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After Marc Webb’s Andrew Garfield-starring The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to capture the audience Sony had hoped for, the studio enlisted Marvel to help reboot the franchise of one of its most popular and lucrative comic book characters. The new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and he was a hit. The new approach to the character was to emphasize that he’s a kid, and this continues in the first trailers for the July 7, 2017 release Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car). The new trailers show the continued interaction between Spider-Man and Iron Man, introduce Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/the Vulture and Jacob Batalon as Peter Parker’s pal Ned Leeds, and provide glimpses of Zendaya, Donald Glover, and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May.
War for the Planet of the Apes
After revealing Caesar's origins in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and exploring his struggle to keep the peace in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, next year's War for the Planet of the Apes finds Caesar fighting for the survival of his species against a group of humans led by Woody Harrelson’s Colonel. For this July 14, 2017 release, Matt Reeves returns to direct, and Andy Serkis and Judy Greer reprise their motion-capture roles as Caesar and Cornelia.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe, The Mummy is the first film in Universal’s planned monsters franchise. To learn more about the June 9, 2017 release, check out the inside look below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
With the first full trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, returning writer-director James Gunn has stuck with the template that made the first film a huge success: fun, colorful images, a mix of action and comedy, a soundtrack from the 1970s and a focus on the relationships between Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The May 5, 2017 release will also return Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Joining the fun are Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Nathan Fillion, and Sylvester Stallone.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Although Transformers: Age of Extinction made less domestically than the three previous Transformer films, it still grossed over $1 billion worldwide, so be prepared for films six and seven after Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017. The latest film by Michael Bay explores the origins of the Transformers and adds Anthony Hopkins to a returning cast of Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, and Josh Duhamel.
Assassin’s Creed is the latest attempt to break the video game adaptation curse that has afflicted Hollywood for decades. The December 21 release reunites Macbeth director Justin Kurzel with his stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for a story that sends Fassbender’s Callum Lynch back to 15th Century Spain and into a mysterious secret society, the Assassins. The supporting players in this great adventure include Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, and Callum Turner.
Adapted from Dave Eggers' novel by writer-director James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now), The Circle follows Mae (Emma Watson) as she excels at the world’s largest tech company and is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. Not surprisingly, this does not go well. This April 28, 2017 release also stars Karen Gillan, John Boyega, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Ellar Coltrane, Ellen Wong, Poorna Jagannathan, and Nate Corddry.
The big screen Baywatch adaptation looks to be going for a tone closer to 21 Jump Street with its reference to “restore the Baywatch brand.” Will it be as successful? Not by the looks of this first trailer. Dwayne Johnson stars as lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, and Zac Efron is the new recruit hired to help Baywatch’s image. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) and also starring Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Hannibal Buress, Baywatch opens on May 19, 2017.
Fifty Shades Darker
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker, but Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been replaced by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Perfect Stranger). Also new on the scene are Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln, Tyler Hoechlin as Boyce Fox, Bella Heathcote as Leila Williams, and Hugh Dancy as Dr. John Flynn. The latest in the Fifty Shades series lands in theaters on February 10, 2017.
Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is a mild-mannered English teacher. But on the last day of school he crosses the wrong colleague, the deeply feared Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges him to a fight after school. Unfortunately for Campbell, he doesn’t get much help from any of his fellow teachers (or the police). Fist Fight, also starring Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, opens on February 17, 2017.
The Wall follows two soldiers (Aaron Taylor Johnson and John Cena) as they are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper with only a wall separating them. Written by Dwain Worrell and directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), this intense two-hander hits theaters March 10, 2017.
Lady Macbeth was one of the surprises of the fall film festival circuit. Director William Oldroyd’s feature debut relocates Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District to 1865 Northumberland, England. The story concerns Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young woman forced to marry the middle-aged heir to a coal mine fortune. As the title might indicate, violence soon creeps into this intense thriller. Look for it next June.
Currently playing on a single Los Angeles screen for its Oscar-qualifying run, The Founder will return to theaters January 20, 2017, allowing the rest of the U.S. to see Michael Keaton portray Ray Kroc, the “founder” of McDonald’s. Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and written by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), the film explores how Kroc wrested control away from Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman), who established the original fast food burger operation in Southern California in the 1950s. Also starring Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, and Linda Cardellini, the film has mixed reviews so far.
A United Kingdom
Director Amma Asante’s follow-up to Belle is another true story. Based on Susan Williams' book Colour Bar, A United Kingdom chronicles the interracial romance of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). This February 17, 2017 release has earned generally favorable reviews so far.
Here’s the first footage from the eighth Fast and Furious movie, newly titled The Fate of the Furious.
Take a look at some of the creatures in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before you see it next week.
Coming to theaters February 3, 2017, Wheeler follows Stephen Dorff as he plays an aspiring musician named Wheeler, who tries to make it in Nashville.
Zack Snyder smashed together Star Wars and Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice to make Dark Side Knight v Superjedi. Check it out below.
News and notes
- Catch up on the year's best films with our collection of film critic top 10 lists and our film awards and nominations scorecard.
- Walter Goggins will play the villain opposite Alicia Vikander in director Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider reboot. - Heat Vision
- Damian Lewis has joined the cast of Ocean’s Eight. - Variety
- Amy Schumer is in talks to star in Sony’s Barbie movie. - THR
- A Little Shop of Horrors remake is in the works with Greg Berlanti attached to direct. - THR
- Kate McKinnon will star in director Clay Kaytis’ adaptation of Deb Lucke’s YA novel The Lunch Witch. - THR