Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived, and with it the release of highly anticipated, Oscar-tipped films such as Joy, The Revenant and The Danish Girl. The year ahead promises even more cinema delights, with the festive period heralding updates on 2016’s most exciting releases. From Doctor Strange to the Coen Brothers, join us as we round up the latest movie news you need to know about:

First look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange:doctor-strange-benedict-cumberbatch-04Benedict Cumberbatch began 2016 wowing audiences in the New Year’s Day Sherlock Special, but the true highlight of his year is sure to be Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch plays the eponymous lead role in this big screen adaptation of the Marvel comic series, which chronicles the exploits of Doctor Strange, an arrogant, talented neurosurgeon, who becomes the primary protector of the Earth against magical threats.

Joining Cumberbatch is True Detective’s Rachel McAdams, alongside Tilda Swinton as Strange’s mentor The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the film’s antagonist, Baron Mordo.

Filming is currently underway and the movie is set to hit UK cinemas in October. In celebration, Marvel have released a first look at Cumberbatch in character, alongside some gorgeous concept art.doctor-strange-benedict-cumberbatch-02The vivid, colourful images reveal Doctor Strange in his signature look – red robes, facial hair and pointed collar – performing magic with a dramatic gesture.

Cumberbatch told Entertainment Weekly: “These gestures are ways of creating the magic. It’s a beautiful thing, it’s balletic, it’s very dynamic,” says Benedict Cumberbatch. “And once the boys in the backroom get to work on it, there’s going to be crazy s–t going on.”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling reunite in La La Land:

Director Damien Chazelle is following up his electric, smash-hit Whiplash with upcoming movie musical La La Land, billed as a modern take on Golden Age Hollywood musicals.

La La Land sees Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play a pair of musical star-crossed lovers, pitted against the trials and tribulations of ruthless contemporary Los Angeles.

Gosling and Stone shone together in 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love, and the new image is a romantic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers-esque photograph of the two tap-dancing above the LA skyline.

Chazelle said of his project: “I wanted to make a big love letter to the city and focus on that push and pull that all young artists experience, between dreams and reality, which old Hollywood musicals are so good at expressing.”

La La Land will be released on 15 July 2016.

Christopher Nolan announces Dunkirk

Following on from the success of 2014’s Interstellar, Christopher Nolan has been working on a secret project for some time. Now reports suggest that Nolan’s next film will be set in the Second World War, entitled Dunkirk and chronicling the gripping story of the Allied evacuation of 1940.

Variety suggests that young unknowns will lead the cast, alongside a strong ensemble headlined by Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy.

Shooting is set to begin this May on location in Northern France.

Should Hardy be confirmed, Dunkirk will be his third collaboration with Nolan, following Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The film would mark another career highlight for Rylance, who made waves last year in BBC’s Wolf Hall and is currently generating awards season hype for his role in Bridge of Spies.

Greg Silverman, President at Creative Development and Worldwide Production said of the project:

“We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time […] ‘Dunkirk’ is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen.”

Warner Bros. has slated the film for a July 2017 release.

New poster and trailer for Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!:hail-caesar-posterThe Coen Brothers latest film is a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood, with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton.

This week saw the release of the striking first poster and teaser trailer for the upcoming film, which sees Clooney’s matinee idol character mysteriously kidnapped.

Promising meta-commentary on Hollywood, comedy and the Coens’ signature touch, Hail Caesar! is released in the UK on 4 March 2016.

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