Although the world of film is more accustomed to releasing the year's biggest hits during the summer blockbuster and the winter holiday periods, great movies can be released year-round.
As a matter of fact, some of 2017's best films are pegged for a release this spring. The following are the five most talked-about hyped films coming to theaters in Spring 2017.
Pop 5 Hyped Films:
5. Kong: Skull Island - March 10
One of the most hyped films is the latest addition to the King Kong franchise, which will be released in full-force on March 10, 2017.
Set in the 1970s, the film follows a team of explorers and soldiers, as they venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific. The team is unaware that they are trespassing on the turf of the monster Kong, who the locals consider their king.
The film stars Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad, a former officer of the British Special Air Service who specializes in hunting and tracking, Samuel L. Jackson as Packard, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, and John Goodman as Bill Randa, a government official heading the expedition.
The film boasts impressive special effects and is directed by rookie Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose skill in the direction of action films will be tested here. However, Kong: Skull Island is backed by experienced screenwriters, as Max Borenstein (of Godzilla fame) and Dan Gilroy (who wrote The Bourne Legacy) have teamed up to write the film.
4. The Fate of the Furious - April 14
Fans of the long-running Fast and the Furious franchise are sure to flock to theaters on April 14, 2017 to see the latest installment.
In the eighth film of the popular series, the elite Fast and the Furious crew will be traversing the globe in order to stop an anarchist from unleashing total chaos while simultaneously attempting to stop their friend Dom (Vin Diesel) from returning to a life of crime.
The film will also feature returning stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris as Luke Hobbs, Letty Ortiz, and Tej Parker, respectively. Charlize Theron will also star as Cipher, the main antagonist.
F. Gary Gray, who directed the 2015 hit Straight Outta Compton, will be directing his first Fast and the Furious film, while Chris Morgan returns for his sixth screenplay of the series.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - May 26
While many will agree that Disney's live-action pirate fantasy series has run its course, it won't stop Dead Men Tell No Tales from breaking big at the box office on May 26, 2017.
Johnny Depp returns yet again as Captain Jack Sparrow, who seeks seeks the mythical Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat an old enemy, Capitán Salazar (Javier Bardem).
Dead Men Tell No Tales will feature a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the martial arts buddy comedies Rush Hour 2 & 3, and will be co-directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be working overtime for most of 2017, with new films for both Thor and Spider-Man, as well as possibly a movie featuring The Inhumans on the schedule.
Before those, however, Marvel will release the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (which grossed over $773 million in 2014) on May 5, 2017.
Set two months after the first film, the Guardians travel all over the vast wilderness of outer space and struggle to keep their motley crew together, all while helping Peter Quill learn more about his biological father.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is both written and directed by James Gunn, who also wrote and directed the first film.
1. Beauty and the Beast - March 17
Of all the majorly hyped films on this list, perhaps none is more anticipated than Disney's live-action rendition of their 1991 masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast.
The film, which is being released on March 17, 2017, is an stunning adaptation of one of Disney's most popular animated classics, which is based off the classic French fairy tale of the same name.
Emma Watson stars as Belle, alongside Dan Stevens as the Beast. The film will also offer a solid accompanying cast with Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, and Emma Thompson portraying Lumiere, Cogsworth, Gaston, and Mrs. Potts, respectively.
The film features Bill Condon as director, who was responsible for directing both Parts 1 and 2 of Breaking Dawn of The Twilight Saga, and is written by the trio of Evan Spiliotopoulos (who has written several Disney films in the past), Stephen Chbosky, and Bill Condon himself.
It looks like Disney still has its finger on the pulse of pop culture and entertainment, as Beauty and the Beast is slated for a massively successful release based on all the hype it's received thus far.