The Last Jedi got you itching for more futuristic tales? It’ll be a while before Episode IX hits screens, but there’s plenty of sci-fi in the pipeline to keep you entertained in the Star Wars interim.
Fans of young adult dystopian fiction have the final installment of the Maze Runner series to look forward to, while readers who prefer more highbrow fare will see the freaky creatures of Jeff VanderMeer’s acclaimed novel Annihilation brought to life.
From director Robert Rodriguez comes a life-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, a manga series by Yukito Kishiro, starring the ineffable Christoph Waltz. And last but not least, Steven Spielberg will bring his highly-anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One to big screens in March 2018.
Those trailers and more, below.
The Polka King
Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail. This exuberant tragicomedy recounts the remarkable but true story of the rise and fall of Polish émigré Jan (Jack Black), from striving tchotchke shop owner in the ’70s to the undisputed “King of Pennsylvania Polka” in the early ’90s. Lewan pursued the American Dream by any means necessary, fleecing investors and bribing officials to build a personal musical empire in what became the world’s only known Polka Ponzi scheme.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades, and nature has reclaimed its last vestiges of human civilisation. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition ended in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all died of cancer. In Annihilation, based on the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) moves to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start and becomes a professional paid audience member for infomercials and other live studio tapings, with his best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) at his side. After a lifetime of drawing the short straw, Eddie seems to have finally caught a break as he forms a bond with winsome gas station attendant, Judy (Amanda Seyfried). But when Eddie’s many disguises and telegenic enthusiasm catch the eye of a notorious late night talk show host and his producer (Adam Levine), they turn Eddie’s life into the newest national obsession, threatening his budding romance.
The 15:17 To Paris
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
Ready Player One
It’s 2045. The world is on the brink of chaos and collapse. But people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Once-acclaimed New York playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his joke-loving father, Bob (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Sam Hoffman’s directorial debut, inspired by his website Old Jews Telling Jokes, explores the healing powers of sleeping on a fold-out couch, and proves that even the worst circumstances are made better with a laugh or two.
Winter 1997. Amarillo, Texas. Brian Deneke is known for his green mohawk and undying passion for punk music. He throws shows with his friends at a rundown venue known as “Bomb City” and, along with many of his fellow punks, refuses to conform to the conservative culture that surrounds them. Their radical appearances stir social intolerance within the community, particularly with high school jock Cody Cates and a pack known as “white-hatters.” Conflict between the two groups ignites a series of hostile encounters, climaxing one evening with a horrific street fight that would become one of the most controversial hate crimes in modern American culture. Based on a true story.
Alita: Battle Angel
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover the power one young woman has to effect change.
Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch) follows two cops from very different backgrounds – Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton – who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, could destroy everything if it fell into the wrong hands.