The movie industry never stops and there are films being made all the time - and there are a whole host of exciting films being shot right at this very moment.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Which films are you looking forward to the most over the next couple of years? We take a look at some of the movies where filming is well underway.

- Star Wars: Episode VIII - released 15th December 2017

You may have heard about a little film last year called Star Wars: The Force Awakens - it went on to enjoy some success at the box office.

The Force Awakens was the highest grossing film of 2015 as it grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. It won't come as a surprise to know that a sequel is already in the pipeline.

Episode VIII will not hit the big screen until December 2017, but filming on the sequel is already well under way. It is all change in the director's chair as Rian Johnson takes over from J.J. Abrams.

This is the fourth feature film of Johnson's career to date and his first movie since the success of Looper back in 2012. As well as being in the director's chair, Johnson has also penned the film's screenplay

It is exciting to see Johnson back and I cannot wait to see what he delivers with this latest instalment.

While the plot is being kept under wraps, we do know that Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Drive, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all set to reprise their roles as the adventure continues.

There's already excitement growing around the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. I think I am going to nail my colours to the mast pretty early and say it is going to be a huge critical and commercial success.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - released 16th December 2016

If you are suffering from Star Wars withdrawal symptoms, a brand new franchise is set to be released later this year... of course, I am talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Re-shoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are underway and it is a film that has been in the headlines quite a bit over the last weeks because of them.

The movie will see Gareth Edwards back in the director's chair while Chris Weitz has penned the film's screenplay.

Edwards has brought us movies such as Monsters and Godzilla and Rogue One will be just the third feature film of his directing career to date.

The movie is set shortly before the events of A New Hope and follows a group of Rebel spies as they set out to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Felicity Jones will take on the central role of Jyn Ers and is joined on the cast list by Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that may not scale the dizzy heights of The Force Awakens in terms of box office gross, but it is going to be interesting to see where Edwards takes this spin-off story. I still expect the movie to be a hit later this year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - released 28th April 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the most successful Marvel films when it was released back in 2014... and we are going to see Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Drax, and Rocket return.

The cameras have been rolling on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for some time and will see James Gunn back at the helm. Once again, he has also penned the screenplay.

Gunn did such a great job with the first film and I am thrilled to see him back in the director's chair and working on the highly anticipated sequel.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper are all set to return. The likes of Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone have been linked to the film this year.

While the exact plot has not yet been released, it looks like the film is going to explore Peter Quill's parentage - just who is his father? I guess we are going to have to wait and see.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first of three Marvel films to be released next year and kicks off a busy year for the studio - Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are also released in 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy grossed over $773 million two years ago and the sequel could be an even bigger critical and commercial success.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

- Ghost in the Shell - 31st March 2017

Scarlett Johansson is one of the most exciting actresses around and she is currently working on the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell is a manga series that was turned into an animated feature film back in 1995 and we are now less than a year away from the first live-action adaptation.

Johansson is set to lead the cast list as she takes on the central role of Kusanagi - I really cannot wait to see her in action in this central role.

She is joined on the cast list by Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Juliette Binoche, Joseph Naufahum Chris Obi, and Michael Wincott.

Ghost in the Shell sees Rupert Sanders back in the director's chair for what will be his first feature since Snow White and the Huntsman back in 2012. This will be only the second feature film of his directing career.

Ghost In The Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

For me, Ghost in the Shell is already one of the sci-fi films of 2017 that I cannot wait to see. It will be exciting to see what Johansson, Sanders, and co deliver when bringing this much loved Manga franchise to life.

Ghost in the Shell

- Wolverine 3 - released 2nd March 2017

Hugh Jackman is a huge fave here ate FemaleFirst and he is set to reprise the role of Wolverine in a third standalone film for the popular character.

Hard to believe, but it was back in 2000 when Jackman took on this role for the first time - it was the film and the character that turned the Aussie into a global superstar. Seventeen years on, and Wolverine will be the final time that we are to see Jackman take on this role.

The cameras have only just started rolling on the untitled Wolverine sequel and it will see Jackman reunite with filmmaker James Mangold; the duo previously worked together on The Wolverine.

This will be the third standalone Wolverine fan and comes after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013). I always look forward to Jackman returning to this role.

A great cast has been assembled as Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, and Stephen Merchant are all on board - I can't wait to see Jackman and Stewart share the screen once again.

There's still no official word on the plot for the film, but it is believed that the movie will explore the Old Man Logan storyline. This week it has been suggested that Weapon X will feature in the title.

It is going to be sad to see Jackman walk away from this role and it will be a tough job for the actor who has to follow in his footsteps.

Wolverine 3

- Kingsman: The Golden Circle - released 16th June 2017

Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the biggest sleeper hits of last year - it was one of my favourite films of 2015 and delivered so much more than I was expecting.

It was Matthew Vaughn who steered the first film to critical and commercial success and he is back in the director's chair. The movie also sees him reunite with Jane Goldman to pen the screenplay.

Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the films that helped turned Taron Egerton into a star as he took on the central role of Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin... and he will reprise the role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Mark Strong is another familiar face on the cast list while Colin Firth has also been linked with a role. However, there are some big new additions to the cast list as Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges are all on board.

When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world.

The first film was action-packed as well as fantastically funny and - fingers crossed - we get more of the same with this upcoming sequel. However, we are going to have to wait until next summer until the film finally hits the big screen.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

- Fast & Furious 8 - released 14th April 2017

I have to admit, when I watched the first Fast & Furious movie back in 2001 I never thought that it was going to go on to become the big franchise that it has.

Over fifteen years on, filming is currently underway on the eighth film in the series and comes after the billion dollar success of Fast & Furious 7 last year.

The movie will be released in April 2017 and will see F. Gary Gray in the director's chair of this franchise for the very first time. This will be his first feature since the success of Straight Outta Compton in 2015.

Vin Diesel is set to reprise the role of Dominic Toretto, while Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson are some of the other familiar faces on board.

Jason Statham and Nathalie Emmanuel - who were introduced in the last film - are back while Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is the big new addition to the cast list. She is set to play the film's villain Cipher.

Principle photography got underway back in March and they have filmed in Iceland, Cuba and in the U.S.

It remains to be seen if Fast & Furious 8 will repeat the box office success of the previous film - fans flocked to pay homage to Paul Walker - but it will be another big hit for the franchise.

Fast & Furious 8

- The Mummy - released 9th June 2017

Whether we actually need a new The Mummy film is something that you can debate, but one is being made as we speak.

Yes, The Mummy will be returning to the big screen and sees Tom Cruise team up with Russell Crowe as they take on the central roles of Tyler Colt and Dr. Henry Jekyll.

A great cast has been assembled as Cruise and Crowe are joined by Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance.

The movie also sees Alex Kurtzman back in the director's chair for his second feature of his career; the movie comes five years after he made his debut with People Like Us. Needless to say, this is the biggest film of his career to date.

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Filming started back in April and a big chunk of the film has been filmed here in the UK.

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