Com­ing this au­tumn

So far in 2018, we’ve seen high-pro­file Os­car­win­ners, cool in­die movies, some im­pres­sive Ir­ish fea­tures and big sum­mer block­busters. But there’s plenty more to come. Michael Do­herty pre­views the big fea­tures still to reach our screens

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Michael Do­herty looks ahead to the big movies still to hit our screens in 2018

Venom

Who’s in it?

Tom Hardy, Michelle Wil­liams, Riz Ahmed

What’s the story?

Hav­ing al­ready por­trayed one of the most mem­o­rable DC vil­lains (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises), Tom Hardy takes on one of Marvel’s most badass char­ac­ters. A pop­u­lar bad­die in the Spi­der-Man uni­verse, Ed­die Brock is a cru­sad­ing jour­nal­ist who trans­forms into the epony­mous vil­lain when he comes into contact with an alien sym­biote. Ap­par­ently, Hardy is bas­ing his char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion on our own Conor McGre­gor, so ex­pect to hear di­a­logue of the ‘ You’ll do nut­tin’!’ va­ri­ety. In ad­di­tion to Wil­liams and Ahmed, the strong sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Jenny Slate and Woody Har­rel­son.

When will we see it?

Oc­to­ber 5 Rosie Moe Dun­ford, Sarah Greene, Natalia Kostrzewa

What’s the story?

In this ripped-from-the-head­lines drama, Sarah Greene plays the epony­mous young mother do­ing her best to keep her fam­ily to­gether when the land­lord sells their home from un­der them and they e ec­tively be­come home­less, mov­ing from ho­tel room to ho­tel room. Di­rected by Breath­nach ( Viva) and penned by Roddy Doyle, who drew his in­spi­ra­tion from a re­port on Morn­ing Ire­land, the movie’s au­then­tic­ity is aided by the in­volve­ment of Fo­cus Ire­land. Watch out for our up­com­ing in­ter­view with Roddy Doyle.

When will we see it?

Oc­to­ber 12 First Man

Who’s in it?

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Ja­son Clarke

What’s The Story?

Fol­low­ing their Os­car-win­ning hit, La La Land, director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling are back to­gether for this biopic of Neil Arm­strong, the rst man to walk on the moon. The movie fo­cuses on the years lead­ing up to the fate­ful 1969 mis­sion, rather than the as­tro­naut’s post-Apollo XI life, when Arm­strong was some­thing of a recluse. Foy take on the role of the com­man­der’s wife, with Stoll as Buzz Aldrin and Lukas Haas as Michael Collins, the third mem­ber of that re­mark­able NASA mis­sion. The space se­quences were shot on 70mm IMAX.

When will we see it?

Oc­to­ber 12 Bo­hemian Rhap­sody

(Dir: Bryan Singer) Who’s in it?

Rami Malek, Lucy Boyn­ton, Ben Hardy What’s The Story?

Is this real life? Is this just fan­tasy? Ei­ther way, it’s a pow­er­ful ac­count of the me­te­oric rise of Queen, one of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful rock bands, through the eyes of their leg­endary front man, Fred­die Mer­cury. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody chron­i­cles the band’s jour­ney from hum­ble be­gin­nings to stars of Live Aid. In pro­duc­tion since 2010, var­i­ous ac­tors in­clud­ing Sacha Baron Co­hen and Ben Whishaw were in the frame to play Fred­die Mer­cury be­fore Mr Robot’s Rami Malek landed the gig. In ad­di­tion to the main cast, there’s plenty of Ir­ish in­ter­est here as Ai­dan Gillen and Allen Leech take on key roles, while Der­mot Mur­phy ( The Drum­mer and the Keeper) will play Bob Geldof.

When will we see it?

Oc­to­ber 24

Peter­loo Who’s in it?

Rory Kin­n­ear, Max­ine Peake, Neil Bell

What’s the story?

It’s al­most 200 years since the Peter­loo Mas­sacre in Manch­ester, when Bri­tish sol­diers at­tacked a peace­ful crowd de­mand­ing par­lia­men­tary re­form, killing 15 un­armed pro­tes­tors and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing 700 more. Mike Leigh has long been keen to tell the story and he does so with the aid of a strong cast, in­clud­ing Kin­n­ear, Peake and Tim McIn­nerny. “The uni­ver­sal signi cance of this his­toric event be­comes ever more rel­e­vant in our own tur­bu­lent times,” says the director. “The story has a par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance for me as a na­tive of Manch­ester and Sal­ford.”

When will we see it?

Novem­ber 2 Wi­d­ows

Who’s in it?

Vi­ola Davis, El­iz­a­beth De­bicki, Michelle Ro­driguez

What’s the story?

Fans of Lynda LaPlante’s 1983 minis­eries, later re­made in 2002 with Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields and Rosie Perez, will be in­trigued to see the TV drama get­ting a big screen, big bud­get treat­ment. The story of a group of women who turn to crime when their hus­bands are killed dur­ing a failed heist, Wi­d­ows boasts a su­perb sup­port­ing cast, in­clud­ing Liam Nee­son, Colin Far­rell, Robert Du­vall and Daniel Kalu­uya. McQueen co-wrote the screen­play with Gone Girl scribe, Gil­lian Flynn.

When will we see it?

Novem­ber 6

Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald (Dir: David Yates)

Who’s in it?

Ed­die Red­mayne, Kather­ine Water­ston, Dan Fogler

What’s the story?

Harry Pot­ter fans who rev­elled in the re­vival of JK Rowl­ing’s wiz­ard­ing world courtesy of 2016’s Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be de­lighted that Ed­die Red­mayne is back for ad­ven­ture No.2. The lat­est story (there will be ve in to­tal) has dark wizard Gellert Grindel­wald (Johnny Depp) es­cap­ing from cus­tody and gath­er­ing fol­low­ers for his ne­far­i­ous ends. The real treat for Hog­warts devo­tees will be the sight of Jude Law tak­ing on the role of a young Al­bus Dum­ble­dore (Jude Law) work­ing along­side his former stu­dent, Newt Sca­man­der (Red­mayne). Jared Har­ris was orig­i­nally con­sid­ered for the role made fa­mous by his fa­ther, Richard.

When will we see it?

Novem­ber 16 The Dig

(Dir: An­drew & Ryan To­hill) Who’s in it?

Moe Dun­ford, Lor­can Cran­itch, Emily Taafe

What’s the story?

One of the hits of this year’s Gal­way Film Fleadh, this sear­ing drama from the To­hill Broth­ers fea­tures a blis­ter­ing per­for­mance from Moe Dun­ford as a man who re­turns home af­ter serv­ing a mur­der sen­tence, only to nd his vic­tim’s fa­ther still fran­ti­cally search­ing the sur­round­ing bog for her body. On such a small can­vas, and with a brief, 18-day shoot, screen­writer Stu­art Dren­nan has con­structed a pow­er­ful tale, aided by career-best turns from the main trio, plus a su­perb per­for­mance from Fran­cis Magee as a lo­cal guard keen to pre­serve the peace of his com­mu­nity at all costs.

When will we see it?

TBA

Aqua­man (Dir: James Wan)

Who’s in it?

Ja­son Mo­moa, Am­ber Heard, Willem Dafoe

What’s the story?

Marvel su­per­heroes have tri­umphed at the box-o ce in re­cent years, with only DC’s Won­der Woman putting it up to their comic-book coun­ter­parts. With that in mind, Warn­ers have high hopes that an­other of their Jus­tice League alumni will be able to carry their own fran­chise. In this ori­gins yarn, Ja­son Mo­moa takes on the role of the halfhu­man, half-At­lantean Arthur Curry who faces bat­tles against en­e­mies on land as well as dis­con­tented mem­bers of his own un­der­sea king­dom. In ad­di­tion to Heard and De­foe, the strong sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Ni­cole Kid­man as Queen At­lanna, Pa­trick Wil­son as the Ocean Mas­ter and, er, Dolph Lund­gren as King Nereus.

When will we see it?

De­cem­ber 14

Mary Pop­pins Re­turns (Dir: Rob Mar­shall) Who’s in it?

Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mor­timer

What’s the story?

54 years af­ter the de­light­ful Mary Pop­pins (1964), Emily Blunt seems ideal cast­ing for the ti­tle role of the prac­ti­cally per­fect nanny who is called back into action to help the now-grown-up Michael and Jane. Julie Wal­ters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep also come un­der the head­ing of dream cast­ing. Throw in An­gela Lans­bury, Dick Van Dyke and LinManuel Mi­randa, and the stage is set for a Christ­mas treat. Julie An­drews turned down a cameo ap­pear­ance for fear that her ap­pear­ance would be a dis­trac­tion. “This is Emily’s show,” she said, “and I re­ally want it to be Emily’s show.”

When will we see it?

De­cem­ber 21

A Star is Born

Rosie Bo­hemian Rhap­sody

Venom First Man

Peter­loo Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald Aqua­man Mary Pop­pins Re­turns

Wi­d­ows The Dig Girl in a Spi­der’s Web

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