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21 Top Movies Based on Books Coming Out in 2018

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A number of standout novels are receiving the Hollywood treatment this year. Among them? Annihilation, Red Sparrow, A Wrinkle in Time, and Peter Rabbit. But these book-to-big screen adaptations are just a few of the films we're most looking forward to in the coming year. Here's a look at 21 of 2018's most buzzed about movies inspired by books.

12 Strong


Based On: Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton BUY NOW
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

Based on the first-hand accounts of a journalist who witnessed the miseries and triumphs of a group U.S. Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan, 12 Strong follows Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) as he leads his team on an overwhelmingly dangerous mission.

Peter Rabbit


Based On: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter BUY NOW
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson

Your childhood favorite has come to life in this film as the mischievous and disobedient Peter Rabbit and his three sisters find trouble in Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden. A hilarious adaptation of the original, this film will have you rooting for the resourceful rabbit and his human counterpart.

Annihilation


Based On: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer BUY NOW
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

Natalie Portman shows off her fighting side in this sci-fi horror film where a biologist ventures into an environmental disaster zone on an expedition to save her husband (Oscar Isaac). In this jungle where the laws of nature don't apply, everyone's life is in danger.

Every Day


Based On: Every Day by David Levithan BUY NOW
Director: Michael Sucsy
Starring: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan

For 16-year-old Rhiannon, falling in love is confusing, as the mysterious love of her life—known only as A—is a spirit who inhabits the body of a different person every day. Feeling a deep connection, the pair try to find each other every day, but the constant uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring soon takes its toll.

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The War With Grandpa


Based On: The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith BUY NOW
Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Jane Seymour, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman

Disgruntled by the fact that he has to give up his room to his grandfather, a mischievous boy named Peter devises a series of hilarious schemes that he hopes will convince him to move out.

Red Sparrow


Based On: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews BUY NOW
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker

Jennifer Lawrence stars as former ballerina Dominika Egorova, who suffers a career-ending injury and joins the secret Sparrow School —an intelligence agency that teaches young prodigies to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After a gut-wrenching training process, Egorova becomes the most dangerous Sparrow of all.

A Wrinkle in Time


Based On: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle BUY NOW
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon

For anyone who loves a good fantasy read, Disney is bringing this classic to the big screen. Young Meg Murry and her little brother are joined by three mysterious travelers—Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which—as they endure a dangerous journey through time to visit a planet that contains all the evil in the universe.

Love, Simon


Based On: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli BUY NOW
Director: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner

A coming-of-age story reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Love, Simon tells the story of a high school boy in Atlanta, Georgia who is forced to come out after being blackmailed by one of his classmates.

Ready Player One


Based On: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline BUY NOW
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Letitia Wright, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg

Every video game-loving teen's dream is realized in this sci-fi film about a boy named Wade Watts who gets sucked into a virtual universe set in a dystopian society struck by an energy crisis in the year 2044.

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The House of Tomorrow


Based On: The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni BUY NOW
Director: Peter Livolsi
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman

In this sweet and hilarious coming-of-age tale, a 16-year-old who has spent most of his life living in a geodesic dome finally gets to live his dreams when he makes his first real friend—a chain-smoking, punk loving teen with a heart transplant. Together, the pair form a band and do their best to map out the future.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette


Based On: Where'd You Go, Bernadetteby Maria Semple BUY NOW
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer

Anyone who loves a good mystery can appreciate 15-year-old Bee's journey to find her agoraphobic mother after she mysteriously goes missing one day. Hilarious while still feeling completely real, this is the perfect mother-daughter watch.

Crazy Rich Asians


Based On: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan BUY NOW
Director: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding

Constance Wu is spectacularly hilarious in this film about a woman named Rachel Wu who accompanies her boyfriend to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Once they arrive, Rachel realizes her boyfriend's family is comprised of incredibly wealthy and quirky socialites who make her feel anything but welcome.

The Little Stranger


Based On: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters BUY NOW
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulter

Be prepared for a chilling scare with this mystery/thriller that follows a country doctor as he makes his way out to a declining family home where the inhabitants look worse than the building itself. Soon, the doctor finds himself trapped by this strange family, who are haunted by an ominous presence and way of life.

The Darkest Minds


Based On: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken BUY NOW
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Starring: Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Amandla Stenberg

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Set in a futuristic world where 98 percent of children have been killed off by an infectious disease, the remaining 2 percent develop superhuman powers and are split into internment camps. Ruby, 16, manages to escape her camp one day and joins a group of fellow teens on the run from this government-run dystopia.

Boy Erased


Based On: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley BUY NOW
Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton

Touching on the struggles faced by a gay teen, Boy Erased follows 19-year-old Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor who is forced to attend a gay conversion therapy program. The film highlights Jared's struggle to participate in the program, which he must do in order to avoid being shunned by his friends, family, and everything he holds dear.

First Man


Based On: First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen BUY NOW
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber

This biographical historical period drama stars Ryan Gosling in the leading role and shines a light on Neil Armstrong's journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon.

The Girl in the Spider's Web


Based On: The Girl in the Spider's Webby David Lagercrantz BUY NOW
Director: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Vicky Krieps

David Lagercrantz has taken over the beloved trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson and sent young computer hacker Lisbeth on a journey, as she investigates a mysterious organization known as the Spider Society.

Mary Queen of Scots


Based On: My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy BUY NOW
Director: Josie Rourke
Starring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant

Saoirse Ronan has gone from Lady Bird to Mary Queen of Scots in this historical drama film that explores the turbulent life of France's former queen. A strong-headed woman, Mary finds herself at odds with England's Queen Elizabeth I as both women struggle to achieve sovereignty and independence.

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Mortal Engines


Based On: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve BUY NOW
Director: Christian Rivers
Starring: Stephen Lang, Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities are entities in themselves, London has become a machine that eats other cities to survive. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and other forms of chaos strike left and right in this steampunk dystopia ravaged by war as anyone left standing is simply fighting to survive.

The Black Hand


Based On: The Black Hand by Stephan Talty BUY NOW
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

While it has no set release date, The Black Hand has already enticed Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as police officer Joe Petrosino and seeks to take down a ruthless Italian-American gang in New York. Completely captivating, the film shines a light on the true originals of the Mafia in the United States.

The Bell Jar


Based On: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath BUY NOW
Director: Kirsten Dunst
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jesse Plemons, Patricia Arquette

Sylvia Plath's classic will finally see the silver screen in this adaptation of The Bell Jar, directed by actress Kirsten Dunst. The story follows the emotional journey of a brilliant and talented young woman whose life seems to be falling apart as she struggles with mental illness.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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