15. Your Highness
Release Date: April 8, 2011
Director: David Gordon Green
Studio: Universal Pictures
Two Oscar nominees (James Franco and Natalie Portman) star alongside one of Hollywood’s current most sought after comedy actor Danny McBride in a Rated-R fantasy adventure. With the aid of skilled warrior Isabel (Portman) and his lazy useless brother Thadeous (McBride), Your Highness follows Prince Fabious’ (Franco) attempt to rescue kidnapped bride (Zooey Deschanel) while hilarity ensues. We’re hoping that it’ll be crass AND funny, not just the former.
14. Super 8
Release Date: June 10, 2011
Director: J.J. Abrams
Studio: Relativity Media, Bad Robot, distributed by Paramount Pictures
Another mysterious sci-fi project from the mind of J.J. Abrams (Lost, Cloverfield), Super 8 is about an Area 51 monster that escapes a derailed train in the 1970s and is captured on film by a bunch of kids using a Super 8 camera. Can this reach the level of success Cloverfield attained? We don’t know, but here’s hoping it delivers a new flavor of “unique.”
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Director: Todd Phillips
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Todd Phillips brings back the fan-favorite heavy drinkers of the 2009 summer smash hit The Hangover for another pre-wedding adventure where this time, Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding. Expect lost memories, extreme situations and plenty of special guest appearances, including one by Liam Neeson. Can the gang hit repeat success through word-of-mouth? The first one was laugh out loud funny – we’ll see if the jokes wear thin on a second outing.
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Director: David Fincher
Studio: Optimum Releasing, distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment
David Fincher is tasked with helming the American remake of the 2009 hit, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Rooney Mara transforming herself into the character of Lisbeth Salander to match the award-worthy performance by the original’s star, Noomi Rapace. He’s got the help of a powerful cast however, headlined by Daniel Craig alongside Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright and Christopher Plummer to tell the story of a genius hacker (Mara) who teams up with a journalist (Craig) to solve the disappearance and possible murder of a teenage girl four decades prior.
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Director: Brad Bird
Studio: Bad Robot, distributed by Paramount Pictures
Tom Cruise is back for a fourth go as super spy Ethan Hunt in the next Mission: Impossible. This time he’s got a bigger team with Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner joining the cast along with Lost star Josh Holloway joining franchise familiars including Simon Pegg. Not much is known about the international story of Ghost Protocol but we do know it’s a planned start to a new trilogy with Renner taking over as the franchise’s lead character – and we like the Mission Impossible concept. Will Ethan Hunt survive this mission?