Hollywood Watch List

The faces to look out for in this summer’s biggest movies

Margot Robbie steals Suicide Squad
Okay, so we’re getting Wonder Woman next year. But Margot Robbie as baseball-bat-swinging, one-liner-wielding Harley Quinn, psychiatrist-turned-supervillain, looks like a way more fun heroine. Robbie has stolen every trailer so far for Suicide Squad, the DC Comics film about a gang of despicable criminals working for the US government – not least for her outlandish outfits and sheer disrespect for, well, everything. She broke out in The Wolf of Wall Street. She’s smashing through the ceiling with this.
Released August 4.

Mark Rylance melts hearts in The BFG

If the Cannes Film Festival reactions are anything to go by (and, admittedly, sometimes the cravat-crowd gets it very wrong), this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s kids’ classic will twinkle so brightly you’ll be able to see it from space. Not only is Steven Spielberg – a man who has delivered more in the way of magical than every Disneyland put together – directing, but the Oscar-winning Mark Rylance plays the friendly giant, radiating warmth as if he’s just swallowed a chunk of the sun.
Released August 11.

Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are back, darling, in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Sweeties, they’re back. More than 20 years after the cult ’90s TV comedy first aired, fashion trainwrecks Edina and Patsy are coming to the big screen – hiding out after causing a major incident at fashion week (they drown Kate Moss in the Thames). Honestly, it’s tough to tell the way this one will go. But we’re in it for cameos from Victoria Beckham, Lulu, Stella McCartney et al, at least.
Released July, date to be announced.

Matt Damon gets fired up (we hope) in Jason Bourne
He’s back! But is this fourth movie just a pay cheque for star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass? We have everything crossed it ain’t so, because if the script’s good, if the fights and car chases are spectacular and if Damon’s heart is really, truly in it, this’ll be the super-spy smackdown of the summer.
Released July 28.

Meryl Streep howls like a hyena in Florence Foster Jenkins
She has been nominated for more Oscars than any other actor. She is top of pretty much every A-lister’s list of heroes. But Meryl Streep hits all the wrong notes in her new comedy – deliberately and hilariously – playing real-life deluded diva Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1930s, wealthy American socialite Florence performed as an opera singer, despite having a terrible voice. Guaranteed to dislodge earwax.
Released September 22.

Jeff Goldblum socks it to the aliens (again) in Independence Day: Resurgence
Will Smith may have ducked out, but he was never the real star of Roland Emmerich’s alien-invasion classic, anyway. That honour went to the nervous-twitching, cigar-chomping, virus-uploading scientific genius Jeff Goldblum, who’s back for this long-awaited sequel. We’ll sheepishly admit to being mega excited.
Released July 7.

Chris Pine finds a new frontier in Star Trek Beyond
The franchise with the blatant disregard for grammar (first Into Darkness, now Beyond, STILL no colon?) sends Chris Pine’s Kirk and co to an all-new frontier: Dubai. That it was shot partly on location here is just one reason we’re excited about their return. The second is that it was written by super-nerd series regular Simon Pegg. The third is the most recent trailer, a measured, moody piece that made up for all the ridiculous high-octane histrionics of the first – which did nothing to allay the fears of fans that this one is directed by Justin Lin, the lunatic behind many Fast & Furiouses.
Released July 21.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig zap poltergeists in Ghostbusters
Nobody wanted a remake of Ghostbusters. Nobody. Until we heard that Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig would lead the new, all-female gang of ghoul trappers, and that it would be directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy). The best part of it? All the sad little boys on the internet who can’t stand the idea of girl-ghostbusters.
Released July 14.

Alexander Skarsgård swings in with The Legend Of Tarzan
Fans of the Swedish heart-throb will be delighted to see him take on one of the most famous characters in the movies. His Jane? Margot Robbie. His nemesis? Christoph Waltz. His director? None other than David Yates, the Warner Bros. wonderboy who delivered the final four Harry Potters, and will next keep all that Hogwarts action going with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Could be epic.
Released July 28.

Elle Fanning glams it up in The Neon Demon
Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest divided critics in Cannes, which is just how he likes it. Elle Fanning plays Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of ruthless, beauty-obsessed women, with seriously gruesome results. If you’re a fan of Dario Argento’s classic horror Suspiria, this will be right up your alley. If you’ve never seen it then watch it now, then watch this. Then thank us later.
Released August, date to be announced.

Ricky Gervais hits the road in, erm, David Brent: Life On The Road
Ricky Gervais’ iconic, peerless and perfect creation, David “chilled entertainer” Brent is back, in a new mockumentary that follows the former “star” of The Office as he plays about at being a rock star on the road. Many have tried to ape the character’s seamless blend of pathos and punchability. None have come even close. Welcome back, squire.
Released August, date to be announced.

Jack Huston rides out in Ben-Hur
The 1959 original scooped a still-unbeaten 11 Oscars. This remake is directed by Timur Bekmambetov, who last delivered the abomination that was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So let’s not get too carried away. Still, look back to Bekmambetov’s breakout movie Night Watch and then his decent Hollywood crossover Wanted, and then factor in the talented Jack Huston (nephew of Anjelica) as the big man himself and, well, they could yet pull this one off.
Released September 8.

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