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2017’s stunning sci-fi epics we can’t wait to see


We’re three months into 2017 and we’ve already seen some sci-fi movies that have blown us away. But did you know that the following nine months are offering up some of the biggest, and best, SF movies ever? Here’s our guide to the best science fiction flicks that are coming our way in 2017…


When will we ever learn that space really isn't that friendly? The latest gripping rollercoaster ride stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as a trio aboard the International Space Station whose discovery of a Mars life form puts not only themselves in danger, but also the whole of Earth... Blending sweaty suspense with provocative scientific themes, it's a thriller rooted in an engrossing 'what if' scenario...

What they say: "It poses a psychological terror that I think creates it’s own non-metaphoric non-gravity in our minds. We’re all trying to figure out what it means to each one of us and it means something different. What it becomes is something different. And I think it will be for the audience too. We’re just constantly filled with question marks everywhere. So yes, physically, but also throughout the whole story it’s like that." Jake Gyllenhaal

When's it out? 24th March

Ghost in the Shell

Based on the cult manga series, Ghost in the Shell is the visually ravishing story of the Major (Scarlett Johansson), a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, looks set to be one of the most original and off-the-wall sci-fi epics in years. Scarlett Johansson is in full action-woman mode as the kick-ass Major, heading up a cast that includes Juliette Binoche (Godzilla), Michael Pitt (Seven Psychopaths) and Japanese legend Takeshi Kitano.

What they say: "The depth of this movie is amazing. I find that the sets are so incredibly detailed!" Scarlett Johansson

When's it out? 31st March

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy was the dark horse Marvel property when it landed in 2014. Barely known outside of the comics world, the big question was whether audiences would fall for this motley band of intergalactic misfits. But Guardians ended up as one of the biggest grossing films of the year, with cinemagoers falling in love with Chris Pratt’s self-deprecating Star Lord, Zoe Saldana’s ass-kicking Gamora, Dave Bautista’s sweet but dumb Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper’s spunky racoon Rocket and Vin Diesel’s loyal, but word-challenged Groot.

With the the first film ending with the revelation that Peter was, in fact, half-alien, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 finds him searching for his true father, who, he discovers, is an ancient and mysterious cosmic being named Ego (played by Kurt Russell).

As the trailer suggests, the new movie will be just as action-packed and laugh-filled as the first one. We're counting the days...! 

What they say: “We had a great time on that film — it was a lot of fun. Great experience. That guy [director] James Gunn really knows what he’s doing; he’s real sharp. And all the cast is great – I had a great time working with Chris.” Kurt Russell

When’s it out? 28th April

Alien: Covenant

Otherwise known as Prometheus 2, Alien: Covenant looks set the tie this series even more closely to the Alien franchise. So, what do we know? Not a lot actually. We know that Michael Fassbender is back as honey-voiced android Dave (while doubling up as his lookalike model Walter), and that Noomi Rapace will be reappearing as archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Shaw, but other than that Ridley Scott’s film is cloaked in mystery. Rumours abound that Katherine Waterston’s character – named as Daniels by 20th Century Fox – could be Ellen Ripley’s mother. Colour us excited.

What they say: "There was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” Ridley Scott

When’s it out? 12th May

Transformers: The Last Knight

The box-office conquering Transformers franchise may be five films down, but it can still suck in some serious A-list talent, with Anthony Hopkins joining Mark Wahlberg and returnees Stanley Tucci and John Turturro for what looks to be the final film in the series from director Michael Bay.

Expect, btw, to see some UK-shot locations in this one, as the crew have been spotted filming at our very own Stonehenge!

What they say: “It introduces new cool characters and Cade’s got this great relationship with this smart, sophisticated English woman and that creates a lot of humour, and there’s a lot of new characters that are cool.” Mark Wahlberg

When’s it out? 23rd June

War for the Planet of the Apes

The third film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series (or the eighth movie overall) follows on from 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and finds Caesar and his ape colony now embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

With Dawn having received rave reviews and grand box office, hopes are high for this latest film in the revived franchise. Director Matt Reeves is once more in the director’s chair, and Andy Serkis is back as ape leader Caesar, with new faces Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary rounding out the homosapien cast.

What they say: “Some of it is very emotional. Some of it is very wrenching. Some of it is incredibly funny, because the journey of the characters that he meets on this path toward the Colonel [Harrelson] is the most unexpected group that joins him.” Matt Reeves

When’s it out? 14th July

The Dark Tower

A new Stephen King film? Sign us up now! Based on the successful series of Dark Tower novels from the horror maestro, this is a family-friendly fantasy adventure about an 11-year-old boy who finds himself in another dimension called Mid-World where he befriends a knight (Idris Elba) and must help save their world.

This one’s been in the works since the mid-noughties, with Star Wars’ JJ Abrams and Rush’s Ron Howard attached at various points. It’s now being helmed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) from a script by Transformers’ Akiva Goldsman, and, well, we don’t know much more about it, except that Matthew McConaughey is on board as a vicious sorcerer named Walter.

When’s it out? 28th July

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

This offbeat epic is the first full-blown sci-fi epic from visionary director Luc Besson since the brilliant The Fifth Element back in 1997. This time round, Dane DeHaan (A Cure for Wellness) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) headline as a couple of time agents who are sent on a mission to save the human race.

Based on the cult French graphic novel, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks to be very different not just to any other sci-fi film this year, but any other sci-fi film EVER.

When’s it out? 4th August

Blade Runner 2049

Thirty-five years on from the iconic Blade Runner (a movie many have called the greatest science fiction film of all time), Harrison Ford returns to his other great SF role – that of Replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Will the movie finally confirm or deny the big theory behind the first film, that Deckard himself is a Replicant?

Original director Ridley Scott is producing with Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve now calling the shots. Ryan Reynolds, Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista help fill out the cast.

What they say: “Harrison said, 'Meh,' and I said, 'No, read this.' And I think he said, 'This is the best script I’ve ever had.'” Ridley Scott (producer)

When’s it out? 6th October

Thor: Ragnarok

We love the first two Thor movies, but it could well be that the next film in the Chris Hemsworth-headlining series will be the best one yet. Why? Well, it’s being helmed by Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born genius behind the brilliant, awards-guzzling Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

The choice of Waititi suggests Marvel are going for a more comedic approach, maybe even a more indie vibe, with the third Thor movie. We do know that Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki and Mark Ruffalo will be making up for his non-appearance in Captain America: Civil War by turning up in this one. Marvel newbies, meanwhile, include Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban and – sharing screen credits for the first time since Jurassic Park – Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum.

What they say: "[Working with Taika Waititi] was one of the best experiences I've had, he's incredible. If you've seen any of his films, they give you an indication of the tone of what this is going to be, which is very different to what we've seen before." Chris Hemsworth

When’s it out? 27th October

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We have our title now, but little else. We don’t know much more than the fact that Luke Skywalker is back, along with Rey, Finn, Poe and dad-killer Kylo Ren. And of course Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa for the final time.

So, what to expect? Well, more of Luke obviously, but sadly no Han Solo (although will we see a funeral, we wonder?). There’s also a new bad guy, played by Benicio Del Toro, and apparently a character played by Bottom star Adrian Edmondson! And while there’s been no confirmation of Billy Dee Williams’ involvement as Lando Calrissian, is a surprise cameo out of the question? We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed for that one!

What they say: “It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear.” Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)

When’s it out? 15th December

Which sci-fi epics are you looking forward to in 2017? Let us know @Cineworld.