It is late September and that means that means one thing: Oscar season has begun.
Unlike the summer, which usually has box-office friendly films that aren't exactly critical friendly, the fall includes big budget movies that are looking for Oscar glory. Two of the most hyped critical films this year are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and J. Edgar.
Both aren't set to come out until a few months from now but each recently released their first trailers to build hype. Both are expected to do well at the box-office. Both are expected to get a lot of love when Oscar nominations are announced early next year. Here's a look at each of them.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Based on the Stieg Larsson best-seller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, a shunned journalist who was convicted for libel, is hired by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to dig up dirt on his own family, which has a checkered past. He hires Salander to be his research assistant.
The film will be directed by Oscar nominated director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) and is set to be released on December 21, 2011. The adapted screenplay was written by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian. Like The Social Network, music will be scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
It is the second adaption of the famed novel, the first being a Swedish-language film from two years ago. The budget for the film is $100 million.
Here's a look at the extended trailer, which was released this week.
From the creative mind of actor/director Clint Eastwood is an old-time Oscar-fall movie season favorite: the historical biopic. J. Edgar stars the three-time Oscar nominated Leonardo DiCaprio as the former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. The film also stars Arnie Hammer as Hoover's number two, Clyde Tolson and Judi Dench as Hoover's mother.
The film will be released on November 11 to audiences worldwide. Despite Hoover's rumored sexuality and presumed relationship with Tolson, Eastwood said the film wasn't going to be two gay guys. Instead, it will focus on his long career chasing criminals such as John Dillinger to his involvement in finding out the truth of the Kennedy assassination.
In the film, DiCaprio will portray Hoover from a young age all the way to his death in 1972. There will be some vague references to his sexuality and relationship with Tolson.
Here's a look at the trailer.
After taking a look at both trailers, which one are you more excited about?