Jordan Crucchiola at Vulture listed and tracked every upcoming female-lead Hollywood action movie. It’s divided into sections so that it’s easy to see what’s in development, in production, and postproduction (or coming soon).
It’s an impressive list. (I wish its scope were wider, though—gimme other genre subtypes, too, and productions from around the world, please?)
Below are a few of the ones that most tickle my fancy, with first a short description by Crucchiola and then my impressions.
The Aeronauts (preproduction)
- “Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star as a researcher and pilot team that goes on a science mission in a hot-air balloon. They ascend higher than anyone ever has, and have to fight for survival in the thinning atmosphere.”
- Apparently set in the mid-1800s, this sounds like a non-mystery precursor to Murdoch Mysteries. I like Felicity Jones a lot, but am dubious of Amazon productions (mostly since I haven’t seen any so far, so take this with a bucket of salt).
A Black Widow stand-alone movie (screenwriter attached)
- “It was announced earlier this year  that Kevin Feige and Marvel had hired a writer for a Black Widow stand-alone screenplay.”
- High time!
Captain Marvel (postproduction; U.S. release March 08, 2019)
- “Marvel’s first female-lead superhero movie stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, an extremely powerful figure in the comics canon. We don’t know much—except that it’s set in the 1990s […].”
- Again, high time! (According to Wikipedia, Captain Marvel has been in development since 2013.) I know extremely little of the character, but liked Brie Larson in Kong: Skull Island and Community.
Cleopatra Jones (in development)
- “Details about the new film are not yet known, but in the 1973 original, Cleopatra Jones was a James Bond-type who worked as a special agent for the U.S. government and dealt with drug-related crimes.”
- A reboot, although nothing I’ve heard of before. Hm. Maybe?
Enola Holmes (just announced at the start of the year)
- “[A]daptation of Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series. Enola is the baby sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, and wouldn’t you know it, a crack sleuth in her own right.”
- Yes, please! Even more so, since Millie Bobby Brown (who outshone everyone else in Stranger Things) is set to star in and produce.
The Killer (in development)
- “An assassin with a strict moral code can no longer abide the amoral ways of her employer, and so seeks to get out of the game.”
- This might be amazing: John Woo is set to direct a reboot with Lupita Nyong’o in the head role.
Star Wars Episode IX (preproduction but definitely happening; U.S. release December 20, 2019)
- “Star Wars remains an ensemble-powered saga, but this trilogy has always been about Rey’s journey.”
- Yay! I’m just so sad we can’t have Carrie Fisher in it!
Widows (postproduction; U.S. release November 16, 2018)
- “Brace yourself for this screen adaptation of a British mini-series from 1983, in which four widowed women plan to finish a heist job their dead husbands failed to complete.”
- Ocean’s 8 was a great heist movie with a fantastic spread of women of all sorts (except the law-abiding type, heh heh) so this might be good, too.
- Of the female cast, I recognize only Viola Davis (who’s awesome!); of the male, Collin Farrell (a meh performance in the 2012 Total Recall reboot and a suitably psycho Bullseye in the 2003 Daredevil), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi in Black Panther), and Liam Neeson (who’s a turnoff for me, but perhaps he’s only got a small supporting role).
Wonder Woman 2 (in development)
- “The timeline will reportedly move into the ’80s for the Wonder sequel, with the Cold War and USSR factoring in. Jenkins has also teased another love story.”
- Am I the only one who’s noticed an uptick in movies where Russia (in one of its embodiments) is a bad guy? But: puh-leeeease stop writing forced love interests in movies! Love is great, but we don’t have to have an example of romantic love in every. single. story. Some stories work better without it, or with other types of love than the romantic variety.
Image: photo from the movie Widows from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation via IMBD
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