Hi and welcome to the final trailers roundup for 2021, I hope you have had as much fun reading (and watching) these roundups as I have enjoyed writing them. There were a lot of really good streaming shows and movies this year, despite the persistence of the coronavirus disrupting so much of our lives. Among my personal favorites were Loki, Succession, Ted Lasso, The Beatles: Get Back, King Richard and Y: The Last Man (if anyone picks up on this show, it was just getting started!).
This week’s list includes Vikings, Hercule Poirot, and a look at the upcoming Showtime series about the early days of Uber.
Director Robert Eggers (The witch, The lighthouse), said in an interview with EW that the Norman was “by far the hardest” thing he did. These are not warm and fuzzy Vikings, let’s put it this way. As a child, Amleth, the heir to the Viking throne, witnesses the murder of his father by his uncle Fjolnir. King Aurvandi gave him the mantra: ‘I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Fjolnir.’ And side note, although they all speak English, the Vikings (in the trailer at least) have what sound like aptly Scandinavian accents. Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe star in the Norman, which hits theaters on April 22.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
Based on the book of the same name by New York Times journalist Mike Isaac, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, is the story of how Travis Kalanick founded the ride-hailing startup that became the unicorn every VC in Silicon Valley wanted to get into (at least, they did in the beginning). Kalanick was eventually ousted from the CEO role of the company he founded, but not before much drama, either in public or behind the scenes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Uma Thurman and Kyle Chandler star in super pumped, which premieres on February 27.
the silent sea
OK, so not this trailer Brand new but this series looks cool. The Earth is a dried-up shell, and a team of astronauts heads to the moon on a mission to retrieve an “important sample” from a research station. They crash-land on the moon only to discover that all is not well at Balhae station and that the government has lied (gasp) to them (plus, in what seems like a nice tribute to the Alien movies, their tracking device detects “biosignals” approaching them). Gong Yoo, Bae Doona and Lee Joon star in the silent sea, the first episode of which debuted on Netflix on December 24.
Death on the Nile
Kenneth Branagh’s take on one of Agatha Christie’s best-known Hercule Poirot mysteries is one of several theatrical releases that have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Poirot is aboard a ship on the River Nile when a murder occurs and he must determine which of the ship’s passengers is responsible. if Vulture comments, Armie Hammer is still in Death on the Nile (there’s only a glimpse of him in this trailer), despite an apparent discussion within Disney about re-shooting his scenes or having him digitally removed after the actor was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Tom Bateman, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright also star Death on the Nile, which hits theaters on February 11.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
This trailer for this sequel to Doctor Strange originally appeared after the credits of Spider-Man: No Way Home, and takes place after the end of that movie. Strange warns that “the multiverse is a concept that we know alarmingly little about,” so naturally the film takes him deeper into the Marvel Cinematic Universe concept of alternate timelines. Wanda Maximoff, Wong and Mordo return and we meet America Chavez, one of the Young Avengers from the comics. Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Xochitl Gomez star in doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, which hits theaters on May 6.