64 of 2019's Most Anticipated Movies

8:30 AM 12/26/2018

by Allison Crist

Disney live-action remakes, horror follow-ups and biopics are just some of what to expect in the coming year.

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From Star Wars: Episode IX to It: Chapter Two, 2019 will be full of sequels, reboots, prequels and spinoffs. For many of these upcoming films, their predecessors have already proven they can perform at the box office. Take Avengers: Infinity War — which will be followed up by Avengers: Endgame in April — for example. The superhero flick smashed a number of records in its debut weekend alone, earning both the biggest domestic and biggest worldwide opening of all time.

However, that's not to say the year's slate is lacking in original movies, either. Jordan Peele's Us, his first film since Get Out, hits theaters in March; Quentin Tarantino's star-studded Charles Manson movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set for a July release; and Tom Hanks is Mister Rogers in November's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, to name a few.

Below, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the movies headed to theaters in 2019. 

  • 'Replicas'

    Keanu Reeves stars alongside Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, and Emily Alyn Lind in this indie sci-fi film.

  • 'The Upside'

    A remake of the French film The Intouchables, The Upside follows a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who becomes the caregiver to a wealthy quadriplegic man (Bryan Cranston).

  • 'Glass'

    The worlds M. Night Shyamalan created in Unbreakable and Split will collide in Glass, a sequel to both movies. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson (whose character the film is named after) will reprise their Unbreakable roles, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will return from Split.

  • 'Serenity'

    Interstellar's Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are together again, and this time, they're estranged exes until Hathaway's character turns up with a request: that McConaughey, a fishing boat captain, kill her husband.

  • 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'

    The fourth film in the Warner Bros. franchise will see the return of original voices Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Alison Brie and more. Tiffany Haddish will join the voice cast as a key new character, too. 

  • 'What Men Want'

    Taraji P. Henson plays a sports agent who suddenly develops the ability to hear men's inner thoughts in this gender-swapped version of Nancy Meyers' What Women Want

  • 'Alita: Battle Angel'

    Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, Alita: Battle Angel centers on an abandoned cyborg (Rosa Salazar) who is taken in by a compassionate doctor (Christoph Waltz). The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

  • 'Isn't It Romantic'

    Rebel Wilson takes on her first lead role as a woman who is knocked unconscious, waking to find herself stuck in a rom-com. Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra and Adam DeVine also star in the film.

  • 'Happy Death Day 2U'

    This sequel to 2017's Blumhouse-produced Happy Death Day brings back its Groundhog Day-esque time-loops and original castmembers Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard for another sci-fi slasher.

  • 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third and final installment in Dean DeBlois' Oscar-nominated trilogy. 

  • 'The Rhythm Section'

    Blake Lively is out for revenge against those responsible for a plane crash that killed her family in this spy thriller. Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown also star in the film.

  • 'Chaos Walking'

    Adapted from the bestselling YA novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking takes place in a dystopian world where there are no women and all thoughts can be seen and heard in a stream called the "Noise." Those set to star include Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas and Cynthia Erivo.

  • 'Captain Marvel'

    The long-awaited superhero flick marks the debut of Brie Larsen's Captain Marvel, who finds herself in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

  • 'Gloria Bell'

    Directed by Sebastián Lelio, Gloria Bell is based on his 2013 comedy-drama Gloria. Julianne Moore plays a recent divorcée who frequents dance clubs and eventually falls for a man named Arnold (John Turturro). She's joined in the film by Michael Cera, Daniela Vega, Sean Astin and Holland Taylor.

  • 'Us'

    Jordan Peele teamed up with Blumhouse's Jason Blum for his follow-up to Get Out, which stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. Plot details, however, are under wraps until the first trailer drops on Dec. 25.

  • 'The Beach Bum'

    Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill and Snoop Dogg all star in The Beach Bum, a comedy that follows McConaughey's stoner character, Moondog.

  • 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette is based on Maria Semple's novel of the same name. Emma Nelson plays 15-year-old Bee, Bernadette's (Cate Blanchett) daughter who sets out to find her after she disappears.

  • 'Dumbo'

    Dumbo is getting the live-action treatment courtesy of Disney and Tim Burton. 

  • 'The Best of Enemies'

    Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies pits Sam Rockwell, a KKK leader, and Taraji P. Henson, a civil rights activist, against each other in the debate surrounding the desegregation of schools in North Carolina.

  • 'Pet Sematary'

    Paramount's remake of the Stephen King adaption Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz.

  • 'Shazam!'

    Shazam! is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name — also known as Captain Marvel — played by Zachary Levi.

  • 'Hellboy'

    David Harbour stars as the demonic comic book antihero in Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot, where he'll be forced to battle an ancient sorceress as he's stuck between the worlds of the supernatural and human.

  • 'The Curse of La Llorona'

    The film, based on Mexican folklore, centers on the ghostly La Llorona (or the "weeping woman"), the spirit of a woman who has lost her children and searches for them near the river in which they disappeared. Linda Cardellini stars alongside Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Aiden Lewandowski.

  • 'Under the Silver Lake'

    A24's Under the Silver Lake serves as director David Robert Mitchell's follow-up to It Follows. Andrew Garfield plays a Los Angeles man who sets out to find his mysterious neighbor after she suddenly disappears.

  • 'Avengers: Endgame'

    Avengers: Endgame picks up where Infinity War left off, in the aftermath of Thanos eliminating half of all life in the universe.  

  • Uglydolls

    Inspired by the toy line of the same name, the animated musical film stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. Moxy (Clarkson) gathers a group of her closest friends to venture outside of Uglyville to find out what's there. Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias and Wang Leehom also voice roles.

  • 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu'

    Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu in the first live-action Pokémon film. Directed by Goosebumps' Rob Letterman, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will also feature Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse and Kathryn Newton.

  • 'Poms'

    Diane Keaton leads a cast that include Jacki Weaver and Pam Grier in the comedy about a group of women in a retirement community that band together to start a cheerleading squad.

  • 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

    Keanu Reeves returns as super-assassin John Wick in the third installment in the film series. 

  • 'The Sun Is Also a Star'

    Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Riverdale) star in this adaptation of Nicola Yoon's best-seller about a college-bound romantic named Daniel and a Jamaica-born pragmatist named Natasha who meet and fall for each other over one magical day amid the fervor and flurry of New York City. But time is running out for the two as Natasha is fighting against her family's deportation.

  • 'Ad Astra'

    Brad Pitt plays an Army space engineer determined to find his missing father in this James Gray sci-fi thriller. Ad Astra also reunites Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Loren Dean, who all starred in Space Cowboys.

  • 'Aladdin'

    Disney's live-action Aladdin is being directed by Guy Ritchie, and stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen and Mena Massoud.

  • 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

    Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Zhang Ziyi, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch and O'Shea Jackson Jr. star in Michael Dougherty's sequel to 2014's Godzilla.

  • 'Rocketman'

    Rocketman details the life and career of Sir Elton John, played by Taron Egerton. He'll be joined by Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden.

  • 'The Secret Life of Pets 2'

    Like the first film, Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 provides a peek at the shenanigans of pets while humans are away at work or school. Most of the castmembers from the 2016 film reprise their roles, except for Louis C.K., who's replaced by Patton Oswalt.

  • 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

    The follow-up to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse marks Simon Kinberg's directorial debut, with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and more returning. The film centers on Jean Grey (aka Phoenix), played by Sophie Turner.

  • 'Men in Black International'

    Thor: Ragnarok's Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are reuniting for the next Men in Black movie, where they're tasked with tracking down a mole inside the organization.

  • 'Shaft'

    Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their roles from 2000's Shaft. Directed by Tim Story, the new film serves as both a sequel and a reboot.

  • 'Toy Story 4'

    The fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise introduces Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of the gang to a new toy named Forky (Tony Hale) before they all embark on a road trip adventure. 

  • 'Annabelle Comes Home'

    Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren from the Conjuring films in the next Annabelle installment. The film will once again center on the demonically possessed doll Annabelle, whom the Warrens have put in a place where they believe she can no longer wreak havoc: their Artifacts Room. But soon the doll soon sets its sights on their 10-year-old daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace).

  • 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

    Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame and follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends as they travel to Europe for summer vacation. However, once there, he has to save his friends from a villain known as Mysterio.

  • 'The Lion King'

    After bringing the live-action Jungle Book to the screen in 2016, director Jon Favreau is back with another adaption: The Lion King. The voice cast includes Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner.

  • 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood centers on a struggling actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they try to navigate 1969 Los Angeles during the Manson Family murders. 

  • Hobbs & Shaw

    This spinoff of The Fate of the Furious focuses on Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as they form an unlikely alliance. Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba also star.

  • 'The New Mutants'

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton play, as the film's name suggests, young mutants just discovering their superpowers. Antonio Banderas also stars.

  • Artemis Fowl

    The movie, based on the 2001 novel by Eoin Colfer and directed by Kenneth Branagh, follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. The movie stars newcomers Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell and Tamara Smart and co-stars Nonso Anozie, Hong Chau, Josh Gad and Judi Dench.

  • 'It: Chapter Two'

    Director Andy Muschietti is back with a sequel to the 2017 remake of It — this time with a grown-up Losers Club, including Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy.

  • 'Downton Abbey'

    The popular British TV drama Downton Abbey is making its silver-screen debut with the original cast courtesy of Focus Features.

  • 'The Kitchen'

    Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish star in this Irish mob story set in 1970s Hell's Kitchen.

  • 'Judy'

    Adapted from Peter Quilter's Broadway play End of the Rainbow, the movie stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland and follows her as she arrives in London in 1968 to perform several sold-out concerts.

  • 'Joker'

    Joker is a stand-alone origin story of the DC Comics character of the same name, played by Joaquin Phoenix. It explores the tale of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, and how he becomes a villain.

  • 'The Woman in the Window'

    Based on the A.J. Finn novel of the same name, The Woman in the Window centers on an agoraphobic woman (Amy Adams) who becomes obsessed with spying on her neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence. Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell also star in the film.

  • 'The Goldfinch'

    John Crowley's adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch — which centers on a boy who's taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing — stars Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson. 

  • 'Zombieland 2'

    Ten years after the first Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer is back with a sequel and original castmembers Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin as they take on a new type of undead.

  • 'The Addams Family'

    MGM gives Charles Addams' comics series the animated treatment in this reboot, with the voice cast including Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll and more. 

  • 'Charlie's Angels'

    So far, this Charlie's Angels reboot — written and directed by Elizabeth Banks — stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.

  • Untitled 'Terminator' Project

    Deadpool director Tim Miller is taking on the Terminator franchise, picking up where the first two films in the series left off. James Cameron is serving as producer, and both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are set to return.

  • 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

    Paramount's live-action Sonic the Hedgehog centers on the character of the same name (Ben Schwartz) as he tries to stop Dr. Eggman (Jim Carrey) from achieving world domination.

  • 'The Good Liar'

    Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen star in Bill Condon's drama, based on the book by Nicholas Searle. McKellen stars as career con artist Roy Courtnay, who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. But as Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her.

  • 'Frozen 2'

    Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck returned to write and direct Disney's Frozen 2, which will include four new songs. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are also back as Anna and Queen Elsa.

  • 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

    Tom Hanks plays the host of the long-running children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

  • 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2'

    Little is known about Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel — the third movie in the Jumanji franchise — but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is confirmed to reprise his role from the 2017 film.

  • 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

    Following The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Episode IX, the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, will be written and directed by J.J. Abrams.

  • 'Superintelligence'

    Ben Falcone directs wife Melissa McCarthy in this action comedy about a woman named Carol Peters, to whom nothing exciting ever happens. So when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she's losing her mind when in fact the world's first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything.