51 of the Most Anticipated Movies Heading to Theaters in 2019

Samantha Sutton | Dec 20, 2018 Movies
51 of the Most Anticipated Movies Heading to Theaters in 2019

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There are so many reasons to look forward to in 2019: The start of a brand new year, that rumored "clean slate" everyone talks about, and 365 days that are full of possibility -- and occasional trips to the movie theater. Yes, while there are tons of new TV shows to watch, and docu-series available to stream at home these days, but we'll surely miss out if we don't venture out, buy a ticket and tiny bucket of popcorn (both of which will likely be absurdly expensive), and take in what's on the big screen. It seems as if we've been hearing about some future blockbusters for years (in part because we have), and now that all of those live-action remakes and sequels and sci-fi mysteries are finally going to released? We'll, we’re pretty darn excited.

For starters, we need to talk about all of those Disney films that are bringing our favorite cartoon characters to life  and also star a whole lot of A-listers -- like Will Smith as Aladdin's Genie, and Beyonce as The Lion King's Nala. There are also modern remakes to horror movies -- like Pet Sematary, and the sequel to the 2017 remake of It -- coming down the pipeline, along with the long-awaited follow-ups to Avengers and Godzilla. (Basically, every action film we can think of.)

Of course, not every movie is a new take on something old -- although, honestly, a lot of them are). Where'd You Go Bernadette and The Woman in the Window are based on novels, and we can already feel the laughter bubbling up when thinking about Rebel Wilson's upcoming original rom-com with Isn't It Romantic. There's also plenty of films for the little ones, too, with the UglyDolls movie and another animated adventure called Wonder Park being released during the year -- not to mention that Frozen 2 is finally out next December (we're counting down the days).

Ahead are 40 movies we're already pumped to watch, complete with trailers and teasers that hint at what to expect.

  • 'The Upside' (January 11)

    1

    At the start of the year, Kevin Hart and Brian Cranston are releasing a dramedy about a paralyzed billionaire who finds a friend in an ex-convict. The Upside is a remake of the 2011 French flick, The Intouchables.

  • 'Glass' (January 18)

    2

    After Split's surprise ending, we're finally going to see how the film connects to that other M. Night Shyamalan hit, Unbreakable. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, a security guard who's pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), aka the guy with multiple personalities -- one of which is a beast. Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain, Mr. Glass.

  • 'Serenity' (January 25)

    3

    Matthew McConaughey plays Baker Dill, a fishing boat captain who leads tours off of Plymouth Island. Anne Hathaway is Karen, his ex-wife who's asking Baker to kill her violent new husband by taking him out to sea and throwing him to the sharks.

    Uhh ... sounds like he has a decision to make!

  • 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' (February 8)

    4

    Everything is no longer awesome in Bricksburg after the Lego Duplo invaders started wrecking everything. This whole new adventure will include a battle to save the Lego universe, and will have the main characters traveling to different galaxies (and apparently, one of those galaxies is musical).

  • 'What Men Want' (February 8)

    5

    Two words: Girl boss! Taraji P. Henson's character can read men's minds (so, the opposite of What Women Want) and uses this new skill to get ahead in her job as a sports agent.

  • 'Isn't It Romantic' (February 13)

    6

    Rebel Wilson plays the cynical Natalie who, following a mugging that leaves her unconscious, wakes up in a real-life rom-com. We're already cracking up from the trailer alone!

  • 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' (February 22)

    7

    In the third and, sadly, final installment of How to Train Your Dragon, the bond between Hiccup and Toothless will be tested -- thanks to a female Night Fury, and, more importantly, a new dark and dangerous threat.

  • 'The Turning' (February 22)

    8

    Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard (he plays Mike Wheeler) and The Florida Project's Brooklynn Price play two orphans who are sent to live with their wealthy uncle -- which already sounds like a winning plot line considering their talent. But the real story starts after the nanny (Halt and Catch Fire's Mackenzie Davis) who's hired to care for them starts to suspect the mansion where they live is haunted.

  • 'Captain Marvel' (March 8)

    9

    Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who develops superpowers following an accident. Now, she's caught in the middle of a war between two alien races. Gah!

  • 'Wonder Park' (March 15)

    10

    A little girl spent her childhood constructing a fake theme park and loses her imagination as she gets older -- until she comes across that same theme park (talking animals included) in the middle of the woods.

  • 'Us' (March 15)

    11

    Get Out's Jordan Peele is back with another scary flick, this time following a husband (Winston Duke) and wife (Lupita Nyong'o) who are on a nice vacation with their kids at a beach house ... until uninvited visitors arrive.

  • 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' (March 22)

    12

    Based on a popular book about an agoraphobic mother who goes missing before a trip to Antarctica, this comedy (yes, comedy) stars Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, and Judy Greer. In other words, it's gonna be good.

  • 'Five Feet Apart' (March 22)

    13

    Riverdale's Cole Sprouse plays one of the leads in a love story about two teens who meet at a hospital and are forced to keep a safe distance between each other due to their illnesses.

  • 'Dumbo' (March 29)

    14

    We're pretty sure we're already crying over this live-action remake! For a quick reminder, the story is about an elephant who's forced to leave his mom and perform in a circus due to his oversized ears.

  • 'Captive State' (March 29)

    15

    We get a look at a Chicago neighborhood 10 years after an extra-terrestrial force took over and began ruling. There are definitely some political undertones here.

  • 'Triple Frontier' (March 2019)

    16

    Even though there's no official release date for this film, anything that involves Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Issac, and Pedro Pascal (oh yeah, Ben Affleck, too), is worth the watch. (There are definitely some hotties.) Triple Frontier is technically a Netflix movie, but will be released in select theaters.

  • 'Shazam!' (April 5)

    17

    A 14-year-old foster kid who turns into an adult superhero? Yup, it's going to be silly.

  • 'Pet Sematary' (April 5)

    18

    A couple moves to a new home and ends up burying their recently deceased cat in a mysterious pet cemetery near their home. Unfortunately, that simple action leads to intense and scary consequences.

  • 'The Best of Enemies' (April 5)

    19

    Taraji P. Henson plays a civil rights activist who develops an unlikely relationship with a Ku Klux Klan leader (Sam Rockwell). And yes, it's a true story.

  • 'Hellboy' (April 12)

    20

    Fans of this graphic novel will say goodbye to Ron Pearlman as the upcoming Hellboy film now stars David Harbour -- aka Chief Hopper from the hit series Stranger Things -- who will face off against a revenge-seeking sorceress.

  • 'Avengers: Endgame' (April 26)

    21

    The remaining Avengers will have to fix things and face off against Thanos, the demigod who left the universe in ruins.

  • 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' (May 10)

    22

    A son is searching to find out what happened to his missing dad, and a talking Pikachu -- who also, weirdly, wants to be a detective -- is down to help. Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu, so it sounds pretty promising.

  • 'UglyDolls' (May 3)

    23

    Weirdness is celebrated in the town of Uglyville, but after the main character, Moxy (voiced by Kelly Clarkson) gets curious, she and her friends (voiced by folks like Nick Jonas and Emma Roberts) travel to Perfection. There, more conventional-looking dolls are trained and sent to find the love of a child. The friends then struggle with being different, but ultimately learn to love themselves, so, yeah, we'll grab the tissues for this one.

  • 'John Wick Chapter 3' (May 17)

    24

    In the third installment in the series (a continuation of John Wick 2), there's now a $14 million contract on John Wick's life. He'll have to fight his way out of New York to avoid being killed, and it likely won't be easy.

  • 'Aladdin' (May 24)

    25

    In the live-action Aladdin reboot, the story is the same: A young man who's granted three wishes by a genie (Will Smith!!!) falls in love with a princess.

  • 'Rocketman' (May 31)

    26

    Elton John is getting the Freddie Mercury-Bohemian Rhapsody treatment with a musical movie about his life. And Taron Egerton (Kingsman) has the leading role.

  • 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' (May 31)

    27

    That huge monster known as Godzilla is back, and this time, it seems like he's facing off against other mythical monsters. Plus, Stranger Things's Millie Bobby Brown is in it!

  • 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' (June 7)

    28

    Another funny story about how our pets behave when humans aren't around? We're already sold!

  • 'Dark Phoenix' (June 7)

    29

    The X-Men are baaack! This installment focuses on Jean Grey (Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner) who's hit by a cosmic force that leaves her unable to control her powers, unleashing the Phoenix.

  • 'Shaft' (June 14)

    30

    It's a family affair in this sequel! John Shaft's son is a cyber security expert who will need his dad's (Samuel L. Jackson) help to investigate the untimely death of a friend. Also, from the looks of it, the original Shaft (played by Richard Roundtree) is involved, too!

  • 'Men in Black International' (June 14)

    31

    Working in a London-based branch of Men in Black, two agents (Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson) end up trying to solve a mystery that takes them around the world.

  • 'Toy Story 4' (June 21)

    32

    What do we know about the fourth Toy Story film? Well, for starters, the main characters are back. Tim Allen said on The Talk that it's "an incredibly great story" that made him emotional.

    We're excited!

  • 'Child's Play' (June 21)

    33

    Chucky gets a modern makeover (his name is Buddi now), but he's still as dangerous and evil as ever. We're conflicted about the fact that this scary movie comes out the same day as Toy Story 4!

  • 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' (July 5)

    34

    On a trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker finds himself having to save them from a villain called Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal -- meaning it's already worth a watch.

  • 'The Lion King' (July 19)

    35

    It's not exactly live-action (just a better animated film) but The Lion King reboot includes the voices of Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyonce (who needs to be listed twice), and so many other talented actors.

    It looks visually stunning.

  • 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' (July 26)

    36

    Brad Pitt! Leonardo DiCaprio! The pair play a former actor and his stunt double who are trying to make a name for themselves in Hollywood! Somehow, this story also ties in with the Manson family murders.

  • 'Hobbs and Shaw' (August 2)

    37

    The Fast and the Furious series is getting a spin-off with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Idris Elba is set to play the villain.

  • 'It: Chapter Two' (September 6)

    38

    The main group of kids in this spooky flick are all grown up in the sequel, which takes place 27 years after the first film ... just in time for that evil clown named Pennywise to return.

  • 'Downton Abbey' (September 20)

    39

    The hit TV show is getting the big-screen treatment with a movie that promises to be a continuation of the same story.

  • Gemini Man (October 4)

    40

    Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is an aging, elite assassin, who finds himself facing off against his younger clone -- an assassin who is able to predict his every move.

  • 'Joker' (October 4)

    41

    We'll finally get to know how the Joker became, well, the Joker. (Apparently, he started out as a comedian.) The movie is also set in the 1980s and has Joaquin Phoenix as the title character.

  • 'The Woman in the Window' (October 4)

    42

    Another movie based off a good book! A woman witnesses a crime after spying on her neighbors, and if it's anything like the novel, there are some major twists.

  • 'Zombieland 2' (October 11)

    43

    Yes, there's going to be another one! Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock -- who first found each other during a zombie outbreak -- are slightly older and still fighting the undead, who, apparently, have evolved.

  • 'You Are My Friend' (October 18)

    44

    Tom Hanks was perfect cast as the lovable TV personality, Mr. Rogers. And while no trailers exist for the film yet, we're living for the photo of Tom wearing that signature red sweater.

  • 'The Addams Family' (October 18)

    45

    They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. That's right, an animated Addams Family film is heading to theaters in 2019 that will be perfect for the Halloween season.

  • 'Charlie's Angels' (November 1)

    46

    Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the action reboot follows a whole new generation of Angels who now work for a security and intelligence service.

  • 'Untitled Terminator Reboot' (November 1)

    47

    Technically, this is the sixth Terminator movie (!!!). But since James Cameron is coming back to produce, Deadline reports that it will "basically ignore the other sequels and iterations and take up where those first two left off." Other than that, not much else is known, besides the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star, Linda Hamilton is back playing Sarah Connor, and Halt and Catch Fire's Mackenzie Davis also has a role.

  • 'Sonic the Hedgehog' (November 8)

    48

    The super fast blue hedgehog from SEGA is getting the animated, live-action treatment next November. In the film, he'll have to face off against the evil Dr. Robotnik with the help of the town's new sheriff.

  • 'Frozen 2' (November 22) 

    49

    A Frozen sequel is coming -- and there will be new songs! We'll have to mentally prepare for hearing them on repeat for years to come!

  • 'Masters of the Universe' (December 18)

    50

    This reboot is a long, long, long (as in years) time coming. While little is known about this Masters of the Universe project -- other than the Nee brothers are directing (they've worked on The Last Romantic and Band of Robbers) -- we're excited to see He-Man return to the big screen. (Rumor has it this will be an origin story.)

  • 'Star Wars: Episode IX' (December 20)

    51

    Rey and Kylo Ren return when the third and final installment of the Skywalker saga comes out at the end of 2019.

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