Each week on Atom Insider, we’re giving you the heads up on the biggest and most talked about films arriving in theaters. So grab your magic carpet, and get ready to hit the books, because this week we’re exploring a whole new summer of wide releases.
A (Sort Of) New World
Disney’s Aladdin was a defining animated film during their early ’90s “renaissance,” so it was only a matter of time before we’d see a live-action remake along the lines of Beauty and the Beast (2017). This is certainly one of the most diverse casts we’ve ever seen in a major blockbuster from Disney, which features the young, up-and-coming talent of Mena Massoud as Aladdin, the handsome thief who uses a magic lamp to wish his way into the heart of Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.
Granting his wishes is Will Smith as the fast-talking Genie, an often-blue-skinned demigod figure who injects every scene with Bollywood extravagance and, you guessed it, wish fulfillment. There are some flourishes of new ideas here and there, but you can mostly expect an almost shot-for-shot remake of the 1992 animated film with a handful of surprises and variations along the way.
Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) directed and co-wrote the film along with John August and Vanessa Taylor. The film features some new songs by Alan Menken, as well as Benj Pasek & Justin Paul from La La Land. The cast includes Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Marwan Kenzari, Numan Acar, and Navid Negahban.
The Teens Go Wilde
Olivia Wilde, known for her wide array of roles both in film and on television, has stepped into the director’s chair for what she and her screenwriters consider the next “generational anthem” movie, where outcast high schoolers come of age in the most hilarious ways possible. In Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play Molly and Amy, two know-it-all teens who want to party it up on the night before graduation to make up for lost time.
This is Wilde’s debut feature after directing four short films. The screenplay is by Katie Silberman, along with Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Susanna Fogel. The large ensemble cast includes Billie Lourd, Jessica Williams, Skyler Gisondo, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Diana Silvers, Molly Gordon, and Jason Sudeikis. Booksmart is rated “R” and will be released nationwide by Annapurna.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Here’s a premise for a superhero movie we haven’t really seen before. In Brightburn, a child from another planet (Jackson A. Dunn) crash-lands on Earth and is discovered to have extraordinary powers, but his unholy temperament leads to him becoming a murderous supervillain, not Superman. The result? A horror movie where the monster is a caped crusader, and our only hopes are the parental figures who combat his nature with their nurture. Could Sony have another surprise superpowered hit on their hands, albeit a far darker one than the last?
Brightburn was directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and produced by James Gunn & Kenneth Huang, with a screenplay by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. The cast includes Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner.
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