Great news cinephiles and movie lovers everywhere, a new era of science fiction and fantasy films is upon us. From the TV series Westworld to the film Arrival, there is something for everyone and we are so excited about the selection of sci-fi films in the pipeline. FIB has selected seven of the best and most intriguing on the slate so far!
If you want to know the answer to age old question “Are we alone in the universe?”, the movie Life is just what the doctor ordered. When an international crew of astronauts receive a biological specimen from Mars everything changes, and not necessarily for the better. This science fiction slash horror film is sure to get pulses racing and minds ticking. With an stellar cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, we can’t wait until March!
The Netflix original sci-fi romance, The Discovery, seems insane and super creepy. Robert Redford plays a physicist who irrefutably proves the existence of an afterlife, kicking off a spate of suicides. Jason Segel plays Will, Redford’s son and rounding out the cast is Rooney Mara who plays a woman with a troubled past that Will falls for. The use of Roy Orbison’s song, “Only the Lonely” and the chilly visuals hints at unsettling layers of mystery and violence. This sci-fi romance is sure to leave you wondering, what would I do?
Ghost in the Shell
If you like movies about artificial intelligence then Ghost in the Shell is the cyberpunk/action/sci-fi film for you. Based on the popular Japanese manga of the same name, it follows a cyborg policewoman, played by Scarlett Johansson, as she attempts to bring a iniquitous computer hacker to justice. The film has already attracted controversy and come under fire for “whitewashing” due to the casting of Scarlett Johansson to play an asian character. Check out the trailer below!
What would it be like if the Internet had a totalitarian hold over us? If that’s your speed then check out The Circle, an upcoming science fiction thriller starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and Karen Gillian. Based on the Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name, the film is set to be released at the end of April.
Did you love the Alien series and want more? Then wait no further, Alien: Covenant will be in theatres soon. Michael Fassbender reprises his role as David the Android. The crew explore an ostensibly uninhabited paradise-like planet before discovering that nothing is quite what is seems. The movie is set to be released on May 19th.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
The French science fiction comic series Valerian is making its way to big screen. Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element is helming the production. If you like interesting aliens, futuristic technology and space adventures you’ll love this. Also, did we mention the amazing cast? Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen are joined by model Cara Delevingne and singer Rihanna for this super slick production. This is going to be a huge summer blockbuster for sure.
Blade Runner 2049
To top off the year, director Denis Villeneuve who is on a hot streak with films like Arrival, Prisoners and Sicario under his belt and proven science fiction chops, will give us the eagerly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford will return as an older Rick and he will be joined by Ryan Gosling who will play LAPD officer K. The film is set 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner. Villeneuve is also set to direct the film adaption of the award winning novel Dune, by Frank Herbet.