Moviegoers Pick 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' as the Most-Anticipated Movies of 2017

Moviegoers Pick 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' as the Most-Anticipated Movies of 2017

Dec 29, 2016

Once again, a Star Wars movie is the most anticipated release of the year, according to Fandango's 2017 Hot List survey of more than two thousand moviegoers. And if the results hold up, 2017 promises a lot of excitement at the multiplex, with a much heralded return of beloved characters and stories highlighting the year's top three most anticipated movies, Star Wars: Episode VIIIGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.  Filling out the ten most anticipated are all superheroes and sequels.

Sequels also top separate lists of anticipated comedies and horror films, with Pitch Perfect 3 and Alien: Covenant. However, they each also include original works. For comedies there's the Amy Schumer-led Snatched and the Ice Cube vs. Charlie Day movie Fist Fight. For horror, moviegoers picked the twisty new M. Night Shyamalan effort, Split, and the outrageous Get Out, which is by Key & Peele's Jordan Peele. There's also Stephen King's It, one of two anticipated King adaptations. The other is The Dark Tower.

In addition to the lists of movies, moviegoers were also polled on their choices for most anticipated actors and actresses, as well as rising stars they're looking forward to seeing on the big screen in 2017. Fans are especially excited for Emma Watson and her promise in Beauty and the Beast and The Circle, while for the male performers, Chris Pratt dominated for his return in Guardians, and Idris Elba represented The Dark Tower. Daisy Ridley also placed high for her return in Star Wars plus her role in Murder on the Orient Express.

For the rising talent, they named Wonder Woman lead Gal Gadot and Spider-Man: Homecoming lead Tom Holland, both of them making their debut as their respective heroes in their own movies. Those heroes also made the list of most anticipated comic book characters of the year, Wonder Woman at number one and Spidey fourth pick, behind Baby Groot in Guardians and Wolverine in Logan. Thor rounds out that list for his third movie, Thor: Ragnarok


Most Anticipated Movie:

  1. “Star Wars: Episode VIII”
  2. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
  3. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
  4. “Wonder Woman”
  5. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
  6. “Justice League”
  7. “The Fate of the Furious”
  8. “Fifty Shades Darker”
  9. “Logan”
  10. “Despicable Me 3”

Most Anticipated Actress:

  1. Emma Watson (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Circle”) 
  2. Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: Episode XVII,” “Murder on the Orient Express”)
  3. Jennifer Lawrence (“Red Sparrow,” “Untitled Darren Aronofsky Project”)
  4. Halle Berry (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “Kidnap”)
  5. Charlize Theron (“Fate of the Furious,” “The Coldest City,” “Tully”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

  1. Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy  Vol. 2”)
  2. Dwayne Johnson (“Jumanji,” “Fate of the Furious,” “Baywatch”)
  3. Hugh Jackman (“Logan,” “The Greatest Showman”)
  4. Idris Elba (“Stephen King’s The Dark Tower,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Molly’s Game”) 
  5. Chris Hemsworth (“Thor: Ragnarok”)

Rising Female Movie Star:

  1. Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman,” “Justice League”)
  2. Zendaya (new to feature films with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Greatest Showman”) 
  3. Elizabeth Debicki (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”)
  4. Priyanka Chopra (“Baywatch”)
  5. Sofia Boutella (“The Mummy,” “The Coldest City”)

Rising Male Movie Star:

  1. Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)
  2. Dan Stevens (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Man Who Invented Christmas”)
  3. Ezra Miller (“Justice League”)
  4. R.J. Cyler (“Power Rangers”)
  5. Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”)

Most Anticipated Comic Book Character in a 2017 Movie:

  1. Wonder Woman (“Wonder Woman” and “Justice League”)
  2. Baby Groot (“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2”)
  3. Logan/Wolverine (“Logan”)
  4. Spider-Man (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)
  5. Thor (“Thor: Ragnarok”)

Most Anticipated Comedy

  1. “Pitch Perfect 3”
  2. “Baywatch”
  3. “Snatched”
  4. “Fist Fight”
  5. “Battle of the Sexes”

Most Anticipated Horror Thriller

  1. “Alien: Covenant”
  2. “Stephen King’s It”
  3. “Split”
  4. “Get Out”
  5. “A Cure for Wellness”




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