Upcoming movies: your complete guide

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With so many major movies in development, it's almost impossible to keep track of them all, let alone when they're out and who's in them. To help with this most taxing of problems, we've put together a single, definitive list of every major (or just plain interesting) release currently wending its way towards a multiplex near you. All release dates are UK-based, and correct at time of writing, but as is the way of these things, details are subject to change. We'll be keeping the list updated, so be sure to check back regularly.


Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno

Due: October 14, 2016
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Justin Theroux, Omar Sy
In a sentence: A slightly less exciting National Treasure.

Tom Hanks is back with the dark suit and furrowed conspiratorial brow of Robert Langdon for another Dan Brown adaptation, and while not everybody liked The Da Vinci Code, it certainly made a substantial amount of money. Fountains of blood and apocalyptic visions in the trailer suggests a darker tone, third time around.

Watch the trailer.



Due: October 14, 2016
Director: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Cast: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell
In a sentence: A feature-length version of the opening ten minutes from Dumbo.

After blockbuster success with The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. is shoring up its animation arm with this modern take on an old mythology, in which the baby-delivering birds are now part of a massive Amazon-style conglomerate. Stoller’s comedy pedigree – his last film was Bad Neighbours 2 – and Sweetland’s Pixar background means this one could have wings.

Watch the trailer.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Due: October 21, 2016
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger
In a sentence: Tom Cruise beats people up.

Ignoring the subtitle of his own movie, Tom Cruise has indeed gone back to Jack Reacher. This second adaptation of the Lee Child series promises to be even tougher have even less nonsense than the tough, no-nonsense original. Reacher will, hopefully, say nothing.

Watch the trailer.

Doctor Strange


Due: October 25, 2016
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
In a sentence: Marvel does magic – with a dash of Inception.

For their fourteenth trick, Marvel Studios is diving into the Quantum Realm, and bringing Little Benny Cumberbatch along for the ride. There was a time when a superhero movie about a magic doctor in a mystical realm might have seemed a risky prospect, but since they managed to make a movie about a machine gun-wielding space raccoon a hit, they’re probably feeling pretty confident.

Watch the trailer.

A Street Cat Named Bob

The cast of A Street Cat Named Bob

Due: November 4, 2016
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Cast: Luke Treadaway, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head
In a sentence: Cat-ty Come Home.

Adapted from the memoir by James Bowen, this falls under the ever-reliable Feelgood Brit Heartwarmer category. Bowen – played here by Treadaway – was a busking heroin-addict living on the streets of London when he befriended a ginger cat. Given its feline hero, the internet is already over-excited about this one.

Watch the trailer.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Due: November 18, 2016
Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman
In a sentence: Potter-verse prequel.

You’re a wizard, Eddie! Harry Potter may have retired from the screen (if not the stage) but J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world continues apace in this New York-set tale, seventy years prior to the events of the Battle of Hogwarts. What started as a Red Nose Day tie-in book has become Warner’s next great franchise hope, with a trilogy already in the works.

Watch the trailer.



Due: December 2, 2016
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Nichole Scherzinger, Jermain Clement, Auli'i Cravalho
In a sentence: A Polynesian Little Mermaid

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th film is hoping to maintain their recent run of hits with this fantasy musical comedy set in the South Pacific islands. There’s a whole wealth of talent behind this, including direction from ‘90s Disney stalwarts Clements and Musker; a script by Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi; music from Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda; and the people’s champ himself The Rock as the demigod Maui.

Watch the trailer.


Tom Hanks in Sully

Due: December 2, 2016
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
In a sentence: A non-comedic Airplane!.

You can’t have a plane literally fall out of the sky in the middle of New York City and not expect Hollywood to come a-calling. And so it goes with Sully, which tells the true, extraordinary story of the ‘Miracle On The Hudson’, in which Captain Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger made an emergency landing in a river, saving the lives of all 155 souls on board, plus plenty on the ground, too. Promises to give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘New York Jets’.

Watch the trailer.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One cast

Due: December 16, 2016
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen
In a sentence: Star Wars: Episode 3.5.

In what will now be an annual outing to the galaxy far, far away, Star Wars explores the backstory behind its most fearsome weapon: the Death Star. Felicity Jones plays the daring rebel charged with stealing the Empire’s plans; Ben Mendelsohn is her fearsome cape-wearing foe; and a certain Mr D. Vader (née Skywalker) will make an appearance.

Watch the trailer.


Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers

Due: December 23, 2016
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
In a sentence: When Harry Met Sally – in space.

Two none-more-A-list stars collide for a romance in the stars: this has all the makings of an interstellar hit. It helps that it has a much-talked-about original script, telling the story of two space passengers who wake up early from a 120-year cryosleep and fall in love. The screenplay featured on 2007’s Black List, the annual ranking of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood.

Assassin’s Creed

Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed

Due: January 6, 2017
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, , Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson
In a sentence: Secret medieval societies do time-travelling, parkour.

The latest film hoping the lift the Video Game Movie Adaptation Curse, after multiple attempts, has the arthouse clout of Kurzel, Fassbender and Cotillard – the trio who brought last year’s blistering take on Macbeth – behind it. Existing in the same universe as the game, but with entirely new characters, the film is set during the Spanish Inquisition. Which nobody expected.

Watch the trailer.

Free Fire

Free Fire

Due: October 16, 2016 (UK premiere)
Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley
In a sentence: Reservoir Dogs meets The Big Sleep.

The hardest-working man in British film has made his first film in America. Ben Wheatley’s sixth film in seven years boasts a Martin Scorsese executive producer credit, a starry cast, a tough ‘70s aesthetic, and the appropriate facial hair to boot. After High-Rise’s nihilist weirdness, expect sparse, straightforward action this time around.

A Monster Calls

Lewis McDougall in A Monster Calls

Due: January 6, 2017
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast: Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver
In a sentence: Treebeard goes gothic.

Based on the gorgeously-illustrated novel by Patrick Ness, this intriguing-looking fantasy has cast the mellifluous, gravelly tones of Liam Neeson as a monster, who befriends a small nightmare-ridden boy. Could be the best Tim Burton film ever not directed by Tim Burton.

Watch the trailer.

Friday The 13th

Due: TBA
Director: Breck Eisner
Cast: TBA
In a sentence: Jason Voorhees lives (again).

For those keeping score at home, this is the second time that this particular horror franchise has been rebooted, after 2009’s poorly-received effort; and unless it changes, it will (rather confusingly), be the third in the franchise to bear the standalone Friday The 13th title. Jason Voorhees, it seems, can never die (if he’s even in this one).

La La Land

La La Land

Due: January 13, 2017
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons
In a sentence: Old-school Hollywood musical glamour.

After drumming up enormous praise and a clutch of awards for Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle keeps things tuneful for his next effort. La La Land looks a bit Singin’ In The Rain, a bit One From The Heart, and already boasts an toe-tappingly great soundtrack. Hiring two of the most absurdly beautiful and charming actors in the business can’t hurt, either.

Watch the trailer.

Live By Night

Due: January 13, 2017
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller
In a sentence: The Town, in the 1920s.

Ben Affleck briefly removes his Bat-mask and plops his director’s cap on – the first time he has worn such a hat since 2012’s Argo. Adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane, it sees Baffles return to his native Boston after previous sojourns with The Town, Gone Baby Gone, and Good Will Hunting. How do we like these apples? We like them very much indeed.

The Birth Of A Nation

The Birth Of A Nation (2017)

Due: January 20, 2017
Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer
In a sentence: 12 Years A Slave meets Son Of Saul.

Very deliberately borrowing the title of the notoriously racist 1916 silent film, Nate Parker writes, produces, directs and stars as the leader of a legendary slave rebellion in the early 19th century. After rave reviews at the 2016 Sundance film festival, it was subject to a furious studio bidding war, and is already being whispered rather loudly as an Oscar frontrunner.

Watch the trailer.

xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

Due: January 20, 2017
Director: D.J. Caruso
Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Samuel L. Jackson
In a sentence: Point Break meets The Fast & The Furious meets a vacuum of logic.

You may remember Vin Diesel’s character Xander Cage dying in xXx 2: State Of The Union. You may have a better memory than us. In any case, he’s definitely not dead, and remains ready to kick more terrorist ass – occasionally while skiing, it seems. (Pro tip: do not Google ‘xxx Vin Diesel’. At least not on a work computer.)

Watch the trailer.


sing movie poster crop

Due: January 27, 2017
Director: Garth Jennings
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton
In a sentence: Zootropolis – The Musical!.

Son Of Rambow’s Garth Jennings dips his toe into animation for the first time with this family-friendly crowdpleaser. A scan of this film’s cast list is an amusing game in itself: Matthew McConaughey... as a koala! Scarlett Johansson... as a porcupine! Taron Egerton... as a gorilla!

Watch the trailer.


trainspotting 2 poster

Due: January 27, 2017
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
In a sentence: The Trainspotting sequel.

Choose life. Choose a sequel to one of the best British films ever made. Choose getting the cast and crew back together after two decades. Choose an adaptation of the book sequel with the title Porno. Choose a different title. Choose one which was technically already used by the Terminator franchise. Choose the possibility that they might change this name eventually.

Watch the trailer.

Fifty Shades Darker

Due: February 10, 2017
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
In a sentence: Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Sequel.

The 2015 film adaptation of E.L. James’ notorious slap-and-tickle-fest overcame widespread critical derision – and the fact that the book is demonstrably not very good – to cash in a cool half a billion at the box-office. If you weren’t on board first time around, prepare to be beaten into submission: another sequel is already on the cards.

The Lego Batman Movie

lego batman

Due: February 10, 2017
Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson
In a sentence: The Brick Knight Rises.

While DC’s live-action portrayal of the Caped Crusader is doom and considerable gloom, their blocky animated output gives reason to be cheerful. Will Arnett’s take on Bruce Wayne was the unquestionable highlight of The Lego Movie; his very own solo movie will surely be among the highlights of 2017.

Watch the trailer.

The Dark Tower

Idris Elba in The Dark Tower

Due: February 17, 2017
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba
In a sentence: Stephen King’s magnum opus comes to the big screen.

This is one of those films that we can scarcely believe is nearing completion. After Stephen King wrote the first book as a college senior (“in a shitty little cabin”), the apocalyptic Western wasted away in development hell for nearly three decades. It’ll be quite a treat to see The Gunslinger finally go toe-to-dusty-toe with The Man In Black.

See the first official images.

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick

Due: February 17, 2017
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne
In a sentence: Woah.

The first John Wick was an electrifying combination of high-octane action, a broodingly brilliant Keanu Reeves, and a cute puppy. Expect more of the same in this ante-upping sequel, which promises international locations, balletic shoot-outs, and a new pooch.

The Great Wall

Matt Damon in The Great Wall

Due: February 24, 2017
Director: Zhang Yimou
Cast: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Andy Lau
In a sentence: House Of Flying Damons.

China has been an “emerging market” for a little while now, so The Great Wall (the most expensive film ever shot entirely in the country) feels like a bit of a watershed moment. Expect the usual jaw-dropping beauty from wuxia specialist Zhang Yimou – though another debate over casting whitewashing might overshadow things.

Watch the first trailer.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Due: February 24, 2017
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Andy Lau
In a sentence: Zombie B-movie video game adaptation.

Though it has been mostly ignored by mainstream critics and audiences, the Resident Evil series has been ticking along rather nicely: currently the the most successful film franchise ever based on a video game, it has if nothing else kept the husband-and-wife team of Anderson and Jovovich in steady employment. Though we are suspicious of that “Final Chapter” title – the Friday The 13th series used the same title in 1984, and went on to have another eight sequels.

Watch the trailer.

Kong: Skull Island

kong skull island

Due: March 10, 2017
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
In a sentence: The MCU (Monster Cinematic Universe) expands.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the latest director to graduate from humble Sundance indie (in his case, The Kings Of Summer) to monster-sized blockbuster. Skull Island’s take on the legendary ape, this time around set in the 1970s, serves as a bit of a precursor to an even more monstrous showdown in 2020, when Kong is scheduled to do battle with a young chap by the name of Godzilla.

Watch the trailer.

Baby Driver

Due: March 17, 2017
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm
In a sentence: Scott Pilgrim meets Drive.

Rising from the ashes of Edgar Wright’s aborted attempt to make Ant-Man (which collapsed under the weight of the dreaded “creative differences” curse) comes this entirely original and Marvel-free effort. We don’t know much about it, except that it’s a music-based crime thriller, though there are potentially cryptic hints to be gleaned from Wright’s Instagram feed.

Beauty And The Beast

Emma Watson in Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Due: March 17, 2017
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
In a sentence: A tale as old as time.

Disney continue to plunder the archives of its extensive animated back catalogue and update it for today’s live-action/CGI-hungry generation. Worth seeing if only to witness classically-trained actor and multiple Oscar-winner Emma Thompson play her greatest role yet: a teapot.

Watch the trailer.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

charlie hunnam guy ritchie king arthur

Due: March 17, 2017
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana
In a sentence: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Longbows.

Lord knows, the Arthurian legend has been told a fair few times in the past couple of millennia. But Guy Ritchie is clearly hoping to put his own fun, freewheeling, vaguely cockney spin on things. The British director also kindly continues his ex-footballer rehabilitation programme: after achieving such progress with Vinnie Jones, he is now providing employment for David Beckham, by casting him as ‘Blackleg Leader’.

Watch the trailer.

Power Rangers

power rangers suits 2017

Due: March 24, 2017
Director: Dean Israelite
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Eric Bana
In a sentence: Mighty Morphin’ Power Reboot.

Readers of a certain generation will feel a flood of nostalgia at the prospect of a new Power Rangers movie, which reconfigures the youthful team of alien-battling superheroes for the 21st century. Bryan Cranston – who voiced several characters on the original series, including Snizzard (who can forget?), returns to the franchise to play the team’s mentor, Zordon.

Ghost In The Shell


Due: March 31, 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
In a sentence: Anime goes live-action.

What started as a manga series in Japan became an acclaimed anime film in 1995 – and now a live-action Hollywood adaptation. A whitewashing controversy has already reared its ugly head with Scarlett Johansson's casting, but the insanely complex source material alone makes this worthy of your attention.

Fast & Furious 8

Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs in Fast 8

Due: April 14, 2017
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron
In a sentence: Cars, stunts, sweaty men, hot babes.

It’s been fifteen years since Vin and his pals first found themselves in various states of fast fury, and despite the franchise saying an emotional farewell to the late Paul Walker, the billion-dollar juggernaut shows no signs of slowing. F&F Episode VIII has been filming in Cuba, Iceland, New York and Atlanta, and will bear the fruits of a testosterone-fuelled on-set feud, if The Rock’s Instagram feed is anything to go by. Daddy’s gotta go to work!

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

The cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Due: April 28, 2017
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel
In a sentence: Marvel In Space, Vol. 2

Ain’t nothing like Guardians of the Galaxy, ‘cept Guardians of the Galaxy. In a marketplace crowded by superheroes of various stripes, Guardians still manages to offer something very unique and different: a playful, inventive Star Wars-y romp with a killer soundtrack. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this gang of losers.


Baywatch (2017)

Due: May 12, 2017
Director: Seth Gordon
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario
In a sentence: Slow Motion Running On Beaches: The Movie.

In a similar vein to Starsky & Hutch, Hollywood has resurrected a largely serious TV show and transposed it onto a largely silly movie. The original Baywatch, with its potent mix of busty bikinis interspersed with occasional spurts of heroism, was at one point the most popular television show in the world, so Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will be hoping to capitalise on that. If nothing else, it’s as ample opportunity as there’s ever been for The Rock to get his pecs out.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean

Due: May 26, 2017
Director: Seth Gordon
Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
In a sentence: Swashbuckling sequel

The fifth in Disney’s ever-profitable theme park franchise nearly sank to bottom of Davy Jones’ Locker during a production that rivalled Apocalypse Now for behind-the-scenes bother. Most notably of all, after Johnny Depp illegally imported his pet dogs, Pistol and Boo, into the country, production was almost ground to a crushing halt by, erm, Australia’s agriculture minister. Shiver me timbers, indeed!

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot in the trenches as Wonder Woman

Due: June 2, 2017
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Ewen Bremner
In a sentence: The Best Bit Of Batman v Superman: The Movie.

Sure, there was that Supergirl movie in the 1980s, and there was that Halle Berry Catwoman movie we have all collectively agreed never to mention again, but this still feels like a ceiling being smashed: finally, after a ludicrous wait, Hollywood has finally deemed women worthy enough to have a proper A-list superhero of their own. Expectation and pressure is high, especially given DC’s wobbly start off the cinematic block, but the omens – and trailers – look good.

Watch the trailer.

The Mummy

The Mummy set pic – Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cruise, Courtney B. Vance

Due: June 9, 2017
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe
In a sentence: The other Monsters Cinematic Universe expands (not the Godzilla one).

After the MCU made approximately thirty bazillion dollars, all the talk in Hollywood meeting rooms are of franchises and shared universes. So it goes at Universal, which launched its Shared Monsters Universe in slightly spluttering style with Dracula Untold, and now boasts the star power of the Cruiser for this reboot. Wolf Man, Van Helsing and Bride Of Frankenstein movies are all on the way, too. Monster, monster!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Due: June 16, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth
In a sentence: Gentlemanly action spy comedy sequel.

Matthew Vaughn has managed to surprise everyone with this sequel to his 2015 spy romp – first, by announcing that Colin Firth would return (with a cheeky “rumours of my death...” teaser poster); and then announcing that about fifty A-listers (Berry, Moore, Tatum, Bridges) would be along for the ride. Also: Elton John. As in, the actual Elton John. Will be worth the admission price just to see how that works.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers The Last Knight

Due: June 23, 2017
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, Laura Haddock
In a sentence: Alien space robots explode things (yet again).

Michael Bay has promised (promised!) that this will be his last jaunt in the Transformiverse, so chances are he plans to go out with one of his patented bangs. In a series that has often attracted serious acting talent for a very silly enterprise, The Last Knight features an actual knight, Sir Anthony Hopkins, to steer it home.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man pic

Due: July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton
In a sentence: The Best Bit In Captain America: Civil War: The Movie.

That title is loaded with dual meaning, for this is something of a homecoming parade: Marvel is finally welcoming its most famous character into its cinematic universe, following a license-sharing deal with Sony. It’s also a literal homecoming parade, as a high-school age Peter Parker must battle outlandish villains and adolescent hormones alike. Fortunately, despite being the second Spidey reboot in five years, we won’t have to see Uncle Ben dying again.

War For The Planet Of The Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes

Due: July 14, 2017
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer
In a sentence: Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off!

The second sequel to the prequel of the original film (adapted from a book, incidentally) reaches a militaristic apex. Andy Serkis is back in his mo-cap suit and the apes are arming up for an all-out conflict. We may finally see the maniacs who, as Charlton Heston put it, blew it up.


Dunkirk trailer grab

Due: July 14, 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles
In a sentence: Nolan makes his war movie.

Every great director has at least one great war movie in them. Spielberg made Saving Private Ryan; Kubrick made Full Metal Jacket; Coppola made Apocalypse Now; Huston made, er, Escape To Victory. Christopher Nolan’s thoughtful approach to blockbuster filmmaking, his penchant for practical effects (he has apparently crashed real vintage planes), and his love of vast IMAX-sized cinematography surely makes this one of 2017’s most anticipated. Also, Harry Styles is in it. Yes, that Harry Styles.

Watch the trailer.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Due: July 14, 2017
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Dane DeHann, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Harry Styles
In a sentence: Like The Fifth Element, only madder.

After churning out fun but highly disposable action movies for the better part of two decades, French enfant terrible Luc Besson is heading back to the science-fiction whimsy that produced arguably his best work in The Fifth Element. This is based on an extremely popular run of French comics set in the 28th century and will apparently feature over 8,000 species of aliens – including one that looks a bit like Bob the Builder.

Alien: Covenant

Danny McBride and Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

Due: August 4, 2017
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup
In a sentence: Prometheus 2.

What started as a sequel to Prometheus (itself a prequel to Alien) is now a straightforward prequel to Alien – not to be confused with Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel. Following? Good. Michael Fassbender’s flower-sniffing android David may be the only element of Prometheus to return, though Noomi Rapace has apparently filmed a cameo.

The EmojiMovie: Express Yourself

Emoji Movie logo

Due: August 11, 2017
Director: Anthony Leondis
Cast: T.J. Miller
In a sentence: No, seriously, they’re making an emoji movie.

Who among us hasn’t looked at a phone keyboard of smiley faces and thought, “this has the potential for a rich, textured, three-act narrative. It's a story just waiting to be told!” If this manages to not be 💩, we’ll be mighty impressed.

Watch the teaser.


Stephen King's It - Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

Due: September 8, 2017
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgård
In a sentence: Send in the clown.

There was the ABC miniseries with Tim Curry, and True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga almost made it with Will Poulter, but now, finally, it looks as though Stephen King’s iconic horror will make an appearance on the big screen. Prepare to be terrified of clowns all over again.

Blade Runner 2

Blade Runner Sequel first international image

Due: October 6, 2017
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista
In a sentence: Sci-fi sequel, three decades later.

A sequel to Ridley Scott’s masterful sci-fi had been talked about for years, but always seemed to languish in development hell, lost like tears in inclement weather. Now that Sir Ridders has handed over the reins to Denis Villeneuve, the visionary behind the excellent Sicario, we could be seeing things you people wouldn’t believe, again.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor Comic-Con comedy short

Due: October 27, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Cate Blanchett
In a sentence: Thor’s third.

Last we saw them in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Thor had sallied off home to Asgard and Hulk was looking all mournful, alone in a quinjet. Now they’re teaming up for what Mark Ruffalo has described as a Midnight Run-style road trip across the universe. Taika Waititi’s comedy pedigree (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople) gives you an idea of the tone to expect.

Justice League

the justice league movie

Due: November 17, 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amyu Adams, Willem Dafoe
In a sentence: DC’s answer to the Avengers.

With Zack Snyder at the helm, Justice League seemed certain to inherit the gloomy mood from Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman. But the surprise teaser unleashed at Comic-Con suggests quite a different tone to the one we’ve previously seen. New characters like The Flash and Aquaman threaten to inject the franchise with – dare we say it – a bit of fun.

Watch the teaser.


Due: November 23, 2017
Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Benjamin Bratt
In a sentence: Pixar does Día de Muertos.

A poke in the gorgeously-animated eye for anyone who might complain that Pixar does too many sequels, Coco is another entirely original proposition from the animation studio, this time based around the Mexican Day of the Dead. Ignore the similarities to 2014’s The Book Of Life – with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich calling the shots, this one promises to be mágico.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Star Wars - Skellig Michael

Due: December 15, 2017
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern
In a sentence: The Star Wars saga continues.

Picking up almost immediately where The Force Awakens left off, the latest episode proper from the galaxy far, far away will see Rey still standing on that island on the planet Ahch-To, arm outstretched while attempting to hand the lightsaber to Luke. Details on the still-untitled Episode VIII remain scarce, obviously, but given this is the franchise’s 40th anniversary year, they’re sure to go big.

Pitch Perfect 3

Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect

Due: December 22, 2017
Director: TBA
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld
In a sentence: A capella threequel.

It may not have Elizabeth Banks in the director’s chair any more (she’s busy rebooting Charlie’s Angels, though she’ll still produce and star) but the Pitches still promise to be back with a vengeance, third time around. It takes a brave film to go up against Star Wars, but the theory is that this particular brand of girl power will offer some counter-programming to the sci-fi blast-’em-up adventures of Episode VIII.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Due: January 12, 2018
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson
In a sentence: Young adult dystopian threequel.

The third entry in the post-apocalyptic series very nearly didn’t happen after a nasty on-set accident left its star, Dylan O’Brien, in hospital. Production was halted and the release date was pushed back a year. Happily, O’Brien is on the mend, and unlike its YA counterparts, the filmmakers have wisely opted not to split the final entry in twain.

Early Man


Due: January, 2018
Director: Nick Park
Cast: Eddie Redmayne
In a sentence: Prehistoric Wallace & Gromit.

After years of sequels and adaptations – very good ones at that – Early Man will be Aardman’s first entirely original stop-motion feature film since Chicken Run, and the first time the British studio’s acolyte, Nick Park, has returned to this director’s chair in a decade. The usual winning mix of hand-crafted animation and wry British humour is a given.

Black Panther

Black Panther Logo

Due: February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis
In a sentence: Marvel goes to Africa.

We’ve already seen Black Panther get his claws out in Captain America: Civil War; now we get to see him prowl about for his own movie. Ryan Coogler – on blistering form after Creed – is another deft director choice from Marvel, and Coogler has brought Creed’s star, Michael B. Jordan, along for the ride.

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom

Pacific Rim

Due: February 23, 2018
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Cast: John Boyega, Ron Perlman, Scott Eastwood
In a sentence: Giant Robots Fight Giant Sea Aliens: The Sequel.

The apocalypse remains cancelled, it seems. While it languished in development hell too long for original director Guillermo Del Toro to stick around, this enjoyably garish franchise continues under Steven S. DeKnight’s stewardship, with John Boyega – playing the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost – boarding the, ahem, boy-Jaeger.

The Predator

Teaser image for Shane Black's The Predator

Due: March 2, 2018
Director: Shane Black
Cast: TBA
In a sentence: Get to da sci-fi action sequel choppa!

Shane Black starred in the original 1987 Predator as filthy joke-telling commando Hawkins, and offered minor script rewrites. Now he’s returning to the series for a full-blown sequel. Rumours abound that Schwarzenegger might reprise his role as Dutch, but until we hear otherwise that remains wishful thinking for now.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Due: March 30, 2018
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg
In a sentence: Dystopian virtual reality sci-fi.

For a man approaching his seventies, Señor Spielbergo shows little sign of slowing down. This adaptation of the hugely popular Ernest Cline novel – Spielberg’s first sci-fi since 2005’s War Of The Worlds– has the automatic advantage of being partly shot in Birmingham. Jasper Carrot’s cameo is yet to be confirmed.

Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers

Due: April 27, 2018
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: TBA
In a sentence: A ridiculously large amount of Avengers assemble.

Marvel’s third Avengers entry is going big, in more ways than one. The script will apparently squeeze in 67 characters; it’ll be dealing with a cosmic godlike menace in the form of Thanos, teased ever since the franchise began; and it’ll be the first film to be shot entirely on IMAX. It’s so big, in fact, that it’s spilling over into a second currently-untitled movie, due the following year, with both being shot back-to-back.

Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film

Due: May 25, 2018
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich
In a sentence: Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder: Year One.

When Disney announced plans for a Star Wars spin-off movie featuring the origins of Han Solo, the internet grumbled. Who would dare step into the illustrious boots of Harrison Ford? The answer, as it turns out, is Alden Ehrenreich, and fan reaction has been surprisingly positive. What are the odds that this actually turns out to be quite good? Well, we all know how Han feels about odds.

Bad Boys For Life

Bad Boys

Due: June 2, 2018
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
In a sentence: Shit continues to get real.

It will have been 15 years since shit last got real for our beloved Bad Boys. Michael Bay might not be at the helm any more, but Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) can be considered a safe pair of hands. Bullishly, Sony has already made noises about a fourth film.

Ant-Man And The Wasp

ant-man bathroom

Due: July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evengenline Lilly, Michael Douglas
In a sentence: Marvel goes microscopic.

“It’s about damn time,” says Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne, when she’s finally handed a super-suit of her own during Ant-Man’s post-credit sequence. Well, quite. Marvel has finally deemed a female superhero worthy of a banner movie, even if she has to share the stage with a bloke. If it’s half as entertaining as the first film, this will be a pint-sized riot.

Toy Story 4

At Sunnyside Daycare in Toy Story 3

Due: July 6, 2018
Director: John Lasseter
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Patricia Arquette
In a sentence: The toys are back in town.

Toy Story 3 had such a perfect, trilogy-closing finale that Pixar’s announcement of another film in the series was a little surprising. But heck, they’ve surpassed themselves with every sequel, and having the company’s Supreme Leader, John Lasseter, in the director’s chair can’t be a bad thing. To infinity, etc!

Jungle Book

Due: October 19, 2018
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett
In a sentence: Not that Jungle Book. Not that one, either. The other one.

Formerly known as Jungle Book: Origins to distinguish it from Jon Favreau’s billion-dollar live-action/CGI hit, Andy Serkis’ debut as a director has been beset by reported behind-the-scenes wobbles, and its release date has been continually pushed back. But he is the undisputed master of performance capture, so this latest take on the Kipling classic is bound to bring something new to the table.

Indiana Jones 5

Indiana Jones news

Due: July 19, 2019
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford
In a sentence: Indiana Jones and The Actual Last Crusade This Time, Surely, I Mean, Come On, That Has To Be It.

Yes, there was that Film Which Must Not Be Named (something about a crystal skull?) but there’s still reason to be optimistic that the fedora-wearing hero still has a crack of the whip left in him. All we know so far is that Harrison Ford will definitely be returning – no Chris Pratt recasting here, thank you very much – and that he definitely won’t be killed off. Though, given that Ford will be in his late seventies by the time filming commences, this must be something of a swansong. Will Indy finally get to ride off in the sunset (again)?