The fact that 2016 was a shit of a year isn’t the only reason we’re so excited that 2017 has arrived. Our one true love, Hollywood, is delivering big time this year when it comes to blockbusters and highly anticipated films.
To get you excited for the greatness to come, here are our top picks that you should be lining up for.
1. Split (January 20)
James McAvoy is moving far away from his good guy persona in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming thriller Split, which sees the former playing a troubled man with several dangerous personalities.
2. Rings (February 3)
The third entry into the horror franchise, Rings sees its leading heroine discovering that the mysterious and creepy video tape was only the beginning, and that there is in fact a movie within the movie.
3. Fifty Shades Darker (February 10)
Fifty Shades of Grey was a mega hit upon release, and has launched Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan to a new level of stardom. These two gorgeous co-stars are set to return to the big screen next month in a film that’s promising more sizzling moments and, the debut of Kim Basinger’s ‘Mrs Robinson’.
4. The Lego Batman Movie (February 10)
You only need to see the trailer to know that this is going to be one hell of a good time at the movies. With Will Arnett and Michael Cera voicing Batman and Robin respectively, laughs are all but assured.
5. Get Out (February 24)
Fans of the Comedy Central show Key & Peele may not know that the Jordan Peele has written and directed a pretty freaky looking horror film with a killer premise: an African American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, but soon discovers that previous black residents have gone missing.
6. Logan (March 3)
All good things come to an end but we’re just not ready to say goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine. But say goodbye we must, as Logan marks the actor’s final appearance as the famous character. On the plus side, we’ll finally get to see old man Logan.
7. Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
Tom Hiddleston and Oscar winner Brie Larson lead an all-star cast in this different take on the King Kong story. The action in the trailer looks uncompromising, and as for Kong…well…he’s pretty freaking huge.
8. Beauty and the Beast (March 17)
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as Belle and the Beast in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic animated flick. From the gorgeous set design and costuming to the grand scale of the music numbers, it’s safe to say that this is going to be one of 2017’s biggest hits.
9. The Belko Experiment (March 17)
I have to give some love to director James Gunn’s passion project The Belko Experiment, which he wrote and produced. The horror sees a group of Americans locked in their high-rise corporate office and caught up in a sick social experiment. It’ll be bloody, but it’ll be a bloody good watch.
10. Ghost in the Shell (March 31)
I’m over the attempts of anyone involved with this movie trying to justify the casting of Scarlett Johansson. It’s whitewashing at its finest and says a lot about the state of racism in Hollywood. However, to the credit of director Rupert Sanders, and the production team, Ghost in the Shell looks magnificent.
11. The Zookeeper’s Wife (March 31)
I love me some Jessica Chastain and this stunning-looking film from director Niki Caro could be another hit for the Oscar nominated actress. It is an adaptation of the novel by Diane Ackerman, and tells the true story of the Warsaw Zoo, and the couple behind it who saved many lives during World War II.
12. Gifted (April 12)
Starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer, Gifted follows a man fighting to raise his deceased sister’s genius daughter the way she asked him to. SNL alum Jenny Slate also appears as the young girl’s teacher, who forms a relationship with Evans’ character Frank.
13. The Fate of the Furious (April 14)
They just keep on making em’ and we’re not complaining! The Fate of the Furious is the eighth film in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and is getting a boost thanks to the casting of Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
14. The Circle (April 28)
Emma Watson is set for a good year with Beauty and the Beast and this tense drama which sees her starring opposite Tom Hanks and John Boyega.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
There’s nothing more I want to see in cinemas this year than baby Groot, and thankfully James Gunn has kept this cutie pie as wee as when we last saw him, and his rag-tag group of friends. Adorable-ness aside, I’m just really excited to see what Gunn has in store for audiences this time.
16. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12)
The pairing of director Guy Ritchie and actor Charlie Hunnam to tell the story of King Arthur is almost too exciting to think about. Expect brilliant visuals, next-level fight sequences, and a brooding and physically intimidating Hunnam.
17. Alien: Covenant (May 19)
Expectations are high for this follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which finds the crew of a colony ship faced with terrifying creatures, and Michael Fassbender’s David.
18. Baywatch (May 26)
Dwayne Johnson was the undisputed box office king of Hollywood last year, and he’s set for even greater things in 2017 with the release of the R-rated comedy Baywatch, which also stars Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Jon Bass. Based on what the cast have been teasing so far on their respective Instagram accounts, audiences are in for plenty of laughs and sexy slow running.
19. Wonder Woman (June 2)
The world has waited too damn long for a Wonder Woman film, and this year DC and Warner Bros. Pictures are (hopefully) going to prove once and for all that they can deliver a decent superhero blockbuster. Gal Gadot is starring as the titular character, and based on the trailers so far things are looking positive.
20. The Mummy (June 9)
Tom Cruise is starring in this reboot of The Mummy franchise, which is also the first instalment in the shared Monsters universe that Universal Pictures has been hard at work on. Russell Crowe is also making an appearance as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who he could very well be reprising in a future solo flick.
21. Spider-man: Homecoming (July 7)
Tom Holland was a real stand-out in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, and is starring opposite Zendaya in his own Spider-man solo flick. The trailer looks promising and given that this is a Marvel film, plenty of surprises will be in store.
22. Dunkirk (July 21)
Christopher Nolan knows a thing or two about blockbusters, but his upcoming film about the battle of Dunkirk appears to be a bit different from his usual fare. The fight scenes look tremendous in scale, and the cast is impressive to say the least: Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles.
23. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)
This looks pretty trippy and I’m sold on the casting of Dane DeHaan alone. Luc Besson (Taken) has produced, written and directed this sci-fi adaptation of the French comic series Valérian and Laureline.
24. The Dark Tower (July 28)
The Dark Tower book series by Stephen King are fan-favourites, so this ‘quasi-sequel’ to the The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is going to be a huge. There’s no trailer to obsess over just yet, but soon enough we’ll have something to tide you over until July 28.
25. It (September 8)
Pennywise is one of horror’s creepiest villains, so it’s no surprise he came from the mind of Stephen King. The writer’s novel is getting the big screen treatment this time with Bill Skarsgård taking on the role that Tim Curry played to perfection in the 1990 mini series.
26. Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)
The original may be fiercely loved, but with Harrison Ford reprising the role of Rick Deckard and Denis Villeneuve directing, I’m positive fans will feel good leaving the theatre after this one. Ryan Gosling is also taking the lead this time, so all is well.
27. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (October 6)
2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service was the surprise hit of the year gaining a legion of fans who demanded more of Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Director Matthew Vaughn is returning this year with the answer to all our prayers: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which is also inexplicably bringing back Colin Firth’s Harry Hart along with some fresh faces like Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and Halle Berry.
28. Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
Aussie and real-life god Chris Hemsworth is returning this year to the role that made people want to smash coffee mugs and yell “another!” in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi had a great 2016 with Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and given his talent and sense of humour, Ragnarok is going to be a hoot. Oh, Tom Hiddleston is also returning as Loki if you’re into the whole handsome British villain thing (don’t lie of course you are).
29. Justice League (November 17)
Move over Avengers it’s time for the stars of the DCEU to shine. Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Superman are set to appear in Zack Snyder’s follow-up to last year’s Batman v Superman.
30. Star Wars: Episode VIII (December 15)
Need I say more?