hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Sequels
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2017's best movies. We continue with the best of 2018's sequels...
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Starring: Lily James, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård, Andy Garcia and Cher
Director: Ol Parker
Release Date: July 27th
The sequel to the all-conquering musical, which used many of ABBA’s biggest hits to power a love story, finally arrives in the summer.
The original movie told the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young woman who is about to be married when she discovers that any one of three men could be her father. Determined to find out she invited all three to the wedding without telling her mother.
The new movie will be both a prequel and a sequel to the original, with part of the story set in the present and part of the story set in the past. In it, we go back to find out how Sophie’s mother Donna came to be a single mother and how those men came into her life.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Starring: John Boyega, Rinko Kikuchi, Scott Eastwood and Charlie Day
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Release Date: March 23rd
Pacific Rim starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba and was set in the future where a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, in the midst of that a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon known as jaegers and try to save humanity.
For the sequel, Hunnam and Elba do not return, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' John Boyega instead playing a leading role. Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost in the new movie. Scott Eastwood also takes a key role, while Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman all return.
The next film is set 10 years after the events of the first film and in the years in between, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defence force in human history. But, when the Kaiju threat returns, a whole new generation are asked to step up and fight.
Johnny English 3
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko
Director: David Kerr
Release Date: October 12th
Everyone’s favourite accident-prone but good-hearted MI7 agent will return for a third run in 2018.
Rowan Atkinson returns to star with Ben Miller confirmed to reprise his role as Angus Bough. They’ll be joined by a bonafide girl too, in the shape of Olga Kurylenko.
Director: Ari Sandel
Release Date: October 19th
The new take on the classic teenage horror stories was a big hit in 2015 with over $150 million in box office receipts, ensuring a sequel was swiftly ordered.
Who will star in the flick is more of a mystery. Reports are that there are two scripts for the sequel, one which features Jack Black’s R. L. Stine in a key role and one which does not feature him at all, producers have yet to decide on which one is a goer.
What is confirmed is Ari Sandel, director of The DUFF, who will take charge of the sequel.
The Equalizer 2
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Release Date: August 24th
Denzel Washington’s big-screen reboot of the action-packed TV series took a hearty $193 million in 2014 and we’ll get a second helping in 2018.
Washington returns to play Robert McCall, a retired CIA black ops operative who lives quietly in Boston, Massachusetts, only to be dragged out of retirement again and away from his life of solitude.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren
Director: Steven Caple Jr
Release Date: November 21st
Michael B. Jordan was a risky choice to lead the reboot of the Rocky franchise when he got the call to play Adonis Creed, but $174 million at the box office and an Oscar nomination for Sylvester Stallone have convinced all the doubters.
Originally it looked like Stallone would direct himself, but he’s now stepped aside for newcomer Steven Caple Jr.
In the new instalment, it looks like we’re building to a clash between Adonis Creed and Ivan Drago Jr. Dolph Lundgren, who played Drago Sr, is confirmed to return while the search is underway for an actor to play his son.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito and Patricia Clarkson
Director: Wes Ball
Release Date: January 26th
In this movie, which follows The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, we find Dylan O'Brien's Thomas tasked with leading his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet.
To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
Sicario 2: Soldado
Starring: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Keener
Director: Stefano Sollima
Release Date: June 29th
The follow-up to hugely acclaimed action drama Sicario arrives this summer.
Set a few years after Sicario, we find Josh Brolin's Matt and Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro still engulfed in the border war, facing cartels that are more powerful than ever.
The pair return to the US-Mexico border to hunt down Carlos Reyes, a cartel king now trafficking terrorists. What initially feels like a hit job quickly reveals itself as an elaborate CIA shadow war.
Taylor Sheridan once again provides the script.
The Purge: The Island
Starring: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Maria Rivera and Christian Robinson
Director: James DeMonaco
Release Date: TBC
After completing his trilogy, this time writer/director James DeMonaco takes us back in time, with a prequel that tells us exactly how The Purge, the day that all crime is legal, came into being.
Insidious: The Last Key
Starring: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart and Caitlin Gerard
Director: Adam Robitel
Release Date: January 5th
In the fourth instalment of the hit horror franchise, this time we follow Elise Rainier as goes on to investigate the recent supernatural disturbances occurring in a family's home in New Mexico, a house in which she used to live in her youth, diving her deeper into The Further...