by RYAN BOLTON
Ah, good ol’ summer movies. Doesn’t get much better than a solid summer action movie, does it? Wrong. Add in a solid dollop of red-hot actresses and then you have a top notch, take-my-$13-and-give-me-a-seat-as-close-to-the-screen-as-possible summer flick. And this summer’s offering is no exception. The major studios are pumping out films for every movie fan. You’ve got some action (Scarlett Johansson tearing it up in Lucy), you’ve got some A-star comedy (Cameron Diaz is back in Sex Tape), there’s a sprinkle of 3D sci-fi epic with Mila Kunis (yes!) in Jupiter Ascending and some horror for the screamers with Olivia Munn starring in Deliver Us from Evil. Oh, and how could we forget the crime-fighting nostalgia of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Megan Fox? Now we’re excited.
So sit back and brace yourself, we’ve got you covered for the standout actresses of summer.
Scarlett Johansson is a real-life superhero to us. This time, she’s a super powered drug mule that turns on her captors with her mind-bending abilities. And I mean mind-bending literally, as she has the power to use more than the typical 10% of her brain. So, both a brainy and brawny film with Johansson as the lead. Nice. To add to the matter, it’s directed by Luc Besson, the guy at the helm of The Fifth Element, so he knows a thing or two about strong female characters. Not to mention visually-intense movies.
Jane Got A Gun
Everyone’s favourite Natalie Portman is mixing things up. Again. Eschewing the Oscar-friendly roles like the venerable Black Swan, or the odd and likable Sam in Garden State, Portman is taking her shot at action-meets-western-meets-drama. And it’s got us quite excited. Playing the title character of Jane, Portman seeks revenge after her husband turns on his own gang and receives eight bullets for his efforts. Furthering the directness of the movie’s title, Jane prefers guns to see the aforementioned revenge through. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what role Portman decides upon as she always gives it her all—let’s not forget the head-shaving in V for Vendetta—and we’ll be watching, gladly.
Cameron’s back! And thank god. Our favourite bad teacher is in quite the pickle with this upcoming raunchy summer comedy. Reunited with co-star Jason Segel, Diaz and Segel look to boost their bedroom time by, you know, making a little sex flick. Problem is, it gets uploaded to the “cloud” and it’s out for every one of their friends to see. You know with Segel and Diaz steering the ship, there’s going to some lolz and R-rated hooliganism. We can’t wait.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Cowabunga! No seriously, we’re so jazzed about this film that Megan Fox doesn’t even need to be in it. But since she is, well, we’re definitely going to see it. Fox, who was actually in the early stages of her pregnancy during the filming, looks as stunning as ever playing the film’s April O’Neil, a young journalist. And with everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic turtles kicking ass in crime-ravaged NYC, Fox is there to record it all. Thanks for that, Mrs. Fox.
No more friends with benefits for Mrs. Kunis. She is pregnant after all with Ashton’s baby. But she is teaming up with the Wachowskis (you know, the duo behind the Matrix trilogy) in this intriguing sci-fi feature film. In a futuristic world where the gods rule the land, Kunis is a peasant. But when she encounters Channing Tatum’s character, the stars align and it’s possible that she could be the universe’s saving grace. We could have told you that about Kunis from watching That ‘70s Show, but whatever.
Deliver Us from Evil
If you haven’t heard of Olivia Munn, allow us to be your wake up call. Here’s a quick refresher: She’s a model for Nike and Pepsi, she was a sideline reporter for Fox for college football, she’s an awesome actress who starred in The Babymakers and in HBO’s The Newsroom, AND she is the author of the aptly titled book, Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. In the end, whatever Munn offers up, we’ll be in the front of the line asking for her signature. Now that you have the backstory, she’s taking a stab (get it?) with the summer’s horror flick tour de force, Deliver Us From Evil. Oh, I forgot to mention she also does charity work. Suck it, Wonder Woman is right.
A version of this article appeared in Chill magazine.