2016 has been a tough year for many; The world has had a permanent rain cloud over its head due to politics and social issues. However, one of the biggest escapisms has been the movies. We’ve got to see strong women steal the Death Star plans and superheroes go at it. With 2016 coming to an end, it’s time to get excited for what Hollywood has in store for us next. From baby trees to Jedi knights, 2017 has a plethora of diverse picks to keep us entertained for the whole year.
15. The Space Between Us
There is never a bad time for a good love story; The Space Between Us sounds like a cliche young adult romance, but it is anything but. First off, it’s not even based off of a novel; it’s an original idea thought up by director and writer Peter Chelsom as well as producer Richard Lewis.
It’s centered around Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human born on Mars. While searching for clues about Earth and his unknown father, he strikes up an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he finally has an opportunity to go to Earth, he tries to look for his father, but finds love and adventure on the way.
Even if you don’t traditionally love science fiction movies, there is still a lot to look forward to in The Space Between Us. It’s ultimately about the human experience and how Gardner adapts to a whole new world and figures out where he belongs.
The Space Between Us will be released on February 3, 2017.
Not even Oscar Isaac could save this year’s disappointing X-men Apocalypse. While folks are starting to feel the fatigue of comic book movies, Wolverine has always been an entertaining character. For over a decade, Hugh Jackman has made the comic book character iconic spread out over ensemble films and his own spinoffs. In March, Jackman will be putting on the claws one last time in his final X-men film, simply named Logan.
Taking place in the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization. Even though it’s not explicitly stated, fans speculate that this film will be based off of the famous comic series, Old Man Logan. Comparing both the trailer and the comic, it’s not a far off assumption. Regardless of your feelings towards the series as a whole, Logan will be a bittersweet goodbye for any fan.
Logan will be released on March 3, 2017.
13. Baby Driver
After his missteps with 2015’s Ant-Man, Edgar Wright is finally back with a new story. Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort—a getaway driver who wants to abandon the criminal life after falling in love with a woman (Lily James). On paper, that sounds like a cliche action film and not what Wright typically goes for. But here’s the twist: Elgort’s character suffers from Tinnitus and uses music to distract himself from the constant ringing in his ears.
Wright has stated that the soundtrack will be the biggest part of the film. The songs will range from extremely popular to obscure, properly setting the mood for each action scene. If the music fits well, this could be on par with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy selection of music.
Baby Driver will be released on August 11, 2017.
12. Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve has quickly changed from indie director to one of the best working today. He is an established genre director and has created incredibly smart and rich films such as Sicario and Arrival. When it was announced that Villeneuve would direct the Blade Runner sequel, the reactions changed from groans to cheers. With a fabulous ensemble including Villeneuve, Roger Deakins, and Johann Johannsson, we know that we’re in for a beautiful film.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 6, 2017.
We haven’t heard a peep from Christopher Nolan since 2014’s Interstellar, but now he’s back with an even bigger epic. He’s going out of his range and trying out a new genre: World War II films. Dunkirk is based off the true story of the defense and evacuation of British and Allied troops in Europe.
Nolan has never disappointed us in any department of film. Whether it’s the effects or plot, his films are always rich with detail. Even though he has been nominated for three Oscars already, he has never been able to take the gold. Will Dunkirk be his first big win?
Dunkirk will be released on July 21, 2017.
10. Alien: Covenant
While some people weren’t too hot with Prometheus, it did provide some background on the Alien lore (no matter how confusing it was). Now, Ridley Scott is back with a brand new Alien installment and it looks like a throwback to the classic films.
Alien: Covenant is a continuation of Prometheus and follows a brand new crew exploring uncharted territory. What they think is an unknown paradise turns out to be a dark dangerous world whose sole survivor, David (Michael Fassbender), was on the doomed Prometheus mission. There, they will encounter incredibly dangerous creatures that may or may inhabit their bodies.
Alien: Covenant will be released on May 19, 2017.
9. Beauty and the Beast
It’s a tale as old as time and no one will get tired of it. Beauty and the Beast is a classic story that will be forever love for its songs and characters. After the successful of the live action Cinderella, it makes sense that Beauty and the Beast would be next on the lineup. But after seeing Emma Watson in Belle’s iconic blue dress and Luke Evans as the narcissistic Gaston, you can’t help but get excited. With Alan Menken on board to bring back the songs we know and love (along with brand new music), it will be a beautiful drive down nostalgia road.
Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 17, 2017.
8. Thor: Ragnarok
Still wondering what happened to Bruce Banner and Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Next year, we’ll finally get the answer to that burning question—in the form of a buddy cop movie. Director Taika Waititi is known for his absurd comedies and he boasts that Thor Ragnarok will be no different. In Thor’s conclusion, we’ll finally get to see what Loki did with Odin and what the Nord god has been up since we last saw him. If it’s any indicator from this mockumentary bit, we’ll be in for a lot of great comedic chemistry.
Thor Ragnarok will be released on November 3, 2017.
7. The Lego Batman Movie
One of 2014’s biggest surprises was Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie. What was thought to be a blatant cash grab turned out to be funny and full of heart. One of the most popular cameos in the film was Will Arnett’s portrayal of Lego Batman and his over top “depressing” antics. Fans loved him so much that he is now getting his own spinoff.
The Lego Batman Movie follows Batman as he fights Gotham’s biggest crime bosses. His daily routine is interrupted when he has to be responsible for a boy that he adopted.
Despite not having the same directors, The Lego Batman Movie looks like it still has the same humor we loved from its predecessor.
The Lego Batman Movie will be released on February 10, 2017.
6. War for The Planet of the Apes
In its past two movies, The Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise has (surprisingly) been top notch. The use of motion capture makes it feel like we’re actually seeing real apes on stage instead of special effects (when is Andy Serkis getting his Oscar?). In 2014’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we see an angry Cesar feel conflict over working with humans and despair over losing his wife.
In the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, we hear Cesar say, “We did not start this war,” indicating that that inner conflict is now gone. With Matt Reeves coming back to direct, we’re guaranteed to get not only action, but more emotional moments between Cesar and his followers.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017.
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
When it was announced that we would be getting a third Spider-man, it was met with a giant eye roll. After two Spider men and five movies, there was some fatigue for the webbed superhero. But after seeing Tom Holland’s debut in Captain America: Civil War, our confidence has been rekindled. Tom Holland’s socially awkward Peter Parker is the Spider-man that we’ve been waiting for. His first solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming gives off a John Hughes vibe and seems to focus primarily on his high school life.
Even though it has had mixed reactions, the introduction of Tony Stark shows how much of a kid that Peter really is. People loved that he acted on his own accord in past films, but since he is the youngest in the Avengers, it makes sense that he would be constantly helicoptered.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.
4. Kong: Skull Island
Before she helms the Captain Marvel suit, Brie Larson will be fighting some huge gorillas. Alongside Tom Hiddleston, she will be venturing into deep, uncharted territory and accidentally comes across a land of monsters.
Kong: Skull Island is the second installment in Legendary’s Godzilla-Kong series. This film will surely make us feel sympathy for the (semi) peaceful creature in time for the epic battle between him and Godzilla in 2019.
Kong: Skull Island will be released on March 10, 2017.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Just by reading the title, you can hear Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” in the back of your head. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge risk for Marvel but ended up being one of their most successful. Now, the gang is back next year with new adventures and iconic lines. And, from the look of the trailer, Gunn’s soundtrack will be just as diverse as the last year, introducing new favorites for all. Also, if you can somehow resist Baby Groot, then you have no soul.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.
2. Wonder Woman
She captured our hearts with her impressive armbands and badass theme song in Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, Wonder Woman will have an opportunity to lead her first solo film next year. Wonder Woman takes place during World War I, where Diana Prince lives on a sheltered island home. When a war pilot crash lands on her shores, he tells her of a massive conflict happening in the world. Diana decides to help fight in the war and becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes in the process.
Wonder Woman the first superhero film to center on a female character. With a female director at the helm of the project, there is some hope that Diana Prince will be more than just a sexualized character.
Wonder Woman will be released on June 2, 2017
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Now that Star Wars is considered our Christmas miracle, we will always know that December will have at least one good movie. Now that Rogue One has been released, we officially have less than a year until Star Wars Episode VIII (350 to be exact).
Female fans have been positively responding to Rey and love that there is a strong female character front and center of the franchise. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see more of her past and how she can strongly connect to the force. Oscar Issac and Adam Driver have already said wonderful things about the script such as that it feels like an indie film and it’s more nuanced than typical blockbusters. Character development has always been director Rian Johnson’s strong suit so expect a lot of exploration for these characters we’ve grown to love.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on December 15, 2017.