The season of summer blockbusters is coming to an end, so it’s time to prepare for the fall! SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio has rounded up the top 10 most anticipated movies set to come out starting in October.
1) Gone Girl (David Fincher, October 3, 2014)
Gone Girl, based off the novel by Gillian Flynn, is a mystery/thriller starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. The film tells the story of the disappearance of a woman named Amy Dunne whose husband, Nick Dunne, becomes the focus of an intense media circus when his innocence in his wife’s disappearance is called into question.
“One of the most interesting things I think is some of the other casting in this film. You see David Fincher, you don’t expect to see so many comic actors. There’s Neil Patrick Harris, there is Tyler Perry, who’s apparently not in a dress, and Casey Wilson, from ABC’s Happy Endings.”
2) Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, November 7, 2014)
Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, is an action/mystery film about a voyage in space and how a group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole. Nolan describes the film as “an ode to human spaceflight.”
“An astrophysicist who came to Hollywood and hoped to get his ideas out into the popular culture and got the attention of Jonathan Nolan, who is Christopher’s brother, who had written a script. Christopher took over that script and added some ideas of his own and there’s not a whole lot that we know beyond that.”
3) Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, October 17, 2014)
Birdman, a comedy/drama film, stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton. It tells the story of an actor in his attempts to reclaim his past glory.
“This movie, obviously, is gonna be on the surreal side. Michael Keaton’s playing this washed-up, former superhero actor who is trying to make a big comeback by putting on this play and is sort of haunted, I think, by his alter-ego of Birdman, who heckles him, as far as I can tell, through the whole thing.”
4) Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée, December 5, 2014)
Wild, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, and Laura Dern, is a biography/drama film that chronicles a woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike with the intent of recovering from a recent catastrophe.
“[Witherspoon] optioned [the film] with her own money and she developed it outside the studio system. They eventually went with Fox Searchlight. It’s a very dark role. I think, because it’s so dark, she was afraid studios would not want her to play this person and she was like, ‘Nope!’ So, she developed it outside the studio … It’s one of these movies where I think she has the chance to sort of reconnect with audiences.”
5) Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, November 13, 2014)
Whiplash is a drama film starring Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, and Melissa Benoist that tells the story of a young jazz musician and the challenges he faces in his hopes to become a top jazz drummer.
“I spoke to the director, Damien Chazelle, who is this 29-year-old talent, and he said that the instruction that he gave J.K [Simmons] was ‘That character you played in Oz, that Nazi, I want people to think of him as the teacher in Mr. Hollands Opus after they see this character that you’re playing.”
6) Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, November 14, 2014)
Foxcatcher, starring E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, is a biography/drama film based on the true story of an Olympic wrestler named Mark Schultz and his relationship with his sponsor and brother.
“It played at Cannes in May and got great, great, a great reception … It’s a great cast and this is definitely a film that I think everyone’s thinking Oscars for. Both of Bennett Miller’s previous films have gotten multiple nominations for their actors and this seems to be positioned as the type of film that does the same.”
7) Fury (David Ayer, October 17, 2014)
Fury is a war/drama film about an army sergeant named Wardaddy and his five-man crew in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. The film stars Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf.
“Britain loves the Second World War and there are lots of collectors and museums which have all these tanks. [The film is] set in Germany, filmed in England because they could get actual tanks, and they used upwards of 10 tanks. The tank, sort of what they call the hero tank, in the film the Fury, is a 70-year-old easy-eight Sherman tank. It’s a huge tank, it’s a 30-ton tank that Michael Peña learned how to drive and would just drive around in it.”
8) This Is Where I Leave You (Shawn Levy, September 19, 2014)
This Is Where I Leave You, which stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda, is a comedy film about four siblings who return to their childhood home after their father’s passing.
“It’s one of these kind of family tragic comedy, dramadie things that Hollywood doesn’t do enough of. It’s just achingly funny because it is so real. It’s about four grown brothers and sisters who come back home at the insistence of their mother, played by Jane Fonda, and they’re there for the funeral and death of their father. Each of the siblings carries with him or her their own baggage.”
9) The Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson, September 12, 2014)
The Skeleton Twins is a drama film about twins named Maggie and Milo, tells the story of their reunion and when they confront how their lives went so wrong. The film stars Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, and Bill Hader.
“It’s kind of a curious thing because you hear that Bill Hader and Kristin Wig are in a movie together and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, it’s gonna be like a Saturday Night Live, Wayne’s World film, it’s gonna be crazy,’ and ‘Oh my god, they’re playing siblings.’ This couldn’t be any further from that.”
10) Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, December 12, 2014)
Exodus: Gods and Kings, a drama film starring Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, and Sigourney Weaver, is about Moses and the Israelite slaves in Egypt.
“My favorite fact that I learned about this movie is that Aaron Paul, who is in this playing Joshua, has apparently like a really weak gag-reflex. There’s a scene where there’s a bunch of camels in the water and there was some camel poo in the water. Joel Edgerton told me that they had to stop scenes because [Paul] was getting so close to maybe throwing up and then they made fun of him.”