The start of a new year means there's lots of upcoming movies to get excited about, so why not ease yourself into 2019 with our breakdown of the most anticipated films of the year?
From superhero blockbusters and horror flicks, to anime remakes and Netflix Originals, we've got every upcoming movie worth watching out for over the next 12 months below. Every entry includes information about the release date (US and UK), any new images or trailers you need to know about, and why we're so excited for the flick, so you'll feel well and truly prepared for the year ahead.
It's the ultimate movie calendar for any film fan who wants to plan their year ahead and, I don't know if you've noticed or not, but 2019 is going to be a goooooood year for movie-goers.
M. Night Shyamalan is kicking of the year with Glass before Captain Marvel bursts onto the scene with the first new Marvel movie of the year. From there it only gets better with Jordan Peele’s thriller Us, DCEU’s Shazam!, the Pet Sematary remake, the Hellboy R-rated reboot, and Avengers 4: Endgame, which will (hopefully) see some of our favourite superheroes brought back to life.
And that only takes us up to April... There's still John Wick 3, Dark Phoenix, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Top Gun: Maverick, It: Chapter 2, Star Wars 9 and more to look forward to this year.
Read on and find out everything you need to know about the most anticipated upcoming movies of the year.
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Release date: January 18, 2019
When M. Night Shyamalan’s Split hit cinemas in 2016 all anyone could talk about (other than James McAvoy’s incredible performance) was the Bruce Willis cameo at the end of the movie, which confirmed a shared universe with 2000’s Unbreakable. Now we have a third movie coming this year, which will also be part of the same world, called Glass.
Unbreakable fans will know exactly who the subject of this film is, but if you haven’t seen it before, I’d definitely recommend watching it asap. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice to say, Glass focuses on one of its characters who is played by Samuel L. Jackson. Sarah Paulson is joining Jackson (as well as McAvoy and Willis who will both reprise their roles from Split and Unbreakable), and the most recent trailer reveals that all three of them are being kept in a facility for those who believe they have super powers. But not for long...
Alita: Battle Angel
Release date: February 6, 2019 (UK)/February 14, 2019 (US)
In development thanks to James Cameron for around 20 years, Alita: Battle Angel - an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s 1990-1995 manga, Gunnm - is one of the most exciting upcoming movies of 2019 just by nature of the fact that it actually exists now. Finally ready for release, thanks to Robert Rodriguez stepping into script-edit and directing duties based on Cameron’s original notes, it tells the story of cyborg Alita (Rosa Salazar), rescued and put back together by Dr Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who has no memory of who she is or where she's come from.
Given Gunnm’s nine-book run and pre-existing anime adaptation, there’s a lot of material to draw from, and the latest trailer reveals more of the mysterious plot as well as the look of the film. The junky, despairing world-building evokes the original work brilliantly, and Alita herself has come to life with an affectingly unreal sense of reality. Colour us hyped!
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Release date: February 8, 2019
Remember that weird Lego movie that came out a few years ago and was far funnier than it had any right to be? Well, we’re getting a sequel in 2019 and it’s called (*drum roll*) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Directed by Mike Mitchell, who made Trolls, the sequel will be produced and written by the original movie’s directing duo, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and will follow on directly from the first film.
Expect to see The Lego Movie’s original cast return, including Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell, as well as new addition, Tiffany Haddish who will be playing a "key new character". The sequel will apparently deal with issues of gender as real boy Finn (Jadon Sand) is joined by his little sister who loves Duplo, and as you can see from the trailer, the Lego characters and their Duplo cousins don't necersarily play well together.
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Release date: March 8, 2019
The first of this year’s Marvel movies will see Brie Larson take centre stage as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the MCU’s very first female-led superhero film. And, as if that isn't enough of a reason to put this flick at the top of your must-watch list, it will also probably explain why Nick Fury pages Captain Marvel in the Avengers: Infinity War post-credit scene leading into Endgame later this year.
Set in the ‘90s, Larson is joined by Samuel L. Jackson as a young Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as a young Agent Coulson, Lee Pace and Djimon Honsou, who are reprising their Guardians of the Galaxy villainous roles as Ronan and Korath, and new MCU faces Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lashana Lynch. Directed by Mississippi Grind duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, it will focus on the Skrull-Kree war from the comics, and we recently had a third look trailer, which showcases Captain Marvel's impressive powers and gives us a better look at baddies, the Skrulls.
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Release date: March 15, 2019
Us is the next film from Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele and as if that wasn't enough of a reason to put this upcoming movie at the top of your must-watch list, it stars Black Panther's Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, and Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. We were finally treated to a trailer on Christmas Day and suffice to say, it gave us chills.
There's also an official synopsis, which states: "A mother and a father take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited." While it doesn't give much away, it's clear that Us will have the same thriller edge, which made Get Out so successful and honestly, we can't wait.
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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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 had a first trailer for the movie (courtesy of San Diego Comic Con 2018), which seems to prove just that!
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Release date: April 5, 2019
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*
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Release date: April 12, 2019
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. We've recently had the first trailer, but it garnered a mixed reaction from fans who aren't convince yet.
Release date: April 26, 2019
This is one upcoming movie that needs no introduction. The sequel to the epic Avengers: Infinity War (and originally called Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2), Avengers: Endgame will pick up where its predecessor left off. So basically, with half the universe dead. The Russo brothers are directing again and filming has wrapped, so Endgame already exists in one form or another, but up until recently, Marvel Studios weren't telling us anything.
And then, after waiting for what felt like forever, we finally got our first look in the form of a teaser trailer! Tony Stark is lost in space, Hawkeye has gone rogue, and Cap and Black Widow have some sort of plan to save everyone, as the Avengers 4 trailer outlines the heartbreak post-Infinity War. 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 MCU movie to end all MCU movies. After Endgame, we're into Marvel's Phase 4 and the unknown!
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