We take a look at the movies that could shape 2015
There are some seriously big movies coming out in 2015 but which ones do we believe will shape the year.
Whether it's a Super Hero romp, comedy bromance or sci-fi epic these are a handful of movies that we are really looking forward to, so let's begin.
Chappie - Dir. Neill Blomkamp - 6th March 2015
We are expecting big things from Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Chappie. The movie will follow an experimental Robot, the titular Chappie, who has been designed to learn and feel. Unfortunately Chappie is kidnapped by South African gangsters who try to use him for their own gain. This promises to be a gritty and emotional movie that will challenge it's audience and no doubt leave them thinking.
Chappie will star Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent, The A-Team), Hugh Jackman (X-men, Van Helsing, Les Miserables), Dev Patel (Skins, Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar, Red Lights).
Spectre - Dir. Sam Mendes - 6th November 2015
Spectre will be the twenty fourth James Bond movie and the fourth with Daniel Craig as 007. The movie will see Bond uncovering the layers of the sinister organisation SPECTRE. Christoph Waltz (Inglorius Basterds, Django Unchained, Muppets Most Wanted) will play Franz Oberhauser, the movies lead villain. Spectre will also star Monica Bellucci (Don't Look Back, The Brothers Grimm, Shoot 'Em Up), Dave Bautista (WWE, Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick) and Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, Skyfall, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
As with any Bond movie this will undoubtedly be a huge box office smash so expect to hear the name Spectre a lot more next year.
No trailers have been released yet but here is a first look at the cast.
Ant-Man - Dir. Peyton Reed - 17th July 2015
Ant-Man will be Marvel's second release of 2015 after The Avengers: Age of Ultron (More on that later) and will introduce a new Super Hero to the Marvel movies. Ant-Man is certainly one of the more obscure Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe and it will be fascinating to see how the movie is received. Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Role Models, KNocked Up) will be playing Ant-Man a.k.a Scott Lang, a petty criminal who acquires a substance that allows him to shrink in size whilst gaining in strength. The movie will also star Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit, Real Steel, The Hurt Locker), Michael Douglas (Wall Street, Traffic, Behind the Candelabra) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development, The Descendants, 13 Going on 30).
Again no trailer has been released for Ant-Man so here is the first piece of promo art.
Monsters: Dark Continent - Dir. Tom Green - 27th February 2015
We have waited a long time to discover what will become of the world after the events of 2010's low budget survival horror Monsters. The film's story takes place some time after the events of Monsters. The U.S. Army is struggling to contain the Monsters and a soldier is trying to find a lost friend. That is all we know about the plot at this time but we do know that the movie will star Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman, Dorian Grey, Gangster No.1) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones, Skins, Peak Practise) although we don't know who they will be playing. We always look forward to Independent British Horror and this sequel has a lot to live up to but we are hopeful that this will be a success.
You can see the impressive trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent below.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Dir. Joss Whedon - 01st May 2015
The second of next years guaranteed 'Big 3' on our list will no doubt be a big as it's predecessor. The hype surrounding Age of Ultron is immense but that is what happens when you create a franchise as powerful as the Marvel Universe. This movie will see The Avengers take on Ultron, a previously dormant peacekeeping program that becomes self aware and decides that Humanity is the real enemy. All of the previous Avengers will return for the sequel along with several characters from previous films in the franchise. Two other main characters that will be introduced are Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy, Godzilla), and Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Macy May Marlene, Red Lights, Kill Your Darlings) although it is unknown how they will interact with the story.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Dir. J J Abrams - 18th Dec 2015
The last but certainly not the least of next years 'Big 3' has to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given the overwhelming reaction to the recently launched Teaser Trailer it is safe to say that the actual release will likely shut down the planet for a short time. Little is known with regards to the plot but what we do know is that the movie will be based 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will star John Boyega (Attack The Block, Becoming Human, 24), Daisy Ridley (Youngers, Mr Selfridge, Casualty), Adam Driver (Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, The F Word), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll) and Max Von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, Dune). There will also be several members of the Original Trilogy cast returning including Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford among others.
Odds are that this will be the biggest movie of the year and first signs are good following the teaser trailer. Let's just pray we don't get the Phantom Menace blues again.
So there we have it, six movies which we believe will define 2015 as a year of great cinema. Of course there will be many other fantastic movies coming out over the next twelve months so I'm sure we will find out which of these leads the way this time next year.
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