HBO’s new series The Third Day looks promising, and I was looking forward to seeing it next month. Sadly, I – and everyone else – will have to wait a little longer. The series is the latest bit of entertainment that’s had to shuffle its release due to the coronavirus outbreak, and now won’t be premiering until the fall. But in the meantime, you can check out a new trailer below.
This is a great trailer. It doesn’t give away too much, but it does a wonderful job drawing you in. Based on the footage here, The Third Day looks a little like The Wicker Man and Midsommar – but there’s still plenty of mystery as well. Created by Dennis Kelly and Felix Barret, the six-part limited series stars Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterson, Emily Watson, and Paddy Considine, with the series’ story split in half in a distinct way:
Told over the first three episodes, “Summer” stars Jude Law HBO’s “The New Pope” as Sam, a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. “Summer” is written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden.
“Winter” unfolds over the latter three episodes and stars Naomie Harris Academy Award nominee for “Moonlight” as Helen, a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate. “Winter” is written by Kit de Waal, Dean O’Loughlin and Dennis Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
The Third Day was originally set for a May 11 release, but has now moved to “fall.” There’s no date yet, so you’ll have to stay tuned for that. The move is likely due to the post-production process being hed due to the coronavirus.
The series is a co-production between Sky and HBO. It is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly. Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly executive produce.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: