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‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Stars Wars Episode VII’ lead the pack of 2015 films

The Force is strong this year, since, well, we get another “Star Wars” movie. But there are also lots of other sequels and reboots that fans are eagerly awaiting.

▪ “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”: This is quite possibly the most anticipated film of 2015, even if it doesn’t come out until far, far away (December). J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” reboot) is at the helm of this next installment in the most successful franchise of all time. So, yeah, no pressure, dude. Just don’t mess it up.

Details: Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are joined by Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. Release date: Dec. 18

▪ “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”: Speaking of big shoes to fill, director Joss Whedon has himself to thank for following up the massive success of the first superhero extravaganza. This time, a self-aware, self-teaching artificial intelligence named Ultron decides that humans are what’s wrecking this planet and sets out to eradicate them. Naturally, the Avengers re-assemble.

Details: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner. Release date: May 1

▪ “Jurassic World”: Chris Pratt must have one heck of an agent, because he follows up the gargantuan success of “Guardians of the Galaxy” by starring in this highly anticipated reboot of the dino epic, which takes place 20 years after the first film (there were two sequels).

Details: Pratt is joined by Bryce Dallas Howard and Judy Greer. Release date: June 12

▪ “Fifty Shades of Grey”: Don’t know who Jamie Dornan is? You will, as he stars as tormented billionaire Christian Grey in this adaptation of the popular steamy novel by E.L. James, the first of a trilogy. Here we’re introduced to young literature student Anastasia Steele, who becomes infatuated with Grey and his dark, uh, tendencies.

Details: Also starring Dakota Johnson. Release date: Feb. 13

▪ “Mad Max: Fury Road”: This reboot of the early ’80s post-apocalyptic actioner stars Tom Hardy as the new Max (after Mel Gibson), who seeks peace after the loss of his wife and daughter while trying to survive in harsh times. The trailer looks hyperviolent – and exciting, with real-time stunts.

Details: Series creator George Miller returns to direct; Charlize Theron also stars. Release date: May 15

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