Saturday, 13 February 2016

5 Must See Films for Readers in 2016

2016 looks set to be a great year of cinema for book lovers! We've put together a list of 5 films we're excited to see on the big screen, Calendars and pens at the ready? You may proceed....

1. The Jungle Book - 15th April - Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling

Disney are bringing The Jungle Book back to life with this live action retelling of the incredible tale of Mowgli, the little orphan boy who grows up in the jungle. The film has an incredible cast including; Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Miurray and Lupita Nyongo. 

Scarlett has already proved an excellent choice to voice the hypnotic Kaa, just watch the trailer and be entranced! 

2. Through the Looking Glass - 27th May - Based on the book by Lewis Carroll 

In 2016 we finally get the sequel to Tim Burton's mesmerising box office hit Alice in Wonderland. The all-star cast returns with Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. We also can't wait to see Sacha Baron Cohen pop up as Time, Stephen Fry reprise his role as the Cheshire Cat and Alan Rickman provide the voice of the Blue Caterpillar in his last ever film performance. 

3. The BFG - July 22nd - Based on the book by Roald Dahl

In this, the year that marks 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth, we are getting our first live action retelling of The BFG. Unknown young actress Ruby Barnhill will take on the role of Sophie, whilst Mark Rylance (known as "the actor's actor") will bring his charm to the role of the Big Friendly Giant. A Hollywood dream team is at work behind the scenes with Steven Spielberg directing, John Williams providing the score and the now departed Melissa Matheson writing the screenplay. 

The teaser trailer has us dying to see more, as we get our first glimpse of Sophie and the BFG!

4. A Monster Calls - 21st October - Based on the book by Patrick Ness

One of the less hyped entries on our list, A Monster Calls, tells the story of a young boy called Conor who seeks the help of a tree monster to help cope with his single mother's terminal illness. An unknown young actor Lewis MacDougall will take on the role of Conor, whilst Liam Neeson lends his dulcet tones to the part of the Monster. 

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 18th November - Based on the book by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter fans rejoice - we will get another glimpse into the world of witchcraft and wizardry this November, as part one of this new TRILOGY is released! (wooh!) Set 70 years before the original books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the exploits of Newt Scamander, an explorer who writes a textbook called "Magical Creatures and Where to Find them" which is on the required reading list at Hogwarts when Harry et al are students. With Eddie Redmayne playing the lead role we can't wait to dive into this adventure. 

What other films based on books are you most excited to see in 2016? Let us know in the comments below! 

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