He may not rank with Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman in anyone's list of the best actors to play evil characters, but with Lord Voldemort in 'Harry Potter' and Amon Goeth in 'Schindler's List' under his belt, Ralph Fiennes is fast approaching legendary status. And in the first trailer for his upcoming directorial debut, 'Coriolanus,' Fiennes scales villainous new heights (or should we say lows), with little more than a bald head, a permanent scowl, and an automatic rifle at his disposal.
Click through to watch the trailer for the most stone-cold Shakespeare adaptation you'll see all year, along with the rest of the week's noteworthy trailers.
What's it about?: A famed Roman soldier turns on his country, so his country turns on him and banishes him from Rome. With his reputation destroyed and nowhere to go, he sides with his sworn enemy and decides to march on Rome. Based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name.
Who's in it?: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and Jessica Chastain, among others. Directed by Ralph Fiennes, written by John Logan.
When does it come out?: December 2, 2011.
What do we think of the trailer?: Pretty intense. Very interested to see how Fiennes' directorial debut shapes up.
'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas'
What's it about?: Kumar shows up to his friend Harold's house for Christmas, accidentally burns down the family's prize tree, and so the two burnout best buds begin searching all of New York City to find a proper replacement. Hilarity ensues.
Who's in it?: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Thomas Lennon, Patton Oswalt, Danny Trejo and Elias Koteas, among others. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossburg.
When does it come out?: November 4, 2011.
What do we think of the trailer?: More of the same, but we will never get tired of Harold and Kumar.
'Faces in the Crowd'
What's it about?: A married woman witnesses a murder, suffers a head injury while escaping, then wakes up in the hospital with a condition called "face blindness" that renders her unable to recognize the faces of anyone she's ever met or will meet. So when the murderer she saw starts hunting her down, she has a very hard time distinguishing allies from enemies.
Who's in it?: Milla Jovovich and Julian McMahon, among others. Written and directed by Julien Magnat.
When does it come out?: TBA.
What do we think of the trailer?: Kind of a ridiculous idea for a horror thriller; not exactly holding our breath for this one.
'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'
What's it about?: A couple find out that they can't have kids, so they plant in a box in their garden filled with everything they wish their child could have been. The next day, a kid magically shows up in their house covered in dirt. He ticks off all the boxes on their dream-child wish list, so they decided to keep him.
Who's in it?: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, and Ron Livingston, among others. Written and directed by Peter Hedges.
When does it come out?: August 15, 2012.
What do we think of the trailer?: Wasn't expecting the tone to be so epic, but it could be good.
'We Need to Talk About Kevin'
What's it about?: A couple give birth to a son,who grows up and turns out to be borderline evil. The father doesn't see it, but the mother is convinced her son is as bad as they come, and so begins a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between the two that will drive the mother to the brink.
Who's in it?: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller, among others. Directed by Lynne Ramsay, written by Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear.
When does it come out?: September 28, 2011.
What do we think of the trailer?: Beyond creepy and totally awesome.
What's it about?: A group of girls coming of age in a New England boarding school.
Who's in it?: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Tom Everett Scott and Chris Kattan, among others. Written and directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg.
When does it come out?: September 9, 2011.
What do we think of the trailer?: Emotional stuff.
'Father of Invention'
What's it about?: A famous infomercial inventor gets sent to prison after his biggest invention yet starts sending people to the hospital. Eight years later, he gets out and has to think up the next big thing in order to get his life back together and repair his broken relationship with his family.
Who's in it?: Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham, Craig Robinson, Johnny Knoxville, John Stamos, and Virgina Madsen, among others. Directed by Trent Cooper, written by Trent Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane.
When does it come out?: October 14, 2011.
What do we think of the trailer?: Not quite sold on it.
So which movie are you most excited to see?
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