With the announcement of the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII for December 8, 2015 the year is shaping up to be one of the greatest for movies in recent memory.
Not only the continuation of the interstellar saga is scheduled as an early Christmas present, but many other blockbusters, some of them much anticipated and talked about sequels, will come in two years time.
The beginning of the year looks slow, which is not uncommon, but things pick up and very quickly. With so many blockbusters, sequels and spin-offs in 2015 you are bound to see some of the biggest names in film making an appearance at some point.
At the same time, the best directors will be presenting their productions during this year. All in all, a thrill for anyone who is a movie buff.
Let’s take a sneak peek (in no particular order) at some of what is in store for movie fans in 2015. Note that dates are subject to change.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (May 1)
In the sequel to The Avengers our heroes come together to fight a sentient robot who has become one of humankind’s biggest threats since breaking free from its creator, Dr. Hank Pym.
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader
Jurassic World (June 12)
The fourth installment in the series is finally picking up steam. So far several big names are attached to the project including Josh Brolin (although it appears he may be out), but the only name confirmed so far is Ty Simpkins. Bryce Dallas Howard confirmed in an interview she will be “chasing dinosaurs” next year. There is no plot for the film, since the script is being revised at this time.
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Script: Derek Connolly and Trevorrow
Batman vs. Superman (July 17)
This is one of the most discussed movies that haven’t happened yet. The sequel to Man Of Steel does not have an official title yet, so we will still call it Batman vs. Superman. As the name indicates it will put two of the most famous superheroes against each other for the first time in film. No plot has been revealed yet.
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White).
Bond 24 (November 6)
Although no plot has been revealed, we know the film is the 24th installment in the Ian Fleming adaptation James Bond. Following the success of Skyfall Daniel Craig returns as the British spy. Filming gets underway at the beginning of 2014. Craig said he hopes to bring back some of the “old irony” back. We await more details on the ever so popular next episode of the timeless franchise.
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw
Terminator (July 1)
Announced as a reboot of the 1984 blockbuster, Terminator will see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the role he made famous, after being absent from the last installment because of his job as California Governor. The film is said to be the first of a new trilogy, and is allegedly based on John Connor going back in time to save a young version of his mother Sarah from a Terminator.
Director: Alan Taylor (not confirmed)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Rumored for the role of Sarah are Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, and Margot Robbie. Names that could play John are Garrett Hedlund and Boyd Holbrook)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (November 20)
The last installment in the three-part story based on the books by Suzanne Collins comes out in 2015. Mockingjay has been split up in two parts (a la Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows). Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark continue their fight in an attempt to win the civil war between the autocratic Capitol and the war-torn Districts of Panem.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Star Wars: Episode VII (December 18 )
With a release date in place Star Wars: Episode VII seems to be finally moving on and ready to start production early next year. An open casting call in the UK was announced this week, which is not confirmed by Disney, but all indications are that it is for the next episode in the saga. A new script writer, Lawrence Kasdan, has also been brought in to move the process along. He and director Abrams will work on the screenplay.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams (rumored)
Ant-Man (July 31)
Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects (IMDB).
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: no casting has been announced so far (stay tuned).
Crimson Peak (April)
From Guillermo del Toro, the horror film Crimson Peak is the story of young author Edith Cushing who discovers that her new husband is not who he appears to be.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain
Cinderella (March 13)
From director Kenneth Branagh comes this live action new adaptation of the classic children’s story. Characterized as an “American romantic fantasy” the film has an impressive cast thus far.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell, Richard Madden, Lily James, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgard.
Alice In Wonderland 2
Not much is known about the plot for this sequel, except that Johnny Depp will return to his role of Mad Hatter, although this has not been confirmed and IMDB lists him as rumored.
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Johnny Depp (rumored)
Frankenstein (January 16)
There are several Frankenstein films in the works for 2015, but we are talking of the Paul McGuigan movie with some great names attached to it so far.
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAcavoy, Jessica Brown Findlay
Steven Spielberg was originally attached to the film based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, but has since dropped out. The story follows the most lethal sniper in the US military. Believed to start production in early 2014.
Director: Cint Eastwood (rumored)
Starring: Bradley Cooper
The remake of the 1994 Brandon Lee film has pushed back production to 2014 and even though it hasn’t been announced for 2015, it could be scheduled for this year as well. It would be a hard thing to put it out in the same year of production. Starring one of the hottest actors of these times, Luke Evans in the role of tortured soul Eric Draven. Producers have brought on creator James O’Barr trying to put fan concerns at ease.
Director: F. Javier Gutierrez
Starring: Luke Evans
Chappie (March 27)
After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is a prodigy and also happens to be a robot.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley
The list of 2015 movies doesn’t end here, but these are just some examples of the many great films we will be enjoying in less than two years.
If you are not excited by now, then hopefully you will stay tuned to the details on these and other major productions planned for 2015, which promises to be a memorable year in movies.
Are your excited about any film we did not mention on the list of 2015 movies?