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Last year’s trend in cinema was undoubtedly the ubiquitous supernatural horror genre. And although that’s not going anyway anytime soon, this year’s focus has shifted to the reboot, as well as sequels of rebooted franchises. That’s nothing new, you might think, however the sheer quality and quantity of reboots coming in 2019 suggests it’s the defining cinematic trend of the year.

Disney classics, beloved comic book stories (both old and new adaptations), Stephen King thrillers, and the last in a very special saga, the lineup this year might not be particularly new but it feels like the right time for many of these old favorites to strike again. And refreshingly, many have been updated for the modern era we’re living in. From epic live-action versions of animated films to affecting character-driven takes on superhero villains, the offering this year shatters expectations and proves that the wheel can always be reinvented.

Without further ado, here are the 50 most anticipated movies coming to theaters in 2019.

January

Glass

Release date: January 18

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Who’s in it: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

What’s it about: M. Night Shyamalan is back with an Unbreakable and Split crossover – dubbed Glass for Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the former film, who’s at the center of this one.

Serenity

Release date: January 25

Director: Steven Knight
Who’s in it: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane

What’s it about: McConaughey plays a fishing boat captain whose ex-wife shows up asking him to kill her current abusive husband. The movie’s fictional location of Plymouth Island was filmed in Mauritius, making for a sultry setting.

February

What Men Want

Release date: February 8

Director: Adam Shankman
Who’s in it: Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield

What’s it about: A female sports agent finds herself at a disadvantage in the male-dominated sporting world. That is until she gains the ability to hear men think, in this update on the Mel Gibson rom-com.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Release date: February 8

Director: Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum
Who’s in it: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Charlie Day, Jason Momoa, Elizabeth Banks

What’s it about: A star-studded cast voice the residents of Bricksburg, as the city is under threat from the Lego Duplo invaders from outer space.

Alita: Battle Angel

Release date: February 14

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Who’s in it: Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz, Michelle Rodriguez

What’s it about: Based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of a young woman who’s rescued by a scientist in a post-apocalyptic world. James Cameron acts as producer and co-writer in this blend of CGI and live-action, which he’s tried to have made since the early 2000s.

Happy Death Day 2U

Release date: February 14

Director: Christopher Landon
Who’s in it: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

What’s it about: The sequel to 2017’s Happy Death Day — where Groundhog Day-meets-Scream — sees lead character, Tree, back in the time loop reliving her murder. She has to figure things out once more in this tongue-in-cheek slasher.

March

Captain Marvel

Release date: March 8

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Who’s in it: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Ben Mendelsohn

What’s it about: This next film from the Marvel Universe introduces us to Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who becomes Captain Marvel.

Us

Release date: March 22

Director: Jordan Peele
Who’s in it: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

What’s it about: Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated follow up to Get Out revolves around the Wilson family, who after going on holiday to their beach house are taunted by their own doppelgängers.

The Beach Bum

Release date: March 22

Director: Harmony Korine
Who’s in it: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron

What’s it about: Seemingly riffing off Spring Breakers’ wasted-neon-wonderland-by-the-beach vibe, Harmony Korine is back with a story about a rebellious stoner named Moondog, played by McConaughey. Rumors abound that Snoop Dogg swapped out the fake weed with real marijuana on-set without McConaughey’s knowledge.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Release date: March 22

Director: Richard Linklater
Who’s in it: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne

What’s it about: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, Cate Blanchett plays the titular Bernadette – an agoraphobic mother who goes missing just before a family trip to Antarctica — leaving her 15-year-old daughter Bee to figure out what happened.

Dumbo

Release date: March 29

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

What’s it about: The first of three live-action Disney remakes coming this year, Dumbo promises to be more off-kilter than the 1941 original thanks to Tim Burton’s zany imagination.

April

Pet Sematary

Release date: April 5

Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Who’s in it: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow

What’s it about: After the success of last year’s It reboot, Hollywood is taking on another Stephen King novel-turned-1980s movie. The premise of Pet Sematary revolves around the Creed family and the mysterious animal burial ground close to their new home.

Shazam!

Release date: April 5

Director: David F. Sandberg
Who’s in it: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel

What’s it about: Part of the DC Extended Universe, this unconventional superhero movie about a kid who turns into an adult superhero by uttering the word “shazam” looks to be both action-packed and a bit of a laugh.

Hellboy

Release date: April 12

Director: Neil Marshall
Who’s in it: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane

What’s it about: After Guillermo Del Toro was denied a third film in the Hellboy franchise, the studio instead opted to reboot the series with Neil Marshall directing and Stranger Things’ David Harbour in the titular role. This iteration has an R-rating with Harbour stating that it’s, “gorey, I mean it’s like a horror movie. There’s a lot of blood in it. It’s brutal.”

The Curse of La Llorona

Release date: April 19

Director: Michael Chaves
Who’s in it: Linda Cardellini, Sean Patrick Thomas, Patricia Velasquez

What’s it about: Based on the Latin American folktale about the ghost of a weeping woman who is constantly searching for her lost children, and who brings misfortune and death when encountered. Horror maestro James Wan is on board as producer.

Under the Silver Lake

Release date: April 19

Director: David Robert Mitchell
Who’s in it: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace

What’s it about: This quirky neo-noir takes us through Los Angeles as Sam, an aimless young man, attempts to track down his neighbor who’s gone missing, leading him to a bigger conspiracy than he could have imagined.

Avengers: End Game

Release date: April 26

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Who’s in it: Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner

What’s it about:Avengers: Endgame is the direct sequel to last year’s Infinity War and looks to tie up many loose ends in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a stacked cast so expect all of your favorite Marvel superheroes to make an appearance.

May

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Release date: May 10

Director: Rob Letterman
Who’s in it: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Suki Waterhouse

What’s it about: Ryan Reynolds is behind the voice and facial motion capture of Detective Pikachu in this blend of live-action/animation that’s based on the 2016 video game of the same name.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Release date: May 17

Director: Chad Stahelski
Who’s in it: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Angelica Huston

What’s it about: Picking up where the previous installment left off, John Wick: Chapter 3 follows the hitman as he’s on the run with a $14 million global contract on his head.

Rocketman

Release date: May 17

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Who’s in it: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

What’s it about:Rocketman is pegged to be more of a “fantasy-musical” than a traditional biopic of Elton John’s life, beginning from his early days as a musical prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Plan B Entertainment

Release date: May 24

Director: James Gray
Who’s in it: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland

What’s it about: Brad Pitt plays engineer Roy McBride, who sets off on a mission to the edges of our galaxy in a bid to find out what happened to his father, who’s one-way mission to Neptune 20 years earlier had failed.

Aladdin

Release date: May 24

Director: Guy Ritchie
Who’s in it: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Nasim Predrad

What’s it about: The second live-action Disney remake of the year, Aladdin’s magical premise lends itself very well to a blend of CGI and live-action. An open worldwide casting call helped the studio arrive at its diverse cast, while Will Smith takes on the iconic role of Genie.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release date: May 31

Director: Michael Dougherty
Who’s in it: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler

What’s it about: A sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, this latest franchise outing sees Godzilla clash against monsters Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah, while the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against them all.

June

Flarsky

Release date: June 7

Director: Jonathan Levine
Who’s in it: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgard, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

What’s it about: Seth Rogen is an unemployed journalist who attempts to woo his crush and childhood babysitter, who now happens to be a very powerful political figure.

The Secret Life of Pets

Release date: June 7

Director: Chris Renaud
Who’s in it: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell

What’s it about: The follow up to 2016’s animated comedy, the premise once again revolves around Jack Russell Terrier Max and his friends, however Patton Oswalt has replaced Louis C.K. as the dog’s voice.

Dark Phoenix

Release date: June 7

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

What’s it about: Following on from the events in X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean Grey loses control of her abilities and turns into the titular Dark Phoenix.

Men In Black: International

Release date: June 14

Director: F. Gary Gray
Who’s in it: Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson

What’s it about: A spin-off to the original Men In Black films, MIB: International stays true to its name and centers around a London-based team of MIB agents.

Shaft

Release date: June 14

Director: Tim Story
Who’s in it: Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall

What’s it about: A direct sequel to Samuel L. Jackson’s turn as Shaft in the 2000 film, this version sees John Shaft Jr.—an FBI agent and cybersecurity expert who graduated from MIT—investigate his best friend’s mysterious death. Original Shaft Richard Roundtree also features, marking three generations of Shaft onscreen.

Toy Story 4

Release date: June 21

Director: Josh Cooley
Who’s in it: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael-Key, Keanu Reeves, Patricia Arquette, Michael Keaton

What’s it about:Toy Story 4 continues on from Toy Story 3’s plot, which sees the toys in the hands of new owner Bonnie Anderson. Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear are back, while new character Forky is voiced by Tony Hale. Other voice additions include Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael-Key, and Keanu Reeves.

Ford v. Ferrari

Release date: June 28

Director: James Mangold
Who’s in it: Christian Bale, Matt Damon

What’s it about: Based on actual events, the movie depicts American automobile giant Ford’s attempt at creating a car capable of beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966.

July

Untitled Annabelle Film

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: July 3

Director: Gary Dauberman
Who’s in it: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, McKenna Grace

What’s it about: Details are scarce about this upcoming film in the Annabelle franchise, however first-time director Gary Dauberman happens to be the screenwriter behind the previous two Annabelle movies as well as last year’s It, so we’re in good hands.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release date: July 5

Director: Jon Watts
Who’s in it: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton

What’s it about: The follow-up to 2015’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Spidey head to Europe on a school trip with friends, before being recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Mysterio and fight the Elementals.

The Lion King

Release date: July 19

Director: Jon Favreau
Who’s in it: Donald Glover, James Early Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

What’s it about: The third and final Disney live-action remake of the year, The Lion King has been big news since its full cast was announced in 2018. Additionally with Jon Favreau directing—he’s the man behind 2016’s The Jungle Book remake—things are expected to go very well.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Release date: July 26

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Who’s in it: Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden

What’s it about: Borrowing from Sergio Leone’s epic titling, Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows a TV actor and his stunt double in 1969, as they try to make it big amid the Manson family murders.

August

The New Mutants

Release date: August 2

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

What’s it about: Part of the X-Men series; five young new mutants find themselves held captive in a secret facility and must try to break free.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Release date: August 2

Director: David Leitch
Who’s in it: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

What’s it about: A spin-off of The Fate of the Furious, Hobbs & Shaw sees Dwayne Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs team up with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw for what will no doubt be a wild ride.

September

It: Chapter Two

Release date: September 6

Director: Andy Muschietti
Who’s in it: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Alexander Skarsgard

What’s it about: 2017’s It reboot only told half of the novel and original movie’s story, with Chapter Two fast-forwarding to 30 years later when the kids are all grown up.

The Kitchen

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: September 20

Director: Andrea Berloff
Who’s in it: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Common

What’s it about: Based on a comic book miniseries, The Kitchen tells the story of three gangsters’ wives who continue their husbands’ rackets after they become imprisoned.

October

Zombieland 2

Columbia Pictures

Release date: October (TBA)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Who’s in it: Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

What’s it about: Ten years later, fans have finally been given a sequel to Zombieland. The original director and screenwriters, as well as the four key leads are all back, ensuring this is a worthy follow-up, in which they face off against evolved zombies.

Gemini Man

Release date: October 4

Director: Ang Lee
Who’s in it: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen

What’s it about: Will Smith plays an aging assassin who’s keen on exiting the business, however his plan is put on hold when he finds himself having to fight off a younger clone of himself.

Joker

Release date: October 4

Director: Todd Phillips
Who’s in it: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro

What’s it about: Joaquin Phoenix stars as the Joker in this origin story which explains how the villain went from a stand-up comedian shunned by society to a psychopathic murderer. It’s the first in a series of films that are intended to be separate from the DC Extended Universe.

The Addams Family

Nitrogen Studios

Release date: October 11

Director: Greg Tiernan, Greg Vernon
Who’s in it: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Allison Janey

What’s it about: A 3D animated version of the classic comic, The Addams Family focuses on the ghoulish clan as they prepare for extended family to visit.

The Goldfinch

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: October 11

Director: John Crowley
Who’s in it: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson

What’s it about: Based on the novel of the same name, The Goldfinch centers around a young boy who survives a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while his mother is killed.

November

Charlie’s Angels

Release date: November 1

Director: Elizabeth Banks
Who’s in it: Lupita Nyong’o, Kristen Stewart

What’s it about: A reboot of the 2000 film that’s based on the series from the ‘70s, there aren’t many details available yet but judging from the cast this is going to be one exciting update. It’s also Elizabeth Banks’ second feature film as director.

Untitled Terminator Film

Kerry Brown / Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures Corporation

Release date: November 1

Director: Tim Miller
Who’s in it: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis

What’s it about: This reboot picks up where the original T1 & T2 left off, starring both Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Deadpool’s director Tim Miller is leading things, which all in all look promising.

Knives Out

Release date: November 27

Director: Rian Johnson
Who’s in it: Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Colette, Michael Shannon

What’s it about: There’s not much info about Rian Johnson’s first movie post-Star Wars except that it’s a classic whodunit style murder mystery with an enviable cast, to say the least.

Frozen 2

Release date: November 27

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Who’s in it: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

What’s it about: The original directors and leads are back for Frozen 2, however plot details are scarce.

December

Untitled Jumanji Sequel

Sony Pictures Releasing

Release date: December 13

Director: Jake Kasdan
Who’s in it: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover

What’s it about: The somewhat surprising success of 2017’s Jumanji sequel has led to a third installment coming later this year, and once again starring the ragtag group of actors.

Star Wars: Episode IX

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Release date: December 20

Director: J.J. Abrams
Who’s in it: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o

What’s it about: J.J. Abrams is back for the closing film in the sequel trilogy of Star Wars’ Skywalker saga. Exact details are not yet known, but who really needs them at this point?

Little Women

Release date: December 25

Director: Greta Gerwig
Who’s in it: Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Emma Watson

What’s it about: This is the eighth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, about a family of sisters who come-of-age in Massachusetts after the Civil War. Buzzing writer/director Greta Gerwig is at the helm, while boy-of-the-moment Timothée Chalamet stars alongside a solid cast.

Words by Marta Sundac
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