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Pictures: Most-awaited Hollywood movies of 2013

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Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 17:33 [IST]

The first half of the year 2013 is almost over and in this period, Hollywood has released many amazing thrillers, which have rocked the movie buffs across the globe. Especially, this summer has seen the arrival of some of the high octane, high voltage, high adrenaline movies like Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Man of steel, The Great Gatsby, Oblivion, The Hangover Part III and World War Z.

This feeling of summer doesn’t seem to be stopping here as some of best entertainers are lined up to release till December. The promo videos and posters of some of the upcoming movies, which have hit the internet, have left the film goers across the globe waiting, chewing their nails in anticipation. Numerous movies have had teasers launched for more than a year, causing movie buffs to quiver with anticipation.

There are more than 30 big-budget movies, which are in the post-production stage and set to hit the screens worldwide in the coming months. Interestingly, some of them are sequels of successful films released in the past. We bring you the story, cast and crew and pictures of most awaited Hollywood movies. Continue to see them in the slide show.

White House Down

White House Down is an American action-thriller film, which is about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group. While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke
Length: 131 mins
Release Date: June 28, 2013

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is an American action-adventure western film, which is based on the radio serial of the same name. Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner
Length: 149 mins
Release Date: July 3, 2013

X-Men: The Wolverine

The Wolverine is a superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). The story is about Wolverine making a voyage to modern-day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Famke Janssen
Release Date: July 24, 2013

The World's End

The World's End is a British science fiction comedy film, which is all about five friends, who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike
Release Date: July 19, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a fantasy adventure movie based on the Rick Riordan novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. It continues the adventures of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his friends as they search for the Golden Fleece at the titular Sea of Monsters to save an ailing magical tree that protects their home from foes.
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion
Release Date: August 7, 2013

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 is a superhero film based on the comic book of the same name and Hit-Girl. It is a sequel to the 2010 film Kick-Ass. The story is about the costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass, who joins a group of normal citizens, who has been inspired to fight crime in costume.
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey
Length: 113 mins
Release Date: August 14, 2013

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a sequel to the 2005 film Sin City. It is about the town's most hard boiled citizens crossing paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green
Release Date: August 22, 2014

Riddick

Riddick: Rule The Dark is a science fiction action film and it is the third installment in The Chronicles of Riddick film series. The story revolves around Riddick, who is betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, finds himself up against an alien race of predators. How he fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before will form the story.
Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà
Release Date: September 6, 2013

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a 3D computer-animated comedy film, which is a sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is all about Flint Lockwood, who now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
Release Date: September 27, 2013

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips featuring Tom Hanks is a biopic of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, John Magaro
Release Date: October 11, 2013

The Counselor

The Counselor is a thriller film that tells the story of a lawyer, played by Fassbender, who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Brad Pitt, Goran Visnjic, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem
Release Date: October 25, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World is a superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor. It will be the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Jane Foster is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a quest to protect her at all costs.
Director: Alan Taylor
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins
Release Date: November 8, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a science-fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' novel 'Catching Fire'. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Release Date: November 11, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an epic fantasy adventure film, which is the second of a three-part film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's 1937 novel 'The Hobbit'. The story is about The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf who have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo, who has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Rush

Rush is a biographical action film that is about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer
Length: 123 mins
Release Date: September 20, 2013

Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan is an upcoming American action-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the character Jack Ryan, who is a young covert CIA analyst and uncovers a Russian plot to crash the US economy with a terrorist attack.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh
Release Date: December 25, 2013

300: Rise Of An Empire

The movie 300: Rise of an Empire is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during and after the events of that film. The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes.
Director: Noam Murro
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Jack O'Connell
Release Date: December 27, 2014

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