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11 Books Turning Into Movies in 2016: 'The 5th Wave,' 'The Girl on the Train,' & More



The new year is filled with books becoming movies, some of which were supposed to be released in 2015. The following list highlights 11 of the must-see films hitting theaters in 2016, like The 5th Wave, The Girl on the Train, and more.

If you're looking for a good book to read or a good movie to see this year, then this is the list for you. Hollywood has built quite a reputation of choosing just the right books to turn into film adaptations. Some box-office hits include The Hunger Games series, The MartianThe NotebookMemoirs of a Geisha, and Gone Girl.  

Get your hands on these book before they reach a movie theater near you:

Me Before You

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Me Before You was written by British journalist and romance novelist, Jojo Moyes. Originally published in 2012, the book follows a young woman named Louisa Clark who takes a job caring for young Will Traynor, a rich wheelchair bound man with a pessimistic view on life. When Louisa finds out Will has his mind set on doing something unthinkable, she questions just how far she'll go to make him happy.

Cast: Emilia Clarke (Louisa Clark), Sam Claflin (Will Traynor), Janet McTeer (Camilla Traynor), Charles Dance (Steven Traynor), Jenna Coleman (Katrina Clark), Matthew Lewis (Patrick), and Stephen Peacocke (Nathan).

Expected release date: March 4, 2016


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is a children's book written by British novelist and poet, Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The 1982 story was dedicated to Dahl's late daughter who died of Measles at the age of seven. The story surrounds a young girl named Sophie who lives in an all-girl orphanage. One night Sophie comes across the BFG and takes her back to Giant Country. Unlike other giants, the BFG doesn't eat or steal from humans. Throughout their journey they explore the meaning of friendship and why it's important to celebrate the things that make us different.

Cast: he Ruby Barnhill (Sophie), Bill Hader (the BFG), Penelope Wilton (the Queen), and Rebecca Hall (Mary).

Expected release date: July 1, 2016  

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Allegiant was written by New York novelist and short story writer Veronica Roth. The 2013 book is the final installment of Roth's YA science fiction Divergent series. After learning the truth about divergents and the faction system, Evelyn Johnson forces the citizens to live as equals, ignoring their defining factions. Questioning her motives, Beatrice "Tris" Prior and Tobias "Four" Eaton venture out to find answers over the wall, only to be taken in by a mysterious group known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

Cast: Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Miles Teller (Peter), Naomi Watts (Evelyn), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Maggie Q (Tori), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb).

Expected release date: March 18, 2016  

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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The original name of the book is called Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. The 1871 novel was written by English writer and mathematician, Lewis Carroll. The is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, set six months after the original book. Alice makes her way back to Wonderland, this time using a mirror to travel to the magical world.

Cast: Mia Wasikowska (Alice Kingsleigh), Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Sacha Baron Cohen (Time), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum), and Michael Sheen (White Rabbit).

Expected release date: May 27, 2016  

The 5th Wave

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The 5th Wave was written by YA Florida novelist, Rick Yancey. The science fiction book follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan who's on a mission to save her younger brother Sammy Sullivan from alien invasions. The aliens, known as the Others, attack the world through five deadly waves in an attempt to take over planet Earth, but the underlying desire to inhabit the world has a much deeper meaning.

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz (Cassie Sullivan), Zackary Arthur (Sammy Sullivan), Nick Robinson (Ben Parish), Maika Monroe (Ringer), Liev Schrieber (Colonel Vosch), Alex Roe (Evan Walker), and Maggie Siff (Lisa Sullivan).

Expected release date: Jan. 22, 2016  

The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train was written by British author Paula Hawkins. The 2015 psychological thriller surrounds a 32-year-old alcoholic named Rachel who enjoys people-watching while she rides the train to London. She's still dealing with the shock of her ex-husband Tom leaving her for a woman named Anna. When drama falls upon the attractive couple (Scott and Megan) she's grown obsessed with watching, Rachel somehow becomes involved. The story is told from a first-person narrative by the three main women.

Cast: Emily Blunt (Rachel Watson), Rebecca Ferguson (Anna), Haley Bennett (Megan Hipwell), Justin Theroux (Tom), Luke Evans (Scott), and édgar Ramírez (Dr. Kamal Abdic).

Expected release date: Oct. 7, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was written by British author and film producer, J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander). The 2001 novel tells the tale of the magical creatures that live in Harry Potter's universe. It is the Magizoology (study of magical creatures) textbook Harry Potter read when he first got to school. It takes place 70 years before Harry opens the book, in a secret community in New York, filled with wizards and witches.

Cast: Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Ezra Miller (Credence), Colin Farrell (Graves), Jon Voight (Henry Shaw Sr.), Katherine Waterston (Porpentina Goldstein), Ron Pearlman (Gnarlack), and Samantha Morton (Mary Lou).

Expected release date: Nov. 18, 2016

Luckiest Girl Alive

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The Luckiest Girl Alive was written by the former Senior Editor of Cosmopolitan, Jessica Knoll. As an adult, Ani FaNelli leads a fabulous life, filled with a handsome rich fiancé, a glamorous job, and an enviable wardrobe. Life hasn't always been this sweet for her. Traumatic experiences plagued Ani's teenage years and the memories of her past have found their way into her present adult life.

Cast: TBA

Expected release date: TBA

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was written by American author Ransom Riggs. The 2011 novels surrounds 16-year-old Jacob Portman who travels to Wales in an attempt to learn more about his grandfather Abraham Portman, after he's murdered. He discovers his grandfather grew up in an orphanage for kids with special abilities. With the help of time travel, he meets the orphanage director, Miss Peregrine, and more "peculiar children."

Cast: Asa Butterfield (Jacob Portman), Eva Green (Miss Peregrine), Ella Purnell (Emma Bloom), Samuel L. Jackson (Barron), Allison Janney (Dr. Golan), Judi Dench (Miss Avocet), Chris O'Dowd (Franklin Portman), and Terence Stamp (Abraham Portman).

Expected release date: Dec. 25, 2016 (Christmas Day)

A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls was written by American author and journalist, Patrick Ness, and illustrated by Jim Kay. The novel comes from an idea by British writer and activist, Siobhan Dowd. Set in present-day England, the story follows a 13-year-old boy named Connor who's having trouble coping with the realities of his mum's terminal cancer. Connor is haunted by a monster at the same time every night. After asking the tree monster for help, the monster abides, but only if they each share three personal stories.

Cast: Lewis MacDougall (Connor), Felicity Jones (Mum), Liam Neeson (the Monster), Sigourney Weaver (Grandma), and Toby Kebbell (Dad).

Expected release date: Oct. 14, 2016


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Nerve was written by Jeanne Ryan. The fiction novel follows Vee, who is chosen to partake in an anonymous online game of extreme truth or dare called NERVE. She is teamed up with a boy named Ian. Their popularity grows as they continue to excel at every request. Things get dangerous when their lives are put on the line with five other contestants for the ultimate grand prize. How are will Vee go before she loses her nerve?

Cast: Emma Roberts (Vee), Dave Franco (Ian), Samira Wiley (Azhar), Emily Meade (Sydney), and Miles Heizer (Tommy).

Expected release date: TBA

The Circle

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The Circle was written by writer and publisher, David Eggers. The 2013 novel explores the life of of tech-worker Mae Holland as she starts a new job at an elite Internet company known as The Circle. Things start to fall a part when she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious man named Kaiden.

Cast: Emma Watson (Mae Holland), John Boyega (Kaiden), Tom Hanks (Bailey), Karen Gillan (Annie), and Ellar Coltrane (Mercer).

Expected release date: TBA

The Zookeeper's Wife

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The Zookeeper's Wife was written by poet and naturalist, Diane Ackerman. The non-fiction book follows the diary of Antonina Żabińska, recounting the true story of how she and her husband, Jan Żabiński, rescued 300 Jews who were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Cast: Jessica Chastain (Antonina Zabinska), Johan Heldenbergh (Jan Zabinski), Daniel Brühl (Lutz Heck), Anna Rust (The Zebra Woman), and Iddo Goldberg (Maurycy Fraenkel).

Expected release date: TBA

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was written by Seth Grahame-Smith. The 2009 parody novel combines Jane Austen's 1813 classic work, Pride and Prejudice, with intense zombie fiction.

Cast: Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet), Lena Headey (Lady Catherine de Bourgh), Douglass Booth (Mr. Bingley), Charles Dance (Mr. Bennet), Suki Waterhouse (Kitty Bennet), Matt Smith (Mr. Collins), Sam Riley (Mr. Darcy), Bella Heathcote (Jane Bennet), and Sally Phillips (Mrs. Bennet).

Expected release date: Feb. 5, 2016

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