After a stellar year of 2014, 2015 looks like it might be even better. Original films such as Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian – major sequels like Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and Furious 7 – and the return of classic movie franchises like Jurassic Park, Terminator, Mad Max, and of course Star Wars! Now that we know what is officially set for next year, here’s my list of most anticipated movie for 2015.
30. Man Down
In a savage post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, Jonathan and wife, Natalie, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
In theaters: October 30th, 2015
Directed by: Dito Montiel
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, and Clifton Collins Jr.
29. Pitch Perfect 2
Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.
In theaters: May 15th, 2015
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Anna Camp.
28. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a world ravaged by solar flares and disease.
In theaters: September 18th, 2015
Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, and Ki Hong Lee.
27. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
In theaters: February 13th, 2015
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson.
The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
In theaters: July 24th, 2015
Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, and Levi Miller.
25. Jane Got a Gun
A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
In theaters: September 4th, 2015
Directed by: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, and Noah Emmerich.
24. In the Heart of the Sea
Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
In theaters: December 11th, 2015
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland.
23. Child 44
A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
In theaters: April 17th, 2015
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, Vincet Cassel, and Charles Dance.
A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
In theaters: No official release date
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, and Victor Ortiz.
A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
In theaters: September 18th, 2015
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, and Sam Worthington.
20. The Martian
An astronaut, left behind, uses his experience and knowledge to continue his existence on an alien planet in the hopes that one day he will be rescued.
In theaters: November 25th, 2015
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Michael Pena, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
19. Terminator: Genisys
After finding himself in a new time-line, Kyle Reese teams up with John Connor’s mother Sarah and an aging terminator to try and stop the one thing that the future fears, “Judgement Day”.
In theaters: July 1st, 2015
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
18. The Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
In theaters: August 7th, 2015
Directed by: Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Tellar, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.
17. Furious 7
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
In theaters: April 3rd, 2015
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham.
16. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
After being symbolized as the ‘Mockingjay’ Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.
In theaters: November 20th, 2015
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald Sutherland.
15. Bridge of Spies
Inspired by true events and set against a backdrop of a series of historical events, Bridge of Spies tells the story James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself sent on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot by the CIA.
In theaters: October 16th, 2015
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Billy Magnussen, and Alan Alda.
A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.
In theaters: February 27th, 2015
Directed by: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Paul Anderson, and Sean Harris.
Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys, Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.
In theaters: June 5th, 2015
Directed by: Doug Ellin
Starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven.
12. Inside Out
Told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl.
In theaters: June 19th, 2015
Directed by: Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Hader.
11. Ex Machina
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
In theaters: April 10th, 2015
Directed by: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander.
10. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Rogue Nation finds Hunt’s highly effective but destructive Impossible Mission Force (IMF) disbanded by vengeful Washington bureaucrats such as the CIA chief (played by Alec Baldwin). But Hunt pulls his team together (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) to battle the shadowy force known as “The Syndicate” and its elusive leader (Sean Harris).
In theaters: July 31st, 2015
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, and Sean Harris.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
In theaters: November 6th, 2015
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, and Dave Bautista.
8. Crimson Peak
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
In theaters: October 16th, 2015
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Burn Gorman.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
In theaters: July 17th, 2015
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglass, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
In theaters: May 22nd, 2015
Directed by: Brad Bird
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie.
5. The Hateful Eight
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.
In theaters: 2015
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Goggins, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, and Bruce Dern.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
In theaters: May 15th, 2015
Directed by: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Zoë Kravitz.
3. Jurassic World
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
In theaters: June 12th, 2015
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…
In theaters: May 1st, 2015
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The plot is unknown at this time.
In theaters: December 18th, 2015
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis.
Which movie(s) are you looking forward to the most in 2015?
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