Movie Previews 2011: Thor, Transformers, Cowboys and Aliens, Green Lantern and Real Steel

Okay, this list obviously isn’t all the blockbusters we have coming down the pike but ya gotta start somewhere, no? For the moment enjoy this list; I’ll be back later with more.
 
Thor – May 6, 2011
The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
 
Warning: This trailer unfortunately starts with an advertisement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOddp-nlNvQ
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is an upcoming 2011 3D fantasy action-adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham, Gemma Ward and Richard Griffiths. The film is set to be released in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D, as well as in traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. It will be the first Pirates of the Caribbean film to be released in 3D.
 
Synopsis
Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5AqJww06bw
 
Green Lantern – June 17, 2011
Green Lantern is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name appearing in DC Comics. The film will star Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, with Martin Campbell directing a script by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg.[1] Green Lantern is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011 in 3D.
 
Synopsis
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
 
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxgsDR5g7o4
 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film in the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and is scheduled for release in Real D 3D. It will also be released in 2D.
 
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro and Ramón Rodríguez are set to reprise their starring roles, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime. Ehren Kruger, who collaborated in the writing of the second film, was said to be again involved in the writing. Despite having initially been confirmed for the film, and with the film already into principal photography, it was announced that Megan Fox would not be reprising her role from the previous two films. With Fox’s character Mikaela being dropped, Sam was assigned a new love interest, who will be played by English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Also, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, having written the first two films, will not return for the third installment in the series, which Orci had earlier somewhat anticipated, fearing the duo would "risk getting stale". Bay has stated this would be the last installment in the series.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v9hR0-QwWQ
 
Cowboys and Aliens – July 29, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens is an upcoming 2011 science fiction Western film based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano, Adam Beach, Ana de la Reguera and Clancy Brown.
 
Synopsis
In 1873 Arizona, a loner named Jake Lonergan (Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people, including Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Ford), who rules the town with an iron fist. But Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when mysterious forces attack the town from the sky, taking anyone in their path. While Jake’s shackle holds the key to defeating them, he must align himself with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against this mysterious and more powerful new foe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfKWPNgTUlw
 
Gee, is Olivia Wilde on a roll? First I see her in the TV series House, then TRON and now this. I just checked the list of projects she has been in and she will be in. Wow, she is one busy actress.
 
Real Steel – October 7, 2011
Real Steel is an upcoming action drama film inspired by Richard Matheson’s short story "Steel". The story was first adapted for television by Matheson as an episode of The Twilight Zone.
 
Synopsis
Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei5l3r1dV4I

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