The 15 Movies We're Most Excited for in 2017
Ah, January. A clean slate, a fresh start—and a whole slew of new things to get excited about. This week, we're spotlighting the things we're most looking forward to in 2017, beginning with the movies.
This year, there's something for everyone: buzzy blockbusters ( Star Wars: Episode VIII and Pitch Perfect 3), long-awaited reboots (Beauty and the Beast and Jumanji) and the requisite Oscar-bait (Hidden Figures and The Zookeeper's Wife). Keep scrolling for the 15 release dates we're most excited for this year.
Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African-American women working at NASA who use their math skills to help launch the program's first successful space mission. "Each of these women decided to believe in herself and step up when her country needed her," First Lady Michelle Obama said at a screening of the movie. Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe star in the feel-good film, out Jan. 6.
Matthew McConaughey underwent another drastic transformation for this role to become struggling businessman Kenny Wells, a real man who found gold deep in the jungles of Indonesia. The actor binged on unlimited cheeseburgers, beer, and pizza for eight months until he weighed 217 pounds, he told Ellen DeGeneres. See the unbelievable true story on Jan. 27.
Fifty Shades Darker
We still can't decide what's more entertaining: Fifty Shades of Grey's sex scenes or its ridiculous plot lines. But it's safe to say that its sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, will deliver more of the same. This time, there are sexy elevator scenes and even a menacing stalker! You'll find no lack of intrigue in this sexy romance-turned-thriller, out Feb. 10.
Beauty and the Beast
Ghost in the Shell
This Japanese anime comes to life on the big screen with Scarlett Johansson starring as The Major, a mechanically-enhanced special-ops agent who fights cyber criminals in a dystopian Japan. We're intrigued too. See it in theaters on March 31.
The Zookeeper's Wife
In another film based on a true story, Jessica Chastain takes on the role of Antonina Zabinski, a zookeeper's wife who helped her husband save the lives of people and animals alike during the Nazi invasion in 1939 Poland. Prepare to be charmed and inspired by this emotional tale when it hits theaters on March 31.
The Fate of the Furious
The eight installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise promises fast cars and gravity-defying stunts, plus a moving tribute to late star Paul Walker. Fast 8 storms into theaters on April 14.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Superheroes make for box office gold, so we're certain this band of crime-fighting vigilantes will make for one action-packed cinematic experience. Plus, with a cast consisting of Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Henry Cavill, the acting is sure to be as good as the stunts. Justice League hits theaters on Nov. 17.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Pitch Perfect 3
This 2017 reboot, honoring the late Robin Williams, has an all-star cast with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Nick Jonas on board. "We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a big family franchise on our hands, that's full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart," Johnson wrote on Instagram. The film roars into theaters on Dec. 22.