The 35 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019. Esquire Jan 2, 2019.
Look, I know we’re not even a week into this year, but Hollywood already has a crazy and exciting 2019 planned for us. Disney has three live-action remakes coming our way, Marvel has a new superhero (and a grand finale ahead for the Avengers), and we’re getting anotherJoker movie. But beyond the remakes and the sequels, we also have exciting a big-screen adaptation of a beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and a new star-studded Quentin Tarantino movie. These are the movies you’ll be rushing to see in 2019.
Release date: February 8
Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron star in this black comedy from director Jonathan Levine about an out-of-work journalist who still pines for his childhood nanny, who has grown up to become a powerful politician.
Release date: March 1
Doug Liman directs this big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’s popular YA series, with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley playing two young adults who are on the run from fascist leaders in a dystopian, futuristic world.
Release date: May 17
They say it’s not worth fixing something that isn’t broken, and so the latest chapter of the John Wick series follows Keanu Reeves’s titular assassin as he outruns and outwits the legion of nameless killers who are out to get him.
Release date: July 5
Spoiler alert: the latest Avengers flick will certainly bring back Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, who will likely survive Thanos’s attempts at mass destruction so that he can go on to anchor another standalone movie.
Release date: July 26
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film will be a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood in 1969 with some of IRL Hollywood’s biggest players (the cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, and Al Pacino). And there’s the terrifying backdrop: the Manson murders that shook the nation.
Release date: August 2
The Fast & Furious universe expands with the series’s first spinoff, which features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham as their popular characters pulling off a new heist. Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby join in on the action-packed fun.
Release date: September 6
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader play the adult versions of the kids who were terrorized by Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise in the first half of Stephen King’s epic. In the second installment, the shapeshifting entity proves he has some unfinished business to take care of.
Release date: October TBD
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin will return for this sequel to the 2009 black comedy about an unlikely group of survivors struggling to stay alive after a zombie apocalypse.
Release date: October 4
Another. Joker. Movie. This time, director Todd Phillips offers an origin story to the Batman supervillian with Joaquin Phoenix in the starring role.
Release date: October 11
Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright, and Nicole Kidman star in this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a teenage boy whose life is changed after he survives a terrorist attack in New York City.
Release date: October 18
Tom Hanks plays the beloved Mr. Rogers in this biopic inspired by Tom Junod’s classic Esquire profile of the children’s entertainer. Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, and Tammy Blanchard co-star.
Release date: November 22
They just couldn’t let it go. Anna and Elsa are back for another round of frosty adventures in this sequel to the 2013 blockbuster.
Release date: November 1
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for another installment of the Terminator franchise, which Deadpool director Tim Miller describes as a direct sequel to Judgment Day. The bonus? Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Conner.
Release date: November 8
Following the success of Murder on the Orient Express, director Kenneth Branagh is back with another Agatha Christie murder mystery—and once again starring as the mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot.
Release date: December 20
The Skywalker saga comes to a close as J.J. Abrams steps back into the director chair to finish out the epic sci-fi movie series.
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