As 2013 quickly comes to an end, a slew of movies set to be released in the New Year are already gaining attention from fans worldwide. While hundreds of feature films are set to premiere in theaters throughout 2014, there are 12 films gaining a specific amount of attention and excitement from devout fans. Whether a sequel, or a feature film adaptation, here are 12 of the most anticipated movies set to premiere this year:
"Vampire Academy"- February 14
Following in the footsteps of the success of the “Twilight” films and the popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries,” the best-selling, young-adult series “Vampire Academy” is now getting the feature film treatment. The supernatural film stars actress Zoey Deutch as vampire “Moroi” protector Rose Hathaway and Lucy Fry as vampire Lissa Dragomir.
"Need for Speed"- March 14
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While “Fast & Furious” fans have to wait until 2015 to get a glimpse of their favorite action film stars, fans of the famous video game, “Need for Speed,” can get their fix in theaters this spring. “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul stars in the flick as Tobey Marshall, a formerly imprisoned street race on a quest for revenge.
"Divergent"- March 21
Already being hailed the next “Hunger Games” film franchise, “Divergent,” based on the Veronica Roth book trilogy, is set to debut in theaters this March. The action-romance flick stars Shailene Woodley as dauntless fighter Tris Prior and Theo James as her trainer and love interest, Four.
"Veronica Mars"- March 14
“Veronica Mars” fans were so excited to see the TV series turned feature film come to life that they gave filmmakers their hard-earned cash in order to make the project a reality. Lead actress Kirsten Bell, 33, will reprise her role as the beloved title character in theaters this March after earning over $5.7 million via a Kickstarter campaign in April to create the flick.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"- May 2
The success of the spinoff film “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012, a second installment, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," will be swinging its way into theaters this spring. Actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are reprising their respective roles of super hero Peter Parker and his love interest, aspiring scientist, Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx will star in the film as new silver screen villain, Max Dillion “Electro.”
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"- May 23
Following the success of the prequel film “X-Men: First Class" in 2011, “X:Men” fans will once again get their fix of the popular supernatural tale. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ian McKellen as “older” Magneto, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique.
"Maleficent"- May 30
Disney fans- take notice. Sleeping Beauty (just like Snow White in 2012) is now getting a reimaging by director Robert Stromberg‘s “Maleficent.” Angelina Jolie takes on the title role of villain Maleficent with 15-year-old actress Elle Fanning playing Princess Aurora.
"The Fault in Our Stars"- June 6
Fans of the best-selling, young-adult John Green novel, “The Fault in Our Stars” get to see their favorite characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, come to life on the big screen this summer. The film, sure to be a blockbuster hit, stars Shailene Woodley and newcomer Ansel Elgort as a duo of cancer-ridden teens in love.
"The Giver"- August 15
After years of speculation and rumors of a potential film adaptation, “The Giver” is officially making its way to theaters this New Year. The beloved Lois Lowry sci-fi novel will star Brendon Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver and Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder.
"Gone Girl"- October 3
Based off of the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, the film “Gone Girl” is a highly-anticipated flick set to premiere this calendar year. The film, which stars Ben Affleck in the lead role of distraught husband Nick Dunne, also features actress Rosemund Pike as his missing wife, Amy Dunne.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"- November 21
The third installment in “The Hunger Games” film franchise, "The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 1," is scheduled to make its way to theaters in November. Once again, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence will star as “Hunger Games” champion Katniss Everdeen. The film is the second to last in the series with the final installment set to premiere November 20th, 2015.
"Annie"- December 19
Director and screenwriter Will Gluck’s reiminaging of “Annie” is already gaining attention from fans of the 1982 film and the classic Broadway musical. The flick, recently spotted filming on location in Harlem. N.Y., has famous faces attached to its iconic roles. Cameron Diaz is set to star as Miss Hannigan, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (Daddy Warbucks) and 10-year-old Oscar nominated actress, Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie.