The four new Robin Williams movies we can still look forward to
On Monday, August 11, the world found out Robin Williams died. His death made many of us realize the range of his work, and gave us the opportunity to appreciate his performances in movies, such as Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, and also his television shows like Mork and Mindy.
It’s difficult to think of the entertainment world without this talented man. But even after his death, we can still look forward to his new work. Williams has four new movies coming up. Here’s a brief look at them:
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Williams is reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt in the third installment of this kid-friendly franchise. Williams had appeared in the first two Night at the Museum movies. Though they weren’t the most critically acclaimed, the NATM movies were wildly popular, with the first one earning more than $500 million at the box office.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas
Williams stars alongside Community‘s Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham, and Oliver Platt. Here’s the film’s description, via IMDB:
Boyd Mitchler [McHale] and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad [Williams] in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
In July, McHale gushed about working with Williams. “When you talk to Robin you think, ‘I have learned more in the last 20 minutes than I ever learned,'” McHale told the New York Daily News. “He is such an open soul and one of the most sensitive and great guys, and I would kill for the man.”
Merry Friggin’ Christmas is scheduled to be released on November 7.
Unlike the two aforementioned films, in Boulevard, Williams shows off the dramatic acting skills he previously displayed in films like Good Will Hunting. He plays a middle-aged married man named Nolan Mack who is coming to terms with being gay.
“This is one of the kindest characters Williams has ever played, which makes his self-imposed turmoil – the consequence of not wanting to hurt anyone, least of all his wife – all the more tragic,” Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote in his review of the film. “[T]he actor projects a regret so deep and identifiable, viewers should have no trouble connecting it to whatever is missing in their own lives – whether those regrets are romantic, sexual, professional or spiritual,” he added.
Boulevard premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and doesn’t have a mainstream release date.
In Absolutely Anything, billed as a sci-fi comedy, Williams plays a role that’s more in line with his excellent work as Genie in Aladdin. Williams will be voicing a dog named Dennis.
“I think he’s going to steal the show … Before Douglas Adams died, he looked over the script and he said that Dennis the Dog’s scenes were the funniest scenes,” director Terry Jones told Empire.
The release date for Absolutely Anything hasn’t been specified yet.