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This summer will play host to your usual crop of mega budget blockbusters. Jurassic World, Fantastic Four and Ant-Man are just some of the films on the silver screen agenda that prove there’s no comic book too obscure for a multimillion dollar adaptation.

That doesn’t mean you can expect your usual caped crusaders though. From unlikely castings to remakes we thought would never see the light of day, 2015 looks set to introduce us to a new league of interesting (and sometimes funny) on screen heroes, playing the type of characters you will find yourself quoting for a long time to come – kind of like that annoying robot from Interstellar.

Nicholas Hoult In Mad Max: Fury Road

As water and oil run out – something not too far off what California will have to face in the next few years – Mad Max: Fury Road takes place.

That bald guy with the chapped lips and a chest tattoo that looks like a cable knit? That’s Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult (remember him in About A Boy?). He’s the evil henchman-slash-stunt driver who is mostly in charge of wrecking cars and destroying things in this summer’s most promising comic book caper.

Chris Pratt In Jurassic World

Despite the movie’s slightly oddball casting, the real star in Jurassic World is actor and comedian Chris Pratt, who plays the lead. Casting agents and fan girls alike gobbled him up after starring in last year’s sneakily good Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here, Pratt once again plays double bill as the joke cracking Owen Grady, who will most likely have to pick up the pieces (read: human limbs) once the park goes haywire and the dinosaurs break free.

Henry Cavill In The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

After he ‘bulged’ his way into public consciousness with his super suit in 2013’s Man of Steel, Brit actor Henry Cavill is armed this time with more than muscle.

In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., he plays super slick CIA agent Napoleon Solo. What’s most exciting is that now Cavill isn’t bumbling around as Clark Kent or forced to portray emotions as a man of steel, he can flex his surprising comedic skills.

Written and directed by Guy Ritchie, it’s like The Italian Job meets Pinky and the Brain.

Tony Revolori In Dope

He first came to our attention as the try-hard lobby boy in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now, with bags of charm, young actor Tony Revolori is bringing his talents to the streets in Dope, a comedy about a 1990s obsessed geek named Malcolm who lives in the rough hoods of Inglewood, California.

With Revolori starring alongside model Chanel Iman and rapper A$AP Rocky, this is one comedy flick that will be worth a trip to the cinema.

Brenton Thwaites In Ride

Continuing Australia’s exportation of excellent actors is Brenton Thwaites. He’s already starred in big blockbusters The Giver and Maleficent, but now he’s taken a more independent turn.

In Ride he plays Angelo, a youngster who drops out of school to follow him dreams and become a surfer. Sounding slightly cringe-worthy? Don’t worry – it’s directed by screen legend Helen Hunt (Twister), who also plays his mum.

If you like charming, low budget indies with meaning then this is your Orange Wednesday sorted.