2020 is shaping up to be yet another epic year at the movies. Film geeks can look forward to more blockbuster sequels, more superhero adventures, more terrifying horror movies and new efforts from some of the world's most acclaimed directors. With so much on tap for 2020, it's best to start planning your calendar now.We've put together a list of the 40 most exciting and geek-worthy movie releases of 2020. But even as we count the days until the release of blockbusters like Black Widow, No Time to Die, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Dune, it's worth remembering that some of the best films in any given year come out of nowhere to astonish us.Check out the slideshow gallery or scroll down to see what should be on your movie radar over the next 12 months.
Editor's Note: All release dates and titles are subject to change!
Release Date: Jan. 3 (US), Jan. 31 (UK), Jan. 9 (AU)The popular American remake of the Japanese horror franchise is getting rebooted, in what promises to be the first major horror release of 2020. Andrea Riseborough stars as a detective and single mother struggling to escape a deadly ghost haunting her home and anyone who enters. Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver also star, with Nicolas Pesce (of The Eyes of My Mother fame) directing.
Release Date: Jan. 10 (US), Feb. 7 (UK), Jan. 23 (AU)Anyone who suffers from thalassophobia might want to steer clear of this sci-fi-flavored survival movie. Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel and Jessica Henwick star in this story about a group of researchers struggling to stay alive after a massive earthquake destroys their underwater laboratory. Unfortunately for them, the earthquake is just a harbinger of even more terrible things to come. We're eager to see how director William Eubank handles the leap from low-budget sci-fi like The Signal to this more ambitious and expensive project.
Bad Boys for Life
Release Date: Jan. 17 (US/UK), Jan. 16 (AU)It's been almost 17 years Will Smith and Martin Lawrence last teamed up for a Bad Boys movie. Bad Boys for Life takes advantage of that long gap, casting Smith and Lawrence's characters as two middle-aged, washed-up action heroes nearing retirement, at least until a feud with a Romanian crime boss pulls them back into action. Unfortunately, director Michael Bay isn't returning this time, with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah instead taking the reins of the sequel. We'll soon find out if the Bad Boys crew can still work that over-the-top magic.
Release Date: Jan. 17 (US), Feb. 7 (UK), Jan. 16 (AU)We can't say we expected Robert Downey, Jr. to choose this franchise reboot as his first big post-Endgame role. Downey takes over the role of the iconic doctor who can speak to animals. After languishing ion retirement for seven years, Doolittle is called back into action when the Queen falls ill and he's sent to a remote island in search of a cure. The star-studded cast alone makes this one worth a look, with Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen co-starring and Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez and Marion Cotillard all providing voices.
Release Date: Jan. 24 (US), Jan. 1 (UK/AU)Writer/director Guy Ritchie is back doing what he does best in a new high-energy British crime comedy. Matthew McConaughey stars as an American expat who establishes a lucrative marijuana business in London. When word gets out he's looking to sell the business, a motley crew of opportunistic criminals and con artists attempt to cash in on that drug empire. The cast also includes Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Release Date: Feb. 7 (US/UK), Feb. 6 (AU)Joker aside, things have been pretty quiet on the DC movie front lately. That finally changes in February thanks to Birds of Prey. Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn. Having left Joker and the Suicide Squad behind, Harley finds herself teaming up with a motley crew of heroines (including Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Black Canary and Rosie Perez's Renee Montoya) to protect a girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from ruthless Gotham crime lord Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor). Like Aquaman and Shazam! before it, we're expecting BoP to set a very different tone for DC's cinematic universe going forward.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Release Date: Feb. 14 (US/UK), Feb. 13 (AU)Like it or not, Sega's most iconic video game mascot is headed to the big screen. Sonic the Hedgehog arrives in theaters several months later than intended, following an overhaul of the title character's controversial design. The good news is that the redesigned Sonic is looking much better. And with Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic and Jim Carrey doing his zany thing as Dr. Robotnik, there's a chance this one could actually escape the video game movie curse.
Release Date: Feb. 14 (US/UK), TBA (AU)While technically a cinematic update to the classic 1977 TV series, Fantasy Island is venturing far off the beaten path. This version applies a horror movie formula to the story of a wealthy resort owner making his guests' dreams come true. Michael Peña stars as the mysterious Mr. Roarke, with Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker. Plus, it's a Blumhouse Productions release, so that bodes well for this unusual remake.
The Call of the Wild
Release Date: Feb. 21 (US), Feb. 14 (UK), Feb. 20 (AU)This is hardly the first Hollywood adaptation of Jack London's iconic 1903 novel, but it does have several things working in its favor. For one, it stars Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, as prospector and outdoorsman John Thornton. The film also features a fully CGI version of the story's canine hero, Buck (with Terry Notary performing motion capture work). That should be enough to put a fresh spin on a familiar story.
Release Date: Feb. 21 (US/UK), Mar. 5 (AU)2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Vin Diesel. Before returning to the Fast & Furious franchise, Diesel will star in this adaptation of the Valiant Entertainment comic book series about a superhuman assassin whose memories are manipulated by his handlers. Bloodshot was originally intended to kick off an entire Valiant cinematic universe. But while that may or may not still pan out, this dark, stylish action movie looks plenty appealing on its own.
The Invisible Man
Release Date: Feb. 28 (US/UK), Feb. 27 (AU)Now that Universal has shelved its plans for a cinematic monster movie universe, Blumhouse Productions has been charged with updating The Invisible Man for a new audience. This reboot looks to have all the right ingredients for an effective, clever update. Elisabeth Moss stars as Cecilia Kass, a woman who's left a sizable inheritance after the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But as she finds herself stalked by an unseen presence and driven to the point of madness, Cecilia comes to realize Adrian has merely found a new way to torment her.
The Way Back
Release Date: Mar. 6 (US), Mar. 13 (UK), TBA (AU)Ben Affleck is reuniting with The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor for a new sports drama. Affleck stars as a washed-up former basketball star whose addiction struggles cost him his family. As part of his recovery, he begins coaching a high school basketball team, only to find his coaching success stirring up old demons. Think of it as a more adult-oriented version of The Mighty Ducks.
Release Date: Mar. 6 (US/UK), Apr. 2 (AU)Pixar's next animated comedy features a strong MCU connection, with Chris Pratt and Tom Holland starring as two elf brothers attempting to resurrect their long-dead father. When a botched spell causes only his legs to return, the brothers must race against the clock to finish what they started. We can already sense another trademark, tear-jerking Pixar ending.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Release Date: Mar. 20 (US/UK), TBA (AU)
2018's A Quiet Place proved to be one of the more pleasant horror movie surprises in a long time, so we're hopeful the sequel can recapture that same magic. John Krasinski again writes and directs, with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all reprising their roles as family members struggling to stay alive in a world where noise attracts bloodthirsty monsters. Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou join the cast of the sequel.
Release Date: Mar. 27 (US/UK), Mar. 26 (AU)1998's Mulan is the latest Disney animated movie getting the live-action remake treatment. Mulan looks to be a more ambitious overhaul than most, trimming the musical elements and romance subplot in favor of a historical war drama approach. Liu Yifei stars as Hua Mulan, a woman who disguises herself as a male soldier in order to take her aging father's place. The impressive cast also includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li.
The New Mutants
Release Date: Apr. 3 (US), Apr. 8 (UK), TBA (AU)The very last X-Men movie of the pre-Marvel Studios era is scheduled for release in April. Given the significant delays and the complete lack of marketing for this spinoff, we're not even sure Disney will stick to this release date. Whether it finally reaches theaters or simply shows up on Hulu with zero fanfare, we're looking forward to finally seeing this horror-centric take on the franchise. Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Alice Braga star in this tale about a group of young mutant heroes imprisoned in a remote and seemingly haunted facility.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Release Date: Apr. 3 (US), Mar. 27 (UK)What better way to spend the Easter holiday than returning to the idyllic world of Peter Rabbit? This sequel brings back much of the original cast, including Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson as the McGregors and the voices of James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki and Margot Robbie. This time around, Peter is exposed to a larger world when he runs away from home and meets an older rabbit who knew his father.
No Time to Die
Release Date: Apr. 8 (US/AU), Apr. 2 (UK)Daniel Craig is back for a fifth (and likely final) time as James Bond. No Time to Die pits Agent 007 against enemies new and old, as Bond is called out of retirement to confront a new villain named Safin (Rami Malek) and again square off against Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Cristoph Waltz). No Time to Die will also introduce Lashana Lynch's Nomi, a rookie 00 agent some are speculating may become the new face of the franchise after Craig hangs up his tuxedo. No Time to Die is also noteworthy for being the very first Bond movie to be directed by an American, in this case True Detective's Cary Fukunaga.
Release Date: Apr. 17 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Black Mass director Scott Cooper is making the jump to the horror genre with Antlers, which stars Keri Russell and Jesse L. Plemmons as siblings struggling to protect a young boy (Jeremy T. Thomas) from a supernatural monster. Based on the trailer, that monster appears to be the mythological creature known as the Wendigo, so expect a fair amount of cannibalism to go along with your jump scares.
Release Date: Apr. 24 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Horror fans have yet another promising title to look forward to in April. Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, Antebellum looks to involve a supernatural curse that somehow causes the horrors of the Antebellum South and the present day to bleed together. Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons and Gabourey Sidibe star.
Release Date: May 1 (US/UK), Apr. 30 (AU)2020 is a relatively lighter year for the MCU, but at least Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is finally being given the solo movie fans have been clamoring for. Set in the aftermath of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow sees Natasha Romanov on the run and forced to confront her dark past in Russia. This prequel also introduces David Harbour's Red Guardian and two other Black Widows played by Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz. It remains to be seen if Black Widow is solely a flashback story, but Kevin Feige has said the film will make fans view Black Widow's actions in Infinity War and Endgame in a "new light."
Release Date: May 15 (US/UK), June 18 (AU)Scoob! is both the latest reboot of the Scooby Doo! franchise and the first building block in a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Amanda Seyfried will voice the Mystery Inc. gang, while franchise mainstay Frank Welker will voice Scoobert himself. Also look for Hanna-Barbera guest stars like Captain Caveman (Tracy Morgan), Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs).
The Organ Donor
Release Date: May 15 (US/UK), TBA (AU)
The long-running Saw franchise is returning for a ninth installment, but don't expect a simple retread of the usual formula. The Saw-less title alone suggests a very different approach to this blood-soaked series, though it won't be a full reboot. Based on a story pitch from star Chris Rock, The Organ Donor brings back Saw II-IV director Darren Lynn Bousman and also inducts Samuel L. Jackson into the franchise.
Fast & Furious 9
Release Date: May 22 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Hot on the heels of 2019's Hobbs & Shaw spinoff, the Fast & Furious franchise is back for another direct sequel. Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs isn't expected to return, but you can expect most of the other franchise veterans to come back, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. John Cena, Finn Cole and Michael Rooker will also make their debuts. Best of all, Justin Lin is back in the director's chair after sitting out the seventh and eighth movies.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Release Date: May 22 (US/UK), July 9 (AU)Even as it features the usual voice cast and series veteran Tim Hill as director, the third theatrical SpongeBob SquarePants movie will break new ground by abandoning the series' familiar 2D animation style for a new CG-animation approach. This time around, SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) will hit the road after Gary the Snail (Kenny) is "snailnapped" by Poseidon. Their journey will take them to the fabled lost city of Atlantic City. Oh, and Keanu Reeves will stop by to aid SpongeBob in his quest.
Release Date: May 29 (US/UK), May 28 (AU)Originally scheduled for a November 2019 release, Disney's live-action adaptation of the popular fantasy novel series will now make its debut in the height of the summer movie season. Hopefully that's a sign Disney has faith in this potential new franchise. Kenneth Branagh is directing this story about an exceptionally intelligent boy named Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), as he sets out to track down his missing criminal mastermind father. The cast also includes Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad and Judi Dench.
Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: June 5 (US/UK), June 4 (AU)Another major holdover from 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 is the followup to 2017's wildly successful Wonder Woman movie. As the title suggests, the setting shifts from World War I to the consumer-driven era of the 1980's. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Diana, while Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is also returning (somehow). The sequel will also introduce Kristen Wiig as archaeologist Barbara Ann Minerva and Pedro Pascal as dastardly business tycoon Maxwell Lord. Director/co-writer Patty Jenkins is also back for the sequel.
Release Date: June 12 (US/UK), TBA (AU)In a time when race and horror have combined to form some terrific, groundbreaking horror films, it only makes sense that the Candyman franchise is returning to life (and with Get Out's Jordan Peele producing, no less). Candyman is taking the Halloween 2018 approach, acting as a direct sequel to the 1992 original. Tony Todd will reprise his role as the tragic slasher villain, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo round out the cast.
Release Date: June 19 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Pixar fans have a lot to look forward to in 2020, as the animation giant is following up the release of Onward with Soul just a few months later. Directed by Up and Inside Out's Pete Docter, Soul stars Jaime Foxx as a middle school teacher on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a jazz musician. As is usually the case in these situations, Joe finds his soul plucked from his body and stranded in a place called the "You Center," where all souls develop passions before being assigned living bodies. The voice cast also includes Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs.
In the Heights
Release Date: June 26 (US/UK), TBA (AU)While Hamilton fans probably have a long wait before that smash-hit Broadway play gets a film adaptation, they can look forward to an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's first stage musical. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians' John M. Chu, In the Heights follows a humble bodega owner named Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) who dreams of striking it rich and moving back home to the Dominican Republic. The film also explores the struggles of many other working class Washington Heights residents and immigrants. While Miranda is no longer playing the lead role, he will have a small part in the film, and the cast also includes Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release Date: June 26 (US), July 17 (UK), June 25 (AU)Given Hollywood's recent obsession with delivering sequels to decades-old movies, it was only a matter of time before Top Gun got its turn. Naturally, Tom Cruise is back as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, with this former hotshot pilot now languishing as a flight instructor while his old rival Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Val Kilmer) is now a Vice Admiral. However, Maverick sees a new chance at glory when he encounters new trainee Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Miles Teller), son of the late Nick "Goose" Bradshaw. Cruise's Oblivion collaborator Joseph Kosinski is directing this hotly anticipated sequel.
Release Date: July 3 (US), July 1 (UK), July 2 (AU)While the future of the Deadpool franchise remains uncertain now that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, Ryan Reynolds fans can look forward to another hyper-violent, self-aware comedy in 2020. Free Guy takes palce inside a Grand Theft Auto-inspired video game world, with Reynolds' "Guy" taking it upon himself to ignore his programming and become the hero, a plot twist the game's developers are none too happy about. Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy is directing, with the cast also including Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Release Date: July 3 (US), June 26 (UK), June 18 (AU)
The Despicable Me franchise remains a dependable summer workhorse for Universal, hence this latest addition to the franchise. A sequel to 2015's Minions and a prequel to the main Despicable Me series, this animated comedy tracks the origins of the lovable Minions under up-and-coming supervillain Gru. In addition to Perre Coffin's Minions and Steve Carrell as a young Gru, the voice cast includes Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney and Steve Coogan.
Release Date: July 10 (US/UK), TBA (AU)After literally decades of rumors and false starts, Ghostbusters fans are finally getting another sequel to the 1984 classic. While most of the surviving cast are expected to reprise their roles (including Bill Murray, Sigourney Weave and Dan Akroyd), the focus will instead shift to newcomers Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd. 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II, the world has seemingly forgotten all about the Ghostbusters and the existence of paranormal entities, but that's about to change.
Bob’s Burgers: The Movie
Release Date: July 17 (US), TBA (UK/AU)Bob's Burgers is boldly going where only The Simpsons has gone before, becoming the second Fox animated sitcom to get a feature film spinoff. The movie will be a musical and feature the full main voice cast of the TV series, including H. Jon Benjamin, Jon Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. Creator/producer Loren Bouchard promises the movie will "scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had."
Release Date: July 17 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Little is known about the latest film from director Christopher Nolan (even after the release of the first trailer), but Nolan's name alone should guarantee plenty of enthusiasm for Tenet. Tenet is a high-concept action thriller that seems to dabble in time travel, following a group of covert agents tasked with preventing World War III. Nolan is shaking things up in more ways than one, collaborating with a new editor (Jennifer Lame) and composer (Ludwig Göransson) and working with a mostly new-to-Nolan cast of actors that includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy and Kenneth Branagh. But don't worry; Michael Caine will still be there.
Release Date: July 24 (US/UK), July 23 (AU)Disney has had a somewhat spotty track record translating its popular theme park rides into feature films, but they're clearly banking on Dwayne Johnson to bring his familiar charisma and star power to Jungle Cruise. The film is set in the early 20th Century, with Johnson playing a riverboat captain named Frank who escorts a scientist (Emily Blunt) and her team into the jungle in search of the fabled Tree of Life. We have high hopes for this one, especially since Johnson and director Jaume Collet-Serra will reunite for Black Adam next.
Release Date: July 31 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Sony struck a box office goldmine with its first Spider-Man-adjacent movie, 2018's Venom. Now we'll find out if they can replicate that success with a less well-known Marvel character. Jared Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius, a genetic researcher suffering fro ma rare blood disorder who inadvertently transforms himself into a living vampire. Safe House's Daniel Espinosa is directing from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Release Date: August 21 (US/UK), TBA (AU)If Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Top Gun: Maverick weren't enough, another '80s classic is returning to the big screen in the form of Bill & Ted Face the Music. This third entry in the series brings back stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Bill and ted are now grappling with middle age, fatherhood and the realization that their music never actually did save the world. But when a messenger from the future delivers a dire warning, these two goofballs must get the band back together and create the ultimate hit song.
Release Date: Sep. 4 (US), TBA (UK/AU)
Fans of the Resident Evil movie series may find a new outlet in Monster Hunter, an adaptation of the popular action-RPG video games. Both writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich are making the jump, with this movie focusing on a UN military team dragged into an alternate world full of vicious monsters. The cast also includes Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Release Date: Sep. 11 (US/UK), TBA (AU)
The Conjuring franchise continues to draw in moviegoers through various spinoffs, but fans can finally look forward to a proper sequel in September. The Conjuring 3 brings back stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, with the plot drawing from the real-world trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the first murder suspect to claim demonic possession as a defense. Unfortunately, James Wan is only producing this sequel, but The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves will be taking the reins of the series.
The King’s Man
Release Date: Sep. 18 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Director Matthew Vaughn is returning to the Bond-spoofing Kingsman franchise. The third movie is actually a prequel set during WWI with historical figure Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) as its main villain. The ensemble cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.
Release Date: Sep. 18 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Without Remorse is the latest Hollywood adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel, though don't expect another Jack Ryan adventure with this one. Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an ex-Navy SEAL and current CIA agent who undertakes a mission of vengeance after his girlfriend is killed by a drug lord. Sicario: Day of the Soldado's Stefano Sollima is directing. It was originally reported that Without Remorse will set up a second Clancy adaptation, Rainbow Six, though it's unclear whether that's still the plan.
The Many Saints of Newark
Release Date: Sep. 25 (US/UK), TBA (AU)
Fans of The Sopranos take note – the beloved HBO series is getting a feature film prequel. The Many Saints of Newark is set in '60s and '70s-era New Jersey (including during the infamous 1967 race riots) and features several familiar faces from the TV series. Alessandro Nivola stars as Dickie Moltisanti (father to Christopher), while Jon Bernthal will play Giovanni "Johnny Boy" Soprano and Vera Farmiga will play his cruel wife Livia. Even a young Tony Soprano will appear, with Michael Gandolfini taking over his late father's iconic role. The Sopranos veteran Alan Taylor is directing a script by creator David Chase and co-writer Lawrence Konner, which should help this prequel strike the right chord with viewers.
Release Date: Oct. 2 (US), TBA (UK/AU)
BIOS is the sort of post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama we can get behind. Tom Hanks stars as the last man on Earth, who designs an android companion (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) to look after his dog after he dies. Clearly, his priorities are in order. Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik is directing this one.
Release Date: Oct. 2 (US), TBA (UK/AU)Even if Morbius disappoints, at least Spider-Man fans can look forward to a direct sequel to 2018's Venom. Building on the post-credits scene from the first movie, the sequel pits Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock against Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady, a murderous psychopath who becomes Carnage. Michelle Williams will return as Anne Weying, and the sequel will also introduce Naomie Harris as Carnage's super-powered lover Shriek. Interestingly, Andy Serkis is taking over directing duties for the sequel, with the hope being he can impart some of his wisdom as a motion capture performance expert.
Release Date: Oct. 9 (US), Oct. 16 (UK), TBA (AU)
Apart from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, few Roald Dahl books are as beloved as The Witches. This movie marks the second time that book has been adapted for live-action. Set in 1967, the movie follows a young orphan (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) who goes to live with his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) and runs afoul of a group of witches. Anne Hathaway will play the role of the Grand High Witch, a tall order considering how iconic Anjelica Huston's version has become over the years.
Death on the Nile
Release Date: Oct. 9 (US/UK), TBA (AU)
This follow-up to 2017's Murder on the orient Express again finds Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as eccentric detective Hercule Poirot. This time around, Poirot's Egyptian vacation goes awry when he happens across a deadly love triangle. The ensemble cast also includes Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Russell Brand.
G.I. Joe: Snake-Eyes
Release Date: Oct. 16 (US), TBA (UK/AU)After a six-year hiatus, Paramount is reviving the G.I. Joe franchise and exploring the origin story of mute ninja hero Snake-Eyes. Henry Golding will take over the lead role, while Andrew Koji will play his nemesis Storm Shadow and Iko Uwais will play their mentor, Hard Master. Fans can expect several other G.I. Joe icons to appear, including Úrsula Corberó's Baroness and Samara Weaving's Scarlett.
Release Date: Oct. 16 (US/UK), TBA (AU)As if getting one great Halloween reboot/sequel wasn't cool enough, it turns out 2018's Halloween was just the start of a trilogy. Halloween Kills is the middle act in that trilogy. Director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride are back, as are stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle. The cast includes returning favorites from both the 1978 and 2018 movies, including Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Dylan Arnold, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens.
Release Date: Nov. 6 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Marvel Studios will be digging deeper into the Marvel Comics vault as Phase 4 of the MCU gets underway. That includes introducing the cosmic super-team The Eternals, powerful, immortal beings created by the Celestials and charged with protecting humanity from their dark opposites, the Deviants. The ensemble cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington. We're most intrigued by Marvel's choice of director, Chloé Zhao, which suggests a very different sort of MCU epic.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release Date: Nov. 20 (US/UK), TBA (AU)Legendary Pictures' "MonsterVerse" has been building to a colossal confrontation between Godzilla and King Kong, and that battle will finally play out on the big screen in 2020. While fans are probably more interested in the title creatures, the film will also feature new and returning stars like Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Release Date: Nov. 25 (US), Nov. 27 (UK), Dec. 26 (AU)
Not to be outdone by Piuxar, Walt Disney Animation Studios is prepping its next animated epic for 2020. Raya and the Last Dragon is set in a fantasy world where a a brave warrior named Raya (Cassie Steele) sets out to track down the world's last remaining dragon. That dragon is named Sisu (Awkwafina) and has the ability to transform into a human. Raya and the Last Dragon is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, the former of whom served as head of story for previous Disney movies Zootopia and Big Hero 6.
Release Date: Dec. 18 (US), TBA (UK/AU)Hollywood has made multiple attempts at adapting Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel Dune, and never entirely successfully. But if anyone can manage that monumental task, it's Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve. This reboot is the first of a planned duology adapting the original book, which chronicles the struggle between warring houses in a distant future where a psychotropic spice known as Melange is the most coveted resource in the universe. Villenieuve has assembled an incredible cast for this adaptation, one that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
West Side Story
Release Date: Dec. 18 (US/UK), Dec. 17 (AU)We can't say we could have predicted Steven Spielberg would make a film adaptation of West Side Story his next big project, but we're game. This version is expected to stick closer to the original stage musical than the iconic 1961 film, though all the memorable tunes should make the cut. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zelgor headline the film as two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of a New York City gang war.
Coming 2 America
Release Date: December 18 (US/UK), TBA (AU)2020 will bring with it one more long-delayed sequel to an '80s classic before the year ends. Coming 2 America is a direct sequel to 1988's Coming to America, with Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer taking charge. Eddie Murphy is back as the former Prince Akeem Joffer, now due to inherit the throne of Zamunda from his dying father (James Earl Jones). However, when Akeem learns he has a son (Jermaine Fowler) living in Harlem, he and his trusted friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall), must once again make the trip to America.
Release Date: Dec. 18 (US), Dec. 26 (UK), TBA (AU)An Uncharted movie has been in the works for so long it's difficult to believe it's actually happening. But barring any further snags, Uncharted will hit theaters in late 2020 and mark the first release from Sony Playstation Productions. Bumblebee's Travis Knight has been tapped to direct, while Tom Holland will play the role of roguish adventurer Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg, once the front-runner to play Drake himself, will instead play Victor "Sully" Sullivan.
The Last Duel
Release Date: Dec. 25 (US limited), Jan. 8 (US wide), TBA (UK/AU)
We're always happy to see Ridley Scott making a medieval period piece, especially when he's working from a screenplay by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Affleck and Damon will also star, along with Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, in this drama based on the last judicially recognized duel in French history, fought between Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. The film will see limited release on Christmas Day before going wide on January 8, 2021.
The Tomorrow War
Release Date: Dec. 25 (US), TBA (UK/AU)
The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay is making the jump to live-action for this sci-fi war film. The Tomorrow War is set in the near future, with humanity waging an impossible war against alien invaders. But when scientists develop the technology to bring soldiers from the past into the future, the tide of battle might just shift. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin and Sam Richardson.
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