hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Blockbusters
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. Today is the finale, the big one, it's the blockbusters...
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo and Paul Bettany
Director: Ron Howard
Release Date: May 25th
The second Star Wars spin-off, which focuses on young Han Solo, arrives in May, and, much like its predecessor Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it arrives on the back of a troubled production.
The movie started life with 22 Jump Street men Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing, but after producers were unhappy with the tone they were taking with the origin story for young Han Solo, they were dispatched and Ron Howard was brought in.
Alden Ehrenreich, star of Hail, Caesar and Beautiful Creatures is to play young Han Solo in the much-anticipated new Star Wars spin-off, with Donald Glover, best known for his roles in Community and The Martian, taking the role of young Lando Calrissian, while Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge also have key roles in the spin-off.
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but we do know that the plan is a space Western, focusing on Solo’s days as a smuggler before he joined the fight for the galaxy.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall.
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Release Date: June 22nd
Any nerves Universal Pictures might have had about the reboot of Jurassic Park in 2014 quickly disappeared when Jurassic World collected a box office gross of over $1.5 billion at the box office, $500 million more than its iconic originator.
For the sequel, director Colin Trevorrow hands over to The Impossible’s Juan Antonio Bayona but has stuck around to provide the script.
Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star in the sequel with Rafe Spall, Toby Jones and James Cromwell among the new actors joining the cast.
In the sequel, we find ourselves four years later after the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar, where the dinosaurs now roam freely.
But, when a volcanic eruption threatens their existence. Howard’s Claire Dearing, the former park manager, has now founded the Dinosaur Protection Group, an organization dedicated to saving the dinosaurs. She recruits Pratt’s Owen Grady to help her rescue the remaining dinosaurs from the island.
Fifty Shades Freed
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Brant Daugherty, Luke Grimes and Rita Ora
Director: James Foley
Release Date: February 9th
The final part of the trilogy that began with Fifty Shades Of Grey and was followed earlier this year with Fifty Shades Darker will conclude with Fifty Shades Freed.
In the new movie, we pick up after the events of Fifty Shades Darker with Christian and Ana now married and expecting a baby. However, Ana's life is threatened when her former boss, Jack Hyde, swears revenge for being fired, while Elena, Christian's former lover, is also back to cause more trouble.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return to star with Kim Basinger, Eric Johnson, Max Martini, Brant Daugherty, Arielle Kebbel, Fay Masterson, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora and Marcia Gay Harden co-starring.
Mission: Impossible 6
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Release Date: July 27th
The success of 2015’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation proved there was plenty of life in the franchise yet and in the summer we’ll return for a sixth helping.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but there are significant new castings. Henry Cavill joins and will play a character named Reville Smites, a right-hand man to Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, while The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby also joins the cast.
Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Michelle Monaghan all return to reprise their roles, while Sean Harris, the villain of Rogue Nation, is also back again for the sixth movie.
Despite production being halted for nine weeks after Tom Cruise suffered a painful ankle injury during filming in London, the film remains on track for its summer release date.
Mary Poppins Returns
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury
Director: Rob Marshall
Release Date: December 21st
It’s been 54 years since we first met Mary Poppins, but she’ll be back to visit us again in 2018!
Emily Blunt takes over from Julie Andrews in the titular role with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Jack, an apprentice to Dick Van Dyke's Bert from the original movie, and a supporting cast that also includes Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury
Set once again in London, for the sequel, we find ourselves in the 1930s, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John, and Georgie, and the housekeeper named Ellen.
After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family and brings her magic with her…
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Nick Frost and Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Roar Uthaug
Release Date: March 16th
After years of speculation over who would take the role of action-adventurer Lara Croft, it was finally confirmed in April 2016 that Oscar winner Alicia Vikander had bagged the role and in 2018 we’ll finally get to see her in action.
Vikander stars as Croft with The Wire's Dominic West in the role of her father, archaeologist Lord Richard Croft, the Earl of Abingdon, in the new reboot, which also stars Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu.
The film has been directed by Roar Uthuag, the director of the Norwegian disaster drama The Wave.
The reboot finds Croft aged 21 and working as a bike courier in East London and refusing to take the reins of her father's global empire. But, still haunted by his disappearance, she then leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan...
Ready Player One
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance
Director: Steven Spielberg
Release Date: March 30th
Steven Spielberg has two horses in 2018’s race, with tense drama The Post and huge YA blockbuster Ready Player One.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and T. J. Miller, the movie, which is based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, sees Spielberg working from a script from Zak Penn.
Ready Player One is set in the near future and is focused on a young outcast named Wade Watts. Watts, like most kids of his age, spends a lot of time playing and talking to friends in a massively multiplayer online game called 'The Oasis'.
But, when the game's billionaire founder James Halliday dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in an Easter egg hunt within The Oasis, leading Watts to try and get in on the action, only to find himself facing some terrifying competition.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Zoë Kravitz
Director: David Yates
Release Date: November 16th
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off enjoyed a very successful bow in 2016 with box office takings in excess of $800 million and a sequel was swiftly ordered.
Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston return to star, with Jude Law joining the cast for the sequel as a young Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp taking a key role as villain Gellert Grindelwald.
At the end of the first film, we left with the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald being captured Magical Congress of the United States of America with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help take him down.
A Wrinkle In Time
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine
Director: Ava DuVernay
Release Date: March 23rd
Ava DuVernay goes fantastical with this new Disney live-action epic, which arrives in the Spring.
DuVernay directs an all-star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine.
The film is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 novel of the same name and follows Meg, a young girl whose scientist father disappears and is tasked by three peculiar beings to find him again with help from her brother and friend.
Starring: Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander and Aidan Gillen.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Release Date: December 28th
Talk of a Queen biopic has been about for more than a decade. Stars and directors have come and gone, but things finally looked set to roll in the latter half of 2017, with director Bryan Singer at the helm and Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek locked in to play Freddie Mercury.
However, much like the film’s development, filming has proved to be just as troubling. Rumours of an unhappy set quickly circulated as production carried on, eventually leading to Singer’s removal from the film and Sunshine On Leith/Eddie The Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher being hired to replace him.
Production will resume in the New Year and studio sources are hopeful of finishing the film without too many hitches.
Starring alongside Malek are X-Men: Apocalypse star Ben Hardy, The Social Network's Joe Mazzello and Jamestown's Gwilym Lee. Hardy will play drummer Roger Taylor, Mazello is bassist John Deacon and Lee portraying big-haired axeman Brian May.
With the whole Queen back catalogue available for use and a large-scale scene around the band's 1985 performance at Live Aid planned to be one of the movie's centrepieces, the film should still be an entertaining watch.