If you’re as excited as we are about movies premiering in 2019, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing list. The new year is bringing us some long-awaited sequels as well as several reboots of popular movies. If you’re a superhero fan, you’re in luck as there are several new flicks in that genre. There are also several highly anticipated horror films being released that will make you want to hide under the covers. No matter what your favorite movies to watch are, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Here is our roundup of the top 15 most anticipated movies releasing in 2019. We’re literally shaking with excitement! Listed in order of opening date.
Those of us that have been waiting for years to see a sequel of Unbreakable will be thrilled for this crossover with Split. Shyamalan fans were jumping for joy when the movie was announced. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson and Anya Taylor-Joy, Glass will be opening on January 18th, 2019.
Shyamalan explained that the experience of making Glass was special. “This is the first time I wrote something that was based on characters from a different part of my life,” Shyamalan said. “The first time I saw them on camera as Mr. Glass and David Dunn after 18 years, I got emotional. The entire crew, some of these guys were really young, they got really quiet. The cameraman took his eye off the camera. It was a really moving moment to see these two play these iconic characters.”
Serenity was originally slated for October 2018 but was pushed back. Directed by Steven Knight, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke and Diane Lane, opening on January 25th, 2018. The film is a thriller about a fishing boat captain that gives tours in a tropical paradise called Plymouth Island. The captain’s ex-wife tracks him down to plead for help. She has a new husband that has turned out to be violent. She wants the captain to get rid of the husband by taking him out to sea and pushing him overboard. The captain struggles with his morality while things turn out different than they first seemed.
Interstellar co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway have not acted together since the opening day of the movie on November 7th, 2014. Steven Knight, Director of Serenity said: “Some of the scenes between them are the most electric I have ever been involved in. Matthew and Anne are two of the best actors working anywhere in the world.” We’re excited to see if the two light up the screen once again with their electric charisma.
Alita: Battle Angel
Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Michelle Rodriguez and is set to open on February 14th, 2019. The opening day has already been pushed back twice, from the Summer of 2018 to December and now till February. The film was co-written by the legendary James Cameron, so it’s sure to be pretty amazing! This epic adventure is based in the future where Alita awakens to find that she has no memory about who she is. She is found by a doctor (Christoph Waltz) who attempts to help her. She begins to learn how everything works while unravelling the mystery behind her past. Alita discovers that she has unique and powerful fighting abilities and the powers that be want to control that power.
The amazing technology used in this film makes it hard to tell it isn’t real. There was a carefully crafted mix of CGI and real human performance. When Salazar has a chance to watch the trailer she experienced an emotional moment. She said: “I’m crying and also on the edge of my seat. I was so impressed because I got to see myself in this other body, but it is my body,” Salazar said. “But it’s also like a whole new part of me to its own person.”
Happy Death Day 2U
Happy Death Day 2U is directed by Christopher Landon, starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin and opens on February 14th, 2019. Much like the sequel, this movie involves the college student played by Jessica Rothe, reliving a specific day over and over. Two years after the original events, Tree Gelbman gets stuck in a time loop once again and must fight her way out. The plot thickens when she discovers her friends are involved and that the original killer has been murdered. Christopher Landon, the film’s director, claims that the sequel will explain a lot of things that were not clear in the first movie and that it will elevate everything.
Rothe spoke of the film similarity between the sequel and Back to the Future:
“Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything. I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old.”
Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It stars Brie Larson, Lee Pace, Samuel L. Jackson and opens on March 8th, 2019. This movie introduces us to Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson. She’s an Air Force pilot that ends up receiving superhero powers. There are several exciting things about this flick, first that Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female hero to have her own movie and second, it’s rumored that we’ll learn something about how the Avengers will recover from Thanos blinking half the galaxy out of existence. A historical event, to say the least, we can’t wait!
In a recent interview, Larson spoke about how much she loves her charactor and why:
“I love that she’s unapologetic. I love that she’s not apologizing for her strength, first as just a human in the Air Force, that she’s never trying to shrink herself because of who she is,” she enthused. “She can’t even be somebody else if she wanted to. She can’t. It’s like she can’t be contained. And I think that is such a beautiful thing.”
Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. Starring Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and it opens on April 5th, 2019. Stephen King movies are as good as gold with the recent success of the remake of IT. The movie takes place in the same location as the last two, in rural Maine by the busy road filled with fast driving trucks. Dr. Louis Creed and his family move to the area and soon find out about the nearby burial ground for pets. After the family cat is run down by a truck, Creed bury’s the cat which of course comes back…somewhat different then it was before. After the cat returns, things take a turn for the worst and things get darker for Creed and his family.
Screenwriter Jeff Buhler spoke about their intentions for the adaptation:
“Dennis and Kevin and I really connected around the idea of bringing the story back to the source material, to find a modern telling of the book that really spoke to some of the big scenes and big moments that Stephen King had originally written…as much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy. Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character-driven and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote.”
Hellboy “Smash Things”
The Hellboy reboot dubbed “Smash Things”, is directed by Neil Marshall. Starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, it opens on April 12th, 2019. After more than a decade since Hellboy graced the big screen, he’s coming back and it’s going to be bloodier than ever. Little is known about the plot beyond the basics. Hellboy returns to battle Nimue the Blood Queen, played by Milla Jovovich. The goal is to do what Hellboy does best and focus on what makes him unique, unlike other Superheros.
“Basically, there’s no part of Hellboy that was ever going to be like other superhero movies. And the more Marvel stuff there is, the more DC stuff there is, Hellboy never really feels like — even in the [Guillermo] del Toro things — a superhero movie,” Mignola said in an interview. “It’s so much ‘big teams of guys, in costumes, running around and saving the world from big cosmic menace stuff…’ I believe the new movie will feel even less like a regular superhero thing.”
Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. Starring too many to list, but all the usual suspects. It’s set to open on April 26th, 2019. One of the years most anticipated films promises to continue the story of Thanos and the universes mightest heroes. With half of the galaxy blinking out of existence, including many of our favorite heroes, fans are dying to see what happens next. Not much is known about what happens other then what we can discern from the trailer. We know that Hawkeye is back, Ant-Man is involved and Iron Man is lost in space. The upcoming Captain Marvel will most likely give us some clues as to how things will go down.
There have not been many interviews about the next instalment of the Avengers, but we have learned a few important facts. Joe Russo says The Avengers: Endgame will be the longest marvel film. The Avengers clocked in at 143 minutes. Age of Ultron was 144 minutes and Infinity War was 149 minutes. While being edited, Endgame was close to the 3-hour mark! That makes it potentially close to 180 minutes of Avenger goodness.
Apparently, the events from Infinity War, have brought the universe together. Since they all experienced the same fate, it’s banded people together like no event before.
“These are characters and a story moving forward where Infinity War happened,” Anthony Russo said. “The entire universe experienced the same fate, and has been brought together by this experience.”
John Wick: Chapter 3
John Wick: Chapter 3 is directed by Chad Stahelski. Starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston and opens on May 17th, 2019. This instalment of John Wick begins right where it left off. John Wick had taken out a high-level crime boss in the spa for hitmen. Wick is now on the run and has to survive without having help from his assassin buddies. There is a bounty on his head and there is no shortage of bad guys chasing him down for the prize.
The director Chad Stahelski says that John Wick 3 is “a little bit of an origin story,” he also made a promise that the movie’s final kill count will “land slightly north” of John Wick: Chapter 2‘s. We’re excited for more of what we’ve come to expect from the John Wick series, an appropriate serving of ass kicking.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet and Lake Bell. The opening date is set for June 7th, 2019. The super popular new blockbuster about what our pets do after we leave the house is back again with a new instalment. There isn’t much information available on the plot but you can be sure the cute stars from the original will be back in action, facing some sort of struggle. Louis C.K. has been dropped as the voice of Max the dog and will be replaced by Patton Oswalt. The original cast of Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan will all return. Harrison Ford will also be joining the cast, making it his first appearance in an animated film.
Dark Phoenix is directed by Simon Kinberg and stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. The opening date is set for June 7th, 2019. The X-Men franchise is back with this new instalment starring Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. During a mission in outer space, Jean is hit with a mysterious, unknown force. When she returns to earth, having narrowly avoided death, she finds that her power has increased substantially. She becomes unstable and the X-Men find they have a new more powerful foe. Jam-packed with battling aliens and dealing with a god-like Jean Grey will have us all on the edge of our seats.
Sophie Turner spoke about just how tough it was to film the movie. “We reset the timeline, partly in order to be able to tell the Dark Phoenix story again,” said director Simon Kinberg, who’s been involved with the X-Men franchise since 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which he co-wrote with Zak Penn. “We didn’t feel like we did it total justice in X-Men 3.”
Men in Black International
Men in Black International is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth and Liam Neeson. The opening day is set for June 14th, 2019. This will be the first Men in Black movie without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. How will the movie turn out without the actors we’re accustomed to starring in the MIB films? We’ll have to wait and see. The film will once again feature the MIB agency that protects the earth and polices different alien species from around the galaxy. In this new adventure, they will face a new threat, a mole within the MIB organization.
Replacing Smith and Jones, we have Chris Hemsworth and Tess Thompson. Judging by the onscreen chemistry they had in Thor: Ragnorak, we’re in for a treat. While the movie breaks away from it’s past A list cast, we hope that they will find a way to entertain and maintain the entertainment value that the past films provided.
Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Laurie Metcalf. The opening day is set for June 21st, 2019. The plot for the 4th film is mostly unknown. Through a series of teaser trailers, we can ascertain that the main cast returns and that some characters are introduced. In particular, a new character named Forky. He looks like a plastic fork you’d get a take-out restaurant and he screams “I don’t belong here!”. In the second teaser two stuffed animals talk about the idea of making a new Toy Story movie and then Woody and Buzz appear. That’s all we have so far, no real strong clues about how things will go down.
John Lasseter said at D23 that the story is partly based on his wife Nancy. “Bo Peep really reminds me of my wife Nancy in many ways,” he said. “And my wife Nancy has an incredible emotional story, before I met her, so it’s a very personal story — as is every film at Pixar. But that’s what this one is for me. It’s a very touching story that’s inspired by my love for my wife.”
Grudge is directed by Nicolas Pesce, starring Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, John Cho, Demian Bichir and Lin Shaye. The opening day is set for August 16th, 2019. The reboot has been in the works on and off since 2011. Lin Shaye, an actor starring in the new film, promises that things will be getting pretty scary in the remake.
Lin Shaye had this to say about the film: “Wait until you see this. It’s the scariest movie I’ve ever been a part of, not even maybe. Not even maybe. And it’s the scariest part I’ve ever had, bar none.”
“What will make it really different is Nicolas Pesce, who is the writer/director, who is extraordinary. I mean he’s a real visionary. I had a phenomenal time working with him. He was very open to my ideas, which he told me he never is. He said, I don’t usually let actors do what they want. He said, But in your case, there were no rules. I was inspired. The ideas I came up with were inspired by what he was creating. And he acknowledged that and allowed it.”
It: Chapter Two
It: Chapter Two is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård. The opening day is set for September 6th, 2019. The second part of the original story takes place when the original actors are grown and return to take down IT the clown for good. The grown-up cast returns to battle Pennywise 30 years later in this 2019 follow-up. We expect the plot to take a similar path as the original, but we also hope for a few surprises along the way.
Skarsgård who plays Pennywise the Clown feels weird about returning to the role after the movie became a pop culture phenomenon. “The first time I did it, nobody knew what I would do with it, so it was just all of this expectation,” Skarsgård said. “I didn’t know if it would work, or if people would respond to it. There was a lot of that worry going on about it…I worked really closely with Andy [Muschietti], the director. This time around, because the movie became such a phenomenon, it’s almost like I’m re-adapting myself.”
Downton Abbey is directed by Michael Engler and stars Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James. Opening day is scheduled for September 20th, 2019. The story picks up in the fall of 1927 to the joy of fans who have long awaited the next chapter in the life of the Crawley family. Lady Mary is now settled and not living life one drama to the next. Comments from Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, lead us to believe that the film will be emotional, possibly bringing tears and may also provide a little romance.
“You’ll see more of Branson and Lady Mary together,” he said. “They are a great team, and also in the film, more so than ever before.”
“Given the fact that he is one of the only ones left who hasn’t found love, one would hope and assume there is an opportunity for him to have an iota of a chance at finding something,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
Zombieland 2 is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. The exact opening day is unknown, but it’s scheduled to drop sometime in October 2019. It’s taken nearly 10 years, but we finally have a sequel. The cast from the original movie returns to face the undead in this witty post-apocalyptic comedy. While we hope to see another look at Bill Murray as a Zombie, we won’t hold our collective breath.
The official synopsis is as follows: Through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
“This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time — and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse and Abigail,” said Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch in a statement. “These are some of the most in-demand actors, and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.”
Frozen 2 is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. The opening day will be November 27th, 2019. You’ll be hardpressed to find anyone that isn’t super excited for Frozen 2. While no official plot has been released, we’re sure to see what the next chapter in the lives of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, look like.
“[In Frozen] she 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,” he told Fandango. “That’s what was really good about the short [2015’s Frozen Fever] – we could have fun with Elsa. And that personality… you will see in the next one.”
There have been several rumors about possible storylines. Everything from a love story for Olaf to Anna and Elsa not really being biological sisters and the effect that would have on their relationship. Some of these seem plausible, while others do not.
“We have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee said. “Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”
Star Wars: Episode IX
Star Wars: Episode IX will be directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o. The release date is December 20th, 2019. Does anyone remember when they had to wait five or more years between Star Wars movies? At least it seemed that long to us. Now we’ve had one every year or two, which is fantastic for a Star Wars fan. Episode IX will wrap up the trilogy and end the Skywalker saga. The movie will begin roughly 1 year after the last one ended. There is nothing but rumors about the synopsis, including the knights of ren playing a part and Lando Calrissian’s daughter showing up.
Most of the cast will be returning, with some new faces as well. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Wicked will be directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Winnie Holzman. The day of release is unknown but is predicted to be near the end of the year. Most of the details of the movie are still secret, but Stephen Schwartz, the man in charge of the stage musical, has commented about the movie.
“I will tell you 100 percent there will be a movie of ‘Wicked’ and it won’t be that far away, but it won’t be next year, because we’re still writing,” says Schwartz about the upcoming film adaptation of his Broadway musical powerhouse.
“We’re making really good progress. The screenplay has gone through a few drafts. In fact, while I’m out here, I’m going to be seeing Winnie [Holzman], and we’re working on the most recent draft.”
Holzman created the stage version of the story and is currently working on the screenplay. He commented in 2018: “When we’re ready, we’ll go,” Schwartz says. “But we want to make sure we’re ready. It won’t be forever, but it also won’t be next year.”