Just when we thought superhero movies were taking over the cinema, we discovered these 23 fantastic books were getting their own close ups this year. Since we’ve rated these novels in order of anticipation, number one should be no surprise.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Image: Universal Pictures
Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), brings literature student Anastasia Steele into his secret world of sex, bondage and need for control. Next month, we’ll have the chance to see if the movie lives up to all the hype.
Release date: Feb. 14, 2015
Revolution takes flight when the “Mockingjay,” better known as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), defies the autocratic Capitol for the good of the common people.
Release date: Nov. 20, 2015
3. The Martian by Andy Weir
Set in the near future, an American astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets stranded on Mars and has an epic struggle to survive. With Ridley Scott directing, this film could be the best sci-fi movie of the year.
Release date: Nov. 25, 2015
4. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Image: Warner Bros.
Based on a real-life news story from 1820, the Essex was a whaling ship that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale. This true story was also part of the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy star in the whale-of-a-tale.
Release date: March 13, 2015
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Tris (Shailene Woodley) continues her battle against the corrupt alliance which threatens to doom her secret society of outcasts.
Release date: March 20, 2015
6. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
by Michael Punke
A 19th-century frontiersman, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), demands vengeance against those who left him for dead after he was nearly killed by a bear. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman), this could be pretty intense.
Release date: Dec. 25
7. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel
Image: 20th Century Fox
Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) plays a down-on-his-luck journalist who befriends a mass murderer, Christian Longo (James Franco), and realizes they have a frightening connection.
Release date: April 10, 2015
8. The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli
Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is a mustachioed art dealer who begins searching for a stolen painting that may reveal Nazi secrets. The film is called Mortdecai.
Release date: Jan. 23
9. Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
This is the real-life story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), a violent criminal and head of the Irish mob in Boston, who became an FBI informant.
Release date: Sept. 18
10. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Image: Wildgaze/Parallel Films
Set in the 1950s, a working-class Irish girl, Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) hopes to make a better life for herself in New York and finds love.
Release date: Jan. 26, 2015
11. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Neighbors Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Maggie Grace) find romance in spite of life’s challenges.
There is no release date yet.
12. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
The lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur when Dr. Pascal (Jamie Dornan) begins to treat a 9-year-old boy, Louis (Aiden Longworth), after a near-fatal accident.
13. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Having escaped from the Maze, the Gladers, including Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), find a dystopian world ravaged by disease and a dying sun.
Release date: Sep. 18
14. Paper Towns by John Green
A young man, Quentin (Nat Wolff), and his closest buddies, take off on a road trip in search of Margo (Cara Delevingne), who’s disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Release date: June 5th
15. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Image: Fox Searchlight
In this timeless story set in Victorian England, the bold Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has set her sights on three very different men: a sheep farmer, a soldier and a wealthy but older bachelor. Which one will truly love her back?
Release date: May 1, 2015
16. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
College student Sophia (Brit Robertson) has fallen for champion bull rider Luke (Scott Eastwood — yes, Clint’s very hot son), despite the fact she’s planning to take a job in New York. But everything changes when they cross paths with an older man who’s been in a terrible accident.
Release date: April 10, 2015
17. Serena by Ron Rash
Image: Magnolia Pictures
Also set in North Carolina, married couple George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) embark on building a timber empire in 1929. But when Serena discovers she can’t bear children, she begins a downward spiral into madness.
Release date: March 27, 2015
18. The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Image: Legendary Pictures
In this fantasy story set in the middle ages, Young Thomas (Ben Barnes) studies to become an expert ghost and demon hunter under the tutelage of Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges). The movie is called Seventh Son.
19. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Set in the near future in a society on the edge of an apocalypse, two young women (Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page) escape to an ancient forest where they struggle to survive.
20. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day (Charlize Theron) thinks she knows the gruesome details of her family’s murder that happened when she was only 7. But a secret crime-solving society called the Kill Club forces her re-examine exactly what took place all those years ago. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks.
21. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Image: Cross Creek
Austen’s tale of romance gets tangled when zombies invade England. Lily James plays Elizabeth Bennet and Sam Reilly takes on the delicious Mr. Darcy, who may or may not get his brain eaten by zombies.
There is no release date yet.
22. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were 5, growing up in Ireland. As a teen, Alex moves to Boston but still feels a deep connection to Rosie — could his best friend also be his soul mate? The movie is called Love, Rosie.
Release Date: Feb. 6
23. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Louisa (Emilia Clarke) begins to have romantic feelings about Will (Sam Claflin), a severely disabled young man who employs her.
Release date: Aug. 21, 2015