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The big list of the biggest Hollywood films coming your way in 2016

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 2:50 IST

2015 is just a few days from being over and the biggest film of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to start 2016 off on a good note for Hollywood. Expected to beat Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Star Wars is leading the way in 2016. Beyond the record-breaking movie, there is a whole lot more to look forward to next year, including a whole number of superhero films.

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Here's our list of movies that are a must watch in 2016, in no particular order.

Hail, Caesar

Production/distribution companies: Working Title/Universal Pictures

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, and Ralph Fiennes

Release date: 5 February

This will be the Coen Brothers' 19th film as directors. Starring Josh Brolin as Eddie Mannix and George Clooney as Baird Whitlock, this movie has them producing a movie called Hail Caesar. It's an outright comedy. When Whitlock gets kidnapped, Mannix is tasked with procuring the money and saving him.

Zoolander 2

Production/distribution companies: Red Hour Productions/Paramount Pictures

Director: Ben Stiller

Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen

Release date: 12 February

Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are once again modelling in this sequel when another company opposing them attempts to take them out of the business completely.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Production/distribution companies: Broadway Video/Paramount Pictures

Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, and Sheila Vand

Release date: 4 March

A war comedy that is based upon a true story. Veteran Tina Fey plays a journalist working as a war correspondent in Afghanistan who develops a relationship with another journalist from Scotland, played by Martin Freeman.


Production/distribution companies: Endgame Entertainment/Open Road Films

Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage and Tom Wilkinson

Release date: 13 May

The biographical political thriller follows former CIA agent Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency to The Guardian back in June 2013.

Finding Dory

Production/distribution companies: Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson, Ed O'Neill, Willem Dafoe, Vicki Lewis, Idris Elba, Dominic West

Release date: 17 June

This is a 3D computer animated film. A comedy as well. It is a sequel to Pixar's 2003 film Finding Nemo and takes place six months after.


Production/distribution companies: Village Roadshow Pictures/Columbia Pictures

Director: Paul Feig

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey and Andy Garcia

Release date: 15 July

ghostbusters 2016

This is an American supernatural comedy film. It marks a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise and features an all-female lead. The plot is a lot like the original with Kristen Wiig's character being laughed out of academia when "it's discovered that she and McCarthy wrote a book that posited the existence of ghosts years prior."

She teams with two other ladies to form a team to fight an invasion of ghosts in Manhattan.

Star Trek Beyond

Production/distribution companies: Bad Robot Productions/Paramount Pictures

Director: Justin Lin

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella

Release date: 22 July

The sci-fi film is a sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. It is also the 13th film of the franchise, and the third film in the reboot series.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Production/distribution companies: Heyday Films, Warner Bros. Films

Director: David Yates

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman

Release date: 18 November

The latest film to come out of the magical world of Harry Potter is refreshingly not about the boy wizard. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an upcoming British-American fantasy drama, is based on JK Rowling's book by the same name. It promises the return of witches and wizards, this time featured in 1920's America. (Should we expect some foot-tapping music?).

Untitled Jason Bourne sequel

Production/distribution companies: Universal Pictures

Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel

Release date: 29 July

jason bourne 2016

The film is still untitled and sees Damon reprise his role nine years after his last in the series, the Bourne Ultimatum. In an interview with NY Daily News, Damon said: "(Jason Bourne) has his memory back, but that doesn't mean he knows everything. It's 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where's he been? What's he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie."

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Independence Day Resurgence

Production/distribution companies: Centropolis Entertainment/20th Century Fox

Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Angelababy, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner

Release date: 24 June

This is a sequel to 1996's highly successful Independence Day. According to IMDB, "Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?"


Production/distribution companies: Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures

Director: Duncan Jones

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin and Clancy Brown

Release date: 10 June

The movie is adapted from the highly successful video game by the same name. It is a fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones. An IMDB user going by antonyboy posted this about the plot, "the film portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance's and the Horde's sides of their conflict. Featuring characters such as Durotan and Lothar, the film will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series."

The Jungle Book

Production/distribution companies: Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Neel Sethi as Mowgli with the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken

Release date: 15 April

Jungle Book is a 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film directed by the man who made Iron Man. "An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther," says IMDB about the movie plot.

And then come

The Superhero movies...

2016 will be full of them:

Captain America: Civil War

Production/distribution companies: Marvel Studios/ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brohl, and William Hurt.

Release date: 6 May

The highly anticipated sequel to the Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In this movie, there is a "a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man" because of "political interference in the Avenger's activities".


Production/distribution companies: Marvel Entertainment/20th Century Fox

Director: Tim Miller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T J Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, and Leslie Uggams

Release date: 12 February

Deadpool will be next year's first superhero flick to hit the screens and, after its new trailer debuted this month, anticipation is growing.

Here's 20th Century Fox's plot summary: "Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego, Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Production/distribution companies: DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot

Release date: 25 March

People weren't exactly happy with the combination of Batman and Superman for one movie but Snyder seems to be doing a decent job of managing the expectations. In this movie, "mankind faces a new threat as Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman (Henry Cavill)."

X-Men: Apocalypse

Production/distribution companies: 20th Century Fox

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till

Release date: 27 May

This is a sequel to 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and the ninth movie in the X-Men series. "With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan."

Suicide Squad

Production/distribution companies: DC Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis.

Release date: 5 August

Here's a summary of the plot that we can extrapolate from the comic books: "A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprised of super villains, the "Suicide Squad". They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences."

Doctor Strange

Production/distribution companies: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton

Release date: 4 November

Production began on this film only in November and so not much is known about the film. Here's the official plot of the movie: Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions." This is definitely one of Marvel's weirder films.

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First published: 27 December 2015, 4:46 IST
Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla

Sahil is a sports and tech correspondent on the speed news desk at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.