Upcoming films full of sequels, superheroes

By Jocelyn Oceguera

With 2016 behind us, it is time to start the year with the most anticipated films of 2017.

The year will be filled with sequels, film adaptations, superheroes and another Star Wars film. Not only that, but this year will also bring back a Disney childhood princess. Let’s start off the list with the first film to hit the box office.

“Resident Evil: The Last Chapter” is a science-fiction horror film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The film picks up a couple of weeks after the events of “Resident Evil: Retribution.” Actress Milla Jovovich returns to play Alice, the sole survivor of what is meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. She must go back to where the nightmare began and face the Umbrella Corporation in its final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. The film will be released on Jan. 27.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical live-action adaptation of the Disney animation film that melted hearts in 1991. Emma Watson takes the role of Belle, and Dan Stevens plays the Beast. When Belle is imprisoned by the Beast for exchanging her freedom for her father, she must learn to look beyond the Beast’s exterior and get to know the man inside. Along the way, she befriends the enchanted staff of the castle and finds true love. Movie-goers can indulge their nostalgia beginning March 17.

“The Fate of the Furious” is the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise directed by F. Gary Gray. Vin Diesel returns along with Dwayne Johnson and most of the original cast. It is the first film of the franchise that will not star late actor Paul Walker. The film takes place after everyone in the crew has been exonerated and is living their own lives. Everything seems to change when a mysterious woman introduces Dom (Diesel) into a world of crime he cannot escape, causing him to betray his loved ones. This action-packed thriller hits theaters April 14.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics. The film is intended to be a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Kurt Russell. In the film, the Guardians travel through the outer reaches of the cosmos and must fight to keep their newfound family together. Old foes will become new allies and some of our favorite characters from Marvel classics come to the Guardians’ aid. The film is set to release May 5.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally reprise their roles in the film along with Orlando Bloom, who makes a return to the series. In the film, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is pursued by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who, along with his ghost pirate crew has escaped the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to become the only pirate at sea. Sparrow and friends must escape Salazar’s wrath and find a way to defeat him. The film will hit theaters May 26.

“Spiderman: Homecoming” is a superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character. The film is a second reboot of the Spiderman franchise, introducing Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker. The film was directed by Jon Watts and takes a new turn bringing in Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., as Spiderman’s mentor. Following the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” Peter Parker tries to balance his life as a high school student with a superhero alter ego. The film will be in theaters July 7.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” is the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The film is directed by Rian Johnson and stars actors Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley. This will also be late actress Carrie Fisher’s final film starring as General Leia. Although the plot of the film has yet to be revealed, if it follows the trend of the Star Wars franchise, it is sure to be a box office smash. The film is anticipated to release Dec. 15.

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie poster

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