Preview 2017

50 of 2017's Most Anticipated Movies

5:00 AM 12/27/2016

by Ashley Lee

These are the hot films hitting theaters in the next 12 months.

Clockwise from left: Idris Elba in 'The Dark Tower', Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman', Dwayne Johnson in 'Baywatch', Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast', Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick: Chapter 2', Amy Schumer in 'Snatched'
Clockwise from left: Idris Elba in 'The Dark Tower', Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman', Dwayne Johnson in 'Baywatch', Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast', Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick: Chapter 2', Amy Schumer in 'Snatched'

For a list of family-friendly flicks, see a list of 2017's animated movies for kids. And for big-screen scares, a list of 2017's buzziest horror flicks.

  • Ninjago

    Sept. 22

    Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Pena, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods make up the voice cast of the Lego Movie spinoff. Directed by Charlie Bean, the Warner Bros. animated action-comedy sees a ninja teaming with fellow toys to fight an evil warlord, who also happens to be his father.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Sept. 22

    Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and even Colin Firth return for the Fox sequel to the 2015 surprise hit based on the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic book. Matthew Vaughn again directs the espionage comedy with new additions Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. This time, the British-based spies head to Kentucky after their U.K headquarters is destroyed, and seek help from their U.S. counterparts, the Statesmen.

  • American Made

    Sept. 29

    Tom Cruise portrays real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs in the 1980s for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in history. Doug Liman directs the Universal crime thriller, also starring Lola Kirke, Domhnall Gleeson and Jesse Plemons. The controversial plane-filled shoot led to two deaths.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Oct. 6

    The Sony and Alcon sequel to the Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi thriller takes place several decades after the original, with Harrison Ford once again playing Rick Deckard, the former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This time, Ryan Gosling plays LAPD Officer K, who tracks down Ford's Deckard to help him take down a new enemy (Jared Leto) and his replicants. Denis Villeneuve directs the Warner Bros. release, also starring Dave Bautista, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Nov. 3

    Chris Hemsworth is back as the God of Thunder in the third Thor film with Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, plus fellow Avengers characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch. Taika Waititi directs the Marvel feature, which welcomes franchise newcomers Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson. The threequel sees Thor racing against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization — that is, after surviving a lethal gladiatorial contest against his former ally, the Hulk.

  • A Bad Moms Christmas

    Nov. 3

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back for the STXfilms holiday-themed sequel to the hit Bad Moms. Scott Moore and Jon Lucas are again directing the followup to the female-fronted R-rated comedy. This time, the trio struggles with their kids and their own visiting mothers, played by Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines. Jay Hernandez, Peter Gallagher, Oona Laurence and Wanda Sykes are also among the cast.

  • Daddy's Home 2

    Nov. 10

    The Paramount sequel will once again see two types of father figures — the strong alpha male and the sensitive caring type — go head-to-head. This time around, the palette is expanding to include an older generation, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reprise their roles in the Sean Anders follow-up.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Nov. 10

    Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the Fox adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel, also featuring a starry cast of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr. and Tom Bateman. The story centers around a murder onboard the famous train and introduces Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.

  • Justice League

    Nov. 17

    Joss Whedon steps in for Zack Snyder to direct the DC ensemble superhero movie, which features Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg and Willem Dafoe. The Warner Bros. movie follows the events of 2016's Batman v. Superman, as Batman and Wonder Woman team up to face a common enemy.

  • Wonder

    Nov. 17

    Room breakout Jacob Tremblay stars in the family film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity and is attending a mainstream school for the first time. Stephen Chbosky directs the Lionsgate drama, adapted from R.J. Palacio's novel and also starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs.

  • Star Wars: Episode VIII

    Dec. 15

    Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac continue their adventures after being introduced as the saga’s central new characters in 2015’s Force Awakens. Rian Johnson takes over the directing duties of the latest installments, which also features Force Awakens’ Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson, plus the original trilogy’s stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dec. 20

    Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart lead Sony’s continuation of the 1995 film about the magical board game that wreaks jungle-related havoc on unsuspecting players. This time, the players are sucked into the world of the game, and must play as its explorer characters to survive and win. Jake Kasdan directs the fantasy adventure, also featuring Nick Jonas, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. 

  • Pitch Perfect 3

    Dec. 22

    Anna Camp, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld are all returning as the Barden Bellas in the third installment of Universal’s hit a cappella music franchise. This time, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Trish Sie steps in to direct the musical comedy threequel, which also adds John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.

  • The Six Billion Dollar Man

    Dec. 22

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    Mark Wahlberg stars in the film adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series, which centers on a military officer who, after a horrific accident, is revived by the government’s cutting-edge technology, is brought back to life with extraordinary abilities as the world’s first truly bionic man. Damian Szifron directs the Weinstein Co. feature from his own script.

  • The Greatest Showman

    Dec. 25

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson star in the movie-musical focusing on P.T. Barnum, the founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michael Gracey is directing the Fox film, featuring original songs by La La Land lyricists Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

  • Hidden Figures

    Jan. 6 (wide)

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae star as three African-American mathematicians who played significant behind-the-scenes roles in launching John Glenn into space in 1962. Directed by Theodore Melfi, the Fox historical drama also features Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Mahershala Ali.

  • Patriots Day

    In his third collaboration with director Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg plays a cop investigating the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which left three dead and about 260 injured. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan and Alex Wolff also star in the Lionsgate title.

  • The Founder

    Jan. 20 (wide)

    Michael Keaton plays McDonald's impresario Ray Kroc, who transformed what was a tiny burger shack into a billion-dollar empire. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the Weinstein Co. release also features Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak.

  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    Jan. 20

    Vin Diesel reprises his role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in the long-gestating Paramount threequel, directed by D.J. Caruso. Samuel L. Jackson returns to the franchise with a slew of newcomers: Rogue One’s Donnie Yen, Thai action star Tony Jaa,Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose round out the cast.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    Feb. 10

    Keanu Reeves is back as the hitman brought out of retirement following the killing of his dog, which was a gift from his late wife. The Lionsgate/Summit sequel — directed by Chad Stahelski, who was also at the helm of the 2014 original — adds Common, Laurence Fishburne and Ruby Rose to the franchise.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    Feb. 10

    The Lego Movie spinoff zooms in on the Dark Knight, voiced again by Will Arnett, who must fight Gotham City criminals while raising a boy he adopted. Chris McKay — who worked as an animation co-director on the 2014 animated movie — directs the Warner Bros. release, also featuring Jenny Slate, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Mariah Carey and Billy Dee Williams among the voice cast.

  • Fifty Shades Darker

    Feb. 10

    Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey as Anastasia Steele in the Universal sequel, adapted from E.L. James' best-selling erotic series. James Foley steps in to direct the steamy follow-up to Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2015 film, which has been teased as a thriller exploring Christian’s complicated past. Kim Basinger and Hugh Dancy also star.

  • The Great Wall

    Feb. 17

    The biggest Hollywood-China co-production ever stars Matt Damon teams up with Chinese A-listers — like Hong Kong's Andy Lau and local heartthrobs Lu Han and Lin Gengxin — to battle monsters in Zhang Yimou's first English-language feature. Universal releases the Legendary period fantasy epic stateside after a strong debut in China.

  • Logan

    March 3

    Hugh Jackman brings out the claws for one final time in his third Wolverine film, after which he’ll retire from the role he's held since 2000's X-Men. Directed by James Mangold , the gritty Fox follow-up takes place in the future, with Logan suffering from a diminished healing factor. Patrick Stewart and Boyd Holbrook also star.

  • Kong: Skull Island

    March 10

    Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly and Samuel L. Jackson star in the 1970s-set King Kong flick, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Legendary film — which Warner Bros. is distributing as part of a monster movie universe — follows an expedition of scientists and soldiers dispatched after an island is discovered in the South Pacific.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    March 17

    Disney’s live-action retelling of the 1991 animated classic stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the cold, cursed Beast. Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald and Stanley Tucci are also featured in the film, directed by Bill Condon. 

  • T2: Trainspotting

    March 17

    Twenty years later, Danny Boyle returns to direct the hotly anticipated onscreen reunion of Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner. The TriStar sequel checks in on former heroin addict Mark "Rent" Renton as he reconnects with his former drug pals: Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. The movie borrows elements from author Irvine Welsh's follow-up book, Porno, which is set 10 years after the original. 

  • Power Rangers

    March 24

    Dean Israelite directs Lionsgate’s big-screen take on the 1990s kids television show, which follows a group of high-school kids with unique superpowers. Becky G, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and RJ Cyler play the titular quintet, and Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader are also featured in the film. it is also the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.

  • Life

    March 24

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson play crew members of the International Space Station who are tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extraterrestrial life. Daniel Espinosa directs the Skydance and Sony sci-fi thriller.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    March 31

    Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyborg policewoman in the Paramount reimagining of Mamoru Oshii's seminal 1995 anime film. Her character was renamed The Major from the original Motoko Kusanagi, after the whitewashing criticism of the casting. Takeshi Kitano also stars in the action flick, directed by Rupert Sanders.

  • The Fate of the Furious

    April 14

    The eighth installment of the Universal street-racing franchise, which features the return of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Kurt Russell, as well as the additions of Scott Eastwood and Charlize Theron. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the first film without the late Paul Walker sees the characters of Diesel and Johnson squaring off against one another.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    May 5

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillen and Michael Rooker, along with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, return as misfit superheroes in the Marvel sequel. James Gunn again directs the retro-minded follow-up, with additions Kurt Russell, Chris Sullivan and Elizabeth Debicki, and Sylvester Stallone cameo.

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    May 12

    Charlie Hunnam stars as the titular monarch in Guy Ritchie’s gritty take on the medieval legend’s reign. The Warner Bros. reimagining also stars Jude Law, David Beckham and Djimon Hounsou, and was at one point conceived as kicking off a shared universe, as it sets the stage for potential sequels and spinoffs.

  • The Wall

    May 12

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena star as soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, and their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Doug Liman directs the psychological thriller released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.

  • Snatched

    May 12

    Goldie Hawn makes her first return to the big screen since 2002's The Banger Sisters as an uptight mother to Amy Schumer. However, their vacation to Ecuador goes awry. Jonathan Levine directs the Fox action-comedy, also featuring Ike Barinholtz, Randall Park and Wanda Sykes.

  • Alien: Covenant

    May 19

    Ridley Scott once again returns to helm the franchise he began with 1979's Alien. It is described as a second chapter in an Alien prequel trilogy (following 2012’s Prometheus), with the colony ship Covenant discovering a paradise world on the far side of the galaxy, only to learn it's actually a dangerous world whose only inhabitant is the synthetic David. Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Carmen Ejogo star in the Fox film, with Prometheus'  Michael Fassbender returning as the android David and Noomi Rapace appearing as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.

  • Baywatch

    May 24

    Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-comedy inspired by the long-running TV show, playing a leader of an elite group of lifeguards who is forced to team up with a hotshot former Olympian (Zac Efron) to save the beloved bay. Seth Gordon directs the Paramount reboot, also featuring Priyanka Chopra (as a villain originally written as a male character), Alexandra Daddario and Hannibal Buress, plus a cameo by the series’ star, David Hasselhoff.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    May 26

    Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the hit Disney franchise — this time, attempting to escape the haunts of a ghostly villain played by Javier Bardem and seeking out a legendary artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg co-direct the fantasy film, also starring Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, and featuring a cameo by Paul McCartney.

  • Wonder Woman

    June 2

    Gal Gadot plays the titular heroine in the origin story of how Diana Prince, an Amazon princess, leaves her island home to become the DC warrior. Also starring Chris Pine and Robin Wright, the Warner Bros. title is helmed by Patty Jenkins, making her the first woman to direct a studio superhero film.

  • The Mummy

    June 9

    Tom Cruise leads the Universal reboot of the zombie-filled adventure, also starring Russell Crowe, Courtney B. Vance, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the fantasy-action flick is set to launch a monster-filled cinematic universe (Javier Bardem is on board for a future Frankenstein film, while Johnny Depp has signed on for The Invisible Man).

  • Cars 3

    June 16

    Owen Wilson reprises his voice role as Lightning McQueen in Pixar’s automotive threequel, which sees the spiffy red hot-rod attempting to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best racecar in the world. . Brian Fee directs the animated film, which also features Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Tony Shalhoub, Lea DeLaria, Paul Dooley, Kerry Washington and Paul Newman in its starry voice cast.

  • Rough Night

    June 16

    Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz join for the R-rated comedy about a bachelorette weekend that goes awry when a male stripper ends up dead in their Miami beach house. Lucia Aniello directs the Sony film, also featuring Ty Burrell and Dean Winters.

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    June 23

    Mark Wahlberg returns to star in the fifth installment of the Paramount action franchise, which sees Optimus Prime facing off against the villain Megatron. Michael Bay again directs the film, which also features Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro.

  • Despicable Me 3

    June 30

    Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig reprise their voice roles in Universal's animated, minion-filled threequel, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. Trey Parker — the co-creator of South Park and the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon — voices Gru's newest nemesis: a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    July 7

    Tom Holland steps into the suit of Peter Parker for the character's first solo film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jon Watts directs the Sony movie, also starring Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover and Jon Favreau.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    July 14

    Andy Serkis return as the reluctant leader of the genetically-evolved apes in the follow-up to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves again directs the Fox film, also starring Judy Greer, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson

  • Dunkirk

    July 21

    Christopher Nolan's WWII drama centers on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940, one of the biggest battles during the war. Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles are among the cast of the Warner Bros. film.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    July 21

    Luc Besson’s passion-filled adaptation of the 1960s-era French comic book stars Dane DeHaan as the titular time-traveling hero. Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Clive Owen and Rihanna round out the cast of the sci-fi thriller, which jumped from EuropaCorp to STX as part of a multi-year deal.

  • The Dark Tower

    Aug. 4

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    The long-awaited Stephen King adaptation stars Idris Elba as a wandering knight who is the last hope of the fallen land of Mid-World. He is charged with finding the Dark Tower while battling his nemesis the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. Nikolaj Arcel is directing the Sony fantasy film.

  • The Emoji Movie

    July 28

    The Sony animated comedy stars T.J. Miller as an emoji born with multiple expressions, who teams up with the notorious code-breaker (Ilana Glazer) on an adventure through a teenager's phone. Anthony Leondis directs the mobile-inspired film, also featuring James Corden and Steven Wright in the voice cast.

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