Whenever a much awaited trailer is released a year or so prior to a film’s release, the wait seems agonising. However, time flies by despite our longing, and before you know it, the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book is just a few weeks away and you’re bawling your eyes out with excitement and nostalgic emotion with the new Youtube previews.
However, there are several other releases to look forward to in 2016, and our list is diverse and spans throughout the entire year, so there’s plenty to look forward to.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Some say it’s a prequel and others say it’s the sequel. From what I can gather, it’s a bit of both. Chris Hemsworth reprises the role of the huntsman, once again a title character, this time in order to defeat two evil queens played by Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt. As we look at his past, we find a forbidden romance, but it seems that we’ll be looking at the future too, seeing as the grown William, played by Sam Claflin, will also return. There’s no sign of Snow White, as the original tale by the Brothers Grimm now merges with Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen to give us not one, but two dark powers with whom the huntsman must contend. It’ll first be released in the UK on 4th April.
Captain America: Civil War
The title to this third Captain America instalment gives much away. It’s the heroes themselves that will now turn against each other in a story that picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans) head the two sides in an argument in favour of and against the setting up of a restricting and regulating body that should determine when the superheroes are allowed to help save the day.
The Hulk and Thor are still on their imposed holiday from the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron but Bucky Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) returns and it seems like his memory does too. Clearly on the Captain’s side, he joins the Avengers as they confront not only each other but also two villains, Baron Zemo and Crossbones. The star-studded cast includes returning actors Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Renner, even though his character Hawkeye had previously seemingly given up the dangerous life to spend more time with his growing family.
Newcomers include Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Martin Freeman as one of the workers at the U.S. State Department. Emily VanCamp, who we met at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns as Agent 13 and it’s rumoured there might be something going on between herself and the Captain.
The much-anticipated comics-based feature film will be released in the last week of April in some countries and the first week of May in the rest of the world.
Florence Foster Jenkins
In this biopic about disillusioned opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep takes on the role of the title character alongside Hugh Grant, who plays her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. This is a comedy drama about the New York heiress who screeched her way through her singing career with quite a following, despite an obvious lack of talent. St Clair, who was a Shakespearean actor, humoured and supported her but despite his best efforts, her dream of performing at Carnegie Hall could never have ended on a good note. There is a release date set for 6th May for the UK for this film, but no release date as yet for most other countries.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Being released in 3D with a probable release date in late May, this sequel is even more wondrously colourful than Alice in Wonderland, and seems also to have a quicker pace. “You’ve been gone too long, Alice,” the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) tells her when she re-emerges in Underland – previously Wonderland – through a looking-glass portal. Although the characters are based on those from Lewis Carroll’s book, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, the plot is totally different to Carroll’s imaginative second instalment. The film is based around saving the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and requires Alice (Mia Wasikowska) to turn back time in order to do so.
Kindly note that release dates are tentative and subject to change.