From rebooted blockbusters to epic saga conclusions, these films will have crowds lining up this summer
Coming to theaters: Aug. 5
Starring: Will Smith and Margot Robbie
There is, as costar Scott Eastwood explains, a “difference between bad and evil,” which explains why the government enlists a crew of no-goodniks, including Deadshot (Smith) and Harley Quinn (Robbie), to redeem themselves. But on which side of that line is the Joker – played with demented gusto by Jared Leto?
Coming to theaters: July 29
Starring: Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander
Bourne remembers what he did – now he wants to know why. “Having Matt back as the morally conflicted Bourne has been fantastic,” says producer Frank Marshall. Adding Oscar winner Vikander (in a top-secret role) “really ups the stakes.”
STAR TREK BEYOND
Coming to theaters: July 22
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and John Cho
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Trekfranchise, Idris Elba has beamed aboard as a bad guy, and Justin Lin takes over as director to boldly explore new reaches of the universe. “You’re going to get a feeling of the true essence of Trek,” he says. “It captures this idea of anything can happen and anything is out there.”
Coming to theaters: July 15
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon
Thirty-two years after the original hit, these four funny females (plus Chris Hemsworth as their loyal secretary) reboot the slimefest and save the city from a supernatural takeover. “There’s something exciting about us bringing it to a new generation,” says director Paul Feig.
Coming to theaters: July 1
Starring: Mark Rylance and Rebecca Hall
Steven Spielberg hopes to create E.T.-like magic in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about a Big Friendly Giant who bonds with a little girl. “Dahl has such a wonderful sense of irreverent humor,” says executive producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Coming to theaters: June 17
Starring: Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson
The bromantic odd couple team up to battle bad guys in a spy comedy. “They come in very different packages, but Kevin and Dwayne are cut from the same cloth,” says director Rawson Marshall Thurber. “Both of them take the work seriously, but not themselves seriously.”
Coming to theaters: June 17
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres
The forgetful blue fish found a friend in Nemo – but don’t expect her to stay put. “She’s been lost for a long time,” says DeGeneres. “She realizes she has a family. And where are they?” With the help of sea turtle rides and a scene-stealing octopus, Nemo and dad Marlin go on a mission to help Dory find her parents.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Coming to theaters: May 27
Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter
Alice races through Wonderland to save the Mad Hatter in this sequel to the 2010 film, which also pits Bonham Carter’s Red Queen against Hathaway’s White Queen. “There is a face-off,” says Bonham Carter. “We see how the Red Queen got her big head, and it has to do with that sibling relationship with the White Queen.”
Coming to theaters: May 13
Starring: George Clooney and Julia Roberts
Clooney and Roberts reteam as a TV host and his producer held hostage by a gunman in a thriller directed by Jodie Foster. These superstar pals have chemistry even when they’re talking via earpiece. “That’s a testament to their being great actors,” says producer Grant Heslov. “They’re not even in the same room.”