Our pick of the best man movies awaiting in the coming months…
Release date: 2 February 2017.
More than two decades after the original, Danny Boyle directs the sequel to the classic Scottish black comedy, complete with Ewan McGregor’s Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton and his ragged troupe of heroin-addicted pals. T2 is loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s follow-up to the original book, Porno, set 10 years after Trainspotting, but there’s plenty of mystery surrounding the film’s much-anticipated release . . . not to mention the pressure to do justice to one of the great modern films.
The Great Wall
Release date: 16 February 2017.
The most expensive film ever made in China and the largest ever co-production between China and Hollywood, The Great Wall brings Matt Damon together with a cast of Chinese A-listers to defend the iconic landmark from the monsters or dragons or amorphous lizards that lie beyond. Legendary Chinese filmmaker’s Zhang Yimou’s first English language movie is a grand visual production that’s already attracting huge audiences in his homeland.
Release date: March 2017.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and four other crew members of the International Space Station study a chunk of Mars they believe could contain evidence of alien life… until the discovery turns to terror when, you guessed it, the extraterrestrial is a little more intelligent than they expected. A little derivative — toss it in with Alien, War of the Worlds, Independence Day, and the scores of other blockbusters where the aliens turn out to be a right pain in the backside — but they wouldn’t keep making sci-fi thrillers if we didn’t love them.
Release date: July 2017.
Director Christopher Nolan’s first film since Interstellar in 2014, Dunkirk focuses on the ‘miracle of the little ships’ that rescued 300,000 Allied troops from the Nazi occupation of France in 1940. The movie was filmed at the same site as the actual evacuation and refurbished historical war ships for the shoot. Not quite as gory as Saving Private Ryan nor as playful as Inglourious Basterds, Nolan directs an eclectic cast featuring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Harry Styles in this WWII drama.
Blade Runner 2049
Release date: October 2017.
We’ve waited 35 years for Harrison Ford to reprise his role as hard-nosed cop Rick Deckard in a sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic neo-noir sci-fi thriller, making Blade Runner 2049 one of the most anticipated films of the decade, let alone the year. LAPD officer Ryan Gosling makes a discovery that sets him on the hunt for the reclusive Deckard 30 years after he went to war against android ‘replicants’ in a dystopian Los Angeles; Jared Leto and Robin Wright are other modern additions to the cast.