The Films Coming Out In 2019 To Be Excited About Now

The future is looking bright. Well, the future of cinema, that is. Next year's line-up of new film releases already looks pretty exciting. So that got us thinking: What will we be obsessing over 2019?
It seems the options are limitless. In December, the already iconic Greta Gerwig adaptation of Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, essentially rewriting our conception of literature. So will the Netflix movie The King, a mash-up of Shakespeare's history plays (coincidentally also starring Chalamet). Director Jordan Peele is unleashing a thriller with a plot so mysterious we'll have to turn up to cinemas on opening weekend. And, for the musical theatre fans out there, there's Cats.
The unifying word among 2019's movies is epic. Seven weeks after Brie Larson's Captain Marvel debuts, the fourth instalment of The Avengers will premiere. Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood casually features about one third of Hollywood. And that's not even touching on the Disney side of things. Three live-action Disney movies are premiering, as are a number of sequels — Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.
The real question is: Can you keep up? Here are the movies to put on your calendar.
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Glass (18th January)

Who’s in it: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Why we’re excited: There's the Marvel universe, the D.C. Universe and now, with Glass, there's M. Night Shyamalan universe. Glass weaves joins narratives from the Shyamalan’s prior movies Unbreakable and Split. But let’s be real: We’re just excited to interpret Sarah Paulson’s role as a hard-ass psychiatrist as foreshadowing of her Nurse Ratched in the upcoming Ryan Murphy show about the iconic character.
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Isn’t It Romantic (14th February)

Who’s in it: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Betty Gilpin, and Priyanka Jonas

Why we’re excited: Within the genre of “woman hits head hard and wakes up in a different reality” (see: I Feel Pretty), Isn’t It Romantic seems like a stand-out. Could this be the ultimate Valentine’s Day movie? After getting bonked, Rebel Wilson’s character wakes up in a world built on romantic comedy tropes. Men fall over her. She has a perfect apartment. Dance breaks spontaneously erupt around her. Isn’t It Romantic? seems like an intelligent, meta skewering of movie tropes.
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Serenity (1st March)

Who’s in it: Anne Hathaway plays a glamorous woman who asks her ex-husband (Matthew McConaughey) to murder her wealthy — and abusive — new husband (Jason Clarke). Plus, Diane Lane’s in it.

Why we’re excited: Serenity appears to be a stylistically gorgeous thriller about marriage gone twisted, set along the crystalline Florida coast. Essentially, a dark beach read turned cinematic.
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Captain Marvel (8th March)

Who’s in it: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening

Why we’re excited: Another Wonder Woman moment, at last. Carol Danvers — aka Captain Marvel — is an Air Force fighter pilot reborn as a member of an alien race. The script for Captain Marvel was written by a team of five women, including GLOW’s creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
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Miss Bala (15th March)

Who’s in it: Gina Rodriguez plays an American woman caught between the DEA and a Mexican cartel after her friend, Isabel (Aislinn Derbez) is captured during a nightclub raid. Ismael Cruz Cordova, Thomas Dekker, Anthony Mackie, and Matt Lauria also star.

Why we’re excited: So many reasons. The gritty Miss Bala is a major departure from Gina Rodriguez’ role in Jane the Virgin, and we’re excited by the chance to see her in an action movie. After directing Thirteen and Twilight, director Catherine Hardwicke’s career has been limited to smaller movies and TV shows (and a reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood). Miss Bala is Hardwick’s grand reentry into major motion pictures, and we can’t wait.
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Us (15th March)

Who’s in it: Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Why we’re excited: Two words: Jordan Peele. After his brilliant, inventive directorial debut Get Out, Peele is back with this thriller. Plot details remain mysterious, but we're in no matter what.
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What Men Want (22nd March)

Who’s in it: Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Phoebe Robinson

Why we’re excited: In this reimagining of the 2000 classic What Women Want, Ali Davis (Henson) boldly goes where no woman has gone before: inside the minds of men. It could be a comedy. It could be a tragedy. We’ll have to watch and see.
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Dumbo (29th March)

Who’s in it: Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Why we’re excited: Dumbo is the first of Disney’s three live-action movies in 2019, but the only to feature Tim Burton’s unique directorial sensibility.
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Marvel’s Avengers: End Game (26th April)

Who’s in it: If we listed the cast we’d be here until next Monday. Essentially, all the Avengers (including Ant-Man this time).

Why we’re excited: Who lives? Who dies? Who tells their story? The ending of Infinity War had us pondering those questions, big time. With any luck, End Game will answer them, without breaking our hearts. Captain Marvel, which premieres seven weeks prior to End Game, will likely contain clues.
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Rocketman (24th May)

Who’s in it: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Why we’re excited: 2018 was full of pop star movies (A Star is Born, Vox Lux, Bohemian Rhapsody). Rocketman, a musical biopic about Sir Elton John, is here to continue the trend into 2019.
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Aladdin (24th May)

Who’s in it: Mena Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Billy Magnussen, Nasim Pedrad, Marwen Keznari

Why we’re excited: As the live action Aladdin and Jasmine, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will be skyrocketed to near instant stardom — two very welcome additions to the Disney universe. Plus, we’ll take any chance to have a crush on Aladdin again.
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Dark Phoenix (7th June)

Who’s in it: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Why we’re excited: Dark Phoenix is another major superhero movie to center on a woman. It focuses on the near all-powerful Jean Gray, played by Sophie Turner. If only Jean could give some of her powers to Sansa, Turner’s Game of Thrones character. That throne would be won.
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Flarsky (7th June)

Who’s in it: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Alexander Skarsgård

Why we’re excited: Simple — in Flarsky, Charlize Theron plays Charlotte Field, the most powerful woman in the world. Charlotte also happens to be running for president. Seth Rogen’s character, Fred Flarsky, is a journalist caught unexpectedly in her orbit. Flarsky is technically a rom-com, but we’d watch any movie that had the possibility of Theron as president.
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Grudge (21st June)

Who’s in it: Betty Gilpin, Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Lin Shaye

Why we’re excited: Nick Pesce, who directed February's Piercing, is also helming the Grudge reboot. The movie, which follows a family victim to a curse, is sure to be must-see for all horror fanatics. Lin Shaye, who's in Grudge, told that Grudge is "the scariest movie I've ever been a part of" and that "the horror fans are going to go insane."
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Toy Story 4 (21st June)

Who’s in it: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Laurie Metcalf

Why we’re excited: Toy Story 3 was a perfect movie. So what will Toy Story 4 be? At the very least, it’ll be good ol’ wholesome fun. At best, it’ll be instant Pixar gold.
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The King (19th July)

Who’s in it: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp, Ben Mendelsohn

Why we’re excited: This mash-up of Shakespeare's history plays is every English major's (and pop culture fanatic's) dream. In addition to picking up literary references, we'll be on the lookout for chemistry between Timothée Chalamet and Lily Rose-Depp.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (26th July)

Who’s in it: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden

Why we’re excited: Quentin Tarantino’s newest epic is about an aspiring actor and his stunt double trying to make it in Hollywood around the same time the Manson Family Murders are taking place. It may begin with “once upon a time,” but this is not an appropriate bedtime story.
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The Lion King (19th July)

Who’s in it: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard

Why we’re excited: Because it’s The Lion King!
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The New Mutants (2nd August)

Who’s in it: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy

Why we’re excited: This is the summer of Game of Thrones girls become superheroes. Sophie Turner is Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix. Maisie Williams, her Game of Thrones sister, plays a a next-generation X-Men trapped in a secret facility modeled off an old-school insane asylum. The New Mutants seems like a hybrid between a superhero movie and horror.
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It: Chapter Two (6th September)

Who’s in it: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgård

Why we’re excited: Have we recovered from It? Not really. But we’re absolutely ready to see the second half of Stephen King’s behemoth novel play out. In the second movie, the Losers Club — now grown up — return to their home town of Derry, ME to once again face off against Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård), and hopefully defeat him for good.
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The Goldfinch (11th October)

Who’s in it: Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Denis O'Hare

Why we’re excited: Donna Tartt’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an orphan and a precious stolen piece of artwork was begging to be adapted into a movie. Ansel Elgort stars as Theodore Deckert, a teenager who survives a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art only to walk away with the Goldfinch painting, setting him forth on an unexpected path.
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Zombieland 2 (11th October)

Who’s in it: Emma Stone, Zoey Detuch, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

Why we’re excited: Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock — the merry band of zombie survivors seen in Zombieland — are continuing their story in this horror comedy.
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The Addams Family (25th October)

Who’s in it: Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Oscar Issac, Allison Janney, Nick Kroll, Elsie Fisher, Finn Wolfhard

Why we’re excited: Wednesday Addams and Morticia Addams are a forever mood. This animated version of the family just gives us another chance to celebrate that mood.
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You Are My Friend (1st November)

Who’s in it: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper

Why we’re excited: After sobbing through the entirety of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, this Fred Rogers biopic, starring Tom Hanks as Rogers, is a welcome pop culture progression.
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Charlie’s Angels (1st November)

Who’s in it: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart, Chris Pang

Why we’re excited: It's been 10 years since Charlie's Angels was last adapted. Elizabeth Banks helms a reboot made especially for 2019.
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Last Christmas (15th November)

Who’s in it: Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson

Why we’re excited: A Christmas romantic comedy starring the breakout leading man of 2018? Set entirely to the music of George Michael? Can it be November 8 yet? In the movie, Emilia Clarke plays a woman who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop; Golding, the too-good-to-be-true man who whisks her off her feet.
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Margie Claus (15th November)

Who’s in it: Melissa McCarthy

Why we’re excited: Sometimes, we want an original movie in which Melissa McCarthy plays Mrs. Claus, who leaves the North Pole in search of her missing husband. This year, we’re going to get just that.
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Frozen 2 (22nd November)

Who’s in it: Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Why we’re excited: With new songs and a journey out of Arendelle, Frozen 2 is headed to uncharted territory. But will Elsa get the love interest the fandom demands?
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Cats (20th December)

Who’s in it: Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Ian McKellen, James Corden

Why we’re excited: Trying to imagine what, exactly, the movie experience of Cats will be is making our head hurt. In Cats, a tribe of cats called the Jellicles prepare for one of their own to ascend to the “heaviside layer.” Jennifer Hudson will sing “Memory,” so. No matter what, it will be unmissable.
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Star Wars: Episode IX (19th December)

Who’s in it: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Oscar Isaac, Keri Russell, Luita Nygon'o, Richard E. Grant, Mat Smith, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran

Why we’re excited: This next Star Wars installment, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set to be a cultural moment.

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