2017 Summer Movie Guide

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 days ago

Get planning for all the superheroes, anti-heroes, and sci-fi sequels in our 2017 Summer Movie Guide. Take note of some of your favorite upcoming titles. — Arno Kazarian and Michael Rosser

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Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens Friday, May 5.

Peter Quill and his expanded superhero family battle new foes and lingering father issues as the Awesome Mixtape #2 re-introduces old favorites as your new summer soundtrack. Looks like it's $1 billion or bust at the worldwide box office, too.

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Debra Winger and Tracy Letts in The Lovers (2017)

The Lovers opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

One of the more intriguing premises of the season (and easily one of the best trailers as well) finds Azazel Jacobs, who directed the underrated HBO series "Doll & Em," partnering with A24, the hottest indie studio around. And the cast? Superb.

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Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Rebecca Hall in The Dinner (2017)

The Dinner opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

Provocateur Oren Moverman is back behind the camera with his adaptation of Herman Koch's novel, which has sharply divided critics since its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film).

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Elle Fanning in 3 Generations (2015)

3 Generations opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

Formerly titled About Ray, it seems the title to this transgender drama was changed perhaps to take advantage of Susan Sarandon's "Feud" moment. The updated trailer reveals more of the dynamic between Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning's characters.

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Kenny Anderson in Mr. Chibbs (2017)

Mr. Chibbs opens in limited release on Wednesday, May 5.

Jill Campbell observes NBA legend Kenny Anderson at a crossroads in his post-hoops life and career. This could be one of those documentaries that catches serious word of mouth.

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Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens Friday, May 12.

Guy Ritchie gave Sherlock Holmes his makeover, and now he's out to do the same for the swords and sandals genre. Anything it takes to mint Charlie Hunnam as a bona fide movie star is fine by us. Plus, we're hoping Jude Law taps into his "Young Pope" outrageousness to become villain of the year.

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Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in Snatched (2017)

Snatched opens Friday, May 12.

Amy Schumer returns two summers after Trainwreck with Goldie Hawn as her movie mom in one of the most unlikely (and welcome) on-screen pairings of the year, with a screenplay by Kate Dippold (The Heat/Ghostbusters) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies/The Night Before) at the helm.

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Lowriders (2016)

Lowriders opens Friday, May 12.

This look at Mexican-American youth culture in Los Angeles has an 8 Mile feel to it as super-producer Jason Blum takes a moment away from cranking out micro-budget horror movies to see how he fares in a different genre.

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Diane Lane, Eleanor Coppola, and Arnaud Viard in Paris Can Wait (2016)

Paris Can Wait opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

Eleanor Coppola makes her feature directorial debut with this romantic comedy starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, 25 years after making an Emmy Award-winning documentary about husband Francis Ford Coppola’s epic, Apocalypse Now.

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John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in The Wall (2017)

The Wall opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) returns with this war film about two American soldiers, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, pinned behind a wall by an Iraqi sniper. The film was the first ever original spec script bought by Amazon Studios, after appearing on the 2014 Black List of hot un-produced screenplays.

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Noa Kooler in The Wedding Plan (2016)

The Wedding Plan opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

Israeli-American director Rama Burshtein follows her award-winning debut, Fill the Void, with this Bridget Jones-style comedy set in the orthodox Jewish community.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant opens Friday, May 19.

Ridley Scott wants to put Prometheus haters in their place and through their paces with Alien: Covenant's hard-R gore and a story that leads right up to his original masterpiece.

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Jason Drucker in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opens Friday, May 19.

Cher from Clueless (Alicia Silverstone) is now getting mom roles as the entire Heffley family has been rebooted in this fourth movie based on Jeff Kinney's outrageously popular book series.

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Amandla Stenberg in Everything, Everything (2017)

Everything, Everything opens Friday, May 19.

Nicola Yoon's novel rallied YA readers. Can Stella Meghie do the same with movie-goers with her second outing as writer/director?

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Javier Bardem and Nico Cortez in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens Friday, May 26.

Disney's promotional campaign for the long-in-the-works fifth POTC outing has kept the focus on Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar and his ghost crew who are out to wipe out all pirates -- especially Captain Jack Sparrow. With nods back to the original movie and plenty of inventiveness to be found in the trailers, this could be the most welcome sequel of the season.

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Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario in Baywatch (2017)

Baywatch opens Wednesday, May 24.

Just when you thought '80s revivals had run aground, the long-planned Baywatch movie brings back the iconic red swimsuits (and rescue cans) as franchise-helper Dwayne Johnson is enlisted early on to resuscitate this property.

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Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman opens Friday, June 2.

With what appears to be a prime balance of action and storytelling, it looks like Diana of Themyscira will make things right in the world of DC Comics movies and women superheroes in general.

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Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opens Friday, June 2.

20th Century Fox, which has made a quiet fortune on its Wimpy Kid movies, will undoubtedly apply some of the same formula to its plans for the elementary-school universe created by Dav Pilkey. For CU die-hards: There're no plans for a Dog-Man spin-off at the moment.

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Demetri Martin in Dean (2016)

Dean opens Friday, June 2.

Comedian Demetri Martin resurfaces with a Garden State-ish melancholy comedy about the grieving process that he wrote, directed, and stars in — his signature illustrations are also on display.

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3 Idiotas (2017)

3 Idiotas opens Friday, June 2.

Don't be surprised if this Latino remake of 3 Idiots notches a top 10 position during its first weekend in US release.

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Sofia Boutella in The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy opens Friday, June 9.

Universal is looking to reintroduce all of their classic monsters, and if their casting decisions remain as exciting as the thought of Sofia Boutella playing the ancient princess Ahmanet, we imagine audiences will welcome back The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man ...

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Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel (2017)

My Cousin Rachel opens Friday, June 9.

We love Rachel Weisz unconditionally as an actress but freely admit we adore her the most when she plays a mysterious character, and her role in Roger Michell's adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel seems like her darkest material yet.

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It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night opens Friday, June 9.

Krisha director Trey Edward Shults reteams with the innovative movie studio A24 for a contemporary horror/mystery tale with a trailer we can barely get through without passing out from anxiety.

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Salma Hayek in Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Beatriz at Dinner opens Friday, June 9.

This time last year we never would have guessed that one of the biggest summer-movie showdowns of 2017 would find Salma Hayek pitted against John Lithgow as they sit down to supper. Hayek might have a career-best performance in this race- and class-conscious comedy from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta.

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Sam Elliott in The Hero (2017)

The Hero opens Friday, June 9.

Brett Haley had a breakout hit in 2015 with I'll See You in My Dreams, and his new film follows a similar path as Sam Elliott (who had a key role in Dreams) faces issues of aging and mortality in his personal and professional life. Based on the film's Sundance reception, Haley could have another sleeper hit this year.

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Demetrius Shipp Jr. in All Eyez on Me (2017)

All Eyez on Me opens Friday, June 16.

Litigation between this project's main production company and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, held up filming since 2011. But it looks like the drama helped director Benny Boom and co. create a realistic portrayal of the struggles and triumphs faced by the eternally influential rapper and poet.

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Owen Wilson and Cristela Alonzo in Cars 3 (2017)

Cars 3 opens Friday, June 16.

Cars has always been Pixar's cutesy merchandising cash cow, but the franchise's tone looks to be changing up for this third time around the race track since the movie's first look teased a life-changing accident that befalls Lightning McQueen.

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Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer in Rough Night (2017)

Rough Night opens Friday, June 16.

The first of two hard-R rated women's-night-out comedies this season has a purse full of secret weapons from "Broad City" both in front of and behind the camera.

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Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, and Jaeden Lieberher in The Book of Henry (2017)

The Book of Henry opens Friday, June 16.

Despite his commitments to Jurassic World 2 and Star Wars: Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow seems determined to the world of indie-scale film as well with this arresting drama that feels like a live-action version of the game Mousetrap designed to catch a predatory adult. The trailer has an outrageous shift that has people talking.

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Mandy Moore and Claire Holt in 47 Meters Down (2017)

47 Meters Down opens Friday, June 16.

Every summer movie season should have a shark movie, and it should at least be as good as The Shallows. Know what we mean? Sometime this summer director Johannes Roberts will begin his high profile gig as the helmer of The Strangers 2.

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Michael Bay, Josh Duhamel, Perry Yee, and Remi Adeleke in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight opens Friday, June 23.

Merlin, King Arthur, and Nazi Germany somehow factor into T5's plot, which we'd really love to hear Mark Wahlberg explain ... as Dirk Diggler. The movie will tip its hat to Logan as well by positioning young Isabela Moner's role front and center alongside Wahlberg.

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Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick opens Friday, June 23.

Real-life married couple Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani turn their real-world health/relationship crisis into one of the more anticipated romantic comedies of the year. The duo refers to their collaboration as a "romantic coma-dy," so you're aware.

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Elle Fanning in The Beguiled (2017)

The Beguiled opens Friday, June 23.

We love that Sofia Coppola has traveled back in history again with Kirsten Dunst and has recruited a fine cast that includes The Nice Guys standout Angourie Rice. Speaking of love -- or lust, potentially -- will it literally tear Colin Farrell apart under Nicole Kidman's matriarchal eye?

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Suki Waterhouse in The Bad Batch (2016)

The Bad Batch opens Friday, June 23.

Ana Lily Amirpour heads to a Texas wasteland for her follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and the writer-director has a bleak outlook that's still no less romantic than her genre-changing debut. Look for Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) and Miami Man (Jason Momoa) to become your summer-season valentines.

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Jamie Foxx, Lanny Joon, and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28.

The trailer for Edgar Wright's pet project makes us feel like the tough guyness of Drive was channeled through John Waters' sense of humor. And its SXSW premiere was electrifying. Plus, has Jon Hamm ever looked more take home-able?

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Steve Carell in Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Despicable Me 3 opens Friday, June 30.

While the Minions and a heretofore unknown brother try to lure Gru back to the world of supervillainy, but domestication isn't the enemy here - leave that to Trey Parker ("South Park"), who portrays the fashion-forward (though the movie wants you to think otherwise) Balthazar Bratt.

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Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in The House (2017)

The House opens Friday, June 30.

Pause for a moment to realize that Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell have been entertaining us, separately and together, for two decades now, and this financial crisis comedy denotes their first movie appearance as wife and husband.

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Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Amityville: The Awakening opens Friday, June 30.

Genre specialists of the present and past unite to reintroduce the Amityville legend as Blumhouse Productions partners with Dimension Films for a hopeful summer horror hit that was originally nestled into the winter release calendar.

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Joey King in Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon opens Friday, June 30.

The studio behind this horror movie is having myriad distribution issues so hopefully Joey King, who already survived The Conjuring, has one wish left in that evil octagon she was gifted. Barb from "Stranger Things" and Audrey from "Twin Peaks" help ramp up the mystery factor.

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Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza in The Little Hours (2017)

The Little Hours opens Friday, June 30.

Aubrey Plaza has another edgy summer offering, this time in the form of a comedy that introduces us to a convent of unhinged nuns, but if you focus too much on thinking that director Jeff Baena has anti-religious intentions, you'll miss the movie's thoughtful character interactions and the story's overall sincerity.

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Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens Friday, July 7.

Having passed a litmus test with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, it's clear that the movie-going universe is ready for Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker only three short years after Andrew Garfield's noble attempt at the role.

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Danielle Macdonald in Patti Cake$ (2017)

Patti Cake$ opens Friday, July 7.

A rapper/actress is born with Danielle Macdonald's breakout role in writer/director Geremy Jasper's Sundance hit that is now Fox Searchlight's big bet of the year. (The studio made it rain to the tune of $10.5 million to purchase the drama at the festival.)

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Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story opens Friday, July 7.

David Lowery reunites his Ain't Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for another challenging/potentially rewarding experience. This time it's a slow-burning thriller that compels you to give yourself over to the experience of a loss so haunting that it begins to physically manifest itself.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes opens Friday, July 14.

The third installment of this fine franchise introduces Woody Harrelson as a Kurtz-like military figure and Steve Zahn utilizing his comedic talent to portray "Bad Ape," though we did not know this serial needed any levity.

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Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth opens Friday, July 14.

Both director William Oldroyd and his star Florence Pugh have been earmarked as talent on the rise in what looks to be one of the most stark and sexy films of the season. It also features one of the best trailers of the year.

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Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City a Thousand Planets opens Friday, July 21.

An entire movie studio's fate is resting on the shoulders of Luc Besson as he returns to space with a heroine, Laureline, he's loved longer than Leeloo.

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Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk opens Friday, July 21.

Christopher Nolan's first war picture will help him earn his first Best Director Oscar nomination, right?

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip opens Friday, July 21.

New Orleans' Essence Music Festival gets its own movie in the form of a road trip captained by Queen Latifah that looks set to make Tiffany Haddish a breakout star.

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Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde opens Friday, July 28.

Charlize Theron gets an opportunity to reveal more of her Furiosa side with everyone's new favorite action director, David Leitch, who co-helmed John Wick and will take on the upcoming Deadpool sequel.

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Patrick Stewart, James Corden, T.J. Miller, and Ilana Glazer in The Emoji Movie (2017)

The Emoji Movie opens Friday, July 28.

We suggest fully exploring your phone's emoji palette before tweeting your review of Sony's attempt to bring smileys to the big screen.

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Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel opens Friday, July 28.

Al Gore is here to make you to reconsider what's fueling those hot summer days and we're not going to blame him one bit for being the Debbie Downer of climate change.

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Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower opens Friday, August 4.

The Plot: The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, aka the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Buzz: The first of two insanely anticipated Stephen King adaptations arrives in the form of an incredibly scaled down take on the tale of Roland Deschain. Remember when these novels were being developed as a movie trilogy with an accompanying TV series?

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Detroit (2017)

Detroit opens Friday, August 4.

Kathryn Bigelow and her right-hand screenwriter Mark Boal look at a battle fought on American soil in their latest collaboration, one of the most fiery and political movies of the year that is sure to generate headlines, controversy, and conversation.

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Step (2017)

Step opens Friday, August 4.

Amanda Lipitz's documentary won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2017 for inspirational filmmaking.

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Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West opens Friday, August 4.

Finally there's a movie with a premise that feels as uncomfortable as Aubrey Plaza's unhinged approach to comedy.

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Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in Wind River (2017)

Wind River opens Friday, August 4.

Looks like another banner year for Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, who's also behind the camera for this murderous tale that killed at Sundance.

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Jason Clarke and Blake Lively in All I See Is You (2016)

All I See Is You opens Friday, August 4.

Blake Lively continues to put Serena van der Woodsen behind her; this time out, she stars opposite Jason Clarke in a psychological thriller handled by Marc Foster, who makes a habit of directing both blockbusters and scaled-down dramas.

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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun (2017)

Midnight Sun opens Friday, August 4.

Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger will try and start a young-adult frenzy with their version of the hit Japanese movie has a bit in common story-wise with another summer movie, Everything, Everything.

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Talitha Bateman in Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation opens Friday, August 11.

The Conjuring spinoff that is now its own franchise has both a terrific director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and young actress, Lulu Wilson, who was the best part of Ouija: Origin of Evil.

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature opens Friday, August 18.

Surly the squirrel and his crew get into some direct action activism in the sequel to their sleeper hit. Brendan Fraser won't be back as Grayson this time around, though.

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Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander in Tulip Fever (2017)

Tulip Fever opens Friday, August 25.

Justin Chadwick's movies (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom/The Other Boleyn Girl) always have an awards sheen and his latest once enjoyed a plum, Oscar-baiting release date. But the tulip mania didn't last at the Weinstein Company, which quietly re-potted the movie at the very end of the summer season. Still, what a cast!

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