2016 has already been an absolute cracker of a year for movies. From massive superhero blockbusters to action-packed sci-fi adventures, we’ve had some amazing big-screen romps; but things are only getting warmed up.
We take a look at 5 movies we’re still dying to see in 2016:
Release date: July 2016
America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years, but thankfully his next role, Jason Bourne, is a more self-reliant sort. The fifth Bourne movie picks up 12 years after we last saw the amnesiac super-spy in The Bourne Ultimatum, when Jason Bourne begins to remember his dark past and seek to finish his tale of revenge once and for all.
The film reunites Damon with Julia Stiles, who played female lead Nicky Parsons in the three previous Bourne-centric adventures. (Like Damon, she sat out the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, which Jeremy Renner starred in.) New characters will include Alicia Vikander as a cyberspecialist, Tommy Lee Jones as a tough CIA agent, and Vincent Cassel as a villain. The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass returns to the helm.
Star Trek: Beyond
Release date: July 2016
Fast and Furious 5 and 6 director Justin Lin takes over the directing responsibilities of the Star Trek franchise while JJ Abrams focuses on the Star Wars: Episode VIII, and the next instalment in the rebooted series is looking pretty damn good. Star Trek: Beyond sees the USS Enterprise crew attacked by an unknown alien force and marooned on a hostile planet. Chris Pine, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana return, with Idris Elba joining the cast as a mysterious new villain.
While the first half of 2016 has appraised the good guys of the superhero world, Warner Bros are moving in a slightly different direction, throwing together the most infamous DC villains for David Ayer’s take on the Suicide Squad. The film follows the likes of The Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje) who are forced to carry out dirty work for the government. Even Ben Affleck’s Batman character from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to make an appearance, adding another arc to the bigger DC cinematic universe set to unfold over the next couple years.
Release date: September 2016
The Woods is touted as one of the scariest movies ever made, and based on the trailer alone, it could very well live up to that claim. The story involves a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone in the woods. The Woods is the latest film from filmmaking duo, director Adam Wingard, and screenwriter Simon Barrett, of the outstanding films The Guest, You’re Next and A Horrible Way to Die previously; as well as segments for V/H/S 1 and 2, and The ABCs of Death.
Release date: December 2016
Yeah – we know what you’re thinking: “another video game movie adaptation doomed to fail”. Yes, Assassin’s Creed may initially appear to be another game-to-screen project looking dubious, but things are different this time. Ubisoft themselves are overseeing the film, along with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons lending their talents to the movie. Assassin’s Creed could be the film to change the perceptions about video game movies to come.
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