Our Most Highly Anticipated Upcoming Movies For This Year
As the new year steadily rolls along, large swaths of the digital world are starting to breathe sighs of relief. Yet, despite most of the Internet’s hostility toward 2016, most people were more than satisfied with the amount of quality content that it delivered. We had incredible Star Wars and Harry Potter offshoots, a handful of successful comic book films, and even a few animated instant-classics. Not to mention the plethora of amazing new music and television series that acted as a silver lining to a undeniably bleak year. We can only hope that 2017 brings in even more enjoyable and thought-provoking media. So, in an effort to start revving our content engines for this year, we’ve outlined five upcoming movies that we’re particularly eager to see.
The best way to prepare for these upcoming movies is to watch their related content. That means finding their director’s most noteworthy films. Or, perusing the filmography of their lead actors. Fortunately, we’ve done the necessary research for you. Here are the our top 5 upcoming movies and the content you should watch while you wait for their releases.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Release Date: December 15 2017
2015 ushered in the hugely successful return of the Star Wars franchise. Since then, veteran fans and awakened newcomers were treated to two wonderful additions to the series. Despite last year’s departure into the past, this year’s Episode VIII will continue where The Force Awakens left off. That means we’ll get to see more of Daisy Ridley as Rey, a potential addition of Tom Hardy as a Stormtrooper, and the highly anticipated return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Details about the overall plot remain cloudy, however, Kylo Ren will continue to be the primary villainous force.
Benicio Del Toro has confirmed that he’ll play a villain in the upcoming film.
Luke Skywalker will play a major role.
John Williams is back to compose the score.
How to Prepare:
Of course, the best way to prepare for Star Wars: Episode VIII is to watch The Force Awakens (Episode VII). You should also check out Rogue One, although as a prequel so it’s not entirely necessary. And, in case you wanted a preview of Rian Johnson’s directing chops, you should download and stream his 2012 time-travel hit, Looper.
Song to Song
Release Date: March 17 2017
Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro, and Christian Bale are all a part of Terrence Malick’s newest project. This film will more than likely have the most star-studded cast of 2017. The plot involves multiple love triangles amidst the modern music scene in Austin, Texas. Malick has been writing and directing films since the early 70’s and is perhaps best known for The Tree of Life (2011) and Badlands (1973).
The film will feature a slew of cameos from famous musicians such as Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Iggy Pop, Iron & Wine, Black Lips, Lykke Li, and more.
More than 7 iconic actors are tangled in competing love triangles.
The film takes place in a modern day Rock N’ Roll landscape.
How to Prepare:
If you want to peer into the mind of Malick, definitely check out his 2011 film, The Tree of Life. It stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain and details a family tragedy across multiple timelines. Or, check out The Big Short to catch a preview of a star-studded cast that also includes Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. And, be sure to listen to Arcade Fire and the Fleet Foxes, as their music is bound to make its way into Song to Song.
The Florida Project
Release Date: (TBD)
Sean Baker made waves at Sundance with his tragicomic tale of transexual prostitutes shot entirely on iPhones. His latest production, The Florida Project, will be similarly hyperrealistic and gritty. Although, this time around, Baker had a larger budget, better equipment, and Willem Dafoe in the leading role. The plot involves a child and her friends attempting to have fun during a Summer vacation at Disney World, while the adults face the harsh realities of their existence. As far as upcoming movies go, The Florida Project has most major critics on their toes.
Willem Dafoe is the lead actor.
Sean Baker understands how to make a film simultaneously cinematic and gritty.
It is bound to feature some dark humor involving the adult perspective on Disney World.
How to Prepare:
Definitely download and stream Baker’s 2015 smash indie-hit, Tangerine. Despite being shot entirely on iPhones, the film somehow manages to look absorbingly cinematic. And, if you need a reason to get pumped on seeing Willem Dafoe, check out 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, in which Dafoe brilliantly portrays a comically sinister henchman.
Release Date: June 30 2017
Sofia Coppola directs the remake of this civil war drama with Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, and Colin Farrell in the lead roles. Based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan, the plot involves an imprisoned Union soldier who manipulates the women at a Confederate girls’ boarding school. While the story might seem simple, the emotional entanglement will surely be as complicated as Coppola’s other projects. This upcoming movie will be female-centric, but equally enticing and enjoyable for all genders.
It’s a Western drama set in the Civil War South.
It will be Coppola’s first major release since 2013’s The Bling Ring.
Colin Farrell is taking the place of Clint Eastwood from the original version.
How to Prepare:
The most obvious thing to stream in preparation for this upcoming movie is the original 1971 version of The Beguiled. However, if you’d rather not spoil the story for yourself, then check out Coppola’s 2003 classic, Lost in Translation, featuring an aging Bill Murray alongside the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. And, in case you missed it, watch Colin Farrell be awkward and endearing in the 2015 sci-fi dystopian tragicomedy, The Lobster.
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Fashion Project
Release Date: (TBD)
Not much is known about Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest project. There is confirmation that Daniel Day Lewis will reunite with the director to play the leading role. And, we know that the plot will involve the 1950’s fashion world in London. While other upcoming movies certainly offer more information to bite on, we have faith that this award-winning duo will create yet another cinematic masterpiece. If anything, the mystery of what this film will entail makes it all the more alluring.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis are reuniting after the critically acclaimed There Will Be Blood.
Daniel Day Lewis is the master of period dramas.
It’s the first Paul Thomas Anderson film to take place outside of the U.S.
How to Prepare:
If you haven’t already seen all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, we highly recommend downloading and streaming them as soon as possible. At the very least, you should watch There Will Be Blood to see both Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis at the top of their game. For another beautifully done period drama with Lewis, check out Scorsese’s 2002 Gangs of New York, in which Leonardo DiCaprio goes up against Lewis as “The Butcher”.
The Best Way to Prepare For These Upcoming Movies:
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