Itinerary means “a planned route or journey”, and it looks like we’re in for one hell of a ride this year. Since 2014 or so every year has been getting more and more jam packed with cinematic-goodness. But nothing quite compares to the monster that seems to be 2017. We may be 4 months into 2017, but we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s in store.
With 8 comic book movies, 1 Star Wars movie, 3 Disney movies (not counting Marvel or Star Wars), sequels to classic 70s and 80s films, and much, much more. You’d better hope you’ve been saving up because when you see what’s coming, it’s going to be impossible for you to not take a fancy to at least ONE of these films.
Without further ado, prepare for jump to hyperspace, because here is the lineup of the biggest movies of 2017! This is it, don’t get scared now.
The Mummy (2017)
⁃ June 9th
Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our present day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comorehension. The multi-talented Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service/Star Trek: Beyond) plays the ancient Princess Ahmenet, alongside Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll and Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword). The Mummy (2017) is the first in Universal’s “Monsters Universe”. Much like Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros’ DC Cinematic Universe or Fox’s
X-Men Universe, it was only a matter of time before UNIVERSAL created a shared UNIVERSE of their own.
See The Mummy (2017) in cinemas June 9th!
⁃ June 16th
The third Cars movie drifts into cinemas this summer. But honestly, did anyone actually want a Cars 3? Cars is the only Disney Pixar series to have 3 installments besides Toy Story. (And we are still waiting for an Incredibles sequel! (Coming next year)). Brian Fee makes his directorial debut on Cars 3, after having worked in the art department on other Disney films such as Little Mermaid 2, Mulan 2, Tarzan 2, Ratatouille, WALL-E and the original Cars (2006). Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, with Tony Shalhoub as Luigi and of course Larry The Cable Guy as Mater. This time they’re joined by Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Kerry Washington (Django: Unchained), Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper By The Dozen), Chris Cooper (The Bourne Identity), and Cristela Alonzo (Cristela). Not much has been revealed about the plot other than McQueen has become old and out modeled on the track by younger racers (Armie Hammer), McQueen must seek help from a young technician (Cristela Alonzo) to get back in the game. (Rocky Balboa anyone?). Who knows, maybe the third installment of the Cars franchise could shock us all.
Go see Cars 3 in cinemas June 16th!
⁃ June 16th
This female-lead ensemble comedy appears to have come out of nowhere. On the surface it appears as though Scarlett Johansson hasn’t appeared in a single comedy, but she’s starred in such films and TV shows as Sing, Hail Caesar, SNL, Robot Chicken, We Bought a Zoo and Chef. In this film, she is also surrounded by some of Hollywood’s funniest actresses; Kate McKinnon (SNL), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class). Five best friends from college reunite after 10 years for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re brought closer together. Also starring Demi Moore (Ghost), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Dean Winters (John Wick) and Karan Soni (Deadpool).
Go see Rough Night in cinemas June 16th!
The Book Of Henry
⁃ June 16th
The Book of Henry is a film by director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode IX), starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts (King Kong). Sometimes things are not always as they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single mother Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It-Ralph)). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay (Room)) is a playful 8 year old. Taking care of everyone is Henry (Jaeden Lieberher (IT 2017)). Protector to his adoring young brother and tireless often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which Includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler (Sia music videos)), has a dangerous secret. As Henry brainstorms plans to rescue Christina, Susan finds herself in the middle of it. Thriller. Also starring Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit).
Go see The Book Of Henry in cinemas June 16th!
Transformers: The Last Knight
⁃ June 23rd
The first Transformers film in Michael Bay’s series is 10 years old this year, if you can believe it. And here we are 10 years later and Michael Bay is still in the director’s chair yelling “and BOOM, explosions here and explosions over there!”. The franchise may be getting progressively worse, but they are a lot of fun and a huge guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, Shia LeBeouf still isn’t back, but there’s an impressive cast lined up for ‘The Last Knight’. Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job) returns for a second time alongside Peter Cullen who’s been voicing Optimus Prime since the 80s. Reprising their roles are Stanly Tucci, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Ken Watanabe and John Goodman. Joining the cast is Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner and Gemma Chan. Humans and Transformers are at war, and Optimus Prime is gone. He has found his home planet of Cybertron, which he discovers is dead because of him. In order to save his world, he must find an ancient artifact, which is hidden on Earth, buried in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Go see Transformers: The Last Knight in cinemas June 23rd!
⁃ July 7th
Swinging onto the big screen July 7th is the 3rd Spider-Man reboot. And having passed a litmus test in last year’s hugely successful Captain America: Civil War, fans have decided they love Tom Holland (The Impossible/Lost City Of Z/Billy Elliot) as the webhead, and may even be the best Spidey we’ve ever had. Spider-Man: Homecoming follows sixteen year old Peter Parker as he tries to navigate his newfound identity as Spider-Man. Thrilled by his experience with The Avengers, Peter returns home where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as he tries to fall back into daily routine – Peter is distracted by thoughts of proving himself as more than a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But when Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton) decides if the Avengers can be powerful and call themselves things like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Captain America’, so can he. But when Spider-Man tries to stop Vulture, he threatens to kill everybody he loves. From director Jon Watts (Cop Car) and starring: Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Laura Harrier (The last 5 years), Donald Glover (Community), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Logan Marshall Green (Prometheus), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Tony Revolori (Dope).
Go see Spider-Man: Homecoming June 7th!
War for the Planet of the Apes
⁃ July 14th
War for the Planet of the Apes is the 3rd film in the most recent POTA series. Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) gets back in the saddle again after previously taking the reigns for the second film in the series. With an entirely new cast (yet again), with the exception of Andy Serkis as Caesar and randomly Ty Olsson as a different character, this time, one of the apes. War for the Planet of the Apes brings in a hybrid of top-notch and relatively unknown talent such as Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Judy Greer (Ant-Man), Sara Canning (Vampire Diaries), Max Lloyd Jones (iZombie) and Amiah Miller (Light’s Out). Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar battles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Go see War for the Planet of the Apes in cinemas July 14th!
⁃ July 21st
Christopher Nolan writes and directs ‘Dunkirk’, his 9th film, a WWII drama about the true events that took place on the war torn beach of Dunkirk, France. This film boasts an impressive cast including some of the usual: Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road/The Dark Knight Rises) and Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight/Inception). And the not so usual Harry Styles for some reason, who knows maybe he’ll surprise us. There seems to be a Christian Bale and Michael Caine absent however. Joining Hardy, Murphy & Styles is Aneurin Barnard (Citadel), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Kenneth Branagh (Chamber Of Secrets) and James D’Arcy (Marvel’s Agent Carter). Will Nolan finally win an Oscar?
Go see Dunkirk in cinemas July 21st!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
⁃ August 4th
Legendary French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) is back in the spotlight with his adaptation of classic French bande dessiné (comic book), Valerian et Laureline. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle/Amazing Spider-Man 2) takes on the role of Valerian, with Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad/Paper Towns) by his side as Laureline. The French Europa Corp production also has quite a few big named Hollywood actors, such as John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Clive Owen (Children Of Men), Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins/Blade Runner) and even Rihanna. In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defence, the two embark on a mission to the city of Alpha; an ever expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with one another. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha… But the future of the entire universe…
Go see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in cinemas August 4th!
The Dark Tower
– August 18th
The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black (Matthew McConaughey). Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. And that’s all we know about the plot right now! Just a few months until the film’s release and NO footage has been shown of the film. Only this poster has been released ^^^. Let’s hope the star power of Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey can promote the film. Also starring Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nicholas Hamilton (It 2017) and Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age Of Ultron). Based on the Stephen King novel.
Go see The Dark Tower in cinemas August 18th!
From the brilliant mind of Edgar Wright (Ant-Man, Shaun of the Dead), comes ‘Baby Driver’ a crime thriller, starring Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars), Lily James (Cinderella), Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects), Jon Bernthal (Daredevil Season 2), Eiza González (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) with Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jamie Foxx (Django: Unchained). The movie follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a talented young getaway driver, who is coerced into working for a crime boss, in a heist doomed to fail.
Go see Baby Driver August 18th!
26 years after Tim Curry donned the makeup as Pennywise in the 2 episode mini-series in 1990, one of Stephen King’s most famous stories has returned, this time to the big screen. Andrés Muschietti (Mama) directs. Son of Stellan Skarsgård and younger brother of Alexander, Bill Skarsgård takes on the role of Pennywise. In the town of Derry, in 1989, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place know as ‘The Barrens’, seven children come together and become a club creating an unbreakable bond. Using this bond the children dubbed ‘The Losers Club’ fight to save their town from an eponymous being that can shapeshift into the children’s greatest fears, commonly in the form of a clown named Pennywise. Throughout the summer of excitement and fear, they face several personal troubles with bullies, family and confidence. Starring Jaeden Lieberher (Th Book Of Henry), Sophia Lillis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Nicholas Hamilton (The Dark Tower) and Javier Botet (The Revenant).
Go see It (2017) in cinemas September 7th!
Kingsman: The Secret Service shocked audiences around the world who weren’t expecting much from the film. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) returns as director for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Colin Firth returns claiming that ‘details about his death were greatly exaggerated’. When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s become a bit of a habit for Eggsy. Starring Taron Edgerton (Sing), Julianne Moore (Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Halle Berry (X-Men: Days Of Future Past), Elton John (Lion King), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski), Vinnie Jones (Snatch) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos).
Go see Kingsman: The Golden Circle in cinemas September 29th!
The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s adaptation of the cult classic book series is here. Visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners/arrival) takes the driver’s seat for Blade Runner 2049. Set 30 years after the original Blade Runner, new Blade Runner, Officer K (Ryan Gosling (La La Land)), unearths a long buried secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos. This discovery sends Officer K on a quest to find the original Blade Runner (Harrison Ford), who’s been missing for 30 years. With Ana De Armas (War Dogs), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jared Leto (RequiemFor A Dream), Robin Wright (Wonder Woman), David Dasmalchian (The Dark Knight), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner) and Burkhad Abdicate (Captain Philips).
Go see Blade Runner 2049 in cinemas October 4th!
⁃ November 3rd
The third Marvel Cinematic Universe film of 2017, 17th film in the MCU, and third Thor film, fans have big expectations for Thor: Ragnarök. When Hela (Cate Blanchett (Lord Of The Rings)), escapes Hel, destroys Mjolnir (Thor’s mighty hammer), and proclaims Asgard dead, Thor’s home world has never needed him more. But with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned on the other side of the universe he must race home to stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his home world. But he must first survive a deadly gladiatorial contest ran by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger, The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)! Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) directs this installment of the franchise, and injects some much-needed energy and colour into the film, just like the comics. Also starring Tom Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island) as Loki, Anthony Hopkins (Amistad) as Odin, Tessa Thompson (Creed) as Valkyrie, Idris Elba (Zootopia) as Heimdall, Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) as Lady Sif, Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Skurge and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Doctor Strange.
Go see Thor: Ragnarök in cinemas November 3rd!
The second DCEU film of 2017 and the first time in history that Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg have ever shared the screen. Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Batman V Superman) returns to direct what seems to be his final DC film. Starring Ben Affleck (The Town) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) as Clark Kent/Superman, Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts) as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa (Baywatch (1989 – 2001)) as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Ray Fisher (To Kill A Mockingbird (Stage)) as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Filled with hope after Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince set out to put together a team of remarkable people, to defend the word from enemies they believe are coming. Despite the formation of the League, they may already be too late. Also starring Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Amber Heard (Mera), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), J.K Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Billy Crudup (Henry Allen), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), and Joe Morton (Dr. Silas Stone). Here’s hoping for a fun-yet story oriented, more colourful film than the previous DCEU films.
Go see Justice League in cinemas November 17th!
Coco is PIXAR’s first animated musical film. Coco follows a 12 year old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events that unravel century old mystery, leading to a an extraordinary family reunion. Lee Unkrich takes the position of main director again after Toy Story 3. He was previously co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Joining Unkrich as co-director is Adrian Molina, who has been working in several PIXAR departments on such films as: Ratatouille, Monsters University, Toy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Renee Victor. Go see Coco in cinemas November 22nd!
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the ninth live-action Star Wars film. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper). Most of the cast from the Force Awakens returns along with some new additions. Daisy Ridley returns as Rey with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Carrie Fisher (in her final performance) as Princess/General Leia Organa, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita N’yongo as Maz Kanata and Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar. There are some interesting new additions to the cast too such as Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Laura Dern in an unknown role, Benecio Del Toro in an unknown role and in what seems to be becoming a little tradition of British celebrities playing stormtroopers; Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow are rumoured to be playing stormtroopers, just like Daniel Craig in TFA. Much like The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi seems to be taking a darker tone, hence red Star Wars logo and red tint on the poster. Not much has been revealed in terms of the plot, only that Rey will be training with Luke, and that he only knows one thing… “It is time for the Jedi… to end.”
Go see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in cinemas December 15th!
So there you have it folks! That is our lineup of the biggest movies of the year. I have a feeling there’s gonna be a lot of geek tears (with little X-Wings and Rubin cubes inside them) this year. Tears of joy of course. I personally am excited for just about all the movies on this list, but my personal favourites are;
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
• I Am Heath Ledger
• Wonder Woman
• Spider-Man: Homecoming
• Baby Driver
• Kingsman: The Golden Circle
• Thor: Ragnarök
• Justice League
• and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
And if you think that 2017 is going to be the pinnacle of movies, wait ’till you see the lineup for 2018, here are just a few;
• Avengers: Infinity War
• Black Panther
• Ant-Man and the Wasp
• Deadpool 2
• X-Men: The New Mutants
• X-Men: Dark Phoenix
• Han Solo
• Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
• Tomb Raider
• Pacific Rim: Uprising
• The Predator
• Ocean’s Eight
• Mary Poppins Returns
• Ready Player One
• Jurassic World 2
• Mission: Impossible 6
• Maze Runner: The Death Cure
• Incredibles 2
• and Venom
Wow… If this list looks as good to you as it does to me, you may want to start working a few more jobs.
Well that’s it for now, I hope this list came in handy.
By Ethan Butler