Since it was first announced in 2016 that we would be getting an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s critically acclaimed novel, The Underground Railroad, we’ve been anxiously biting at our nails in anticipation – and finally, the wait is over. Directed and produced by If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins, the limited Amazon series is set to follow the life of the enslaved Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and her escape to freedom using a network of hidden routes and safe houses created in the mid-1800s to help African Americans escape. Boasting a cast that is mainly consisting of newcomers, we’re expecting nothing but great things from Jenkins when it lands on streaming services on May 14.
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins returns with gripping series The Underground Railroad, and we’re off into space for the new Fast 9: all new trailers in this week’s film round-up.
The Underground Railroad
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
We’ve had our fair share of iconic duos over the years: Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – just to name a few. But if there is one that we didn’t expect to be a fan of is Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. As random as it might sound, the duo had us toppled over in laughter with their film The Hitman’s Bodyguard – and now they’re back for part two. Set four years after the events of the original film, the now retired body guard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) continues his bromance with Darius (Jackson), but now they have to save his wife played by Salma Hayek from new threats. With the trailer showcasing more rated R language and bloodlust, we can tell director Patrick Hughes is holding nothing back.
Fast and Furious 9
Just when we thought we’d been everywhere with Dominic Toretto and his super crew, director Justin Lin pulls another hack trick and we’re off into space. Yep, you definitely read that right, the fast car lovers are back for another ride, but this time the crew must battle the most skilled assassin yet – Toretto’s brother. Featuring an all-star cast, with the likes of Cardi B, Bow Wow and even John Cena, we know this ride is going to be one to remember.
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist
Last summer, the world lost one of the greatest actors of recent years, to Colorectal cancer – and now we’re getting the chance to honour him. Celebrating his life and artistry, Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist will feature an in-depth look into the star’s most transformative performances told by co-stars Viola Davis, Gylnn Turman and Taylour Paige. From his rise to fame in 42 to his last ever project Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the special will shed light on his characters and legacy.
The Woman in the Window
We know leaving the house during a pandemic can be a bit frightening at times, but agoraphobic psychologist Anna Fox in Woman in the Window takes it to a whole other level. Terrified to leave her brownstone condo, Anna (Amy Adams) befriends her neighbour Jane from across the street. But when Anna witnesses a shocking event, her life gets turned upside down. With more twists and turns than A Simple Favour, the book-turned-film is set to take us on an explosive ride filled with mysterious surprises, potential murder and mind-boggling theories.
If we’re going to be honest, we’ve never quite recovered from the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia, so we’re treading carefully for this upcoming drama. Focusing on 11-year-old Gunner (Lonnie Chavis), where introduced to his complex life as he comes to terms with his gravely ill mother and terse military father. Caught up in his own dream world, Gunner becomes fixated on the myth of the Water Man, who lies in the surrounding forest and holds the key to immorality. With his mother’s condition worsening by the day, Gunner stirs up a plan with friend Jo and they begin their venture into the forbidden forest. With the trailer giving the same vibes as the former Disney film, we’re already planning to have the tissues on deck.