What could cheer up your January more than the prospect of all the new films coming out this year?! Awards season has already started and if the nominated films are anything to go by, this year is set to be one of the best yet. We’ve rounded up 20 of the most exciting film releases coming out in 2019; from thrillers to superhero films and plenty of Disney, there’s something for everyone. Put these dates in your diary – stat.
The Lion King
Release date: 19 July 2019
Our absolute favourite Disney film of all time is having the remake dreams are made of. With a mixture of CGI and live-action and a cast that rivals an Oscars after party guest list, it’s an understatement to say we’re excited about this. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, will voice Simba, Beyoncé (!) will pay Nala alongside James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Seth Rogan & Billy Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa. Plus, Elton John is returning to remaster the original music. Our childhood dreams have come true.
Release date: 26 April 2019
Set to pick up where the previous Avengers film left off, this is set to be a real box office hit, but obviously plot details are being kept firmly under wraps. What we do know, is that this film has got a killer line-up of Hollywood royalty – seriously, there’s too many to list – we can expect the return of Marvel characters like Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and even Black Panther.
Release date: 24 May 2019
Guy Ritchie directs the live-action remake of the 1992 classic of the ultimate rags to riches story. It’ll star Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, but the best part is that none other than Will Smith himself will play the genie. The remake will have elements from the original film and soundtrack but with new songs written by the people behind The Greatest Showman.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Release date: 26 July 2019
Rumoured to be Quentin Tarantino’s last ever film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood delves into the true story of the notorious Manson Family murders and the events that led up to them. Plus, the killer cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Damian Lewis are sure to make this film a big hit.
Release date: 27 November 2019
We’ve only just got Let It Go out of our heads, but Frozen is back for a sequel after years of speculation – and we can’t wait. Actual details of the plot are being kept a secret, because Disney, but we do know that Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristin Bell) and Olaf (Josh Gadd) will all return; plus there are rumours Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown could be joining the cast. Director Jennifer Lee has said there will be at least four new songs, including an evolution of Let It Go. We’re already praying for our ears.
It: Chapter Two
Release date: 6 September 2019
Not for the faint-hearted, this sequel to the 2017 film is guaranteed to be just as scary. Set 27 years later, after a devastating phone call, The Losers’ Club reunite to fulfil their promises to put an end to ‘It’ once and for all. Starring Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa, we’re honestly scared already.
Release date: 1 January 2019
This film is currently dominating the awards season nominations, and with good reason. It’s a historical comedy-drama based on the real life of Queen Anne and her court starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult and Mark Gatiss. Two cousins, Weisz and Stone, battle for the affection of Queen Anne, Colman, and to be court favourites in the early 18th century. Trust us, it’s great.
Release date: 18 January 2019
Glass is the highly anticipated sequel to the films Unbreakable and Split directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will return to reprise their roles from Unbreakable while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will play their Split characters. Bruce Willis’ character, David Dunn, pursues James McAvoy’s superhuman personality, The Beast, while Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Elijah Price, appears to be holding secrets critical to both men.
Toy Story 4
Release date: 21 June 2019
Toy Story has got to be one of our favourite film franchises of all time; it instantly brings back memories of childhood and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The fourth installment continues from Toy Story 3 where Woody, Buzz and friends found a new home. After meeting a new toy called Forky, the gang embark on a road trip which shows them just how big the world can be for a toy.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release date: 7 June 2019
“There are too many Marvel films coming out this year” said no one ever. Dark Phoenix marks the 12th, yes 12th, X-Men installment and is the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. When a solar flare hits the X-Men during a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey loses control of her powers and turns into the Dark Phoenix which threaten the whole gang. Starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and more. We can’t wait.
Release date: 29 March 2019
Honestly just watching the trailer for this made us weepy, but that won’t stop us hitting the cinema when it comes out. Tim Burton will direct the live-action remake of this classic Disney tearjerker, so in true Tim Burton fashion we can expect a dark twist. The plot is loosely based on the 1941 original: when former circus star Holt returns from war, his world has been turned upside down. He’s enlisted to care for Dumbo and when his children discover he can fly, Dumbo becomes a star.
Wonder Woman 1984
Release date: 5 June 2019
2019 really is set to be the year of female superheroes; this time Wonder Woman is back and it’s the 80’s. Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War but finds an even greater enemy in the form of Cheetah. Starring Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine and Robin Wright. Girl power!
Star Wars Episode IX
Release date: 20 December 2019
Another Star Wars movie is officially happening, and in the style of previous Star Wars films it’s coming out near Christmas. In typical Disney fashion, they’re remaining tight-lipped on plot details but we’re taking a guess that this sequel will follow on from the events of The Last Jedi. It’s set to star Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill and Domhnall Gleeson.
Mary Queen of Scots
Release date: 18 January 2019
Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan take on the legendary royal roles of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I in this epic biopic of Mary’s life. She defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, but England is under the rule of Elizabeth. As Mary asserts her claim to the English throne she is imprisoned for 18 years until she faces execution; this really is a story that changed the course of history.
Release date: 9 March 2019
Hitting screens on International Women’s Day, the all-female Marvel superhero film has been a long time in the making. Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes when Earth is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien worlds. The film also stars Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.
Men in Black: International
Release date: 14 June 2019
We can hear the iconic Will Smith song already. In the next installment of the MIB franchise, London-based agents M & H played by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson become involved in a murder mystery that sends them travelling across the globe. Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson will also star as the heads of the UK and US branches of MIB.
Release date: 24 May 2019
It seems like no time at all since we saw Elton John star in the John Lewis Christmas ad, but he’ll be making a return to the big screen this year (sort of). Rocketman documents the life and times of Elton, with Taron Egerton as the man himself and supporting roles from Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jamie Bell. Elton’s real life husband David Furnish worked as a producer on the film so we can expect a pretty accurate portrayal.
Release date: 1 November 2019
Yasss, our favourite kick-ass trio of female detectives are back and better than ever. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Elizabeth Banks will play the angels in this reboot of the 2000 classic. No word yet on the plot, but you can bet it will be packed full of girl power.
Downton Abbey The Movie
Release date: 13 September 2019
Call us grandmas but we’re really excited to see the Downton Abbey movie. Expect a return of all your favourite characters, including our absolute queen Dame Maggie Smith, and maybe some teary moments according to Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson. “You’re going to have tears” he told Vanity Fair. “He’s (Julian Fellowes) never too saccharine sweet, so be prepared for everything.”
Release date: 4 October 2019
This dark new film will delve deep into the past of iconic comic book character, The Joker; other than that plot details are pretty thin on the ground. We do know that this will be the first in a series of standalone films based on DC Comics characters. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker, he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill following the legendary Heath Ledger, alongside the likes of Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy.