Movie fans have been treated to some fantastic entertainment over the past few years. Long awaited sequels to the Star Trek and Iron Man franchises have delighted sci-fi fans, and fantasy movies like The Hobbit have brought new worlds to life. Dramas like American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave mean there’ll also be plenty on offer for movie fans wanting something more serious.

2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years of the past decade for movie releases. The following are ten of the most highly anticipated.

1. Star Wars: Episode VII

One of the biggest pieces of film news in 2012 came when it was announced that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm.

There was a strong backlash from some Star Wars fans, and fears grew that Disney would spoil the memory of the earlier movies.

Disney have given reassurances that future titles in the series will be true to the original, and it’s hard not to be excited about the next instalments.

The first new Star Wars film in over a decade will be directed by J.J. Abrams, and this revelation has given fans confidence that Episode VII will live up to expectations. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher all reprising their classic roles the buzz is huge.

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The movie is rumoured to pick up the story after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” It will take into account the passage of 30 years, with Luke, Han, and Leia appearing as older characters.

Episode VII has the potential to revive the popular franchise for a third generation. There are also talks of spin off movies for key characters, and fans will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Star Wars universe for years to come.