The Movie Junkie

30 Highly Anticipated Movies Coming Out in 2017

In a nutshell, 2016 was a ginormous year for movies. Films like Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts, and Rogue One were just some of the massive titles that graced our silver screen this year and made us dote on this industry even more.

Now, 2017 is officially here. And with it comes a new batch of much-awaited sequels, adaptations, and reboots that will surely give the previous year a run for its money, literally and figuratively.

Arranged in order of their release dates, here are the biggest releases that are hitting the theaters in the next twelve months.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Release Date: January 27

The sixth installment of the Resident Evil franchise sees Milla Jovovich reprising her role as Alice, who goes back to where it all started (Raccoon City) in an attempt to finally put an end to the apocalypse and save humanity from extinction. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the sequel also stars Ali Larter, Iain Glen, and Ruby Rose.

Fifty Shades Darker

Release Date: February 10

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele in Universal Pictures’ follow-up to Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2015 big-screen adaptation of the best-selling erotic book series from author E.L. James. James Foley directs this sequel which also stars Kim Basinger and Hugh Dancy.

John Wick: Chapter 2

Release Date: February 10

Keanu Reeves is out for revenge once again in the next chapter of the surprise hit from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. Still directed by Chad Stahelski, the film brings the famous hit man out of retirement once again to face off a new batch of deadly assassins after a former associate placed a price on his head. Common, Laurence Fishburne and Ruby Rose also co-star.

The Lego Batman Movie

Release Date: February 10

Will Arnett lends his voice once again as the Batman in The Lego Movie‘s spinoff that puts the Dark Knight front and center. This time, he must not only protect Gotham City from nefarious criminals, but also raise a pesky little child he just adopted. Chris McKay is at the helm of this release that also stars Jenny Slate, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Mariah Carey and Billy Dee Williams.

Logan

Release Date: March 3

Hugh Jackman reprises his role one last time as the aggressive clawed mutant Wolverine, which he’s held on since 2000’s X-Men. Directed by James Mangold, the pic takes place in the future and sees an aged Logan with diminishing healing powers, tasked to mentor a new kid mutant who possesses the same abilities as his. Patrick Stewart also returns as Professor X.

Kong: Skull Island

Release Date: March 10

Set during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and the rest of the team stumble unwittingly on a mysterious island only to come face to face with the ancient King Kong. Indie filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs this revamped origin story of the gargantuan beast with John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly rounding out the rest of the cast.

Beauty and the Beast

Release Date: March 17

Disney’s next princess to get a live-action treatment stars Harry Potter star Emma Watson playing the role of Belle, and Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as the iconic beast. Bill Condon helms this modern retelling of a classic fairy tale, which also features an impressive supporting cast that includes Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Stanly Tucci.

Power Rangers

Release Date: March 24

The classic TV show for kids in the 90s is also coming to the big screen this year and features a new batch of alien-fighting teenagers. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) helms the revival with Becky G, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and Dacre Montgomery as the modern versions of the famous quintet. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, and Naomi Scott.

Ghost in the Shell

Release Date: March 31

Based on the classic manga and anime series, the film stars Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg with a human mind who leads an elite task force in stopping dangerous criminals and fanatics. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) directs this live adaptation.

The Fate of the Furious

Release Date: April 14

F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) directs the eight installment of the Fast and Furious franchise that brings the globetrotting team back together for another round of physics-defying acts of vehicular sorcery. This time, however, Charlize Theron’s character lures Vin Diesel into the dark side, betraying his family along the way. Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren also joins the rest of the cast.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release Date: May 5

The follow-up to the 2014 Marvel sleeper hit sees Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and the rest of the team (including a cute but deadly Baby Groot) back in action as they fight a new kind of threat in the space front of the studio’s expanding cinematic universe. James Gunn still directs the sequel with Kurt Russell joining the crew as Star-Lord’s father.

Alien: Covenant

Release Date: May 19

Visionary director Ridley Scott returns to the horror genre for the next chapter of the Alien prequel trilogy that started with 2012’s Prometheus. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace return for their roles from the 2012 sci-fi pic, with newcomers Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, and James Franco joining in on what will most likely be a bloody space adventure.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Release Date: May 26

Jonny Depp reprises his role as the eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow on a new adventure in Disney’s next chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This time, he seeks a powerful ancient artifact known to give its possessor total control of the sea after his old enemy played by Javier Bardem escaped the Bermuda Triangle and is now hell-bent on killing every pirate at sea, including him. Directed by Norwegian filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, the movie also stars Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and the great Sir Paul McCartney.

Baywatch

Release Date: May 26

Based from the long-running hit TV show from the 90s, this reboot stars Dwayne Johnson as a tough leader of an elite team of lifeguards who comes into conflict but ultimately teams up with an arrogant new recruit played by Zac Efron in order to stop an oil tycoon from destroying the beach. Seth Gordon helms the action-comedy pic, which also stars Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, and a cameo performance from the series’ original stars, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Wonder Woman

Release Date: June 2

DC Films’ big-screen adaptation of one of the most celebrated female superheroes of all time stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, the titular Amazon goddess who joins forces with pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) in his fight against the Nazis during the World War I. This origin story is directed by Patty Jenkins and also stars Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, and Danny Huston.

The Mummy

Release Date: June 9

Universal’s present-day reboot stars Tom Cruise in the lead role who, together with a team of paramilitary archeologists, unknowingly release an ancient powerful force on Earth. Alex Kurtzman helms the action-horror pic which would then set a monster-filled cinematic universe in motion for the studio. Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance round out the rest of the cast.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Release Date: June 23

Still directed by Michael Bay, the fifth installment in the expanding universe of the Transformers film series sees the return of Mark Wahlberg in the lead role along with Stanley Tucci and franchise alums John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, and Josh Duhamel. Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin also co-star.

Despicable Me 3

Release Date: June 30

Gru (Steve Carrell), Lucy (Kristen Wiig), and his adorable minions are back to save the world in Illumination’s fourth entry in the studio’s hugely successful franchise. South Park creator Trey Park lends his voice for the sequel’s main villain: a moonwalking 80s child star hell-bent on world domination after his TV show got cancelled due to puberty. Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin direct the hilarious follow-up.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release Date: July 7

Tom Holland stars as a 15-year old version of Peter Parker who, after being involved in a brawl in Captain America: Civil War, must now try to balance his life as a typical high schooler in New York City with fighting bad guys as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. Horror filmmaker Jon Watts directs this new iteration which is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The reboot also stars Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: July 14

Matt Reeves returns in the directorial chair for the third installment of the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise after his excellent work in 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis returns for his role as the leader of the mutinous primates who are now in a state of conflict with the humans, which is led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. The sequel also stars Steve Zahn and Judy Greer.

Dunkirk

Release Date: July 21

Director Christopher Nolan returns to the big screen this year for an intense World War II drama that centers on the miraculous evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk to England in 1940. The period film boasts an impressive cast that includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, and Harry Styles.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Release Date: July 21

Visionary filmmaker Luc Besson’s next sci-fi project stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special operatives who embark on a mission to stop unexpected forces from wreaking havoc in the vast intergalactic city of Alpha. Clive Owen, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna co-star in this epic space thriller.

The Dark Tower

Release Date: July 28

The long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic saga also hits the big screen this year with Idris Elba playing the protagonist of the film and Matthew McConaughey as the vicious sorcerer. Elba goes on a quest to find the Dark Tower in the hopes of saving the Mid-World from extinction. Nikolaj Arcel co-writes and directs the Sony adaptation.

Blade Runner 2049

Release Date: October 6

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 film takes place 30 years after the events from the previous movie and stars Ryan Gosling as the new blade runner on a mission to find answers from Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, the former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Arrival director Denis Villenueve helms the Warner Bros’ follow-up with Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Release Date: October 6

Matthew Vaughn returns to direct the sequel of the 2014 spy action comedy with Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, and Colin Firth reprising their roles. This time, they lend a helping hand to their US counterpart (Statesman) after its headquarters was attacked by wicked criminal mastermind. Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges are welcome additions to the sequel.

Thor: Ragnarok

Release Date: November 3

Chris Hemsworth is back as the Norse God of Thunder in the third outing of Marvel’s Thor films. Also returning are Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins, with appearances from fellow Avengers played by Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Taika Waititi, the superhero pic also stars Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Tessa Thompson.

Justice League

Release Date: November 17

Director Zack Snyder returns to direct the follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film follows Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) on their search to assemble the ultimate DC hero squad that includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to fight off an impending doom. Also present in this DC feature are Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg, Willem Defoe, and Amber Heard.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Release Date: December 15

Rian Johnson takes over as the director of the second chapter of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac returns to continue their adventures after being established as the key characters in 2015’s The Force Awakens. Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, and Domhnall Gleeson also reprise their roles, together with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Jumanji

Release Date: December 22

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in Sony’s continuation of the 1995 adventure film about a magical board game that has a mind of its own. This time around, the game goes digital as four teens get sucked into a video game where they take on new avatar forms to find a specific jewel. Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas also star, with Jake Kasdan directing.

Pitch Perfect 3

Release Date: December 22

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld are back as the all-female acapella-singing Barden Bellas in Universal’s next installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise. Sadly, Elizabeth Banks is no longer directing, but will still continue to be involved as a producer.

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