2017 delivers 52 weekends and thousands of film premieres to enjoy. Choose from superhero blockbusters, romantic dramas, clever comedies and feel-good family adventures with this shortlist of titles and estimated release dates.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 2017
In the final moments of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) after succeeding in a thrilling adventure with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Her battle against the dark side continues, aided by Poe (Oscar Isaac) and C3PO (Anthony Daniels).
Beauty and the Beast – March 2017
Belle (Emma Watson (Harry Potter)), is wooed by a prince in a beast's body (Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey)), as the Candelabra (Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Trainspotting)), flickers with amusement. The mythology of the popular Disney animated tale is expanded, capturing the magic of a prince's tale of romance. After he is transformed into a beast and banished to hide in a castle, he meets Belle as he seeks true love – the only remedy to end his imprisonment.
In 1995, Robin Williams and his children became players in a magical board game where incredible creatures come to life. The board game is unpacked for a second round as the players, including Dwayne Johnson (Moana, Central Intelligence), Kevin Hart (Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer), Jack Black (School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short) become heroes to battle the creatures, tricks and traps of the jungle.
Snatched – May 2017
Mother-daughter holidays should be fun, strengthening family bonds and creating lifelong memories. Add a dose of chaos to the itinerary with Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) and Goldie Hawn (The First Wives Club) vacationing in Ecuador. Caught in a kidnapping, they flee into the jungle, escaping on an adventure to put Bear Grylls to shame.
Blade Runner 2049 – October 2017
Set in 2019, the original Blade Runner, released in 1982, became a neo-noir hit as Ridley Scott (Alien, The Martian), Harrison Ford (Star Wars, The Fugitive) and Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher, Ladyhawke), brought Philip K Dick's sci-fi classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to the cinema. Set 30 years later, we return to a dystopian Los Angeles where bounty hunters target rogue androids which are virtually indistinguishable to humans. A new blade runner, Ryan Gosling (Drive, La La Land) searches for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), after uncovering a deadly secret.
Justice League – November 2017
Continuing the superhero story begun in 2016's Batman v. Superman, Justice League introduces The Flash and Aquaman to the crime-fighting team, joining Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) to battle Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Steppenwolf.
Dunkirk – July 2017
Christopher Nolan makes a long-awaited return after re-imagining the Batman universe with the Dark Knight trilogy, exploring the dream world in Inception and bending space and time in Interstellar. With his trademark breathtaking cinematography, Dunkirk is based in Belgium during WW2 as British, French and Belgian troops attempt to escape an overwhelming force of Nazi soldiers in one of history's greatest battles. Starring Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Locke, Inception), Cillian Murphy (Inception, Batman Begins, 28 Days Later), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, BFG, Wolf Hall), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Henry V) and Will Attenborough, grandson of actor-director Richard Attenborough.
Power Rangers – March 2017
In the ultimate homework assignment, a team of high-school kids harness their superpowers to save the world from Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games)), mentored by Zordon (Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)). After 23 television seasons of the global hit, this reboot of the black, blue, red, yellow and pink teen heroes brings their antics to the big screen.
T2 Trainspotting – March 2017
Choose Life. Danny Boyle's confronting comedy adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel became an instant cult hit. T2 continues the tale as Mark (Ewan McGregor) returns home, confronting the friends and enemies he'd escaped from during his struggles with addiction. Spud (Ewen Bremner (Snatch, Blackhawk Down)), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Hackers)), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later)) are waiting to deliver their unique mix of hatred, friendship, danger, joy, drug use and detox.
It – 2017
In the world's capital of horror, Maine, New England, Stephen King's best-selling novel, It, created a thrilling mystery involving missing children and a terrifying clown. 7 survivors form the Loser's Club, return to challenge the red-nosed monster.