1.Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015): While this list is in no particular order, I will take an educated guess and say this is the most anticipated movie of next year. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C3PO are back but this time it’s Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and JJ Abrams in charge of the screenplay. They’ll be joined by new characters played by actors John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and Andy Serkis etc.
The trailer was released some weeks ago and already fans have been taking it apart frame by frame and discussing the ball droid BB8, John Boyega’s Storm-trooper and the controversial new lightsaber.
2. James Bond 24 aka Spectre (November 6, 2015): Daniel Craig is an awesome Bond and I’m glad this one (his fourth outing) is filming and has a release date. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whi-shaw and Naomi Harris return. Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista (Drax) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty) join in on the fun.
3. The Hateful Eight (December 2015): Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is set in post Civil War Wyoming—fans wait for more of his signature dialogue, humor, mayhem and violence.
4. Macbeth (no release date yet): Dark and sinister Shakespeare with femme fatale Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth and the magnetic Michael Fassbender as Macbeth—I am expecting something bloody and intelligent.
5. The Martian (no release date yet): After Matt Damon’s surprise turn in Chris Nolan’s Interstellar, Ridley Scott decides to keep him stranded a while longer in outer space in his 2015 film. Will he ever make it back home?
6. Cinderella (March 11, 2015): As if Disney’s Into the Woods, Maleficent and Warner’s Pan are not enough—Cinderella joins Hollywood’s fairy tale bandwagon. Downton Abbey’s Lily James is Cinderella while Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden is the Prince. Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett are sure to add sugar and spice as the Fairy Godmother and Wicked Stepmother. I am curious if the tale will be updated for a new generation of girls.
7. Knight of Cups (no release date yet): Terence Malick (Days of Heaven, Tree of Life) is not for everyone but the trailer for his upcoming film with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Nick Offerman, Joe Manganiello, Joel Kinna-man, and Antonio Banderas looks interesting.
8. Victor Frankenstein (no release date yet): Paul McGuigan (Sherlock in TV, Lucky Number Slevin) directs Andrew Scott a.k.a. Moriarty, Daniel Radcliffe a.k.a. Harry Potter, James McAvoy (Professor X), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) and Mark Gatiss (Mycroft); this should at least thrill the anglophiles among us.
Other films other people might be excited about but haven’t moved me yet: Fast and Furious 7 (because I never got into the franchise), Kingsman (reminds of me Alex Rider), Jurassic World (even if it has Chris Pratt), Terminator Genisys (has Khaleesi, Doctor Who and director Alan Taylor going for it but also has Arnold and the same thing all over again), 50 Shades of Gray (no, just no).
Part 2 of this list will be out next Friday, December 26.