Movies that will blow everyone away in 2019

2019 may seem like it's a long way off, but in Hollywood, it's never too early to start planning ahead for the next massive blockbuster movies that will blow everyone away — and while we're all still busy figuring out what we're going to do next weekend, the major movie studios are all already filling up their slates with big-budget, high-octane adventures that theatergoers are not going to want to miss. And we're not just talking about a small handful of upcoming releases, either — whether or not you're aware of it, the film industry already has a lot of big plans for you next year. 

To offer an idea of just how crowded the 2019 film calendar has already gotten — and to help film fans start anticipating some of the many future classics lining up for their turn at the cineplex — we've rounded up a comprehensive list of the biggest (and hopefully best) releases that will be competing for your movie dollar next year. From superhero action thrillers to down-to-earth dramas and everywhere in between, here are all the movies that will blow you away in 2019.

Hellboy - Jan. 11

David Harbour will unveil his new take on Hellboy in 2019, with the Stranger Things star joining director Neil Marshall for what's described as a gritty take on the classic Mike Mignola comics. Harbour has said the movie will use a "darker tone" to differentiate itself from Guillermo del Toro's aptations, adding that it'll be more of "a character piece" about Hellboy's "struggle."

While Harbour's take on Hellboy looks spot on, the rest of the cast is also packed with potential, including Milla Jovovich as the villainous Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Hellboy's adopted father, and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan. The movie also has signed Lost's Daniel Dae Kim to play comics favorite Major Ben Daimio (although it took them a while to get there).

Glass - Jan. 18

M. Night Shyamalan continues his surprise superhero trilogy with Glass, a sequel to 2017's Split—whose final act unexpectedly tied in with 2000's Unbreakable. The movie will bring back all the main players from both films, with Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy all confirmed to return. Details are still under wraps—and given how much Shyamalan loves surprises, it'll probably stay that way for some time—but this is a story nearly 20 years in the making, so we're sure the director knows what he's doing.

Flarsky - Feb. 8

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are teaming up for a big screen comedy in 2019. The funny duo is set to star in and produce Flarsky, which will be directed by Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine from a Black List script from The Interview's Dan Sterling. The movie stars Rogen as an out of work journalist named Fred Flarsky who, constantly dealing with his own bad luck and self-destructive ways, decides he's going to finally go after his former childhood babysitter (and crush), played by Theron. The only problem? She's since become one of the most powerful and unattainable women in the world. Something tells us his pursuits are not going to go well—and we can't wait to see it.

Silver and Black - Feb. 8

Sony's Spider-Man universe gets a female-led entry in 2019 with Silver and Black, directed by The Secret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood. Chaos Walking's Lindsey Beer and Captain Marvel's Geneva Robertson-Dworet are the latest hired to take a stab at the script, which had previous drafts from Prince-Bythewood, as well as Thor: Ragnarok writer Chris Yost and Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy. The movie is set to follow the mercenary Silver Sable, also known as Silver Sablinova, and the burglar Black Cat, also known as Felicia Hardy.

Prince-Byethwood, who also directed Marvel's Cloak and Dagger pilot for Freeform, has said she wants the tone of the film to feel like Thelma and Louise, adding, "I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive." The dark film will reportedly bring in Mendel Stromm—a.k.a. the cyborg supervillain Gaunt— and his enforcers Tarantula and Scorpion as the villains.

The Lego Movie Sequel - Feb. 8

The Lego Movie was the surprise hit of 2014, making $469 million worldwide and spawning a host of planned spinoffs. However, the actual sequel to the original film has run into quite a few production delays, pushing its planned 2018 release back to 2019. Even though everything hasn't exactly been awesome behind the scenes, there are still a lot of reasons to believe that the not-so-creatively-titled Lego Movie Sequel will blow you away.

The script was originally written by the first film's directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, with BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg later taking a stab at a rewrite before Lord and Miller came back to put their take on it again. The movie plans to investigate gender differences between how boys and girls play, building (ahem) on the Duplo pieces introduced by Finn's sister at the end of the first film—a good connection to the first movie that should still feel distinct. With Trolls' Mike Mitchell on board to direct, The Lego Movie Sequel should be well worth the wait.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Feb. 14

The title of the newest X-Men installment tells us a lot about what to expect. Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, will once again fulfill her destiny as the Phoenix, just as she did in X-Men: The Last Stand when Famke Janssen handled the role. The story will be based upon the X-Men comics' "Dark Phoenix Saga," although things might diverge slightly from the comics in one key way.

According to Entertainment Weekly (via io9), Jean Grey will get her powers while participating in an outer space rescue mission. Some sort of solar flare will strike her ship, triggering the Phoenix inside Jean. As pointed out by the folks at io9, this revelation seems to imply that the Phoenix is no longer some outside entity. Instead, it's a force that's been inside Jean for quite some time.

While that might be speculation at this point, Entertainment Weekly did promise that we should expect "a massive twist halfway through [the movie] that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise." That's enough to get us intrigued, even if the last X-Men film was a bit of an apocalyptic bummer. In addition to Sophie Turner, Dark Phoenix will star Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Jessica Chastain will play an unknown villain. This promises to be a truly female-centric superhero film, and one that might shock a lot of X-fans across the world when the Phoenix finally rises. We'll have to hold on a little longer now that it's been bumped from its late 2018 release date and moved to early 2019, but it should still be well worth the wait.

How to Train Your Dragon 3 - March 1

How to Train Your Dragon 3 is another animated sequel that has faced a number of hurdles on its way to production, but the movie still has a lot going for it. For one thing, the film has a pretty intense logline: "As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind." The movie will also see the return of the franchise's Oscar-nominated writer and director Dean DeBlois, who says it will be the "culmination of Hiccup's coming of age," meaning the film should pull together lots of plot points from the original and the sequel without having to hold anything back. With much of the original and sequel's voice cast also returning and with an intense, no-holds-barred plot, How to Train Your Dragon 3 should definitely be a fun trip to the theater.

Chaos Walking - March 1

Your next favorite YA adaptation will hit theaters in 2019 with Chaos Walking, a sci-fi adventure based on the trilogy of the same name by Patrick Ness. The movie takes place on a planet where almost all the women have been killed off by a virus and living creatures can hear each other's thoughts through a series of words and images called Noise. As the story begins, a young man (Tom Holland) meets a woman (Daisy Ridley) who may have the key to unlocking the world's many secrets.

If Holland and Ridley weren't enough to get you on board, the movie has an amazing supporting cast that includes Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, two-time Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, critical favorite Mads Mikkelsen, and pop star Nick Jonas. The movie even has Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman on board to direct, so mark your calendars now.

Captain Marvel - March 8

Marvel's first female-led superhero film will be long, long overdue when it finally hits theaters in 2019, but the movie is shaping up to be worth the wait. For one thing, Captain Marvel has Oscar winner Brie Larson as its Carol, an actress who has shown she has the ability to pull off action, comedy, and drama. The character also seems like she'll be getting a pretty impressive on-screen version. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said Captain Marvel will be "as powerful a character as we've ever put in a movie." There's also some impressive talent behind the scenes, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the mind behind the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot and DC's Gotham City Sirens, rewriting a script from Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman and Inside Out's Meg LeFauve.

While we don't know what'll happen in Captain Marvel's first solo big-screen adventure, the studio has directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm. The talent it's assembled thus far is impressive and hints that the film, which will serve as an origin story for Carol (and will be different than her origin story from the comics), will definitely be a must-see. While we wait to find out more, we've done a little Photoshop to show you what Larson might look like when she wields Captain Marvel's power.

Godzilla: King of Monsters - March 22

Godzilla: King of Monsters is the follow-up to the well-received 2014 film featuring the monster and is said to bring in a whole new cast, with Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga, and Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler playing a family swept up in the trouble the monster causes. With the impressive cast, which is also rumored to include the original's Ken Watanabe as the only returnee alongside Straight Outta Compton's O'Shea Jackson Jr. in an undisclosed role, Godzilla: King of Monsters should be able to live up to the positive reviews of the original while providing more big-screen monster mayhem.

Dumbo - March 29

Disney has given a number of animated classics the live-action treatment, but one of the most intriguing is Tim Burton's Dumbo, starring Colin Farrell as Holt, a former circus performer whose life is turned upside down after he returns home from the war. Holt teams up with circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for the titular newborn elephant, whose giant ears have already made him a laughingstock.

However, Dumbo's and Holt's fates quickly change when the elephant reveals he can fly, leading businessman V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and his partner Colette Marchant (Eva Green) to swoop in to try and make him a star. The movie's all-star cast also includes Alan Arkin as a Wall Street tycoon. With Burton and a whole host of amazing actors on board, this should be a worthy retelling of the classic tale.

Shazam! - April 5

Shazam! has been a long time in the making, but the DC Comics movie is currently slated to finally hit theaters in 2019. The movie finally found a star in October of 2017 in Chuck's Zachary Levi, who will play the grown-up superhero that teen Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is able to turn into when he utters the titular magic word. 

The movie should bring a different tone to the DC Universe, as its premise means it is sure to be a bit more ridiculous and humorous than its counterparts, and the young hero should allow for the mix of fantastical and real-life problems that have served superhero films well in the past. While Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam won't appear now that he's getting his own standalone movie, the film has recruited a scary villain in Kingsman's Mark Strong, who is rumored to be playing Doctor Sivana, Shazam's arch-nemesis. The behind-the-scenes crew also hints at a different DC film than we've seen before, with Jack the Giant Slayer's Darren Lemke attached to work on the script and Lights Out's David F. Sandberg set to direct.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle - April 12

Eddie Murphy may be the man most synonymous with Doctor Dolittle, but Robert Downey Jr. will put his stamp on the legendary character in 2019. Downey, who will likely be done with his MCU days after the fourth Avengers film, is set to play the lead in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which will be based on the same 1920s Hugh Lofting children's books as the famous Murphy films.

The movie comes from a script by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), who's also set to direct. Plot details are unknown, but we can only hope Downey gets the chance to use his glorious pipes should the movie end up being a musical like the 1967 original.

Pet Sematary - April 19

2019 is going to be a good year for horror–and a good year for Stephen King. In addition to It: Chapter 2, the year will also see the release of Pet Sematary, based on King's 1983 novel about a family that moves in next to a burial ground with awesome—yet disturbing—powers that prove too difficult to resist. 

The book was previously adapted for the big screen in 1989, but the newest version of Pet Sematary has some horror visionaries on board in directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who previously worked on Starry Eyes as well as episodes of MTV's Scream TV series. The script for the film comes from Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (A Bigger Splash). While casting hasn't been announced yet, this seems like it should make for a spooky Easter weekend.

Avengers 4 - May 3

The fourth Avengers film will mark the end of Marvel's Phase 3, which means it's probably time to break out your tissues. With the new set of films coming to an end and with many of the big-name contracts expiring as well, Avengers 4 will probably result in quite a few character deaths, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and more all likely to bite the dust. With the no-holds-barred approach the studio will likely have to the film, Avengers 4 is sure to be epic, ending dozens of storylines set up in past films while also placing the framework for what's to come in the franchise's future. While we'll learn a lot more about what to expect in Avengers 4 when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters in 2018, the movie is sure to be a can't-miss adventure.

Detective Pikachu - May 10

The first ever live-action Pokemon movie is set to hit theaters in 2019, and it's going to feature some of your favorite actors. The film is set to star Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds as a motion capture Detective Pikachu, a version of the popular Pokemon character who takes on the world's most difficult cases. The rest of the movie's cast includes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Justice Smith as a teen who teams up with Pikachu after his dad is kidnapped and Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton as a "sassy journalist" named Lucy. 

Goosebumps' Rob Letterman will take on directing duties for Detective Pikachu, which is based on a script from Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman. Although we don't know much about the specific plot details, Reynolds taking on the mantle of Pikachu would have been enough by itself to get us on board. The rest of the great cast and behind-the-scenes crew is just an added bonus.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - May 17

The Bogeyman is coming back to the big screen in 2019, with Keanu Reeves set to return as the titular dog-loving former hitman for John Wick: Chapter Three. Reeves surprised everyone with the amazing first film, and proved he could pull it off again with a well-received Chapter Two; with Chapter Three, the franchise gets a chance to test its growing success during blockbuster season with its first-ever summer release date. The competition will be tougher at the box office this time around, but we're sure this Wick has more than enough firepower to hold its own.

Untitled Men in Black spinoff - May 17

Sony is spinning off their Men in Black universe in 2019. The untitled film has a script from Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight's Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, who are set to offer a more contemporary take on the franchise with a more global scale. Similar to what Jurassic World did for the Jurassic Park franchise, the film is set to focus on new characters instead of Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K and Will Smith's Agent J, bringing in Thor: Ragnarok's Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as its leads. However, reports say that the movie won't be entirely focused on the duo — it is said to be more of an ensemble film. Fitting with that theme, The Fast and the Furious' F. Gary Gray is set to take on directorial duties, teasing that the film will be "true to the core of the MiB world" while still expanding "to a fresh new place." 

Aladdin - May 24

Guy Ritchie will reveal his "ambitious and non-traditional' take on Aladdin in 2019, with Mena Massoud taking on the title role alongside Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as his Jasmine. Massoud and Scott landed the two main roles after a worldwide casting call involving thousands of hopefuls, so you have to imagine that they're perfect fits.

The rest of the cast includes Will Smith stepping into Robin Williams' role as the Genie and Marwan Kenzari playing the villainous Jafar. Saturday Night Live's Nasim Pedrad is set to play a comic relief role as Jasmine's handmaiden and friend, while Into the Woods' Billy Magnussen joins as a princely rival for Jasmine's love. Magnussen's casting has come with plenty of controversy, with many upset that the classic story will be changed to add a white actor, but we still have trust in the Disney machine to make this a magical trip to the theater.

The Six Billion Dollar Man - May 31

Mark Wahlberg will bring a 1970s TV series to the big screen in 2019. The Departed actor is set to star in a remake of The Six Million Dollar Man, now titled The Six Billion Dollar Man. He'll play Steve Austin, a former astronaut who's forced to resort to cutting-edge technology to become half-machine in order to survive after an accident. The role of Austin was played by Lee Majors in the original sci-fi TV series, which ran on ABC from 1973 to 1978. 

Austin's high-tech new additions give him superhuman strength, which he puts to use as a secret agent working for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Although there's no word yet on who'll star alongside Wahlberg in the film, he's teaming up with an experienced director in Damian Szifron, who won a BAFTA Award in 2016 for his film Wild Tales. Wahlberg has said that the movie will be "a complete opposite spin on the superhero movie and capes," which means that it should be a welcome and different addition to the crowded action genre.

Gambit - June 7

After years in development hell, Channing Tatum's Gambit looks like it'll finally hit the big screen in 2019. The film is set to feature the 21 Jump Street actor as the smooth-talking, card-playing mutant, reportedly as he stands trial in New Orleans for a "seemingly impossible heist" involving a group of mutants. (Official plot details have not been confirmed yet.) Tatum is set to produce the movie as well as star, with Josh Zetumer (RoboCop) writing the script. Considering Tatum has said the film will call on the lessons learned from risky superhero flicks like Logan and Deadpool, this movie seems like it could be a great addition to the X-Men franchise. 

Charlie's Angels - June 7

Elizabeth Banks is set to take a stab at rebooting Charlie's Angels in 2019. The actress won't be in front of the camera, though—she'll be behind it, marking her second feature film as a director following 2015's Pitch Perfect 2. Although no stars are attached yet, rumor has it that she's looking at the likes of Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o for the new Angels roster.

Toy Story 4 - June 21

If you somehow didn't empty your tear ducts forever during Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4 is on the way. While plot details for the movie have been kept under wraps and the release date has been delayed already, Pixar has yet to put out a bad story about toys. All the details we've heard thus far about Toy Story 4 indicate it will be a solid inclusion in the franchise.

According to Pixar chief creative officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter, the treatment for the film, which wasn't initially planned but ended up being ordered due to the storyline, was "unbelievable," focusing on the love story between Woody and Bo Peep and showing Woody and Buzz teaming up to find a missing Bo. The Pixar machine hasn't failed us yet, and we're excited to see their animated rom-com on screen.

Cowboy Ninja Viking - June 28

Chris Pratt made a very quick journey from Parks and Recreation schlub to action hero, and his big 2019 outing will find the actor taking the lead in Cowboy Ninja Viking as a new kind of assassin who's able to combine the skills of the three titular types of heroes.

Hardcore fans of comics will recognize the name of the film from the Image Comic series by AJ Lieberman. It's been a long time in the making, with Pratt first signing on in 2014; the star's hectic schedule complicated filming, and things were waylaid further when John Wick's David Leitch and Chad Stahelski had to drop out of the director's chairs due to competing commitments. However, the movie ended up landing Game of Thrones' Michelle MacLaren as a new director, working off a script from The Hangover II's Craig Mazin. With the first draft written by Deadpool's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, this ridiculous premise has a pretty good shot at paying off.

Transformers 7 - June 28

Transformers: The Last Knight is set to reveal the untold history of the Transformers on earth, something that's sure to rewrite the franchise and set up a whole new world for the future. There's still another Transformers movie to follow that as well, so by the time we hit 2019, the Transformers franchise should be ready to go absolutely bonkers. With 14 potential Transformers movies planned, there's clearly lots of territory left for the franchise to explore, and with each movie going bigger than the last one, it seems as though Transformers 7 will be exactly the kind of world-destroying, techno-happy movie that audiences are always clamoring to go out to the theaters for.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 - July 3

The Secret Life of Pets flooded movie theaters with adorableness in the summer of 2016, and although the sequel has been pushed back a year from its originally planned 2018 release date, there are still a lot of good things going for it. Set to follow the continuing adventures of New York City's craziest pets, the sequel will bring back the writing and directing team from the original, which means it should also be able to bring back the magic that made the first film so great.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 - July 5

Tom Holland's Spider-Man is set to continue his adventures in a second standalone film in 2019, which will follow another year of Peter's high school experience, similar to Harry Potter. The first movie was wildly successful with both critics and fans, and the second is bringing back a lot of the elements that contributed to its greatness. This includes director Jon Watts, who is in talks to return, and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who have also worked with Marvel on Ant-Man and the Wasp. We're definitely ready to join Holland and co. on another adventure.

Top Gun 2 - July 12

Maverick will be back in 2019. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is set to reunite with Tom Cruise for the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, which will be set in the world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters—and the end of the era of dogfighting. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is on board to return for the sequel, and while it's unclear whether other actors from the original cast will be back, Val Kilmer has said he's ready to step up should he get the call.

The Lion King - July 19

Disney's remake machine is already going strong, and Jon Favreau's The Lion King remake is expected to be a huge piece of the studio's increasing push toward live action. The movie will bring back James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Mufasa from the original, with Donald Glover providing the voice (and, hopefully, the vocals) for Simba and Beyonce doing the same for Nala. While no one has officially signed on to play Nala yet (rumor has it Beyonce is the top choice), the impressive leads already have some equally impressive backup in the form of Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, who will voice Timon and Pumba.

While it may be difficult to imagine how the animal planet of The Lion King will translate to live action, Favreau already has quite a lot of experience in this arena, directing Disney's The Jungle Book remake in 2016. The studio knows what they're doing when it comes to pulling on people's heartstrings and bringing up alllll the childhood nostalgia, and with a good cast in front of the camera and an impressive crew behind the scenes, The Lion King is sure to roar its way into your heart.

Untitled Fast and Furious spinoff - July 26

There won't be a new entry in the main Fast and Furious franchise in 2019, but there will be a spinoff. Universal has dated a vehicle starring Dwayne Johnson's Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's assassin character, Deckard Shaw, for that summer, with Chris Morgan, who's been with the franchise since Tokyo Drift, penning the script. While the movie doesn't have a director attached, the fact that two fan favorite characters from the popular films are teaming up is more than enough to get this film on our radar.

New Mutants - Aug. 2

Now that the X-Men movies have exhausted pretty much every timeline they can leap into and out of with Logan's dismal glimpse of the future, it's time for the New Mutants to start running the school. Directed by Josh Boone, New Mutants will introduce a group of mutant teens who are forced to reconcile their powers and their past sins after they are captured and held in a mysterious secret facility.

The biggest stars of the comic series had some mutant skills that should be pretty fun to see unfold onscreen, including Sunspot (a character who made a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past played by Adan Canto), who turns into a ball of dangerous UV radiation, Mirage the spooky soothsayer, and even the shape-shifting, pseudo-sentient robot Warlock. Fox has also brought some big stars on board to play their superpowered teens, including Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton, and Split's Anya Taylor-Joy. Alice Braga, Henry Zaga, and Blu Hunt also star.

New Mutants is set to bring a horror feel to the X-Men universe, but what has some viewers really scared is a behind-the-scenes shakeup. The movie was initially set to be released in April of 2018, but was then pushed back to February of 2019, reportedly so it would avoid competition with Deadpool 2 in overseas markets — then again to August 2, 2019. However, other rumors suggest that the film was actually pushed so the studio could make it scarier. Although New Mutants' release date push may have you spooked, it could be a good sign that the studio wants to take the time to get things just right.

Artemis Fowl - Aug. 9

Millions of readers remember Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl novels, which followed the titular precocious criminal mastermind throughout a series of fantastical adventures around the globe. The books are ripe for the film franchise treatment, but it hasn't happened—yet. Thor and Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh is set to direct an adaptation, scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2019. Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw is set to play the lead role, while Judi Dench will play a gender-swapped version of the books' Commander Root. Beauty and the Beast's Josh Gad will play the kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums, while Love's Lara McDonnell will play Captain Holly Short and Conan the Barbarian's Nonso Anozie will play Artemis' bodyguard Butler. The pressure's always on when filmmakers attempt to adapt beloved books, but who can argue with a cast like this?

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Aug. 9

Quentin Tarantino's next movie is set to arrive in theaters in 2019. The movie will follow the Charles Manson murders, although Tarantino has said that it won't be a biopic—rather, it'll focus on the state of the world in 1969. The movie will include some of the biggest aspects of the Manson murders, though, with Tarantino said to be talking to Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie for the role of Sharon Tate.

The story will focus on a male TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) who's had one hit series but is now looking to step away from the business. His sidekick (Brad Pitt), who is also his stunt double, is feeling the same way. Their story is eventually somehow affected by the murders of Tate and four of her friends by Manson and his followers, with the killings said to be a "backdrop" to the main story.

It: Chapter Two - Sept. 6

Pennywise will make his terrifying return to the big screen in 2019. It: Chapter Two is set to hit theaters almost exactly two years after the first film, which followed the lives of a group of children known as the Losers' Club as they dealt with the advances of the shapeshifting evil. The sequel will move to the present, showing the adult versions of the characters as they return to Derry to deal with Pennywise's reemergence.

Director Andy Muschietti is likely to return for the sequel, alongside screenwriter Gary Dauberman. The first film's massive box office haul and critical acclaim should mean that some big-name actors will sign on to play the adult Losers, although no official casting has been announced yet. (The movie's child actors will likely return as well, with Muschietti saying there will be "dialogue between timelines.") Muschietti has also said he would like the second film to explore the "cosmic dimension" of the novel, dealing with some of its otherworldly aspects. Sign us up. 

The Kitchen - Sept. 20

Two comedy superstars are set to join together for a DC drama in 2019. Bridesmaids Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy and Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish are teaming up for DC and New Line's The Kitchen, based on the 2014 Vertigo comic book series written by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The movie has a script from Straight Outta Compton's Andrea Berloff, who is also set to make her directorial debut with the film.

The Kitchen isn't exactly the movie you would expect McCarthy and Haddish to star in, but it certainly has an intriguing plot that should give the duo a chance to stretch their dramatic muscles. The movie is described as a "gritty" film set in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s. After an FBI sweep captures the leaders of the Irish mob, their wives take over, running the business in a more brutal way than their husbands ever did. With female stars, a female director, and an appealing anti-hero story, this one seems like a winner.

Gemini Man - Oct. 4

Will Smith fans have more than just Aladdin to look forward to in 2019. The actor is also set to lead Ang Lee's Gemini Man, starring as an aging assassin trying to get out of the business but pulled back in when he has to fight against his own clone—who's 25 years younger, and at the peak of his abilities.

Gemini's been in the works for years, first set up at Disney in 1997 based on a pitch from Jack the Giant Slayer's Darren Lemke. While the story's central conceit forced execs to wait until visual effects technology caught up, digitally de-aging actors has become a common practice. This promises to be a futuristic action thriller with a nifty twist—and twice as much Will Smith is never a bad thing.

The Crow - Oct. 11

Jason Momoa will try his hand at remaking a cult hit in 2019. The Aquaman actor is set to star in a reboot of the 1994 supernatural thriller The Crow, taking over the role initially played by Brandon Lee, who was tragically killed in an accidental shooting on set shortly before principal photography was to be completed.

The Crow reboot, reportedly titled The Crow Reborn, is said to stick more closely to the 1989 James O'Barr graphic novel on which the original film was based. We've used a little Photoshop magic to give you a sneak peek of what Momoa might look like as main character Eric Draven, a musician who is shot and killed after he and his fiancee are attacked by a group of thugs. Eric is later resurrected by a crow, and he uses his newfound life to seek vengeance for his fiancee's death. The dark film will be directed by Corin Hardy, who has experience with spooky subjects thanks to his past work on The Nun and The Hallow.

Wonder Woman 2 - Nov. 1

Wonder Woman is the DCEU's highest-grossing film to date in the U.S., so it makes sense that Warner Bros. quickly ordered a sequel. The movie will also bring back director Patty Jenkins, who's set to co-write the script alongside DC Studios head Geoff Johns and The Expendables' Dave Callaham.

While plot details have been kept tightly under wraps, Jenkins has said she'd like the film to bring Diana to America, likely during the period between the events of Wonder Woman and those of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The sequel is also reportedly said to have found a way to bring back Chris Pine, so look forward to more action, fun, and romance.

Untitled James Bond Movie - Nov. 8

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the character's 25th feature film in 2019. While the star's involvement was left up in the air for a long time, he's confirmed to come back for what's reportedly one last outing, with Trainspotting's Danny Boyle saying that the script is currently in progress and he's on board to direct.  A lot about the movie is still being hammered out right now (including a distributor, in a hotly contested race), but none of it threatens to revoke 007's long-standing license to kill at the box office.

Sonic the Hedgehog - Nov. 15

Video game movies may be hit or miss, but Paramount seems like it has a winner on its hands with its Sonic the Hedgehog film, which will combine live action and CGI to tell the story of the spiky blue speedster. There's no word yet on a storyline, but it has an impressive pedigree, with The Fast and the Furious' Neal H. Moritz producing alongside Deadpool's Tim Miller. Jeff Fowler, of the Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, will make his feature film directorial debut with Sonic, which has a script from Golan The Insatiable's Pat Casey and Josh Miller.

Untitled Terminator film - Nov. 22

The Terminator will be back on the big screen in 2019. Deadpool's Tim Miller is set to direct the latest installment of the franchise, while the original's James Cameron will produce. Some people may still be a little wary of the Terminator franchise since Genisys, but the new film looks like it's headed in the right direction, with Cameron saying it will ignore the events of the three films that followed T2 and treat them like they were in an alternate reality. 

The newest film will also bring back original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, and it won't try to de-age its elder heroes—instead, it will fully embrace how seasoned the pair has become. In addition, the movie, set to be the first in a trilogy, will introduce a new young woman to help the franchise tell new stories in the future. That's more than enough to convince us to give The Terminator another chance.

Frozen 2 - Nov. 27

Bundle up, because Frozen 2 is also coming your way in 2019. Not much is known right now about the sequel to the 2013 mega-hit, but we're ready to guarantee it will feature at least a couple catchy songs that are sure to become karaoke mainstays for the rest of eternity. The sequel will further explore the relationship between Idina Menzel's Elsa and Kristen Bell's Anna, both of whom showed that they know how to do compelling voiceover work in the first movie. The original film also provided some of Disney's most engaging and feminist heroines to date, something we're definitely excited to see more of down the line. (Plus, Olaf.) While we don't know anything specific about the plot yet, Frozen 2 is sure to warm your cold heart.

Masters of the Universe - Dec. 18

There's been good news and bad news recently about the long-gestating Masters of the Universe adaptation. While the movie finally got a release date, hinting it could actually be headed towards production soon, it lost its director, with McG dropping out for an unknown reason. However, the film is still shaping up to be a powerful adaptation of the cosmic He-Man, with an experienced superhero screenwriter at the helm in David S. Goyer, the man behind Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Blade, Man of Steel, and more. There are also a bevy of A-list actors reportedly vying to play roles in the film, and, with more and more stars scrambling to sign on to superhero movies in recent years, it looks like Masters of the Universe should have no problem assembling an impressive cast of characters.

Star Wars: Episode IX - Dec. 20

There have already been some shake-ups behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode IX, with Lucasfilm dropping Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow from the project a few months before production was set to begin. They found someone who's definitely qualified to take over, however, with The Force Awakens' J.J. Abrams returning to the franchise to write and direct the trilogy finale. While this bumped the movie's release date back six months, there are still plenty of signs pointing to this one being epic.

The Last Jedi should tell us a lot about the plot of Star Wars: Episode IX, but we do know that Episode IX will provide a resolution to the trilogy, which will follow a similar arc to past Star Wars trilogies, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. And, if just the plot of the movie isn't enough to get you out to theaters, the company is looking to set up a future of standalone movies and spinoffs, meaning Episode IX will probably be a launching pad for years of the franchise's future. Star Wars fan? This is required viewing.

Shrek 5 - TBD

Shrek 5 won't hit theaters until nearly nine years after Shrek Forever After, but Dreamworks is assuring viewers that the next movie in the hugely popular franchise will still blow everyone away. The fifth film is apparently set to launch a reinvented Shrek franchise, with a whole potential Shrek universe on the way as well. "Reinvention was sort of called for," said screenwriter Michael McCullers. "There's been four movies and a lot of material, so the characters are pretty beloved and they're great characters, but you also have to think of a pretty new take at that point." While it's unclear exactly what the reinvention will entail, there are quite a few storylines in the Shrek universe that have yet to be explored, and it will be interesting to see which fairy tale myths the franchise decides to mine next.