2016 is going to be a huge year for movies. HUGE! DC is finally going to get the motor going on their Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Marvel is taking things bigger and more supernatural with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. 20th Century Fox is providing another Bryan Singer X-Men movie with X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as some less Hugh Jackman-centric offerings with Deadpool, and Gambit. There’s going to be another Ghostbusters movie after more than a quarter century. Suffice to say there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016, but a survey done by Fandango has identified the MOST anticipated movie of 2016, and that movie is Star Wars: Rogue One! There are plenty of reasons for all the hype, even aside from the success of The Force Awakens. Read on to find out what and to see what else topped Fandango’s list.
As The Mary Sue reports, Rogue One is the most anticipated movie of 2016. Of course, the huge success of The Force Awakens plays a huge role in that, but that’s not the only thing that has fans excited. For one thing, this movie will be the first of many that exist elsewhere in the Star Wars universe outside of the main saga of the Skywalker lineage. There’s also the attachment of relatively new director Gareth Edwards. His version of Godzilla, while not groundbreaking, was critically and commercially successful and some of the grandiose visuals of scale he achieved in that movie will serve a space epic well. The cast is also extremely talented and wonderfully diverse, with Felicity Jones in the lead role and other lead actors of Mexican, Pakistani, and Chinese descent, including Donnie Yen, who will star in the upcoming Netflix-produced sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Rogue One takes place shortly before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and will focus on the group of rebels who steal the plans for the Death Star, which is what sets off the chain of events in the original movie.
The other top five most anticipated movies of 2016 are Pixar’s Finding Dory (in which Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her role from Finding Nemo), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the fifth Jason Bourne movie which will mark the return of Matt Damon (sorry, Jeremy Renner), and Captain America: Civil War.
What do you think about Rouge One being in the top spot? What movie are you most looking forward to in 2016?