12 Sci-Fi Movies Coming Out This Fall
Morgan - September 2
Morgan is the most excited we've been about an indie sci-fi movie since Ex Machina. Starring The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy in another suitably creepy role, and helmed by Ridley Scott's son Luke in his directorial debut, Morgan follows Kate Mara's scientist as she investigates a terrifying incident involving a six-month-old genetically engineered human (Taylor-Joy) who grows at an accelerated rate and has some kind of telekinetic power.
For the Love of Spock - September 9
We lost several beloved figures in sci-fi this year, especially in the Star Trek community. This documentary, the passion project of Adam Nimoy, looks at the life and career of Spock actor Leonard Nimoy, as well as Spock's immeasurable impact on our culture.
Doctor Strange - November 4
Benedict Cumberbatch joins fellow British Tumblr favorite Tom Hiddleston in the MCU, playing Stephen Strange, a cocky surgeon who discovers magical abilities after he loses the use of his hands. Whitewashing controversies aside, this looks like a unique and exciting addition to the MCU, which has been described as "psychedelic" and the "Fantasia of Marvel movies." Enough said.
Arrival - November 11
Arrival, an adaptation of the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang, looks to be one of the most exciting sci-fi films of the year. With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker starring as experts trying to save humanity from mysterious spacecrafts that touch down on Earth, and Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve behind the wheel, the alien invasion drama looks well-acted, beautifully shot, and sufficiently creepy.
What Happened to Monday? - November 15 (UK)
Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe star in this dystopian film about a world in which overpopulation has led to a one-child limit for families. Rapace plays seven identical sisters who have to pretend to be one person in order to avoid being killed by the government. Think the first season of Orphan Black meets Logan's Run.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - December 16
Let's be real, it doesn't matter how many ominous reshoot rumors or trailer fake-outs there are, you're still going to see this movie. The first Star Wars anthology movie stars Felicity Jones as Rebel officer Jyn Erso, who is tasked to lead a team to steal the plans to the Death Star. And with the all-star cast and familiar faces like Mon Mothma and Darth Vader gracing the film with their presence, this is guaranteed to be one of the biggest films of the year.
Passengers - December 21
Once its marketing gets into gear, Passengers will be one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who are two of the most sought-after young actors (and biggest box office draws) of their generation, is helmed by an Oscar-nominated director (The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum), and has a crowd-pleasing sci-fi premise: two people fall in love on a spaceship when their hibernation pods open prematurely while still 90 years away from their destination. We've only seen two stills from the movie, and we're already excited.
The Space Between Us - December 21
Described as a sci-fi take on Romeo and Juliet, The Space Between Us follows the first human to be born on Mars (Asa Butterfield) who, after being raised on a secret Red Planet colony, falls in love (via the Internet) with a girl from Colorado (Britt Robertson) and devises a plan to travel to Earth and meet her. With veteran actors Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino anchoring the cast, this has the potential to be a well-made (and adorable) sci-fi romance.
Assassin's Creed - December 21
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of the popular video game franchise, which sees Fassbender's Callum Lynch rescued from his own execution by an evil corporation that makes him relive the memories of his ancestor, an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition. Let's just hope it's better than Warcraft.
The Circle - TBA (but probably next year)
The Circle—a dystopia about a Google/Facebook/Apple conglomerate that wants to abolish privacy and take over the world—is supposed to come out this year, but we don't know where it's been all this time. They presumably want to release it during awards season, since it stars heavy-hitters like Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Tom Hanks, and is based on an acclaimed novel by Dave Eggers, which all sounds like a recipe for Oscars. But it still doesn't have a release date, and we haven't seen any footage or heard anything about it for months. This one will probably be delayed too, but since it started filming last September and shouldn't have a long post-production process, there's still a chance it will be put on Fox's fall schedule sometime soon.
Colossal - TBA (but probably next year)
Another star-studded film that we somehow haven't heard about in months, Colossal stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who discovers she is psychically connected to an enormous, Godzilla-esque creature. Billed as "Lost in Translation meets Godzilla" and co-starring Dan Stevens and Jason Sudeikis, this will be one to watch out for—if we ever get a teaser.
No Men Beyond This Point - TBA
No Men Beyond This Point is a mockumentary that takes place in a world where women have become mostly asexual and males are becoming scarce, leading one man to attempt to save the male species from extinction. This could be completely hilarious or completely terrible, just as it could be super feminist or it could be an MRA's nightmare version of the world. You decide.