13 Most Anticipated Films of 2013January 19, 2013
Okay, we tried to narrow it down to ten, but there are just way too many great geek movies coming out in 2013! Marvel and Trek fans rejoice, some old favourites and new enemies will be seen. Check out the list below for our most anticipated films of the new year.
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich, Warm Bodies features a zombie that becomes involved with one of his victims girlfriends and how their romance sets in motion a chain of events that could transform the lives of the living dead as they know it. Taking a completely different look at the whole zombie genre and touted as a comedic horror, this movie shambles into theatres February 1st, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
The much anticipated prequel to the Wizard of Oz sees Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small time circus magician taken away from Kansas and dropped into the land of Oz. While at first Oscar thinks life is starting to look up and he can have all the fame and fortune he desires, he soon comes to realize that not everyone believes he is the great wizard everyone has been waiting for, specifically three witches; Glinda (Michelle Williams), Theodora (Mila Kunis), and Evanora (Rachel Weisz). Reluctant to help but unwilling to turn his back as Oz faces epic problems, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Find yourself in Oz March 8th, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Originally a science fiction graphic novel of the same name written by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion follows the story of Commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) working as a drone repairman on an Earth ravaged by decades of war with aliens known as ‘Scavs’. Harper is one of the few men left on Earth and is part of a massive operation to extract vital resources as well as patrol the ground and skies for threats when he finds a downed spacecraft occupied by a female. He begins to question everything after her arrival leading to a chain of events no one could have anticipated. Earth is a memory worth fighting for. Catch Oblivion in theatres April 19th, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Iron Man 3
In the third installment of the Iron Man series, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Junior) returns after the events of The Avengers battle in New York City, facing nightmares and otherwise sleepless nights. His main priority is taking care of the one he loves most, and that’s when he meets his most formidable enemy yet, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). We will see the return of Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and of course Jarvis (voice: Paul Bettany) and the movie is set to be released in theatres May 3rd, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Almost four years to the day the reboot first came to theatres, the crew of the USS Enterprise are returning on a critical mission; to save Earth. Upon arriving back home, the crew finds that one of Starfleet’s own has ruined everything it stands for and has thrown the world into a crisis. With Captain Kirk at the helm and with a personal score to settle, the crew follow him into a war-zone in order to catch the one man that started it all; a dangerous, terrifying, and seemingly unstoppable individual. They all face inevitable challenges in the face of a new foe, and sacrifices must be made to save the only family that Captain Kirk has left: his crew. In theatres May 17th, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Earth has been abandoned for a thousand years following cataclysmic events. General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) has just returned to his family following an extended tour of duty and is finally ready to settle down and be a father to his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith), who is thirteen. Following a crash landing on Earth, Kitai must trek across hostile terrain humans have left behind long ago in order to save his injured father.M. Night Shyamalan’s new film After Earth crashes into theatres on June 7th, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Man of Steel
Coinciding with Superman’s 75th anniversary (the character appeared in Action Comics #1 in June, 1938), Superman will again appear on the silver screen, this time played by the handsome young actor Henry Cavill. We will see the story of the infant sent to Earth from Krypton and his subsequent rearing in Kansas by Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan (Kevin Costner) Kent, as well as his struggle to decide whether to embrace the abilities he has, or to hide them. As an adult, Clark Kent decides to use his abilities to protect his adoptive planet from unimaginable evil. Oscar winner Russell Crowe will be taking up the mantle of Clark Kent’s biological father, Jor-El, while Amy Adams plays Lois Lane and Michael Shannon is the evil Kryptonian General Zod, a formidable foe of Superman’s. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will fly into theatres June 14, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
World War Z
Originally a book written by Max Brooks, World War Z told the story of “first hand accounts” of those lucky enough to survive the zombie war called “The Crisis”. Now, Plan B Entertainment brings World War Z to life in a different way, much to the dismay of the fans of the original book. The movie depicts Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his wife Karen (Mireille Enos) and their two daughters witnessing the beginning of the zombie war. Gerry is a United Nations employee who must take on the difficult task of leaving his family to traverse the globe against time in search of an end to a pandemic that could decimate the human population. Initially set for release December 21st, 2012, the movie will now be in theatres June 21st, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
A film that is near and dear to the heart of those working here at GCE, we are very excited to learn about the pending release of Guillermo del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim. When aliens, not from the stars but from a portal between dimensions located in the Pacific Ocean, threaten Earth and its inhabitants, pilots must man giant robots named Jaeger’s to fight back. The aliens, named the Kaiju, slug it out with the Jaeger’s with the worlds fate at stake, and Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost delivers a speech that would make anyone want to join the good fight; “Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen to believe in each other. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!” Watch the battle for humanity unfold in theatres July 12th, 2013. Watch the trailer here.
Reprising his role as Logan, Hugh Jackman stars in The Wolverine, said to be the first R-rated movie in the X-Men franchise. The movie will follow the popular comic book arc of the same name which was written by Chris Claremont and pencilled by Frank Miller. Logan will travel to Japan to train with a samurai warrior, but it is not all peaceful as someone from his past reveals themselves and an epic battle ensues. The Wolverine will come slashing into theatres July 26th, 2013.
After a couple movie title changes (first Elysium, then Baja Dunes, then Elysium again), it seems that Neill Blomkamp’s film is back on it’s tracks. Starring Matt Damon as Max and Jodie Foster as Secretary Rhodes, Elysium is set in the year 2159 where two classes of people exist: the wealthy class live on a man-made space station called Elysium, and the poor, who are forced to live on a ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official on Elysium, will do anything to maintain the luxurious lifestyle on the space station while Max finds himself backed into a corner and with few options left, accepts a mission that could not only save his life, but bring equality between the rich and poor. Elysium will be released in theatres August 9th, 2013.
Thor: The Dark World
Following the events of The Avengers, Thor must battle to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy that seeks to destroy them. The Dark Elves, led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccelston) intend to plunge the entire universe into darkness unless Thor can help. Facing an enemy not even Odin and Asgard could overcome, Thor will reunite with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and set out on a quest that will test his every limit. Thor: The Dark World will hit theatres November 8th, 2013.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The much anticipated sequel to the blockbuster, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, reunites us with Gandolf, the Dwarves and of course Bilbo as they continue their journey to get their gold back from the dragon called Smaug. Having already successfully traversed the Misty Mountains and Bilbo having obtained the One Ring, the group must first seek help before going into Mirkwood Forest in order to continue their journey to regain what is theirs from the dragon. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will come to theatres December 13th, 2013.