More franchise installments, book adaptations and most of all, comic book characters—are we at all surprised?
12. The Great Wall—This film is described briefly on IMDB as a “mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.” Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) directs this one with Matt Damon and even better (for me) Pedro Pascal. Oh yes.
13. X-Men Apocalypse—This X-Men installment is set in the 80’s featuring Prof. X, Magneto, Mystique, Apocalypse (everyone’s new darling, Oscar Isaac aka Poe Dameron) along with the new Cyclops, Jean Grey (GoT’s Sophie Turner), Storm, Nightcrawler, Quicksilver and Psylocke.
14. BFG—Big Friendly Giant combines the talent of a well-loved writer, the late Roald Dahl and a well-loved director, Steven Spielberg.
15. Star Trek Beyond—Justin Lin of the Fast and the Furious takes over as director; Simon Pegg joins Doug Jung writing the script, and Idris Elba joins the cast as the new villain.
16. Ghostbusters—Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) directs five female leads—including his “muse” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Chris “Thor” Hemsworth as their secretary in this updated franchise installment. IMDB also has Bill Murray and Sigourney in the cast.
17. Suicide Squad—This next ensemble comic movie collects villains from the DC universe: The Joker (Jared Leto), Deadshot (Will Smith), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc (AdewaleAkinnuoye-Agbaje) and the much anticipated Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).
18. Gambit—Channing Tatum takes on the role of Remy LeBeau.
19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—Harry Potter franchise still rolls on with Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Ezra Miller as Credence. These events take place before the Harry Potter stories.
20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story—Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directs the story of how the Rebel Alliance gets to steal the plans for the Death Star. This one has Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk. Will Darth Vader be back and will they have a female lead just as strong as Rey?
21. Assassin’s Creed (December 21)—Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard reunite with their Macbeth director, Justin Kurzel for another video game movie. With those credentials, will it be a cut above the rest?
I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a good start. Here’s to a good year at the movies—and while surely the big ones get all the buzz, press and promotion, I am hoping to find gems of smaller films that may shine even brighter than these block busters.