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Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Starring: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek
Performance on: February 10
The upcoming instalment will mark the final dance for Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike, following the franchise’s last release in 2015 (Magic Mike XXL). Steven Soderbergh’s venture sees Mike Lane encountering tough times as he travels to London to fulfil a request for a wealthy woman (Salma Hayek) without knowledge of her ulterior motives.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson
Fight Night: March 3
The third instalment of the Rocky spin-off Creed franchise is special since it marks Michael B Jordan’s feature directorial debut. The film follows the first edition that saw Adonis (Jordan) take on the son of one of Rocky’s greatest opponents, Ivan Drago.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Killing From: March 24
Two years after repeatedly featuring on our list of most-anticipated films, Chad Stahelski’s offering may finally see the light of day in 2023. John Wick is on the run from the High Table, and is looking for an escape route to rid himself of the violence he has come to be associated with. While fans may rejoice the film’s release, Stahelski has gone on record to say that it is unlikely that Wick will have a “happy ending”. Meh!
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling
Unboxing on: July 21
We all have an opinion about Ryan Gosling’s appointment as Ken, but neither the good nor the bad will keep us from watching this life in plastic. They say, it’s fantastic! The live-action story based in Barbie-world sees power-couple Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig as writers, with the latter taking on directorial duties as well. The film follows Barbie (Margot Robbie) as she is banished from Barbieland and introduced to our world. Welcome, Barbie! Let’s go party
The Little Mermaid
Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King
Fishing day: May 26
This live-action remake of Disney’s creation features a power-packed ensemble including Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), and Awkwafina (Scuttle). Pop star Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel already gathered abundant attention as the first Black actor to play the part. After the trailer launched, parents shared videos of their kids exclaiming: ‘She’s brown, like me!’
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Starring: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen
Play date: April 7
This big-screen adaptation of the iconic Nintendo character and his friends is set to release with Chris Pratt lending his voice to the celebrated goomba-fighting plumber, Mario. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Peach, Mario’s regal love interest, while the likes of Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key round off the cast of familiar Mario friends.
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt
Blasting on: July 21
Christopher Nolan’s anticipated biopic on physicist J Robert Oppenheimer follows the protagonist’s work in creating the most devastating instrument of death — the atomic bomb.
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning, Part One
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson
Striking on: July 14
Tom Cruise reprises a role he has played for 17 years! As Ethan Hunt, Cruise will tackle new missions in this action-packed edition that seems to be a visual treat for fans of the franchise. Part two follows a year later. Hayley Atwell also features in this film.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
Starring: Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer
Ruling from: November 17
Francis Lawrence’s dystopian science fiction follows a teenager, Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) before he becomes the authoritarian president of Panem. This is the fifth instalment of the franchise after it was launched in 2012.
Marvel, and more marvel
A lot more — five, to be precise — is set to come from the Marvel stable this year as all the superheroes continue to expand their respective worlds. The Marvels, will see Brie Larson return to play Carol Danvers in a film that will also mark the big screen debut of Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, after her Disney series debut. In May, Chris Pratt is expected to return with the next edition of the Guardians franchise, and Paul Rudd, whose fame has only soared since his appointment to the MCU, will present the latest edition of Ant -Man and the Wasp.