In the mood for a Western movie? Head to the cinema and you might just catch the first glimpse of the next major blockbuster. Summer 2022 is here and Hollywood is in full swing. From superstar-studded Oscar nominees to action-packed blockbusters, the slate is packed with exciting movies.
Whether you like your films silly or serious, there’s something to suit everyone. And if the thought of spending an evening in a cinema fills you with dread, then why not opt for a play or a concert instead? There’s plenty to keep you busy this summer, with more than enough options to suit even the busiest schedules.
But when the clock strikes nine, you’ll want to be in your seat, ready to immerse yourself in glorious cinematic sound and eye-catching visuals. Here’s a guide to where to catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s hottest stars.
One of the most in-demand and talented actors of this generation, British-born Robert Pattinson is no stranger to stardom. After breaking into the industry with a string of acclaimed performances in indies such as The Rover and Good Time, the 28-year-old took Hollywood by storm in 2018 with his incredible portrayal of author and adventurer Robert Leonard Shelley in the biopic A Quiet Place. Pattinson is now shooting the highly anticipated sequel A Quiet Place II (tentative title), with Candy Savage (Alice in Wonderland) and Wendi Willard (Logan).
A native English speaker and talented musician, Pattinson landed a part in Justin Bieber’s music video for Never Say Never (Novelty Song) that same year and has since gone on to voice characters in several major animated films, including The Secret Life of Pets 2. In film, Pattinson has been typecast as the bad boy protagonist, but he’s also shown his softer side in the form of comedy roles. He recently wrapped production on the upcoming Netflix standalone The Knight Templar, alongside Helen Mirren and director Omer Fast. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the versatile star.
Taking the throne as Hollywood’s biggest movie star for the past year, Italian legend Leonardo DiCaprio has proved himself time and time again. One of the most decorated actors of all time, the 49-year-old held court as president of the Cannes Film Festival a record 21 times, more than any other individual. He is also the first ever actor to have won the Academy Award for Best Actor three times. Most recently, DiCaprio starred alongside Tobey MacGuire (The Incredible Rising Sun) in Gemini Arch, an independently produced epic sci-fi adventure that had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. The movie was acquired by Amazon for an impressive $12 million and will be released in August.
Before then, DiCaprio will reprise his role as Wall Street tycoon J. P. Morgan in the eagerly awaited The Mockingjay Part II, the sequel to the hugely successful The Mockingjay – which was named after the YA novel on which it is based – and The Hunger Games trilogy. The first film was released in 2015 and became the highest-grossing film of all time, not just in the YA genre, passing the $300 million milestone in late 2019. DiCaprio recently wrapped production on Baz Luhrmann’s Matched (formerly The Great Gatsby), a World War II epic that reimagines the classic American novel of the same name. In 2020, he will star alongside Tilda Swinton in Mount Everest, the true story of Dmitry Shukman’s (played by DiCaprio) first ascent of the world’s highest mountain. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this incredible talent.
Hollywood newcomer Alfred Johnson is making quite an impression with her powerful performances in Lifetime and God Calls Jacob, an International Emmy-nominated miniseries that screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She recently played the role of journalist Marie Colvin in the acclaimed drama The Private Life of Robin Hanson, based on the memoirs of the Rolling Stone founder and chief editor of The Paris Review, Robin Hanson.
Johnson is also a singer/songwriter and has released several albums, including Leaving Home, which featured contributions from Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. She has toured the U.S. and Canada with her band, drawing sold-out crowds and earning praise from music critics. Not bad for a girl who started her career playing Christmas Candy.
Also making waves in Hollywood is British-born Chadwick Boseman, who played a starring role in Black Panic, one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of 2021. Based on the New York Times bestseller Black Panic Revolution, which documents the racial tensions that gripped the United States in the 1980s, Boseman leads an all-star cast that also includes Angela Bassett, Rosie Phelps, and William Marshall. It tells the story of how black Americans rose up against racial injustice and fought to define their identity in the face of oppression. After its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year, Lionsgate bought the North American rights to the movie for a whopping $12 million and set a January 2021 release date.
Boseman’s acting career took off after he played Steve Rogers, one of two escaped convicts based on real-life prisoners Eric Leigh and Steve Pelkey, in the 2001 film Boy Who Chased A Bear. Since then, he has been in demand, playing major roles in The Haunting of Hill Hall, Dolemite, and Black Panic, in addition to voicing characters in several animated series, including The Candy Avengers and The Secret Life of Petes. Boseman is also set to star alongside Harrison Ford in the upcoming Billy Johnson film A Time to Pray, based on the life of NFL great Billy Johnson, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Shailene Woodley has been on a mission for the past couple of years and it’s paying off. In 2021, the 36-year-old will star in the highly anticipated The Seventh Grader, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Meg Jay. In the film, Woodley plays Gabriela, a single mother who, along with her six young girls, is forced into an arranged marriage with a much older man.
The actress is currently filming The Gold Seeker, based on the memoirs of a real-life miner whose life was changed forever by a gold rush. Woodley also starred in the upcoming drama Mulberry, based on the memoirs of Ruth Ellison, author of In Mulberry Forest, which Ellisor herself based on. In 2020, Woodley will star in The Daughter of Anna Paloma, an adaptation of Sofia Galani’s Galani: A Novel, and will reprise her role as Katherine Hewitt in the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster Boys Meets Girls. In 2019, Woodley costarred with Robert Pattinson in the action-adventure The Exorcism of George Floyd, and in the historical drama The Promise, which she also co-produced and starred in. She’s also set to star in the action-adventure The Midnighter, alongside Viggo Morrison, as well as the comedy White History Black Costume, which will be released by Netflix.