From biopics to fairytales and science fiction, this year is going to be a big showcase for bold, complex heroines in movies. Women across cinema are slated to go on adventures, fall in love, fight aliens, guard galaxies, and defend humankind — basically being downright badasses. We have some thrilling flicks ahead to keep an eye out for. If you're looking for an extra dose of awesome ladies to be inspired by, here are seven exciting films with fierce heroines hitting the big screen in 2017!
7. 'Hidden Figures' — January 6th, 2017
Behind one of the greatest feats by the United States to put a man on the moon were a group of pioneers whose passionate efforts almost went unheard — until now.
Based on the memoir of the same name, a team of African-American mathematician and engineers provide NASA with the essential data needed for Project Mercury and Apollo 11. Starring the powerful trio Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, the film gives credit to the women whose hard work and determination are an uplifting example of the power to dream big.
6. 'Beauty And The Beast' — March 17th, 2017
#EmmaWatson has been casting a spell on the Muggle world ever since she hung up her Hogwarts robes for good in 2011. This year, the 26 year old is headlining Disney's live-action adaptation of their animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
As one of Disney's most popular princesses, Belle trades her freedom in exchange for her father's safety and is compelled to break a powerful spell binding her captor — a young man who was turned into a beast. Audiences want adventure in the great wide somewhere and are invited to watch another #Disney fairytale take flight with an intelligent, kind, and outspoken princess to lead the way. Could we expect anything less from Hermione Granger herself?
5. 'The Zookeeper's Wife' — March 31st, 2017
In the face of unspeakable atrocities committed during World War II, the world saw glimpses of hope when ordinary heroes stood up to protect each other. As was the case when Warsaw Zoo keepers Antonina and Jan Żabińska saved more than 300 humans and animals by hiding them in their zoo following the German invasion of Poland.
Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, the film is based on a true story and is an adaptation of the novel from the same name. No doubt this experience will be an emotional roller coaster helmed by an inspiring historical figure.
4. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2' — May 5th, 2017
The self-proclaimed A-Holes are back in town, and by town, we mean galaxy. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) with his merry band of cohorts travel through the cosmos as he learns about his true parentage. Sci-fi queen Zoe Saldana will return as Gamora, the ex-personal assassin to the prequel's villain Thanos. While seeking redemption for her past crimes, the feud wedged between Gamora and her sister Nebula (played famed Doctor Who companion Karen Gillian), promises to be an exciting clash for both siblings.
3. 'Alien: Covenant' — May 19th, 2017
The sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien reboot #Prometheus is one of the most anticipated sci-fi / horror flicks set to invade theaters this summer. Katherine Waterston, who had a magical 2016 starring in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, will play terraforming expert Daniels aboard the colony ship Covenant, which comes across monstrous creatures on a dangerous planet. From the terrifying (and adult-oriented) trailer, the character is already channeling the series iconic heroine Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver. There's almost no doubt Waterston's role will follow in the same footsteps: defending her crew mates and kicking a few alien butts.
2. 'Wonder Woman' — June 2nd, 2017
One year after making her first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, compelling comic book heroine Diana Prince finally makes her debut in a (modern) standalone installment of her own. Diving into her origin story, the warrior princess is beckoned to leave her home of Themyscira to stop an impending world war and become the lasso-er-of-truth, badass demigoddess known as #WonderWoman. The empowering icon swings into action this summer with Gal Gadot as the titular character.
1. 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' — December 15th, 2017
In 2015, the space-opera battle of "light versus dark" returned to cinemas with a galactic triumph. Star Wars: The Force Awakens said good bye to iconic heroes, introduced new villains and passed the force — we mean, torch — to a new, captivating heroine, Rey (played by then-unknown Daisy Ridley). As Disney plans to release a Star Wars-related film for the next few years, this sequel to the original saga will explore Rey's relationship (and possible Jedi mentorship) to Luke Skywalker, and The First Order's war waged against the New Republic. May the force be with you!
Which movie are you most looking forward to?