Summer Movie Preview: 15 Big Films Everyone Wants to See
Summer blockbuster season is fast approaching and there are a slew of new movies to look forward to. Along with warmer weather, the next few months will bring a bunch of highly anticipated comedies, dramas, and sequels to theaters.
1. Alien: Covenant, premiered May 19
The Ridley Scott-directed sequel will follow the crew of the colony ship, Covenant, on their way to a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. What they find is a dark, dangerous world with only one resident: David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic android survivor of the ill-fated Prometheus expedition.
Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Guy Pearce, and Demian Bichir will round out the cast.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, premiered May 26
Disney extends its hugely popular franchise with this fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, which will feature Johnny Depp reprising his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie will follow Captain Jack as he’s pursued by his old rival, Captain Salazar. In order to defeat him, Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that gives its possessor total control over the seasons.
Javier Bardem plays Salazar while Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Geoffrey Rush round out the cast. Original star Orlando Bloom, who did not appear in the fourth sequel, will also return as Will Turner.
3. Wonder Woman, premiered June 2
A female hero will finally embark on her own solo adventure in this anticipated film, starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman. The movie will follow as the Amazon princess meets American military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when he is washed ashore the island of Themyscira. After he tells her about the ongoing events of World War I, she decides to leave her home for London to bring an early end to the war.
Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis co-star.
4. The Mummy, June 9
Universal will kick off its new monster movie universe with this reboot. The Mummy will star Tom Cruise as protagonist Tyler Colt, a special forces soldier sent on a mission to the Iraqi desert in pursuit of terrorists. Instead, he ends up stumbling on an ancient tomb that contains a long-buried queen with a considerable grievance.
Annabelle Wallis will star opposite Cruise as archaeologist Jenny Halsey while Sofia Boutella will play the evil mummy. Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, and Courtney B. Vance round out the cast.
5. Rough Night, June 16
Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz star in this dark comedy as five best friends from college who reunite for a wild bachelorette weekend. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. As they desperately to cover up their crime, the group is ultimately brought closer together.
Paul W. Downs, Demi Moore, Ty Burrell, and Colton Haynes co-star.
6. Transformers: The Last Knight, June 23
Michael Bay returns to direct the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers series. The movie follows as a battle for survival commences between the human race and the Transformers. Mark Wahlberg stars as Cade Yeager, who forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth.
Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro co-star, as do Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, and Santiago Cabrera.
7. Baby Driver, June 28
Directed by Edgar Wright, this action comedy-drama stars Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver who is coerced into working for a veteran kingpin (Kevin Spacey) in “one last job” that promises to deliver a better life. The heist ends up threatening his life, love and freedom.
Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal round out the cast.
8. The House, June 30
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell will team up for this upcoming comedy. The funny duo will play a couple who starts an illegal casino in a basement to earn money after they spend their daughter’s college fund. The cast will also feature Ryan Simpkins, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, and Michaela Watkins.
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7
After earning a largely positive response from critics and audiences alike for his portrayal of the iconic Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland will return to the role in his own adventure. As we know now, Spider-Man: Homecoming won’t be an origin story, instead focusing on a younger version of Peter Parker as he struggles to fit in at his high school and in his own superhero identity. The movie, which is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), will take inspiration from John Hughes, who helmed classic ’80s movies like The Breakfast Club.
With that in mind, Homecoming will boast a largely younger cast than previous Spider-Man movies. In addition to starring Holland, the film will also feature Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Zendaya as a character named Michelle.
10. War for the Planet of the Apes, July 14
The third installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise will follow Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his ape colony as they become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. The battle — which results in heavy losses for his kind — pits Caesar against the humans’ ruthless leader, known as the Colonel, in an encounter that will determine both the fate of their species and the Earth’s future.
Woody Harrelson will play the Colonel in the flick, which is directed by Matt Reeves.
11. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, July 21
Based on the classic graphic novel series of the same name, this epic space adventure will star Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline, two special operatives for the government of the human territories who are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. The duo are sent on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha, where a few unseen forces are placing the entire race in great danger.
The cast also includes Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Sam Spruell, and Kris Wu. But perhaps the biggest surprise on the movie’s roster is Rihanna, who will reportedly play a dancer in an alien bar run by Hawke’s character.
12. Dunkirk, July 21
Set during World War II, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming epic action thriller chronicles the events of the real-life Dunkirk evacuation. The movie follows as Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France are surrounded by the Germans and evacuated from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France.
Newcomer Fionn Whitehead leads the cast, while Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles co-star.
13. The Dark Tower, Aug. 4
Based on a series of Stephen King novels, the upcoming sci-fi Western flick stars Tom Taylor as 11-year-old Jake Chambers, a young adventure seeker who follows clues to another dimension called Mid-World. Once there, he encounters frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (played by Idris Elba), who’s on a quest to reach the Dark Tower in hopes of saving the dimension from extinction. On their quest, the duo must outrun various monsters and a vicious sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey).
14. The Glass Castle, Aug. 11
Oscar winner Brie Larson will star in this drama, based on Jeanette Walls’ 2005 memoir that recounts her nomadic childhood with her siblings, alcoholic father and artistic mother. Larson will play Walls, while Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson will co-star as her parents.
The project will also reunite Larson with filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, who previously helped directed the actress in the critically acclaimed indie, Short Term 12.
15. Logan Lucky, Aug. 18
Channing Tatum and Adam Driver will headline this Steven Soderbergh-directed comedy. The two will play brothers who try to reverse a family curse by planning an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race in North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.
The film will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, which also includes Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, and Sebastian Stan.