10 films to be excited for in 2017

10. Logan

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Release date: 2nd March 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant

Synopsis: In the near future, an ageing Logan and Professor Xavier must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organisation led by Nathaniel Essex.

Following the incredible success, both critically and financially, of Deadpool, it’s time for another beloved comic book character to finally get the R-rated treatment: Wolverine. Hugh Jackman has been playing the adamantium-clawed hero since 2000, and despite being one of Marvel’s most popular big screen characters, it’s no secret that Wolverine’s previous solo outings are best left forgotten. Hopefully, with the premise of an ageing Logan and a haunting first trailer set to Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’, James Mangold’s Logan will finally be the film that Wolverine deserves.

9. Wonder Woman

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Release date: 2nd June 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: Patty Jenkins

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Synopsis: An Amazon princess leaves her sheltered island home following an American pilot crashing on its shores, speaking of a conflict raging in the outside world.

Few will deny that the DC Extended Universe hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts. However, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman, so there’s good reason to be optimistic about her solo film, before she’s reunited with Batman and co. in next year’s Justice League. Not only boasting an intriguing World War I setting, it will be interesting to see how Diana Prince will fare without Zack Snyder behind the camera, with Patty Jenkins (Monster) taking over directing duty this time.

8. Beauty and the Beast

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Release date: 17th March 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci

Synopsis: An adaptation of the classic Disney fairytale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Disney continue their recent spate of live action remakes of animated classics with Beauty and the Beast. It’s arguable as to whether it’s a film that really needed a remake in the first place, but the trailer at least promises a faithful retelling with an impressive cast to boot. Hopefully, Disney has created a film that will manage to satisfy the diehard fans while still enchanting a brand new generation with classic songs and charming characters, brought to life by a cast that is led by Emma Watson as Belle.

7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Release date: 16th June 2017

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Synopsis: When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin must work together with the American agency, Statesman, to save the world.

Following 2015’s surprise hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service, it was inevitable that a sequel would surely follow. Currently, very little is known about The Golden Circle, but Taron Egerton and Mark Strong are back to reprise their roles as Eggsy and Merlin respectively, and are joined this time around by an A-list cast that includes the likes of Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Perhaps most exciting of all, though, is the poster that teases the return of a character thought to be long-dead…

6. The Lego Batman Movie

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Release date: 10th February 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: Chris McKay

Starring: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Mariah Carey

Synopsis: As well as the criminals of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne must also deal with the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

One of the standout characters of The Lego Movie was Will Arnett’s take on Batman, an angsty orphan who only works in black (and sometimes, very, very dark grey). It makes sense, then, that he’s now getting his very own movie, that will see Bruce Wayne taking on some of his most infamous adversaries, including the Joker and Two-Face. The Lego Movie‘s genius voice casting continues here with Michael Cera as Robin and Ralph Fiennes as butler Alfred, while the trailers have promised plenty of laughs.

5. Thor: Ragnarok

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Release date: 27th October 2017

Director: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson

There are a lot of reasons to be excited for the third Thor film, but perhaps the main one is the return of two characters whose absences were notable in Civil War: Thor and Bruce Banner. Joining Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo in a star-studded cast are the familiar faces of Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall), as well as a few newcomers to the franchise, including Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. And as if that’s not reason enough to be excited for the hammer-wielding Norse god’s return to the big screen, Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi, of Hunt for the Wilderpeople fame.

4. Dunkirk

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Release date: 21st July 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles

Synopsis: The story of the evacuation of Allied soldiers who were surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk during a fierce battle in World War II.

If the brief, sixty-second teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk got people talking this summer, it was nothing compared to the reaction to the latest trailer that dropped just a few days ago. Causing excitement for numerous reasons (one of which is the casting of One Direction’s Harry Styles), Nolan brings his distinctive directorial style to World War II. Though it’s a far cry from anything the director has done before, it’s certain that Dunkirk will be every bit as epic as we’ve come to expect from the man behind InceptionInterstellar, and the Dark Knight trilogy.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Release date: 7th July 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey. Jr, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Michael Keaton

Synopsis: A young Peter Parker begins to navigate his new identity as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man under the watchful eye of his mentor, Tony Stark.

Spider-Man has had a shaky history when it comes to the big screen, so it was no surprise that there were some doubts when newcomer Tom Holland was cast as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War. However, Holland ended up being one of the standout stars of the whole movie, and the fans’ faith in the character was automatically renewed. Finally a firm part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the recent trailer for Homecoming promised everything that fans have come to love about Peter Parker, along with the welcome additions of Robert Downey Jr. and a villain played by Michael Keaton.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Release date: 28th April 2017/Watch the trailer here

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell

Synopsis: Set to Awesome Mix #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the adventures of the team as they set out to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy instantly skyrocketed to the position of many people’s favourite film in the entire MCU, and those same people who were won over by Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and Groot will be delighted to see them return in Vol. 2. Not only will we finally see a resolution to the mystery behind Peter Quill’s real father, but there’s going to be a brand new Awesome Mix soundtrack to hopefully rival the first, which featured classics such as ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’. And, of course, there’s also the introduction of Marvel’s cutest character yet: Baby Groot, who was hilariously adorable in the trailer that dropped a few weeks ago.

1. Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Release date: 15th December 2017

Director: Rian Johnson

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern

With the release date still an entire year away, almost nothing is known about the next chapter of the Star Wars saga right now. There’s currently no name, no trailer, and no known plot details, but we do know that Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker will return alongside unknown new characters played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. Still, this lack of any knowledge whatsoever isn’t reducing the excitement of the fans who are dying to see what happens next – and maybe find out the answer to that small question of who Rey’s parents are…

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