In the past year, Hollywood has grown a more diverse presence on the screen in both in film and television as witnessed by the growth of more important roles for minorities, and especially black actors.
As we enter 2016, we’ll get to see some of our favorite black actors taking on new roles or joining the cast of the legendary series we all know and love. Here are six upcoming films featuring black leads that we think are worth the ticket in 2016:
"Barbershop: The Next Cut"
Can you believe it’s been over eleven years since the last Barbershop film hit theaters? The series centered around a family owned barbershop and its surrounding community of characters is about to get even more entertaining with this star studded cast.
In Barbershop: The Next Cut, leads Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve will all be making a return for the third film. They’ll be joined with mega stars Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Common and other familiar faces in theaters on April 15th.
"Captain America: Civil War," Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, and Chadwick Boseman
If the first Captain America didn’t rank in one of your favorite superhero movies in the past decade, then the second of its kind surely will.
James Gunn, an affiliated Marvel movie director, says it’s one of the best Marvel movies ever. To make that happen, Anthony Mackie and Don Cheadle play the pivotal roles of The Falcon and War Machine. Cheadle has been a major player in Iron Man and his reign now continues alongside of Chris Evans.
"Ghostbusters," Leslie Jones
The Ghostbusters reboot is long overdue, but no one ever thought it’d come in this fashion. How about an all-female crew? The 1980s film legacy touches theaters again but through comedic superstars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, as well as Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon of SNL. The film will also include (almost necessary) cameos from originals Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd.
Set to hit theaters July 15th, there’s no doubt of this female rendition being a box office hit.
"Ride Along 2," Ice Cube and Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart has been consistently in theaters and stage sets year in and year out. In his second film of the series with Ice Cube, Ride Along 2 is another comedy trying to steal the leaderboards in 2016. In Ride Along 2, the dynamic cop duo try to hilariously track down a drug kingpin. In 2014, Ride Along topped the box office for three consecutive weeks. Releasing January 15, the two will attempt to duplicate their first box office run.
"Star Trek Beyond," Idris Elba
As if Star Trek fans needed another reason to see its new film in theaters this summer, Idris Elba joins the cast of Star Trek Beyond.
Though the studio has kept details surrounding the new film very private, Elba speaks highly of his role as the “groundbreaking villain”. He says this movie applies an additional twist to his evil character, making it much more captivating and exciting. Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22nd.
"Suicide Squad," Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Will Smith’s last role on the supernatural dark side was a global success in Hancock. This time around Will Smith will be playing the role Deadshot in the Warner Bros film Suicide Squad. Smith isn’t the film’s only black lead, he’ll be joined by stars Viola Davis and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on their August 5th release date.
Suicide Squad is a favorite from the comic book era and hopefully another successful adaptation of the DC Comics storyline. The film will also feature Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, and Margot Robbie.
Black actors seem to be quite active on the Hollywood seen this upcoming year. Seeing them in more leading roles is only a testament to their massive impact in many big budget projects arriving in 2016.