No matter what films are released every year, we can always count on Hugh Jackman donning his Wolverine claws, or on Johnny Depp and his sassy Captain Sparrow.
This year is no different, and they, along with other big Hollywood names, have made some blockbusters that will surely become instant number ones.
Scarlett Johansson (Ghost in the Shell)
With no Avengers film this year to display her Black Widow skills, Johansson’s big release is the adaptation of the famous Japanese manga. We all know that the movie has been surrounded by controversy since day one, as Scarlett’s casting was seen as a way of “whitewashing” the main character, instead of getting an Asian actress to play the part. Controversies aside, we are sure Johansson will kick ass with her performance.
Release date: 31 March
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Another actor to have been surrounded by controversy (although for personal reasons), Depp wears his Jack Sparrow outfit for a fifth time in this instalment of the saga that is going to see the return of Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. Geoffrey Rush also returns as Barbossa, and the villain this time is Javier Bardem as Capitán Salazar. If Bardem’s bad guy here is as captivating as his Silva from Skyfall, we are in for a treat.
Release date: 26 May
Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Somewhere along the way, someone at Universal thought it’d be a good idea to reboot The Mummy (itself a reboot of the 1932 original), and the only thing that could hold this idea together was to have a big name attached to it. And who better than Tom Cruise? The plot is basically the same as the 1999 movie that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, only with this new one being set in the present day. Peaky Blinders’ Annabelle Wallis also stars as Cruise’s romantic interest and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman) plays the ancient mummy that comes back to seek revenge.
This film will be the first of an intended Universal Monsters franchise (think of the Marvel Universe, but with Frankenstein’s monster and werewolves).
Release date: 9 June
Hugh Jackman (Logan)
There are rumours that this will be Jackman’s last Wolverine appearance (but it probably won’t be), and the plot is based on the comic Old Man Logan.
Set in 2029, most of the mutants are extinct, and Logan has realised that his healing powers are not working like they used to (i.e. he is getting old). Not having enough with his own problems, Logan also has to take care of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and a young girl. It promises to be the darkest instalment yet.
Release date: 2 March
Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Besides the drama Patriots Day, which tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombings, Wahlberg returns this year to play Cade Yeager for a second time in this sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay says this is the last Transformers film he’ll be in charge of, so savour it while you can. Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson will be reprising their roles from the original trilogy as well.
Release date: 23 June
Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
No Jurassic World film for Pratt this year, but luckily, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2014 box office success is finally here. Pratt is back as Star-Lord with the rest of the team: Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as the voices of Groot and Rocket Racoon. Quill’s father also makes his first appearance in this sequel, and is played by none other than Kurt Russell. The film promises to be as fun-filled and entertaining as the first one.
Release date: 28 April