37 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies

5:30 AM 8/25/2016

by Ashley Lee

Grab your popcorn for awaited adaptations, sci-fi flicks, animated animal tales and buzzy Oscar contenders.

Clockwise from left: 'Sully,' 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,' Doctor Strange,' 'La La Land' and 'The Girl on the Train'
  • 'Sully'

    Sept. 9

    The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow drama stars Tom Hanks as American pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009. Clint Eastwood directs the Miracle-on-the-Hudson biopic, also featuring Jamey Sheridan, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

  • 'Blair Witch'

    Sept. 16

    Lionsgate’s surprise sequel to the 1999 horror-mystery follows a group of college students who venture into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to uncover mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. During the group's hunt, they are visited by a menacing presence. The Adam Wingard-directed title stars James Allen McCune, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry.

  • 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

    Sept. 16

    After a 12-year hiatus, the Universal threequel stars Renee Zellweger as Helen Fielding’s beloved, self-deprecating heroine — this time, she’s pregnant and unsure whether the father is returning actor Colin Firth or new addition Patrick Dempsey. Sharon Maguire again directs the rom-com, also featuring Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent.

  • 'Snowden'

    Sept. 16

    Oliver Stone's biopic stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, and Zachary Quinto as journalist Glenn Greenwald. Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson round out the Open Road drama’s cast.

  • 'The Magnificent Seven'

    Sept. 23

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke lead Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960 film. Also featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier, the MGM and Sony title (co-financed with Village Roadshow) centers on a disparate group of seven gunslingers who are hired by a woman to defend her town from bandits led by a robber baron. 

  • 'Storks'

    Sept. 23

    The Warner Bros. animated film’s voice cast includes Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman and Katie Crown. Co-directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, the film is set in a world where storks no longer deliver babies, but rather packages for a global internet retail giant — until the company’s top stork accidentally activates the dusty Baby Making Machine and produces an authorized baby.

  • 'Deepwater Horizon'

    Sept. 30

    The Lionsgate/Summit drama starring Mark Wahlberg is based on the BP oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, which killed 11 crewmembers and caused America’s largest offshore oil spill in history. Directed by Peter Berg, the film’s ensemble cast includes Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.

  • 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'

    Sept. 30

    Eva Green reunites with Tim Burton to play the titular headmistress of the orphanage full of magical misfits. Fox’s fantasy flick, based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel, follows a teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) who is transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd and Samuel L. Jackson round out the cast.

  • 'The Birth of a Nation'

    Oct. 7

    Fox Searchlight’s historical biopic tells the story of Nat Turner's failed slave rebellion, and includes Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King and Jackie Earle Haley. The Sundance hit was written and directed by star Nate Parker, who has recently become the center of controversy for his comments about a resurfaced rape trial he faced while he was a student-athlete at Penn State in 1999.

  • 'The Girl on the Train'

    Oct. 7

    Dreamworks’ adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-seller stars Emily Blunt as a troubled woman who becomes fascinated by a seemingly perfect couple whose home she passes while riding the train — until one day, she thinks she witnesses a murder. Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney and Lisa Kudrow are also featured in the Tate Taylor film.

  • 'The Accountant'

    Oct. 14

    Ben Affleck is a mathematics savant who appears to only use his position as a small-town CPA accountant as a cover in the Warner Bros. thriller. J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor also star in the Gavin O'Connor-directed film.

  • 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back'

    Oct. 21

    The Paramount sequel sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as the titular army officer-turned-drifter from Lee Child's book series. Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper and Patrick Heusinger are also featured in the Ed Zwick action flick.

  • 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'

    Oct. 21

    Fox’s action-comedy has Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis playing a complacent married couple who spy on their new neighbors, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot — who turn out to be actual spies. Greg Mottola directs the film, also featuring Patton Oswalt and Matt Walsh.

  • 'Inferno'

    Oct. 28

    Tom Hanks is back as symbologist Robert Langdon in Columbia’s third installment of Dan Brown's best-selling series, in which he teams up with a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories to stop a deadly global plot related to the medieval philosopher Dante. Following 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons, Ron Howard again directs the adaptation, also featuring Felicity Jones, Ben Foster and Irrfan Khan.

  • 'Doctor Strange'

    Nov. 4

    The Marvel film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme, also known as Stephen Strange, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the movie also features a cast of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong.

  • 'Trolls'

    Nov. 4

    The Dreamworks film that animates the popular '90s toys includes Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor and Christina Baranski in the voice cast. Directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, the movie pairs Timberlake and Kendrick’s characters for an adventure after a slew of their tribe is stolen away.

  • 'Hacksaw Ridge'

    Nov. 4

    Andrew Garfield portrays Cpl. Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist who, because of his religion, was a WWII conscientious objector in Okinawa. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, and saved 75 men without firing a gun. Gibson directs the Lionsgate drama, also featuring Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. 

  • 'Arrival'

    Nov. 11

    Paramount’s sci-fi flick stars Amy Adams as an expert linguist who is recruited by the military to communicate with aliens who have invaded the world. Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Michael Stuhlbarg are also featured in the Denis Villeneuve-directed film.

  • 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk'

    Nov. 11

    Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel — about an Iraq war hero whose homecoming ceremony summons memories of the trauma of losing his beloved sergeant in a firefight — is the first full-length narrative film shot in 4K, native 3D at the ultra high rate of 120 frames per second. The Sony title stars Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

  • 'The Edge of Seventeen'

    Nov. 18

    STX's coming-of-age comedy stars Hailee Steinfeld as a confused teenager, who is further troubled when her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) starts hooking up with her "golden boy" brother (Blake Jenner). Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick and Alexander Calvert are also featured in the film, produced by James L. Brooks. Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, it is being compared to a modern John Hughes film.

  • 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

    Nov. 18

    Eddie Redmayne stars in the Harry Potter spinoff as Newt Scamander, a magician on a search for the rare and unusual supernatural creatures of the movie's title. It also tells the story of the American magical community dealing with prejudice in the form of the No-Maj (or "no magic") New Salem Philanthropic Society, a sinister group out to kill wizards and witches. The movie, directed by David Yates — who directed the final four Harry Potter movies — marks the screenwriting debut of Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

  • 'Allied'

    Nov. 23

    Robert Zemeckis directs the Paramount drama, which stars Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer who, in 1942, begins a relationship with a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard). But their coupling is haunted by secrets and threatened by the pressures of World War II.

  • 'Moana'

    Nov. 23

    The Disney animated film follows the story of a spirited teenager (newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) who sails away on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and along the way finds adventure and the once-mighty demigod Maui. Dwayne Johnson will be voicing the divine entity, with music from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

  • 'Rules Don’t Apply'

    Nov. 23

    Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in the New Regency title as Howard Hughes, the wildly unpredictable billionaire who subjects his employees — an aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) — to his eccentricities. Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Megan Hilty, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen and Oliver Platt round out the Fox dramedy's star-studded cast.

  • 'La La Land'

    Dec. 2

    Damien Chazelle's modern tribute to the golden age of musicals stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone), but as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fabric of their love affair. The Lionsgate/Summit title also features John Legend and J.K. Simmons.

  • 'Miss Sloane'

    Dec. 9

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    The gun control drama from Film Nation and EuropaCorp tells of a political fixer with an abused and abusive past who takes on Washington’s well-oiled gun lobby to pass gun legislation. John Madden is directing the project, which stars Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, John Lithgow, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg and Alison Pill.

  • 'Office Christmas Party'

    Dec. 9

    Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon star in the holiday comedy, directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon. Rob Corddry, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell and Courtney B. Vance round out the DreamWorks film’s cast.

  • 'Collateral Beauty'

    Dec. 16

    The Warner Bros. and New Line drama stars Will Smith as a New York ad man who is sent into a downward spiral after a tragic event. Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris are also featured in the David Frankel-directed film.

  • 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

    Dec. 16

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed star in the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars film, which focuses on resistance fighters who unite to steal plans to the Death Star. Taking place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and described as "a departure from the saga films but [with] elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe," the first spinoff will test whether the franchise can be an annual event for Disney.

  • 'A Monster Calls'

    Dec. 23 (limited); Jan. 6 (wide)

    The Focus adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel is about a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and his mother's terminal illness, by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster. Juan Antonio Bayona directs the film starring Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver.

  • 'Fences'

    Dec. 16 (limited); Dec. 25 (wide)

    Denzel Washington directs the Paramount adaptation of August Wilson’s play, in which he’ll also star alongside Viola Davis. Adapted for the screen by Wilson, the film focuses on a promising baseball player-turned-garbage collector and his complicated relationship with his wife and son. Washington and Davis also starred in the 2010 Broadway revival of the drama, roles that earned both actors Tony Awards.

  • 'Assassin's Creed'

    Dec. 21

    Michael Fassbender leads Fox's big-screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise, playing Callum Lynch, a new character created especially for the movie, who discovers that he is a descendant of a secret society of assassins. He carries genetic memories of his 15th century ancestor that will allow him to master the skills necessary to take on the contemporary Knights Templar. Justin Kurzel directs the film, also featuring Michael Kenneth Williams and Marion Cotillard.

  • 'Passengers'

    Dec. 21

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt lead the big-budget romantic sci-fi drama, directed by Morten Tyldum. Set on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant planet, two passengers are awakened early due to a malfunction. Laurence Fishburne and Michael Sheen are also featured in the flick, which is the first project to get the green light from Sony Pictures' new film chief, Tom Rothman.

  • 'Sing'

    Dec. 21

    Matthew McConaughey leads Universal’s animated film as a theater-owning koala who attempts to reverse his fortunes by holding the world's greatest singing competition. The star-studded voice cast also includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones and Tori Kelly.

  • 'The Space Between Us'

    Dec. 21

    The STX title stars Asa Butterfield as the first human born on Mars who travels to Earth as a teen and embarks on a road trip across America with a young woman (Britt Robertson) to find his father. However, the space program wants to send him back to Mars, since his body can't handle Earth's environment. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino also star in the Peter Chelsom film.

  • 'Gold'

    Dec. 25

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    The Weinstein Co. mining drama is inspired by the true story of a modern-day prospector who, desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist in order to find gold in deepest, darkest Indonesia — sparking an adventure that goes right through to the boardrooms of Wall Street. It is based on the Bre-X mining scandal of 1997. Bryce Dallas Howard, Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll and Bill Camp star in the Stephen Gaghan film.

  • 'Why Him?'

    Dec. 25

    The Fox comedy centers on a Midwestern dad (Bryan Cranston) who travels with his family to visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at college, where he finds himself involved in a battle for her affections with her new, brash tech-billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). John Hamburg directs the comedy, also featuring Keegan-Michael Key, Zack Pearlman and Megan Mullally.

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