17 best summer blockbusters for 2017
Book your seats now for Alien: Covenant, Dunkirk, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Baywatch and It
Everyone knows as the days get longer the studios wheel out the big guns for the traditional summer blockbuster season. So if you want big explosive action, mega squeals, cute cartoon hijinks and high concept comedy read on for our pick of the biggest and best blockbusters for 2017.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride
After the divisive Prometheus, Ridley returns for a kinda-sequel with a bit more Alien DNA. Skyfall and Gladiator writer John Logan takes over scribing duties from Lost's Damon Lindelof, further suggesting a clean break. The trailer looks ace, but then so did the one for Prometheus.
Release date: 12 May. Book tickets for Alien: Covenant
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem
After a six year break Disney's swashbuckling franchise sets sail on the high seas once again. Depp is back as Jack Sparrow this time searching for Poseidon's Trident. Also returning to the series are Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Here's hoping it can avoid the bloat that has marred the last few sequels.
Release date: 26 May. Book tickets for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Director: Seth Gordon
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario
If anyone can breath life into the frankly preposterous 80s/90s TV series it's The Rock. Johnson is perfect casting for this big budget action comedy reboot as he butts heads with new recruit Efron and goes head-to-head with local drug dealers.
Release date: 29 May. Book tickets for Baywatch
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Robin Wright Chris Pine
DC continue in their world building as they gear up for Justice League (17 Nov). Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was probably the best thing in Batman v Superman. Now she gets her own movie following the Amazonian warrior's journey from an isolated island paradise into the midst of World War I.
Release date: 2 Jun. Book tickets for Wonder Woman
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis
Ignoring the Brendan Fraser movies, The Mummy is the first part of Universal's proposed classic monsters universe (with Invisible Man, Wolfman, Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Frankenstein movies in various stages of development). Set in the modern world (mainly London) as Tom Cruise takes on the undead curse of Boutella as the titular terror.
Release date: 9 Jun. Book tickets for The Mummy
Director: Jonathan Teplitsky
Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery
Warts and all biopic of the UK's most famous Prime Minister on perhaps the most important day of his life, the 24 hours leading up to D-Day.
Release date: 16 Jun. Book tickets for Churchill
Transformers: The Last Knight
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel
The Transformers movies are kinda rubbish but if you want special effects they don't get any bigger than Bay's OTT explosive barrage. Does anyone really care about the plot? Just rest assured there will be tons of robots hitting each other.
Release date: 23 Jun. Book tickets for Transformers: The Last Knight
Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker
South Park's Trey Parker joins Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig for the third entry in this popular franchise. Parker plays a former child star obsessed with his glory years.
Release date: 26 May. Book tickets for Despicable Me 3
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Lily James
Thanks to a protracted battle with Marvel over his aborted vision for Ant-Man, it's been four long years since Wright's last film, The World's End. Early reviews for this star-studded heist movie are very positive, and it's exciting to see the Hot Fuzz director make another action film.
Release date: 28 Jun. Book tickets for Baby Driver
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei
Holland is the third teen to slip on the red jumpsuit in recent years for yet another reboot of your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. And he's now firmly back with the Marvel family getting advice from Iron Man and taking on flying supervillain The Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Release date: 7 Jul. Book tickets for Spider-Man: Homecoming
Director: Brian Fee
Cast: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion
Third instalment of animated racing action. It's the one Pixar film series that hasn't really hit home with an all-ages audience. Cars is strictly for kids but kids love Cars.
Release date: 14 Jul. Book tickets for Cars 3
War for the Planet of the Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer
Cloverfield director Reeves returns for this third part in this second reboot of the simian series (keep up). With Tim Burton's awful 're-imagining' now long forgotten, Apes is firmly back on track with a well-rounded mythos supported by a talented cast including the formidable Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar.
Release date: 14 Jul. Book tickets for War for the Planet of the Apes
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cilian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh
Never a director to focus on life's little things, Nolan describes his self-penned drama 'as a survival story' rather than a war film. Regardless of semantics, Dunkirk was shot on IMAX 65mm, it will be an epic film and it'll likely score very big at the box office. The cast includes Nolan favourites Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy plus the acting debut of Harry Styles.
Release date: 21 Jul. Book tickets for Dunkirk
Director: David F Sandberg
Cast: Miranda Otto, Philippa Coultard, Stephanie Sigman
Blame Marvel but now everyone wants a big interconnected franchise. But who would have though The Conjuring would have spawned its own spooky world? Expanding with a prequel to the prequel about a possessed doll (another spin off, The Nun, arrives in 2018).
Release date: 11 Aug. Book tickets for Annabelle: Creation
The Dark Tower
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick
An adaptation and sequel to Stephen King's extraordinarily popular series of novels, The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a knight on a quest to save his world from extinction. The books have a passionate following so this adaptation will likely get a rough ride unless it somehow pleases fanboys and casual cinemagoers alike.
Release date: 18 Aug. Book tickets for The Dark Tower
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson
The Hitman's Bodyguard follows the buddy cop formula but with a twist. Reynold's is hired to protect a notorious hitman (Jackson) so he can testify in court. Cue blood, bullets and plenty of profanity.
Release date: 18 Aug. Book tickets for The Hitman's Bodyguard
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet
The second of this year's King adaptations famously hit the small screen in 1990 as a mini-series starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, terrifying coulrophobes everywhere. True Detective season one wunderkind director Cary Fukunaga wrote and was set to direct the story in two parts but abruptly left the project three weeks before shooting was due to commence in 2015. Now it's back on track with a fantastic trailer featuring a strong Stranger Things vibe (appropriate enough given King's obvious influence over that show).
Release date: 8 Sep. Book tickets for It.