We’ve rounded up some of the best new films coming out in 2017 with their trailers and release dates, including Star Wars Episode VIII, Deadpool 2, and more. And if you want to grab tickets for any of the films, check out our guide to buying cheap cinema tickets in the UK.
Last updated with the latest trailers for Deadpool 2.
Coco release date: 8 December 2017
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez
What we know: Pixar’s latest entirely original film takes its inspiration from Día de los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead), and promises to have an entirely Mexican cast. It boasts one of Pixar’s best directors, so we’re expecting stunning animation, a lot of laughs, and to be left in floods and floods of tears by the end, while the first trailer sets up some strong musical themes and the adorably manic pup Dante.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi release date: 15 December 2017
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
What we know: After last year’s excellent standalone film Rogue One, Star Wars is going back to more familiar territory this December with a follow-up to The Force Awakens. Director Rian Johnson has promised it will pick up immediately where that film left off – meaning we will finally actually hear Luke Skywalker say something – while Adam Driver will be back as the wonderfully impetuous Kylo Ren. Still, none of that can make up for the fact that this will be our last ever film with Carrie Fisher as Princess (now General) Leia. You’ll find us bawling in the back row.
Pitch Perfect 3 release date: 22 December 2017
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks
What we know: The Bellas are back in the third outing for one of the least probable comedy franchises of all time. The girls are now out of college, and discovering that being a member of a hit student a cappella group doesn’t immediately translate into brilliant job prospects. Who’d a thunk it?
Bright release date: 22 December 2017
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
What we know: Netflix has made movies before, but nothing quite like this: a $100m fantasy blockbuster starring Will Smith. From Fury and Suicide Squad director David Ayer, Bright sees Smith play a cop who gets a new partner – an orc. It’s basically trying to be a gritty cop drama with fairies (who seem to be used as a not-so-subtle allegory for racism), but we’ll watch Smith in just about anything.
Early Man release date: 26 January 2018
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall
What we know: The latest film from Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run creator Nick Park is taking us back to the Stone Age as Eddie Redmayne’s Dug has to lead his tribe to victory against some local Bronze Age upstarts. It’s an Aardman animation, so expect over-sized teeth, wacky animals, and oodles of slapstick humour – something the trailer delivers in spades:
Black Panther release date: 9 February 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira
What we know: After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is back as Black Panther, Marvel’s all-African superhero who just also happens to be a king. The mostly black cast looks like a huge step forward for superheroic diversity, and it doesn’t hurt that the action is probably going to be pretty top-notch too.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure UK release date: 9 February 2018
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Katherine Emmanuel
What we know: The third (and final?) Maze Runner movie finally arrives after lengthy delays caused by an on-set injury to star Dylan O’Brien, promising answers once and for all about just why maze running is so great anyway. Will there be mazes? Maybe. Running? Probably. Improbably attractive young stars wooing each other in the midst of it all? Absolutely.
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water UK release date: 16 February 2018
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer
What we know: The latest creature feature from renowned director Guillermo Del Toro looks likely to be more weepy than scary, focussing on the forbidden love between a deaf woman and a mute fish man who lives in a government facility. It’s a tale as old as time and all that. Still, it looks lovely, it won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and critics have been raving.
Pacific Rim: Uprising release date: 23 February 2018
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman
What we know: Giant robots meet giant monsters. Again. This sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece of monster mayhem comes from TV veteran Steven S. DeKnight, and stars John Boyega (of Star Wars fame) as the son of the first film’s Idris Elba character. This time the robots are sleeker, the monsters are bigger, and it’s gonna be bloody great.
Red Sparrow UK release date: 2 March 2018
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons
What we know: Jennifer Lawrence is a super-spy in this new thriller which sees her trained as a ‘Sparrow’, a Russian agent who uses every tool at her disposal to seduce and eliminate her targets. That all sounds pretty familiar, but the trailer suggests a welcome dark tone to the film, so there might be more here than the plot summary suggests.
The First Tomb Raider
The First Tomb Raider release date: 16 March 2018
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Hannah John-Kamen
What we know: The First Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, aged here at just 21. The film is set seven years after her eccentric adventurer father’s death, and shows her determined to go against his wishes and discover what really happened to him. She sets off on a perilous adventure to his last-known destination, a fabled tomb on an island off the coast of Japan, and it’s here that she earns herself the name Tomb Raider.
Ready Player One
Ready Player One release date: 30 March 2018
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
What we know: Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a pop culture-soaked tribute to the ’80s. Set in 2045, it centres on a virtual reality contest with a fortune as the prize – and the answer is almost certainly hidden in its creator’s obsession with the music, films, TV, and most importantly videogames of the ’80s. Steven Spielberg is in the director’s chair, so hopefully it should be in safe hands.
Isle of Dogs UK release date: 30 March 2018
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum
What we know: The latest film from auteur director Wes Anderson sees him return to stop-motion animation for one of his strangest stories yet. Imagining a future where Japan is overrun by dogs, the excess canines are shipped off to an island rubbish dump, which one young boy journeys to on a quest to reclaim his own missing pooch. It’s all very, very Wes Anderson – make of that what you will.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War UK release date: 27 April 2018
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt… and so on
What we know: All of the superheroes ever are joining forces in the biggest Marvel movie yet, as Josh Brolin’s long-teased Thanos finally arrives to claim the six Infinity Stones and basically murder everybody. The cast is absolutely stupidly huge, but it all leads into the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie in 2019, which will probably thin the herd a bit.
Deadpool 2 release date: 1 June 2018
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
What we know: Ryan Reynolds is back as the Merc with a Mouth in the sequel to 2016’s surprise R-rated hit.
The first proper teaser, titled ‘Wet on Wet’, begins with Ryan Reynolds dressed as TV painter Bob Ross. Intriguingly bizarre, the trailer kicks off with some Deadpool-appropriate innuendo-splattered comedy and then we quickly get into the action, which involves explosions, guns and a funeral, but nothing in the way of spoilers.