In this roundup of new trailers, we have a double dose of Morgan Freeman for you. Unfortunately, he's not in all three, as he'd probably fit in well in Central Intelligence.
We've seen this story before. More than a few times, actually. But Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is one worth retelling, or re-adapting, over and over. Each time with the latest in cinematic technology, be it widescreen spectacle or, now, plenty of CG effects. This one comes to us from director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and stars Jack Huston (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as the title nobleman turned slave turned chariot champion. Also Morgan Freeman with dreadlocks. See it in theaters starting August 12.
Now You See Me 2
Morgan Freeman is also in the second trailer for this star-studded magician-movie sequel, reprising his role from the 2013 original. Also back are Mark Ruffalo and a few of the "Four Horsemen," illusionists played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, now joined by Lizzy Caplan substituting for Isla Fisher. Daniel Radcliffe is also an addition to the mix, playing a young tech prodigy and adversary for the showy con man quartet. And there's a new director, Jon M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms). You can't see it now, but it will be in theaters on June 10.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team up as an unlikely pair in this action-comedy. Johnson plays a former overweight loser turned "Jason Bourne in jorts," while Hart's character was the most popular guy in high school but is now cowering through a CIA-involving plot he wants no part in. Hilarity ensues along with explosions. This one is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers) and costars Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul, though neither appears in this first full trailer. The movie opens on June 17.