New trailers: Fantastic Beasts, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond, and more

All the shows and movies you should be looking out for


Happy Star Wars week everyone — I hope you're enjoying it as much as everyone at (spoiler-free link) The Verge has. If you haven't yet, you should absolutely check out our (spoiler-free) review; even if you haven't seen the movie yet, it's a great way to get primed without learning anything you shouldn't. There's also our (spoiler-light) review, our (no spoiler) supercut of Chewbacca noises, and our (spoiler-free) look at a spoiler-blocking Chrome extension. Be careful out there everyone.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J.K. Rowling may not be making any more Harry Potter novels, but she's heading back to fill out the more colorful parts of her Wizarding World. A first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Rowling, debuted this week, and it's kind of the perfect trailer. It draws you in, sets up the world's magic once again, and then leaves you hanging. Yeah, you're eager to see more. It'll be out next November.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Aliens return for another look at Jeff Goldblum in this first trailer for the new Independence Day. There's sort of this weird discord in the trailer where it's trying for this tense and rousing tone but utterly fails to hit it because it's showing egregious destruction and so many CG spaceships that they look like gnats fluttering above the Earth. But I guess that's what we're all here to see. It's out on June 24th.

Star Trek Beyond

There's been some criticism that the new Star Trek looks like a Fast & Furious movie... but is that really so bad? Justin Lin is in charge, and there's Beastie Boys playing over the whole thing. It's a new vibe for Star Trek, but maybe that's alright. It's out on July 22nd.

House of Cards

Did you think House of Cards was barreling toward a conclusion? Frank Underwood has a message for you: "America, I'm only getting started." The show's next season premieres March 4th on Netflix.

Fuller House

Netflix is bringing back Full House, and the show is almost here. A first teaser for Fuller House premiered yesterday, and while I'm not really sold on the Miranda Lambert song playing over it, I'm not really the target demographic either, so I guess no judgement there. All episodes come out on February 26th.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Sherlock heads back to Victorian London for its holiday special, and this new trailer reveals its creepy villain. This is a short teaser, but fans eagerly awaiting the show's return don't have much longer to wait: it premieres on New Year's Day. (Correction: this originally stated that The Abominable Bride premieres on Christmas day — it actually premieres a week later.)

Kubo and the Two Strings

I missed this last week, but it's way too gorgeous not to include. Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest stop-motion animated film from Laika, the studio behind Paranorman and The Boxtrolls. This teaser is really short, but the quick flashes it shows of each character are enough to make you want to see more. It's out on August 16th.


Okay, look. You're not gonna want to watch this trailer because it's an animated children's comedy about storks, or whatever. But there's actually some really nice physical comedy and the colors are kind of mesmerizing. Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele all voice characters. It's out in September.


Obviously you should take a minute to check something out when it's been executive produced by John Legend. Underground follows a group of people enslaved in 1800s Georgia who plan to escape and make their way north. It premieres on WGN America on March 9th.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Liz Lemon may be gone, but all of Tina Fey's charmingly self-deprecating humor is back in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a movie that has her playing another woman whose life is a mess in the way that Fey pulls off so well. The film takes her out of the city and into Afghanistan, which lets Fey's humor take on new subjects (while the movie inevitably veers into questionable racial comedy). It'll be out on March 4th.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Primer were way less dry and made some basic effort at making sense? That's kind of what Synchronicity is. It's another low-budget sci-fi, clearly inspired by Dark City and a long list of others classics. I'm not convinced its more action-packed formula solves a problem, but it's always nice to see attempts at small, smart science fiction. It's out January 22nd.

High Rise

What starts off eerily beautiful just turns straight up eerie in the trailer for High Rise, an adaptation of the 1975 dystopian novel. This is a brilliant first look at the movie that draws you in with wonderful visuals and then makes you feel more and more uncomfortable by the time it's over. There's no specific release date just yet.

Gods of Egypt

There is literally every reason to hate this movie and acknowledge it will be bad. And yet, staring at its imagery for a minute and a half really makes you wish they were making something better of it, because there's some really cool stuff in there, like giant scarabs and a crazy metallic flying dude. It's out on April 8th.