Most Anticipated Films of 2017
With 2016 coming to an end it is easy to look back at what a disaster of a year it was. Despite a never ending list of celebrity deaths 2016 did give us some great films including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Captain America: Civil War and many others. As we begin to wind down for the holiday season it only makes sense to sit back and start to think about the future. With that said we’ve compiled our list of the most anticipated films of 2017. We’ve arranged them by release order so you can plan your trips to the cinema for the rest of the year. Enjoy!
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Dafnee Keen
Synopsis: In the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization led by Nathanial Essex.
Hype: 6/10. While the first trailer did captivate us with it’s use of Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ we can’t help but be reminded of the monstrosity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hopefully Logan can help us all forget about Wolverine’s first solo outing and leave us with something good to remember him by. We’re staying caustically optimistic on this one.
Kong: Skull Island
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
Synopsis: An action adventure story centered on King Kong’s origins.
Hype: 8/10. We’re a sucker for giant monster movies so Kong: Skull Island is a no brainer for us. The visuals look stunning and the stacked cast will make for a stellar watch. Our only concern is the John C. Reily character who feels like a strange addition to the cast. We’re worried about what effect he’ll have on the film’s tension and horror but we’re more than happy to be proved wrong on this one.
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader
Synopsis: A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.
Hype: 5/10. If you’re like us then you probably grew up watching the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on Saturday mornings and therefore will be drawn to watch this due to an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. There has been some questionable design choices when it comes to Alpha 5 and the Rangers new suits but the idea of Bryan Cranston playing a floating head in a jar is too good to miss up!
Ghost in the Shell
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt
Synopsis: A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.
Hype: 8/10. Based on the classic 1995 anime this adaption has received it’s fair share of criticism for alleged whitewashing after casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi. Despite this it has been given the blessing of original anime publisher Kodansha. The visuals look stunning but we’re concerned that a lot of the philosophical underpinnings that make the original so great will be lost during the transition from anime to film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
Synopsis: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Hype: 10/10. The first Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably one of the best films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. James Gunn masterfully introduced us to a cast of relative unknowns and managed to tell a fun and engaging story in the process. Vol. 2 looks set to take everything we loved about the first film and dial it up to 11. We can’t wait to see Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) in action!
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce
Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Hype: 7/10. We haven’t got much to go on apart from a few production stills and reports of a 40 minute clip shown to fans in New York but hype around this new film from original Alien director Ridley Scott is mounting. Those who saw the clips are calling it “Gory. Terrifying. Disgusting.” and likening it to a mix of Alien and Aliens. We’re waiting for a trailer before we get our hopes up to high.
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya
Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
Hype: 10/10. It’s Spider-Man! We know that Spider-Man doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to movies (we’re looking at you, Spider-Man 3) but from what we saw of Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War it looks like he’s got the characters of Peter Parker and Spider-Man down. Not to mention the fact that Marvel Studios are heavily involved in the production this time around.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis
Synopsis: A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.
Hype: 8/10. The Planet of the Apes prequel movies have been a welcome addition to the box office. Setting a high bar for future prequels/reboots to follow we can’t wait to see if the third film in the trilogy manages to outdo its predecessors. After the stark contrast in tone between Rise and Dawn we’re a little bit worried that War will feel too much like Dawn to make it stand out as its own film.
Blade Runner 2049
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto
Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society.
Hype: 10/10. Blade Runner is considered by many to be one of the best science fiction films ever made and we won’t argue with them. What makes us so excited about this sequel is not only is original star Harrison Ford returning but it is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, Prisoners) and Roger Deakins (Sicario, Skyfall) behind the camera. Original writer Hampton Fancher also returns to pen the script and of course Ridley Scott is on board as executive producer.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddelston, Jeff Goldblum
Hype: 7/10. The Thor series has always been the weak link in the Marvel Cinematic Universe though director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilder People) looks set to change this if his other films are anything to go by. Thor: Ragnarok appears to be adapting several popular story lines from both the Thor and Hulk comics which might make it the break out star of Phase Three.
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor
Synopsis: Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.
Hype: 6/10. There isn’t much to go on when it comes to the latest animated feature from Disney and Pixar but judging by their track record we’re definitely excited about Coco. We’re glad to see Pixar exploring different cultures and only hope that they can treat them with the sensitivity and respect they deserve.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adaam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill
Synopsis: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Hype: 9/10. Another year, another Star Wars. Get use to that saying because we’re going to be saying it a lot from now on. Disney have clearly stated that it is their plan to release a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future and as gigantic Star Wars fans, you don’t hear us complaining! After The Force Awakens and Rogue One we still super excited for another Star Wars story, let’s just hope they tread a bit more new ground in Episode VIII.
Those are our choices for the most anticipated films of 2017. What films are you most looking forward to next year? Is there any we haven’t included that you can’t wait to see? Let us know in the comments below.