The best upcoming movies of 2017

This has already been a year of great films;  John Wick: Chapter 2, Logan, and The Lego Batman Movie are just a few of the standouts that had us lining up outside the theater. But there's still so much to look forward to in 2017. Star Wars 8, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ... the list goes on. In fact, the list is below. In an attempt to get you sincerely HYPED for the coming months, the GR+ team have picked the most exciting upcoming movies to put on your 2017 must-watch list.

We’ve got everything from the Marvel and DC cinematic universes (Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League), to the sequels and reboots you won’t want to miss (Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049). Not to mention, a few movies you might not have considered but definitely should (Beauty and the Beast and Fast 8). They’re all below in chronological order so you know which to get excited for first, and we’ll be keeping this list up to date with any new information or release date changes, so make sure you check back throughout the year. Read on and enjoy. 

Ghost in the Shell

Release date: March 31, 2017

Finally! Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg bought up the rights to make a live action Ghost in the Shell adaptation all the way back in 2008, promising us big screen adventures where Major Matoko Kusanagi was a real live human being (or at least played by one). She would do all her sweet espionage and counter terrorism stuff in the frighteningly technological future while we watched in awe. Now it’s finally here and Scarlett Johansson is the Major. Some people are upset that an Asian actress isn’t filling the role, but in the wake of early trailers, it’s hard to deny that she looks the part. The rest of the film is directly inspired by the 1995 animated feature right down to fight choreography, but there are implications that this will be a more personal story focussing on the Major herself rather than the political and spiritual conflicts she becomes embroiled in in the original film, comic, and TV show. Nearly a decade coming, and looking well worth the wait. Anthony Agnello

Fate of the Furious 

Release date: April 14, 2017

Sick of the Fast and Furious movies yet? NO YOU’RE NOT, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Fate of the Furious - or Fast & Furious 8 in the UK - is hitting cinemas in 2017 so get ready for more fast cars, furious Vin Diesel, and… other stuff. This will be the first Fast and Furious movie (except for Tokyo Drift, obviously) without Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor and little is known about the story, other than the fact that it’s set in New York City. We do know that Charlize Theron has signed on as the movie’s villain though, not to mention that Helen Mirren has been confirmed as a new cast member too. Yes, Helen Mirren. Other returning cast members include Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, and, of course, Vin Diesel. Lauren O’Callaghan

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release date: April 28, 2017 (UK)/May 5, 2017 (US)

Do you like Pina Coladas? How about getting caught in the rain? If you’re not into health food, but are into champagne, then you probably know I’m quoting one of the most loved songs from the original Guardians. I’ll stop now, and tell you about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is due in theatres next April. Star-Lord is back, and this time he’s finding out about his true parentage, as well as battling an artificial being called Paragon. Or Her. Or Kismet. Or Ayesha. Look, it has loads of names. We know that most members of the original movie are returning, and that the film kicks off about 3 months after the climax of the first. There will be a new mixtape soundtrack, obviously, loads of baby Groot, and plenty of other Marvel comic cameos. Early teasers suggest it’s more of the same explosive, hilarious, space-adventuring. Good. Andy Hartup

Alien: Covenant

Release date: May 19, 2017

Do you yearn for an ethereal paradise? You’ll be thrilled to know that on a remote planet on the furthest side of the galaxy there’s all the stunning scenery you’ll ever need. Provided that you’re willing to share it with Ridley Scott’s deadly alien, of course. Directed by Scott himself, the events of the upcoming Alien: Covenant are set on this enchanting planet after the crew of the Covenant colony ship stumble upon it, but they soon discover that they’re not alone. Strolling amongst the flora is David (Michael Fassbender), a synthetic android who happens to be the survivor of the ill-fated Prometheus voyage. I’m betting that he’s got some ominous advice about the other lethal inhabitants of the planet, and judging by his morally dubious actions in Prometheus, he might hinder more than help the colonists. Zoe Delahunty-Light

Wonder Woman 

Release date: June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman is exciting for three reasons. Firstly and most simply, its titular character is finally getting a proper, big-screen adaptation, after decades of excuses and near-misses. Secondly, lead Gal Gadot was about the only ray of light in the mirthless dirge that is Batman v Superman, working with limited material to nevertheless create a Diana Prince as capable as she is downright likable. And thirdly, with its highly intriguing World War One setting - a scenario that will hopefully answer some big questions about the so far underused character, without leading into a thousand more deliberately oblique sequel teases - a great director in Patty Jenkins, helmer of the Oscar-winning Monster, and a (hopefully) good script co-written by DC’s Geoff Johns, Wonder Woman could actually be the first, genuinely decent film set in the new DC Extended Universe. Because God knows, we need one of those right now. David Houghton

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Release date: June 16, 2017 (UK) / October 6, 2017 (US)

Kingsman: The Secret Service was the surprise hit of 2014 and shot it’s lead actor Taron Egerton to fame almost overnight. A James Bond for the new age, it mixes sharp humour with standout action sequences and… well, it was always going to get a sequel. Well, that follow-up is on the way next year and will see Eggsy back in action as the newest Kingsman. After the events of the first movie, there’s plenty to discuss. Who’s the Kingsman’s new leader, now traitor Michael Caine’s Arthur is gone? Will Eggsy’s budding romance with follow Kingsman Roxy continue? How on earth did Colin Firth's Harry Hart survive that bullet to the head in the first movie?! What we do know is that Eggsy will be teaming up with Mark Strong’s Merlin as the pair travel the states to meet their US counterparts, and new cast members include Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Vinnie Jones. Impressive. Lauren O’Callaghan

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release date: July 7, 2017

Post-Marvel success there’s a lot to get excited about with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland is playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man and has already won fans over in Civil War. Then there’s Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man - set pictures suggest Spidey will be seeing him both in New York and the Avengers base so expect a film connected to the wider MCU. Most interestingly of all is former Batman Michael Keaton as the main villain, Vulture. That has to guarantee some amazing on-screen evil (seriously, watch Pacific Heights if you want to see Keaton go full evil). But the villains don't stop there: the gadget building Tinkerer will played by Orange is the New Black’s Michael Chernus, while Shocker is also around, strongly rumoured to be played Bokeem Woodbine. The only mystery so far is who exactly Zendaya is playing after she said she’s definitely not MJ. Leon Hurley

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release date: July 14, 2017

The original Planet of the Apes remains a cinema classic but its sequels got schlocky fast. It's been a pleasant surprise to watch the reboot series (not the Mark Wahlberg one) avoid the same pitfalls through Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and all signs point to the trend continuing with War for the Planet of the Apes. Humanity is nearly extinct after the events of the first two films and chimpanzee Caesar is struggling to retain control over his colony of intelligent apes. As the name suggests, War for the Planet of the Apes will set Caesar's group against a new detachment of militarized human survivors. Mankind has almost no chance of restoring its former dominance, but it might still be able to royally mess things up for the apes. Connor Sheridan

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Release date: July 21, 2017

As far as trailers go Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets wins the ‘holy hell I want that now’ award. Based on a French comic book that started in the ‘60s, it follows special agent Valerian and his partner Laureline, played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne respectively, as they’re sent to a massive space city called Alpha to investigate a threat to the human race. That’s about all the information we have right now, but we do know that their Commander is played by Clive Owen and that singer Rihanna has a role. Director Luc Besson seems to have crafted a spectacular vision of the future, which is fitting as the original book influenced big sci-fi movies like his own Fifth Element and Star Wars. Leon Hurley

The Dark Tower

Release date: July 28, 2017

Movies based on Stephen King novels are dicey propositions. Yes, The Mist, Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption are all totally sweet, but Frank Darabont isn’t always there to save the day. Sometimes you end up with The Shining and filmmaking is changed forever, other times you end up with Dreamcatcher… The Dark Tower saga is especially thorny, though. It’s an eight novel cycle about a bizarre fantasy world of cowboys who are also Arthurian-style knights. Not only does it crossover into our own real world and other King novels like Salem’s Lot, the author himself shows up as a crucial character. It is, in a word, unfilmable. While much is still unknown about this adaptation, starring Idris Elba as Roland the Gunslinger (the proper name for these knights), there have been hints that it’s not an adaptation at all. King’s statements and teases about the movie suggest it might be a sort of sequel to the books so those more esoteric aspects of the originals can be skipped entirely. Which is a good thing. Characters show up in book five dressed like Doctor Doom but with wolf heads and their primary weapons are lightsabers and snitches from Harry Potter. Literally. Anthony Agnello

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