The most anticipated upcoming movies of 2019

Every year there's more and more upcoming movies you need to keep track of and while that's no bad thing, it can be a little daunting. After all, you don't want to miss the biggest blockbusters of the year, but you also don't want to be the only person not to see the most talked about indie offerings as well. That's where we come in. To make sure you don't miss a single exciting release, here's our list of the most anticipated upcoming movies of the year.

You'll find some of the biggest and best new movies of 2019 here, from superhero offerings like Shazam! and Avengers: Endgame, to must-see actioners like John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum and Terminator: Dark Fate, not to mention those films floating under the radar like Tolkien and Brightburn. 

Whether you just care about catching every MCU movie coming out this year (don't forget Spider-Man: Far From Home), or you're looking for something new to check out in the cinema this week (Dumbo is very nearly here), we've got you covered. Just read on and explore the best upcoming movies of 2019.

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An image from upcoming movie Dumbo

Release date: March 29, 2019

Disney continues its run of live-action remakes in 2019 with a reimagining of childhood classic, Dumbo, from legendary director Tim Burton. The story of a baby elephant with enormous ears, who is ripped away from its mother and forced to perform in a circus where it's discovered he can fly, may not sound like live-action material, but Burton is beefing up the upcoming movie's star-power with a superb cast. 

Danny DeVito is playing the circus owner Max Medici who employs Colin Farrell’s former star Holt Farrier and his children Milly and Joe (played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins respectively) to care for Dumbo. Once the laughingstock of the struggling circus, he becomes a star when everyone realises he can fly and attracts the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, played by Michael Keaton. Oh, and did I mention that Eva Green is also on-board as acrobat Colette Marchant? The trailer proves that, if nothing else, that Disney has spared no expense when it comes to this magical re-telling and this could just be the start with The Lion King and Aladdin live-action remakes coming this year too...

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An image from the upcoming movie Shazam!

Release date: April 5, 2019

Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Universe is kicking things off in 2019 with a Shazam! movie. Yes, really. This might seem like an odd choice from the universe which bought us the oh-so-serious Batman v Superman and the excellent-but-not-exactly-a-laugh-a-minute Wonder Woman, but perhaps embracing its more ridiculous side is exactly what the DCEU needs right now? 

Directed by horror filmmaker David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi and Asher Angel as Shazam/Billy Batson - a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero using the magic word "Shazam". Done right this movie sounds like it could be just what the DCEU needs, and we've now had a few trailers (the latest of which shows that it isn't just powers which make the superhero), which seems to prove just that. Plus, the first Shazam! reactions are hella positive! 

Read more: Big meets Superman? Why Shazam! could be the best DCEU movie since Wonder Woman

Pet Sematary

An image from upcoming movie Pet Sematary

Release date: April 4, 2019 (UK)/April 5, 2019 (US)

Whether it's down to the success of 2017's It movie, or a resurgence in chillingly good horror films, we're getting another Stephen King adaptation/remake this year. I say adaptation/remake because, just like It, upcoming movie Pet Sematary is both an adaptation of the original best-selling novel, as well as a remake of the first movie, which hit cinemas back in 1989. 

Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer - who are most well-known for Starry Eyes and the Scream TV series - it tells the gruesome tale of a family who move to the countryside only to be met with horror and despair. Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, the first trailer for the movie does a decent job of setting the scene for this disturbing tale. *Shudder*

Read more: The 20 best Stephen King movies you need to see (but can't unsee)


An image from upcoming movie Hellboy

Release date: April 11, 2019 (UK)/April 12, 2019 (US)

You might be wondering why we need another Hellboy adaptation when we already have Guillermo del Toro's fantastic 2004 offering and superb sequel The Golden Army, but hear me out. This upcoming movie stars Stranger Things' Hopper as the big red guy. Yes, David Harbour is Hellboy and he's joined by Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, and Daniel Dae Kim. 

Originally imagined as a sequel to The Golden Army, del Toro declined to return to direct, which led to original actor Ron Perlman pulling out as well. Once The Descent's Neil Marshall was bought on to helm the project, Hellboy 2019 was reimagined as an R-rated reboot, which is something we definitely want to see. Admittedly, the first trailer wasn't great and garnered mixed reactions from fans, but the second trailer has us convinced it's worth a watch. 

Avengers: Endgame

An image from upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame

Release date: April 25, 2019 (UK)/April 26, 2019 (US)

This is one upcoming movie that needs no introduction. The sequel to the epic Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame will pick up where its predecessor left off. So basically, with half the universe dead. The Russo brothers are directing again and everyone who didn't die in Infinity War is back (plus, some that did probably) and we've now had three trailers (the first Avengers: Endgame trailer, the Super Bowl trailer, and the third and maybe finale Avengers: Endgame trailer), which paint a very bleak picture of the world post-Snap.

Tony Stark is lost in space, Hawkeye has gone rogue, and although Cap and Black Widow have some sort of plan to save everyone, it's not looking good. Thankfully though, Captain Marvel has joined the MCU and is ready to kick Thanos' butt. Elsewhere, we (sort of) have a synopsis, some sneaky set photos, and the confirmation of the Soul Stone theory, which hints at a time travel element to the film. One thing we know for sure is, not everyone is making it out of Phase 3 alive!

Read more: The best Avengers: Endgame theories explained, analysed, and explored


Release date: May 3, 2019 (UK)/May 10, 2019 (US)

The man behind the world-famous fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings is getting his own movie this year. No, not Peter Jackson; legendary author J. R. R. Tolkien. Given the popularity of Jackson's movie trilogy, the slightly less well received The Hobbit films, and the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show coming to Amazon Prime soon, it was only a matter of time before Tolkien got his own film adaption. 

With Nicholas Hoult playing Tolkien himself and Lily Collins playing his future wife Edith Bratt, this upcoming movie has more than enough star power to entice audiences. Aiming to show the real life experiences, which inspired The Lord of the Rings novels, the film "explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school". As the trailer shows, it isn't always a happy story as war threatens to tear Tolkien and his "fellowship" apart.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

An image from upcoming movie John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Release date: May 17, 2019

Chad Stahelski will conclude the hit action trilogy he started with John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 with John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum this year. Why the added subtitle? Apparently, Parabellum means "prepare for war," so make of that what you will. Keanu Reeves returns as the technically-retired-but-still-kinda-killing-a-lot-of-people assassin who loves dogs, and from the looks of the most recent trailer, he's still getting himself into trouble... and there's still dogs

Picking up after Wick is ‘excommunicated’ from the criminal underworld in Chapter 2, he's now on the run in New York with a $14 million price tag on his head! Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick are all back for more action in Chapter 3, but they're also joined by Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Orange is the New Black’s Asia Kate Dillon, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jason Mantzoukas. 

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An image from upcoming movie Aladdin

Release date: May 22, 2019 (UK)/May 24, 2019 (US)

Another Disney classic getting a live-action remake in 2019 is Aladdin from director Guy Ritchie, but despite the far-reaching love for the '90s animated film about a street rat with a heart of gold, not everyone is convinced. Admittedly, all we've seen so far are some exclusive images, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (see one above), but they do give off more of a more panto than promising vibe. 

Will Smith is taking on the role of the all-powerful genie and despite the obvious pressure (the late, great Robin Williams voiced the iconic genie in the animated classic), he feels confident he can do the character justice. "Because the Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything," he tells EW. "So I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different and just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete." He's joined by the relatively unknown Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Oh, and don’t worry, Abu is back too!


An image from upcoming movie Brightburn

Release date: May 24, 2019

James Gunn might be taking a break from directing after being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but he's far from done with the superhero genre if his latest project is anything to go by. Produced by Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky, upcoming movie Brightburn seeks to put a sinister twist on the superhero genre with the tale of a young boy called Brandon. 

The trailer seems to ask, 'what if Superman... but evil', as it outlines the tale of an alien baby who crashes to Earth and is adopted by a couple who live on a farm. Sound familiar? Brightburn definitely seems to be rifting of the original Superman origin story, but with one key difference; Brandon isn't using his powers for good. Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play Brandon's human parents who are struggling to keep him on the right path as his powers intensify, but Brightburn is more a horror than a hero story. 


An image from upcoming movie Rocketman

Release date: May 24, 2019 (UK)/May 31, 2019 (US)

Given the box office success and award-winning glory of last year's Bohemian Rhapsody, it's perhaps unsurprisingly that we're getting a Elton John movie this year. Produced by the singer himself, along with his partner David Furnish, and directed by Sunshine on Leith’s Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman stars Taron Egerton as the English popstar during his early years. 

Also starring Bodyguard’s Richard Madden as John’s manager John Reid, Jamie Bell as his lyricist Bernie Taupin, and Bryce Dallas Howard as his mother Sheila Eileen, Egerton has described the upcoming movie as more of a "fantasy musical" than a straight-forward biopic. We've since has the first trailer, which shows such a spectacular version of events that even non-Elton John fans will want to see it.

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