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The Most-Anticipated Summer Movies For 2024

Discover some of the highly anticipated summer 2024 releases from Vaulted Mag, including "Furiosa," "Cuckoo," "Deadpool & Wolverine," and "Twisters."

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Most-Anticipated Summer Movies
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Summer has come, bringing along a batch of blockbuster movies.

This season we’re thrilled to see the return of franchises, like George Millers Mad Max series and the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence starring Alien series. Even the Apes are making a big screen comeback. It’s shaping up to be quite the lineup.

It’s not familiar franchises gracing theaters this summer. Movies such as The Bikeriders featuring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy along with The Watchers by Ishana Night Shyamalan promise audiences captivating storylines to look forward to.

With a mix of movie genres intriguing characters and diverse settings in store for moviegoers this season there’s something for everyone. Make sure to catch this months releases, as well as some of the highly anticipated summer films.

‘The Fall Guy’

Director: David Leitch

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke

Release Date: May 3

Fans can look forward to seeing Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt reunite on the silver screen for the time since their collaboration in Barbenheimer back, in 2023. In the film “The Fall Guy ” two renowned actors are demonstrating their prowess, in performing stunts. The storyline revolves around Colt Seavers, a stuntman portrayed by Gosling embarking on a thrilling quest to unravel the mystery of a Hollywood star (played by Aaron Taylor Johnson) and win back the affections of his beloved (Blunt).

This movie combines action and humor in a manner showcasing gripping sequences (even breaking a Guinness World Record for cannon rolls in a car) and memorable comedy. It serves as a take on a beloved 1980’s TV show but also pays homage to the stunt industry. During the SXSW premiere Gosling himself mentioned that the film serves as a push to urge the Academy to acknowledge stunt performers with an Oscar.

“Planet of the Apes Kingdom”

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Freya Allan, Owen Teague, Kevin Durand

Release Date: May 10

Set 300 years after the events of “War, for the Planet of the Apes ” director Wes Balls sequel portrays a apocalyptic world where humans are scarce and apes reign supreme. Though Caesar has passed away a new ape named Noa is poised to continue his legacy alongside his companion Mae.

For those who haven’t caught any of the Planet of the Apes films no need to fret. This new movie marks a start, for the series featuring faces, locations, storylines and hurdles that will captivate both newcomers and long time enthusiasts. Running at a duration of 145 minutes Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to be the film in the franchise far. Its gearing up to be quite thrilling.

‘IF’

Director: John Krasinski

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming, John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, Steve Carell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Release Date: May 17

IF blends live action with animation in style to movies like Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit.. Helmed by John Krasinski IF follows two individuals with the ability to perceive peoples Imaginary Friends as they embark on a journey to reunite them with their childhood companions.

Krasinski has traversed a distance from his role as Jim Halpert in The Office. Of sticking to playing relatable characters for over two decades he opted to chase his aspiration of becoming a filmmaker. At present he spearheads a horror film series and oversees production, on its chapter. George Miller is currently involved in the production of an animated feature film that diverges significantly from his projects.

‘Furiosa’

Director: George Miller

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Charlee Fraser

Release Date: May 24

A Mad Max Saga’ marks the installment in the expanding Mad Max franchise initiated by George Miller. Serving as a prequel to the 2015 hit ‘Fury Road’ this film delves into the origins of Imperator Furiosa, one of its characters.

Excitingly the lead roles are portrayed by actors. Anya Taylor Joy stars as Furiosa while Chris Hemsworth embodies the antagonist Warlord Dementus. With a runtime close, to 2.5 hours this movie is anticipated to excel across action sequences, visuals and the trademark madness characteristic of George Millers Mad Max universe.

‘The Watchers’

Director: Ishana Night Shyamalan

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell

Release Date: June 7

The movie directed by M. Night Shyamalans daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan marks her entry into the film industry with a tale of a woman (portrayed by Dakota Fanning) trapped in a forest fighting off beings, alongside her fellow captives. Given her fathers penchant for surprises viewers can anticipate twists in this film.

Both of M. Night Shyamalans daughters are carving out paths in their careers. Ishana is venturing into filmmaking while her sister Saleka Shyamalan is an R&B artist whose music will be featured in their fathers project titled “Trap,” featuring Josh Hartnett.

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’

Director: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Eric Dane

Release Date: June 14

Scheduled for release on June 14th this fourth installment, from the creators of the Bad Boys series delves into the fallout following Captain Conrad Howards demise. Mike and Marcus face accusations. Must go on the run to clear their names while navigating through a mix of chaos and high octane action. Promising an electrifying viewing experience.

This marks Will Smith’s next big movie and will begin his comeback to starring roles in films following The Slap controversy, at the 2022 Oscars. This film will be crucial, in gauging Smiths enduring popularity. If he continues to draw audiences to theaters.

‘The Bikeriders’

Director: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy

Release Date: June 21

After facing delays due to the SAG Aftra strikes director Jeff Nichols highly anticipated period drama “The Bikeriders” is finally gearing up for its debut. Inspired by Danny Lyons photography book of the name the film is set in 1960s Midwestern America. Delves into the evolution of the Vandals biker gang through the eyes of key members. As the group transitions into a criminal organization its members grapple with tough choices about their lifestyles and loyalty to the club.

Jodie Comer will portray Kathy engaged in a relationship with Austin Butlers character Benny as they navigate love and life within a gang context. Tom Hardy will also feature in the film as the leader of the Vandals. With a cast and an intriguing plot-line, at hand one can’t. Wonder about the fate of two lovers entangled in a world of crime.The upcoming movie is anticipated to offer a lot of action and exceptional performances making it a must watch blockbuster, for the summer season.

‘A Quiet Place: Day One’

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou, Eliane Umuhire[

Release Date: June 28

Building on the storyline of the two films that follow a apocalyptic world this third installment serves as a prequel depicting the alien invasion in Manhattan and how individuals like Sam (portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o) struggle to survive by remaining silent.

Fans of the 2007 movie “I Am Legend” are likely to find this film appealing. While previous films in the series were set in suburban settings that already evoked fear there’s an added factor in witnessing a deserted Manhattan transformed into a perilous battleground, for aggressive extraterrestrial beings.

‘Despicable Me 4’

Director: Chris Renaud

Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Joey King, Sofía Vergara, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan

Release Date: July 3

The movie sees Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru alongside Kristen Wiig as Lucy, his crime fighting partner and wife. With the addition of their adopted child, Gru Jr., their peaceful family life is disrupted when the notorious supervillain Maxime Le Mal escapes from prison seeking revenge.

Despite the success of installments like “Minions; The Rise of Gru ” which was a hit at the box office in 2022 anticipation, for ” Me 4″ has been building since discussions began in 2017.

‘Twisters’

Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Maura Tierney

Release Date: July 19

The sequel follows storm chasers portrayed by Daisy Edgar Jones and Glen Powell as they confront tornadoes. The film delves into the notion that the rise, in tornado incidents could be linked to climate change.

It comes as a bit of a surprise that three decades have passed before production of a sequel commenced. Despite not garnering praise the original “Twister” was the second highest grossing movie of 1996 and even secured an Oscar nomination for its sound and visual effects. The sequel aims to mirror its predecessors success.

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’

Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin

Release Date: July 26

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing back its anticipated “Deadpool & Wolverine” movie to cinemas in 2024. Hugh Jackman is revisiting his role as Wolverine after retiring the character in 2017s “Logan.” Deadpool, renowned for its R rated content now falls under Marvels umbrella. With whispers of guest appearances and an engaging storyline fans are eagerly snapping up tickets, for this awaited cinematic experience.

The timing of the movies release couldn’t be better, for Marvel considering the superhero fatigue and box office struggles they are facing. Director Shawn Levy and the talented cast have a chance to make a difference. Only time will tell.

‘Cuckoo’

Director: Tilman Singer

Cast: Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Jan Bluthardt, Marton Csokas 

Release Date: August 2

Emerging filmmakers often opt for thrillers due to their budget friendliness and the ability to create suspense and fear through camera work and editing without giving away much. In “Cuckoo ” Gretchen finds herself stranded in the German Alps drawing parallels to horror movies like “The Shining” and contemporary thrillers like “The Lodge.”

You might know Hunter Schafer as Jules from HBOs Euphoria. Her portrayal of Tigris Snow in The Hunger Games; The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes was equally impressive. Her potential breakout performance, in Cuckoo could open doors to opportunities ahead.

‘Borderlands’

Director: Eli Roth

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Edgar Ramírez, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu

Release Date: August 9

The movie “Borderlands” directed by Eli Roth features a star studded cast including Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Edgar Ramírez Ariana Greenblatt and Florian Munteanu. Scheduled for release, on August 9th the film follows the characters Lilith and Roland on a mission to rescue a weapons manufacturers daughter, on the planet Pandora.

Movies based on video games are now viewed positively than before. The Super Mario Bros. Movie set a record in 2023 by being the video game adaptation to make, over $1 billion globally. Twisted Metal, on Peacock got renewed for a season because viewers loved its action sequences and humor. Borderlands featuring a cast is predicted to do well too.

‘Alien: Romulus’

Director: Fede Alverez

Cast: Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonnson, Archie Renaux

Release Date: August 16

This revival of this iconic IP is anticipated with excitement in 2024. The upcoming movie, set between the two Alien films is poised to be a part of the franchise. Is said to return to its original horror essence as seen in the trailers.

It’s really exciting to hear that Ridley Scott, who directed the 1979 film will play a role, as a lead producer in this project. While this doesn’t guarantee success it does promise that the story will remain faithful to it’s origins. With backing from Scott and James Cameron secured, along with an ensemble cast featuring rising stars, like Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced and David Jonsson there’s definitely a lot of anticipation building up for this upcoming summer blockbuster.