Already 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most incredible years in film, with plenty of reboots, sequels and even prequels due to come out and shake things up.
Disney are unveiling new live-action reimaginings of some of their greatest classics as well as finishing the tale of Finn and Rey in Star Wars: Episode IX, but not before Marvel Studios throw us back into the depths of Infinity War as the Avengers take on Thanos once more in Avengers: Endgame. Joining them are some new entrants onto the film scene, with Sonic The Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu and an interesting new superhero due to delight, alongside some highly anticipated new horrors from Adam Robitel and Jordan Peele.
These are the best films to look forward to in 2019, which are you excited for?
Glass (18th January)
Kicking things off will be Glass, the latest edition to the M. Night Shyamalan-universe, bringing in an A-List cast to tie up the stories of David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb and Elijah Price. Bruce Willis will reprise his role as the Unbreakable security guard David Dunn, pursing a superhuman James McAvoy on the run following the events of Split, whilst Samuel L. Jackson returns as the enigmatic Mr. Glass who seems to be pulling all the strings. Joining them is American Horror Story heavyweight Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple, ready to try everything to help these men understand themselves.
Escape Room (1 February)
February opens with a trip into an Escape Room that puts everything on the line, as six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to solve the puzzles that lie ahead. Starring Logan Miller, Tyler Labine, Taylor Russell and Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll, the film looks to be a promising psychological thriller with plenty of intrigue and gore.
Alita: Battle Angel (6 February)
After being pushed back from the summer of 2018, this James Cameron-produced adaptation of the Japanese hit Alita: Battle Angel will finally be hitting theatres in February. Rosa Salazar stars as the powerful cyborg Alita, thrust into a post-apocalyptic world where she must fight and kill to discover her true purpose.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (8 February)
If you’re ready for another round of “Everything is Awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team,” The Lego Movie 2 returns 5 years later to face a new threat: LEGO DUPLO®, invaders from outer space who are wrecking the city faster than they can rebuild. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Alison Brie and Nick Offerman return to reprise, with comedians Tiffany Haddish & Maya Rudolph and Brooklyn 99 star Stephanie Beatriz joining the ranks.
Happy Death Day 2U (14 February)
Two years after Tree Gelbman broke the groundhog-day curse thrust upon her, Tree wakes back up in the inescapable time loop once more, except this time, her friends are targets too… Jessica Rothe stars alongside her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before boyfriend Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine, who is reprising her role as vengeful Lori Spengler.
The Kid Who Would Be King (15 February)
It’s a classic tale of fantasy, magic and good against evil as the legendary wizard Merlin arrives in the modern day to find the true King to save the world against the medieval witch, Morgana. Louis Serkis (yes, that’s Andy Serkis’ son) stars as the young Alex Elliot, a fairly average kid at a fairly average school who just happens to be the only one who can pull King Arthur’s sword Excalibur from the stone.
Captain Marvel (8 March)
After leaving us on the overwhelming cliff-hanger in Infinity War last year, Marvel’s first entrance into 2019 sees Carol Danvers become one of the universe’s most powerful heroes after she becomes caught up in an intergalactic war between two alien races. Starring Brie Larson as the titular hero, Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first ever female-led superhero film after… far too long.
Us (15 March)
After Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking Get Out left audiences reeling, fans were hoping he had more in store for us and it looks like 2019 is going to be the year! Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are set to star in Us, a story about a mother and father taking their family to their beach house when some unexpected visitors arrive and turn their serenity into chaos…
Dumbo (29 March)
A childhood classic returns with a Tim Burton twist as Danny Devito and Colin Farrell to care for a newborn elephant with ears so big it makes him the laughingstock of an already struggling circus. When they discover his secret talent for flight, Dumbo begins to attract the attention of a V.A. Vandevere who recruits him into his new venture, Dreamland, but not everything there is as it seems…
Shazam! (5 April)
Troubled teen Billy Batson is about to move into his seventh foster home in a row when he finds himself transported to a magical realm with a mysterious wizard, who gifts him the power to transform into an adult superhero with godlike powers by uttering one, simple word: Shazam! Together with his new foster brother Freddy Freeman (IT’s Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy must figure out how to use his newfound powers and take down the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
Wonder Park (8 April)
Dive into the dreams of young June Baily, who spent her childhood building an amusement park filled with over-the-top rides and talking animals with her mother (Jennifer Garner), but after getting older and losing that same sense of imagination, June stumbles into the real Wonderland hidden away in the wood. There she learns that the park is being threatened by Chimpanzombies and that her animal friends need her now more than ever. Wonder Park features an all star cast including Matthew Broderick, Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee, Mila Kunis and John Oliver!
Hellboy (12 April)
When he’s not protecting the town of Hawkins from mystical creatures invading from the upside down, David Harbour is donning a pair of horns to star as Hellboy – an immensely powerful demon who works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Together with his team in the BPRD, Hellboy must defeat The Blood Queen Nimue (Milla Jovovich), who seeks to destroy all of humankind.
Avengers: Endgame (26 April)
The Avengers are back in what has to be the most anticipated film of the year, Endgame. After Thanos’ dreaded snap has left the universe decimated, the remaining heroes must figure out how to save those they’ve lost and defeat Thanos once and for all. Except to see all of the series’ biggest stars from Robert Downey Jr. to Brie Larson and Chadwick Boseman in the second part of the most ambitious crossover in history.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (10 May)
In a world where Pokémon and humanity coexist, Ryan Reynolds stars alongside Justice Smith as the world-class detective Pikachu and Tim Goodman, a failed Pokémon trainer and the only person capable of understanding detective Pikachu speak. From the trailer it feels like a little bit of Deadpool, a little bit of childhood nostalgia and a whole lot of incredible visual effects!
Rocketman (24 May)
2018 has seen the world taken over by Queen fever with Rami Malek bringing to life Freddie Mercury in the most incredible way for Bohemian Rhapsody¸ so will Kingsmen’s Taron Egerton manage to do the same for Elton John and Rocketman?
Aladdin (24 May)
Already shaping up to be a legendary addition to the Disney franchise, Will Smith is set to star as the wise cracking Genie who changes Aladdin’s life around with three, magical wishes. Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin breathes new life into the classic tale with a live action re-telling of Aladdin, Jasmine and the evil Jafar, caught up in a bid for the throne once more.
Godzilla: King of Monsters (31 May)
Joining the ranks of sequels and re-tellings this year is Godzilla: King of Monsters as the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against Godzilla and a barrage of enormous monsters all thought to be myths that have risen again, leaving humanity’s existence hanging in the balance. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown stars as the daughter of Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Mark Russell (Kyle Chandle), all vying to save the world from ultimate destruction.
Dark Phoenix (7 June)
Sophie Turner stars as the troubled mutant Jean Gray, corrupted by her incredible powers and threatening the world as the Dark Phoenix, manipulated by the devil on her shoulder, Jessica Chastain. James McAvoy leads the mutants as Charles Xavier, but his decisions regarding the young Jean see many his allegiances hanging in the balance…
Men in Black: International (14 June)
That’s right, the Men in Black and this time they are led by perfect pairing Tessa Thompson and Liam Hemsworth, straight from playing Valkyrie and Thor in the MCU. As Agent M and Agent H, the duo must take down MIB’s greatest ever threat – a mole inside the organisation, with appearances from Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and dancing extraordinaire, Les Twins.
Toy Story 4 (21 June)
Many would agree that Pixar left Toy Story neatly tied up with the end of the trilogy in 2010, so they must have a good reason to be bringing it back in 2019 with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Annie Potts back in their fan favourite roles of Woody Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Jessie. This time however, they’ll be joined by Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves as the gang relaxes into life with their new owner, Bonnie.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (5 July)
The last entrance from Marvel studios for the year will see Tom Holland put on the spidey-suit once again to deal with whatever he’s left with following the events of Avengers: Endgame, so we an at least be fairly confident that he survives… Joining him will be Zendaya as MJ as we watch their relationship deepen, as well as Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, an expert on the Elementals recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to take them down.
The Lion King (19 July)
Although many disagree on whether it’s technically live-action, Disney’s remake of The Lion King certainly kicks it up a notch with a photorealistic re-telling of one of their most popular films ever. Directed by Jon Favreau, the new film boasts one of the most incredible casts of all time, starring Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu and yes, James Earl Jones reprising his role as the iconic voice of Mufasa.
Artemis Fowl (9 August)
As summer comes to a close young Artemis Fowl II must attempt to rescue his criminal father and restore their family fortune as they seek out the existence of fairies. Based on Eoin Colfer’s hit 2001 book of the same name, Kenneth Branagh will direct this coming of age tale of greed and conflict
IT: Chapter 2 (6 September)
After IT became a global hit in late 2017, we return to Derry 27 years after the events of 1989 as Pennywise seeks to claim the lives of The Losers’ Club once more. This time, the excellently cast Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa and James Ransone will portray The Losers’ Club as their adult-selves, whilst the kids from the first film will reprise their roles for flashback scenes with Bill Skarsgård returning as the evil entity, Pennywise.
Joker (4 October)
We’ve had a lot of incredible Jokers over the years, but now Joaquin Phoenix is set to fill Heath Ledger’s boots with a deep dive into the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. Joker will explore how failed comedian Arthur Fleck turns to crime after being rejected by society at every turn, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy starring alongside.
The Addams Family (25 October)
Everyone’s favourite and slightly off-beat family is coming to cinema screens around the country in a new animated venture featuring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Bett Midler and Nick Kroll this October. As the family prepares for their extended relations to arrive for a major celebration, their lives begin to unravel as they have to face off against a greedy TV host.
Terminator 6 (1 November)
We don’t know much about the Terminator reboot except that it’s happening and due out at the start of next November, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger will indeed Be Back as the titular Terminator, with Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor and new arrival Mackenzie Davis joining the franchise as Grace, a soldier-assassin. Recognise her? You may know remember Davis as the shy Yorkie in Black Mirror’s famed San Junipero episode.
Charlie’s Angels (1 November)
Move over Lucy Lui, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, Charlie’s Angels are back with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the crime fighting trio. Writer and Director Elizabeth Banks is set to appear as the mysterious owner and boss of the agency, with Patrick Stewart cast as Bosley and Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo booked for undisclosed roles.
Frozen 2 (22 November)
After smashing expectations with their debut film in 2012, Anna and Elsa have become firm parts of the Disney Princess universe, and as far as we know, they’ll be back on November 22nd to continue their story. Both Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are confirmed to be returning, as well as Jonathan Groff as Kristoff.
Star Wars: Episode IX (20 December)
As we approach December, more things are ending than just the year as the sequel trilogy to Star Wars is set to finish in Episode IX. This time, JJ Abrams is at the helm (which will hopefully set fanboys at ease) to finish of Rey and Kylo’s storyline as they make the ultimate standoff between good and evil.
Cats (20 December)
The classic stage adaption of Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats is now coming to the big screen, and all we know so far is that a huge line of celebrities are set to join The Jellicles including Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo and world-famous dancers and choreographers, Les Twins.