Hollywood may still be rejoicing at Oscars, but there is much to be expected of the cinema this year, especially in the area of blockbusters that, judging by the number of audiences that cram the halls, seem to be always the most profitable. Below are some of the great achievements that will monopolise screens in this 2017 just beginning.
John Wick 2: A New Day to Kill
Keanu Reeves returns as the vindictive hitman John Wick in the continuation of this unexpected success of 2014. Now the intention is to delve into the past of the character and its two facets: the man and the legendary killer. Keanu Reeves is joined by Laurence Fishburne, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo and others in this second part, which, like the first, directed Chad Stahelski.
Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson from “Harry Potter” gives life to the beautiful and studious Belle in musical adaptation with real actors from the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”. Its director, Bill Condon, promises more allusions to the animated feature of Disney as to the classic in black and white of Jean Cocteau. Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” will be the Beast alongside a cast that includes Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Fast and Furious 8
One the most anticipated 2017 movies will be the Furious 8, the series adds prestigious names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, in a story that will travel from the coast of Cuba to the streets of New York and the frozen Sea of Barents, to catch an Anarchist who tries to unleash chaos in the world. Vin Diesel is still Dominic Toretto but now betrayed by a mysterious woman who wants to return him to the world of crime.
Ridley Scott will resume his success this year among other anticipated 2017 movies, but with a twist. Scott directs the sixth instalment of the “Alien” universe with “Alien: Covenant” on a team that travels to a remote part of the galaxy in search of paradise but finds something much more frightening. Katherine Waterston acts with Michael Fassbender.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The fifth instalment of the hit saga reinstates Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow who, in pursuit of the powerful Trident of Poseidon, is pursued by an old enemy: Captain Salazar who embodies Javier Bardem. Former Beatle Paul McCartney now joins the cast in a special turnout, as did The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Guardians of Galaxy 2
Our heroes are back in charge, now in the new sound context of “Awesome Mixtape # 2” (a dazzling compilation of musical themes), while trying to unravel the mystery of their true lineages. Kurt Russell, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki and Michael Rooker are added as supporting cast in this sequel, which is re-directed by James Gunn.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
As for “Blade Runner 2049”, Scott only produces; The director of “Arrival” and “Sicario” Denis Villeneuve is in charge of this sequel, which takes place 30 years after the original film. Ryan Gosling plays a Los Angeles cop who needs to find Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford.
THE WONDER WOMAN
Given the insanity that it took until 2017 that one of the most popular characters in comic books had its own film, this seems to have the potential to define this new era of adaptations of DC Comics. “Wonder Woman” features a promising team led by “Monster” director Patty Jenkins and Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who wields the emblematic tie in this original story set in World War I.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII
At the rate of a new Star Wars movie per year in the near future, it is hard to imagine that the excitement generated by “The Force Awakens” can be maintained, but “Episode VIII” has merits that they go beyond nostalgia for that very distant galaxy. It is simply a Rian Johnson movie, the mind behind “Looper” and “Brick,” who is shaping the story for the two final films of the main trilogy (he is writing Episode IX, yielding the director’s responsibilities to Colin Trevorrow). The film also features, bittersweetly, one of the latest performances by Carrie Fisher in her most iconic role.