2019 is shaping up to be a huge year in film. Ten years of the Avengers’ box-office domination will come a huge, climactic end… only to begin again with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Zachary Levi will be donning the distinctive off-the shoulder cape of a superhero that confusingly used to be called Captain Marvel but is now known as Shazam!. And those of you who like singing along with their movies can look forward to a sequel to 2013 mega-hit Frozen. As for the rest? Get clicking and get hyped about 34 of the biggest movies set for release in 2019.
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy
A sequel not only for Bruce Willis’s offbeat superhero flick Unbreakable, but also the James McAvoy-led horror hit Split that brings together the main characters of both of those films in what promises to be a weird, wildly original mash-up. Expect grounded, realistic superheroics, one of Shyamalan signature twists, and some controversy about Willis’s character being given the decidedly dodgy superhero name ‘Overseer.’
Expected release date: January 18, 2019
2- CHAOS WALKING
Directed by: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo, Cynthia Erivo
A high-concept science fiction film, the first of a projected trilogy, takes us to a world without women, where we can assume that the presence of Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley is going to come as a surprise to Spider-Man star Tom Holland. Sounds bonkers, but the YA book is terrific and Edge of Tomorrow sounded bonkers too, yet director Doug Liman did a lovely job on that…’
Expected release date: March 1, 2019
3- ANNABELLE 3
Directed by:Gary Dauberman
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman
Little is known so far about this currently-untitled third film in the series spinning off from The Conjuring. With The Crooked Man on his way and The Nun still raking in the cash despite indifferent reviews it looks like this spooky doll series is blossoming into a fully-fledged cinematic universe. Expect ‘more of the same.’
Expected release date: July 3, 2019
No-one could accuse Warner Bros of being predictable with the way they’re mining their rights to DC Comics. Surefire hit Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back to 2020, but we are getting this standalone feature explaining the backstory of Batman’s arch-enemy set in a Mean Streets evocation of Gotham City in the 1980s. Dante Pereira-Olson (You Were Never Really Here) plays a very young Bruce Wayne, but the real star will be Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
Expected release date: October 4, 2019
5- TERMINATOR 6
Yes, they’re still making Terminator movies. Because we’re still going to see them. This next entry in the canon, the currently-untitled sixth, will dispense with the dead weight of Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys and instead be pitched as a direct sequel to the still fabulous Terminator 2. Not only will we get some CGI trickery to put a young Arnie on screen, but we’ll also get a ‘youthed-up’ CGI Edward Furlong too. Could go either way, this one. We’ll all go see it though, right?
Expected release date: November 1, 2019
Get Out director Peele is keeping the plot of his second feature firmly under wraps, so all we know about the film so far is its impressive cast. The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss has described it as a “thought-provoking popcorn movie”. So there’s that.
Expected release date: March 15, 2019
7- THE ADDAMS FAMILY
This apparently unnecessary remake of the still-perfectly-good ’90s Barry Sonnenfield movies redeems itself with some slick animation that evokes the style of Charles Addams’s classic New Yorker cartoons and an absolutely stellar voice cast. It’s an outside bet for the big hit of 2019’s Halloween season.
Expected release date: October 18, 2019
7- ZOMBIELAND 2
Belated sequels are so commonplace these days it’s barely worth remarking on, but Zombieland 2 will come a full decade after the first film in the series. All of the main cast are back to reprise their roles and you can stake your life on a surprise celebrity cameo to match the appearance of Bill Murray in Zombieland. We’re also promised ‘evolved’ zombies. What does that mean? We’ll find out in October
Expected release date: October 11, 2019