We’re beyond excited for the film offerings coming our way in 2017. Among the selection are haunting horrors, top-class animation, superhero action and historical dramas retold. Ben Affleck reigns supreme with both his acting and directorial skills, while LEGO® and Wonder Woman each feature twice in our line-up. In order of release date, here are 11 movies that we can’t wait to watch next year.
TITLE: Live by Night
DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck
CAST: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
Directed by Ben Affleck and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Live by Night is a dramatic crime drama set in Prohibition era America. Based on the award-winning bestseller by Dennis Lehane, the story tells of Joe Coughlin’s (Affleck) gun-toting gangster lifestyle and internal fight between being good while cruel enough to survive.
TITLE: The LEGO Batman Movie
DIRECTOR: Chris Mckay,
CAST: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis,
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017
After a starring role in ‘The LEGO® Movie’, LEGO Batman finally gets his own picture. But can this serious superhero lighten up and work with others in the battle against The Joker? Produced by the same team behind ‘The LEGO® Movie’, it’s guaranteed to be a hilarious favourite for kids and grown-ups alike. We seriously can’t wait.
TITLE: John Wick: Chapter 2
DIRECTOR: Chad Stahelski
CAST: Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan
RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2017
That’s right, your favourite hitman is back for more. John Wick (Reeves) is once again forced out of retirement, this time with the backdrop of Rome and some torch-lit catacombs, as he helps a former associate seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Expect lots of guns, fast cars and a good dose of wit.
TITLE: Kong: Skull Island
DIRECTOR: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
CAST: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
Set in 1971, before Kong came to New York, a team of adventurers led by Captain James Conrad (Hiddleston) descends on a remote Pacific island via a squad of helicopters. They soon realise they’ve discovered Kong – bigger than ever at a whopping 100ft – but he’s not the only one there. As well as trying to understand Kong’s reign on the island, the group must fight for survival against various giant creatures.
TITLE: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
CAST: Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aiden Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2017
A fresh take on the classic Arthur legend, there are few better people to put a dynamic twist on the tale than director Guy Ritchie. Full of action, this epic fantasy tale follows the journey of Arthur (Hunman), raised from the streets and becoming a young man more than capable of looking after himself while getting in plenty of trouble. When he finds himself pulling the infamous sword from the stone his life is changed immeasurably.
TITLE: Annabelle 2
DIRECTOR: David F. Sandberg
CAST: Miranda Otto, Javier Botet, Alicia Vela-Bailey
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2017
From the director of ‘Lights Out’ and the producers of ‘The Conjuring’ movies comes the sequel to the terrifying ‘Annabelle’. Not learning from the death of their daughter two years previously, the dollmaker and his wife still have his possessed creation, Annabelle. The nun and orphans that they invite into their homes are soon to fall victim to its evil. Hold on to your seats!
TITLE: Wonder Woman
DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins
CAST: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2017
After her big screen debut last spring in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, Wonder Woman gets the title role in this new action film that sees her saving the world from the war to end all wars. Gal Gadot is of course the woman of the moment, and we can’t wait to see her on her home turf in Themyscira.
DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
CAST: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2017
Christopher Nolan’s latest depicts the dramatic and true story of the Dunkirk evacuations from a war torn beach and harbour in France, following the seemingly doomed plight of allied soldiers in World War II. As the enemy forces close in it seems the troops have nowhere to go, but help is at hand and a fierce battle ensues. With a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh it’s sure to be a favourite for next summer.
TITLE: The LEGO® Ninjago® Movie
DIRECTOR: Charlie Bean
CAST: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2017
Following the hugely successful animated TV series, LEGO® is set to release its first Ninjago feature film. It follows a team of ninjas who, as ever, need to save Ninjago City from the evil clutches of Lord Garmadon. In order to unleash their true potential, the ninjas need to reign in their egos and work as a team. You know you’re in safe hands with LEGO®, especially when you add Jackie Chan into the mix.
DIRECTOR: Andrés Muschietti
CAST: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2017
Based on the Stephen King thriller, IT is sure to send shivers down your spine. The central villain, Pennywise the clown (Skarsgård), is known in the town of Derry, Maine, for being violent and murderous, so when children begin to disappear he has to be pursued. The unlikely heroes of the tale are the town’s children, played by a young cast of bright, new talent, who have to face their fears and tackle Pennywise themselves.
TITLE: Justice League
DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder
CAST: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2017
Brought together by Batman (Affleck), a team of people with special abilities converges to form an alliance with the purpose of fighting an enemy from far away. Following on from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s finally time to see The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg come together. We’re so ready for this.