ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Ricky Derisz

With relentless streams of new films being released all the time, it can be difficult to keep on top of things. But don't worry, here at Movie Pilot we've got you covered. If you're an action fan, this is the place to be to keep track of the biggest and best new actions movies.

The below list is regularly updated, so fans of action feel free to bookmark the page, or set it as your homepage, or maybe just print it off every few months and stick it on your bathroom mirror; yes, the list really is that good.

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With anthologies, sequels, reboots and originals, the next few months is action packed indeed. Let's take a look at new action movies below.

20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Delving further into the vast Star Wars universe, Rogue One is an anthology spinoff which will explore the events leading up the original A New Hope (1977). Although closely linked, Gareth Edwards's movie will promises to be more akin to a war movie than a sci-fi, with gritty and unflinching action sequences.

19. Assassin's Creed

Michael Fassbender stars in 'Assassin's Creed' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Michael Fassbender stars in 'Assassin's Creed' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Release date: December 21, 2016

The Assassin's Creed video game series is immensely popular, so the adaptation is both drenched with anticipation and pressure to live up to expectations. The movie won't directly adapt storylines from the series, but will be set within the same universe of ancient secret societies.

Bringing the game to life will be an A-list cast including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams.

18. The Lake

J.K. Simmons stars in 'The Lake'
J.K. Simmons stars in 'The Lake'

Release date: January 20, 2017

A little more low-key than some of the blockbusters on the list, The Lake is a French thriller about a team of Navy SEALS who uncover treasure in the depths of war-torn Serbia.

Part of the allure lies with seeing J.K. Simmons kick ass, naturally. The Oscar winner is joined by Blindspot actor Sullivan Stapleton in the leading role.

17. xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Release date: January 20, 2017

Vin Diesel is one of the most commanding action stars of the millennium, with the xXx series perhaps the purest action series he has been involved in. The third addition to the franchise, Return of Xander Cage, follows on from 2005's xXx: State of the Union.

However, the narrative follows the 2002 original, seeing the return of the titular hero as he tackles a worldwide, governmental conspiracy.

16. John Wick: Chapter 2

Release date: February 10, 2017

Keanu Reeves's return to form as John Wick was one of the surprise new action movie hits of 2014. Playing the titular hitman, Reeves returns for the sequel, returning from retirement to tackle a mysterious collection of assassins from all over the world.

15. The Dark Tower

Idris Elba is starring in 'The Dark Tower' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
Idris Elba is starring in 'The Dark Tower' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]

Release date: February 17, 2017

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey face off in the fantastical, western movie adaptation of Stephen King's much beloved series of novels. As a project that has struggled to make it to the big screen, the final result will be intriguing.

The film will focus on Roland Deschain, the gunslinging protagonist who explores King's make-believe Mid-World during his desperate attempt to reach a mystical tower in an attempt to save his world.

14. Sleepless

Release date: February 24, 2017

With elements remnant of Denzel Washington action classics Training Day (2001) and Man on Fire (2004), Jamie Foxx stars in the leading role of this crime thriller. The story sees a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops attempting to save one of their sons following a dangerous kidnapping.

The new action movie is an American remake of the 2001 French thriller Nuit Blanche.

13. Logan

Release date: March 3, 2017

It's difficult to not be excited for Hugh Jackman's last appearance as the iconic Wolverine, considering the movies R-rating and director James Mangold stuck the middle finger to expected superhero norms by claiming Logan won't be a "hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG fuckathon."

Logan may not fit any of those criteria, but what it promises is an unflinching, brutal and action-packed take on Wolverine.

12. Baby Driver

Ansel Elgort in 'The Fault In Our Stars' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Ansel Elgort in 'The Fault In Our Stars' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Release date: March 17, 2017

Edgar Wright's next project focuses on Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young man who also happens to be a getaway driver for hire, working on behalf of criminal bank robbers. The action will also have the director's sprinkle of humor, and Elgort will be supported by big names, including Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

11. Power Rangers

Release date: March 24, 2017

Go, go Power Rangers! The popular franchise returns to the big screen after almost 20 years out of the limelight, focusing on the origin story of the group of unlikely teenagers who have to protect the Earth from a serious alien threat.

Although certainly repackaged for a modern audience, there's enough nostalgia intertwined with the story to make it a watch for fans young and old.

10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Release date: March 24, 2017

It's hard to know what to expect from a grand epic based on King Arthur, especially considering gangster flick connoisseur Guy Ritchie is at the helm. However, the director's work with the Sherlock Holmes franchise does illustrate his flair at adapting different stories, giving them a new angle while retaining authenticity.

The narrative will focus on the King during his earlier years, with Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam starring in the role.

9. Ghost in the Shell

Release date: March 31, 2017

Much of the discussion surrounding the adaptation of the Japanese manga has centered around the whitewashing controversy, with Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson chosen for the lead role, despite the character being Japanese in the comic.

Regardless of the uproar, this will be an intriguing film to watch, especially due to the added pressure of Johansson's involvement. The film will center around The Major, a cyborg policewoman who tackles cyber criminals and hackers.

8. Fast 8

Vin Diesel returns for 'Fast 8' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
Vin Diesel returns for 'Fast 8' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Release date: April 14, 2017

The nitrous-fuelled juggernaut of the Fast and the Furious franchise keeps on driving along at high speed, with next year's Fast 8 becoming the eighth film in the franchise. Considering 2015's Furious 7 earned an eye-watering $1.5 billion at the box office, there are no signs of the series slowing down.

The original crew will return, minus one tragic omission, following the death of regular cast member Paul Walker in 2013. Expectations are high, especially following Vin Diesel's belief that the film could even win an Oscar.

7. Baywatch

Release date: May 19, 2017

The announcement of a modern Baywatch movie — based on the original 1989 TV series — would've no doubt caused some raised eyebrows. However, with a cast including Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario, there's every reason to be excited.

Fortunately, it looks like Seth Gordon's film won't take itself too seriously, which could result in an enjoyable journey to the sandy coast of Los Angeles.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Release date: May 26, 2017

To date, the Piratey adventures of Jack Sparrow and friends have grossed $3.73 billion worldwide, making the franchise one of the most lucrative of all time. Next year's addition to the franchise follows on from 2011's On Stranger Tides, and will see Johnny Depp's Sparrow attempt to defeat his formidable foe, Captain Salazar.

5. The Mummy

Release date: June 9, 2017

They don't make films like they used to, which is probably why Hollywood has turned to reboots in recent years. The Mummy is the first film in the modern Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, which will include the likes of Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula and the Wolf Man.

Sofia Boutella will star as The Mummy, while action aficionado Tom Cruise will star as leading star Tyler Colt.

4. World War Z 2

Brad Pitt in 'World War Z' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Brad Pitt in 'World War Z' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Release date: June 9, 2017

Based on the novel of the same name, the original 2013's World War Z focused on an apocalyptic zombie invasion, and the efforts of UN investigator Gerry Lane to help prevent the disaster.

Despite the approaching release date, not much is known about the new action movie. The film will have box office sway in the form of Pitt, who will again star, while David Fincher is rumored to be directing.

3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Kingsman: The Secret Service' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Release date: June 16, 2017

Following on from 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service, the sequel focuses on the trio of Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Roxanne "Roxy" Morton and Merlin as they head to the United States after the destruction of the Kingsman HQ.

2. War for the Planet of the Apes

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Release date: July 14, 2017

We've been on a streak of upcoming action movies that are either reboots or sequels, and this next addition is no different. The third film in the rebooted franchise follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), which was both a financial and a critical success, receiving an Oscar nomination for Visual Effects.

1. Jumanji

Release date: July 28, 2017

The trend is going strong, with a remake of Jumanji next up. Although the original, starring the late, great Robin Williams seems untouchable, there is hope for Jake Kasdan's movie. Namely, the endlessly affable Dwayne Johnson in the lead role.

The film is dedicated to Williams, and will pick up from events that in that film, instead of a like-for-like update. Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas also star.


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