2017 is laden with multiple sci-fi releases and we have chosen 11 of them which we think are the most awaited for the coming year. Below they are enlisted with their release dates.
ALIEN: COVENANT – MAY 19, 2017
Taking place after the events of Prometheus, Alien: Covenant follows the crew aboard the colony ship Covenant as it travels to what is supposedly a paradise world. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the planet in question is actually a hellhole full of aliens. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace will return to play their characters David the android and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. The cast will also include Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down), Billy Crudup (Watchmen) and Callie Hernandez (Blair Witch) whose characters will all most probably all get eaten by the aliens. Alien: Covenant was originally scheduled for an August release but was recently re-scheduled for May instead.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – JULY 14, 2017
In the next year’s War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his colony of apes engage in a full-on war against the army of humans led by the sinister Colonel (Woody Harrelson). War for the Planet of the Apes will be directed and co-written by Matt Reeves, who previously directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield. This will be the ninth Planet of the Apes movie overall. It’s always worth pointing out how this media franchise that began decades ago when the Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling turned the French satirical sci-fi novel La Planète des Singes into a sci-fi movie starring Charlton Heston.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MARCH 10, 2017
Set in the 1970s and heavily inspired by the look of movies such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Kong: Skull Island follows explorers, soldiers, and scientists sent to the mysterious Pacific island, unaware of the giant ape called Kong and other monsters living there. Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, while its cast is led by Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Samuel L. Jackson (also The Avengers), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy).
THOR: RAGNAROK – NOVEMBER 3, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok will feature most of the cast from the previous Thor movies as well as some newcomers. Cate Blanchett will play Hela, ruler of the underworld, Jeff Goldblum will appear as a cosmic being known as Grandmaster while Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban will play Asgardian warriors Valkyrie and Skurge. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk should also play a prominent role in the film. Thor: Ragnarok will be directed by Taika Waititi, a New Zealand director best known for his horror-comedy What We Do in the Shadows.
GHOST IN THE SHELL – MARCH 31, 2017
Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow quickly became one of the classics of the cyberpunk genre. Through a series of stories, this manga explores the world of the mid-21 century where Major Motoko Kusanagi and her Public Security Section 9 deal with intrigue and terrorism in the near-future Japan. In 2008, Steven Spielberg’s company DreamWorks Pictures acquired rights for a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The movie is scheduled for release next spring. It already caused some controversy among the fans, due to the casting of Scarlett Johansson in a role of an Asian character Major Kusanagi.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – OCTOBER 6, 2017
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is widely considered to among the best science fiction movies ever made. There have been rumors about a Blade Runner sequel for almost two decades now. During that time, pretty much everything about it changed: its screenplay, its cast and even its director.
Ridley Scott is currently onboard only as an executive producer. Instead, Blade Runner 2049 will be directed by the talented Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who made thrillers such as Prisoners and Sicario as well as the recent sci-fi film Arrival, widely considered to be one of the best sci-fi movies of 2016. The cast will feature Ryan Gosling (Drive), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) while Harrison Ford is scheduled to reprise his role of Deckard.
WONDER WOMAN – JUNE 2, 2017
Set around the time of World War I, the movie follows Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), an immortal Amazon princess who meets an American fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine – Star Trek). Learning about the War to End All Wars, Wonder Woman joins Trevor and leaves her home island of Themyscira to use her powers for good in the outside world. Wonder Woman will be directed by Patty Jenkins who in 2003 made Academy Award-winning drama Monster and worked on a number of TV shows such as Entourage and Arrested Development.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – JULY 7, 2017
Set in the aftermath of the events depicted in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow young Peter Parker/ Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as he tries to balance his everyday high school life with his secret career as a crime-fighting superhero.
This second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise came to be due to an agreement between Sony – who used to hold character rights for Spider-Man – and Marvel Studios. This allowed Marvel to integrate our favorite web-slinger into their cinematic universe. The cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming will include Michael Keaton as Vulture, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. The movie will be directed by the newcomer Jon Watts who previously made the horror flick Clown and the thriller Cop Car.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – MAY 5, 2017
Titled simply Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel will be released in May of 2017. It will be written and directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super) who directed and co-wrote the first movie as well. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are all expected to reprise their roles. They will be joined by the Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as well as by the legendary legend Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China, The Hateful Eight) who should be pitch-perfect as Peter Quill’s alien father.
JUSTICE LEAGUE – NOVEMBER 17, 2017
Directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300), Justice League will feature most of the cast from his previous two Superman movies: Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Diane Lane will all return for their respective roles. They will be joined by Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as Flash.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII – DECEMBER 15, 2017
Star Wars: Episode VIII will continue the story immediately after the ending of The Force Awakens. The movie will bring back most of the cast from the previous film: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Apparently, they will be joined by Benicio del Toro (Sicario, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Inland Empire). Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released in December of 2017. This new trilogy of Star Wars movie will be concluded sometime in 2019 with the Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). Not much is known about Star Wars: Episode VIII – including its very title!