We’re only just passed the halfway point of 2017 but it’s full steam ahead for our releases next year. With action, comedy and wizardry on the cards there’s plenty of variety to look forward to in 2018. Here’s a little taste of what Warner Bros. has coming your way, listed in alphabetical order…
Currently slated for release in late 2018
The iconic DC superhero gets his own film with Jason Momoa in the title role, returning to the character he plays in this year’s much-anticipated Justice League. The film is being directed by James Wan of The Conjuring and Furious 7 fame, and also stars Amber Heard, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
Currently shooting in locations spanning the stunning Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, Aquaman will also film extensively at Village Roadshow Studios. The production will utilise the facility’s sprawling backlot and all nine VRS soundstages, including its newest, Stage 9, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Filming will also take place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.
Crazy Rich Asians
Release date TBD
Singapore and Malaysia provide the backdrop for romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, based on the worldwide bestseller of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The film is directed by Jon M Chu and features an entirely Asian cast, led by Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding, who’ll be making his feature film debut.
The tale follows a native New Yorker who accompanies her long-term boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She soon discovers that her boyfriend is not only a member of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but he’s also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on her boyfriend’s arm puts a target on her back, aimed at by jealous socialites and his own disapproving mother.
Fantastic Beasts (official title TBD)
Currently slated for release on 16 November 2018
Principal photography began this summer on the next Fantastic Beasts adventure, which will again be directed by David Yates, who previously helmed the final four Harry Potter features, as well as last year’s blockbuster Wizarding World hit, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And in case you missed the recent announcement, two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law will appear as Albus Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard from the Potter universe became Headmaster at Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the first film in the Fantastic Beasts series, has also written the screenplay for this one in which the storyline moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the Wizarding World, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide their allegiances.
Release date TBD
Filming is underway in Atlanta, Georgia on this new action-comedy starring Jason Bateman and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams. Co-directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who together directed 2015’s box office hit Vacation, Game Night follows a weekly couples’ game night as it takes an unexpected swerve into darker territory. An innocent murder mystery party turns out not to be a game at all, resulting in one epically chaotic night.
Currently slated for release on 13 July 2018
In addition to directing Aquaman, James Wan is also producing the latest entry in The Conjuring franchise that he first started in 2013. Helmed by Corin Hardy, The Nun centres on an investigation at a cloistered abbey that becomes a terrifying battleground between the living and the dead, spearheaded by the demonic title character that first terrorised audiences in The Conjuring 2.
Currently slated for release on 20 April 2018
Action megastar Dwayne Johnson, director/producer Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn team up for the third time in action-adventure film Rampage after their latest collaboration, 2015’s global blockbuster San Andreas.
This time around, Johnson plays a primatologist whose bond with a silverback gorilla is destroyed after a genetic experiment goes awry and turns the gentle ape into a raging monster. The gorilla isn’t alone, of course – he’s joined by a tour de force of alpha predators that tear across North America on a message to destroy everything in their path.
Currently slated for release on 28 September 2018
Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has started on the path to his directorial debut with the remake of the classic love story, A Star is Born. Cooper also stars in the film alongside Stefani Germanotta in her first leading role – though we know her better as Lady Gaga.
The film, which will feature Germanotta performing her own original songs, tells the tale of a fading country music star (Cooper) who discovers an unknown talent (Germanotta). The two of them begin a passionate love affair that threatens to go off the rails when her career begins to eclipse his own.
Slated for release 16 March 2018
Earlier this year, director Roar Uthaug began filming this origin story reboot starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander in the iconic role of Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Which of the films listed are you most excited to see?