS Cerritos support team as they work aboard Starfleet’s smallest ship. Star Trek: Lower Bridges has already been renewed for a third season, and while last season took a few episodes to gain a foothold, the show has landed on many ‘best of 2020’ lists. Season two of Star Trek: Lower Bridges also debuts on Paramount Plus this fall.
The last duel
Based on a true story (and a book by Eric Jager), The last duel tells the 14th century story of the last combat trial in France. Jodie Comer (looking very different from Eve) plays Marguerite de Carrouges, wife of the knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon). She accuses Jacques LeGris (Adam Driver) of rape, which he denies. King Charles VI (Ben Affleck) grants them permission to settle matters through a duel that will determine who is telling the truth. Oh and if her husband loses the duel, Marguerite is burned at the stake for false testimony. Ridley Scott directed The last duel, which hits theaters on October 15.
Blade Runner : Lotus noir
This is the first trailer for this animated series, which was just revealed at Comic-Con. Blade Runner : Lotus noir takes place in Los Angeles in 2032, so roughly halfway between Harrison Ford Blade runner movie and the sequel to Ryan Gosling. A replicant named Elle (Jessica Henwick in the English version and Arisa Shida in the Japanese version) aka Black Lotus, has special powers and is pursued by scary people. Directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, the English version of Blade Runner : Lotus noir is coming to Adult Swim and the Japanese version is coming to Crunchyroll this fall.
JJ Abrams is the executive producer of this four-part documentary series which, according to Showtime, will explore “disturbing theories of a topic that recently made national headlines,” namely a 2017 New York Times article on secret UFO program at the Department of Defense. UFO debuts on Showtime on August 8.