The Most Anticipated Films of 2017
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Our writing team has spoken, and these are our most anticipated releases of the next year.
It’s a totally mixed bag over the next 12 months, with everything from blockbuster reboots to… blockbuster reboots and, the occasional blockbuster reboot keeping our cinema seats warm.
There are obviously a whole bunch of other more extravagant features coming our way too of course, from J-Law playing a Russian spy, to Dev Patel hunting for his long lost family. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride already, and it’s barely begun.
So without much further ado, here’re the main movies to keep an eye out for in 2017:
La La Land (13th January)
La La Land has been talked about for so long already, it’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been released in the UK yet. Being one of the most anticipated films of the year, the film has already received widespread critical acclaim across the board from critics and cinema-goers alike, but also most recently smashed the record for most wins for a single film at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Set for an Oscar haul, La La Land will undoubtedly transport us all to the wondrous ‘city of stars’, taking us on a journey of joy, pain and music alongside the ineffable duo of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Time to start quickstepping your way to the cinema.
Words by Kirstie Sutherland
Lion (20th January)
The debut feature from award-winning commercial director Garth Davis, Lion tells the moving true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian street child adopted in Australia, and his search for the family he lost. Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and introducing outstanding new talent Sunny Pawar, it’s a brilliantly moving exploration of a life torn between two worlds. Definitely bring tissues. We can confirm: it's a tear-jerker.
Words by Sneh Rupra
T2: Trainspotting (27th January)
Trainspotting is one of the most iconic films of the 90s, showcasing the dark underworld of the Edinburgh drug scene. It's been over 20 years since Danny Boyle's film, which put him on the map as one of Britain's best directors. It's also been 20 years since Mark "Rent-Boy" Renton (Ewan McGregor) betrayed his friends and stole £16,000 in cash, and this new outing sees Mark finally deciding to return home to make amends. It’s safe to say there’s matters to be dealt with between the boys in T2, and it’s going to be awesome to see the original characters reunited - although whether that’s on good or bad terms is less certain…
Words by Hollie Geraghty
Logan (3rd March)
Logan is the next Wolverine-focused X-Men spin-off from James Mangold, and is looking like it will be equipped with both the dark, dramatic tone and exceedingly bloody violence that a stand-alone Wolverine film has always been lacking. If this is truly Hugh Jackman’s last stab at the clawed hero, then it looks set to be an explosive and emotional send-off for a character who was part of the birth of the ever-popular superhero movie.
Words by Jack Barton
Kong: Skull Island (10th March)
Indie hotshot Jordan Vogt-Roberts takes a stab at Legendary’s new-look huge monster universe with this King Kong reboot/sidequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla (yes, they’re in the same universe, they’ve always been in the same universe). Recasting Kong as more of a gigantic, ape-like god, the latest story sees Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and who else but Samuel L. Jackson traipsing around the titular island in the 1970s. Groovy. Expect word of a new Kong vs. Godzilla any day now.
Beauty and the Beast (17th March)
The Beauty and the Beast live action film is something we’re all incredibly excited for this year. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince Adam, it’s a remake of the 1991 Disney film about a girl who is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle by a beast, with her eventually learning to look through his exterior while avoiding possibly the worst Disney villain ever, classic fuckboy Gaston.
Some say Stockholm Syndrome, I say… possibly Stockholm Syndrome but also it just looks to be a beautiful film which also has Ewan McGregor in it. It’ll have magic, new songs, and Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts. How could you not be excited?!
Words by Carly-May Kavanagh
Ghost in the Shell (31st March)
A legendary Japanese sci-fi anime franchise, Ghost in the Shell has been begging for a live action adaptation for a while. It’s probably one of the most popular examples of the sci-fi sub-genre cyberpunk, helped along considerably by the likes of Blade Runner, and focuses on a story about a technologically advanced society that still suffer from unfairness, segregation and poverty in their social order. In the near future, where everyone is at least part cyborg, The Major (Scarlett Johansson) and her task force have to fight a dangerous enemy hell bent on destroying their technology. Sci-fi fans take serious note of this one.
Words by Borislava Todorova
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28th April)
Talking trees, angry space racoons, and Chris Pratt with muscles. The magic trio that brought so much fun to the first Guardians of the Galaxy film is set to return this April, promising heaps more Walkman-based adventure in a galaxy not so far away. With the first film being such a huge hit, it’s exciting to see where James Gunn will take the franchise as it grows – especially with Baby Groot taking centre stage as the newest and most adorable member of the team. Who would have thought an intergalactic ent would be such a huge hit?
Words by Ashleigh Millman
Alien: Covenant (19th May)
Despite taking a bit of a kicking for the philosophical mess that was Prometheus, Ridley Scott is diving back into the Alien universe with this second prequel to his original 1979 thriller. Promising a new xenomorph, more android Fassbender, some super gory R-rated horror and of course, no more of those frankly stupid-looking ‘Engineers’, Covenant could put the series well and truly back on track. We hope. We really, really hope.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (7th July)
Following his first bow in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s new-look Spidey is swinging back into action against Michael Keaton’s Vulture in his first standalone adventure under the Marvel Studios banner. Director Jon Watts is apparently going for a more John Hughes teen-comedy vibe with this one too, so expect plenty of awkward 80s dancing and adolescent romances to show up alongside Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel staple Tony Stark.
War For the Planet of the Apes (14th July)
Matt Reeves broke some serious technical and emotional ground with 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so thank Caesar he stuck around for this follow-up effort that takes us even closer to the long-awaited human extinction event (yay, genocide(!)). Woody Harrelson stars as a deluded army colonel opposite Andy Serkis in full mo-cap ape mode, as they engage in what can only be described as a ‘war’. If this is anything even near the same quality as the Apes predecessors, expect magical things.
Dunkirk (21st July)
Christopher Nolan is back after the epic transcendence of Interstellar with what looks set be another set piece spectacular. The film will follow the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of France in 1940 after being surrounded by Nazi soldiers at Dunkirk.
A full length trailer just dropped recently, and with its screaming aeroplanes, fireball explosions, and eerily beautiful wide-angle shots of terrified soldiers lining the beach, it showcases Nolan’s eye for the spectacular. With a star-studded cast of well-worn veterans (Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh), box-office magnets (Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy) and surprising newcomers (Harry Styles), this is easily one of the most exciting projects of 2017.
Words by Sam Collings-Wells
Baby Driver (11th August)
Edgar Wright hasn’t made many films, but somehow they’ve all proven to be total cult classics in their own right. From Shaun of the Dead to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wright has arguably one of the most distinctive directorial voices in the industry so his latest: an original thriller starring Kevin Spacey, John Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort is understandably, hugely anticipated. Telling the story of a young getaway driver who operates to his own (varied) soundtrack, it’s also oddly similar to a music video Wright directed way back when. Coincidence?
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (29th September)
There’s not much info about Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel just yet, other than that it’ll see Taron Egerton and Mark Strong taking things stateside, joining forces with Channing Tatum. And with a cast that’s rounded off by Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and, erm, Vinnie Jones, you know it’s going to be explosive. Plus a certain supposedly deceased character may well be making an appearance in some capacity. Colin Firth fans, get your tickets now.
Blade Runner 2049 (6th October)
Denis Villeneuve made our favourite movie of last year in Arrival, so whatever his next step was going to be was highly likely to be a big ‘un. But a sequel to 80s classic Blade Runner? Starring Ryan Gosling? With Villeneuve re-teaming with cinematographer extraordinaire Roger Deakins and master conductor Jóhan Jóhansson, early footage is looking exceptional and all signs are currently pointing to sci-fi masterpiece in waiting. Jump on this one as soon as you can.
Thor: Ragnarok (27th October)
Marvel Studios’ third and final effort in 2017 is a bit of a weird one: a Thor threequel, following the God of Thunder, but directed by New Zealand’s cult comedy king Taika Waititi. From its 80s title-treatment, to comparisons to Midnight Run, Hemsworth’s latest outing as the famed nordic hammer-thrower is looking set to amaze. Especially considering it co-stars fan favourites Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, not to mention last year’s Dr. Strange, Jeff sodding Goldblum and oh, did we mention Cate Blanchett as the villain? Hurry up, October.
Red Sparrow (10th November)
Based upon the best selling spy novel by Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow stars Jeremy Irons and Joel Edgerton alongside Jennifer Lawrence in her fourth feature film with veteran Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence.
A novel famous for exposing the inner workings of both American and Russian intelligence, Matthews weaves deception and espionage into a tale in a way only a retired CIA agent could, hinting at stories and events that could once be considered classified but are now seen only as fiction. If this translates well to the big screen, the world is in for a treat with this star studded adaptation.
Words by Olivia Firth
Star Wars: Episode VIII (15th December)
We don’t even know the full title and haven’t seen so much as the tiniest glimmer of footage and yet, Episode VIII is easily the most anticipated release of 2017. With Looper’s Rian Johnson taking over directing and scripting duties, diving deep into the next chapter in Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren’s story expect more magic. Plus extended roles for franchise faves Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher’s punchy Princess Leia. Once again, it’s looking like Star Wars is going to own the year.