This really needs no introduction now. If you’ve been with me so far, then you’ll know what this utterly pointless, but marvellously enjoyable series of posts is all about. And so, let us continue with the penultimate round of films to look forward to, that are coming our way in the year that is 2015:
It feels like an eternity since we’ve seen anything really decent from Will Smith (Any After Earth defenders can go away now). Hopefully, the former Fresh Prince can get back in his groove with the latest from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Philip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love). Smith plays a veteran grifter who takes a young, beautiful woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved. Margot Robbie is the beautiful young woman, as evidenced by being young and beautiful. The first trailer promised something smart and stylish, and hopefully this will be the movie that reminds the world of why Will Smith is one of the biggest stars on the planet.
42. The Walk
Man On Wire is without a doubt, one of the best documentaries of the last twenty years. An inspiring true story, with a wonderfully eccentric subject in Philippe Petit, the film was a remarkable story of daring do in the pursuit of artistic fulfilment. It was only a matter of time before a narrative version of Petit’s famous high wire walk across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York made it to the screen. Robert Zemeckis is directing this one, with Joseph Gordon Levitt stepping into Petit’s shoes. Expect inspiration and just a little bit of crazy.
43. Our Kind Of Traitor
John Le Carre have always made great source material for filmmakers. A Most Wanted Man was well received when it was released a few months ago and next year sees the release of another Le Carre adaptation. Directed by Susanna White, Traitor tells the story of a couple who find themselves lured into a Russian Oligarch’s plans to defect but are soon positioned between the Russian mob and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Like other Le Carre adaptations, this has a stellar cast, including Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris and Damian Lewis. So expect plenty of secrets, double crossings and a whole lot “How do I know if I can trust you” talk.
44. Hail, Caesar!
There’s always a fevered anticipation whenever another Coen Brothers movie comes out, and Hail Caesar! is no exception. Unlike their last contemplative, existential Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail Caesar sounds like one of the Coens out and out screwball comedy. George Clooney returns to the Coens fold playing Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer in 1950s Hollywood working to keep the studio’s big stars in line. Once again, the Coens have assembled an incredible roster for their latest. Joining Clooney are Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin and Tilda Swinton.
45. The Man From U.N.C.L.E
Before he tackles King Arthur, director Guy Ritchie is set to bring us, what will surely be a slow-mo fuelled action packed, adaptation of cult 60s spy TV show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Current Superman, Henry Cavill steps into the shoes of Napoleon Solo, spy extraordinaire who teams up with Armie Hammer’s KGB operative to prevent a mysterious criminal organisation from working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Hugh Grant is on villain duties. With Ritchie bringing his brash, action heavy style so successfully to the world of Sherlock Holmes, there’s high hopes for what he can bring to update the classic TV show.
46. Fast and Furious 7
After much rewriting and assistance from Paul Walker’s brothers, James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7 will finally be hitting screens next summer. With plans to “retire” Walker’s character from the series, expect this entry to be a far more sombre affair than previous entrants, but with no less cars going vroooooom, things going boom, and ridiculous vehicular warfare galore.
47. By The Sea
It seems that Angelina Jolie has got a taste for this directing lark, with Unbroken set to be a serious awards contender later this year. Thus, it was only a matter of time before she teamed up with her husband, for this tale of a couple in 1970s France, whose marriage is slowly beginning to unravel. Just don’t go in expecting Mr and Mrs Smith 2.
Another year, and yet another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s most famous work. Only this time, Paul McGuigan’s films asserts that it will be Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor, that will take centre stage, with the story of a mad scientist creating life, told from the perspective of his hunchbacked assistant. Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, and look set to continue his trend of choosing interesting and diverse roles in his post Harry Potter career. With a script by Max Landis and with James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein, here’s hoping that Radcliffe’s choices of diverse and interesting roles continues.
49. The Jungle Book
Within the next two years, we’ll be getting not one but two, yes two, Jungle Book movies. The first adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved work, is brought to us by director Jon Favreau. Judging by the cast and Favreau’s past forays into comic book land, it seems that his version could be more of a family affair. Bill Murray is providing the voice of Baloo, while Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kinglsey are also on hand to lend their vocal talents to the live action/CG hybrid.
50. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Phase 2 of Marvel’s master plan to conquer the world, culminates in arguable one of the biggest movies of next year. Yes, our titular heroes are teaming up once again to take on James Spader’s malevolent artificial intelligence Ultron, and are joined by Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Reaction from the film’s first footage at Comic-Con this past summer illicit much excitement around those lucky enough to see it. Expect explosions, great wit and explosive action. Trust me kids, this one’s gonna be big.