Expected release date: January 20
What it’s about: Based on real-life accounts, a powerful cast consisting of Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie play a trio of Fox News employees, who work to take down Roger Ailes – the powerful media empire’s former chairman and a key figure for sexual harassment within the company.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Expected release date: February 6
What it’s about: It’s safe to say that DC Comics’ Suicide Squad was widely panned – save for Margot Robbie’s semi-villainness Harley Quinn. This time, she heads up her own squad – the all-women Birds of Prey – as they try to rescue fellow member Cassandra Cain from Batman villains Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) and Mr. Zsasz (Chris Messina).
Expected release date: February 27
What it’s about: Yet another Jane Austen adaptation, this time of Emma, which focuses on the titular Emma Woodhouse, a well-meaning socialite who spends most of her time match-making acquaintances and friends, sometimes to disastrous ends. Rising star Anya Taylor-Joy (you’ll remember her from Split) plays Emma, while the script was written by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, so it ought to be a pretty good production.
The French Dispatch
Expected release date: TBA
What it’s about: Wes Anderson’s follow-up to The Isle of Dogs, The French Dispatch is reportedly a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris”. Journalists could always do with more love, so we say, bring it on. As always with Wes Anderson, prepare for an amazing ensemble cast – this round includes Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Benicio Del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Lea Seydoux and reigning Internet boyfriend Timothee Chalamet.
A Quiet Place 2
Expected release date: March 18
What it’s about: An expansion on the original that is set to include more survivors on a larger scale compared to the relatively claustrophobic setting previously. Emily Blunt will return to reprise her role as mother Evelyn Abbott while her (real life) Husband John Krasinki also returns to direct once again. New players to watch out for include the ever-excellent Cillian Murphy.
Expected release date: July 16
What it’s about: Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster is also reportedly his most expensive yet – and that’s saying something, considering Interstellar (2014) cost at least US$165 million to craft. All that is known of the plot at the moment is that it’s “set in the world of international espionage,” leading many Nolan fans to call it his version of the James Bond franchise. What we do know (for sure) is that Robert Pattinson is one of its stars, and it’s one of Nolan’s most ambitious projects to date, shooting across seven countries.
No Time To Die
Expected release date: April 9
What it’s about: The 25th installment in the long-running Bond series, it’s also Daniel Craig’s final turn as the titular spy. This time, he’s joined by a new female agent played by Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel), as well as new Oscar winner Rami Malek, who will be the film’s primary villain.
Wonder Woman 1984
Expected release date: June 4
What it’s about: Gal Gadot returns as the Amazonian warrior, this time set in the campy ’80s – the nostalgic decade of choice in recent years – see Stranger Things 3, Pose etc. This time, she squares off against two baddies – the villainess Cheetah (her powers are presumably self-explanatory) and the second is more insidious – Max Lord, a businessman who promises consumers to grant their every wish—but at a cost. In other words, the grotesque hyper-consumerism of the ’80s.
Expected release date: December 17
What it’s about: If you’re not familiar with Dune, it’s one of the most iconic and influential books in the sci-fi genre. Think of it roughly as Game of Thrones set on an intergalactic scale. Most excitingly, it’s directed by Denis Villeneuve – you’re probably familiar with some of his recent work, including the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic masterpiece. And yes, Timothee Chalament pops up here too – homeboy’s been having a couple of busy years.
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