The Host

The Host

If sci-fi is your movie genre of choice then 2013 is set to be a bumper year for you as there are a whole host of movies set to come your way.

We have already taken a look at the comedy, superhero and action movies that will be coming your way next year so lets take a look at the sci-fi films that you really should not be missing.

- The Host

There is great news for the legions of Stephenie Meyer fans as her other novel The Host has also bee adapted for the big screen.

Saoirse Ronan will take on the role of Melanie Stryder in the movie who is taken over by an alien.

Andrew Niccol is back in the director's chair for the first time since In Time and he also adapted Meyer's novel.

Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Max Irons and Frances Fisher are just some of the names on the cast list alongside Ronan.

Meyer has already had huge success when her Twilight novels were made into movies... could lightening strike twice?

The Host is released 29th March.

- Elysium

I don't know about you but I love a bit of Matt Damon and he will be back on the big screen in early 2013 with his new movie Elysium.

The futuristic movie sees the return of exciting filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, the man that brought up Distinct 9.

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy lives on a man-made space station while the rest of population reside on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

It looks like Damon will be kicking some more ass with this movie and it is one of the early films that I am really excited about.

Jodie Foster, William Fichtner and Sharlto Copley will all be joining Damon on the cast list.

Elysium is released 1st March.

- Oblivion

We haven't seen Tom Cruise on the big screen in a little while but he is set to return next year with his sci-fi action movie Oblivion.

He has not long since finish shooting on the Joseph Kosinski movie - in what is only his second movie as director.

After finding success with Tron: Legacy he is back and he has also worked on the screenplay for the movie.

A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race.

The arrival of an unexpected traveller causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.

Cruise is joined by an all star cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko.

Oblivion is released 19th April.

- Star Trek 2

It was back in 2009 that director J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise for the first time as he took the story of the Enterprise and her crew right back to the beginning.

And in 2013 we get to see the long awaited second instalment of the franchise - and it looks set to be one of the not to miss blockbusters of the summer.

Abrams is back at the helm while Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have penned the screenplay.

Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin are all back while Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the big new faces on the cast list.

However it is still yet to be revealed just who Cumberbatch is set to play - some linking him to the role of Khan.

Star Trek 2 is released 17th May.

- Pacific Rim

It was back in 2008 with Hellboy II: The Golden Army that we last saw visionary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in the director's chair.

But after spending the lat few years with his producing hat on he will be back in the chair next summer with Pacific Rim.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.

To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.

On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes, a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi), who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

This promises to be a movie that is not to be missed as Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day all line up on the cast list.

Pacific Rim is released 12th July.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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