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The most exciting upcoming movies of 2019 and 2020

Jojo Rabbit

An image from Jojo Rabbit, one of the most exciting upcoming movies

(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

Release date: October 18, 2019 (US)/January 3, 2020 (UK)

Hot off the back of Thor: Ragnarok, one of the very best Marvel movies, and the similarly wonderful What We Do In The Shadows, Taika Waititi’s next choice of movie to direct probably isn’t what most people were expecting. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got the potential to be wonderful.

Based on Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies, it’s the World War 2-set story of a young German boy (Jojo) who finds out his mother’s hiding a Jewish girl in the attic. But there’s a weird twist in the tale, because Jojo has an imaginary friend who just happens to be Adolf Hitler. And is played by Waititi himself. “I didn’t base him on anything I’d seen about Hitler before,” he told Deadline. “I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a shitty little moustache. And a mediocre German accent.”

Waititi’s assembled an impressive cast for his latest movie, with Marvel’s Scarlett Johansson, Three Billboards…’ Sam Rockwell, Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, Leave No Trace’s Thomasin McKenzie and The Office’s Stephen Merchant. Don’t be surprised if this one is in Oscar contention in 2020…

The Addams Family

A poster image from upcoming movie The Addams Family

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Release date: October 11, 2019 (US)/October 25, 2019 (UK)

If Thanos was responsible for the finger snap that dominated the first half of 2019, the loudest clicks in the back end of the year will belong to The Addams Family. Yes, the world’s most creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and ooky family are back on the big screen for the first time since 1993 (1998’s Addams Family Reunion was a straight-to-video affair) and this time they’re animated.

That means the heavily stylised character designs can lean can closer to their cartoon origins in the The New Yorker magazine than they ever did in the live-action movies, while director Conrad Vernon (Monsters V Aliens, Sausage Party) has recruited an impressive voice cast. Oscar Isaac plays dad Gomez, Charlize Theron is mum Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz is daughter Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things and It) is son Pugsley, Nick Kroll is the eccentric Uncle Fester and Bette Midler plays Grandma. I, Tonya Oscar-winner Allison Janney is on villain duties as morally dubious reality TV host Margaux Needler – and as the first trailer proves, that famous theme tune is going to be stuck in your head for months. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Angelina Jolie in upcoming movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

(Image credit: Disney)

Release date: October 18, 2019

After a five-year wait, we're finally getting a Maleficent sequel this year! It feels like a long time since we saw the Angelina Jolie-starring fantasy film, which put a different spin on one of the most iconic Disney villains of all time, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited for the follow-up, which promises to continue the story of Sleeping Beauty's nemesis. 

According to the official plot synopsis, the film will dive deeper into Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty Aurora's complex relationship as they “form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within”. The first trailer  shows Jolie ramping the evil up to 11, alongside a returning Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith. Expect Maleficent: Mistress of Evil to enchant audiences when it magics its way into cinemas this October.

Terminator: Dark Fate

An image from upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate

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Release date: October 23 (UK)/November 1, 2019 (US)

We've been here before and ended up disappointed, but this time 20th Century Fox promises a Terminator reboot which we can all enjoy. While most fans remain sceptical after Terminator Salvation and Terminator: Genisys, we can't help but get a little bit hyped as Terminator 6 has two things every movie since Terminator 2: Judgment Day has lacked: original star Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and James Cameron back on the creative team.

And you know what? The first trailer for Deadpool director Tim Miller’s upcoming movie is really promising. There’s a badass Sarah Connor, Mackenzie Davis as augmented cyborg fighter Grace, Natalia Reyes as Terminator target Dani Ramos, Diego Luna as the latest robot killer of the Skynet production line, and a bearded Arnold Schwarzenegger seemingly playing his age – no news yet on whether this model Terminator is good or bad.

The film will reportedly act as a direct sequel to T2. “This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2,” Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter. “And we're pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.” 

Dammit Fox! You've got our hopes up.

Read more: "Arnold invited Guns n' Roses over for dinner" - How Terminator 2 came to be

Doctor Sleep

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Release date: October 31, 2019 (UK)/November 8, 2019 (US)

If you'd have told us a few years ago that we'd be getting a sequel to one of the best horror movies of all time, The Shining, we'd had thought you'd spent too much time alone in a haunted hotel. Okay, technically we're getting an adaptation of Stephen King's sequel novel Doctor Sleep, but it is coming – and a lot sooner than we initially thought. 

Originally scheduled for 2020, this upcoming movie has been brought forward considerably, which bodes well for a film that will follow a grown up and still psychic Danny Torrance, who gets involved with a cult that preys on young children who 'shine'. Even better, Ewan McGregor has signed on to play the grown-up Danny and it's being written and directed by Mike Flanagan who brought us the excellent Haunting of Hill House last year. The first trailer is online now.

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

Charlie's Angels

An image from Charlie’s Angels, one of the most exciting upcoming movies of 2019

(Image credit: Sony)

Release date: November 15, 2019

The thing about popular franchises is they tend to keep bouncing back. Since its ’70s heyday, Charlie’s Angels has been rebooted on both big and small screens, so it was kind of inevitable that someone would have another crack at reinventing the female-fronted spy adventure show. This time the spymaster general is director Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2), who’s recruited Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska to go out on missions for the Townsend Agency – you can see them in action in the new trailer

Banks is playing the Angels’ handler Bosley. Djimon Hounsou is also playing Bosley. And so is Patrick Stewart. And that’s not a miscalculation on Banks’s part. “‘Bosley’ is now a rank in the organisation, like lieutenants,” Banks tells Entertainment Weekly (who also have an exclusive photo of the new line-up). “All of the Angels have been played by different women and have had different names, but the Bosley character was always named Bosley no matter who played him. We thought, ‘Well, that must mean it’s more than a name.’” 

Makes sense, seeing as this isn’t so much a reboot or a remake as a “continuation” of the original series and the Cameron Diaz/Drew Barrymore/Lucy Liu-fronted movies of the early 2000s – with more than just a single trio of Angels. “If you were rich in 1976, you only got richer,” says Banks. “Charles Townsend is richer than ever, so he’s grown the business into a global spy agency.”

Frozen 2

An image from upcoming movie Frozen 2

Release date: November 22, 2019

Go on, admit it. You love Frozen and you're more excited than you care to admit about its sequel. This Disney movie may still have princesses and a talking snowman sidekick, but the House of Mouse has upped its game considerably in recent years, bringing us more feminist fantasy tales that appeal to both kids and grown-ups alike. Now Frozen 2 is on the way and it promises more adventure, more danger, and more catchy tunes to get stuck in everyone's head. 

The latest Frozen 2 trailer gives us our first real hint of the movie’s plot, with Elsa and Anna heading north to understand Elsa's deep-freeze powers, powers that may just be essential for the future survival of Arendelle... 

Alongside the royal sisters, old favourites Kristoff, Sven, Grand Pabbie and enchanted snowman Olaf are all back for the (sleigh?) ride, while there's a hint that Frozen 2 will be a little darker than its predecessor – which kind of makes sense when you consider its littlest fans have grown up a fair bit since the first movie became a phenomenon in 2013. Expect your sons, daughters, nephews and nieces to be booking your seats as soon as Frozen 2 tickets become available to pre-order.

Jumanji: The Next Level

An image from Jumanji: The Next Level, one of the most exciting upcoming movies of 2019

(Image credit: Sony)

Release date: December 13, 2019

A sequel to a 20-year-old Robin Williams vehicle about a kid trapped in a board game, 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle didn’t have “sure thing” written all over it. But the movie turned out to be such a big hit that a follow-up became pretty much inevitable.

The first trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level has just landed, and shows that the movie is set to play around with its predecessor’s formula. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are all back in action, while Danny DeVito and Danny Glover play a pair of older guys who find themselves zapped into the videogame that really is bad for your health. The twist is that Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan aren't necessarily avatars for the same people this time out. Ever wondered what it would be like if DeVito was in the Rock’s body? Now's your chance to find out...

Jake Kasdan directs once again, and it's all looking rather promising, not least because Jumanji: The Next Level has already made one very smart move – it’s out a week before The Rise of Skywalker, so should avoid getting caught up in that particular box office maelstrom.

Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker

The Resistance heroes in upcoming movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Release date: December 19, 2019 (UK)/December 20, 2019 (US)

Here’s another upcoming movie which needs no introduction: Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker. 2019 will be the year that we get the final film in the final Star Wars episodic trilogy and it’s safe to say that by the time it releases in December, we’ll be more than ready for it! 

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi then you know that the First Order have the upper hand, that Kylo Ren is now Supreme Leader, and that the Resistance are living in each other's pockets on the Millennium Falcon. But beyond what's in the very secretive trailer, a few more tidbits revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2019 (yes, that was Emperor Palpatine's laugh at the end of the teaser), and a few bits and pieces in Vanity Fair's recent Star Wars cover feature, returning The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is playing his sabacc cards very close to his chest. No change there, then...

With principal photography having wrapped, we know that Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran are be back to take the fight to the First Order. We also know that the original trilogy cast will be well represented: Mark Hamill’s back as Luke Skywalker (presumably as a Force ghost), unused footage from The Force Awakens will be used to incorporate the late Carrie Fisher in some way, and Billy Dee Williams will bring Lando Calrissian to the big screen for the first time since Return of the Jedi. There's room for some newbies too: The Americans star Keri Russell as "masked scoundrel” Zorri Bliss, Richard E Grant as Allegiant General Pryde, Naomi Ackie as someone called Jannah and – probably most importantly – a new droid called D-0, who may be in with a shot of out-cuteing BB-8.

Forget the mixed response that greeted Solo: A Star Wars Story – you can rest assured that the Force will be strong with this one...

Read more: The best Star Wars theories you need to know about for Episode 9

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