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hmv.com previews... 2020's Best Movies - Blockbusters
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hmv.com previews... 2020's Best Movies - Blockbusters

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. We finish today and it's the blockbusters...

 

No Time To Die

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Release Date: April 2nd

 

It’s been hit by delays, injuries and changes in key positions, but we’re very much on the countdown to 007’s 25th adventure now.

Bond's new movie, which will see Daniel Craig take the mantle for the last time, picks up five years after the events of Spectre, which ended with the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

007 has retired and left active service. While enjoying the quiet life, he is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for a missing scientist.

When it becomes apparent that the scientist was abducted, Bond must confront a danger which shakes him to his very core…

Cary Joji Fukunaga, who worked on True Detective, is in the director’s chair, with a script that has Scott Z.Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge named as writers along with Fukunaga and long-time 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis.

 


Tenet

Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: July 17th

 

Every Christopher Nolan movie is an event and his new adventure Tenet will be no different.

Plot details are scarce for the film, but it is billed by Nolan as "an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage".

Judging by the first trailer, we'll also have time travel to contend with too.

The movie is Nolan's follow-up to Dunkirk, which grossed over $520 million at the box office and took home three Oscars.

 


Jungle Cruise

Starring: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Release Date: July 24th

 

After their great success with Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney bring another theme park ride to life with this new movie, which is set during the early part of the 20th century.

We follow Johnson's riverboat captain Frank, who takes Blunt's Lily Houghton, a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers.

All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.

 


Top Gun: Maverick

Starring: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Release Date: July 17th

 

It’s been talked about for decades, but in 2020, it’s finally here, a sequel to Top Gun.

Top Gun was released in 1986 and starred Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis and told the story of a group of students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school, who compete to be best in the class.

Joseph Kosinski, best known for directing Tron: Legacy, takes charge of the sequel, which sees Cruise and Kilmer return, with Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell
and Ed Harris joining the cast.

The film takes place 34 years after the events of the original and pits Cruise's gifted, but cocky Peter "Maverick" Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, son of his one-time best friend Goose, who seeks to become an aviator much as his father was.

 


Fast & Furious 9

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cardi B, John Cena, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, Vinnie Bennett

Director: Justin Lin

Release Date: May 22nd

 

The box-office juggernaut returns for a ninth ride in 2020.

Most of the series regulars are back, but there will be no Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham this time, after they went off on their own adventures with Hobbs and Shaw.

Plot details are under wraps, but director Justin Lin, who made four previous instalments, is back. He’s also confirmed to take charge of a 10th.

Regular writer Chris Morgan has been working with Statham and Johnson on Hobbs and Shaw, so Daniel Casey this time provides the script.

 


Mulan

Starring: Crystal Liu, Yoson An, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li, Jet Li, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei

Director: Niki Caro

Release Date: March 27th

 

After 2019 brought Dumbo and Aladdin from Disney’s live-action remakes, 2020 brings Mulan, which was released in animated form in 1998.

Mulan tells the story of a young woman, who is forced to disguise herself and join the Chinse army to save her weakened and lame father from certain death. After struggling, she then goes on to become one of China's greatest heroines.

The movie stars actress Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, while Yoson An, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li, Jet Li, Rosalind Chao and Cheng Pei-Pei co-star.

Mulan, which has been recently rewritten by Jurassic World scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Niki Caro, director of indie hit Whale Rider and drama The Zookeeper's Wife, is behind the camera.

 

West Side Story

Starring: Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, Ariana DeBose, Brian d'Arcy James

Director: Steven Spielberg

Release Date: December 18th

 

Almost 60 years after it was first brought to the big screen, Steven Spielberg is bringing a fresh look at West Side Story to cinemas, just in time for next Christmas.

West Side Story is a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet, set against the backdrop of a changing and simmering New York City as two gangs, a white gang called the Jets and a Puerto Rican gang called the Sharks, fight for their place in the streets.

In amongst all that, two lovers, white Tony and Latina Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader, dream of running away and getting married.

It was originally made into a movie in 1961, with Natalie Wood, George Chakris and Rita Moreno starring.

In Spielberg's new take, Ansel Elgort will play Tony, with newcomer Rachel Zegler playing Maria.

Moreno is returning to the cast, with Corey Stoll, Ariana DeBose and Brian d'Arcy James also in key roles.

Spielberg will work from a script from Angels In America writer Tony Kushner, who has adapted Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's original.

 

Dolittle

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Jessie Buckley, Jim Broadbent, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Release Date: February 7th

 

Robert Downey Jr. brings Doctor Dolittle back to cinemas in a more faithful and considered take than Eddie Murphy’s zany persona.

Based on the second of author Hugh Lofting's books featuring the talented doctor John Dolittle, who is able to communicate with animals, the film is set to feature a mixture of live-action and animation.

Downey Jr. takes on the role of the film's titular protagonist alongside a live-action cast that includes Jessie Buckley, Jim Broadbent, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen.

Fiennes, Thompson, Cotillard, Holland, Malek, Robinson, Nanjiani, Spencer and wrestler-turned-actor John Cena are among the film's voice cast.

Gold and Syriana director Stephen Gaghan is directing and has provided the script.

In this new take, we meet Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, after he has hidden himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor following the death of his wife.

But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure...

 


Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Starring: Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts

Director: Jason Reitman

Release Date: July 10th

 

After the long-awaited Ghostbusters reboot didn’t prove to be a success, Sony have turned to Ghostbusters royalty for this new movie, which acts as a direct sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.

It follows a single mother and her two children who move to Summerville, Oklahoma after inheriting property from a previously unknown relative.

When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family's link to the original Ghostbusters.

The film stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original two films.

Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two movies, is on directing duty. He has written the script with Gil Kenan.

The film will not include any reference to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon.

 


Godzilla Vs. Kong

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Zhang Ziyi, Demián Bichir

Director: Adam Wingard

Release Date: November 21st

 

Two of cinema’s most notorious monsters clash in this heavyweight blockbuster.

The film will serve as both a sequel to Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.

Adam Wingard will direct, working from a script from Terry Rossio.

Plot details are scarce, but we know the pair are on a collision course and the fallout is going to be terrible...

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