It might be the start of 2018, but we’re already looking ahead to the big movies hitting screens in 2019. The following is therefore all the release dates we could gather together. Though with schedule changes, productions being pushed back, directors walking (see Gambit below!) and blockbusters jockeying for the big weekends, we’ll update as and when movies move.
Release Date: US — January 11; UK — TBD
— Hellboy (@HellboyMovie) September 13, 2017
The Hellboy reboot — directed by Neil Marshall and starring David Harbour as ‘Big Red’ — is the first blockbuster release of 2019. And we’ve already spoken to Ian McShane about his role as Professor Broom in the movie, and more specifically about Hellboy’s daddy issues.
Release Date: US/UK — January 20
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) June 29, 2018
This sequel to both Unbreakable AND Split brings together heroes David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy) to do battle with villains Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy). M. Night Shyamalan both writes and directs.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release Date: UK — Feruary 5, US — February 14
In the second big screen stab at the Dark Phoenix storyline, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey, while longtime X-Men overseer Simon Kinberg directs.
Release Date: US/UK — March 8
The first movie in the MCU to focus solely on a female hero, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot who is turned superhuman when her DNA fuses with an alien species. Jude Law co-stars as her mentor Dr. Walter Lawson, while Ben Mendelsohn is playing the as-yet-unnamed villain.
Release Date: US/UK — March 29
Tim Burton directs this live-action take on the Dumbo story, with his Batman Returns stars Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito playing the human leads.
Release Date: UK/US — April 5
Asher Angel plays young Billy Batson and Zachary Levis is his grown-up superhero alter-ego Shazam in this eagerly anticipated comic book adaptation. Mark Strong plays the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Because Mark Strong always plays the villain.
Release Date: UK — April 26; US — May 3
The as-yet-untitled sequel to the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War. As with that film, Avengers 4 will be written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, and feature the superheroes who survive this summer’s encounter with Thanos.
John Wick 3: Parabellum
Release Date: US — May 17; UK — TBD
— John Wick: Chapter 3 (@JohnWickMovie) June 4, 2018
This eagerly anticipated action threequel kicks off moments after Chapter 2 ends, and seems to have the above working title. With the official synopsis as follows: John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14m dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: Taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services, and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.
Untitled Men in Black Movie
Release Date: US — May 17; UK — June 19
Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are writing the script for this one, Steven Spielberg is again producing, and F. Gary Gray directs. As for the cast, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are the leads making the film a Ragnarok reunion, while Rafe Spall, Liam Neeson and Kumail Nanjani appear in supporting roles.
Release Date: US/UK — May 24
In this live-action remake of the animated Disney classic, Will Smith replaces Robin Williams as the genie, while Guy Ritchie directs from a script by John August.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Release Date: US — May 31, UK — TBD
— Mike Dougherty 🎃 (@Mike_Dougherty) September 22, 2017
This sequel to 2014 smash-hit Godzilla sees humanity’s future hanging in the balance, with the official synopsis claiming that the story follows “the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.” Mike Dougherty directs.
Release Date: US/UK — June 7
Inspired by the success of the standalone Deadpool movie, Fox fast-tracked a solo Gambit flick, but then their directors kept dropping out. In the last couple of years, Gambit has lost Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and Gore Verbinski. And with the director’s chair still currently vacant, there’s a strong chance this date may yet move.
Toy Story 4
Release Date: US/UK — June 21
Toy Story 4 is less a sequel to Toy Story 3, and more a standalone movie, apparently focussing on the burgeoning relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. Most of the beloved voice cast returns, while Patricia Arquette joins proceedings in an as-yet-unspecified role.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release Date: US — July 5; UK — TBD
With the new Spider-Man movies looking to follow the Harry Potter template of having each story play out in a new school year, the Homecoming sequel will take place during Peter Parker’s junior year of High School. Tom Holland again plays Spidey, while Jon Watts is back in the director’s chair.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release Date: US/UK — July 12
Some 33 years after the release of the original, Tom Cruise returns as Maverick for a second slice of airborne Top Gun action. Cruise has said that the aviators are coming back, while the story will again concern some kind of competition. Joseph Kosinski — who previously directed Cruise in Oblivion — is on helming duty.
The Lion King
Release Date: US/UK — July 19
Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic, this one features an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar) Billy Eichner (Timon) and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), while James Earl Jones reprises his role as Musafa. Because no one else can match that voice.
The New Mutants
Release Date: US/UK — August 2
Pushed back from its 2018 release, The New Mutants is a horror-tinged superhero movie that revolves around five mutant teens being held at a secure facility against their collective wills, and banding together to escape. Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton all star.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Release Date: US — August 19; UK — TBD
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio re-team for this period piece, set in LA against the background of the Manson murders. Leo plays a former TV actor trying to get back into movies, with Bratt Pitt playing his stunt double.
It: Chapter 2
Release Date: US — September 6; UK — TBD
— IT Movie🎈 (@ITMovieOfficial) July 2, 2018
It: Chapter 1 only adapted the childhood portion of Stephen King’s beloved book, so this sequel will tell the story of the grown-up members of the Loser’s Club again doing battle with Pennywise. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader star.
Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: US — November 1; UK — TBD
In this sequel to the best of the new crop of DC movies, director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot re-team, with the action unfolding in the mid-1980s. Kristen Wiig plays villain of the piece Barbara Minerva, aka Cheetah.
Release Date: US — November 27; UK — November 29
Masters of the Universe
Release Date: US — December 18; UK — December 20
Dolph Lundgren failed to do He-Man justice in 1987, so Hollywood is having another go. Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer is writing the script, while it looks like brothers Aaron Nee and Adam Nee — who previously helmed indie thriller Band of Robbers — will direct.
Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: US/UK — December 20
Never heard of this one. Don’t know what it’s about.