Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a phenomenal success when it was released in 2015, taking over $2 billion at the box office. Planned as the first in a brand new Star Wars anthology series, Rogue One looks set to be just as big a success. The cast includes Felicity Jones as lead Jyn Erso, while Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker also co-star. It’ll certainly tide us over until Episode VIII hits cinemas next December, anyway…
Release date: December 15
So a sci-fi romance set on a spaceship might not sound too promising, but what if we told you it stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence? Exactly. Passengers is the story of Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) – two people cryogenically frozen to be transported to another planet. However, when the pair wake up 90 years earlier than planned, they find themselves in a whole lot of danger. And plenty of romance.
Release date: December 21
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston stars alongside James Franco in this madcap movie about an internet billionaire Laird Mayhew (Franco) who begins dating Ned’s (Cranston) daughter, Stephanie (Zoey Deutch). Brash, outlandish and free of inhibitions, Laird is “as strange as they come” according to Ned. But unfortunately for Ned, he’s planning to ask Stephanie to marry him at Christmas. Can Laird eventually win him over?
Release date: December 26
Pulling together a mammoth ensemble cast of Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Helen Mirren, Collateral Beauty revolves around the three things that connect us all: love, time and death. Everyone around Howard (Smith) begins to worry when he writes letters to all three facets of life – but what he doesn’t expect is real, personal responses from all of them.
Release date: December 30
A Monster Calls
Moving and poignant, fantasy A Monster Calls is based on the book of the same name written by Patrick Ness – the writer and director of BBC Three’s Doctor Who spin-off, Class. It tells the story of a young boy called Conor whose mother is terminally ill. Bullied at school, Conor is struggling to come to terms with his life when a monster in the form of a giant yew tree with the voice of Liam Neeson comes along and lends a hand (or should that be a branch?). Life-affirming stuff.
Release date: January 1
The video game might be a worldwide phenomenon, but can the movie have the same success? It’s planned to be the first of a trilogy and stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Irons. The plot centers around a Spanish assassin from the 15th century and his descendant in the present day, Callum Lynch (Fassbender). Pure escapism and the perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues.
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