If you’re like us — both an avid reader and lover of movies — you always try to read the book before seeing the film. Well, your to-read pile is about to get a lot bigger, because there are a ton of books being adapted for the big screen in 2018. Here’s a — ahem — small list to help you get a head start on your reading.
The book: Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Release date: Premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22
Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark, but hopefully it’s not Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley travelling back to the time of Shakespeare to take on this reimagining of Hamlet. Ridley stars in the titular role of the movie, which reinvents Hamlet’s would-be wife, the tragic and oft sidelined Ophelia, as the heroine of her own story. The refreshing retelling also stars Naomi Watts and Tom Felton.
2. Fifty Shades Freed
The book: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Release date: February 9
Ana and Christian (Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan respectively) finally get their happy ending in the final film of the Fifty Shades trilogy. Freed finds the NSFW duo blissfully wed, but their happiness is interrupted when Christian’s ex comes back into the picture and Ana is threatened by her stalker — you know, typical couple drama.
The book: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Release date: February 23
Annihilation assembles a group of super intelligent women — including Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez — who head into a dangerous environmental disaster zone. Their goal? Figure out what happened to Lena (Portman)’s husband, portrayed by Oscar Isaac, who was gravely injured and the lone survivor from a group of soldiers who had previously entered the disaster zone. Although Annihilation is based on the first book of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) told Entertainment Weekly that he approached it as a standalone film.
4. Every Day
The book: Every Day by David Levithan
Release date: February 23
You may recognize David Levithan, the writer of this 2012 book, as the acclaimed YA novelist who co-wrote the book version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Every Day follows 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), who falls in love with A. Maybe that sounds like your typical teen rom-com, but A is actually a travelling spirit who wakes up in a different 16-year-old body every day, which, as you can imagine, complicates the romance.
5. Red Sparrow
The book: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Release date: March 2
By now, you’ve probably seen the sleek, blood-red posters for Jennifer Lawrence’s Black Widow-esque spy thriller, which is adapted from a novel written by a former CIA agent. Red Sparrow finds J-Law as Dominika Egorova, a former Russian ballerina forced into a Russian intelligence program that specializes in seduction. When she ends up falling in love with her CIA mark (Joel Edgerton), she considers becoming a double agent.
6. A Wrinkle in Time
The book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Release date: March 9
This children’s classic from 1962 finally hits the big screen this spring with a cast so good, you wouldn’t have even been able to dream it. Storm Reid stars as Meg, a young girl who finds out her father (Chris Pine) is being held captive on another planet and goes off to rescue him. Along the way, she meets three supernatural beings — the always ethereal Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling — who guide her along the way.