2014 promises to be a very good year for movie lovers across the board. Between historical dramas, science-fiction thrillers, superhero action movies and arthouse films, there will be something for everyone next year. For movie fans who swear only by the stars, here is our pick of the top names to watch in 2014.
The coming year will be a busy one for the Hollywood star, who returns to theaters next May in the title role of “Maleficent,” a live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” told from the perspective of the iconic villain. Next Christmas, the actress will present her latest project as a director, “Unbroken.” The film is a biopic on the remarkable destiny of Louis Zamperini, a former small-time criminal who went on to become an Olympic athlete and later a war hero. He is still alive today at age 96.
The 42-year-old French actress has teamed up once again with “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier for “Nymphomaniac,” which premieres at the Berlinale in February 2014 before hitting US theaters in March. Gainsbourg stars as Jo, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, in this highly anticipated two-part drama, which promises to have no shortage of steamy sex scenes.
Another French actress making waves on the international film scene, 33-year-old Eva Green will be seen playing two femme fatale roles during the coming year. In “300: Rise of an Empire,” hitting US theaters in March, she will play the ruthless queen Artemisia, commander of the Persian army sent to invade the Greeks. In late August, Green will appear in the role of Ava Lord, who seduces Josh Brolin’s character in the stylized noir film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
The Wellington native will turn 50 in 2014, but he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The actor will co-star with Colin Farrell in the romantic fantasy drama “Winter’s Tale” in February, before appearing in the title role of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” an epic and somewhat controversial biblical saga. Last but not least, the actor will present his feature-length directorial debut, “The Water Diviner,” at the end of next year. The film will explore the aftermath of the Dardanelles Campaign during World War I, in which several Australians perished.
Though she may have seemed to be under the radar in 2013, the Australian star was busy shooting a number of much-anticipated films expected in theaters in the coming months. In 2014, Kidman will star in the thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” and the drama “The Railway Man,” not to mention “Grace of Monaco,” Olivier Dahan’s biopic on the legendary princess, and “Paddington,” the film adaptation of the adventures of the UK’s favorite bear. Meanwhile, the actress will also be busy on the sets of Jason Bateman’s “The Family Fang” and Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert.”
A well-known face to “Parks and Recreation” fans, the 34-year-old actor will be propelled to international fame in 2014 as the star of Marvel’s summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy,” something of an outer-space version of the Avengers. His reputation could grow even further if he joins the cast of “Jurassic World,” slated to go into production next year.
On the eve of her 40th birthday, the red-headed beauty will ride the wave of success from David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” possibly even bagging an Oscar nomination. Adams will then head to the set of “Batman vs. Superman” to play Lois Lane before joining Christoph Waltz on the set of “Big Eyes.” In this Tim Burton drama, due in theaters in late 2014, Adams will play Margaret Keane, who accuses her husband of stealing her paintings.
After a rather dismal year, marked by the commercial and critical failure of “The Lone Ranger,” Johnny Depp seems ready to make a solid comeback in 2014. The iconic actor will play the villain in the science-fiction thriller “Transcendence” next spring before returning to theaters in the title role of “Mortdecai,” an adventure comedy adapted from the writings of Kyril Bonfiglioli. Finally, at the end of 2014, he will don a wolf costume for “Into the Woods,” a Disney production that draws inspiration from multiple fairy tales.