It’s 2015 and with the new year comes a new slate of exciting movies opening in theaters over the next 12 months – some we’ve waited a very long time for and can’t wait to see!
Read on to find out what 25 movies Screen Rant is anticipating most in 2015.
Keep in mind, these are not films we necessarily expect to be the “best” – these are movies that, at the time of this publication, we are most excited to see and cover on the site (some don’t even have a trailer yet!). They’re genre films we discuss and analyze most on Screen Rant, and ones we hope to enjoy along with our readers and podcast listeners. Let’s begin our countdown of the 25 movies we’re anticipating most in 2015.
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski
We still need to see more, but the premise (and visuals) of Pixels – a live-action film about our planet getting attacked by alien-controlled classic video games – is an easy sell. Throw in Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and some amazing posters, and we’re in. Long live arcade gamers!
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel
Another original sci-fi thriller from the mind of Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), Chappie tells the story of a stolen robot who embodies the qualities of a human child and must learn from those around him. His journey will help change the way people perceive robots for the better. Like District 9, this one is based on a Blomkamp short film (Tetra Vaal).
23. Mr. Holmes
Release Date: Unknown
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
From the director of Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn films and The Fifth Estate, comes yet another adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle most notable creation, Sherlock Holmes. Despite there being two current TV series (BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary) on the air, and a third film in development for the Robert Downey Jr. film series based on the character, seeing Ian McKellan play a 93 year-old version of Mr. Holmes taking on one last case he couldn’t solve before is something we can’t wait for.
22. Jupiter Ascending
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, James D’Arcy, Douglas Booth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
A repeat listing for Screen Rant’s most anticipated movies of last year thanks to delays, Jupiter Ascending caught our attention ages ago, if not for the simple fact that it’s an original space opera from The Wachowskis. The premise is a little out there and follows Jupiter (Mila Kunis), an Earth janitor (and secret heir to an entire planet) who gets caught up in an intergalactic power struggle over simple greed. Her protector (Channing Tatum) is literally part wolf and must help Jupiter fulfill her destiny.
21. Crimson Peak
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Doug Jones, Jim Beaver
An original horror film from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrnth, Hellboy) was enough of a sell on its own to make this list (and our most anticipated horror movie list). The aptly named Crimson Peak is a romantic ghost tale about a young author (Wasikowska) falling in love with a mysterious man and living in his old mansion up in secluded mountains – a mansion that’s, needless to say, far from ordinary. Del Toro calls Crimson Peak a “throwback” horror film, different than the usual genre fare, and from our chat with him about the movie and the amount of detail put into the interior of the mansion constructed for the film, Crimson Peak could be something special.
20. Magic Mike XXL
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Cast: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Matt Bomer, Gabriel Iglesias, Adam Rodriguez, Michael Strahan, Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Donald Glover, Amber Heard
The cast and creative team alone had us interested in Magic Mike from the moment it began production, and after the film delivered wonderful performances to go along with a heartfelt story (and some fun dance moves), we were easily sold on a followup. XXL drops stars Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn and Matthew McConaughey, but brings in worthy talent to fill the void.
19. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella, Mark Hamill
Early reviews already sing praise for Kingsman, but as the movie Matthew Vaughn left the director’s chair of X-Men: Days of Future Past for, how can we not be excited to see what Vaughn can do with another R-rated adaptation of another Mark Millar comic? Especially one starring Colin Firth as a badass veteran super agent.
18. Jurassic World
Release Date: June 12, 2015
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy, Brian Tee, Irrfan Khan, BD Wong, Ty Simpkins, Katie McGrath
The first trailer earned mixed reactions, but the idea of returning to the “world” of Jurassic Park is too good not to talk about. Throw in the lovable, funny and charming Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie) after his Hollywood-dominating year in 2014, and we’re willing to give questionable early marketing a pass for a chance that the Jurassic Park franchise can be successfully relaunched a decade later. For longtime fans, there’s one returning character, Dr. Henry Wu, worth looking forward to seeing onscreen again.
17. Terminator Genisys
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee, J.K. Simmons
Revisiting the first (and best) two Terminator films, director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) attempts to salvage the franchise after a pair of botched entries tarnished the brand. The oddly named but ambitious Terminator Genisys forgets Terminator 3 & 4 along with the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series and establishes a brand new timeline.
16. The Gunman
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Director: Pierre Morel
Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Peter Franzén
From the director of the first Taken, comes a story of a spy (Penn) who wants to retire with his lover – only his organization won’t let him leave, forcing him to live on the run. We’re ready to see Sean Penn be an action star this year.
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