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Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Though 2016 has been an epic year for movies, it almost feels like a warm-up when you look at the long list of blockbuster films already on the release calendar for 2017.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - January 27 

Five years after Resident Evil: Retribution, Milla Jovovich returns to close out the sci-fi horror franchise she's led for more than a decade.

 

John Wick: Chapter 2 - February 10 

After everything he went through in the first movie, what could possibly convince John Wick to come out of retirement? Dog lovers will be relieved to hear it isn't the death of another pooch that gets his guns blazing in John Wick: Chapter 2—this time, one of John's old buddies is in the middle of a scheme to topple an assassin's guild and he needs backup.

 

The Lego Batman Movie - February 10

Warner Bros. is diving right in with a universe of Lego-derived films, starting with this spin-off, which brings back Will Arnett as Gotham's Caped Crusader. He's joined by an intriguing cast that includes his Arrested Development castmate Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, and Mariah Carey as the mayor.

 

The Great Wall - February 17

The Great Wall has been hit with early backlash over its casting of Matt Damon as the star of what's otherwise an eastern narrative. But the film has an intriguing idea: The Great Wall of China was built to keep out more than just unwanted human neighbors.

 

Logan - March 3

The film's plot draws from Marvel's Old Man Logan comic, about an alternate-future version of the ageless hero. The film will also feature the return of Patrick Stewart's Professor X, adding yet another layer of closure for longtime fans of the franchise.

 

Kong: Skull Island - March 10 

None of the many attempts to expand or remake the story of King Kong have managed to come anywhere near the classic original. But where there's franchise potential, there's a would-be blockbuster waiting to happen—so on March 10, 2017, the big guy returns with Kong: Skull Island.

 

Beauty and the Beast - March 17

Disney's campaign to turn each of their animated classics into live-action blockbusters continues with Beauty and the Beast, which offers a new perspective on their 1991 hit.

 

Power Rangers - March 24

Go Go Power Rangers! Whether or not you've ever had a preference for the red, yellow, pink, blue, black, or even the occasionally-seen green or white rangers, those ninja steel-wielding high schoolers were loads of fun to watch back in the day.

 

Ghost in the Shell - March 31

Rupert Sanders' adaptation of the popular Masamune Shirow manga series of the same name has been riddled with controversy over its "whitewashed" casting of Scarlett Johansson as the main heroine, the Mayor.

 

The Fate of the Furious - April 14 

The fate of the Furious franchise seemed a bit uncertain in the wake of star Paul Walker's sudden passing in 2013, which complicated production of 2015's Furious 7 and put the burden of additional expectations on his longtime co-star and friend, Vin Diesel.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

 

Alien: Covenant - May 19

The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - May 26

Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.

 

Wonder Woman - June 2

An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world's greatest heroes.

 

World War Z 2 - June 9

World War Z turned out to be a surprisingly entertaining film. Which brings us to the inevitable sequel, World War Z 2, in which Brad Pitt returns to battle the zombie plague.

  

Cars 3 - June 16

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight - June 23

The film, which is the fifth installment of the decade old 'Transformers' franchise, promises to deliver a bigger, louder and more explosive film in true Michael Bay style. 

 

Despicable Me 3 - June 30

Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming - July 7 

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes - July 14 

A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

 

Dunkirk - July 21

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

 

The Dark Tower - July 28

Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

 

IT - September 8

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

 

Blade Runner 2049 - October 6

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

 

Friday the 13th Reboot - October 13

Between 1980 and 1989, the hockey-masked slasher Jason Voorhees hacked his way through scores of screaming nubile victims in eight films—although by the end of the decade, the franchise had started to teeter between stale and ridiculous, and subsequent attempts to extend or reboot the character's mythology have failed to draw much of a following. This latest overhaul arrives nearly a decade after the last reboot, which grossed nearly $100 million.

 

Saw: Legacy - October 27 

After lying dormant since the release of Saw 3D: The Final Chapter in 2010, the last couple of weeks have seen a flood of news on the resurrection of the popular Saw franchise. Lionsgate was first reported to be working on the film back in February, with series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell on-board as executive producers.

 

Thor: Ragnarok - November 3

Ragnarök is an apocalyptic series of events that results in the world being plunged into water after the deaths of several gods—including Odin, Thor, and Loki—and culminates in a planetary rebirth. Needless to say, it's obvious from the title that Thor: Ragnarok won't be a jolly good time for our hammer-wielding hero, although we can guess from his imminent participation in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies that he'll emerge relatively unscathed after the final act.

 

Justice League - November 17 

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

 

Star Wars: Episode VIII - December 15

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

 

 

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