Art Culture > Movies > The waiting game: 5 of 2013’s hottest movies Date posted: December 20, 2012

The waiting game: 5 of 2013’s
hottest movies


Whether you’re a fan of blockbusters, indie flicks, rom coms, sci-fi or action updates, 2013 has a little something for everyone. Here are 5 of the most anticipated releases to come.

2012 was the year of superhero and animated flicks, with Marvel’s The Avengers coming in as the highest grossing film to be released during the 12 months. Disney’s Brave, James Bond’s Skyfall and novel-inspired The Hunger Games also made it into the top 10 of the most successful films of 2012, making us wonder what 2013 will have in store for us.

So far, 2013 is shaping up to be a year of epic sequels, the welcome return of celebrated directors and also big things from the legendary Tom Cruise.

Kick-Ass 2


The sequel for superhero action comedy Kick-Ass, a film that quickly gained Cult status, has finally been confirmed with the original cast ready to resurrect some of cinemas most loved odd balls. Swide favourite Chloe Grace Moretz will step back into the role of the foulmouthed mini-killer Hit Girl, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as lead player Kick-Ass and the return of Big Daddy, played by Nicolas Cage, has be rumoured but left open to questioning. New comers to the franchise are funny man Jim Carey and TV ‘Scrubs’ Donald Faison. The film, based on the comic book of the same name, received positive reviews and proved a hit at the box office. Replacing director of the first film Matthew Vaughn is Jeff Wadlow who has worked on short indie flicks and a couple of feature lengths, bringing his talent to the masses. Penned in for an August release, rumours are saying that this sequel will star Ultimate Fighter Chuck Liddell. This is Kick Ass after all.

The Great Gatsby


One film that has had everyone talking is the next silver screen installment from superstar director Baz Luhrman, who has been delighting audiences since his debut in 1992, Strictly Ballroom. Following the life of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), The Great Gatsby delves into the mysterious and lavish lifestyle of Carraway’s neighbour, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a lifestyle that Carraway is drawn into, leading to tragedy. Isla Fisher and Carey Mulligan star as the leading ladies in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, which was named the second best English-Language novel of the 20th Century. Luhrman also sparked speculation when he announced that the $127 million film was in urgent of reshoots, moving its release date from Boxing Day 2012 to a vague ‘mid 2013’… Well, we’re sure it’s going to be worth the wait.

300: Rise of An Empire


Another graphic novel adaptation that been the centre of attention is the sequel to 2006’s man-meat packed Greek battle epic 300. The up and coming chapter has been given the title of 300: Rise of an Empire and is to be directed by Noam Murro, who abandoned his role as director of Bruce Willis’ A Good Day To Die Hard in order to focus on the Greek tale of war. The film is currently in post-production and news of the cast is being leaked bit by bit, indicating that one of the only returning members of the original cast is Brazilian Rodrigo Santoro who played Persian warlord Xerxes, an actor whose star is currently on the rise. That’s kind of all the news that is available at the moment but, if the first one is anything to go by, you can be sure that this will be a mighty take on an original graphic novel. Hurry August.



2013 will see two new Tom Cruise fronted cinematic juggernauts doing the rounds. The first is crime drama, Reacher, which follows the story of a homicide investigator, and the other, more importantly, is Oblivion. Now, Oblivion is one for us to be getting excited about because not only does it star Cruise, and not only is it a apocalyptic-style story, but it also sees Morgan Freeman taking on a lead role, it’s directed by the guy behind the 2010 reboot of Tron, Joseph Kosinski and it has been treated by the same producers of The Planet of the Apes.  Cruise plays as one of the last remaining drone repairman assigned to Earth, which was evacuated after an alien war left it inhabitable. Things really get going when he discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring him to question everything he believed about the war. A Sci-Fi Blockbuster of 2013 in the making. Should be in the cinemas by April.

Star Trek Into Darkness


Another Sci-Fi film to keep your eyes on in 2013 is the next installment of J.J. Abrams’ take on the classic cult franchise with Star Trek Into Darkness. The recent teaser trailers got us all excited when it showed England’s London playing a key role in the upcoming adventure, in which Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction capable of changing the world forever (cue theme tune). You’ll be happy to know that the main characters will be played by those that starred in the last Star Trek film, meaning you’ll get to see Zachary Quinto sporting pointy ears again… cute. 2009’s Star Trek was a highly grossing film and so it’s going to be interesting to see how Abrams’ next effort fairs with the fans. Penned in for a late May release.


Which film are you waiting to see in 2013?

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