Moviegoers will see a lot of familiar faces on the big screen in 2016. Plenty of films are getting sequels. While there are the expected franchise follow-ups, like “Captain America: Civil War” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” there are also several stories making long- awaited returns. “Barbershop,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Finding Nemo” are all getting sequels in the new year, despite more than decade-long absences. Check out what movie sequels will be released in 2016:
“Kung Fu Panda 3” – Jan. 29 – Po (Jack Black) has to train an army to defeat the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons).
“Zoolander 2” – Feb. 12 – Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are recruited by Interpol to help figure out who is murdering celebrities.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” – Feb. 26 – The follow-up to the 2002 Chinese-language film will be released on Netflix and in IMAX theaters the same day. It follows warriors who protect a sword called “The Green Destiny.”
“London Has Fallen” – March 4 – In the follow-up to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” London is under attack during the prime minister’s funeral. It’s up to Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to save everyone once again in the 2016 sequel.
“Allegiant” – March 18 – The third film in the “Divergent” series, based on Veronica Roth’s books, finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) leaving Chicago and attempting to find a way to bring peace to their home.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” – March 25 – The Portokalos family must plan another wedding when they find out that Toula's (Nia Vardalos) parents aren’t legally married in the follow-up to the 2002 hit comedy.
“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” – March 25 – Batman (Ben Affleck) decides to fight Superman (Henry Cavill), but another villain will gain power while they’re distracted.
“Barbershop: The Next Cut” – April 15 – The Barbershop is now coed, but it isn’t just barbers and beauticians that need to come together. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his crew want to stop the violence in their neighborhood.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” – April 22 – Apparently, the Huntsman’s relationship with Snow White (Kristen Stewart) didn’t work out. He’ll be with his new lover, Sara (Jessica Chastain), when Freya (Emily Blunt) uses the magic mirror to bring Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life. The sisters will face off against the Huntsman.
“Captain America: Civil War” – May 6 – Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) face off when the government tries to control superheroes.
“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” – May 9 – Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) will get more new neighbors. But these new tenants will be sorority sisters.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” – May 27 – A mutant called Apocalypse wants to “cleanse” humanity, but Charles (James McAvoy) and the X-Men won’t let that happen.
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” – May 27 – The sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 “Alice in Wonderland” shows Alice (Mia Wasikowska) as she time travels in order to help the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” – June 3 – The turtles have to save their city from bad guys with the help of April O’Neal (Megan Fox) and Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
“Now You See Me 2” – June 10 – The Four Horsemen are back, and this time, they’re out to expose a tech mogul’s unethical practices. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine reprise their roles. Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan also star.
“Finding Dory” – June 17 – Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) decides that it’s time to track down her parents.
“Independence Day: Resurgence” – June 24 – The aliens will once attack the human race in the sequel to the 1996 film.
“Star Trek: Beyond” – July 22 – In typical mega-franchise fashion, everything is top secret about this movie. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) will fight a villain played by Idris Elba, MTV reports.
“Ice Age: Collision Course” – July 22 – Scrat (voiced by Chris Wedge) heads to space in the fifth “Ice Age” film.
Untitled Fifth Jason Bourne Movie – July 25 – Matt Damon reprises his role as the spy for the first time since 2007.
“Bridget Jones’ Baby” – Sept. 16 – Bridget (Renee Zellweger) gets pregnant, but is longtime love Darcy (Colin Firth) the father? Or is it the new character that Patrick Dempsey is playing?
“Inferno” – Oct. 14 – Tom Hanks returns as Professor Robert Langdon in this follow-up to “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons.”
“Underworld 5” – Oct. 21 – Not much is known about the film, but Kate Beckinsale will return as Selene.
“Bad Santa 2” – Nov. 23 – Billy Bob Thornton reprises his role from 2003 as Willie Stokes, a Santa impersonator who is not on the nice list.
“The Strangers 2” – Dec. 2 – Similar to the first movie, a family will attempt to bond on vacation, but a few psychotic killers will ruin their trip.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – Dec. 16 – It’s a sequel to “Star Wars: Episode III,” but it’s also a prequel to “Star Wars: Episode IV.” Felicity Jones plays the leader of a team who attempts to steal plans for the Death Star.
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