After a long winter, stars are ready to heat up the big screen this spring. You can expect to see a lot of big names in a range of movies that cover everything from westerns to Greek wars to biblical flooding. Here’s a preview of the stars you can expect to see this spring.
1. Sullivan Stapleton:
Starring in 300: Rise of an Empire, which premiered in theaters March 7, Stapleton played the Greek general, Themistokles. He attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the country. Stapleton takes on the invading Persian forces, led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
2. Elijah Wood:
Playing Tom Selznick in Grand Piano, Wood filled the role of a talented pianist, who stopped performing publicly due to stage fright. After years of refusing to perform in public, he reappears to perform a concert in Chicago. Before the concert, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing. Grand Piano hit theaters March 7.
3. Aaron Paul:
On March 14, the former Breaking Bad star played Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit in the movie Need for Speed. Paul partners with ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) but ends up being framed by Brewster for a crime and is sent to prison. Upon his release, he looks to settle the score.
4. Kristen Bell:
Bell stars in Veronica Mars, released March 14, which catches up with Mars, who is close to graduating from law school. Mars has given up her sleuthing days, but during an interview in a New York law firm, Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring), who has been accused of murder. At first, she attempts to help him find an attorney; however, she quickly finds herself being pulled back into a life she had tried to leave behind.
5. Russel Crowe:
Starring in Noah, Crowe plays none other than Noah himself, who suffers visions of an apocalyptic catastrophe and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Crowe is also backed by a top-notch cast, including Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins. Noah hit the big screen March 28.
6. Kevin Costner:
Costner plays an NFL general manager in Draft Day. He holds the future of Cleveland football in his hands. The movie premiered April 11, and Costner has big names such as Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, and Ellen Burstyn backing him up.
7. Johnny Depp:
In Transcendence, which premieres April 18, Depp plays an artificial intelligence researcher who is endangered when Kate Mara’s anti-tech extremist tries to assassinate him. His wife, played by Rebecca Hall, believes he can be saved by downloading his brain into their supercomputer. However, co-stars Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy predict trouble.
8. Cameron Diaz:
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Diaz tries to get her life back on track in The Other Woman, which hits theaters April 25. But, Diaz accidentally meets the wife her man has been cheating on (Leslie Mann), and they end up becoming great friends. The pair winds up discovering he has another affair going on, and the three team up to plot their revenge.
9. Paul Walker:
Fans of the late Walker get a chance to see him return to theaters on April 25 in Brick Mansions. Walker plays Damien Collier, an undercover police officer who helps Lino (David Belle) when his girlfriend gets kidnapped. According to a Screen Rant article, “If you haven’t put it together yet, this is a remake of the French film District 13, which introduced David Belle’s free-running style to the action genre. Don’t expect the American remake to be the superior version – but fans of Walker might want a look at one of the late actor’s last screen projects.”
With co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, and Dustin Hoffman, Chef, is a dramedy that Favreau not only stars in, but also wrote and directed. The film premiers May 9 and follows Favreau as he plays a chef who leaves his high-profile restaurant job for a food truck.
Something of a surprising role, Rogen plays a responsible suburban dad in Neighbors, set to debut May 9. Rogen, along with his screen wife, Rose Byrne, lose their quiet suburban life when a fraternity moves in across the street. When the frat president (Zac Efron) ups the volume, trouble follows.
On May 9, Witherspoon, who plays the mother of a boy killed in 1993, will star in Devil’s Knot. The arrest and conviction of three teenagers leads to in-depth discussions of innocence and guilt throughout the film.
Hamm plays a desperate agent in Million Dollar Arm, (opens May 16). When he runs out of options , he heads to India to check out cricket players in search of the next great baseball pitcher.
Starring in Maleficent, (opens May 30), Jolie tells the Sleeping Beauty story from her side, that of the villainess. Viewers get to see her backstory, and Elle Fanning co-stars as Aurora.
The writer/director/producer/star plays a laid-back frontiersman who goes up against a gunslinger, Liam Neeson, in A Million Ways to Die in the West. The film debuts May 30. MacFarlane spends a lot of time in the film working to impress the women in his life, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried.