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"We Can't Wait" Pt 1: Most Anticipated of 2017

Before the Oscar nominations on Tuesday help put on a cap on 2016, we here at Team Experience are looking to the year ahead. Yes, fresh off of our Team Experience Awards, our most anticipated films of 2017 with this installment of We Can't Wait!

In this list you'll find upcoming films from favorite auteurs and favorite actress, and some promising films giving us both in the same package. Forgive us if your favorite superhero doesn't make the cut - our superheroes are the actressy sort, though we will be keeping an eye on Wonder Woman. Some films that almost made the list: Pulitzer-winning adaptation Marjorie Prime, the starry remake Murder on The Orient Express, and a Short Term 12 reunion for Destin Cretton and Brie Larson with The Glass Castle.

After the jump our 17 most anticipated films of 2017...

17. Beauty and the Beast (dir. Bill Condon)
My favorite Disney animated movie getting the live action treatment? Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, and Audra McDonald as Enchanted Objects? Yes, please. I'm iffy on Emma Watson's singing, but she looks the part, so I have faith. - Kim

16. Ex Libris: New York Public Library (dir. Frederick Wiseman)
A new Wiseman documentary is always an event (like In Jackson Heights, At Berkeley, and Titicut Follies), but I better actually be featured in this one. - John

15. Coco (dir. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina)
It's Pixar tackling my native culture and traditions. Yes, I'm hoping they will make one of their expected emotionally deep narratives, but I'm more excited to see what they do visually with the Día de los Muertos motif. - Jorge

14. Untitled Kathryn Bigelow (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, any Bigelow and Boal collaboration gets me to perk up. Featuring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, and John Krasinski among others, Bigelow's (alas all too timely film) will be tackling the 1967 Detroit riots. That's literally all we know and, really, all we should know to keep us excited. - Manuel

13. Okja (dir. Bong Joon-ho)
After his three most recent wonderments The Host (2006), Mother (2009), and Snowpiercer (2013), South Korea's Bong Joon-Ho has earned "ticket bought!" status every time he gets behind the camera. The plot, which we don't need to know much about, involves a nefarious corporation trying to kidnap the titular character, a "massive animal" (monster?) unless the animal's human best friend, a young Korean girl, can stop them. Or some such. We don't want to know too much. As with Snowpiercer we're getting an international mix of actors, crazy genre elements, and fun Tilda costumes. I repeat: Ticket bought. - Nathaniel

12. Happy End (dir. Michael Haneke)
The lovelier the title of the film, the darker Michael Haneke gets (Amour was not about whimsical Parisian love, Funny Games was far from a hoot, and The White Ribbon was not about state fair prizes), so the title of this new film made the masochist in me squeal with joy. Also, he's reuniting with Huppert. - Jose

11. How to Talk to Girls At Parties (dir. John Cameron Mitchell)
As if those set photos of Nicole Kidman looking like a Labyrinth-era Bowie weren't enough to stoke our excitement for this Neil Gaiman adaptation, director John Cameron Mitchell might be going back to his rock and roll-inflected roots. Toss in our increasingly loved Elle Fanning and Tony-winning Alex Sharp (in his screen debut) and we're there for this sci-fi party. Bonus points: an A24 release. - Chris

10. The Death of Stalin (dir. Armando Iannuci)
Amando Iannucci's last film, In the Loop, was one of the all-time great political satires. And then there's the not-insignificant matter of his amazing television shows The Thick of It and Veep. Basically, I trust no-one to better helm a comic tale of petty Communist in-fighting. - Tim

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13, 12, and 11 matter to me. I suspect some shade being thrown if the untitled PTA and Day-Lewis winds up in the second half. With the writer assuming the world wants another There Will Be Boredom or that Day-Lewis will Hepburn for this movie. (side note) Gyllenhaal is magnificent in his character presentation.

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

How is it possible that Michael Hanake's Happy End only ranks at number 12 on this list? With a much-anticipated reunion with both Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert?

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStefano

Let's see.... YES!!!!

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

Thought 1: I know Bigelow is known as a "muscular" director, but weren't there any women in Detroit in 1967?

Thought 2: I never noticed baby Fanning's resemblance to a young Lansbury until that photo.

Thought 3: Will any of Huppert's other 2017 releases show up on the list?

Thought 4: 12 & 11 are highly anticipated, I worry about 13.

Thought 5: Bening as Grahame, DDL and Call Me By Your Name among the top nine?

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I guess "After the jump our 17 most anticipated films of 2017..." was an alternative teaser.

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTommy Marx

Bigelow 14th? I mean, there's a lot to look forward to,'s Bigelow!

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAR

Only three of these are dated. I'm really looking forward to two of those (Coco and the Untitled Detroit Project) and the other (Beauty and the Beast) seems like it's probably going to be redundant. In chronological order, ONLY including films with a currently dated drop:

February 17: Fist Fight (I love Charlie Day. I love Ice Cube. I love Sonic the Hedgehog (the writers of this are writing the Sonic movie). You better believe I'm hoping this is at least good.)
March 3: T2: Trainspotting (It's more Trainspotting.)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Yep.)
June 16: Rock That Body (A raunchy murder-mystery comedy? Sign me up.)
June 23: The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
August 4: Untitled Detroit Project (It's Bigelow. As much as this sounds like something that could get Founder'd up the ass, I'd hope the studio isn't quite THAT nervous.)
August 11: Baby Driver (Edgar BLEEPING Wright. If this were a numbered list and not a chronological, this is #1.)
August 25: Villa Capri (Can Ron Shelton redeem himself after his last movie? Y'know, Hollywood Homicide, that movie where Harrison Ford ate a donut during sex? Redemption arcs are always fun to hope for.)
November 22: Coco (Pixar)
December 25: The Greatest Showman (Yeah. That cast, plus that music staff, plus that writer? Either everything goes wrong or everything goes right. No middle ground with that level of talent.)

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm excited for Hannah Murray in Bigelow's new film. She's so lovely and talented.

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHav

I admit I really want to see Beauty and the Beast. Of those in the list so far, I'd say Coco is my most anticipated.
I really hope Haneke created a great role for Huppert in Happy End.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Adaptation of ''On Chesil Beach'' by Ian McEwan. Starring Saoirse Ronan.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertorah

I'm still interested in Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool (Bening as Grahame - if she doesn't get nominated tomorrow, save the Oscar for this role). Also - somewhat curious about the Oceans remake with Blanchett/Rihanna/Sarah Paulson/Bullock/Hathaway---Perhaps both of these are in your Top 10.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTOM

Bigelow is No 1 for me. Her last two films are brilliant works. And the GG bio with The Bening is way up there.

Tomorrow, Streep cannot be nominated at Annette's expense. That will incur my eternal wrath.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Tomorrow, Streep cannot be nominated at Annette's expense. That will incur my eternal wrath.

Hoping for Adams to be the major snub. Best not to bet against Streep. She's an institution no one is invested in destroying except our new sitting president.

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