Trailer Buzz: ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,’ ‘Alpha’

The making of one of the most iconically bad movies ever produced. The making of the most famous female superhero ever created. And the making of the most common bond between man and animal in thousands of years. These are the makings of the latest trailers we have to share with you:

The Disaster Artist

When it comes out: December 8

Who is in it: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, Josh Hutcherson, Adam Scott, Kate Upton, Melanie Griffith, Tommy Wiseau

What it’s about: In the spirit of Ed Wood, this movie looks at a passionate but arguably talentless filmmaker. In addition to directing the movie, Franco portrays Tommy Wiseau during the making of his universally panned yet ironically appreciated drama The Room. Along with Franco for the ride in other roles are his brother Dave and his longtime friend and collaborator Seth Rogen, plus many celebrities in cameos as themselves.

How is the trailer: In this first teaser for the movie, we see just a single sequence where Wiseau (Franco) is messing up take after take for a simple shot of The Room. It’s amusing enough, even if we’ve seen similar bits in other movies about moviemaking. As someone who has never seen The Room and has no interest, here’s hoping it has more to offer than common production goof gags.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

When it comes out: October 27

Who is in it: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

What it’s about: The man who created Wonder Woman. That’s right, the same year we get the first Wonder Woman movie, we get the story of his maker, Charles Moulton, aka Professor William Moulton Marston. Angela Robinson (Herbie Fully Loaded) wrote and directed the biopic, which shows how Moulton was inspired by his wife and their mutual domestic partner in his development of DC’s iconic superhero.

How is the trailer: Promising something not nearly as family friendly as the DC Extended Universe blockbuster out this summer, this looks like a fine period drama about the mostly unknown story behind Wonder Woman. The three leads, but particularly Hall, look to be giving delightfully strong performances. Will we all think differently about the superhero by the movie’s end, though?


When it comes out: March 2, 2018

Who is in it: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

What it’s about: Another true story! Well, more fictionalized than the other two above, Alpha depicts the start of canines being man’s best friend, when an ancient hunter (Smit-McPhee) becomes separated from his tribe and forms a bond with a wolf in the wild.

How is the trailer: This movie looks like a cross between Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 BC and an attempt by Hollywood to make a Call of the Wild adaptation for today’s effects-hungry audiences. I can’t say this will be essential viewing, but Smit-McPhee is a likable actor and Albert Hughes, one of the brothers who gave us Menace II Society and From Hell, is a good director. I’m curious, at least.