Best Fantasy Films of 2013: Updated with previews and trailers for "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Mortal Instrument"


It's that special time of year again, where I publish some previews of some of next year's films. As some readers may know, I have divided these preview hubs into categories based on the genre of film; while also giving readers cast information along with the release dates. Some of these films will have trailers, while others won't due to them not being available yet. However, I will be trying to update these hubs throughout 2013, so I'll be sure to add more trailers as they become available.

Also be sure to check your local listings, as release dates are subject to change.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkein

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Billy Connolly, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Stephen Fry, Peter Hambleton, Manu Bennett, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Barry Humphries, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Conan Stevens, Jeffrey Thomas, Terry Notary, John Bell, John Rawls, Michael Mizrahi, Ryan Gage, Robin Kerr, Ray Henwood

Synopsis: The Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the misty mountains, but BIlbo has gained the one ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back off the Dragon, Smaug.

Release Date: December 13, 2013

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Director: Sam Raimi

Writers: L. Frank Baum, Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire

Cast: Mila Kunis, James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Martin Klebba, Tony Cox, Ted Raimi, Tim Holmes, Mia Serafino, Toni Wynne, Jon Overgaauw, Shannon Murray, Filip Watermann, Robert T. Barrett, Ron Causey, Vong Lee, Ashley Siloac, Francisca Viudes

Synopsis: A stage magician is hurled into a fantasy world, and must use his wits to stay ahead of three enchantresses who have plans for him.

Release Date: March 8, 2013

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Writers: Tommy Wirkola, Dante Harper

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Zoe Bell, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Robin Atkin Downes, Derek Mears, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Monique Ganderton, Joanna Kulig, Pihla Viitala, Stephanie Corneliussen, Christian Rubeck, Stig Frode Henriksen

Synopsis: In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

Release Date: January 25, 2013

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Director: Siu-Tung Ching

Writer(s): N/A

Cast: Jet Li, Raymond Lam, Shengyi Huang, Zhang Wen, Charlene Choi, Vivian Hsu, Kar-Ying Law, Chapman To, Sonija Kwok, Alfred Hsing

Voice Cast: Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, Suet Lam, Wu Jiang

Synopsis: A sorcerer fights for the soul of a young physician who has fallen in love with a woman whose true identity is that of Madame White Snake, a thousand-year-old snake demon.

Release Date: February 8, 2013 (limited)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Writers: Scott Alexander, Marc Guggenheim, Larry Karaszewski, Rick Riordan

Cast: Logan Lerman, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario, Daniel Cudmore, Stanley Tucci, Jake Abel, Missi Pyle, Brandon T. Jackson, Anthony Head, Leven Rambin, Robert Maillet, Douglas Smith, Derek Mears, Yvette Nicole Brown

Synopsis: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

Release Date: August 16, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, Raine McCormack, Sam Creed, Eleanor Tomlinson, John Kassir, Daniel Lapaine, Ralph Brown, Ben Daniels, Lee Boardman, Andrew Brooke, Angus Barnett, Caroline Hayes

Synopsis: A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.

Release Date: March 1, 2013

The Seventh Son

Director: Sergey Bodrov

Writers: Joseph Delaney, Max Borenstein, Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt

Cast: Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Taya Clyne, Djimon Hounsou, Faustino Di Bauda, Duffy, Gerard Plunkett, Timothy Webber, Julian Black Antelope

Synopsis: A 18th century adventure story centered on young Thomas, who is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.

Release Date: October 18, 2013

The Stupidest Angel

Director: Carl Goldstein

Writers: Carl Goldstein, Joseph Hines, Christopher Moore

Cast: Dina Meyer, William Fichtner, Rhea Perlman, Graham Greene, Colin Ferguson

Synopsis: A small coastal town inhabited by misfits and lunatics has to come together on Christmas Eve to save the town and themselves from their dead friends and relatives who have been mistakenly resurrected by Heaven's Stupidest Angel.

Release Date: November 1, 2013


Director: Ben Shelton

Writer: Skyler Caleb

Cast: Skyler Caleb, Meg Cionni, Tim Daly, Jean Smart, Alison Haislip, Tara Erickson, Steve Moulton, Keith Coogan, Sam Daly, Wade Williams, Siri Baruc, John Ross Bowie, Sanford Holsapple, Randy McDowell, Jonathan Spencer

Synopsis: A young man on the verge of success meets a beautiful woman he can inexplicably connect with in his dreams.

Release Date: January 18, 2013


Director: Natalie Bible'

Writer: Natalie Bible'

Cast: Samaire Armstrong, Maeve Quinlan, Matt Cohen, Kate French, Tommy O'Reilly, Bailey Gaddis, Brieanna Steele

Synopsis: Liquorice, is a psychological thriller that follows a girl named Jade as she explores her deepest desires and inhibitions. Centered around the mysterious and hypnotic drink Absinthe, Liquorice completely shatters your perceptions about passion, love, and reality.

Release Date: August 16, 2013

Johnny Kidd

Director: N/A

Writers: Thadd Turner, Wyatt Turner

Cast: Ryan Merriman, Lindsey Haun, Wyatt Turner

Synopsis: Teenage boy and friends search for Poseidon's lost trident stolen by 17th century pirates and discovers his family's secret past.

Release Date: October 10, 2013

The Smoker and the Dame Who Wore Red Shoes

Director: Ciaran Davies

Writer: Ciaran Davies

Cast: Anna Elizabeth McGrath, Fionnuala Collins, Ciaran Davies, Mick Fitzgerald, Gerry Wade, Emilia Ufir, Raymond S. Kinsella, Anthony McCarthy, Alan Slack, James Akpotor, Shawn Sturnick, Peter Cosgrove, Olivia Fitzgerald, Shane Wearen, Eva Butterly

Synopsis: A detective with a dark past, haunted by demons helps a woman search for her father and a magical book. As they are catapulted into an alternate reality, so begins a journey into the unknown. A cross between Blade Runner, Doctor Who, Casablanca and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Release Date: January 1, 2013


Johnny Kidd

Director: N/A

Writers: Thadd Turner, Wyatt Turner

Cast: Steve Zahn, Lindsey Haun, Ryan Merriman, Wyatt Turner

Synopsis: Teenage boy and friends search for Poseidon's lost trident stolen by 17th century pirates and discovers his family's secret past.

Release Date: October 10, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Cast: Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Kyle Gallner, Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Eileen Atkins, Zoey Deutch, Margo Martindale, Andrea Frankle, Camille Balsamo, Jackie Tuttle, Beau Brasseaux, J.D. Evermore, Lindsay Clift, Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany Boone, Justine Wachsberger, Codie Rimmer, Cameron M. Brown, Teri Wyble, Lance E. Nichols, Lucy Faust, Jordan Sudduth, Elton LeBlanc

Synopsis: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Release Date: February 13, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Director: Harald Zwart

Writers: Cassandra Clare, I. Marlene King, Jessica Postigo

Cast: Aidan Turner, Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jared Harris, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Durand, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, CCH Pounder, Robert Maillet, Godfrey Gao, Stephen R. Hart, Elyas M'Barek

Synopsis: When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.

Release Date: August 23, 2013

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