38 Books Becoming 2015 Movies
We”re always looking for a good book to read, and Hollywood has a pretty good line into the next hot novels, since they”re always in the process of adapting so many books for the big screen. There are a lot of books becoming movies right now, and a lot of them will finally hit the movie theater next year. Check out this list for the hot adaptations being released in 2015, and add some new titles to your bookshelf too!
What it”s about: A young man, Travis, gets wrapped up in the drug dealings of his town after stumbling upon a marijuana farm in 1970s North Carolina. Who”s starring: Jeremy Irvine is playing Travis, and Noah Wyle and Minka Kelly are costarring. Release date: Jan. 9
What it”s about: Charlie Mortdecai is a sophisticated art dealer who finds himself caught up in a web of mystery.Who”s starring: Johnny Depp will play Charlie Mortdecai in the film, titled just Mortdecai.Watch the trailer for Mortdecai.Release date: Jan. 23
What it”s about: A young boy — the seventh son of a seventh son — is training to become an exorcist under the guidance of a Spook, a man who fights supernatural creatures.Who”s starring: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges are all in the movie, which is called Seventh Son. Watch the trailer for Seventh Son.Release date: Feb. 6
What it”s about: In E L James”s sexy bestseller, college student Anastasia meets Christian Grey, a handsome billionaire who turns her world upside down when he approaches her about a sexual relationship.Who”s starring: Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia, and Jamie Dornan is Christian; see who else is in the Fifty Shades of Grey cast.Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey.Release date: Feb. 13
What it”s about: The book tells the story of the Essex, a ship that was sunk by a whale in 1819, leaving the crew at sea for more than 90 days.Who”s starring: Ron Howard is adapting the book for the big screen, and the film will star Chris Hemsworth as first mate Owen Chase, Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy, and Benjamin Walker as Captain Pollard.Watch the trailer for In the Heart of the Sea.Release date: March 13
What it”s about: In Roth”s follow-up to Divergent, Tris and Four leave the crumbling Dauntless and seek help to get to the bottom of what”s going on in their dystopian society. Who”s starring: Shailene Woodley is playing Tris, and Theo James is playing Tobias. See the whole Insurgent cast here.Watch the trailer for Insurgent.Release date: March 20
What it”s about: Newlyweds George and Serena move from Boston to North Carolina in 1929 to start a timber business. The pair is ruthless in building their empire, and when Serena finds out that she can”t have children, she sets out to kill George”s illegitimate son.Who”s starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up again, now as George and Serena Pemberton.Watch the trailer for Serena.Release date: March 27
What it”s about: In this historical fantasy novel, King Louis XIV seeks immortality by trying to steal the life force of a sea monster. Who”s starring: Pierce Brosnan is playing King Louis XIV.Release date: April 10
What it”s about: The love stories of two couples — an elderly one and a young one — are intertwined in a North Carolina setting. Who”s starring: Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson are playing the younger couple. Release date: April 10
What it”s about: A young woman named Bathsheba Everdene has to deal with the difficult, sometimes tragic consequences of being in relationships with three different suitors at the same time.Who”s starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in the film adaptation.Watch the trailer for Far From the Madding Crowd.Release date: May 1
What it”s about: The Fault in Our Stars author Green tells the story of Q and Margo, childhood friends united by a mystery. Who”s starring: Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will play Q and Margo, respectively. Release date: June 19
What it”s about: In this love story, young Louisa forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help. Who”s starring: Emilia Clarke is playing Louisa opposite Sam Claflin. Release date: Aug. 21
What it”s about: The second installment of the Maze Runner series continues as the Gladers and Thomas have escaped the maze, but find themselves in their next test. Who”s starring: Dylan O”Brien will play Thomas again, along with much of the original cast; see who else is starring. Release date: Sep. 18
What it”s about: The true crime novel follows the infamous mobster Whitey Bulger, the head of the Irish mob in the “70s, and his relationship with childhood friend John Connolly, who grew up to work for the FBI. Who”s starring: Johnny Depp will play Whitey Bulger with Joel Edgerton as Connolly. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, and Juno Temple are also in the supporting cast.Release date: Sept. 18
What it”s about: In the third Hunger Games book, Katniss fights against the corrupt Capitol from within District 13. Who”s starring: Jennifer Lawrence and other franchise cast members will reprise their roles in the adaptation, the second half of which is coming next year. See the whole cast here.Release date: Nov. 20
What it”s about: Astronaut Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars and must survive alone while NASA tries to rescue him in this sci-fi novel. Who”s starring: Matt Damon will play Mark Watney, while Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig will costar. Ridley Scott is directing.Release date: Nov. 25
What it”s about: After a 19th-century fur trapper gets mauled by a bear and then left for dead by thieves, he embarks on a journey for revenge. Who”s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy will costar in the adaptation, which is being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.Release date: Dec. 25
What it”s about: This sci-fi thriller follows a young boy after he suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. Who”s starring: Aaron Paul is playing Peter and Jamie Dornan is playing Dr. Pascal.
What it”s about: A 100-year-old mental patient, Roseanne McNulty investigates her past and unearths some troubling memories.Who”s starring: Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave will play the younger and older versions of Roseanne, respectively. Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jeremy Irons will costar.
What it”s about: A lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby and a dead body near their home off the coast of Australia after WWI. Who”s starring: Michael Fassbender will star, alongside Alicia Vikander as his wife.
What it”s about: Mary Shelley”s classic story follows Victor Frankenstein as he discovers the secret of life and puts together a body using corpses. Horrified by the monster he”s created, Frankenstein flees until the monster returns to him.Who”s starring: Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor, the hunchback assistant to Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy).
What it”s about: A confirmed bachelor falls for the girl next door in this 2007 novel from the romance master. Who”s starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, and Tom Welling will star.
What it”s about: This true story follows the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped to save hundreds of people from the Nazis in World War II by smuggling them into empty cages.Who”s starring: Jessica Chastain will star in the movie.
What it”s about: Two sisters live alone in a crumbling house and try to survive in the near future.Who”s starring: Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will play the sisters, with Max Minghella costarring.
What it”s about: This thriller from the author of Gone Girl tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family”s farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother, Ben, to prison for life, and 25 years later, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened.Who”s starring: The Dark Places cast includes Charlize Theron — also a producer — as Libby Day, plus Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, and Chloë Moretz.
What it”s about: Childhood best friends Alex and Rosie are separated as teenagers when Alex”s family moves from Ireland to America. Rosie feels lost and plans to join him in Boston, but a surprise pregnancy keeps her tied to Ireland, and they struggle to navigate true love.Who”s starring: Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in Love, Rosie, the film adaptation.Watch the trailer for Love, Rosie.
What it”s about: A struggling businessman heads to Saudi Arabia for a fight to save his finances, hoping to steer clear of foreclosure and pay his daughter”s college tuition.Who”s starring: Tom Hanks will star in the film adaptation, which Tom Tykwer is directing.
What it”s about: Pierre, a young bartender, experiences ups and downs in rural Iowa before falling for a mysterious woman named Stella. Who”s starring: Zooey Deschanel is playing Stella, and Anton Yelchin will play Pierre.
What it”s about: The humorous memoir follows an Iowa-born man who returns to America after 20 years in England to walk the Appalachian Trail.Who”s starring: Robert Redford and Nick Nolte have signed on to star in the film, which will be directed by Richard Linklater.
What it”s about: In this YA novel, a teenager named Jacob explores the ruins of a strange house on an island near Wales, UK. Who”s starring: Eva Green and Asa Butterfield will star, with Tim Burton directing.
What it”s about: A young girl from Ireland starts a new life in New York in the 1950s. She falls in love with an American but feels torn between him and her family back home.Who”s starring: Saoirse Ronan is set to play the lead opposite The Place Beyond the Pines” Emory Cohen.
What it”s about: A 5-year-old boy grows up in a small shed, which becomes the only world he knows because his mother hides the truth — they”re being held captive.Who”s starring: Brie Larson is starring as Ma, the mother — see who else is starring.
What it”s about: It”s a twisted spin on Jane Austen”s classic novel that puts heroine Elizabeth Bennett in the middle of protecting her family and town from the undead. Who”s starring: Lily James will play Elizabeth Bennett; see who else is starring.
What it”s about: Set in 17th-century Japan, the book follows the story of Jesuits who are trying to bring Christianity into Japan.Who”s starring: Andrew Garfield is playing Father Rodrigues in the film, which will be directed by Martin Scorsese. Adam Driver also has a supporting role.
What it”s about: In True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, a former New York Times writer recounts his bizarre downfall. As he was about to be fired for fabricating details on a big story, Finkel learned that an arrested mass murderer named Christian Longo had posed as Finkel while he was on the run.Who”s starring: Jonah Hill and James Franco will star, and Brad Pitt will produce True Story.
What it”s about: A young female department store clerk becomes obsessed with another woman in the store in this 1950s drama.Who”s starring: In the renamed Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play the leads, with Carrie Brownstein in a supporting role.
What it”s about: An American woman travels to Central America to reunite with her fugitive daughter. The country is on the brink of a violent revolution, and she is anything but prepared for what she sees.Who”s starring: Christina Hendricks has signed on to headline the film, and Campbell Scott is set to direct.
What it”s about: An MI-5 agent trying to solve a murder works for the FBI and uncovers a terrifying new truth. Who”s starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the MI-5 agent opposite Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.