The 2015 Movie Preview - August / September

It's part five of our look at the many many geektastic movies that are coming our way in 2015, and this time we're looking at August and September...

The Fantastic Four
What do we know about the new Fantastic Four movie? Well:
"THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy."
...says the official synopsis. So basically we don't know much apart from it being directed by Josh Trank, and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Will it be better than the two movies from a decade back? Well we can only hope so as they were decidedly hot and miss, and we'll find out on August 6th (our friends in the USA will have to wait an extra day!)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Guy Ritchie is responsible for this update of the classic U.N.C.L.E. spy series. At one time Tom Cruise was set to star as Napoleon Solo, I guess that was maybe too much with him also being involved in the Mission: Impossible movies, so after he dropped out the lead role went to Henry Cavill. He's joined by Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin and Hugh Grant as Waverly, the head of British Naval Intelligence.

It's not being updated to modern times, the film will be set in the early 1960s. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

At this stage I have mixed thoughts, I look forward to seeing it as I love the original series, but I didn't overly enjoy Ritchie's take on Sherlock Holmes. I'll have my fingers crossed for this one on August 14th.

This may just be the weirdest premise for a film in 2015. Pixels the movie is based on a short film called Pixels from a few years back...

Essentially a group of video game experts are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who've attacked New York. Because that happens now.

It's directed by Chris Columbus, which means that even though it stars Adam Sandler it'll likely be worth watching. You'll also find Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage amongst the cast when it opens on August 14th in the UK, and a few weeks earlier on July 24th in the US.

Hitman: Agent 47 
At one time Paul Walker was attached to this, but now we have Homeland's Rupert Friend as Agent 47, which I think is a great choice. In case you hadn't guessed it's based on the fictional character Agent 47 from the Hitman video game series.

The story is focused on a young woman named Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), who teams up with Agent 47 in order to find her father and her true ancestry. They discover that Katia is a genetically engineered assassin just like 47. Together, they fight the Syndicate to find Katia's father.

Zachary Quinto co-stars as John Smith (I'm quite sure that's not a Doctor Who reference), and it opens on August 28th.

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
The second Maze Runner movie arrives on September 18th. The franchise already featured one Game Of Thrones almuni in the form of Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt in the Maze Runner / Jojen Reed in Thrones), but has added a second for the sequel - that would be Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger / Janson).

The movie is still currently in production but anyone who has read the James Dashner novel will likely know what is in store, and if it follows the plot line closely then there's a lot of action in this second movie, right from the word go.

We will find out on September 18th.

So which of these movies are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below, and come back tomorrow as we wrap things up with for our October - December 2015 preview.
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