X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past marks Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise after directing the hugely successful X2. It’s the 7th film in the X-Men series and acts as a sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, as well as a follow-up to 2013’s The Wolverine. Confusing, I know but bear with me. In Days of Future Past, mutants are on the brink of extinction. To save them, the X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to stop it from happening. So the characters from the original X-Men trilogy join forces with their younger selves to save their future. If the trailer is anything to go by, it could be one of the summer’s biggest hits. The head honchos in Fox and Marvel must have faith in the film as its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, is already scheduled for a May 2016 release.
Maleficent (May 2014)
You probably remember Maleficent terrifying you as a kid in Sleeping Beauty. This film tells her story and what betrayal led to her becoming evil and cold. Driven by revenge, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places a curse on the King’s daughter Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. The film has been discussed since 2009, but it wasn’t until 2012 that filming actually began. Personally, I’m looking forward to this. Disney hardly ever do a back-story film on their villains and the trailers look really cool. Lana del Rey was handpicked by Jolie to perform the main song, a cover of “Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty. Watch out for Vivienne Jolie-Pitt playing a young Aurora.
Jupiter Ascending (July 2014)
Jupiter Ascending marks The Wachowskis return to directing after 2012’s Cloud Atlas and, judging by the trailers, it’s just as visually impressive as their previous efforts. Set in the future where gods rule the universe, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is a janitor who learns that she has a great genetic destiny. Channing Tatum plays the warrior sent to kill her by the King of the Universe (Eddie Redmayne). Sounds ridiculous but people probably thought the same when they heard the plot of The Matrix. $150 million dollars was pumped into the film…and a lot of it went towards the eyeliner budget. Watch the trailer and see what I mean.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (August 2014)
After the release of Sin City in 2005, Robert Rodriguez announced plans for the follow-up film, A Dame to Kill For, that would feature many of the same characters. By 2007, the script was almost complete. Fast forward to summer 2012 and it was finally going into production! The film is broken into 4 stories: “A Dame to Kill For,” “Just Another Saturday Night,” “The Long Bad Night” and “The Fat Loss.” Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are the newbies of the cast, along with Jamie Chung who replaces Devon Aoki as Miho. It looks just as wild and dark as its predecessor. I’m a huge fan of Sin City and have been looking forward to this film for years. Add Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the cast and I’m first in the queue!
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014)
Another superhero film from Marvel Studios. In my opinion, this is by far the riskiest film they will have done as it delves into the cosmic universe of Marvel Comics. It’s not like Thor, Iron Man or Captain America. Guardians is set in space as an American pilot, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), finds himself being hunted down for stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). To evade capture, Quill is forced to team up with a gang of misfits including a green woman (Zoe Saldana), a warrior (Dave Bautista), a tree-like humanoid (Vin Diesel) and a talking racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). The racoon is an expert marksman…..I’m in!
Gone Girl (October 2014)
Gone Girl is David Fincher’s 10th directing job and his 1st since 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Based on the hugely successful novel of the same name, it tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy disappears and Nick becomes prime suspect due to various reasons. I won’t spoil it for anyone who’s reading the book but it’s good. A twisting, psychological thriller, you don’t really know who side of the story to believe. Industry insiders are tipping Affleck to earn his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal as Nick. The trailer was released today.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 2014)
Like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn, movie moguls have decided to split the final book in the Hunger Games series. Maybe it’s to earn more money or maybe it’s to fit everything from the book into the film but, regardless, fans are salivating at the prospect of 2 more films. Mockingjay Part 1 picks up where Catching Fire left off – our heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being shipped off to District 13 with the others. Unfortunately, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured by the Capitol. Not sure yet where they’ve split the book but I’m thinking it’s where that big ka-boom happens and shit goes down….you know what I mean! Make no mistake, this is Jennifer Lawrence’s film series. So in celebration, let’s have some J-Law pics and gifs. You’re welcome!!
Dumb and Dumber To (December 2014)
It finally happened!!! Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back together again – 20 years after Dumb and Dumber. Co-written and directed by The Farrelly Brothers, best friends Harry Dunne (Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of getting a new kidney. According to Peter Farrelly, they’ve a great script and fans will find out what the two lads were up to in the intervening years. I hope they still drive around in the van!
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 2014)
The final chapter in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. At the end of The Desolation of Smaug, the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins reached the Lonely Mountain and Bilbo got the Arkenstone. In the process, they woke up the sleeping dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). They are left watching in horror as he flies to Lake-town, determined to cause havoc and death. There and Back Again picks up the action then as the dwarves try to save the town and reclaim their home. Will Gandalf escape from Dol Guldur in time to warn them of a huge army coming their way?!? Will Bilbo make it back to The Shire? Expect fast-paced action and a huge battle scene.
Serena (Month TBA 2014)
This is the film I’m most looking forward to! In Depression-era North Carolina, George Pemberton’s (Bradley Cooper) timber empire becomes complicated when he learns that his new wife, Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), can’t have children. Things are further complicated when a local girl reveals that she’s carrying George’s baby. Needless to say, this doesn’t go down well with Mrs Pemberton. It’s based on the novel of the same name, written by Ron Rash, and it’s been compared to There Will Be Blood with a female lead. Serena is power-hungry and pushes her husband to expand his empire, regardless of the consequences. I highly recommend the book!! Go buy it now!! More Lawrence GIFS you say? Of course!
Other films to look out for this year: Godzilla (May), The Amazing Spiderman 2 (April), Transformers 4 (June), Jersey Boys (June), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July), Sex Tape (July), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August), This Is Where I Leave You (September), Interstellar (November).
What films are you looking forward to this year? Comment below!