The trailer for Mickey 17 was released at CinemaCon

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He plays more than a dozen versions of the same character, Mickey Barnes, in director Bong Joon Ho‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller “Mickey 17.” Bong, the Oscar-winning director of “Parasite,” brought a wacky, thrilling first look at the film to CinemaCon, the annual exhibition trade show that’s currently unfolding in Las Vegas.
Through an interpreter, the Korean filmmaker described “Mickey 17” as a “story about a simple man who ultimately ends up saving the world.
“I’m happy we can show the trailer on a big screen — and not on mobile phones,” he said to loud applause.
The never-before-seen footage of “Mickey 17” opens as Pattinson’s character applies for a job as an “expendable,” a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize an ice planet.
Later in the trailer, Pattinson’s character implies he may not have read all of the fine print before he agreed to become an expendable.
“I don’t like you, but I’m you,” Pattinson, with an unplacable accent, tells his duplicate.
“Mickey 17” is Bong’s first film since “Parasite,” which became the first non-English language movie to win best picture at the Oscars and the highest-grossing South Korean film in history.
Before “Parasite” became a hit, Bong was known for acclaimed films like “Snowpiercer,” “The Host,” “Okja” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite.” Warner Bros. will release “Mickey 17” in theaters on Jan. 31, 2025.

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Permit Robert Pattinson to make his introduction…again and again and again.

In the upcoming sci-fi thriller “Mickey 17,” directed by Bong Joon Ho, he portrays over twelve different incarnations of the same character, Mickey Barnes. “.

At CinemaCon, the yearly exhibition trade show currently taking place in Las Vegas, Bong, the Oscar-winning director of “Parasite,” presented a crazy, exciting sneak peek at the movie. “Mickey 17” is a story about a simple man who saves the world, according to the Korean director, who spoke through an interpreter. The hero’s journey is of an unusual kind. “.

Although it is based on Edward Ashton’s novel “Mickey 7,” Bong chose to subtly alter the title of the movie to “Mickey 17.”. “I killed him 10 more times!” was a playful jab at Bong, as the number corresponds to the number of times the protagonist passes away.

Prior to the trailer’s advance public release at CinemaCon, Bong lauded the impact of the enormous cinematic canvas behind him.

To thunderous cheers, he remarked, “I’m happy we can show the trailer on a big screen — and not on mobile phones.”.

Beginning with Pattinson’s character applying for a position as a “expendable,” or disposable worker on a human expedition sent to colonize an ice planet, the previously unreleased “Mickey 17” footage begins. Even the secretary of the company is surprised that someone applied for this specific job because it doesn’t seem like a highly sought-after position. She tells Mickey, “We print a new version of your body with most of your memories intact once you die.”.

At different points in the trailer, Mickey goes through a lot, losing a hand that floats through space, getting doused in liquid metal, and encountering various types of dangerous ice on Niflheim, the planet where most of the film’s action takes place. Pattinson, on stage at Caesars Palace, focused on the motivation of his character, who has the “lowest expectations of his life, and life just keeps pushing those expectations lower and lower.”.

In the two-minute video, he tells himself, “Our entire life is a god-damn punishment.”. Later in the teaser, Pattinson’s character makes an insinuation that he might not have read the fine print before consenting to be replaced.

After a replacement clone appears to take the place of the deceased Mickey, things go wrong and Pattinson must battle another Pattinson.

With an indelible accent, Pattinson says to his copy, “I don’t like you, but I’m you.”. He says to himself, “I’m going to murder you.”. “.

It appears that smashing a Mickey is not as simple as it seems. Someone says, “Rock, paper, scissors—we’ll shoot the loser.”.

For what it’s worth, one of the Mickeys—you can never be sure which one—complains that being obliterated doesn’t get any easier with time.

“What’s it like to die?” asks Pattinson’s co-star Mark Ruffalo, “I’m sure you’re used to it by now.”.

Not the case. “On my 17th go around, I hate dying,” replies Pattinson in response. “.

In response to the question of what made Pattinson—the celebrity behind films such as “The Batman,” “Twilight,” and “Harry Potter”—the ideal choice for the role of Mickey, Bong chuckled, saying, “He has this crazy thing in his eyes.”. “.

To put it another way, the director said, “I thought he could pull off all the different Mickey versions in the narrative. How imaginative is this man? “.

Calling Bong his “hero,” Pattinson recalled being told, “You’re going to love the script, but the part is impossible,” prior to agreeing to star in the film. “.

Teased Pattinson, “I find that really exciting.”.

“Mickey 17” marks Bong’s comeback since “Parasite,” which made history as the highest-grossing South Korean film and the first non-English film to win best picture at the Oscars. Bong was well-known for critically acclaimed movies such as “Snowpiercer,” “The Host,” “Okja,” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite” prior to the success of “Parasite.”. “.

Warner Brothers. intends to open “Mickey 17” in theaters in January. March 31, 2025. During its presentation to theater owners, the studio showed the film for several hours. Warners also provided in-depth looks at the films “Joker: Folie à Deux,” “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” “Horizon: An American Saga,” and the Mad Max prequel “Furiosa.”. “.

Warner Bros. stated, “We are committed to making big, crowd-pleasing event movies.”. Chief of distribution Jeff Goldstein in costume as Beetlejuice (the September premiere of the Tim Burton film’s sequel). It cannot be duplicated or replaced by anything. “.

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