12 new releases we’re looking forward to in 2017

From dark thrillers to laugh out loud comedies, these new releases are sure to have you gripped...

By Rebecca Shepherd, 26 January 2017
12 new releases we’re looking forward to in 2017

By the looks of things, 2017 is going to be a great year for new releases, with a variety of exciting movies, DVDs, books and CDs coming out.

There's a variety of exciting movies, DVDs, books and CDs coming out this year to get stuck into

There's the much-anticipated release from author Paula Hawkins, called Into the Water, which we've been waiting for since we finished reading her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, and there's also Ed Sheeran's new album titled '÷' to get excited about.

And let's not forget about E.L James' Fifty Shades Darker, which will be hitting the big screens just in time for Valentine's Day.

So, if you fancy yourself as a movie buff, but missed a new release in the cinema, or are an avid reader but haven't been gripped by a good read in ages, here are 10 of the most anticipated new releases 2017 has to offer. 

The Girl Before

Book released: January 24th


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If you're into thrillers, then this read is the book for you. When two women are asked to make a list of every possession they consider essential to their life, the consequences are devastating. 

Bridget Jones's Baby

DVD released: January 30th

Where would we be without good old Bridge? The third and final movie hit the big screens in September last year raking in £30m in just 17 days - making it the fastest pace ever set for a romantic comedy.

Fans of the bestselling book series will remember that in the last instalment, Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About The Boy, Mark Darcy sadly met a fateful end, leaving Bridget a widow (sad times). So it’s with great joy that the film picks up long before that happens, meaning Darcy will be back on our screens for one last time.

Fifty Shades Darker

Movie released: February 10th

Fifty Shades of Grey was the film which divided the opinion of thousands, but nonetheless, if you watch the first movie then you need to finish watching the two-part sequel, right? This time we see a wounded Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) try to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele (who Dakota Johnson plays) back into his life. 

Ed Sheeran 

CD released: 3rd March 2017

It's the album we've all been waiting for, and with March just around the corner we won't have to wait too much longer! In December 2015, Ed announced that he was ‘taking a break…to travel the world and see everything I missed’. His year-long break followed on from the success of his second album 'X', which gave us the likes of Sing, Don’t and Thinking Out Loud.

And earlier this year, on Friday January 6, after a year of no social media communication, he gave his fans a very warm hello by posting a video on Twitter where he's seen holding a piece of paper with the words, “New music coming Friday!!” written on it. 

Beauty and the Beast

Movie released: March 17th

The tale as old as time will be hitting the big screen soon, and if you couldn't tell already, we just can't wait! Staring Emma Watson as Belle, and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Beast, the star-studded cast also features Ewan McGregor playing the candlestick Lumière and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

DVD released: April

Get ready to jump on your broomsticks, whip out your capes and practice your magic, as Warner Bros will be releasing the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on DVD. This time, author J.K. Rowling is telling the extraordinary tale of zoologist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s America. 

Arriving into New York with his weathered suitcase that's filled to the brim with mystical devices and enchanted creatures, Newt finds himself in need of a helping hand (or four) when some of his magical beasts escape. However, he soon discovers that wild creatures on the loose aren't the only threat facing the American wizarding world. Intrigued? Be sure to grab your copy if you didn't manage to catch it in cinemas. 

Into the water

Book released: May 2nd


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Brought to you from the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins will be releasing a new psychological thriller. This time round the victims include a single mother and teenage girl who are both found dead at the bottom of a river. If it was as gripping as her previous novel then we are in for a treat!

Wonder Woman

Movie released: June 2nd

Actress Gal Gadot takes centre stage in this DC Entertainment action movie, which is set in the early 20th century. Viewers will see the Amazon princess Diana, who is living on the fictional island of Themyscira, meet American military pilot Steve Trevor when he is washed ashore. After learning from him about the ongoing events of World War I, she leaves her home to bring an early end to the war. 

Despicable Me 3

Movie released: June 30th 


Our favourite miniature yellow minions are back for some more mischief. This time round, Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, who's a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long-lost twin brother, Dru. If you haven't caught up with the second instalment, pick up your copy here

Game of Thrones

Released on TV: Summer

Season 7 is set to be the penultimate season and according to the trailer, it looks like it’s going to be all about the House of Stark. The trailer showed us a shot of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) who appears to be in the godswood in Winterfell. She's certainly dressed for the North, but who is she so surprised to see? The new season is set to launch on the small screens in summer this year. If you've missed the first six seasons make sure you head to Asda to pick up the complete boxset


Released on DVD: November 27th 

The upcoming action thriller, which has been written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, is set in the Second World War and concerns the Dunkirk evacuation. Earlier this year the trailer was released, showing One Direction singer, Harry Styles, on the cusp of drowning in one dramatic moment.

Make sure you check out Asda's DVD, book and CD selection to keep you entertained in the meantime.