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“Baywatch” cast members Zac Efron, from left, Jon Bass, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra interact with the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — The National Association of Theater Owners held its annual CinemaCon this week at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in what has become the No. 1 platform for Hollywood to preview and promote its big summer releases.

Here’s a look at some of summer’s upcoming movies:

‘THE FATE OF

THE FURIOUS’

Release date: April 14

Vin Diesel says he and the “Fast and Furious” crew do not want to let down the late Paul Walker with their new film.

The actor on Wednesday spoke to a packed auditorium about the eighth installment in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious”— the first full film in the series made in the aftermath of Walker’s death in 2013.

After Walker died, his two brothers helped complete action scenes in “Furious 7,” which earned more than $1.5 billion globally when it was released in 2015.

A choked up Diesel said Walker always envisioned eight movies in the series.

“I always feel like he’s looking down on us and we don’t want to let him down,” Diesel said.

Diesel in his usual manner promised that it will be “the best movie you have ever seen.”

‘ALIEN: COVENANT’

Release date: May 19

Ridley Scott knows how to scare us. He’s been doing it for over 40 years. But the new footage from his upcoming “Alien: Covenant” that premiered Thursday makes that alien bursting out of John Hurt’s chest look tame in comparison.

Th e hy p e r v i o l e n t sequences show new nightmares for the crew of the colony ship Covenant, with blood, shrieks and creatures emerging out of human backs and mouths. There’s also a bloody shower scene that could give “Psycho” a run for its money.

“Alien: Covenant” stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup.

‘BAYWATCH’

Release date: May 26

CinemaCon was a little less dressed Tuesday.

The cast of “Baywatch” took the stage alongside around two dozen scantily clad men and women sporting the classic red bathing suits to preview the film.

Star Dwayne Johnson told the audience of theater owners and exhibitors their movie is going to be the craziest, sexiest, funniest R-rated comedy of the summer.

There was a fair amount of skin in the new footage, which highlighted its selfaware comedy and action/ adventure on the beach.

“Baywatch” also stars Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra.

‘WONDER WOMAN’

Release date: June 2

Wonder Woman is here to save the world, and, possibly the future of Warner Bros. DC Comics universe.

New footage featuring actress Gal Gadot’s lasso- wielding superhero stole the show Wednesday night, which also featured some peeks at “Aquaman” and “Justice League.”

The sepia-soaked extended clips highlighted the World War I espionage thrills as Diana/Wonder Woman adjusts to life with mortals.Co-star Chris Pine, who plays an American soldier, said the Patty Jenkins-directed film had a “Casablanca” feel.

“Justice League” hits theaters Nov. 17.

‘THE MUMMY’

Release date: June 9

Universal Pictures is going back to its roots — monsters.

The studio on Wednesday debuted footage from its upcoming adventure film “The Mummy,” which opens a monster universe drawing on Universal’s vault of classic properties like “Bride of Frankenstein,” ”Invisible Man” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

Tom Cruise stars in the Alex Kurtzman-directed “The Mummy,” which is equal parts action and horror as Cruise’s explorer Nick Morton attempts to combat an ancient evil that has been unlocked. Sofia Boutella is the Mummy, once an Egyptian princess who turned to the dark side when denied the throne.

Kurtzman and the cast, including Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson, discussed Cruise’s famous commitment to eye-popping stunts.

“I think I was brought onto this movie to be afraid to do stunts with Tom Cruise,” Johnson said. “Tom does it all and he makes his co-stars do it too. And I do mean ‘make.’”

Johnson laughed that when he would complain when he got hurt or bruised, Cruise would quip back: “Yeah, we jumped off a building, dummy. It hurts!”

‘SPIDER-MAN:

HOMECOMING’

Release date: July 7

Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out.

Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.’s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film picks up with Holland’s Peter Parker returning to high school after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” and wanting to immediately get back into the action as a new threat emerges from Michael Keaton’s Vulture.

‘DUNKIRK’

Release date: July 21

A propeller stops midair. Soldiers packed like sardines on a pier cower in fear of an unseen threat.

Those are the images Christopher Nolan left CinemaCon audiences hanging onto Wednesday as he premiered new footage from “Dunkirk,” his long-awaited epic about the storied World War II evacuation.

Nolan told the audience he wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible, putting audiences on the beaches, in the air and running with the troops.

The “Interstellar” and “Dark Knight” director shot the film entirely on large format celluloid and said theaters are the only way to experience the suspenseful survival story.

The film’s large ensemble cast includes veterans like Kenneth Branagh and Mark Ryland, Nolan mainstays Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, pop star Harry Styles and a few newcomers like Fionn Whitehead.

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