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20 movies we’re really excited to see in 2019

by Danny Zepeda | February 1, 2019February 1, 2019 12:00 pm EST

With 2018 squarely in the rearview mirror, we are beginning to look ahead at what 2019 has in store. There are a lot of fantastic smartphones, terrific games and unique gadgets coming out, but today we want to take a look a movies.

Year in and year out, we can always be assured there will be a rich slate of blockbusters that are sure to keep us entertained throughout the year. This year in particular sees an embarrassment of riches on the movie side with big Marvel and Star Wars coming out. But that’s not all. We’re also getting the return of the Fast and Furious franchise, Quentin Tarantino and we’re getting a Pokémon movie.

Needless to say, it is going to be a very exciting year in movies. Here are the 20 movies we are most looking forward to seeing in 2019.

Captain Marvel

  • Release date: March 8
  • Director(s): Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg

The first movie on this list is a special one as Captain Marvel marks the first time a female character will lead her movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brie Larson is portraying the titular role in a movie set in the 1990s before the Avengers were a thing.

Shazam!

  • Release date: April 5
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Michelle Borth, Djimon Hounsou

Shazam! is the latest movie set in the DCEU and judging by the trailers, it is going to be a fun adventure far away from the doom and gloom of Justice League. It’s a simple story: Billy Batson somehow is blessed with superhero powers and then, like any normal person, he makes a YouTube video showing off his new abilities before he moves on to fighting bad guys.

Hellboy

  • Release date: April 12
  • Director: Neil Marshall
  • Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Thomas Haden Church, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane

After years of will they or won’t they, the Hellboy franchise was rebooted with Stranger Things’ David Harbour at the helm of our favorite rock-arm demon. He may not look like a typical hero, but sometimes we need demons to save us.

The Curse of La Llorona

  • Release date: April 19
  • Director: Michael Chaves
  • Cast: Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz

Based on the Latin American folktale, The Curse of La Llorona is the latest project from horror maestro James Wan, best known for The Conjuring movies. Set in 1973, it sees a family of three haunted by a cursed weeping woman.

Avengers: Endgame

  • Release date: April 26
  • Director(s): Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans

All roads have led here in Avengers: Endgame. Thanos reigns supreme as the world deals with the aftermath of his dust genocide while the remaining Avengers try to formulate a plan to somehow undo the damage and take down Thanos once and for all.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

  • Release date: May 10
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Bill Nighy, Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton

Pokémon has covered just about everything: cartoons, animated movies, card games, video games and smartphone games. Now you throw in live action animated movies into the mix as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu finally gives us a real-life look at Pokémon and it includes Pikachu being voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Not what we expected but we’ll take it.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  • Release date: May 17
  • Director: Chad Stahelski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Laurence Fishburne

Our favorite crusading assassin is back and this time he’s going to end things for good. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum sees John excommunicated from his assassin underworld and will have to deal with the onslaught of a $14 million bounty.

Aladdin

  • Release date: May 24
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud

It’s been nearly a decade since Disney began it live action treatment of classic animated movies and the latest one is Aladdin. While it’ll be hard to follow up the iconic movie, Will Smith, taking on the role of Genie, will try to do his best to fill Robin Williams’ big shoes.

Godzilla: King of Monsters

  • Release date: May 31
  • Director: Michael Dougherty
  • Cast: Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe

We’re two movies deep into the MonsterVerse but Godzilla: King of Monsters promises to deliver the kaiju battle we’ve been waiting for. Godzilla will have to take on some of his most formidable opponents including the menacing King Ghidorah.

Dark Phoenix

  • Release date: June 7
  • Director: Simon Kinberg
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender

The last X-Men movie from Fox before Disney reboots the franchise and incorporates it into the MCU is Dark Phoenix. Reexploring the Phoenix storyline X-Men: The Last Stand botched, this take hopefully provides a worthy movie to the iconic X-Men storyline that sees Jean Gray become her powerful alter ego.

Men in Black: International

  • Release date: June 14
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Men in Black: International is the reboot of the franchise previously led by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This time around, it’ll be Thor: Ragnarok alum Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson taking on the responsibility of keeping the alien world secret.

Toy Story 4

  • Release date: June 21
  • Director: Josh Cooley
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Bonnie Hunt, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key

Andy’s favorite toys are returning with a few new additions in Toy Story 4 for one last adventure. Sure, we thought that was going to be Toy Story 3, but the creative minds at Pixar came up with another story to tell and we’re all for seeing Woody and Buzz back in action one more time.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

  • Release date: July 5
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal

After the world nearly ends with Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home will take us back to more simple times with Spidey taking a trip across the pond to Europe. However, things quickly revert to the same pattern when Nick Fury recruits him into a secret mission that involves Mysterio.

The Lion King

  • Release date: July 19
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyonce, Seth Rogen

The Lion King is the second live action remake of an animated classic Disney is releasing in 2019. The classic coming of age tale of betrayal will reach a new generation as we follow Simba on his quest from a lowly cub to the king of Pride Rock animal kingdom.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

  • Release date: July 26
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth

Quentin Tarantino loves to tell gory stories and his latest project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a re-telling of the infamous 1969 Manson murders. The famed auteur has shown in the past he has no problem rewriting history, so it remains to be seen how his latest project turns out.

Hobbs and Shaw

  • Release date: August 2
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza Gonzalez

The Fast and Furious franchise is one of the successful franchises in Hollywood, so it was only a matter of time before it spawned a spin-off. Hobbs and Shaw is that spin-off that focuses on the odd couple of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw taking on a villainous Idris Elba.

It: Chapter 2

  • Release date: September 6
  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgard

In 2017, we were all scared of going near drains with the remake of It. But there’s a second part to the famed Stephen King novel and It: Chapter Two will see the return of Pennywise to torment and enact revenge on the adults who once defeated him when they were kids.

Joker

  • Release date: October 4
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

In 2008, Heath Ledger stole the show in The Dark Knight as the Joker and ever since we’ve crossed our finger a proper standalone movie would get made. Enter Todd Phillips’ Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime.

Frozen 2

  • Release date: November 22
  • Director(s): Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown

It’s been a long time since we last made our way to the kingdom of Arendelle but in 2019 we will do so in Frozen 2. The sequel to the 2013 smash hit sees the return of all of our favorite characters including Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff.

Star Wars: Episode IX

  • Release date: December 20
  • Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

All good things must come to an end and Star Wars: Episode IX sees the end to the latest Skywalker-based trilogy. J.J. Abrams is back to direct and he’ll finish telling the story of Rey and Resistance as they make one last-ditch effort to finish off Kylo Ren and the First Order.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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