‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ ‘The Greatest Showman,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ were just a few of the major titles given sneak peeks.
20th Century Fox’s CineEurope presentation may have been 40 minutes behind schedule, eating well into dinner time on the second day of the trade show in Barcelona, but the studio’s bumper crop of onstage talent more than made up for it.
Opened by Fox CEO Stacey Snider, the lengthy show saw the likes of Colin Firth, Hugh Jackman, Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Vaughn and Robert Rodriguez introduce their latest wares, while some major projects were given exclusive sneak peeks.
Vaughn and Firth were on hand to discussKingsman: The Golden Circle, with the director offering three high-octane clips from the comedy/spy-actioner, two of which were also shown last month during Fox’s product presentation in London. Set for release on Sept. 22, the sequel to the 2015 hit sees Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong returning, with newcomers including Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.
Branagh gave a detailed intro to his all-star retelling of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, from which early footage was shown as well as the latest trailer.
There also was footage from the hotly anticipated Jennifer Lawrence-starring spy thriller Red Sparrow, plus a behind-the-scenes look at survival drama The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and with two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad in the director’s chair.
Meanwhile, there was a sneak preview of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the recently wrapped third and final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy. The film’s production had been delayed by almost a year after lead star Dylan O’Brien was injured on set.
Elsewhere, Lightstorm Entertainment’s Jon Landau, with the help of director Robert Rodriguez (and on his birthday), gave a major presentation for long-gestating sci-fi pic Alita: Battle Angel, showing an exclusive behind-the-scenes reel from the manga adaptation.
Landau later offered the first-ever glimpses of artwork prepared for collaborator James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, set to start shooting Sept. 25 and with the first slated for release in December 2020. He also announced that Oona Chaplin had joined the cast.
From the upcoming Fox Searchlight slate, attendees were offered the first look at the international trailer for the Emma Stone- and Steve Carell-starring sporting biopic Battle of the Sexes; a teaser trailer of Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson; and the first look at the U.S. trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. There was also extensive footage shown from Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, set for a Nov. 10 release.
No Fox presentation would have been complete without a mention of Deadpool, despite production only have started on the R-rated superhero sequel, and star Ryan Reynolds didn’t disappoint, serving up a special CineEurope video message in costume from the set in Vancouver.
But the finale was reserved for Jackman, who gave an impassioned and energetic intro to The Greatest Showman, the all-star musical drama about circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum from director Michael Gracey. Starring Jackman in the lead, alongside Zendaya, Zak Efron, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson, the film — a sneak peek of which was shown to the CineEurope audience – is due out Christmas Day.