Movie News: First ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Buzz; Watch New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: This past Saturday, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi enjoyed its world premiere in Los Angeles and, though full reviews are still under embargo, the initial reaction by critics on social media has been ecstatic, to put it mildly. “Films like these leave their mark on entire generations — and representation matters,” wrote Jen Yamato (Los Angeles Times); our own Erik Davis called it “absolutely fantastic.” The movie will open in theaters on Friday, December 15. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Matt Shakman

The Phantom Tollbooth: Matt Shakman (above), who has directed a rich variety of TV shows, including episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones, will direct The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s based on a popular children’s book by Norton Juster about a tollbooth that appears in a boy’s room and leads him to a fantastical world in which two kingdoms are divided. Plans are to make a live-action film featuring extensive use of CGI to bring certain characters to life. [Deadline]

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— Ready Player One (@readyplayerone) December 9, 2017

Ready Player One Trailer: A new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One looks lush and, frankly, amazing. Tye Sheridan stars as a young contestant in a virtual-reality competition that will reward the winner with a fortune and control of the world in which it’s set. Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn also star; the sci-fi thriller will open in theaters on March 30, 2018. [Movieclips]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer: Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali and Shameik Moore lead the voice cast in the animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The exciting first teaser unveils Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker, as the titular superhero. The action movie is set for theatrical release on December 14, 2018. [Movieclips]