Best Fantasy Films of 2015- Updated with new trailer for "Pan"

Introduction

Although 2015 may not have some of the biggest fantasy franchises coming out (i.e. "The Hobbit" or "Harry Potter"), but it does contain quite a few interesting original films that I'm sure most movie fans will enjoy.

We have two live action adaptations of of Disney's infamous classics like "The Jungle Book" and "Cinderella" to look forward to next year. We also have an interesting retelling the origins of Peter Pan that stars Hugh Jackman playing the infamous Black Beard.

James Earl Jones stars in a film about a young girl that escapes into a fantasy fairy world known as "Starbright." Indeed, it seems like 2015 is already shaping up to be quite a year for movies in general.

Moving on though. As many of you might know, every year I do an annual preview hub series dedicated to some of the best films to come out per main genre each year. During these previews I provide links, and sometimes trailers if they're available. Sadly, not all these films have trailers yet, but I will be adding them as soon as they become available.

Also, please keep in mind that release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings.

Cinderella

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna, Chris Weitz

Cast: Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, Leila Wong, Eloise Webb, Joshua McGuire

Synopsis: The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her ...

Release Date: March 13, 2015

Seventh Son

Director: Sergey Bodrov

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

Cast: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Kit Harington, Antje Traue, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Alicia Vikander, Jason Scott Lee, David Cubitt, Thai-Hoa Le, Gerard Plunkett, Eric Keenleyside, Timothy Webber, Billy Wickman

Synopsis: Young Thomas 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: February 6, 2015

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Pan

Director: Joe Wright

Writers: J.M. Barrie, Jason Fuchs

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Cara Delevingne, Nonso Anozie, Paul Kaye, Levi Miller, Emerald Fennell, Adeel Akhtar, Kathy Burke, Spencer Wilding, Leni Zieglmeier, Deborah Rosan, Julian Seager

Synopsis: The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Release Date: July 17, 2015

The Jungle Book

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Rudyard Kipling, Justin Marks

Cast: Neel Sethi

Voice Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley

Synopsis: An orphan boy is raised in the Jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther.

Release Date: October 9, 2015

The Moon and the Sun

Director: Sean McNamara

Writers: Ronald Bass, Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, Vonda N. McIntyre, Bill Mechanic, James Schamus

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Bingbing Fan, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Ireland, Pablo Schreiber, Crystal Clarke, Rachel Griffiths

Synopsis: King Louis XIV's quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter's discovery of the creature.

Release Date: April 10, 2015

Starbright

Producers: Enrico Fadani, Mario Lucente, Olimpia Lucente, Michel Morales, Jörg Neumann, Karen Power, Luigi Sacco

Director: Francesco Lucente

Writer: Francesco Lucente

Cast: James Earl Jones, Barry Corbin, Jamie Draven

Synopsis: A young orphan escapes the realities of her life by fantasizing about and then entering a fairy tale world.

Release Date: December 24, 2015

The Garden

Director: David Ferry Jr.

Writer: David Ferry Jr.

Cast: Monique Candelaria, Kristen Rakes, Lauren Myers, Michael Sheets, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Catharine Pilafas, Rebekah Wiggins, Bernardo P. Saracino, Scott Milder, Zach Dulin, Samson Snell, Marcia Woske, Evening Star Barron, Jordan Hunter, Isaac Garcia, Lauren McGee, Sara Larragoite Fellows, Patrick Gozur, Katie Ferry, Jennafer Smith, Kimberly Kiegel

Synopsis: A study of a woman's journey, through fantasy and nature, to find the meaning of life and love.

Release Date: May 15, 2015

Jem and the Holograms

Producers: Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, Marcei A. Brown, Jon M. Chu, Stephen Davis, Phillip Dawe, Brian Goldner, Bennett Schneir

Director: Jon M. Chu

Writer: Ryan Landels

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Ryan Guzman, Juliette Lewis, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aubrey Peeples, Nicholas Braun, Aurora Perrineau, Isabella Kai Rice, Samantha Newark, Britta Phillips, Nathan Moore, Barnaby Carpenter, Robin Lynn,

Synopsis: The young owner of a music company uses revolutionary tech to disguise herself as a rockstar.

Release Date: October 23, 2015

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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Updated with a new preview folks.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Another wonderful review, Steve. With 12 grandchildren, I especially appreciate this one. I think I enjoy the Fantasy Films even more than the youngsters. As a child, Peter Pan was my Hero. (as an adult, I may have dated one too many Peter Pans. LOL) I adore Hugh Jackman.

Looks like Grandma will be busy...not to mention popcorn overload!

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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Well I wouldn't call this a review, but more of a preview for some of next year's films. Yeah, I'm looking forward to Pan too; particularly because I want to see how well Hugh Jackman does as a villain. To my knowledge, I think this is the first villain role he's ever done in a film, so it should be interesting.

I'm also interested in seeing how the live action "Jungle Book" turns out too.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Disney finally released an official trailer for the upcoming live action "Cinderella" movie. From what I can tell, it seems to be a straight remake of the animated classic; along with a few extra story bits here and there.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Looks like we finally got a trailer for the new "Pan" film folks.

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