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The 10 Movies Were Most Looking Forward to in 2017

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More Guardians! More Alien! More Star Wars! Next year is going to be a big one for moviesso big that it was kind of hard to condense our list of must-see flicks into something shorter than Anna Karenina. But we did it! Below are our picks for the movies we (hopefully) won’t be able to take our eyes off of (figuratively) in 2017.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Lining up to see this one is a no-brainer. But even more than being the nextStar Wars saga filmand marking the return of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and all our other friendsit’s Rian Johnson’s Star Wars saga film. So for fans of Johnson’s mind-bending films like Brick and Looper, this is a big deal. We doubt Episode VIII will have time travel or teenage detectives, but we can’t wait to find out. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: December 15

Lining up to see this one is a no-brainer. But even more than being the nextStar Wars saga filmand marking the return of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and all our other friendsit’s Rian Johnson’s Star Wars saga film. So for fans of Johnson’s mind-bending films like Brick and Looper, this is a big deal. We doubt Episode VIII will have time travel or teenage detectives, but we can’t wait to find out. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: December 15

Wonder Woman

First, let’s get one thing out of the way: We’re a little disappointed Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in line to direct the Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens. But, on the other side of the DC universe, we’re very glad Monster’s Patty Jenkins is directing Wonder Woman’s standalone film. Based on the footage that was shown this year at Comic-Con International, and the first full trailer, it looks like the kind of bullet-deflecting, lassoing good time we’ve come to expect from Diana Prince. If there’s any justice in the world, this should be stellar. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: June 2

First, let’s get one thing out of the way: We’re a little disappointed Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in line to direct the Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens. But, on the other side of the DC universe, we’re very glad Monster’s Patty Jenkins is directing Wonder Woman’s standalone film. Based on the footage that was shown this year at Comic-Con International, and the first full trailer, it looks like the kind of bullet-deflecting, lassoing good time we’ve come to expect from Diana Prince. If there’s any justice in the world, this should be stellar. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: June 2

Alien: Covenant

So, look. Prometheus wasn’t what we’d call essential cinema. But the truth is, we’ll still line up to go back into the world of Alien any chance we get. Ridley Scott is directing, and Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are back reprising their roles from Prometheus, so this is worth a shot. (James Franco and Danny McBride are also mysteriously on the cast list. So there’s that.) Also, the alien in the first poster (right) gave us chillsin all the best ways. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: May 19

Credit: 20th Century Fox

So, look. Prometheus wasn’t what we’d call essential cinema. But the truth is, we’ll still line up to go back into the world of Alien any chance we get. Ridley Scott is directing, and Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are back reprising their roles from Prometheus, so this is worth a shot. (James Franco and Danny McBride are also mysteriously on the cast list. So there’s that.) Also, the alien in the first poster (right) gave us chillsin all the best ways. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: May 19

The Bad Batch

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s last film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was an Iranian vampire western/love story. Her new movie is a post-apocalyptic cannibal love story. (Mostly. There’s some religious stuff thrown in there, too.) It also stars future Aquaman, Jason Momoa. Count on this one to be your midnight movie pick of the year. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: TBD

Credit: Screen Media Films

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s last film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was an Iranian vampire western/love story. Her new movie is a post-apocalyptic cannibal love story. (Mostly. There’s some religious stuff thrown in there, too.) It also stars future Aquaman, Jason Momoa. Count on this one to be your midnight movie pick of the year. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: TBD

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy was amazing. Its follow-up, also directed by James Gunn, promises to be just as goodif not better. Why? This time around Groot is a baby (all together now: awwwwww!) and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. It will also, undoubtedly, have a killer soundtrack. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: May 5

Guardians of the Galaxy was amazing. Its follow-up, also directed by James Gunn, promises to be just as goodif not better. Why? This time around Groot is a baby (all together now: awwwwww!) and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. It will also, undoubtedly, have a killer soundtrack. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: May 5

It

The clown that made you fear clowns forever (or, at least one of those clowns) is back! That’s right, Pennywise is here and he’s just as freaky as ever. Unlike the 1990 TV miniseries version, though, this adaptation of Stephen King’s massively popular novel is a full-on cinematic event, helmed by Mama director Andrs Muschietti. Get ready to be scared AF. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: September 8

Credit: Warner Bros.

The clown that made you fear clowns forever (or, at least one of those clowns) is back! That’s right, Pennywise is here and he’s just as freaky as ever. Unlike the 1990 TV miniseries version, though, this adaptation of Stephen King’s massively popular novel is a full-on cinematic event, helmed by Mama director Andrs Muschietti. Get ready to be scared AF. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: September 8

The Lego Batman Movie

Every part ofThe Lego Movie was great (the theme song wasn’t “Everything Is Awesome” for nothin’). But one of the clear standouts wasWill Arnett‘sBatman. Now, in true Hollywood fashion, the Plastic Caped Crusader isgetting his own movie,withJenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Mariah Carey as the mayor of Gotham. (Yes, really.) Oh, andalso? Michael Cera as the Boy Wonder. So, yes, everything is still awesome. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: February 10

Every part ofThe Lego Movie was great (the theme song wasn’t “Everything Is Awesome” for nothin’). But one of the clear standouts wasWill Arnett‘sBatman. Now, in true Hollywood fashion, the Plastic Caped Crusader isgetting his own movie,withJenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Mariah Carey as the mayor of Gotham. (Yes, really.) Oh, andalso? Michael Cera as the Boy Wonder. So, yes, everything is still awesome. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: February 10

John Wick: Chapter 2

Get ready for even more adventures with dog-loving hitman John Wickthis time with model/DJ/aspiring action star Ruby Rose! But honestly, doesit really matter what happens in this movie? Keanu Reeves will scowl, guns will go boom, bones will snap, and it will be grand. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: February 10

Get ready for even more adventures with dog-loving hitman John Wickthis time with model/DJ/aspiring action star Ruby Rose! But honestly, doesit really matter what happens in this movie? Keanu Reeves will scowl, guns will go boom, bones will snap, and it will be grand. Angela Watercutter
Release Date: February 10

Valerian

Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) spent years trying to get this adaptation of the French comic series Valrian and Laureline off the ground, and this year it’ll finally take off into outer space. Part quirky space comedy, part Star Wars, Valerian is something movie-goers need right now: a whole new cinematic world to explore. (Added bonus? This one has Rihanna.) Angela Watercutter
Release Date: July 21

Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) spent years trying to get this adaptation of the French comic series Valrian and Laureline off the ground, and this year it’ll finally take off into outer space. Part quirky space comedy, part Star Wars, Valerian is something movie-goers need right now: a whole new cinematic world to explore. (Added bonus? This one has Rihanna.) Angela Watercutter
Release Date: July 21

Blade Runner 2049

For decades, the possibility of a sequel to 1982’s android-addled Blade Runner seemed more remote than an off-world colony. But now, following years of rumors and rights issues, Harrison Ford is back as Rick Deckardthe hard-drinking, rain-soaked original Blade Runnerwhile Ryan Gosling joins the series as K, an LAPD officer who stumbles upon a potentially devastating secret, and sets off to find Deckard. Co-written by Hampton Fancher, who worked on the original film, and directed by Arrivals Denis Villeneuve, 2049 is a guaranteed replicant-miss. Brian Raftery

For decades, the possibility of a sequel to 1982’s android-addled Blade Runner seemed more remote than an off-world colony. But now, following years of rumors and rights issues, Harrison Ford is back as Rick Deckardthe hard-drinking, rain-soaked original Blade Runnerwhile Ryan Gosling joins the series as K, an LAPD officer who stumbles upon a potentially devastating secret, and sets off to find Deckard. Co-written by Hampton Fancher, who worked on the original film, and directed by Arrivals Denis Villeneuve, 2049 is a guaranteed replicant-miss. Brian Raftery

Read more: https://www.wired.com/2017/01/2017-movie-anticipation/