It's almost 2019, folks! And you know what that means: a new calendar stuffed with movie blockbusters. Twelve months of action, comedy, superheroes, more superheroes, and... OK, so it's mostly superheroes.
Yes, it's another year of comic blockbusters, sequels and reboots, mainly from Disney. But there are some original movies coming in 2019 too, from directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Jordan Peele. There's a fair bit of intriguing sci-fi and chilling horror. And an absolute ton of The Rock.
Click through the gallery to meet the big movies for 2019.
It almost goes without saying, but in 2019 the box office will be dominated by comic book adventures. DC's big movie is Marvel introduces us to Brie Larson's for more spacefaring superhero action, before dropping the big one in April -- Avengers 4. What happened after the snap? Infinity War's cliffhanger ending pays off in ., about a wide-eyed teen turned into a muscular hero. And
Marvel's X-Men continue their adventures in Joaquin Phoenix.and teen-centric spin-off , a horror-themed take on the comic book characters that was delayed from 2018. There's also , while old favourites and the get new looks courtesy of and
And there's more to comics than caped crusaders. Look out for gritty crime drama The Kitchen about a group of women who take over their husband's felonious enterprises. And Radioactive, in which Marjane Satrapi, creator of Persepolis, adapts the comic by Lauren Redniss telling the story of Marie Curie.
Time to talk about the elephant in the room -- literally. Disney is continuing its streak of dominating the box office by simply remaking its classic back catalogue, this year starting with. In March, everyone's favourite elephant gets the live-action treatment or, since it's mostly , maybe we should say photo-realistic. Tim Burton is in charge of that one.
Meanwhile, Frozen 2 and in November and June. Plus there's the Marvel movies -- and the small matter of in December.gets the same photo-real makeover in May and in July. So yes, that's a run of three Disney remakes every two months, as well as animated sequels
As if that isn't enough, the house of mouse launches itsin late 2019, which will both stream the company's many classics and remake them too. Whether these remakes land in 2019 or in coming years, look out for new versions of The Rocketeer, 3 Men and a Baby, Father of the Bride, High Fidelity, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, The Parent Trap, The Sword in the Stone, the Mighty Ducks and Monsters Inc. Not to mention episodic spin-offs about , , and a .
We hope you like Disney, is what we're saying.
Sequels and reboots
Outside of Disney's various franchises there are a whole host of other sequels. Third and possibly final outings include Kingsman 3, John Wick 3: Parabellum and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Long-awaited sequels include Son of Shaft and Zombieland Too, while Glass and manage to be both sequels and crossovers.
On the reboot front, we've got new versions of The Addams Family -- with Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia -- and Men in Black, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the new MIB. Plus Elizabeth Banks writes, directs and stars in a new Charlie's Angels. One of the new angels is Naomi Scott, who also stars in Aladdin, making her a good tip for 2019's breakout star.
Elizabeth Banks is also on board Chris Pratt in the brick-built big-screen adventure., once again featuring the voice of
Then there's Ryan Reynolds in some kind of junior Blade Runner fantasy. It'll either be brilliant or incomprehensible, or more likely both.. Possibly the weirdest mainstream movie of the year, Detective Pikachu features
Original and best
Fear not: Amid the sequels, reboots, spin-offs and whatever the heck Detective Pikachu is, there are some actual original movies. Hurray! Possibly the most anticipated movie of the year is Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to the smash hit Get Out. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss, Us is set to be another socially-conscious thriller.
There's always a sizeable amount of anticipation around the release of a new Quentin Tarantino flick, although the early buzz around Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was tempered by the icky subject matter of the Charles Manson murders. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino lead a galaxy of stars, including Margot Robbie and Damian Lewis playing real life stars Sharon Tate and Steve McQueen.
Brad Pitt also stars in sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, in which he's an astronaut searching the galaxy for his missing father. Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche are arthouse astronauts in trippy sci-fi High Life, while aliens cause problems back on Earth in Captive State.
Over on Netflix, Martin Scorsese teams up with his dream cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci for The Irishman, a mob drama about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Think those guys are a little long in the tooth these days? Fuhgeddaboudit! The goodfellas will be digitally de-aged to depict their respective roles at different points in history.
Other book adaptations coming to the big screen for the first time include Alita: Battle Angel, a CG-driven cyberpunk action story adapted from a classic manga by . Meanwhile Spider-Man's Tom Holland teams up with Star Wars star Daisy Ridley for Chaos Walking, based on the young adult novels by Patrick Ness.
These are just the mainstream movies scheduled for 2019: There's also a ton of indie and unusual films expected. For example, January's Sundance Film Festival will debut films like Share, about a girl investigating a mysterious video, and I am Mother, about a girl's friendship with a robot after the apocalypse.
Official Secrets and The Report dramatise real-life stories of whistleblowers during the War on Terror. Speaking of true stories, documentaries at Sundance include The Great Hack, exploring the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, which exposes the shocking fraud behind .; Knock Down the House, about political candidate
All at sea
You know how sometimes two movies come along covering the same subject? In 2019, we're getting not one but two World War 2 naval battle movies.
In the icy Atlantic, we've got Tom Hanks trying to lead a convoy of ships through a deadly pack of marauding enemy U-Boats in Greyhound in March. And over in the sweltering Pacific, Roland Emmerich steers Woody Harrelson and Aaron Eckhart through the pivotal battle of Midway, released on Veterans Day.
Drive my car
Car fans are in for a treat in 2019. Action-comedy Stuber stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista as an Uber driver and his fare, a maverick cop. Meanwhile, the movie with probably the most does-what-it-says-on-the-tin title is Ford v. Ferrari, which puts Christian Bale at the wheel for the story of the .
Whole lot of Rock
Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? Musclebound action hunk Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is clearly a workaholic, filling 2019 with big movies. He's the star of Jungle Cruise -- yes, another Disney film -- as well as the sequel to 2018's surprise hit . He's also in one of the year's many spin-offs when he measures his biceps against Jason Statham as they reprise their Fast and Furious characters Hobbs and Shaw.
To top it off, not only does he star in true-life wrestling movie Fighting with My Family -- he also produced the movie and plays himself, complete with full WWE-era patter.
King of horror
The movie It was a huge hit in 2017, sending film producers scurrying to the bookshelves for more Steven King stories to adapt. Hence this year we get It: Chapter 2 in September, and a new take on Pet Sematary in April.
2019 sees not one but two doll-related spine-tinglers: a reboot of Child's Play starring Aubrey Plaza, and yet another Annabelle movie from horror hit factory Blumhouse. Blumhouse also has a couple of other low-budget shockers including sequel Happy Death Day 2U on the calendar.
Which movies are you excited about in 2019?
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