25 Highly Anticipated Films of 2013

Posted by , Updated on November 1, 2022

Just as 2012 came to a close, 2013 is gearing itself up and ready to begin. The New Year comes with it a plethora of exciting new stuff – new gadgets, artists scrambling to release their new albums and, for the film buff, new movies. 2013 is positioned to be a great year in film with timeless classics given a new twist, a major action star headlining his first leading role since 2003, a reboot of a major superhero franchise and a whole lot more. Read on as we give you a rundown of the 25 Highly Anticipated Films of 2013.

Man of Steel


A reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel goes back to the origin of Clark Kent– the man with superhuman abilities who, as a child, was cast to Earth after the destruction of his own planet- Krypton. The film which s backed up by Hollywood heavyweights Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Zack Snyder(300) has been keeping hardcore fans and general movie-goers abuzz with excitement.


World War Z


With an estimated budget of $125–$200 million, World War Z takes on the Max Brooks novel of the same name. Zombie enthusiasts are stoked as there’s never been a movie in this genre backed up with such a huge budget. Zombies are steadily gaining massive popularity worldwide as seen in shows like The Walking Dead amassing insanely huge numbers in TV ratings, making World War Z a surefire blockbuster.


Pacific Rim


Most of humanity is quickly wiped out when giant monsters emerge five miles below the ocean. Massive robots known as Jaegers were invented to stop this new threat from causing any more damage. Guillermo del Toro directs. Pacific Rim is cluttered with epic visuals ready to stun movie audiences worldwide.


Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Tony Stark is prepping up his iron suit as he launches his journey into finding those responsible for the destruction of his secret world. Robert Downey Jr. is such a commanding presence in the Iron Man franchise and seems to do no wrong with his portrayal of the billionaire playboy turned superhero.


Oz: The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful

Audiences worldwide have been anticipating a decent Wizard of Oz film. And here it is. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, this film just “oOz-es” with appeal. With its visually arresting cinematography, Oz: The Great and Powerful seems to deliver a significant amount of potential.


The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

The latest offering from the team behind The Pirates of the Carribean, The Lone Ranger is an adventure film filled with enough crazy humor to fill up the entire Pacific. Tonto played by Johnny Depp bumps into a Texas Ranger and joins forces with him in fighting injustice. Will Johnny Depp and his gang work the same magic they did with Pirates? We’re all about to find out.


Star Trek into the Darkness

Star Trek Into The Darkness

The crew of the Enterprise finds a major threat that invaded Starfleet and left a wake of destruction. Captain Kirk and the crew of the enterprise find themselves in a deadly manhunt when they take on the duty of finding and capturing the unstoppable force that’s left Starfleet in a state of chaos.


Monsters University

Monsters University

Pixar dishes out Monsters University, a stellar animated prequel to Monsters Inc. Monster University tells the story of Mike and Sulley during their time at the University of Fear and how they deal with their dwindling relationship. Kids and even the not so young are eagerly waiting for MU’s release.


After Earth

After Earth

A thousand years after being abandoned by mankind, a father and his son makes a crash landing to Earth. The father, portrayed by Will Smith, is captured by forces dwelling in Earth, leaving his son to rescue him in a place that poses many dangers. Will Smith ‘s star seems to shine brightest in movies under the post-apocalyptic category, making After Earth a highly anticipated film.




Elysium explores the 2 classes of people existing in the year 2159. The first lives in a luxurious man-made space station called the Elysium while the second class endures overpopulation in Earth’s ruins. The futuristic premise along with its stellar cast is just one big bag of awesome.




R.I.P.D follows the story of a slain police officer who sets up to find the man responsible for his murder and ends up joining a group of undead cops working in the Rest in Peace Department. This action- comedy directed by Robert Schwentke is set to have a quirky crime-action tone.




Since the release of the first film in 1976, Carrie has had a cult following. There is something mysteriously scary about the quiet girl who is consistently bullied by the kids at school and growing up with an obsessively religious and abusive mother. All that bottled up rage makes for a great supernatural horror film with a disturbing twist.


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel And Gretel

Paramount Pictures dishes out a fresh take on this well-loved Brothers Grimm classic. In this film, Hansel and Gretel grow up to be adept witch hunters after surviving the traumatic ordeal they experienced at a Witch’s gingerbread house. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is set to take its viewers in an action-packed adventure horror film.


Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Vampires falling in love with with a human have been insanely popular among young audiences. Somebody was wildly taking notes while Twilight was flying high in the box office. Warm Bodies, based on the popular novel of the same name, is Summit Entertainment’s attempt at taking yet another monster (a zombie this time) to meet a pretty girl and turn it into an epic love story and, hopefully, a major blockbuster.


Evil Dead

Evil Dead

Since its debut in 1981, Evil Dead has become a standard to which many horror films are compared with. In this 2013 remake, Diablo Cody together with director, Fede Alvarez, summon dormant demons that have been plaguing many of our nightmares since the debut of the critically acclaimed original film.


GI Joe: Retaliation


After the success of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a sequel chronicling the major conflicts faced by the GI Joe team when they’re framed by Zartan as traitors to the United States. Originally slated for a June 2012 release, fans were gobsmacked when the sequel was bumped off to 2013. Fans all over the world are now eagerly waiting for GI Joe to come out into the big screen.


The Host

The Host

The Host is an adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel of the same name. Starring Saoirse Ronan, The Host tells the story of an alien invasion on Earth. The aliens referred to as “Souls” inhabit human bodies by taking over their minds. Veering away from the Vampire myth, The Host follows the story of a girl fighting to gain control over her body after an alien has invaded it.




In this Tom Cruise starrer, audiences are taken to Earth or whatever is left of it after engaging in war against a horrifying threat called the Scavs that left a wake of destruction. Fans of the graphic novel are wildly anticipating the release of this film. Even those who are not familiar with the original source will be awed by the movie’s action-packed sequences and futuristic setting.


The Wolverine

The Wolverine

The Wolverine is based on a 1982 limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Logan sets off to Japan where he encounters a mysterious person from his past.


The Last Stand

The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Hollywood action film icon. There’s no doubt about that. Nobody does actions films quite like Arnie. Since venturing into politics, Arnold’s taken quite a bit of a hiatus from film, doing bit roles here and there. The Last Stand is Arnie’s first leading role in almost a decade, satiating the hunger of Arnie fanatics worldwide.


Beautiful Creaturs

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures tells the story of a “Caster” girl who will go through what is called the “Claiming” before her 16th birthday, a process that will decide whether she goes Light or Dark for the rest of her life. Beautiful Creatures is a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed bestseller of the same name.


A Good Day to Die Hard


John McClane’s son gets involved in a Russian leader’s prison escape forcing McClane to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get his estranged son out of trouble. The premise seems a bit generic but Die Hard has always been about action sequences than plot. Fans are as every bit as diehard as Die Hard itself, waiting with baited breath for the 5th installment of the franchise.


The World’s End

The World's End

Five friends who gather in an attempt to relive the glory of their pub crawl that happened 20 years ago unwittingly turn into mankind’s last chance for survival


The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs return with exciting new adventures. Gargamel creates Hackus and Vexy, collectively known as Naughties. They are evil smurf-like creatures Gargamel thought would enhance the magical Smurf essence. He soon realized that only a real smurf can do that. After finding out that only the Smurfette can turn the Naughties into real smurfs, he kidnaps and takes her to Paris where a whole plethora of Smurf adventure ensues.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire

As Katnis and Peeta begin the Victors Tour around the districts, they found out that a rebellion was ensuing. Katnis tries desperately to show the district that her act to save Peeta was made out of love for him, not resistance against Capitol. Millions of fans around the world are now barely able to contain their hunger for more Games.

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