Scots actors will star in big roles on the silver screen in 2013.

To ensure you don't miss anything, here are some of the films that Scots will be taking the lead in this year.

We've also put together a list of some of the year's top television, music, literature and theatre highlights. To see these click on the links below.

Loading article content



The Hobbit

Following the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December 2012, the second part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug will hit cinemas in 2013. The film follows the dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf as they continue their journey to get their gold back off of the dragon, Smaug. It features a stellar cast of Scots actors including Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Billy Connolly and Ken Stott.

Release date: December 2013


The adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth will be unveiled in cinemas nationwide in 2013. The film is directed by Jon S Baird and tells the story of a bipolar bigoted junkie cop who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. It stars James McAvoy, Shirley Henderson, John Sessions, Iain De Caestecker, Emun Elliot and Martin Compston.

Release date: Spring 2013

Sunshine on Leith

The film adaptation of the musical based on the songs of the Proclaimers hits cinemas later this year. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and follows the highs and lows of two soldiers returning from Afghanistan. It stars Peter Mullan, Freya Mavor and Paul Brannigan.

Release date: To be confirmed

Not Another Happy Ending

Karen Gillan makes her big screen debut in this tale about a struggling publisher who faces financial ruin unless he can help his only successful author overcome her writers block. Directed by John McKay, the film also stars Iain De Caestecker, Freya Mavor and Amy Manson.

Release Date: To be confirmed

Jack the Giant Slayer

X-Men director Brian Singer’s modern day take on a fairy tale stars Ewan McGregor as Elmont, the leader of the King’s elite guards. The film tells the tale of a young farmer who, when the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.

Release date: March 22

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Ray Park returns as Snake Eyes in the follow-up to 2009’s G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobras. Channing Tatum reprises his role as Captain Duke Hauser, while Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnston join the cast for this second outing in which the G.I Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra but contending with threats from within the Government that jeopardise their very existence.

Release date: March 27

Olympus has Fallen

Gerard Butler stars in Antoine Fugua’s latest film about a former secret service agent who is working to prevent a terrorist attack on the White House.

Release date: April 19

World War Z

Brad Pitt’s latest blockbuster is a film adaptation of Max Brookes’ post-apocalyptic novel which charts the history of the zombie wars. The movie was shot in Glasgow and directed by Marc Forester. It follows Pitt who plays a UN employee racing against time and fate as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie pandemic.

Release date: June 21

Kick-Ass 2

Following the successful film adaptation of Kick-Ass in 2010, our masked heroes return for a second outing. The film follows teenage hero Kick-Ass as he joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. It is based on the popular comic books of Mark Millar, who is now the creative consultant for Marvel movies.

Release date: July 19

The Wee Man

A cast of Scots actors including Martin Compston, Paul Donnelly, Claire Grogan, John Hannah and Denis Lawson star in this film, which is based on the true life story of Glaswegian gangster Paul Ferris.

Release date: January 18




Top Scots on TV for 2013: what to watch

Top gigs in Scotland in 2013: the best concerts

Top Scottish bands’ gigs for 2013: homegrown musical talent

Top Scottish albums for 2013: the best new releases

Top Scottish books for 2013: the literary highlights

Top Scottish theatre for 2013: stage in the spotlight