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Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2022's best movies. We continue today and onto the sequels...


Creed III

Starring: Michael B. Jordan

Director: Michael B. Jordan

Release date: November 25th

Beginning its life as a spinoff from the much-loved Rocky films starring Sylvester Stallone, the first two instalments in the Creed story have been as much about passing the baton to the next generation as they have about the rise of Adonis Creed himself, but with the news that Stallone will not be returning for Creed III and star Michael B. Jordan now also seated in the director’s chair, Creed is set to transition further into a fully-fledged franchise of its own – the next chapter of which arrives in 2022.

Returning cast members confirmed to appear alongside Jordan in Creed III include Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson, but as yet there are few details on the film’s plot, although we do know that Zach Baylin and Keenan Coogler will be writing the script. There’s a release date too, with a UK debut set for November 25 2022.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Starring: Jim Carey, James Marsden, Idris Elba

Director: Jeff Fowler

Release date: April 1st

The first trailer for 2020’s CGI-animated adventure Sonic the Hedgehog drew attention for all the wrong reasons thanks to its initial (and slightly creepy) design for SEGA’s ever-popular erinaceid, but after sending the designers back to the drawing board Jeff Fowler enjoyed a box office hit with his light-hearted big-screen adaptation, with news of a sequel following shortly afterwards.

Ben Schwartz returns as the voice of Sonic for the sequel, as do James Marsden and Jim Carey in their live-action roles, while new additions to the voice cast this time round include Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Sonic’s sidekick Tails and Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles. Facing off against his nemesis Doctor Robotnik once again in search of a valuable and powerful emerald, Sonic returns to UK cinemas on April 1.


Legally Blonde 3

Starring: Reese Witherspoon

Director: Jamie Suk

Release date: TBC

Almost 20 years on from her second outing as fashion student turned lawyer Elle Woods in comedy sequel Legally Blonde 2, Reese Witherspoon is set to reprise the role for a third time with Legally Blonde 3 originally set to arrive in Spring, although a delayed release date is yet to be confirmed. Announced in 2018, the script for the third film is being written by Mindy Kaling, although there are no plot details available as yet.

There are some casting details though, with Jennifer Coolidge, Alanna Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel all attached to the film, with Jamie Suk set to make his feature-length directorial debut. Will it arrive in 2022? Hard to say, but it could be late in the year before we cast eyes on a third film in the Legally Blonde series.


Downton Abbey 2: A New Era

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith

Director: Simon Curtis

Release date: March 18th

One of ITV’s most successful exports, having drawn a huge international audience as well as a loyal domestic fanbase, Julian Fellowes’ popular historical drama made the transition to the big screen in 2019 and the inevitable sequel is set to arrive in cinemas in Spring, and while we don’t know too much about the plot just yet, the first trailer hints towards at least part of the action taking place in the south of France.

Due to be released on March 18, the next chapter in the Downton story will see all the cast members return – including Maggie Smith – as well as new additions including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Dominic West.


Fisherman’s Friends: One and All

Starring: James Purefoy, David Hayman

Director: Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft

Release date: April 29th

After the success of the 2019 film Fisherman’s Friends, based on the true story of a group of Cornish fishermen whose a cappella sea shanties saw them become the unlikely recipients of a record deal with Universal Music, a follow-up went into production early in 2021 and is due to make its arrival in cinemas at some point in 2022 (although a release date has yet to be revealed).

This time the film follows their struggles with sudden fame and the bumpy road to their Pyramid Stage performance at Glastonbury, with James Purefoy, David Hayman, Dave Johns and Maggie Stead all returning to reprise their roles. Daniel Mays won’t be returning for the sequel, but there are some new additions to the cast this time around, including Ramon Tikaram, Jade Anouka, and Irish singer Imelda May.

The Souvenir: Part 2

Starring: Honor Swinton Byrne, Richard Ayoade, Tilda Swinton

Director: Joanna Hogg

Release date: January 1st

Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical tale of first love gets another chapter in 2022, with The Souvenir: Part II set to arrive in cinemas at the beginning of the year. Honor Swinton Byrne, Richard Ayoade, Tilda Swinton and Ariane Labed are all set to return, with new additions to the cast including Joe Alwyn and Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton.

Continuing the coming-of-age story featured in The Souvenir, the sequel picks up with young filmmaker Julie channelling the aftermath of her relationship with Anthony into her graduation film. The film premiered at Cannes in October and will arrive in UK cinemas on January 1.


Jackass Forever

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Release date: February 4th

Johnny Knoxville and co. return in 2022 with yet more stunts, pranks and general hijinks in the next instalment in the long-running series of big-screen adventures, spun off from their hit MTV show, Jackass.

Due to hit UK cinema screens in February, Jackass Forever features the usual motley crew including Steve-O, Wee Man and Danger Ehren, along with a list of celebrity guests that includes former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, skateboarding legend Tony Hawks, Machine Gun Kelly and Tyler, the Creator, among many others. It’s bound to be chaos, and it’s bound to be fun.


Sing 2

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton

Director: Garth Jennings

Release date: January 28th

Garth Jennings will be back in 2022 with a direct follow-up to his 2016 animated jukebox musical Sing, which sees koala Buster Moon preparing performers at his new theatre for stage extravaganza, but he’ll need to tempt a reclusive rock star out of retirement if he’s going to make the show a success.

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson all return to the fray for the sequel, with new additions to the cast this time including Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams and U2 frontman Bono. Debuting in US cinemas in December 2021, UK audiences will have a little longer to wait but will be able to watch Sing 2 in cinemas from January 28.


White Bird: A Wonder Story

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren

Director: Marc Foster

Release date: September 2022

Pitched as ‘companion piece’ rather than a direct sequel to 2017 coming-of-age drama Wonder, White Bird: A Wonder Story sees director Marc Foster pick up the baton from Stephen Chobsky with a new story based on the book of the same name by R. J. Palacio.

The film also features a brand new cast led by Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren and is set to make its arrival in UK cinemas in September 2022.


The Railway Children Return

Starring: Jenny Agutter

Director: Morgan Matthews

Release date: April 1st

As long waits for sequels go, they don’t come much longer than the 41 years that have elapsed since Jenny Agutter starred in The Railway Children, a 1970 adaptation of E. Nesbitt’s novel of the same name. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Agutter is the only returning cast member from the original film, appearing alongside a cast that includes Tom Courtenay and Sheridan Smith.

Based around the evacuation of children from cities into the countryside during the second world war, Morgan Matthews directs the new chapter, with a script provided by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst. Railway Children Return is due to make its cinematic debut on April 1.

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