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TMW's 2015 Movie Preview - Part 4: Sequels

There's a deluge of sequels headed your way in 2015.


Taken 3
Who the devil made it? Olivier Megaton
Who the hell is in it? Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
What do we know? We're promised this will be the final installment of the hit action franchise, though Neeson had previously claimed we wouldn't get a third movie. This time it's the life of Neeson's wife that's taken, with our hero framed for her murder.



Insurgent
Who the devil made it? Robert Schwentke
Who the hell is in it? Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
What do we know? After the first film, Woodley and James find themselves on the run. Director Schwentke's last movie was the critical and commercial bomb RIPD.



Furious 7
Who the devil made it? James Wan
Who the hell is in it? Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
What do we know? Director James Wan steps outside his horror comfort zone for this latest installment of a seemingly endless franchise. Paul Walker returns from beyond the grave, with his brothers acting as stand-ins. Jason Statham joins the cast as the villain.



Avengers: Age of Ultron
Who the devil made it? Joss Whedon
Who the hell is in it? Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
What do we know? The assembled gang return to face off against James Spader's Ultron, who plans to make humanity extinct. Expect a post-credits scene to provide the movie's biggest talking point.



Mad Max: Fury Road
Who the devil made it? George Miller
Who the hell is in it? Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
What do we know? Returning director George Miller promises a "western on wheels," with Hardy filling the now unhireable Mel Gibson's boots. The trailer promises a return to the spirit of the originals.



Pitch Perfect 2
Who the devil made it? Elizabeth Banks
Who the hell is in it? Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
What do we know? One of three musicals featuring Anna Kendrick heading our way in 2015 (along with Into the Woods and The Last Five Years). Star Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut. This time the Barden Bellas attempt to become the first American winners of an international acapella tournament.



Jurassic World
Who the devil made it? Colin Trevorrow
Who the hell is in it? Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins
What do we know? The planned theme park of the first movie is now in full swing and everything seems to be running fine until the park's star attraction, a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, goes on the rampage. 



Terminator: Genisys
Who the devil made it? Alan Taylor
Who the hell is in it? Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger
What do we know? As in the original, Kyle Reese (Courtney) returns to '80s Los Angeles to save Sarah Connor (Clarke) but finds she's a step ahead of him, having been raised and protected by a friendly Terminator. Schwarzenegger is "back".



Ted 2
Who the devil made it? Seth MacFarlane
Who the hell is in it? Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson
What do we know? Mila Kunis departs, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Amanda Seyfried join a surprisingly stellar cast. Rumour has it this sequel will follow a road movie format.



Magic Mike XXL
Who the devil made it? Gregory Jacobs
Who the hell is in it? Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Channing Tatum
What do we know? Having traded cinema for TV, Steven Soderbergh doesn't return, with Gregory Jacobs taking over directorial duties. The plot apparently involves Mike and his fellow strippers attending a stripping convention. There's no McConaughey this time out, with Amber Heard and Elizabeth Banks joining the cast.



Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Who the devil made it? Wes Ball
Who the hell is in it? Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
What do we know? Having escaped the maze of the first film, our heroes must now negotiate the post-apocalyptic outside world. This time the cast isn't such a sausage fest, with several new female characters being introduced.



London Has Fallen
Who the devil made it? Babak Najafi
Who the hell is in it? Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Charlotte Riley
What do we know? At the funeral of the British Prime Minister, a terrorist attack is launched, with Gerard Butler's secret service agent apparently the only man qualified to save the day.



The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Who the devil made it? Francis Lawrence
Who the hell is in it? Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
What do we know? The wildly successful franchise reaches its climax with part 2 of the adaptation of the the final novel. The movie will serve as the final screen appearance of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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