Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Most Anticipated Films of 2014: Part 3

5/23 X Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer)

                This looks to be the mother of all X-Men movies. First of all, they are bringing back Singer, the director of the first two installments. Also, the casts from the original trilogy and the prequel X-Men First Class are combining forces. That means Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin are returning. No word yet on whether or not Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) or James Marsden (Cyclops) will appear.
 Returning First Class members include Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. Peter Dinklage, known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, is playing a villain rumored to be Bolivar Trask. Also appearing will be the character of Quicksilver. Quicksilver is able to be used by both Fox and Marvel Studios and he will also appear in the upcoming The Avengers 2. He will most likely have a much bigger part in the Whedon film.

The film will be set in the 1970s and features time travel. The original Days of Future Past storyline was published in 1981 and showed a future where Sentinels are in control and mutants are kept in internment camps. Kitty Pride then travels back in time to warn the X-Men.


8/1 Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)

                This will be the last Marvel Studios film before The Avengers 2 in 2015.  The Guardians are not that well known but they are important to the Marvel universe. Much of the cast has already been set. Chris Pratt, who has been in Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, and the show Parks and Recreation, will play the main role, Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord.
Zoe Saldana (Avatar) is playing the blue-skinned Gamora. Drax the Destroyer, whose sole purpose in life is to kill the villain Thanos, is being portrayed by former pro wrestler Dave Bautista. The other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy include Groot, a huge tree who is only capable of saying “I am Groot” and Rocket Raccoon, a violent talking raccoon. The actors for these roles have not been announced yet. It is also rumored that Thanos will play a large part in this film; he hasn’t been cast yet either.
John C. Reilly is in the film as the leader of the Nova Corps. Benicio del Toro, Lee Pace, and Glenn Close have also been cast in unknown roles. GOTG is being directed by James Gunn, director of Slither and Super.

8/22 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller)

                The directing team of Rodriguez and Miller are returning for the long-awaited sequel to Sin City. Many cast members from the first are coming back, including Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Powers Boothe. Josh Brolin takes over Clive Owen’s role of Dwight. Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also join the cast.
                A Dame to Kill For was going to be released this October, but was pushed back to 2014. The sequel is based on 4 stories, two of which were created just for the movie.


11/7 Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

Nolan’s first effot since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises will be the science fiction film Interstellar. According to IMDB, the film is “An exploration of physicist Kip Thorne's theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove.” It stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, and Casey Affleck.
Nolan’s usual cinematographer Wally Pfister is unavailable due to him shooting his directorial debut. Instead, he’s going with Hoyte van Hoytema, who was the DP on Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy and Let the Right One in.


12/12 Tomorrowland (Brad Bird)

                The is the second live action from Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (House) as the villain.
                The screenplay was written by Bird, Jeff Jensen, and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus). Michael Giacchino (Lost, Star Trek) is doing the score. Not much is known about the film at this point.

12/17 The Hobbit: There and Back Again (Peter Jackson)

                The final film in Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy is coming out December 2014. It was only going to be two movies but they decided to make it three. Many fans saw this as an unnecessary grab for money. After all, The Hobbit book is shorter than each installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and those were all just made into one movie. However, Jackson has padded The Hobbit out with material that was not originally found in the book.

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