With the last 12 months being a whirlwind of successes and record-breaking blockbusters in the world of cinema, it’s incredible to think we’re now at the end of another year in film. The only plus for saying goodbye to a great 2012 though, is that we get to see what the next 12 months have in store on the big screen. Here at Inside Media Track, we’ve chosen a selection of just some of the movies to look forward to for 2013.
And right from the get go in January, there’s plenty to enjoy. The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, sees the true story of a family desperate to find one another after they become lost following the tragic events of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling star in a new crime thriller Gangster Squad, whilst Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper follows on from the success of The King’s Speech with his take on the famous musical Les Miserables, starring Australian duo Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, along with Anne Hathaway.
There’s also Zero Dark Thirty, Katheryn Bigelow‘s take on the mission to capture Osama Bin Laden during the Afghan war, starring Jessica Chastain, looking to follow on from her other award-winning war-torn tale The Hurt Locker. Quentin Tarantino‘s back with his new film Django Unchained, a western about freed slave whose used for his knowledge to take out bandits, starring Jamie Foxx and the great Christolph Waltz. Then, the big movie already tipped for awards, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s time in office as United States President and his attempts for the abolition of slavery during civil war America.
I Give It A Year, with its ensemble cast, looks to be a funny modern-day British romantic comedy, reminiscent of Four Weddings. Whilst Beautiful Creatures starring Emma Thompson, looks to appeal to the Twilight audiences in this tale of witches and the supernatural. Plus, John McClane is back, as Bruce Willis stars in A Good Way To Die Hard, hoping to be more of a hit than his last Die Hard outing. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry star in the long-awaited of adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, as six separate stories take place over many centuries, all connected by theories of reincarnation and transcendent souls. Whilst Jack The Giant Slayer starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor, hopes to carry onthe string of success updated fairy tale films have made recently with its take on the popular children’s fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk.
May sees Robert Downey Jr. return as billionaire Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 with the usual faces of Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, with Ben Kingsley on board as the villain. The new addition to the Fast and Furious series arrives with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson back in Fast Six. Brad Pitt stars in the post apocalyptic horror World War Z. Plus, sci-fi fans get to see the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams sequel to his Star Trek debut with Star Trek Into Darkness starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine. Then, director Baz Luhrmann brings his much awaited version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the big screen, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan as both Gatsby and Daisy. Taking place during the height of 1920’s America, Luhrmann looks to bring his eccentric style to one of the most loved novels ever made.
Summer sees director Zack Snyder rebooting the Superman franchise with a more serious and darker edge in Man Of Steel starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine, whilst Chris Hemsworth returns as the hammer-throwing Thor in Thor 2 along with Natalie Portman, for another summer of superhero blockbusters. We have the new fantasy sci-fi movie by Guillermo Del Toro with Pacific Rim, and actor/director combo Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski team up together again for The Lone Ranger. Steve Carell returns to voice in Despicable Me 2, with Monsters University, battling to become the big animated movie of the season.
Also on the horizon, we have the new M. Night Shyamalan movie After Earth about the discovery of a world formerly occupied by humans, starring Will Smith. The final Hangover film with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis back for The Hangover 3. Then later on in the year is Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, about the real life hijacking by Somali pirates of an American navy officer.
We have the new Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis with Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, plus the new Danny Boyle movie Trance with James McAvoy. Then the middle book of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy arrives as Jennifer Lawrence and co. return for the next instalment in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Francis Lawrence directing and Philip Seymour Hoffman joining the already stellar cast. And last but not least, Peter Jackson‘s middle instalment of his Hobbit trilogy arrives in time for Christmas, with The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
Whether it’s just one of these, or all of these, there’s plenty to look forward to for the year ahead. Which ever films takes your fancy, fingers crossed that 2013 will be another huge year to remember for film.