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Trailers may be designed to trick audiences into parting with their cold, hard cash, but nothing compares to that thrill of seeing the best two minutes of a movie jam-packed into the world's most exciting montage.

While the final release rarely matches up to the hype generated by the trailers before, we shall remain eternally optimistic regardless, sitting here wide-eyed and hopeful as we count down some of the most exciting films set for release over the next year.

Magical hammers, dark towers and evil clowns are just some of the treats that await you in your local multiplex over the next 12 months, so stay ahead of the pack with a definitive list of the films that we hope to see appear in the best movies of 2017 lists come next December.

Wonder Woman

Director: Patty Jenkins

Release Date: June 2

Why We're Excited: There's a lot of pressure on to succeed, as the Amazonian Princess will play a huge role in the future of the DCEU and female-led superhero movies in general. Luckily, if anyone can pull this off, it's , who embodies Diana better than anyone could dare hope for.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

Release Date: July 7

Why We're Excited: Tom Holland is the best Peter Parker we've seen yet, and comic book fans are thrilled to finally welcome into the .


Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: July 21

Why We're Excited: After travelling to the depths of space and the world of dreams, Christopher Nolan is trying his hand at the Hollywood war epic. If the trailer's anything to go by, then could be one of the director's best yet.

The Dark Tower

Director: Nikolaj Arcel

Release Date: July 28

Why We're Excited: The Dark Tower is the most epic story ever told by Stephen King. The master of suspense veers into the realm of fantasy here, as Idris Elba faces off against Matthew McConaughey on a journey that spans multiple worlds.


Director: Andrés Muschietti

Release Date: September 8

Why We're Excited: Horror remakes are a dime a dozen these days, but Stephen King's original holds a special place in the hearts of fans, so let's hope Pennywise's return to the big screen floats instead of sinks.

Blade Runner 2049

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Release Date: October 6

Why We're Excited: Those hoping to finally discover whether Deckard's a replicant or not have plenty to look forward to from this visually stunning sequel to , which sees the return of alongside franchise newcomer .

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Release Date: 6 October

Why We're Excited: The first movie proved to be a welcome addition to the often-stale action genre, so we couldn't be more excited for this sequel. The Golden Circle will see the original cast team up with their American counterparts in an adventure that's guaranteed to be equally thrilling, and ever so slightly naughty too.

Insidious: Chapter 4

Director: Adam Robitel

Release Date: October 20

Why We're Excited: Even fans underestimate the series at times, despite it slowly becoming one of the most consistent scare-athons in recent history. Now that horror legend Lin Shaye is helming Chapter 4, there's no excuse to miss this one around Halloween time.

Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi

Release Date: November 3

Why We're Excited: Touted as a Hulk/Thor buddy movie, will incorporate elements of the popular Wold War Hulk storyline into a space-bound sequel that will end Chris Hemsworth's Thor trilogy before Avengers: Infinity War kicks off in 2018.

Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder

Release Date: November 17

Why We're Excited: The has been somewhat divisive up until now, but the larger-than-life ensemble of could turn things around for Warner Bros.. With the likes of Jason Momoa's and Ezra Miller's Flash entering the fold, Justice League is sure to be packed with laughs and action aplenty.


Director: Lee Unkrich

Release Date: November 22

Why We're Excited: Despite moving forward with various sequels and prequels in recent years, the animation powerhouse that is continues to break new ground with original films such as , which is inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson

Release Date: December 15

Why We're Excited: While little is known yet about the sequel to , we're looking forward to seeing most of the cast return for another adventure. Hopefully, the latest Star Wars instalment will answer the questions that lingered long after The Force Awakens' credits rolled, including: Who is Snoke? Just how is Rey linked to Luke Skywalker? And, perhaps most importantly: why is the Jedi order coming to an end?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Director: Jake Kasdan

Release Date: December 22

Why We're Excited: Few films from the '90s are remembered as fondly as the board game movie , which is set to return in 2017 with a spiritual sequel that stars The Rock and Kevin Hart in brand-new roles.

While there's a significant chance that some of the films on this list may turn out to be disappointments, we remain optimistic. Also, we're already confident that 2017 will be infinitely better than 2016, a year which brought us more turkeys than a thousand Costco's at Thanksgiving.

Which film are you looking forward to seeing most in 2017? Let us know in the comments.


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