2017 is already looking to be a vintage year for great movies, and, excitingly, we can look forward to a cavalcade of sequels to some of our favourite films. We’ve already had T2: Trainspotting, Rings, Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter 2, but what follow-ups does the rest of 2017 have in store for us...?
After 17 years, it looks like this will be Hugh Jackman’s swansong as everyone’s favourite mutton-chopped mutant. Based on the comic book Old Man Logan by Cineworld friend Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman), this third Wolverine spin-off reunites Jackman with his X-Men comrade Patrick Stewart, playing a now-aged Professor X.
From the trailer, this look like it’ll be a more reflective movie than we’ve come to expect from the X-franchise. Set after the events of Days of Future Past, the film finds an older Logan protecting a young girl as they both hide from a gang of cyborgs sent to destroy the last remaining mutants.
What they say: “I don’t so much think about comic-book framings but I think about film noir framings and classic Hollywood filmmaking styles, German expressionist filmmaking style of the early part of the last century, which has a lot in common with comic-book art.” James Mangold (director)
When’s it out? 3rd March
Although unconnected to Peter Jackson’s 2005 Kong remake, this 70s-set actioner IS married up to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot. Film studio Legendary are planning a ‘shared universe’ series of films featuring the two outsize movie monsters, and this is second out of the stable. With an A-list heavy cast, including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson, this one looks like a doozy.
What they say: ”We traveled to these extraordinary locations to the ends of the Earth where nature is at its most beautiful and terrifying. And that was, I think, the genius of Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ pitch was an encouragement to shoot in real places and to make Skull Island out of parts of our planet that are absolutely breathtaking and remote.” Tom Hiddleston
When’s it out? 10th March
As the first Fast flick without the late, and much missed, Paul Walker, the eighth Fast & Furious movie will likely be a poignant watch. Out of respect, the part of Brian O’Conner hasn’t been recast, but the franchise is welcoming Dame Helen Mirren (yes, really!) and Charlize Theron (!!) who joins the cast as a villain named Cipher.
Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray takes over directorial duties from Justin Lin for this movie that sees the gang smashing its way through New York City, Iceland, Havana and Ohio.
What they say: “I've always rather loved driving. I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it.'” Helen Mirren
When’s it out? 14th April
It seems strange to look back on how unhyped Guardians of the Galaxy was when it landed in cinemas in 2014. But the resulting movie was so damned brilliant and unlike anything we’d seen before that hopes are sky-scrapingly high for the sequel.
Set two months on from the end of the first flick, Guardians 2 welcomes back Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as baby Groot and also introduces Kurt Russell as Star Lord’s real father, Ego.
And of course another Guardians movie means a new soundtrack album. YES!
What they say: “We had a great time on that film — it was a lot of fun. Great experience. That guy 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
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? 19th May
Despite the controversies Johnny Depp has found himself in recently, hopes are still high for this fifth movie (known as Dead Men Tell No Tales overseas) in the box-office busting fantasy franchise. This time, Jack Sparrow finds himself pursued by an old rival, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who along with his crew of ghost pirates has escaped from the Devil's Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Plus, old faces Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are set to return...
What they say: "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, and do something with me and the relationship with my son." Orlando Bloom
When’s it out? 26th May
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.
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
After his cameo in the Minions spin-off movie, baldie baddie Felonious Gru meets up with his long-lost twin Dru in this hotly-anticipated animated sequel. On villain duties this time is Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who wants to take over the world as revenge for cancelling his show in the 1980’s, voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker
When’s it out? 30th June
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 homo sapien 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 Annabelle doll was such a scene-stealer in 2013’s The Conjuring that it was awarded its own terrifying spin-off movie in 2014. That film was set in the early 1970s, but the sequel rewinds the story even further to explore Annabelle’s origins. It turns out that the doll is the creation of a dollmaker whose daughter died 20 years previously. But is it her tormented spirit that lives inside Annabelle?
When’s it out? 11th August
With Taron Egerton’s Eggsy Unwin having made the transition from chav to gent at the end of the last Kingsman movie, he’ll be presumably well embedded within the UK’s elite intelligence agency at the start of hotly-anticipated sequel, The Golden Circle.
Mystery surrounds the confirmed involvement of Colin Firth whose character – SPOILER ALERT! – died towards the end of the first film, but we do know that newcomer Julianne Moore will be the new film’s main villain. Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and – whaaa? – Elton John also star.
What they say: "This is not a stretching out of the stuff from the first movie. It's going to be a complete and utter... I'm optimistic that it's going to be extraordinary, and utterly its own thing." Colin Firth
When’s it out? 29th September
The Thor movies haven’t perhaps, up until now, been the most beloved of Marvel’s cinematic output. But we’re super-stoked about the next movie in the Chris Hemsworth-headlining series, mainly because it’s being helmed by Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director of the quite brilliant Hunt for the Wilderpeople and 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 (hurray), and Mark Ruffalo will be making up for his non-appearance in Captain America: Civil War by popping 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
Well, no-one saw this one coming. Thirty-five years on from Blade Runner, Harrison Ford returns to his other great SF role – that of Replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Will the movie finally confirm or deny the great 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 Gosling, 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
More Paddington? Yes please. Three years on from the unexpectedly fantastic Paddington, the team return for more bear-related antics. This time round, Paddington finds himself chasing a thief who stole a rare book he had bought for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters are all back, with newbies Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson filling out the cast.
When’s it out? 10th November
We have our title now, but little else. We don’t know much more than the fact that Luke Skywalker is back (and with lines this time round, we're hoping!), along with Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. And of course Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa for the final time.
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
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