1. Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson needs no introduction, as he has blown our minds countless times over the course of his stellar career. From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975 and all the way to 2005’s The Departed, Nicholson has built a rock-solid reputation. Who can forget his iconic role in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining (1980) or his brilliantly mischievous characters in 1987’s The Witches of Eastwick and 1994’s Wolf? The Bucket List from 2007 seemed to be his last film, but just to remind us who we’re dealing with, he made an appearance in 2010’s I’m Still Here. The last feature film that Nicholson was seen in was How Do You Know from 2010. But now, after eight long years without Jack Nicholson’s infamous grin on the big screen, the master is making a long-awaited comeback. He stars alongside Kristen Wiig in one of 2018’s biggest remakes, Toni Erdmann, which is going to be Hollywood’s take on the German hit of the same name from 2016.
2. Nicolas Cage
Nic Cage is one of Hollywood’s most controversial actors. Long gone are the days when Cage played mild-mannered policeman Charlie Lang who won the lottery and shared his prize with his waitress. This was 1995’s It Could Happen to You, one of the best lottery films of all time, one of the most romantic movies ever made, and clearly Cage’s popularity peak. During the ’90s, Cage was unbeatable. He had the leading role in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990), Michael Bay’s The Rock (1996), Jerry Bruckheimer’s Con Air (1997), Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes (1998), and Joel Schumacher’s 8MM (1999). This was clearly the golden age of Nic Cage, but it all came crashing down when he began making some very odd film choices, like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) and The Season of the Witch (2011). While Cage was not exactly out of sight in the last few years, he was most definitely out of mind. But in 2018, Nicolas Cage seems to be making a full-on comeback, with no less than 5 action movies. Could this be the year when Cage makes us forget all about The Season of the Witch? Well, we certainly hope so. Fingers crossed for Mr. Cage!
3. Meg Ryan
It looks like Nicolas Cage is not the only ’90s bigshot making a comeback this year. Alongside him will be Meg Ryan, who once was America’s sweetheart. It all began with When Harry Met Sally back in 1989. The entire world fell in love with Meg Ryan and the romance continued all throughout the ’90s. When Sleepless in Seattle was released in 1993, everyone was head over heels with this blonde girl next door. The love story continued with When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), City of Angels (1998) opposite Nic Cage, and reached its peak with You’ve Got Mail (1998), which is to this day revered as one of the most romantic movies ever made. After that, 2001’s Kate and Leopold fell somewhat short of the fans’ expectations, which was the beginning of the Meg Ryan disappearance act. Over the last few years, she’s only made guest appearances here and there, but there was nothing to bring her back into the limelight. But in 2018, Meg Ryan is going to be big news again, as she is going to star in one of the year’s most awaited TV series, Brad Hall’s Picture Paris.
Bonus – 2018 brings the comeback of all comebacks with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci. This action-filled drama tells the story of a hitman who may have been involved in the mysterious murder of Jimmy Hoffa. As a fun fact for our list, Jack Nicholson played Jimmy Hoffa himself in Danny DeVito’s Hoffa. So, enjoy 2018, everyone, because it’s going to be a rollercoaster!