Even this early in January, slew of movies set to be released in the New Year are already gaining attention from fans worldwide. While hundreds of feature films are set to premiere in theaters throughout 2014, there are 12 films gaining a specific amount of attention and excitement from devout fans. Whether a sequel, or a feature film adaptation, here is a third of the most anticipated movies set to premiere this year:
“Divergent,” a film based on Veronica Roth’s science fiction book trilogy, is set to debut in theaters this March 21. The future citizens of Chicago live in a society divided into five factions, each one meant to uphold a particular virtue of humanity. The plot revolves around a teenage girl named Beatrice Prior, a faction transfer with an inconclusive test result who must save the factions from succumbing to the overpowered force of the Erudite. The leading roles of ‘Tris’ and ‘Four’ will be played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
“The Fault in Our Stars”, the best-selling, young adult John Green novel will come to life on the big screen this summer on June 6. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. In the midst of their relationship, Augustus decided to use his saved wish from “The Genies”, a fictionalized version of a Make a Wish Foundation, to fly himself and Hazel to Amsterdam, Netherlands to meet Peter van Houten, Hazel’s favorite author. They return, and not too long after, Augustus is notified that the signs of cancer in his body had spread. The novel ends in tragedy for the two, but Hazel has not lost her resolve. The film, sure to be a blockbuster hit, stars Shailene Woodley and newcomer Ansel Elgort as the protagonists Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters.
“The Giver”, after years of speculation and rumors of a potential film adaptation, is officially making its way to theaters this New Year. Jones lives in what is at first presented as a utopian society but is gradually evident to be dystopian. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of “Receiver of Memory”, one who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness. The beloved Lois Lowry sci-fi novel will star Brendon Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver and Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” adapted from Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay”, the third in the trilogy. The film is the second to last in the series and scheduled to make its way to theaters November 20th, 2015. Katniss Everdeen reluctantly adjusts to a highly structured life in the underground District 13, which has been spearheading the rebellion in Panem. Katniss eventually agrees to act as “the Mockingjay”—a poster child for the rebellion—but only on the condition that District 13’s President Alma Coin vows to grant immunity to all of the past Hunger Games tributes, including her friends Peeta Mellark, and Finnick Odair, and to reserve for Katniss the right to personally kill Panem’s President Snow once he is captured. Tasked with starring in rebel propaganda films, called propos, Katniss is unhappily kept out of actual combat until she defiantly participates in a tragic battle at District 8. Once again, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence will star as “Hunger Games” champion Katniss Everdeen.