Summer is almost upon us, and with it, its season of blockbusters. And boy do we have movies to look forward to in the coming months. Not only are many of our favourite series back with new instalments, but there’s also a few original tentpoles lined up that sound rather intriguing.
Here are the fifteen top summer films we’re just dying to see on the big screen. And if, like us, you simply can’t wait, you can in the meantime catch up with what’s going on in your favourite blockbuster universe with Virgin Movies, Netflix or Sky Cinema.
1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - in cinemas September 29th.
The first Kingsman film was a perfect, tongue-in-cheek answer to James Bond, and we’re glad to be getting some more. The main cast of the first instalment is all back (including, mysteriously, Colin Firth, whose character is supposed to have died). Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Elton John have been brought in to swell the ranks. The Kingsman crew are forced to ally with their American counterparts, Statesman, when their headquarters are attacked and destroyed by a mysterious organisation called The Golden Circle.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is available now on Netflix
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - in cinemas April 28th
Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are back! Guardians of the Galaxy is our favourite film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, and we’re unbelievably excited for this sequel. It’s also lined up to star Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, and Elizabeth Debicki and to be honest, if even just the soundtrack is as good as the original, we’ll consider ourselves happy.
3. Alien: Covenant - in cinemas May 12th
The Alien prequel Prometheus left plenty of questions unanswered, and we’ve had to wait a whole five years to get new clues. In this follow-up, we’re getting Michael Fassbender back as the android David, along with Noomi Rapace, who is also set to appear. This movie is following the adventures of the ship Covenant, who travels to a paradise planet only to discover that it is inhabited by monsters. Katherine Waterston and James Franco are starring.
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4. Snatched - in cinemas May 19th
Amy Schumer took rom-com fans by storm with her hilarious first feature Trainwrecked, and she’s now back with her next project, Snatched. A young woman and her mother go on a wild holiday … and promptly get kidnapped. But it isn’t immediately clear who is the worst off out of it - the hapless prisoners, or the gang, who is soon thoroughly irritated by them? It looks like it’ll be perfectly silly, in total Schumer style.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -in cinemas May 26th
Captain Jack Sparrow is back on the high seas this summer, alongside Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Yup, we’re excited. This time, Jack is on the bad books of his former pal Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hellbent on revenge. Cap Sparrow should perhaps get around to sorting out his interpersonal relationships, but then again the Caribbean seas wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.
6. Baywatch - in cinemas May 29th
The hit TV show is finally making it to the big screen. Who knows what this new take on the 90s story will look like? All that’s sure is that it’s starring Zach Efron and Dwayne Johnson, and that the trailers look nothing short of hilarious. The two lifeguarding bros will have to team up in order to fend off a drug operation taking place on their beach.
7. Wonder Woman - in cinemas June 2nd
The Extended DC Universe is back, and this time with the much anticipated Wonder Woman standalone film. It’s the first female-led superhero flick to come out in cinemas in a good while, and that alone is reason to celebrate. But the trailer promises dead cool action moments, an intriguing plot set during World War I and lots of Gal Gadot just being awesome.
8. The Mummy - in cinemas June 9th
One of numerous franchises being rebooted of late, the popular horror series is making a comeback, with Tom Cruise as the lead. We’ve obvs got another angered mummy as the antagonist, who uses her wrathful magic to try to take over the world. Will our hero be up to the impossible mission, and manage to stop the undead in its tracks?
9. Transformers: The Last Knight - in cinemas June 23rd
This fifth film is the last instalment in the Transformers series that Michael Bay is set to direct. Humans are sort of in a pickle after Optimus Prime, once their defender against the invading Transformers, is hypnotised to fight against them. Not only do they have to struggle to get their friend back, but they’re faced with yet another invasion - and have figure out what the machines are after. Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci are reprising their roles, and Anthony Hopkins appears as an Oxford Professor.
Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are available now on Sky Cinema
10. Baby Driver - in cinemas June 28th
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is one of the best getaway drivers you’ll find, and he’s only in his twenties. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), he wants out - but his gang (Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx) aren't quite up to speed with the idea. The film promises to have an amazing soundtrack, and is directed by Edgar Wright, who’s given us quirky movies of the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim Against the World.
11. Spider-Man: Homecoming - in cinemas July 7th
Ever since we met this version of the character in Captain America: Civil War, we’ve been eager to see him star in his own feature film. The wait is over: Spidey is getting his proper introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at last. And it looks like the superhero decides to fly solo after his reluctant mentor, Tony Stark, refuses to take him seriously. We’re hoping for some great jokes and lots and lots of Avengers Easter eggs.
Captain America: Civil War is available now on Sky Cinem
12. Cars 3 - in cinemas July 14th
Pixar is going full steam ahead with sequels, and they do them so well that we can’t complain. Finding Dory wowed us last year, and The Incredibles 2 is on the way. This summer, it’s the turn of Cars, who is getting a third instalment. If the trailer is anything to go by, Lightning McQueen will be facing his greatest challenge yet. It looks like it’s gonna be an emotional ride, and we’ve got tissues at the ready.
13. War for the Planet of the Apes - in cinemas July 14th
The Planet of the Apes prequels are coming full circle, and this third film will tell us once and for all how the intelligent creatures took over from human civilization. This time we’ve got Woody Harrelson as the leading human protagonist, and Andy Serkis is of course returning as Caesar. Sure, it’s gonna be gloomy, but who doesn’t like a bit of dystopian fiction these days? Plus, the CGI in these is always awesome.
14. Dunkirk - in cinemas July 21st
This is Christopher Nolan’s big return since his heartbreaking Interstellar, and the director is turning from science-fiction to historical drama. Dunkirk retells the story of the miracle evacuation of Allied troops from the French port city during World War II. The cast is as star-studded as they come, including the likes of Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh, along with Harry Styles.
15. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - in cinemas August 4th.
This is one of the big science-fiction releases of the year, and is based on a popular comic books series. In the 28th Century, operatives Valerian and Laureline are charged with re-establishing order in the metropolis called Alpha. Luc Besson, who made the Fifth Element and Lucy, is directing, and Dane DeHaan, and Cara Delevigne and Rhianna are co-starring.