2016 hasn't been the greatest of years, has it? The last twelve months not only saw many of the planet's most beloved celebrities drop like flies, but also saw our planet edge ever closer to World War three. Still, it wasn't all bad. While mankind was busy belittling and attacking each other, 2016 brought us some top quality entertainment to distract us. Giving us not only one of the best years the video game industry has ever seen, 2016 also gifted us with its fair share of phenomenal movies and TV shows.
With 2016 now behind us, it's time to start looking forward to the brilliant year in movies that lies ahead. Here are 17 2017 movies that look like they could be interesting enough to help us forget about our impending oblivion.
17. LEGO Batman Movie
Release date: February
It's a sorry state of affairs when out of the three DC movies being released next year, it's LEGO Batman that looks the most promising. With Justice League and Aquaman eliciting more cringes and groans than whoops of excitement, we find ourselves looking to the team behind 2014's brilliant LEGO movie to deliver the DC goods. Boasting a cast of comedic heavyweights like Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera, LEGO Batman looks set to offer another colorful dose of masterfully written meta-humour. If those modern comedic talents aren't enough to hold your interest, picture them mouthing off alongside LEGO bricks voiced by the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey and Bee Dee Williams (Lando) and you'll see why we're excited. After the original LEGO movie provided some genuine belly laughs and withLEGO Batman boasting such a bizarre ensemble cast, we can't wait to see how this turns out.
16. Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets
Release date: July
Based on the long-running French comic book series Valerian and Laureline, this brightly colored tale is The Fifth Element director’s much-anticipated return to sci-fi. Starring Amazing Spiderman 2’s Dane DeHaan (Valerian) and Suicide Squad’s Cara Delevingne (Laureline) the film's story revolves around a time-traveling intergalactic duo as they attempt to defend the galaxy from aliens and prevent any potential time paradoxes. While Luc Besson hasn't exactly had the best track record of late (we're looking at you, Lockout) let's not forget that this is written and directed by the man who made Leon. With the original comics being credited as the inspiration behind Star Wars, we're certainly curious to see whether this adaptation will offer more than the style over substance CG-fest that the trailer suggests.
Release date: March
After this year’s disappointing X-Men Apocalypse, X-fans will be looking to next year’s Logan to wash away the bad taste it left in audiences' mouths. With Logan Hugh Jackman’s last turn as Wolverine, this R-rated post-apocalyptic tale sees everyone’s favorite anti-hero slowly losing his healing abilities. With mutant powers mysteriously vanishing, the plot will focus on Logan and Professor X teaming up to help save one of the world’s last remaining mutants. As all of Wolverine’s standalone films so far have been terrible, let’s hope that this more adult tale will finally deliver a film worthy of such a brilliant character.
14. Ghost In The Shell
Release date: March
After years of talk of a live-action version, 2017 will finally see Holywood releasing their take on the 1995 anime classic. It’s not exactly been smooth sailing for the adaptation so far, with it already receiving understandable backlash for casting Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese character. Yet despite its obvious whitewashing, the footage we’ve seen so far looks surprisingly promising. Perfectly capturing the original's dizzying mix of brightly lit neon cities and futuristic, Matrix-esque action, the film looks like it might have managed to nail the feel of the anime. Whether it’ll be a good movie or not remains to be seen, but based on the excellent trailers so far, put us down as cautiously optimistic for this one.
Release date: March
With Alien Covenant coming out only a few months later, you can't help but feel like the odds are stacked against this upcoming extraterrestrial thriller. Still, that isn't to say that it doesn't look promising. With its trailer setting it up as a mix of Alien and The Thing, Life tells the story of a small crew of the International Space Station on a mission to discover new life. Sure enough, the team soon stumbles upon an entirely new lifeform, but unluckily for them - it's far more intelligent than they'd bargained for. Written by Paul Wernick, the man responsible for penning the script for Deadpool and Zombieland, this intriguing sci-fi flick hints that it may offer more than just a carbon-copy of its inspirations. With a cast featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, there's enough potential here to pique our attention. Let's hope it can deliver.
12. The Dark Tower
Release date: July
When we think of Stephen King, the first thing that pops into our heads are his chilling horror stories.. and more recently, their scarily bad movie adaptations. Yet next year, the latest Stephen King novel to get the big screen treatment isn't a horror story - it's an adaptation of his cult classic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. With the books known for their unique blend of fantasy and wild west genre tropes, this pseudo-sequel casts Idris Elba as Frontiersman knight Roland Deschain. Starring alongside Matthew McConaughey, plot details are still thin on the ground for this continuation of Stephen King's epic saga. While there's little to go on at the moment, the solid cast and awesome setting mean we have high hopes for this one.
11. The Circle
Release Date: April 28th
If you're looking for a sci-fi thriller that's uncomfortably close to our current reality, then look no further. After years spent stuck in a crappy job in her hometown, Mae (Emma Watson) suddenly finds herself working at the world's leading tech company - The Circle. Cool and forward thinking, this Google meets Facebook startup rules the web, combining everyone's data into one universal account system. Yet, what starts off as the dream job, quickly reveals itself to be something more sinister. Also starring Tom Hanks and Jon Boyega, this looks to be a compelling adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name.
10. Baby Driver
Release date: August
Written and directed by the visionary creator behind films like Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Shaun of The Dead, Edgar Wright's mysterious new movie sees him stepping away from the comedy genre. Baby Drive is Wright's first attempt at a crime-thriller, telling the story of Baby, a mute, music-obsessed getaway driver who provides clean escapes for a revolving crew of bank robbers. While Wright has revealed very little about the movie,m the script must have been impressive, attracting a cast including Kevin Spacey, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx to name but a few. With such big names attached to it, it seems strange that Sony has yet to release so much as a promo shot for this mysterious movie. Still, with Baby Driver's release recently being pushed back from March to August, you can bet we'll hear more about this intriguing project soon.
9. A Cure For Wellness
Release date: February
Amid all the glitzy sci-fi thrillers and superhero movies that dominate this list, A Cure For Wellness is the dark-horse sitting ominously in the corner. The second Dane Dehaan film to grace our list, A Cure For Wellness sees the actor playing an ambitious young executive who is sent to collect his company's CEO from a seemingly picturesque "wellness center". Predictably, things aren't quite what they seem and our protagonist soon finds his sanity tested as he is diagnosed with the same mysterious condition that keeps the other residents trapped there. Featuring a nasty, horror-drenched aesthetic and hinting at more sanity-questioning moments than your average trip to Shutter Island, we can't wait to see how this unique thriller turns out.
Release date: 2017
We'll be honest, there's really not a lot to go on here, but given the pedigree behind Annihilation - we're still confident that it'll be one of the movies of the year. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the brains behind 2015's astonishing Ex Machina, the genre-bending Sunshine and of course, 28 Days Later, Annihilation sees Garland returning to Sci-fi. Reuniting with Ex Machina's Oscar Issacs, this mysterious thriller is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. Starring Natalie Portman as the film's protagonist, she plays a biologist who's husband mysteriously disappears. In a bid to track him down, she volunteers to go on an expedition to explore the environmental disaster zone where he went missing, but when she arrives, she finds something else entirely. With Garland's impeccable CV and the movie's intriguing premise, we're confident that Annihilation is a film you want to be keeping an eye on.
7. Alien Covenant
Release date: May
In space, no one can hear you ask for a refund. Or at least that's the mantra Ridley Scott will have been repeating after 2013's disappointing Alien prequel, Prometheus. While it looked stunning, the movie was riddled with more plot holes than could be overlooked, resulting in a movie that was a beautiful but nonsensical mess. With Scott at the helm once again for Prometheus' sequel, fans are hoping that Covenant will manage to right some of its predecessor's wrongs. Headed to a planet they believe to be an undiscovered paradise, Scott's latest places the crew of a colony ship called the Covenant on a dark and mysterious planet. Predictably, this planet doesn't turn out to be the dream vacation spot they were expecting and the crew soon find themselves having to contend with Fassbender's creepy cyborg and (spoiler) some nasty aliens. With Scott promising that Alien: Covenant will be the film that strings together the messy franchise, we're hoping that this will capture some of that original murky Alien magic.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Release date: July
Homecoming looks set to offer the kind of goofy high school fun that Spider-Man fans have always wanted to see on the big screen. Doing away with Fox's trend of having actors in their late 20s playing teenage Peter Parker, the young British actor Tom Holland is in his element here as an awkward but quick-witted Spidey. As you'd expect given the Homecoming subtitle, audiences can expect superhero shenanigans to be contrasted with the typical high school antics that fans of the Ultimate SpiderMan series know and love. With Birdman's Michael Keaton (ironically) playing winged villain Vulture and Robert Downey Jr making a guest appearance as Tony Stark, Homecoming certainly has the cast to make it something special. While recent Marvel films have started to stick a little too rigidly to the same proven template, we're quietly hopeful that Peter Parker's first Marvel Studios outing will be different enough to shake things up.
5. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Release date: May
Speaking of Marvel, here's another little superhero film you may have been anticipating. Guardians of The Galaxy was a breath of fresh air. With James Gunn transforming arguably Marvel's most niche heroes into the company's greatest cinematic asset, expectations are riding sky high for this sequel. Featuring a fun and relatable cast of exciting heroes, the original injected a sense of fun and humor into the superhero domain that didn't feel overly forced. The question is, can Gunn catch lightning in a bottle twice? While the story line is being kept closely under wraps, with the dream team behind the original back on board, we're quietly confident that Volume 2 will deliver another grin-inducing inter-galactic adventure. Hell, even if it sucks, we'll get to see more of Baby Groot, so really - it's a winner either way.
Release date: July
Next year sees Christopher Nolan return to the screen with his first film since 2014's Interstellar. Dunkirk is a tense WW2 epic that tells the real-life story of how hundred of thousands of troops became stranded on the French coast after 1940's aggressive German invasion. Swapping cape crusaders for more grounded heroes, Nolan's historic epic looks set to bring the classic mix of stunning visuals with stirring performances. Enlisting the help of Batman actors Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, all eyes are on this to be one of the movies of 2017. Even if it does feature One Direction's Harry Styles...
3. Trainspotting 2
Release date: January 27th (UK and Ireland)
2017 looks to be the year of resurrecting long-dormant franchises. Yet while every other month seems to bring with it the announcement of some new and gratuitous reboot, Trainspotting 2 feels like a sequel that was meant to be. Set twenty years after the original, Danny Boyle has reunited the old all-star cast for a film that looks set to tear down the smartphone generation. With the script loosely based on the novel Porno, the 2002 sequel to Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, actor Rober Carlyle promises that Trainspotting 2 will deliver a brutal and emotional ride. With only a few short weeks to wait, we can all kick off 2017 with a nice cheery tale about depression and addiction.
2. Star Wars Episode VIII
Release date: December
After Gareth Edwards' Rogue One impressed us with its gritty take on the Star Wars universe, next year sees the franchise returning with a true numbered sequel. With Brick and Breaking Bad director Rian Johnson on both writing and directing duties, the as yet untitled episode VIII looks set to offer a darker and more surreal tone than its predecessor. Thanks to Mark Hamill has publicly praising Johnson’s dialogue and Adam Driver comparing episode VIII to The Empire Strikes Back, things are looking rather promising indeed. After The Force Awakens fun but overly familiar take on the franchise, the idea of Johnson taking Star Wars into darker and weirder territory is an incredibly welcome one indeed. Sadly, real word events have already ensured that Episode VIII be an emotional affair, cementing the move as audiences' last chance to see Leia on screen. What's that? No, we're not crying, it's just a bit of stardust stuck in our eyes.
1. Blade Runner 2049
Release date: October
Blade Runner 2, eh? While it's existence is still difficult to comprehend, this is a very real sequel that will be hitting theaters sometime next year. With Arrival director Denis Villeneuve at the helm and a script penned by the writer of the original, Blade Runner 2049 has the potential to be the caliber of sequel that fans have always dreamed about. In the 30 years since the events of the original, Deckard has gone into hiding. Yet just as he thinks all is forgotten, an LAPD officer (Ryan Gosling) soon discovers a long-buried secret with the potential to throw society into chaos. On his journey to uncover the truth, he tracks down Deckard, played once again by Harrison Ford. With only one teaser trailer to go on, the makers are still remaining tight-lipped on the finer details of its plot. No matter what else the new Blade Runner brings though, after three decades of arguments, it looks like 2017 will be the year that fans finally get to solve the age old Deckard replicant debate.
Now that we've provided you with our selection of 2017 movies, we want to know which one of these you're anticipating the most. Of course, feel free to explain your picks in the comments section!
- Star Wars Episode VIII 27%, 90 votes90 votes 27%90 votes - 27% of all votes
- Blade Runner 2049 18%, 58 votes58 votes 18%58 votes - 18% of all votes
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 16%, 54 votes54 votes 16%54 votes - 16% of all votes
- Alien Covenant 11%, 37 votes37 votes 11%37 votes - 11% of all votes
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 7%, 22 votes22 votes 7%22 votes - 7% of all votes
- Logan 5%, 15 votes15 votes 5%15 votes - 5% of all votes
- Ghost In The Shell 5%, 15 votes15 votes 5%15 votes - 5% of all votes
- The Dark Tower 4%, 14 votes14 votes 4%14 votes - 4% of all votes
- Dunkirk 4%, 14 votes14 votes 4%14 votes - 4% of all votes
- Trainspotting 2 2%, 8 votes8 votes 2%8 votes - 2% of all votes
- Life 1%, 2 votes2 votes 1%2 votes - 1% of all votes
- A Cure For Wellness 0%, 1 vote1 vote1 vote - 0% of all votes
- Annihilation 0%, 1 vote1 vote1 vote - 0% of all votes
- The Circle 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
- Baby Driver 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
- Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
- LEGO Batman Movie 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes