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The late 5: Hollywood's catching up to decade-old sequels

Here’s a look at Hollywood film sequels which are ­releasing after a decade of their previous ­installments.

hollywood Updated: Aug 23, 2015 02:05 IST
Finding Dory,Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2
Darth Vader ain't got nothing on Kylo Ren. (Lucasfilm/EW)

Here’s a look at Hollywood film sequels which are ­releasing after a decade of their previous ­installments.

Finding Dory

A sequel to the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory is an upcoming 3D animation film. The film will be focused on the amnesiac character Dory, voiced by TV host Ellen DeGeneres, and will explore the idea of her being reunited with her family. The film also stars Albert Brooks as Marlin and Diane Keaton as Dory’s mother. Andrew Stanton will be directing the movie, which releases in June 2016.

Independence Day 2

With the first part released in 1996, Independence Day 2 will release after 20 years. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars actors Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Bill Pullman. While actor Will Smith won’t be reprising the role of Captain Steven Hiller, actor Jessie Usher will play the role of his son. Still in the production stage, the initial release date of the movie is June 24, 2016.

Top Gun 2

Still in its pre-­production stage, Top Gun 2 is finally ­happening after several ups and downs. Actor Tom Cruise will reprise his role of Maverick from the ­original movie, with Justin Marks writing the ­screenplay. In a recent ­interview, Cruise said he wants to do Top Gun 2, but only “if there’s no CGI on the jets” and if the film, instead, relies, on practical effects.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2

Releasing almost 15 years after its first part, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, will have actor Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf, with actor Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. Directed by Woo-Ping Yuen, the screenplay will be based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, which is book five in a literary series on which the ­original film was also based.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The seventh installment in the Star Wars film ­franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases on December 18, 2015. The sci-fi action flick, which will also serve as the first film in a new trilogy, is directed by director JJ Abrams and stars actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Oscar Isaac. A direct continuation of the original trilogy created by George Lucas, the film is set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The movie comes after 10 years of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.

First Published: Aug 22, 2015 18:25 IST