2020 is shaping up to be a good year in blockbuster movies. Here are a few Gayle Edmunds will be keeping an eye out for.
1. Promising Young Woman – starring Carey Mulligan and written by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve). This story is about a young woman who decides to deal with a trauma in a unique way, wrecking vengeance on the men who cross her path. It looks like a real feather ruffler for the not all men camp.
2. Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers character, Black Widow, finally gets her own stand-alone movie. Directed by Australian Cate Shortland, this film is what happened to the character between Captain America: Civil War and The Avengers: Infinity War. It is Johansson’s ninth outing as Natasha Romanova, so it’s about time she got her own film!
3. Wonder Woman 1984 – here’s Wonder Woman’s second film and I can’t wait. As an ‘80s child, I personally am holding out for a great soundtrack. Patty Jenkins directs again and this time Kristen Wiig joins the cast as Cheetah, this villain’s first outing in live action.
4. Mulan – Niki Caro (Whale Rider) directs this live action remake of the wonderful Disney animation. Starring Yifei Liu as the warrior Mulan, it promises to be a humdinger. Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee and Li Gong also star.
5. The Woman in the Window – Joe Wright, who last directed the Oscar-winning Darkest Hour, directs this adaptation of AJ Finn’s scary thriller, with Amy Adams as Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who witnesses an act of violence through her window that has terrible consequences.
6. No Time to Die – it’s that time again, another James Bond flick with an increasingly reluctant Daniel Craig as the licence to kill super spy. Though Bond has left active service, he’s dragged back into the fray when his old CIA pal Felix Leiter asks for help. Jeffrey Wright returns as Leiter, Naomie Harris is back as Moneypenny and Rami Malik is the big bad guy.
7. Top Gun: Maverick – this one’s a must, if only to see Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer together again on screen. Of course, Cruise ages backwards like Benjamin Button, and that is one of the fascinations of seeing him take on Maverick again 34 years later. That’s a gravity defying feat in and of itself.
8. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, though this film will ignore Suicide Squad and the Joker, with whom she’s split. Here she teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl. Ewan McGregor stars as Black Mask.
9. Dune – Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece has been due for a makeover. The 1980s version with Sting was a bit lame with shoulder pads and the TV series didn’t crack it either. Hopefully, Blade Runner Denis Villeneuve can do it with Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides. Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård and Javier Bardem also star.
10. Artemis Fowl – based on Eoin Colfer’s best-selling children’s books, this cinematic version is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw in the title role. Fowl is a young Irish criminal who kidnaps a fairy for a ransom to return his family to power. It also stars Josh Gad who voices Olaf in the Frozen movies and Judi Dench.