With 2014 almost over, it is time to look ahead to the future. More specifically 2015, and the films we have to look forward to over the next twelve months. Skimming the surface, it seems that 2015 will be full to the brim of blockbusters, tent-pole films and the usual Oscar bait and that it will be more or less impossible to see everything upon its release at the cinema. Therefore I have created this handy little guide to some of the key films that will be released in 2015.
Ex Machina, 23 January
Ex Machina is probably the most interesting of any film on this list. It will be the first film that Alex Garland (Dredd, 28 Days Later) has sat in the directors chair for and focuses on a young computer programmer who is seduced into taking part in an experiment that involves a new type of female Artificial Intelligence. The trailer promises intrigue and an involving story, while featuring some of the best young actors out there in Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
Kingsman: The Secret Service, 29 January
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Taron Egerton and is based upon the comic book of the same name. In the film we see Taron Egerton plucked from the streets by Colin Firth’s disciplined secret agent and thrust into the world of 007 like espionage. Vaughn is no stranger to comic books or comic book movies, having directed Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, and if those two are anything to go by, then Kingsman: The Secret Service will be one of the big hits of 2015.
Big Hero 6, 30 January
Despite having already being released in the USA, Big Hero 6 does not reach the UK until 30 January, and if the current reviews are anything to go by then it will be worth the wait. Big Hero 6 will be the first time that Walt Disney Animation has used Marvel characters in one of its films, and will feature the various voice talents of Ryan Potter, TJ Miller and Damon Wayans. The film follows Hiro Hamada and his friends as they aim to uncover the mystery surrounding a disastrous event in the city of San Fransokyo.
Blackhat, 20 February
Michael Mann has not directed a film since 2009’s Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. With Blackhat, Mann is hoping to regain the sort of form he had when directing thrillers like Heat and Collateral. Blackhat see’s Chris Hemsworth star as Nicholas Hathaway, who is released from prison in order to assist the authorities in bringing down a dangerous cyber criminal. With the recent controversy surrounding The Interview and the hacking scandal, Blackhat is showing some very apt timing.
Avengers: Age of Ultron, 24 April
Avengers: Age of Ultron will quite possibly be the biggest film of the year, which is quite an achievement when you consider such heavy hitters as Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be released in the same year. Age of Ultron will follow on from Marvel Studios current reign of success, as Joss Whedon once again brings earth’s mightiest heroes together to bring down a threat they cannot take down individually. The film will reunite Chris’ Hemsworth and Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, while also bringing new characters into the fray such as Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and The Vision to battle James Spader’s Ultron.
Mad Max: Fury Road, 15 May
Acting as a sequel to, and less like a reboot of, the first three Mad Max films, comes Fury Road. Directed by George Miller, we find Max (Tom Hardy) fighting to survive in a post apocalyptic world, while also trying to overcome the loss of his wife and daughter in the midst of all the chaos. Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and looks to be the most insane film set for release in 2015.
Tomorrowland, 22 May
A film directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie doesn’t need to do much to sell itself to film fans. But in case you were curious, then Tomorrowland looks like one of the most visually stunning films of 2015, with a great concept to boot. Written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, Tomorrowland looks to be one of the more intelligent and intriguing science-fiction films being released next year. With details so far sparse on the project, the only info we have is the magnificent looking trailers, that have surely shown us just the tip of the iceberg.
Jurassic World, 12 June
It’s incredible to think that the first Jurassic Park film was released way back in 1993, and now, twenty-one years later, that a fourth film in the franchise would cause so much anticipation. Jurassic World will be directed by Colin Trevorrow and exec produced by Steven Spielberg. Set twenty-two years after the events of the first film, we find Isla Nublar as a fully functioning park and able to house guests the way original creator John Hammond conceived it. Only, the company behind the attraction want something to spice things up and have created a new type of dinosaur, one that soon goes on the run causing all kinds of havoc on the island. The film also stars Chris Pratt, yeah you’re sold on it now aren’t you?!
The Fantastic Four, 6 August
Little is really known about Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four and it is perhaps fair to say that there is little fan anticipation behind this one, but one can’t help but curious about this project. Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan as the Fantastic Four, the film will attempt to allow audiences to forget all about the previous entries in the series. The film has already had its fair share of unwanted headlines, but Trank and the fine cast will no doubt be doing their best to quell any worries as anticipation builds over the coming months.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E., 14 August
An update of the 60’s TV show of the same name, The Man From U.N.C.L.E will follow two secret agents who must stop a secretive organisation from taking over the worlds nuclear arms supply. While that may not be enough to sell the film on its own, the fact that it is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer will surely raise a few more heads. With Ritchie directing, it is hopeful that he will retain the sense of fun he had when directing two Sherlock Holmes films, while also giving the film the same sort of edge that RocknRolla and Snatch also had.
Spectre, 23 October
The twenty-fourth entry in the James Bond series is no doubt already one of the most anticipated films of 2015, and with good reason. The film will see Daniel Craig return as Bond, while Sam Mendes will return to direct after the excellent Skyfall. Adding to the cast will be Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz. The film will see Bond heading deep into his past to uncover the secrets behind the SPECTRE organization.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 18 December
Let’s not beat around the bush here, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be huge. Three generations of men, women and children will want to see this film when it is released at the end of the year, and they better not be let down again. The Force Awakens is set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will see a new cast of characters take over from the likes of Han, Luke and Leia. Details are thin on the ground for this one, as with any JJ Abrams project, but it is hoped that the director will be able to bring the same sense of fun and adventure he brought to the rebooted Star Trek films.