The return of Blade Runner 35 years after Ridley Scott's inital opus, the arrival of episode VIII of the Star Wars space opera, and the reunion of the DC Comics superheroes ... all these feverishly-awaited Hollywood sequels are likely to become box-office blockbusters when they release between September and December 2017.
Blade Runner 2049
Some 35 years after the first Ridley Scott film adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, Rick Deckard – once again played by Harrison Ford – returns to the silver screen.
Sought out by LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), the veteran replicant hunter comes back to track down more androids.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 also stars Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Robin Wright.
Release date: Oct 5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The elite British secret service organisation returns to the big screen two years after the initial movie, which scored a surprise success at the box-office.
Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong reunite for a new spy adventure, accompanied this time round by Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Elton John. Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Release date: Sept 21
Marvel's Norseman finds himself in trouble when he is imprisoned on a distant world and obliged to fight as a gladiator. That's just the start of a story in which he is forced to return to defend Asgard, his native planet, when it is threatened with destruction.
Directed by Taika Waititi and of course stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo.
Release date: Oct 26
More than a sequel, Warner's November release promises to reunite all the DC Comics superheroes.
Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) et Aquaman (Jason Momoa) join forces to protect the planet from an apocalyptic attack. Directed by Zack Snyder.
Release date: Nov 16
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
In late 2015, The Force Awakens caused a sensation when it scooped up US$2bil worth of box-office receipts around the globe. This direct sequel – the eigth installment in the epic space saga – is very likely to meet with another wildly enthusiastic international reception.
Directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill.
Release date: Dec 14 – AFP Relaxnews
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