2018 is set to be an epic year for seeing all of your favourite books come to life on screen. Even though us reading enthusiasts will often agree how good the movie was whilst secretly agreeing with ourselves that the book was better, we could not be excited.
Hollywood is bringing many beloved characters to the big screen this year and there’s nothing quite like seeing the stories you created in your imagination become reality. So, get your popcorn ready and prepare yourself for those conversations where you compare all the differences between the book and the movie. Here are some of the best books that will become movies in 2018!
Jason Matthew’s novel Red Sparrow is a movie that should not be missed this March. The flick is set to tell the tale of a Russian spy who is also a ballerina (yas?!), played by none other than the gorgeous, Jennifer Lawrence. For those of you who have read the book, you know you’re in for a great watch and if you haven’t had the chance… trust us. You won’t regret it!
A Wrinkle in Time
The magical narrative, A Wrinkle In Time, is also coming to life this March. Aaand we could not be more excited! Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s imaginative novel, the movie’s stellar cast includes Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid. Okay… we are officially counting down the days until the 9th!
Musical theatre fans rejoice! Starring the extremely talented Emily Blunt, a childhood favourite is being brought back to the big screen. Mary Poppins Returns will be released in December, and this is one worth waiting for. This uplifting tale will be one for the whole fam to enjoy! In fact, we’re thinking it’s gonna be practically perfect in every way.
The Black Hand
Leonardo DiCaprio is back on the big screen in 2018 (!!!). Recreating Stephen Talty’s spectacular novel, The Black Hand, combined with the inclusion of our beloved Leo, means that clearly, this one is gonna be great. Taking the audience on a journey of crime and intrigue, the movie follows the story of Joe Petrosino, a New York police officer. The release date has not been announced yet, so we are pretty much forced to be patient (groan), but it’s set to be released this year! So… we’ll see you then (whenever that may be).
The #1 New York Times best-seller, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, is set to release in cinemas this year! Yas! The story follows Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed “fat-girl” who enters the small town’s beauty pageant. The crazily cool cast includes Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. Making it just that little bit more awesome, Dolly Parton is writing new, original music for the film?! Dumplin’ is not only a good laugh, entertaining and inspirational but, body positive. Damn right!
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
E.T.A Hoffman lovers, ballet lovers, and Barbie lovers, this one is for you. Disney is releasing The Nutcracker this year, starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman! The story is being recreated by the studio that brought you Tarzan and Beauty And The Beast. Trust us when we say it’s going to be magical.
The charming story displayed in Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The movie follows Simon (played by Nick Robinson) who is yet to tell his friends and family that he is gay and that he has fallen for an anonymous classmate online. The flick also stars the stunning actresses Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) and Jennifer Garner (Alias). Said to be hilarious and dramatic, this sounds like a flick that we will not be missing.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, the story written by Maria Semple and we are ever so interested in what the film version will entail. The novel itself follows an agoraphobic architect and mother, Bernadette Fox, who goes missing. We can’t wait to see how Hollywood brings this one to life! Making it even more exciting, the cast is incredible and includes Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Troian Bellisario, and Judy Greer.
Crazy Rich Asians
The movie adaption of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians looks like it’s gonna be one of the top movies to see in 2018. The massive hype around the book has led to this highly-anticipated movie. The brilliant cast includes the likes of Constance Wu (Fresh Off The Boat), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8) and Gemma Chan (Humans). The story follows Rachel Chu who learns that her longtime boyfriend is extremely wealthy and she realises that she must now deal with jealousy and Nick’s quirky family! Get your diaries out because this is one movie release you don’t want to miss!
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