From solar eclipses and advanced technology to the birth of a new royal baby, there are so many things that we're looking forward to in 2019. But if you were to ask us what we look forward to the most, it would be the plethora of highly anticipated movies that are hitting theaters next year. So far, we've seen captivating trailers for films like Disney's Dumbo and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame. We also know that the new year will bring Marvel's first ever film to center on a female superhero, the last installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and the legendary Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala in The Lion King. Words simply can't express how stoked we are for these releases, so from the looks of it, we'll probably be spending a lot of extra time in movie theaters next year. (Perhaps it's time to get AMC's subscription pass.)
While a few of these films have yet to release trailers, they've already generated enough buzz to be on everyone's radar. See which upcoming films will have you sitting in a dark theater for a good portion of the year.
With works like Insidious: The Last Key and The Taking of Deborah Logan under his belt, Adam Robitel is now giving us a terrifying new psychological thriller. And you know what? It just might make you think twice before playing Escape the Room in real life. In the film, six random strangers are brought together to play what seems to be a harmless game. But eventually, they realize that each "escape room" contains genuinely deadly traps and they have to fight to survive them all. See the trailer here.
This will make for one fascinating superhero thriller. It'll be the third (and possibly final) installment of the Unbreakable series, which includes Unbreakable and Split. It'll continue from that major twist ending in the second film, and the narratives of Kevin, David, and super-villain Mr. Glass will be brought together. Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy will all be reprising their roles. Check out the trailer here.
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Marvel has been releasing superhero movies for over a decade now, but this will be their first film that focuses solely on a female hero. The film follows Marvel comics character Carol Danvers, an ex-U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as she becomes Captain Marvel. When she joins an elite Kree military team known as Starforce, there's an accident that causes her DNA to be fused with Kree DNA, causing her to develop superhuman strength, energy projection, and flight.
Brie Larson, who plays Carol, explained: "You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive. Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her." See the trailer here.
Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning film, Get Out, was nothing short of perfection, so of course we're beyond excited to see his second project, Us. Black Panther actors Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke will be starring in the social thriller, which focuses on a family whose beach house vacation goes horribly wrong when they get some unexpected visitors.
Jordan said: "For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology. I wanted to do something that was more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun." Like Get Out, which tackled being black in what most believe to be "post-racial" America, we're pretty sure that Us will include some thought-provoking social commentary as well. We cannot wait.
Dumbo will be a live-action remake of the 1941 Disney classic, which centers on a baby elephant with the ability to fly. The trailer alone will make you a bit emotional. But in the film, we see Dumbo go from a shy outcast to a glorious, crowd-pleasing star. After gaining fame, however, the young elephant is sadly separated from its mother shortly after uniting with her. The film will star Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, and Michael Keaton. See the trailer here.
In this remake, David Harbour will be playing the superhero demon. It was originally supposed to be a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but after Neil Marshall got hired as the director, it turned into an R-rated reboot. David explained: "We’re dealing with complicated subjects. It’s a real character piece. Of course, it has huge action elements to it, but we’ve modeled it somewhat on Shakespeare... It really is this study of this man going through this horrible conundrum and we really get to go in deep with him." Watch the trailer here.
For the record, we're still not over that ending from Avengers: Infinity War. And the new trailer of Tony Stark floating in space is only making us feel more uneasy. In Avengers: Endgame, while Tony is stuck in space, he records messages for Pepper Potts but continues to run out of oxygen. Back on Earth, however, the Avengers who didn't vanish try to figure out how to save their allies and undo the damage Thanos has done. Among those left are Bruce Banner, Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow. Here's hoping they won't have to deal with another devastating defeat...
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It's almost every Pokémon fan's dream come true. Ryan Reynolds will be voicing the adorable Pikachu as a detective while Justice Smith will star as former Pokémon Trainer, Tim Goodman. When Tim's father disappears after a car accident, he reluctantly teams up with his father's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu, to solve the mystery. As they work together, though, they learn that the Pokémon universe may be in danger. See the trailer here.
The musical romantic fantasy will be a live-action film that stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie. It'll make for an interesting retelling of the 1992 classic, which tells the story of a young thief who finds a magical genie lamp and falls for the Sultan’s daughter. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie, so you can expect to see a more unique spin on the popular tale. Will Smith explained: "When you think timeless Disney classic, you’re not really thinking Guy Ritchie, but that’s a part of what makes it special. He brings a beautiful edge to the look and feel and the reimagining of Aladdin." See the trailer here.
The first Godzilla film was pretty brilliant, so it comes as no surprise that we're now getting a sequel. It'll be the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise. But in this particular film, Godzilla faces off against his powerful enemy, King Ghidorah. Other creatures, including Rodan and Mothra, also show up for the battle, turning it into a disaster that could ultimately destroy humanity. All we've seen so far is this trailer and we've already got goosebumps.
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About a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are lauded as heroes and they continue to go on more dangerous missions. But during one of those missions, they get hit by a solar flare and Jean Grey loses control of her powers, unleashing the Phoenix entity. As a result, Jean is constantly fighting between two personalities that are almost complete opposites. Check out the trailer here.
The official announcement was met so many mixed reactions. While some fans are excited to see what Woody and the gang have been up to, others believe that a sequel is unnecessary because Toy Story 3 wrapped up the story so perfectly. However, according to Tim Allen (who voices Buzz Lightyear), the film won't disappoint. He said: “It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene.”
The movie continues from the third film, where the toys now have a new owner named Bonnie. But when they all meet Bonnie's new toy, "Forky" (actually a spork made into a toy), the group embarks on a fun road trip, discovering that there's an even bigger world beyond the walls of their new home. Several actors will be reprising their roles, including Tom Hanks and Annie Potts. New cast members will include Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, and Tony Hale.
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The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel actually takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (which gives us hope, because technically this means he didn't die in Infinity War, right??). In this film, Peter Parker and his friends go on a summer vacation to Europe, but it's not a very relaxing one. While there, Peter works with Mysterio to try and defeat the Elementals. Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker, and other cast members include Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Samuel L. Jackson. Super stoked for this one!
We honestly don't think we've ever been this excited about a remake. Just like the 1994 film, it follows the heir to the throne in the Pride Lands, Simba, as he grows up and eventually avenges his father's death. It'll be a photorealistic computer animated film that features Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and, of course, James Earl Jones as Mufasa. As an added bonus, viewers will also hear classic tracks from the original version, including "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and "Circle of Life." You can see the trailer here.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star as a TV actor who lives right next door to Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie). Set during the time of the Charles Manson murders, the TV actor and his stunt double (played by Brad Pitt), attempt to establish themselves in the film industry. There are a bunch of familiar faces also appearing in the mystery crime film, including Lena Dunham, Rumer Willis, and Dakota Fanning. There's no trailer yet, but we certainly look forward to seeing it in 2019.
The movie was supposed to be released in April 2018. But after 20th Century Fox got sold to Disney, the director decided to hold off on its release and do reshoots in order to make the film scarier (judging by the terrifying trailer, we'd say they definitely achieved their goal). The movie follows a group of four young mutants who try to figure out their new abilities, all while being trapped in a secret facility against their will. It'll be the thirteenth movie in the X-Men series.
When asked about his inspiration for the film, movie director Josh Boone said: "We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."
It: Chapter One, which is an adaptation of the first half of Stephen King's It, broke box office records (and, of course, gave us nightmares) when it got released in 2017. And now, part two is slated to hit theaters in September, which means we'll have to wait a little while before we see the Losers' Club go up against the shape-shifting predator, Pennywise, as adults. Understandably, the cast has been super secretive about the plot to avoid giving anything away, but we do know that there will be a few changes from the original story. According to James Ransone, who plays Eddie Kaspbrak, "all the things that you liked about the first, you’ll like about the second.” We expect nothing less.
We are so excited to see the ladies of Arendelle again! The first film ended with Elsa finally gaining control of her powers and Anna sharing a kiss with her partner in crime, Kristoff. Then, in 2015's Frozen Fever (the computer-animated sequel and short film), we saw that Elsa's sneezes are powerful enough to produce an army of tiny snowmen. But unfortunately, not much is known about the plot of the upcoming movie. We do know, however, that all of the main cast will be returning.
Co-director Chris Buck said: "[In Frozen, Elsa] had such a dramatic journey, and at the end, she's just starting to feel like she can open up and have some fun again. That's what was really good about the short [Frozen Fever] – we could have fun with Elsa. And that personality... you will see in [Frozen 2]."
If you saw Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi and you're impatient to see what's next in the sequel, you're not alone. There have been rumors galore regarding the details of the film, but what we know for sure is that this will be the final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Not much is known about the plot at this point, but it's safe to say that we're beyond excited to see more of Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac will all be reprising their roles.