A look at upcoming summer blockbusters


Jamie Glenn

Editor’s Note: Preview information gathered from press releases

Deadpool 2

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Director: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Genre: Superhero Action

After surviving a bovine attack, Wade Wilson struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, he must battle ninjas, Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he tries to earn the title of World’s Best Lover.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Director: J.A. Bayona

Starring: Chris Pratt

Genre: Sci-fi Action

Dinosaurs return in this next installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar four years after the destruction seen in 2015’s “Jurassic World” to salvage the remaining dinosaurs from the path of an erupting volcano.

The Darkest Minds

Release Date: August 3, 2018

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Starring: Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie

Genre: Sci-fi Thriller

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future in this apocalyptic-style thriller, based on the young adult novel by Alexandra Bracken.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: May 25, 2018

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich Genre: Sci-fi Adventure

Another subplot film will be added to the Star Wars universe. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” looks to tell the long awaited backstory of Millennium Falcon captain Han Solo. During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Release Date: July 20, 2018

Director: Ol Parker

Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried

Genre: Musical Comedy

Sing, dance, and be merry as the sequel to 2008’s “Mamma Mia!” is set to hit the big screen this summer. In this film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns about her mother’s past while expecting a child of
her own.