‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Is Year’s Most Anticipated Movie (Survey)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the most anticipated movie of 2016, according to a survey conduced by online ticketing service Fandango.

Moviegoers were surveyed by Fandango, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, during the last weeks of December about the films, stars and roles they were most looking forward to seeing the following year. “Rogue One,” due out Dec. 16, is the first title in Disney’s “Star Wars” anthology series of stand-alone stories and will star Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn.

Disney’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” is the second most-anticipated film on the list, followed by Warner Bros.’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Melissa McCarthy in Sony’s “Ghostbusters” is the most anticipated actress and Matt Damon is the most anticipated actor in Universal’s untitled Jason Bourne sequel. Sophie Turner was named the most anticipated rising female star for Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Tom Holland was selected as most anticipated rising male star for Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

Wonder Woman, portrayed by Gal Godot in “Batman v Superman,” topped the survey for most anticipated debut of a comic book character.

Here are the results of the survey:

Most Anticipated Movie:

1.      “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (December 16)

2.      “Finding Dory” (June 17)

3.      “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (March 25)

4.       Untitled Jason Bourne Movie (July 29)

5.      “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)

6.      “Star Trek Beyond” (July 22)

7.      “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24)

8.      “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27)

9.      “Zoolander No. 2” (February 12)

10.  “The Jungle Book” (April 15)

Most Anticipated Actress:

1.      Melissa McCarthy (“Ghostbusters”)

2.      Scarlett Johansson (“Captain America: Civil War”)

3.      Jennifer Lawrence (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

4.      Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”)

5.      Charlize Theron (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

1.      Matt Damon (Untitled Jason Bourne Movie)

2.      Will Smith (“Suicide Squad”)

3.      Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”)

4.      Ben Affleck (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      George Clooney (“Hail, Caesar!”)

Rising Female Movie Star:

1.      Sophie Turner (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

2.      Leslie Jones (“Ghostbusters”)

3.      Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”)

4.      Christina Wren (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      Nadia Hilker (“The Divergent Series: Allegiant”)

Rising Male Movie Star:

1.      Tom Holland (“Captain America: Civil War”)

2.      Riz Ahmed (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”)

3.      Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

4.      Stephan James (“Race”)

5.      Ed Speleers (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”)

Most Anticipated Comic Book Character Debuting in a Major Role:

1.      Wonder Woman (Gal Godot in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

2.      Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool”)

3.      Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad”)

4.      Aquaman (Jason Momoa in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange”)

6.      Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman in “Captain America: Civil War”)

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  1. Sarah says:

    Interesting list. I expected most of these results, and really agree with the Most Anticipated Comic Book Character Debuting in a Major Role list.

    But thought Suicide Squad would be in the Most Anticipated Movie list. And Sophie Turner for Rising Female Movie Star?? That’s hard to believe; her acting is dreadful! She’s been slated online for her performance in the Apocalypse trailer.

    Still, 2016 looks to be a good film year!

  2. Disappointing. Obi-Wan or Yoda spin off could have been better. Yoda- how the strongest force user in his era learned the ways of the force and taught generations in the Jedi Order. Obi Wan between EpIIi and IV learning to the immortal consciousness of the force and battling Darth Maul !!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Agnez says:

    I don’t give a damn about star wars or Xmen for me its Jason Bourne! Yes Matt Damon is back in his iconic role Jason Bourne now that makes this summer so hot. I’m more pumped up for this especially when they are returning to this successful franchise after 9 years clearly shows they are not doing it for money they’ve really got some great story to tell us both Paul & Matt are intelligent guys sure they will not disappoint us.

  4. phoebe says:

    I am certainly anticipating all of these! :D

  5. cadavra says:

    Nine sequels and a remake. USA! USA! USA!

    And GHOSTBUSTERS falls short of the list? That’s gotta be causing a little nail-biting at Sony.

  6. third3ye says:

    NBCU owns Fandango, and Bourne is a top 5 on this list above Civil War? Yeah, that’s not suspicious at all!

  7. Johnny L. says:

    Rogue One? Seriously? Jennifer Lawrence is going to be naked performing wild sex acts in a sex scene with Chris Pratt in Passengers…I will sleep outside the cinema to get the best seats.

  8. John Miller says:

    Agreed! “Rogue One” is my most-anticipated movie of 2016. Now, guess what my most-anticipated movie of 2017 is? (it’s “Episode VIII,” of course!)

  9. LOL says:

    How imbecilic this list makes America look

  10. Larry says:

    Who is doing all this anticipating? Whomever it is has truly execrable taste.

    • No kidding. Jennifer Lawrence in “X-Men”?! What the heck?! She’s almost unanimously considered miscast and one of the worst aspects of those films. Not to mention it looks like she is just playing Katniss again. But seriously Melissa McCarthy in “Ghostbusters” did it. I mean let’s just ignore the fact the film is almost guaranteed to be a disaster from fans alone, but the whole film screams “Attempt political correctness”. No reason to even make the film. Sony Pictures are the devil I swear. LOL

      • Sean C. says:

        She’s almost unanimously considered miscast

        By people complaining on the internet, as opposed to the theatregoers surveyed for this.

      • Do you really think these surveys speak for everyone? Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 was considered the most anticipated movie last year…it ended up performing less than every other film. “Spectre” did better than it did. These surveys take into account such a small population, basically the small group who actually fill out those surveys. I’m a huge theatergoer Sean. I see movies every week. I love cinema. And I can tell you, from actually talking to a wide group of people she is the least liked one of the cast. I mean really, surveys are so narrow-viewed. Look at box office results. Those tell you something and even then it’s about evaluating what they mean. Hunger Games Part 2 should have been a huge hit. It was a finale to a big franchise. Why did it do worse than the previous films? Some argue the splitting up of the story, others that Jennifer Lawrence insulted half her audience when she took shots at men in that pay gap essay. Note her solo film “Joy” is barely going to break it’s own budget and that film relied completely on her name. So no Sean, I don’t take a survey very seriously. I look at the larger world for answers. No offense to you and with all respect, but this survey is wrong.

      • You do realize those surveys were taken on the Internet right? LOL So people who blindly like an unreleased movie count but not those who have seen the previous films and think she is miscast don’t matter huh? Enjoy your following fanboy.

      • Sean C. says:

        Presumably the people who anticipate her do so on the basis of her prior work as well, seeing as she has played this character twice before.

      • Michael says:

        No no no, Jennifer Lawrence is great and HOT. Just kill off the other X-Men, I want a movie with just her looking hot AF. Also, Katniss is not blonde, so there you go.

  11. Bill B. says:

    I don’t the slightest interest in seeing most of these.

  12. Alan says:

    Egads! All this awful, sophomoric list makes me want to do is watch television in 2016.

  13. Zoe says:

    No Suicide Squad in the top 10?.Surprising.

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