Tuesday, December 22, 2015

15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

What a great time to be alive! 2016 might be the best year for movies in a long time due to several promising movies ready to blow the minds of millions of fans. Seeing how so many great movies are in the line to be released next year, one thing is for sure: Next year, Hollywood will be dominated by superheroes. Take a look at the 15 most anticipated movies of 2016:

15. Ghostbusters
Ghostbuster 2016 Movie

Who can forget the 1985 comedy movie Ghostbusters? The movie was an instant success and despite its sequel failing to deliver, fans wanted more. The possible third film remained stuck in developmental hell for more than two decades until it was finally decided that a reboot should be made.

The reboot consists of all-female lead starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the paranormal exterminators along with some cameo appearances of the original cast including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

14. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange 2016 Marvel Comic

Marvel Studios is prepared to bring one of the most unique characters in Marvel Comics: none other than Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange aka Doctor Strange. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, the movie will release next year.

After a car accident ruins his career, neurosurgeon Strange travels a journey of healing under the guidance of a sorcerer named the Ancient One in order to protect the world from evil.

13. Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3 Upcoming Movie

The Dragon Warrior and everyone’s favorite panda Po reunites with his father in a secret sanctuary for his species only to find out that he does not fit in.

Tasked with battling and defeating an evil spirit called Kai, Po realizes that the foe cannot be defeated alone so he must teach Kung Fu the entire village in order to get some help.

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po along with Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, Lucy Liu as Viper, David Cross as Crance, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu and Randall Duk Kim as Master Oogway.

12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Movie

The heroes in a half shell will return to the big screen in 2016 to save the day once again. Megan Fox and Will Arnett will be reprising their roles of April O’Neil and Casey Jones respectively along with the addition of Stephen Amell of Arrow fame as Casey Jones.

Jones is not the only character from the Ninja Turtles lore debuting in the sequel as Shredder’s henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady will also appear to make the turtles’ lives a living hell.

11. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

The world of Harry Potter is one of the finest pieces of fantasy literature of all time and the fans will be delighted to know that a spin-off film of the series will be released next year.

Based upon J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name, Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them will not be featuring Daniel Radcliffe or any of the original cast members from the eight-part movie series as it takes place seventy years prior to the franchise.

David Yates who directed the last eight installments of the franchise will be directing the movie while author Rowling will serve as the producer.

10. The Jungle Book
Junglebook 2016 Upcoming Movie

Every Disney fan who remembers the catchy songs “The Bare Necessities” or “Trust In Me” from the 1967 animated movie The Jungle Book are in for a treat as a CGI-live action remake will be released next year.

Starring rookie actor Neel Sethi as the man-cub Mowgli, the movie features a star-studded cast for voices such as Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the Panther, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the Python and Christopher Walken as King Louie the Gigantopithecus and Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger.

9. Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond Upcoming Anticipated Movie

Get ready for another epic space adventure as Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively.

Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond will be the thirteenth film of the Star Trek franchise and the third installment of the reboot series. As the sequel to the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness, the movie will be released on July 22, 2016 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

8. Assassin’s Creed
Assassins-Creed-Movie

Undoubtedly one of the best video game franchise today, Assassin’s Creed is going to take a leap from video game consoles to the silver screen. Director Justin Kurzel certainly has a huge responsibility in his hands considering the fact that he only has a few independent films under his belt.

Starring Michael Fassbenderof the X-Men fame, the actor will portray Lynch; a character who discovers that one of his ancestors was an assassin in 15th century Spain. Now he must relive his memories to take down the modern-day Templars.

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One A Star Wars Story 2016 Flick

Starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, the upcoming space opera film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theatres next year. The movie will be the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series and is set between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

The movie is set to be released on December 16, 2016 – exactly one year after the release of the upcoming Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

6. The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight Upcoming Movie

Quentin Tarantino is back with a bang – literally – as he promises to showcase gun violence in his upcoming western movie The Hateful Eight. Set a few years after the Civil War in Wyoming, the movie revolves around eight strangers in a stagecoach during a blizzard.

Considering the fact that his previous western movie Django Unchained was a critical and commercial success, it can be safely assumed that The Hateful Eight will not disappoint at all. Best part of all: the movie reunites director Tarantino with his frequent cast selections including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen and Ennio Morricone.

5. Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day Resurgence Upcoming 2016 Movie

The 1996 space science fiction disaster movie Independence Day was one hell of a movie and only time will tell how its upcoming sequel is being handled as Ronald Emmerich returns to the seat of the director.

Set twenty years after the events of the first film, planet Earth finds itself in a huge amount of trouble once again as several alien ships get ready to threaten the human race.

Though Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch are set to reprise their roles from the original film, it is worth noting that leading star Will Smith will not be appearing as his demand of $50 million pay cheque was refused by 20th Century Fox.

4. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad Anticipated Upcoming 2016 Movie

Heath Ledger gave the performance of a life time when he portrayed The Joker in The Dark Knight to the point of winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. That is why Jared Leto has big shoes to fill as he has the responsibility of portraying the Clown Prince of Crime for the first time in eight years onscreen.

If you are a fan of Batman villains, Suicide Squad is a must watch as apart from the joker, the movie features Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Harkey Quinn, Rick Flag, Enchantress, Slipknot and Amanda Waller.

3. X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men Apocalypse 2016 Upcoming Movie

If Bryan Singer had not directed X-Men: Days of Future Past, the species would probably have been extinct from the world of cinema. The director will be returning another time for X-Men: Apocalypse to create an epic mutant mashup.

The movie will feature several familiar mutants such as Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Havok and Angel along with some new ones including Psylocke, Jubilee and Apocalypse.

2. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America Civil War Movie

If you thought Batman and Super-Man are the only two superheroes fighting next year, you were wrong! Set after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the third installment of Captain America will feature a turmoil among the superhero team.

Avengers break into two sub-factions; one lead by Captain America and the other by Iron Man. The two hardly saw eye-to-eye in their previous meetings and now finally have the chance to settle the beef once and for all.

1. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice 2016 Movie

It is a question that has been asked and debated by die-hard DC fans for generations: Who will win a fight between Batman and Super-man? The answer lies in the hands of Director Zac Snyder as he will make two of the greatest superheroes of all time battle each other in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Along for the ride are several other iconic DC characters such as LexLuthor, Cyborg, Aquaman and of course Wonder Woman. Promising an origin story of Justice League, the movie is perhaps the most anticipated superhero movie in a very long while and the surely one of the biggest movies of 2016.

Hopefully none of the most anticipated movies of 2016 have been missed in the above list. Feel free to share your views about these movies in the comments below!


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