Hollywood’s Leading Men in Summer’s Must-See’s

Summer blockbuster season is almost here and Hollywood’s most prominent actors are all accounted for. The season promises countless anticipated movies. “The Great Gatsby,” “World War Z” and “White House Down” are three of the seasons’ must-sees. Expect stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum to conquer their roles and box offices— don’t miss out!

The Great Gatsby, May

“The Great Gatsby” is the only movie of its kind on our list. The other two movies are intense, action thrillers with doomsday themes, while Gatsby is a romantic drama that questions love and the idea of the American Dream.

Writer, producer and director Baz Luhrmann (“Romeo and Juliet,” 1996, and “Moulin Rouge,” 2001) brings the 1925 classic romantic tragedy by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald to life this May.

Leonardo DiCaprio needs little introduction. In this film, DiCaprio plays the role of the rich and mysterious Jay Gatsby, who’s known for his lavish Saturday night parties in an up-scale town west of New York City. Tobey Maguire co-stars as Nick Carraway, a Midwestern war veteran who becomes fascinated with the life of the extremely wealthy. He eventually becomes entangled in a complicated love affair between the main characters: Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher), George Wilson (Jason Clarke) and Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).

World War Z, June

If anyone can stop zombies, it’s Brad Pitt.

The actor hasn’t stared in a role this thrilling in nearly six years. He starred in 2011’s sport-drama and biography “Moneyball,” did voice-overs in “Happy Feet Two” (2011) and “Megamind” (2010), and stared in the acclaimed indie film Tree of Life (2011). But since “Inglorious Bastards” (2009) Pitt hasn’t played a role as action-packed as the character Gerry Lane in “World War Z.”

According to Imdb.com, Pitt’s character is a United Nations employee and family man who’s sent on a mission to help save humanity from a devastating global zombie pandemic. Mark Forster, director of “Stranger than Fiction” (2006) and “Quantum of Solace” (2008), directed the film and  Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the screenplay based on the book by writer Max Brooks. With an all-star crew including original music by award-winning composer Marco Beltrami and the work of three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, critics anticipate and edge-of-your-seat experience of horror and excitement.

White House Down, June

This may be the year that Channing Tatum officially sheds his reputation as a “looks only” guy to a respected, great actor in Hollywood.

From “21 Jumpstreet” (2012) to “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” (2013) the young actor has proven cross-genre adaptability. In the action/drama “White House Down” he plays a Capitol policeman caught in the midst of what appears to be a terrorist attack on the White House— which occurs while he’s on a tour of the capitol building with his daughter.

Tatum shares the spotlight with Jamie Foxx and Jason Clarke. The mastermind of “Independence Day” and “The Patriot,” Ronald Emmerich, produced and directed the film. Emmerich’s crew includes the help of Paul N.J. Ottosson, hailed from a prestigious music production college in California and was this year’s Oscar winner for sound design in “Zero Dark Thirty.” A cast and crew experienced in action promises to deliver one of the summer’s best movies in the genre.

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Carrie Levy A former filmmaker, Carrie can appreciate the effort that is put into film design, editing and production. She loves viewing and writing about films of all kinds.

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