Most talked about movies of 2015, so far


The Bellas are back!

Here’s a list of 10 movies that have been getting a lot of hype since ... well, last year!

From Fifty Shades Of Grey to Minions via The Avengers and Pitch Perfect 2, we pick 10 blockbusters-in-waiting for the new year.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Opens: Feb 13 (international release date)

A troubled casting process allowed Jamie Dornan, who co-stars with Gillian Anderson in BBC procedural series The Fall, to take up position opposite Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) as the attractive business magnate and troubled control freak central to proceedings.

Sam Taylor-Johnson of the very well-received John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and short film Love You More directs this well-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James's highly charged erotic literature sensation.

Cinderella

Opens: March 13 (US and international)

Kenneth Brannagh, once known for his Shakespearean forte, now turns to fairytale, having familiarised himself with big budget, mainstream success courtesy of Marvel's 2011 hit Thor.

Lily James stars as Ella, surrounded by a host of talented actors and actresses in Disney's latest retelling Helen Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, Ben Chaplin, Derek Jacobi plus Game Of Thrones heartthrob Richard Madden as charming prince Kit.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Opens: March 20 (international)

Is there room for more than one female-led young adult fiction adaptation in the year? 2014's Divergent says yes, with Shailene Woodley having led the first of Veronica Roth's trilogy as Tris and returning to hunt for the truth with comrade Four (Theo James).

The trilogy closer will, like The Hunger Games, be a two-parter, arriving in March of 2016 and 2017.

Furious 7

Opens: April 3 (international)

Jason Statham gets in on the action as the Fast And Furious crew's latest opponent. High speed thrills and spills return to US soil as Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his allies seek to safeguard their lives and livelihoods.

The film is set to be as much a celebration of the series as it is a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died shortly after filming started, but whose place in the film was kept as the script, CGI effects and body doubles were worked around his absence.

Avengers Age Of Ultron

Opens: May 1 (international/week of April 22 in some European territories)

The ensemble reunites, physically if not in spirit, as Marvel's superhero alliance is swiftly and perhaps irrevocably fragmented as a result of internal pressures and the insertion of a malevolent AI, Ultron. Cue soul-searching and spectacular action sequences as Iron Man (Rober Downey Jr) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) attempt to save the world once more.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Opens: May 15 (international)

The franchise is resurrected at the hands of original director George Miller nearly 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome, and with the increasingly visible Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) replacing Mel Gibson as the title character, an apocalypse survivor wandering the wastelands.

He's joined by the likes of Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, ex-wrestler Nathan Jones and eclectic musician iOTA in Warner Bros' US$150mil picture.

Pitch Perfect 2

Opens: May 15 (international/Australia on May 7, some European territories May 29)

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and friends flex their vocal chords and comedy muscles in the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed predecessor; having won a national a cappella singing competition, Barden University's reformed Bellas troupe enters an international competition against all odds.

Paper Towns

Opens: June 5 (US), July 3 (Britain), July 30 (Singapore), Aug 19 (France); others to be announced

The second year in a row for a John Green adaptation after 2014's breakout teen romance The Fault In Our Stars. Nat Wolff returns, this time as lead character Quentin Jacobsen, who is under the spell of the enigmatic and anarchic Margo (Cara Delevigne, Anna Karenina).

The same team behind The Fault In Our Stars was in charge of adapting Paper Towns, while Sundance award winner Jake Schreier directs for The Fault In Our Stars production company Temple Hill and its distributor 20th Century Fox. All that's missing is a unified worldwide release schedule.

Jurassic World

Opens: June 12 (international)

Chris Pratt of The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy continues his blockbuster form with the part of dinosaur park ranger Owen, while the rest of the cast is a traditional mix of character actors and popular faces. BD Wong provides continuity as genetic scientist Henry Wu as overambitious corporate interests provide yet more human-dinosaur interactions.

Minions

Opens: July 10 (international)

The trouble-seeking, curious yellow beings from the Despicable Me films are in a spot of bother – there's no one suitably evil to serve – and so it's off to New York, and then London, for an intrepid (and hapless) trio.

Such is the power of the minion masses that, with half a year until release, their self-titled feature debut is utterly lacking any major studio competition on its scheduled debut.

See also: Most hyped movies of the second half of 2015

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