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TMW's 2016 Movie Preview - Part Eight: August

Part eight of our look ahead to the movies coming our way in 2016.



Words by Eric Hillis (@hilliseric)

All dates are based on the current UK release calendar and are subject to change.


Suicide Squad
An ensemble cast led by Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie star as the Suicide Squad, a sort of Dirty Dozen of supervillains. Part of the emerging DC cinematic universe, the film is rumoured to also feature an appearance by Ben Affleck's Batman. David Ayer directs a movie that seems to be garnering more excitement among fans than its bigger brother Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.



Ben Hur
Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov delivers his take on the Ben Hur story. Jack Huston steps into the sandals famously occupied by Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman and Toby Kebbell co-star. Expect a CG chariot race at some point.

Spectral
When a city is over-run with supernatural beings, a special ops team led by James Badge Dale is sent in to bust ghosts. Info is scarce on a movie pitched as a supernatural Black Hawk Down.

Julieta
The 20th feature from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar chronicles the life of its title character over a 30 year period. Originally titled 'Silence', the name was changed to avoid clashing with Martin Scorsese's upcoming film.

A Man in the Dark
A trio of teen burglars bite off more than they can chew when they attempt to raid the home of a blind man, played by Avatar's Stephen Lang. Fede Alvarez, of the Evil Dead remake, directs.

Mechanic: Resurrection
If sequels and remakes aren't enough, here's a sequel to a remake. Jason Statham reprises the role from his 2011 reboot of The Mechanic and is joined by Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Alba. This time Statham's girlfriend is kidnapped, with the ransom coming in the form of three assassinations to be carried out by Statham.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Adam Devine and Zac Efron are in need of dates to accompany them to an upcoming wedding. Yeah that's plausible. Those dates arrive in the form of Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick, so don't expect any gritty realism here.

Sausage Party
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill reunite for this animated tale, presumably conjured up by Rogen while under the influence. Rogen voices a sausage on a quest to return to his supermarket aisle after falling out of a trolley.

David Brent: Life on the Road
With the roles drying up for Ricky Gervais after making enemies of most of Hollywood thanks to his Golden Globe hosting gigs, he returns to the role that made him famous for this belated spinoff. A documentary crew accompanies Brent as he goes on tour with his band, having quit his office job.

Arms & the Dudes
Based on true events, Arms & the Dudes follows Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as an arms dealing duo who win a contract to supply the US military in Afghanistan. Ana de Armas co-stars. Remember her name; she's going to be huge.

Project XX
Teenage boys embraced 2012's Project X with as much enthusiasm as the outraged critics who tore it apart for its misogyny, and so we have a sequel. The release date is practically the only detail we have on this one.


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