Angelina Jolie Surprises, ’50 Shades’ Smolders, And More From Universal’s CinemaCon Panel
Angelina Jolie, director of the upcoming film "Unbroken," introduces a trailer for the film during a Universal Pictures studio presentation at CinemaCon 2014 on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Las Vegas.
First looks at "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fast Seven," Angelina Jolie and "Unbroken," oh my.
As part of their CinemaCon panel Tuesday, Universal Pictures served up a veritable buffet of trailer and teaser goodness, which included: the first sneak peek of footage from "Grey," the trailer for the Angelina Jolie-directed "Unbroken," which Jolie was on hand to introduce herself, teasers from the next "Fast and Furious" entry, "Fast Seven," "The Purge: Anarchy," the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," Scarlett Johansson's late-summer thriller "Lucy," the comedy sequel "Dumb and Dumber To," and the "Minions" movie, as well as extended trailers from this summer's buzzworthy comedies "A Million Ways to Die in the West" and "Neighbors."
Like we said, it was a full-meal presentation. Here are the highlights:
"Fifty Shades of Grey"
This first look was definitely a surprise, since the movie doesn't open until 2015. Still, the nearly two minute-trailer did a fine job of setting the stage for generating fan excitement. It carefully sets the scene for how the relationship between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) will play out, complete with shy glances, fixed gazes, passionate embraces and talk of 'control.'
Jolie surprised the CinemaCon audience with an appearance and a smiling, earnest introduction to the action-packed and heart-wrenching trailer for "Unbroken," her second feature as director. The film revolves around the real-life story of Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
"Louis Zamperini is the toughest man I have ever met," she said. "He's a fighter and a true hero, he's also a man of faith, full of love and humility. He sounds perfect. But he wasn't always perfect."
The film has had a long road to the big screen. Universal bought the rights to the story in 1957, which at the time was meant to be a starring vehicle for Tony Curtis. It's tossed and turned around Hollywood until Jolie came aboard.
"I wanted to make this film because in the end its message is one that we all need right now more than ever," Jolie said. "It's the journey of man, finding his way through the darkness and into the light."