The Biggest Movie Releases of 2019
Original Article is written by Ben Allen
From Avengers: Endgame to Toy Story 4, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to The Lion King, Disney has at least five films that could very well break the £1 billion mark at the global box office in 2019.
But there’s plenty more to get excited about as well as the box office big hitters, including Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Here are the biggest and most anticipated movie releases still to come in 2019. Check back for more details and new additions as the year goes on, and scroll to the bottom for 2020’s big hitters…
Avengers: Endgame – release date 26th April 2019
Things are not looking good for the Avengers. Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, and most of their friends are dead. Can Iron Man and co reverse the snap heard round the world?
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – release date 3rd May
The tale of infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy – based on a book written by his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Director Joe Berlinger also created Netflix docu-series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich
Long Shot – release date 3rd May
A political rom-com. Down-and-out journalist Fred Flarsky is reunited with his childhood crush and babysitter – who now just happens to be US Secretary of State. Once he starts working as her political speechwriter, the two grow closer…
Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Andy Serkis, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgard
Tolkien – release date 3rd May 2019
This biography of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien follows the Lord of the Rings author from his youth in Birmingham and university days in Oxford, through to his courtship of wife Edith and experience in the First World War.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle
Detective Pikachu – release date 10th May 2019
21-year-old Pokémon trainer, Tim Goodman, teams up with a talking Pikachu detective to track down his missing father.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy
High Life – release date 10th May 2019
A group of criminals on death row agree to go on a space mission to extract energy from a black hole – in order to avoid capital punishment. But unbeknownst to them, the crew’s on-site doctor has more sinister motives for their mission from Earth…
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliet Binoche, Mia Goth, André Benjamin
Wine Country – release date 10th May 2019
Directed by Amy Poehler, Wine Country follows a group of friends marking a 50th birthday with a scenic tour of Napa. All five are sold on the promise of relaxation and reconnection, but as the alcohol flows it all unravels – with hilarious effect.
Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Paula Pel, Jason Schwartzman
John Wick 3 – release date 17th May 2019
The grizzled hunter becomes the hunted in this threequel as a $14m bounty is placed on his life: Halle Berry joins the cast as an assassin called Sofia.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
Aladdin – release date 24th May 2019
Guy Ritchie takes on the 1992 Disney film about a street urchin in the fictional middle eastern city of Agrabah who finds a magic lamp.
Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – release date 31st May 2019
Yes, there’s another Godzilla movie on the way. This one stars Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, though, so we’re more hopeful than we have any right to be…
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Vera Farmiga
Rocketman – release date 31st May 2019
If the John Lewis Christmas ad didn’t quite satisfy your appetite for an Elton John origin story, this biopic starring Taron Egerton as the man in the starry sunglasses should do the job.Starring: Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Richard Madden
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – release date 7th June 2019
The origin story of Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) is explored in the latest X-Men prequel film.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult
Late Night – release date 7th June 2019
Mindy Kaling’s first feature-length script stars Emma Thompson as the first female talk show host, Katherine Newbury, who with falling ratings and pressure from above knows her on-screen days are numbered. So, she brings on board an inexperienced young writer (Kaling) to freshen things up.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Ike Barinholtz
Men In Black: International – release date 14th June 2019 (TBC)
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth lead this rebooted Men in Black movie, stepping into the suits of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth and Emma Thompson
Toy Story 4 – release date 21st June 2019
Prepare to cry your weight in tears once again as Buzz, Woody and the gang return for another tale. But what exactly is weird new toy Forky?
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale
Spider-Man: Far From Home – release date 2nd July 2019
Tom Holland is back in the new Spider-Man movie. Guess all that Thanos kerfuffle will have resolved itself come July?
Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau
The Lion King – release date 19th July 2019
Whatever your thoughts on the sequel and reboot culture, you’ll be hard pushed to convince anyone that Beyoncé and Donald Glover leading this CGI re-telling of the Disney classic is not a good idea. Hakuna Matata.
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones
Hobbs and Shaw – release date 2nd August 2019
The Rock and Jason Statham lead this Fast and the Furious spin-off, which sees the duo form an unlikely alliance.
Starring: Vanessa Kirby, The Rock, Jason Statham
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – release date 14th August 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s latest film will see him delve into the Manson murders, with the help of a typically stellar cast.
Starring: Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
It: Chapter Two – release date 6th September 2019
The second part of Stephen King’s story finds the Losers Club 27 years after the events of the first film, and Pennywise is back to haunt them again…
Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader
Downton Abbey movie – release date 13th September 2019
Production has reportedly wrapped on the film, which is set to star Downton favourites Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville.
Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery
Joker – release date 4th October 2019
Can Joaquin Phoenix give Joker as much gusto in this origin film as Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight? Time will tell…
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz
The Goldfinch – release date 11th October 2019
Adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel of the same name, which follows the story of a young boy after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson
Zombieland 2 – release date 11th October 2019
Sequel to the post-apocalyptic comedy with its entire original cast intact.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
Frozen 2 – release date 22nd November 2019
Disney fans have not let this one go: we’re finally getting that long-awaited sequel.
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Sterling K Brown
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – release date 20th December 2019
The final part of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars trilogy comes a year and a half after the ill-fated Han Solo standalone story. Can JJ finish what he started with The Force Awakens?