17 Movies Based on Books That Book Lovers Can’t Miss In 2018

Don't say we didn't tell you to read Crazy Rich Asians before the movie comes out in August.

17 Movies Based on Books

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When it comes to inspiration for movies, Hollywood loves to turn to the bestseller shelves. And no wonder, who among us hasn’t spent hours with our favorite tale imagining the dreaminess of the lead character or wondering how that weird world would come alive on screen? Well, for these 17 books, you no longer have to. Here, the movies based on books coming out in 2018.

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1

‘MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE’

Release date: January 26

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, and Patricia Clarkson

Based on: The Death Cure by James Dashner

About: The final installment in the Maze Runner trilogy, which follows a group of teens who are subject to experiments because they’re immune to a virus that’s killed most of mankind.

2

‘PETER RABBIT’

Release date: February 9

Starring: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, and James Corden

Based on: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

About: A family of mischievous rabbits who butt heads with a local man with a garden.

3

‘FIFTY SHADES FREED’

Release date: February 9

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Arielle Kebbel, and Marcia Gay Harden

Based on: Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

About: Christian Grey puts a ring on it.

4

‘ANNIHILATION’

Release date: February 23

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac

Based on: Annihilation, the first book in Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

About: A group of scientists tasked with exploring a place called Area X in search of answers about an anomaly called “The Shimmer,” which few survive.

5

‘EVERY DAY’

Release date: February 23

Starring: Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, Jacob Batalon, Justice Smith, and Lucas Jade Zumann

Based on: Every Day by David Levithan

About: A 16-year-old named Rhiannon falls in love with a soul named A, who wakes up in a different body every day.

6

‘RED SPARROW’

Release date: March 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons

Based on: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

About: A Russian spy, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who falls for a man who works for the CIA and considers becoming a double agent.

7

‘A WRINKLE IN TIME’

Release date: March 9

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine

Based on: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

About: A teenage girl named Meg has to travel through time and space to find her astrophysicist father who has gone missing.

8

‘LOVE, SIMON’

Release date: March 16

Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner

Based on: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendaby Becky Albertalli

About: A closeted high school student struggles when a classmate threatens to out him.

9

‘READY PLAYER ONE’

Release date: March 29

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance

Based on: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

About: A near-future dystopia where people spend most of their lives inside The Oasis, a virtual reality world. A teen competes for control of The Oasis when its creator dies and leaves its fate in the hands of the winner of a contest.

10

‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’

Release date: August 15

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh

Based on: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

About: American-born Rachel Chu (played by the hilarious Constance Wu) discovers that her boyfriend comes from extreme wealth when she goes with him to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding.

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11

‘FIRST MAN’

Release date: October 12

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll, and Pablo Schreiber

Based on: First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

About: The real-life story of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

12

‘MOWGLI’

Release date: October 19

Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, and Rohan Chand

Based on: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

About: This one is another live-action take on The Jungle Book, focused on Mowgli’s upbringing in the jungle.

13

‘BOY ERASED’

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Release date: November 2

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe

Based on: Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley

About: The movie, directed by Edgerton, is based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name about his experience in a gay conversion therapy program.

14

‘THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB’

Release date: November 9

Starring: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, and Stephen Merchant

Based on: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (characters by Stieg Larsson)

About: The continuation of the American version Larsson’s Millennium film series, the film is a follow-up to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara. This time Claire Foy takes the lead.

15

‘THE GRINCH’

Release date: November 9

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch

Based on: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

About: You know this one—angry green guy, hates Christmas, tries to ruin it, learns a valuable lesson.

16

‘MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS’

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Release date: December 7

Starring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston

Based on: My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy

About: The life of Mary, Queen of Scots (not to be confused with Mary I of England, a.k.a. Bloody Mary), and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

17

‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS’

Release date: December 25

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury

Based on: Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

About: The famous nanny comes back to help the Banks children now that they’re grown up with kids of their own.

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This article originally appeared on Marie Claire US

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