We’ve officially wrapped the year’s awards, and now the time has come to focus on the forthcoming blockbuster cinema as we roll into summer and winter territories. With tons and tons of exciting movies to look forward to – from superhero spectaculars, to world-class war dramas – there is something for everyone to enjoy in the remaining months of 2017.
With this firmly in mind, we at Filmoria look ahead to the titles that’ll be blowing up your box-offices over the rest of the year, and the ones which’ll have everyone talking. So without further ado, here are your 20 must-see movies still to come this year! Be sure to stay in touch with Filmoria via Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss a moment of the epic movie action in 2017 and beyond!
20. American Made (UK Release: 25th August)
Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman joins forces with Tom Cruise once again for this pulpy crime thriller set in the 1980s. American Made co-stars the likes of Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, and Jayma Mays, and tells the biographical story of WA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. With Liman at the helm, audiences can expect fantastic and visceral action, paired with Cruise’s frenetic ability to control and capture a scene. He is one of the finest movie stars in operation, and American Made looks set to be another hit in his incredible filmography.
19. The Beguiled (UK Release: 23rd June)
Transforming Clint Eastwood’s 1971 X-rated vehicle into a darkly seductive portrait of femininity, American auteur Sofia Coppola reunites with Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning for The Beguiled. Additional members of the starry cast include Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Angourie Rice, and Oona Laurence, and the film is currently rumoured for an appearance at the Festival de Cannes this May. Its first teaser trailer showcased a brooding tone, ambient lighting, and some seriously macabre proceedings, in addition to Coppola’s beautiful framing and dialogue craft. Fans of her work are certain to be lining the streets in anticipation, and if The Beguiled does end up on the festival circuit, the buzz is sure to intensify.
18. Power Rangers (UK Release: 23rd March)
Saban’s teenage superheroes are some of the most iconic figures in popular culture, and their forthcoming big-screen adventure looks set to kick some serious ass. Power Rangers features a bright-eyed gaggle of youngsters who’ll play the titular team, whilst mature support comes in the form of Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, and Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston. Taking audiences back to the classic days of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – who owned the small-screen in the 1990s – Power Rangers will bring large-scale battles with Rita Repulsa, Goldar, and the Putty Patrol (who are now rock-like creatures), as well as the all-important advice from Zordon. The trailer is frantic, thrilling, and laden with amazing effects. We are certain fans are more than ready to Go-Go!
17. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (UK Release: 29th September)
One of the biggest surprise films of 2014 gets the sequel everyone demanded in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The hyper-violent, sharply-penned James Bond pastiche will see Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong reprise their original roles, and bring a whole host of new players along for the foul-mouthed, blood-sodden ride, including Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Halle Berry. Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn is back in the mix too, so expect plenty of visually arresting and downright brutal fight scenes, as our British heroes are forced to work alongside their American counterparts following an attack on the Kingsman headquarters. If this film is anywhere near as awesome and innovative as its elder brother, viewers world-over will be simply thrilled.
16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (UK Release: 26th May)
Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow returns to the high seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (or Salazar’s Revenge, as it’s awkwardly retitled here in the UK), and judging from the trailers, it is set to be a simply riotous big-screen adventure. With a fantastic supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites, with Geoffrey Rush, and even Orlando Bloom returning for another round, the fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise promises plentiful action, suspense, scares, and surprises. Bardem’s menacing foe Captain Salazar looks more than a match for our beloved antihero aboard the Black Pearl, and with its ravishing cinematography, and striking visuals, audiences can expect a swashbuckling thrill-ride that only Disney could deliver.
15. Baywatch (UK Release: 2nd June)
With more muscle and baby oil than a bodybuilding contest, director Seth Gordon’s reimagining of classic TV primetime drama Baywatch looks set to be the 21 Jump Street of 2017. With a brash, tongue-in-cheek tone, razor-sharp dialogue, and an almightily funny (and attractive) cast with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and Kelly Rohrbach at the helm, audiences will have their sides-splitting and their collars chafing throughout. Centred around a feud between Johnson’s all-business lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, and Efron’s new recruit; the reckless Matt Brody, Baywatch has showcased some of the funniest trailer moments of the year thus far, and we know that the really good stuff is being kept firmly under wraps. Oh, and both David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson have cameo appearances, too. Pure bliss.
14. Spider-Man: Homecoming (UK Release: 7th July)
After his stellar introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland brings Peter Parker back to the Marvel Studios brand with Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will detail the transitional periods between Civil War and present day, with Peter attempting to balance both his high-school life, and his new-found abilities. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark / Iron Man is onboard, as is Marisa Tomei, Angourie Rice, Donald Glover, and Michael Keaton, who’ll play the principal villain: The Vulture. Viewers absolutely loved Holland’s brief rendition of Spidey last year; he brought the perfect amount of humour and awe to the beloved comic-book character, and given how slick the trailers have been, his first solo outing as the web-slinger is bound to be one of the summer’s biggest hits.
13. Wonder Woman (UK Release: 2nd June)
Gal Gadot was the beacon of hope in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, so anticipation is seriously high for her singular Wonder Woman movie. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film will serve as an origins story for perhaps DC Comics’ most iconic female character, which follows a Amazonian princess, who leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes. Whipping up alongside Gadot is Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Ewan Bremner, Lucy Davis, and David Thewlis, whilst DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has co-written the screenplay. The trailers for Wonder Woman have been fantastic; laden with eye-popping effects, spectacular set and costume design, plus our heroine really being granted the opportunity to shine.
12. Transformers: The Last Knight (UK Release: 23rd June)
Optimus Prime isn’t quite his loyal Autobot self in Michael Bay’s fifth instalment in the explosively entertaining Transformers franchise. A sequel to 2014’s Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight sees Mark Wahlberg reprise his role as Cade Yeager, and he’s bringing along Laura Haddock, Gemma Chan, and Anthony Hopkins along for the thrilling, hyper-active ride which’ll span the globe as secrets of the Transformers’ history are revealed. Franchise veterans Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, and John Turturro are also all returning, as are our favourite Autobots and Decepticons; one of which has had a serious and deadly upgrade. The trailers have been absolutely bombastic as expected – the sense of scale is unbelievable, as are the outstanding visuals and sound design. Be sure to see The Last Knight in IMAX 3D for the fullest experience.
11. Baby Driver (UK Release: 16th August)
It’s been a long wait since 2013’s The World’s End, but writer-director Edgar Wright is back with Baby Driver, and it looks as though our patience is really being rewarded. Bringing a fantastic ensemble together including the likes of Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, and John Bernthal, Wright’s latest is a slinking and slick crime thriller focused on a young getaway driver who uses music as the rhythm of his life and success, but quickly finds himself embezzled in a deadly heist for a ruthless crime lord. Knowing the director’s attention to detail, and his trademark visual flair and characterisation, Baby Driver is destined to be an exhilarating experience, packed with surprises, pop culture references, and a soundtrack that’ll burrow deep into your psyche. With an upcoming spot at SXSW Festival, we’re expecting a trailer very, very soon.
10. War for the Planet of the Apes (UK Release: 14th July)
Caesar returns for a third outing in the newly resurrected Planet of the Apes franchise, which looks to continue its profoundly moving social commentary, and otherworldly motion capture effects. War for the Planet of the Apes sees director Matt Reeves take control, and joining Andy Serkis’ fearless central primate are Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, and Amiah Miller. Following on directly from the incredible second outing – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – this new entry sees the war between nature and nurture span far wider, and indeed deadlier, than ever before. The trailer is loaded with amazing moments, in addition to scenes that’ll leave you slack-jawed, such as Harrelson’s The Colonel holding a loaded handgun to Caesar’s head. Audiences can expect emotions, thrills, and most importantly, the highest quality digital filmmaking on offer today.
09. Justice League (UK Release: 17th November)
No amount of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice conflict can slow the anticipation for director Zack Snyder’s DC Comics ensemble, Justice League, which is hoping to achieve what The Avengers did for the MCU. Featuring an insane assortment of your favourite heroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, not to mention the likes of Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Commissioner Gordon, this is set to be a landmark in the superhero calendar. The all-star cast features the likes of Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, and J.K. Simmons, whilst Argo scribe Chris Terrio is handling core writing duties. With Snyder’s trademark flair for heightened action and high-tech visuals, paired with a parade of the most talented actors and actresses, all suited up as some of modern culture’s most iconic figures, Justice League is going to be the real deal.
08. Blade Runner 2049 (UK Release: 6th October)
Arguably the most exciting talent working in mainstream cinema today, auteur Denis Villeneuve – fresh off the back of his masterful Arrival – is ready to tackle a sequel more than thirty years in the making. Blade Runner 2049 will see Harrison Ford respire his famous role from the neo-noir cyberpunk classic, and he’ll be joined by the likes of Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto. Regular Villeneuve co-workers such as cinematographer Roger Deakins, and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson are also involved, so viewers can presume the film is going to be a true audio-visual feast. The trailer teases some utterly breathtaking imagery, and a moody, brooding tone which is perfect for the environments and characterisation. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is one of the most beloved and cherished science-ficiton films of all-time, so a sequel is dangerous territory, but if anyone can deliver the goods, it’s the Canadian maestro.
07. The Circle (UK Release: 28th April)
The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt returns with a thrilling and scathing look at our technologically-obsessed world in The Circle. Based on Dave Eggers’ celebrated source material, and featuring an insanely awesome cast including Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and Ellar Coltrane, the beguiling picture details a shady Internet corporation, who use their positions of global power and recognition to gain intimate access into their many users’ lives. The trailer is brimming with exciting moments, in addition to a glorious aesthetic, with halogen lighting, and sprawling, camera-laden spaces, all giving the impression that Big Brother is most certainly watching. Ponsoldt is famed for underpinning potent character drama, paired with sociopolitical subtext, so audiences can expect The Circle to be a breathlessly paced, morally challenging work, which is both timely and timeless in equal measure.
06. Fast & Furious 8 (UK Release: 14th April)
The Fast & Furious franchise is one of the only film collections that has actually improved with each passing release. The cast strengthen and grow, the stunt work becomes more and more mental, and the scale expands to almost space-age capabilities. This year, the Family are back, but Dom has gone rogue, and now it’s down to the team to stop their greatest ever opponent: the one who made them. Director F. Gary Gray saddles up for duty on Fast & Furious 8 (or The Fate of the Furious), which sees Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordan Brewster, and the rest of the crew return, but this time Charlize Theron, and even Dame Helen Mirren are coming along for the breakneck ride. The promotional materials so far have been exhilarating; teasing some of the most INSANE action in the franchise’s lengthy history. We’re talking wrecking balls, tanks, and even a submarine. We’re serious: a submarine chase. With Lamborghinis. On ice. Amazing.
05. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (UK Release: 28th April)
Marvel Studios’ ragtag A-Holes served as the biggest breath of fresh air back in 2014, and their return is beyond exciting. Director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon, and Baby Groot reunite to save the stratosphere from impending doom once again, all the while attempting to unlock the history of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Chris Pratt reprises his leading role as the mixtape-bobbing space fighter, whilst Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Michael Rooker all return, too. New additions to the cast include Kurt Russell as Quill’s daddy, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis, who brings some of the biggest laughs in the riotous trailers. With its kaleidoscopic colours, impeccable visuals, sublime usage of music, and of course, its trademark wit, global viewers will be expecting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be the funniest, most action-packed, and enriching comic book movie of the year, and we think it is destined to deliver.
04. Ghost in the Shell (UK Release: 31st March)
Adapted from arguably the most important Manga film in modern anime history, the live-action update of Ghost in the Shell looks absolutely incredible. Directed by Rupert Sanders, and starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major, this visually breathtaking portrait of cyberpunk counter terrorism looks prepped to seriously blow some minds. From the footage we’ve seen already, this is one movie that simply must be viewed in IMAX 3D for the fullest, most impressive experience. With an enthralling supporting cast including the likes of Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, and Pilou Asbæk, in addition to whirring original music from none other than Clint Mansell, Ghost in the Shell is ready to become 2017’s most captivating and morally focused science-fiction blockbuster. Pairing heavy ethical themes with gravity-defying stunt-work, awe-inspiring visuals and cinematography, and fluid hand-to-hand combat, the trailers showcase a film so complete and unique that we’re hoping its release compels plentiful audiences to revisit the iconic Japanese source text, and its many variations over the last twenty years.
03. Alien: Covenant (UK Release: 19th May)
2012’s Prometheus polarised audiences, but it proved one vital thing: the social relevance of the Alien franchise is as prominent today as it was in the late 70s. Returning to the series he defined, director Ridley Scott handles the second entry in the prequel trilogy – Alien: Covenant – which looks set to take audiences back to the basics, and by that we mean absolute, dread-inducing, eye-coveringly terrifying hell. With a fantastic ensemble all aboard including Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Noomi Rapace, the film will see the crew touch-down on what is believably paradise: a place where life blooms, despite being in the depths of the cosmos. But soon the hideous and horrifying Xenomorphs infiltrate, turning the idyllic land into a doomed graveyard for the Covenant shuttle. The trailers have been incredible, and really painted a reflective portrait of psychological terror, ever-so prominent in Scott’s 1979 masterpiece. With a hugely talented group at its core, a cine-craftsman behind the lens, and some of the most universally feared film monsters in celluloid history to boot, Alien: Covenant is ready to set the bar to an all-time high.
02. Dunkirk (UK Release: 21st July)
The long-awaited return of director Christopher Nolan is finally here, and the anticipation could not be higher. Dunkirk sees the auteur tackling the infamous evacuation upon the beaches during the Second World War, and features one of the most impressive casting line-ups in recent memory. Ready to do battle are Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, James D’Arcy, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Harry Styles (yes, seriously), whilst Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will lens the wartime epic. We all know the story of how allied European soldiers became surrounded by the German Army upon the shores of Dunkirk, but this is Nolan we are talking about, and judging from the impeccable trailers, this is destined to be both a thunderously entertaining, and deeply poignant picture; serving as both a stark reminder of the horrors of war, and indeed the devoted heroism of the troops who fought so valiantly in the face of adversity. Plus, here’s the real cherry on the top; an all-original score from the master himself – Hans Zimmer. We can already hear its epicness now…
01. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (UK Release: 15th December)
Could it be anything else? No other movie in 2017 is quite as must-see as director Rian Johnson’s addition to the sprawling galaxy of the Star Wars cinematic universe. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – even the title is incredible – is set to be the film that’ll define the year, and thus far, we know virtually nothing about it at all. The first trailer is expected to drop during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this April, so a little more will be revealed then, but still, even without primary information, there is nothing quite like a Star Wars movie. Johnson, who takes the reigns from J.J. Abrams after 2015’s impeccable Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directs an insane ensemble cast which sees many reprise their intergalactic roles. Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn are back, as are Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, plus Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher as Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa respectively. Rounding out the crew include Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, and Luptia Nyong’o, plus Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards will pop up in a cameo role. To add an additional layer of awesome, veteran composer John Williams will be returning, too. When it comes to Star Wars, the less we know the better, but we are absolutely convinced that The Last Jedi is more than the blockbuster to beat this year; it’s the one that we’ll be recalling for many more to come.