Without a doubt, some of the most anticipated movies of 2017 are sequels or prequels to some of our favorites. Comic book fans of the Marvel universe won’t be disappointed this year – either will fans of Stephen King! And what box-office year would be complete without a reboot of some of the most popular TV shows of the 70s? Mark your calendars with the premier dates of these most highly anticipated movies of year!
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – January 27
Milla Jovovich brings Alice back to the big screens in this final (latest?) chapter in the Resident Evil series. Watch Alice lead humanity’s last stand against the undead in this apocalyptic thriller. Also starring Ali Larter, Ruby Rose and William Levy.
Fifty Shades Darker – February 10
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele resume their troubled erotic relationship in this screen adaptation of Niall Leonard’s sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.
LEGO Batman – February 10
This movie brings together perennial favorites – LEGO and superheroes – in a spinoff from the wildly successful 2014 LEGO Movie. Will Arnett will reprise the role of Batman.
The Dark Tower – February 27
Stephen King fans will be split between those who can’t wait for this film and those who think it should never have been made. Based on the first book of King’s Gunslinger series, the Dark Tower is a post-apocalyptic cowboy story starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black.
Beauty & The Beast – March 17
Following on the success of live action adaptations of The Jungle Book, Alice and Wonderland and Maleficent, this reboot of the animated classic stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens and The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Ewan McGregor as Lumière
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper reprise their roles as the Guardians of the Galaxy in this sequel. Set just months after the first movie, the Guardians settle into their new role and help Star-Lord to come to terms with his newly discovered family relations.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – May 26
This is the second film in the sequel trilogy to the original Star Wars movies – confused? Just sit back and watch what happened to Luke and Leia after the Death Star was destroyed.
Toy Story 4 – June 16
Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head and all of the other favorites from the toy box set out on a new adventure after they are gifted by a grown-up Andy to their new owner, a young girl named Bonnie.
Wonder Woman – June 23
After some casting controversy, Gad Gadot stars in this reboot of the TV classic about an Amazon princess and warrior determined to stop war in world beyond her island.
Despicable Me 3 – June 30
Get ready for the latest minion mayhem in this third installment of the wildly popular animated movie, fun for kids and adults alike. Starring Steven Carell as Gru and Kristen Wiig as Lucy.
Alien: Covenant – August 4
Directed by Ridley Scott, this second prequel to the Alien series stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender as survivors of the doomed ship Prometheus.
Bladerunner 2049 – October 6
Love it or hate it, you won’t want to miss this sequel to Bladerunner. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, joined by an ensemble cast including Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, Dave Baustista and Jared Leto.
It – September 8
Another book-to-film contribution to this year’s box office by Stephen King. This terrifying tale recounts an epic battle between good and evil personified by Pennywise, the scariest clown you can imagine.
The Six Billion Dollar Man – December 22
Mark Wahlberg will bring “the bionic man” Col. Steve Austin to the big screen in this adaption of the 70s classic TV show.
Pitch Perfect 3 – December 22
There is some uncertainty about who will be returning to the cast of this very popular franchise – but be sure that the Bellas will continue to entertain in this third installment.