2018 Puts Women At Forefront Of Action Films

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While we have to wait until 2019 for a new Wonder Woman, there are several ladies that will occupy screen time in 2018 in those big sci-fi, fantasy, action adventure and comic book tentpoles that audiences can look forward to. 


Mary, 'Proud Mary'

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Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson shifts into anithero action-star gear — and wears some cool disguises — in the thriller Proud Mary, out Jan. 12. The Babak Najafi-directed film sees Henson's Mary working as an assassin for an organized crime family in Boston. Her life changes when she meets a boy she orphaned on the job. 

The Women of 'Black Panther' 

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Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) are the warriors and royalty that will be defending Wakanda in one of the most anticipated films of 2018. Audiences will get to see them in action on Feb. 16 in the Marvel Studios film. 

Dominika Egorova, 'Red Sparrow'

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Jennifer Lawrence reunites with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and director Francis Lawrence for an adaptation of ex-CIA agent Jason Matthew's 2013 spy novel Red Sparrow. In the spy thriller, out March 2, Lawrence plays an injured Russian ballerina who enrolls in the program that instructs Russian spies in how to seduce their targets —  and ends up falling in love with a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton). 


Meg Murry, 'A Wrinkle in Time' 

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Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic sci-fi fantasy book (out March 9) comes complete with Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah in a dazzling array of metallic lipsticks, but the film's center is Meg, played Storm Reid. The ever-determined Meg traverses space and time to find her missing scientist father on the planet that houses the universe's greatest evil.      

Lara Croft, 'Tomb Raider' 

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Alicia Vikander is stepping in to Angelina Jolie's well-treaded combat boots for the 2018 reboot of the video game adaptation. The film, out March 16, is written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and sees Lara Croft head to an island where he adventurer father (Dominic West) disappeared. 

Domino, 'Deadpool 2'

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Atlanta break-out Zazie Beetz will play a newcomer anti-hero in the comic book franchise made up entirely of anti-heroes. As Domino, she will undoubtedly butt heads with her fellow mercenaries: Ryan Reynold's Deadpool and Josh Brolin's Cable. The follow-up to 2016's R-rated comic book movie will hit theaters on June 1.  


The Ladies of 'Ocean's 8'

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In 2018 Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson are gonna rob the Met Gala. TheOcean's franchise spin-off, which hits theaters on June 8, follows Debbie Ocean (brother on George Clooney's Danny) as she assembles her team to pull off a heist on fashion's biggest night. 

Alita, 'Alita: Battle Angel' 

Robert Rodriguez' take on the Yukito Kishiro's manga centers on an amnesiac female cyborg — played by Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar — that rediscovers her past as she begins work as a bounty hunter. Alita, which counts James Cameron as a producer, is out July 20.


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