Are You Ready for the 2017 Sequel Extravaganza?

The making of sequels is showing no signs of slowing down. 2017 is all set to bring with it a flurry of cinematic follow-ups, from ones that have won critical claim, to others that have turned out to be franchise cash-cows. Here’s a look at what the year ahead has in store.

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

When this movie is released in the U.S. on January 20, 15 years will have passed since the release of the original. “The Return of Xander Cage” premiered in Mexico City on January 5, and was released in India on January 14. Other than Vin Diesel, the film marks the return of Samuel L. Jackson, which can never be a bad thing. Others in the cast include Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa, Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev and Toni Collette. Earlier in the year, Diesel said Paramount was already willing to go forward with the next installment in the series, which will then be the fourth.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

This film is a follow up to the fifth installment in the series, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” and, as the name suggests, is probably the last. The film’s cast includes Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Shawn Roberts, William Levy, Eoin Macken and Iain Glen. Sony released the film in Japan on December 23, 2016. Its U.S. release is slated for January 27.

T2: Trainspotting 2

Two decades after Danny Boyle adapted the critically acclaimed Irvine Welsh novel into a cinematic masterpiece, he has decided to bring Mark, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie back. Boyle has based this film on “Porno,” another novel by Welsh. “T2” will be released in the UK on January 27 and in the U.S. on February 10. The film sees the return of the central cast members, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.

T2 – Trainspotting poster - TriStar Pictures - Sony

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The fifth installment in the series has Captain Jack Sparrow reuniting with Barbossa and Will Turner, to take on a new adversary, Captain Salazar. A new ship – The Dying Gull – replaces The Black Pearl. Javier Bardem plays Captain Salazar, and the film also stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. It will be released in the U.S. on May 26.

Fifty Shades Darker

This film is a sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a film based on a novel written by E. L. James. The storyline continues from where it left off in the first installment. While Ana tries to move on from her relationship with Grey, he convinces her to return on her own terms. His past, however, continues to get in the way. This film stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Max Martini and Kim Basinger. It is scheduled for release in the U.S. on February 10.

War for the Planet of the Apes

While the first “Planet of the Apes” movie was released almost half a century ago, the re-imagined story has found a number of takers even in this day and age. The third installment in the series has Caesar and his apes fighting an army of humans led by a vicious Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. The film also stars Andy Serkis, Gabriel Chavarria, Chad Rook, Judy Greer and Steve Zahn.

Some of the other noteworthy sequels that will hit theaters in 2017 include “John Wick: Chapter 2,” “Logan,” “The Fate of the Furious,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” “Despicable Me 3,” “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Annabelle 2,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

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