2015 has come to an end, and 2016 is about to begin. So, it’s time as always for us to reveal our annual Most Anticipated Films of the Year list, featuring sequels, prequels, sidequels, spin-offs, remakes and- surprisingly- a few original films too.
1. FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM
David Yates directs from a J.K. Rowling script. This 1920s New York-set prequel to the Harry Potter films looks stylish, political and as magical as we could hope for. Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Katherine Waterston star. We may be biased: as you can imagine, we’re big Potter fans here at BuzzHub. ETA: Nov 18
2. FINDING DORY
The Incredibles 2 is on its way in 2017, but one of our other favourite Pixar films is getting a long-awaited sequel THIS MAY. Andrew Stanton returns as director for the sequel to 2003’s magnificent Finding Nemo, with new voice cast members including Ty Burrell. You bet we’re excited. ETA: Jun 17
3. LA LA LAND
Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s new film is an old-fashioned Hollywood musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and set in present day L.A. We could do with a bit of romance in 2016. ETA: Jul 15
4. BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK
Ang Lee adapts Ben Fountain’s terrific commentary on the media’s treatment of the Iraq War with a cast including Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Garrett Hedlund. Expect beautiful cinematography, a witty script and a ton of Oscars. ETA: Nov 11
5. HAIL, CAESAR!
A new Coen Brothers film is always something to get excited about, especially when it stars George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, amongst (many) others, and is a witty comedy set in the golden age of Hollywood and featuring at least one musical number. ETA: Feb 5
6. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
The Force Awakens was good, not great, and this pre-Original Trilogy prequel focusing on a heist on the Death Star has the worryingly unreliable Gareth Edwards as director. Without J.J. or any original cast members, can a new Wars movie succeed? Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed star. Still, IT’S ANOTHER STAR WARS MOVIE! Of course we’re excited! ETA: Dec 15
7. SUICIDE SQUAD
Of all of 2016’s superhero blockbusters, the sole project that stands out as something with potential to be truly fresh and interesting is David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, a villain-centric ensemble piece introducing Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot. Yes, it’ll be rated PG-13, but Leto will still surely be given room to be terrifying amongst the “DC Cinematic Universe” tie-in nonsense. ETA: Aug 5
8. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Nobody does spectacle like Roland Emmerich, and after a brief break with the unsuccessful gay rights drama Stonewall, he’s back doing what he does best with the long-awaited sequel to disaster masterwork Independence Day. Will Smith’s character will not appear, but Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch return alongside new cast members Liam Hemsworth (*shudder*), Maika Monroe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher and the wonderful Joey King. Aliens! Sequel! Goldblum! We’re actually pretty psyched. ETA: Jun 24
9. PETE’S DRAGON
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery remakes the underrated Disney classic Pete’s Dragon with a CGI Elliot interacting with Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban and Wes Bentley. It isn’t a musical, and details have been kept a mystery, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that this could be something very magical. ETA: Aug 12
Finally, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks reunite for a third Robert Langdon adventure following the middling efforts of The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. Yes, Inferno, is Dan Brown’s worst book, but one has to hope Howard has overhauled the miserable story to make a reasonably exciting history-infused mystery. Felicity Jones is the female lead, and Omar Sy the Evil Henchman. ETA: Oct 28
11. STAR TREK BEYOND
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness are two definite modern classics, but Abrams’ directing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led to this third film in the Trek reboot trilogy being directed by Justin Lin. Justin Lin, the Fast & Furious veteran who’s… let’s call it “youthful” style is heavily apparent in the Guardians of the Galaxy-esque first trailer. Simon Pegg has written the script. Idris Elba is the villain. We expect the worst, to be honest, but-hey- we can always rely on our old pal Zachary Quinto, right? ETA: Jul 22
Oliver Stone’s Snowden is taking its time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Whistleblower Ed in the much-delayed drama, co-starring Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto (yes, him again) and the great Nicolas Cage in a role that- we hope- avails of his significant acting abilities. ETA: May 13
Martin Scorsese’s latest stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in an intense drama following the arrival of Christianity to Japan in the seventeenth century. ETA: Winter
14. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
Days of Future Past was disappointing, but we’re hoping Bryan Singer can strike back with this slightly less crowded follow-up, featuring the return of First Class‘ team of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult and Rose Byrne. Oscar Isaac is the blue-skinned (utterly ridiculous) titular villain, with Olivia Munn and Sophie Turner (as a young Jean Grey) among the new mutant heroes. This could go either way, but the X-Men films have rarely let us down too greatly.
15. BAD SANTA 2
A comedy sequel a very long time coming, Billy Bob Thornton is back as Bad Santa in Bad Santa 2. If you haven’t seen the first Bad Santa, you’re really missing out. Hopefully this will be more Airplane 2 than Anchorman 2. ETA: Nov 23
16. BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Sure, we may be spending a lot of time hyping it up here on BuzzHub, but who are we kidding: Zack Snyder’s “epic crossover event” is more than likely going to be- at best- mediocre, if not utterly abysmal. Certain aspects- Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, Holly Hunter, the production design- do look impressive in the trailers, but Henry Cavill’s acting has consistently been wooden, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll have particularly strong chemistry with Ben Affleck’s Batman. We’ll find out on March 25. ETA: Mar 25
some other films we’re (slightly) looking forward to….
17. Knight Of Cups
18. Assassin’s Creed
19. The Jungle Book
20. The Magnificent Seven
21. Everybody Wants Some
22. The Girl On The Train
23. The B.F.G.
24. Money Monster
25. Captain America: Civil War
26. The Nice Guys
What are you looking forward to in 2016? Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below!