Here’s a breakdown of some exciting titles due to hit the big screen over the next few weeks
Alien Covenant (Release date: May 12th) – 15
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride
Plot: Sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the 1979 original, Alien Covenant takes audiences on board the colony ship Covenant to discover what they believe to be an intergalactic paradise. However as is to be expected from an Alien title, things go south pretty fast and people end up fighting for their lives. Expect some scares and thrills, and judging by the trailer, some impressive CGI-generated ripped octopus/squid with large teeth-things…
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Release date: May 19th) – 12A
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana, David Beckham (No, this isn’t a joke)
Plot: Following his father’s murder, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is robbed of his birthright as his uncle (Jude Law) seizes control of the kingdom. Arthur, a street-dwelling young man has no real sense of his identity or legacy until, keeping with the mythical tale, he pulls Excalibur from the stone, thus initiating his quest of overthrowing his uncle and reclaiming the crown.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (Release date: May 26th) – 12A
Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Javier Bardem
Plot: In what feels like the 84th installment of the franchise, Johnny Depp and co return as Captain Jack is being chased by yet another barnacled foe, Captain Salazar and his band of ghost sailors. In an attempt to ward off his latest list of enemies, Jack must seek out the iconic Trident of Poseidon.
With Disney’s astronomical budgets, the film will inevitably look good and early reviews suggest it has a similar feel to the first, and arguably best, title of the franchise, The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Wonder Woman (Release date: June 2nd) – PG
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis
Plot: Before donning the erotic latex suit, she was Diana Princess of the Amazon, raised on an isolated island. As her and an American’s paths cross, she learns of a large-scale conflict (WWI) in the outside world and decides to leave home and do her bit. Early signs suggest Wonder Woman promises to be an expensive, sexy and female-empowering title to add to DC’s roster.
The Mummy (Release date: June 9th) – 12A
Cast: Sophia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe, Jake Johnson
Plot: An ancient princess’s tomb is discovered beneath the sands of Egypt and awakens to wreak havok and unleash her fury on the modern world. Imagine the smell!
Despicable Me 3 (Release date: June 30th) – U
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan, Miranda Cosgrove, Trey Parker
Plot: Gru and his wife, Lucy, aim to stop a former child star, Balthazar Bratt in his attempts of global domination… Gru discovers he has a brother, oh and there’ll be minions, too.
Dunkirk (Release date: July 21st) – 12A
Cast: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles
Plot: In May, 1940, the Allied forces were surrounded and trapped by the Germans onto the beaches of Dunkirk. Using every possible resource, over 300,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were rescued that day in what proved to be one of the second world war’s most daring missions. The story is told from three points of view; soldiers on land, sea and air. Directed by Christopher Nolan, this is his first war story, but has himself labelled the film as a “survival story” and not strictly a typical war film.