The most exciting upcoming movies of 2019 and 2020

From Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to Wonder Woman 1984, here are the best upcoming movies


We’re over three-quarters of the way into 2019 and Oscar season’s certainly heating up. Around the corner, there’s an exciting mixture of blockbusters and prestige awards movies, including The Irishman, Terminator: Dark Fate, Knives Out, and, of course, the final entry in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

With only a few months remaining, now’s also a good time to look ahead to 2020 – the first year since 2014 not to boast a new Star Wars movie. However, we’ll no doubt manage, thanks to an exciting roster of upcoming movies in 2020, including No Time to Die (AKA Bond 25), two new movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Widow and The Eternals), two original Pixar films, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, and the return of Wyld Stallyns in Bill & Ted Face the Music. Excellent!

Put simply, when it comes to upcoming movies, the next few months are going to be epic. So read through this list of the most exciting films heading your way and start planning your cinema trips now!

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Gemini Man
Release date: October 11, 2019

Yes, we’ve already seen a lot of Will Smith this year, thanks to his turn as the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin reboot, but for Big Willie uber-fans there really is only one upcoming movie to look out for in 2019 – Gemini Man features two of him.

Directed by awards darling Ang Lee on one of his occasional forays into blockbuster filmmaking (his last was 2003’s Hulk), Gemini Man sees Will Smith’s elite assassin being hunted by a younger hitman clone, named Junior, who looks and sounds a lot like Smith did in the Fresh Prince era… Filmed at 120 frames-per-second and making heavy use of de-aging CGI, there’s no question this will hit the mark when it comes to delivering spectacle.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Breaking Bad movie(Image credit: AMC)
Release date: 11 October (Netflix)

Yeah, bitch! Years after Breaking Bad came to an enthralling end, the story of Jesse Pinkman continues with El Camino, which reaches Netflix very, very soon.

Breaking Bad’s creator Vince Gilligan, who will also direct El Camino, has remained particularly quiet about the new movie, though we have seen a couple of trailers for the Breaking Bad movie. We do know that 12 original cast members are returning for the movie, which starts just moments after the series ended. Who exactly? Only Skinny Pete and Badger have been confirmed. Let the speculation over whether Walter White will return commence!

Zombieland: Double Tap
(Image credit: Sony)
Release date: October 18

Almost exactly a decade after the first Zombieland proved to be a zombie comedy like no other, director Ruben Fleischer (Venom), writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool), and cast members Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin all return for Double Tape. The sequel also welcomes new cast members Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Luke Wilson.

The official synopsis reads: “Through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
(Image credit: Disney)
Release date: October 18

It won’t come as much of a surprise that the brilliant Maleficent is getting a follow-up. Although star Angelina Jolie hinted at the possibility of a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster just a week after the original film debuted, it wasn’t until 2016 that Maleficent 2 was officially confirmed.

Jolie will reprise her role as the eponymous Maleficent, and Elle Fanning will return as Princess Aurora. Michelle Pfeiffer is on board as Queen Ingris, although little is known about her character at this time. Interestingly, Chiwetel Ejiofor is also on the cast list, potentially playing a love interest for Maleficent, so let’s hope she’s a little luckier in love this time around. According to the official plot synopsis, the film will continue to explore Maleficent and Aurora’s complex relationship as they “form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within”.

The Addams Family
(Image credit: Universal Pictures)
Release date: October 18 (US)/October 25 (UK)

If Thanos was responsible for the finger snap that dominated the first half of 2019, the loudest clicks in the back end of the year will belong to The Addams Family. Yes, the world’s most creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky family are back on the big screen for the first time since 1993 (1998’s Addams Family Reunion was a straight-to-video affair) and this time they’re animated.

That means the heavily stylised character designs can lean closer to their cartoon origins than ever before, while director Conrad Vernon (Monsters V Aliens, Sausage Party) has recruited an impressive voice cast. Oscar Isaac plays dad Gomez, Charlize Theron is mum Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz is daughter Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things) is son Pugsley, Nick Kroll is the eccentric Uncle Fester and Bette Midler plays Grandma. I, Tonya Oscar-winner Allison Janney is on villain duties as morally dubious reality TV host Margaux Needler – and as the first trailer proves, that famous theme tune is going to be stuck in your head for months.

Jojo Rabbit
(Image credit: Fox)
Release date: October 18 (US) / January 3, 2020 (UK)

Hot off the back of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi’s next movie probably isn’t what most people were expecting. Based on Christine Leunens’ World War II set novel Caging Skies, Jojo Rabbit centres on a young German boy (Jojo) who finds out his mother’s hiding a Jewish girl in the attic. But there’s a weird twist in the tale, because Jojo has an imaginary friend: Adolf Hitler, played by Waititi himself. “I didn’t base him on anything I’d seen about Hitler before,” he told Deadline. “I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a shitty little moustache. And a mediocre German accent.”

Waititi’s assembled an impressive cast for his latest movie, with Marvel’s Scarlett Johansson, Three Billboards…’ Sam Rockwell, Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, Leave No Trace’s Thomasin McKenzie and The Office’s Stephen Merchant.

Terminator: Dark Fate
(Image credit: Fox)
Release date: October 23 (UK) / November 1 (US)

We’ve been here before and ended up disappointed, but this time 20th Century Fox promises a Terminator reboot that ignores all other Terminator sequels, minus Judgment Day. Terminator: Dark Fate has two things that all those other sequels lacked: original star Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and James Cameron back on the creative team.

Deadpool’s Tim Miller is on directing duties, while Mackenzie Davis stars as the augmented cyborg fighter Grace, Natalia Reyes plays Terminator target Dani Ramos, and Diego Luna will portray the latest robot killer in the Skynet production line. Plus, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s back.

The Irishman
The Irishman runtime(Image credit: Netflix)
Release date: November 1 (Cinemas) / November 27 (Netflix)

Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro. Joe Pesci. Al Pacino. If that list of names does not have you excited, then turn back now. The four men have been working tirelessly on The Irishmen for years now, and, finally, the opus (which has a daunting run-time of 210 minutes) reaches cinemas later this year.

Scorsese has made heavy use of de-ageing technology, with Pacino supposedly not appearing in a single scene as his current age. Whether they can pull it off remains to be seen. But with four icons of cinemas

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