The Jungle Book
Jon Favreau’s sumptuous looking motion capture version of the classic story (not to be confused with Andy Serkis’ version), stars the voice talents of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johnasson and Lupita N’yongo amongst others.
The Huntsman; Winters War
In a bid to erase Kristen Stewarts awful Snow White (and the tabloid fodder that came with it), The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) gets his own prequel, abley joined by three kick ass women, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. The story seems pretty silly but the costumes are stunning and it looks beautiful enough to get by.
Captain America; Civil War
While I don’t really see the point of pitting Cap against Iron Man, the Avengers films, in any capacity rarely fail deliver, with the introduction of Black Panther, the inclusion of Ant-Man and an all new Spiderman making an appearance. It’s a huge cast with a lot of star wattage. And I’m sure a brilliant way to spend a few hours.
While the idea of casting Oscar Issac in something then hiding him under prosthetics and changing his voice seems truly insane to me, I appreciate the fact he’s the big bad in the lasted X-Men offering. With the gang all returning, McAvoy, Fassbender, JLaw, there’s also room for some new faces too. Olivia Munn’s Psylocke seems like she might be particular fun. Also, Oscar Issac.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
I adore Alice in Wonderland, the real dark Victorian version, away from any Disney touching. But I am pleased they’re finishing up the story started here. It’s a great cast that includes Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway and perhaps most importantly the final dulcet tones of Alan Rickman
Warcraft; The Beginning
Honestly, I lack too much enthusiasm for this. I’ve tried but as much as I love Travis Fimmel and I’m so pleased to see him getting a lead in such a huge film, it leaves me cold. I have no doubt it’ll do brilliantly though.
The Nice Guys
Directed by Shane Black, this 70’s set private eye mystery stars the unusual team up of Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling, but you only had to see them present at the Oscars together to see they have surprisingly great chemistry together. Fans of LA Confidential will also be excited to see Crowe back on-screen with Kim Basinger. This could be one of the odd ball hits of the year judging by the trailer.
Now You See Me 2
We lose Isla Fisher this time round but gain Lizzie Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe. Other than that the oddball gang is all back. It felt like such a random cast last time round and it still does, but it works. Here’s hoping it’s as clever as last time.
Independence Day; Resurgence
No Will Smith this time round but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are back, along with a few other familar faces and the bonus additon of Liam Hemsworth and frankly any baby Hemsworth is good baby Hemsworth. Oh and there’s female POTUS!
Absolutely Fabulous; The Movie
The whole TV cast is back for this along with a myriad of famous and fashionable faces. Little is known about the plot beyond Edina and Patsy escaping the authorities and heading to warmer climbs. Fans of the show will love it, I’m sure.
The Legend of Tarzan
Truthfully, I don’t know how good this is going to be, it doesn’t look overwhelmingly brilliant to me, but it stars several of my favourite human acting people on the planet, Alexander Skarsgard (topless), Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson and Christophe Waltz.
Long awaited, highly anticipated and already getting some criticism on social media, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters will cause a stir either way. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth star. I suspect there are more surprises to this film than we’ve been led to believe.
Steven Spielberg brings Roald Dahl’s classic to the screen with the genius of Oscar winner Mark Rylance. It’s true family entertainment, which probably means I’ll be bored 20 minutes in.
Star Trek; Beyond
Fast and Furious director takes over from JJ Abrams behind the camera. The gang is all back and we have no idea where they’re going but you can bet that somewhere along the way Idris Elba is going to try to kill them all for some reason.
After handing the Bourne franchise over to Jeremy Renner briefly (they blew up Oscar Issac!), Matt Damon is back in as the titular hero. Little is known about the plot but Julia Stiles returns as Nicky Parsons and the glorious Alicia Viaknder is in there too.
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this film. For me this is the film of the year. Jared Leto has some big Joker sized shoes to fill but it seems he will do it masterfully. The real break out star though is guaranteed to be Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn (if you don’t fall in love with her during this trailer we can’t be friends). Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis and Ben Affleck round out the cast.
Let’s be honest the 1959 Charlton Heston film might be legendary but an update doesn’t hurt. Directed by Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov, Jack Huston (yay) takes the lead and Morgan Freeman has epic dreadlocks. What’s not to love here?
Bridget Jones’s Baby
It’s the Bridget Jones film no one is really sure they want. Colin Firth is back alongside Renee Zellwegger who returns from whatever abyss she disappeared to. Patrick Dempsey steps in as the other man where Hugh Grant left off and Emma Thompson makes an appearance.
The Magnificent Seven
I have it on good authority this is more Wild Bunch than Magnificent Seven or even Seven Samurai. There’s not even been any pictures released yet, let alone a trailer but it was a hard shoot for all concerned from what I hear. Whether you can tear yourself away from the idea of Steve McQueen and Yul Bynner being replaced or not, you can’t deny the cast, which includes Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Cam Gigandet, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard si a great one.
Providing it’s ready in time, Channing Tatum’s X-Man, Gambit, will debut in early October. The real joy of the film though is the fact it has the stunning Lea Seydoux co-starring.
The Girl on the Train
Emily Blunt stars in the thriller based on the best-selling novel. Joining her are Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Bennett, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans. Much like Gone Girl, I expect this to be the book-to-screen adaptation of the year.
Benedict Cumberbatch dives head first into the Marvel Universe as the sorcerer Doctor Strange, opening the door to the more weird side of the Marvel universe. Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton co-star. I mean a film with Cumberbatch and Swinton? Too good.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
November pickings are slim, but really the one film that counts and counts in a big way is the Harry Potter spin-off. JK Rowling penned the script and veteran Potter director David Yates in back behind the camera. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander alongside Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterstone, Samantha Morton and Ezra Miller.
Normally I would side step any Disney animation, but this story of a little girl in the South Pacific who goes on an adventure to find a mysterious island, has The Rock as a Demi-God. But really the only reason this interests me is that all the music has been written by Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Rogue One; A Star Wars Story
The first of the Star Wars spin-off films jumps back to when the X-Wing rebels were gearing up to steal the Death Star plans Luke Skywalker later used. Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed star.
Little is known about the plot for Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi adventure but Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star (potential best promo tour ever) and Lawrence has said filming it included her first ever real sex scene. So there’s that.
I don’t know the computer game, but the film stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons. Fassbender with a sword seems like an okay prospect though.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiars
Adapted by Jane Goldman from the Ransom Riggs novel and directed by Tim Burton, Eva Green takes the lead (new muse for Burton?) with Asa Butterfield, Samuel L Jackson, Judi Dench and Alison Janney rounding out the cast.