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Movies and TV shows that will blow everyone away in 2019

2019 is creeping closer on the calendar every day, and in Hollywood, it's never too early to start planning ahead for the next movies and TV shows that will blow everyone away — and while we're all busy figuring out what we're going to do next weekend, the major studios are all already filling up their slates with releases viewers won't want to miss. And we're not just talking about a small handful, either — the entertainment industry already has a lot of big plans for you next year. 

To offer an idea of just how crowded the 2019 film and TV calendar has already gotten, we've rounded up a comprehensive list of the biggest (and hopefully best) releases that will be competing for your attention next year. From superhero action thrillers to down-to-earth dramas and everything in between, here are all the movies and TV shows that will blow you away in 2019.

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Godzilla: King of Monsters - May 31

Godzilla: King of Monsters is the follow-up to the well-received 2014 film featuring the monster and brings in a largely overhauled roster of stars, 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 also includes 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. As the first trailer indicates, the big green guy can expect a lot of company in this installment — and it isn't necessarily of the friendly variety, either.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix - June 7

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 before "a massive twist halfway through [the movie] that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise." In addition to Turner, Dark Phoenix will star Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Jessica Chastain will play a shapeshifting villain. We'll have to hold on a little longer now that it's been bumped from its early 2019 release date and moved to June 7, but it should still be well worth the wait.

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Long Shot - June 7

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 Long Shot, 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.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 - June 7

The Secret Life of Pets flooded movie theaters with adorableness in the summer of 2016, and although the sequel was first pushed back a year from its originally planned 2018 release date, it was later bumped up to its current June 7, 2019 launch — and 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. The voice cast is led by Patton Oswalt, taking over for Louis C.K. as Max, and rounded out by a blend of returning stars (Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate) and new additions (Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Pete Holmes).

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Men in Black International - June 14

Sony is spinning off their Men in Black universe in 2019. The film, formally known as Men in Black International, 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, joined by Emma Thompson, returning to reprise her role as Men in Black organization head Agent O. Reports say that the movie won't be entirely focused on Hemsworth and Thompson — 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." 

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Shaft - June 14

Hotter than Bond and cooler than Bullitt, Shaft is coming back in 2019 thanks to director Tim Story (Fantastic Four) and writers Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs). A sequel to the 2000 Shaft film — which starred Samuel L. Jackson as the tough-as-tires New York Police Department detective John Shaft II, the nephew of Richard Roundtree's John Shaft I first seen in the original Shaft flick from 1971 — the new take on the franchise shifts focus to the third leaf in the Shaft family tree: the FBI-agent-slash-cyber-expert John Shaft III, played by Independence Day: Resurgence actor Jessie T. Usher. Both Roundtree and Jackson will star in the Story-helmed Shaft (reportedly but not officially titled Son of Shaft) that sees Usher's Shaft partnering up with his estranged father in what's described as an "uneasy collision of old school meets new school." Things may be uncomfortable and tensions may be high, but at least the Shaft trio will, at one point in the movie, look slick as heck rocking matching dark orange coats.

Studio Warner Bros. has the new Shaft reboot scheduled for release on June 14, 2019 in the U.S. — but fans in international territories won't have to head out to theaters to see the sequel, as production company New Line Cinema struck a deal with Netflix to release Shaft on the streamer outside the U.S. on June 28, 2019. So if you wanna see Shaft in 2019, you won't have to ask yo' mamma.

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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.

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Child's Play - June 21

One, two, Chucky's coming for you — and for the silver screen in June. Thirty-one years after the original Child's Play sparked a worldwide fear of redheads, toy dolls, and anyone by the name of "Charles" (not to mention a string of increasingly strange sequels), a remake is on its way — this time without the influence of creator Don Mancini or Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif and coming hot out of the film oven at Orion Pictures, a subsidiary of MGM, which hasn't handled screen rights for the property since the OG film from the '80s. 

A new-old studio and a new-new creative team that includes director Lars Klevberg, producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, and screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith aren't the only updates the Child's Play remake touts — it also features a deeply unsettling redesign for Chucky, the serial killer trapped inside an innocent-looking doll, and a stacked cast led by Gabriel Bateman as Andy Barclay, Aubrey Plaza as Karen Barclay, and Brian Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, who investigates a string of murders that may link back to one Charles Lee Ray.

The Child's Play remake is about as newfangled as films of its kind come, and we have a feeling that because of that, it will end up working in a big way.

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Annabelle Comes Home - June 28

Those who have been waiting for another entry in New Line Cinema's Conjuring saga, your wishes will be granted in 2019. Annabelle Comes Home, the third Annabelle film and the follow-up to 2017's Annabelle: Creation (itself a prequel to the original that centered on the titular possessed vintage doll), is slated to stir up scares on June 28, when viewers will discover what horrors Annabelle creates after she's held in a glass box within Ed and Lorraine Warren's (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) artifact room. 

Set just after the start of The Conjuring series when Annabelle is first introduced and before the actual events of the first film, the yet-untitled third Annabelle stars Mckenna Grace as Judy Warren, Ed and Lorraine's 10-year-old daughter; Madison Iseman as Mary Ellen; Katie Sarife as Daniela; and Farmiga and Wilson as mama and papa Warren, naturally.

As of July 2018, screenwriter Ed Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, was "still finalizing the script," but the gist of the story is this: the Warrens bring Annabelle to their artifact room, the one place where the doll "can really no longer wreak havoc." But, as Dauberman previously explained, Annabelle can still cause trouble there, and so she "awakens the evil within that room" and targets Judy. James Wan, who serves as a producer on the movie, also described Annabelle 3 as "basically A Night at the Museum, with Annabelle" — so take from that what you will.

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Stranger Things season 3 - July 4

2019 is going to be a strange year: The third season of Netflix's sci-fi hit Stranger Things is set to hit the streamer, taking a bit longer than normal to write and film thanks to the show's increasing scope. The third season will span eight episodes, down from the usual ten, and will feature the Hawkins gang dealing with new "forces of evil." The series is also set to feature another time jump and will be set in the summer, a departure from past seasons.

Although details are few and far between on where the show will go next, we do know a few things, including the fact that it will feature more of season two fan favorite Erica (Lucas' sister, played by Priah Ferguson), as well as another likely appearance from Linnea Berthelsen's Kali, who should help to open up more of the mystery surrounding Eleven's (Millie Bobby Brown) past. Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, and Maya Thurman-Hawke will be joining in new roles.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home - 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 — including director Jon Watts, who's working from a script by Homecoming co-writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. We're definitely ready to join Holland and co. on another adventure in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite all the sameness when it comes to the film's crew, Spider-Man: Far From Home will feel far different. The sequel takes our friendly neighborhood Spidey across the globe, following Peter Parker and his friends as they go to Europe over their summer vacation – which happens after both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. It's likely that when he's overseas, Spider-Man will face off against Mysterio, the new-to-the-big-screen villain played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and come in contact with J.B. Smoove's still-undisclosed character.

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Stuber - July 12

We've all had our share of Uber horror stories: the driver goes the long way around the city to the airport and you almost miss your flight, takes one too many back-road "shortcuts" and gets completely lost (thus sending you spiraling into a mini-meltdown in the backseat), or asks a litany of questions you weren't prepared to answer after dancing and drinking the night away. It's almost as if the outcome of an Uber ride is determined by the flip of a coin: it's either easy-breezy or kind of a disaster. In Stuber, it's the latter — only it's the driver who's subject to all sorts of unforeseen troubles.

Helmed by Future Man and Take Me Home Tonight director Michael Dowse, Stuber centers on an unsuspecting Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up his rider, Vic (Dave Bautista), a "grizzled detective who is hot on the trail of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist." Chaos ensues when Stu gets tangled in Vic's dangerous ordeal, and tries to keep his nerves level, himself alive, and his coveted five-star rating intact.

With The Big Sick's Nanjiani and Guardians of the Galaxy's Bautista toplining, plus Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes and Game Night directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley producing, Stuber is sure to be Stu-perb — and might even become one of the biggest films of the summer when it debuts on July 12.

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The Lion King - July 19

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, with Donald Glover providing the voice (and, hopefully, the vocals) for Simba and Beyonce doing the same for Nala. But the leads won't hold all the star power in the live-action refresh — they have some equally impressive backup in Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, who will voice Timon and Pumba.

Favreau already has 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.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - July 26

Quentin Tarantino's next movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is set to arrive in theaters in July of 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 Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie on board for the role of Sharon Tate, the Hollywood starlet who was murdered by members of the killer's infamous cult. 

The story will focus on an out-of-work TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) who's had one hit series but is now looking to step away from the business. His sidekick and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) 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.

As if all that wasn't enticing enough, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features one of the most dazzling supporting casts in recent memory, including James Marsden, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Hammond, Clifton Collins Jr., Keith Jefferson, and Al Pacino. And that still isn't all: Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Burt Reynolds, and Timothy Olyphant also star. Sounds like everyone in Hollywood is in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw - Aug. 2

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 Hobbs and Shaw, a vehicle starring Dwayne Johnson's Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's assassin Deckard Shaw for that summer, with Chris Morgan, who's been with the franchise since Tokyo Drift, penning the script. The fact that two fan favorite characters from the popular film franchise are teaming up already got the spinoff on our radar, but when we learned that Deadpool 2 filmmaker David Leitch had boarded the project as its directorIdris Elba had been cast as the film's main villain, and Vanessa Kirby had joined as Shaw's sister, our excitement levels shot through the roof. August 2019 can't come fast enough.

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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?

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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 set to return for the sequel, alongside screenwriter Gary Dauberman. The first film's massive box office haul and critical acclaim meant it was easy to land big name stars to play the adult Losers, with Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean, and James Ransone set to appear. (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. 

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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.

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The Mandalorian - Fall

Jon Favreau is traveling to a galaxy far, far away to write and executive produce The Mandalorian for exclusive release on Disney's soon-to-be-launched streaming service. Situated in a section of the Star Wars universe not yet explored on a screen of any size, The Mandalorian, as Favreau himself has described it, chronicles "the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."

Though one could easily assume that, due to its title and its gun-toting central character, The Mandalorian will follow the badass bounty hunter Boba Fett, they would be sorely mistaken. The Favreau-penned series actually takes place after Boba and his "father" Jango's prime, "after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order," when a new so-called "warrior" steps into the spotlight.

Beyond the details Favreau offered when the project was first announced, not much is known about the plot and the characters of The Mandalorian. However, Disney and Lucasfilm did confirm a sterling slate of stars who are attached to direct an episode of the new series. Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa, and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow will all get behind the camera and make some Star Wars magic with The Mandalorian.

No concrete release date has been set for The Mandalorian, but it's expected to premiere soon after Disney's streaming platform rolls out.

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Joker - Oct. 4

No joke: Two standalone films featuring Gotham City's most infamous tormentor are being produced in 2019 — and one is coming before the end of the year. While Variety reported in June 2018 that Jared Leto's DCEU Joker is getting his own movie, it's still unknown if it will film before or after the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, set to go into production in 2019.

But the Joker movie that will be up on the big screen before we know it is the dark and gritty take on the Clown Prince of Crime that exists outside of the DCEU. Director Todd Phillips' Joker, billed as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale," stars acting powerhouse Joaquin Phoenix and is set to arrive in theaters on October 4. From the get-go, Phillips and the bigwigs at Warner Bros. have pushed the film, co-written by Phillips and Academy Award nominee Scott Silver (The Fighter), as something completely unlike what fans of the Joker have ever seen before. The first teaser trailer that Warner Bros. dropped on Wednesday, April 3 proved just that — showing Phoenix as struggling comedian Arthur Fleck, the man who experiences a psychotic break and undergoes a dark transformation into the Joker. Clearly, Joker is no laughing matter.

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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.

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Zombieland 2 - Oct. 11

Stock up on Twinkies — try not to blast bullets through the ones you've got saved for later – 'cause the Zombieland franchise is officially getting a double tap in 2019. 

After a decade of waiting, fans of director Ruben Fleischer's post-apocalyptic horror comedy can finally sink their teeth into a sequel that not only brings back the same filmmaker, but is also written by the same duo who penned the original (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) and features all four beloved lead actors that the world fell for back in 2009. That's right, gang: Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson are all returning for Zombieland Too.

This time around, things will be a little different for the scrappy and sarcastic pseudo-family. According to studio Sony Pictures, which gave the sequel the go-ahead in July 2018, Zombieland Too sees Wichita, Little Rock, Columbus, and Tallahassee trekking across the U.S. from the White House to the country's heartland, fighting against evolved undead flesh-eaters that are "larger, stronger, and more destructive than their first-wave counterparts," and forming alliances — and even friendships, perhaps? — with fellow survivors.

Zombieland Too will bow on October 11, 2019 — just over 10 years after the first Zombieland opened in theaters. 

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The Addams Family - Oct. 11

They're creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky — and they're coming in October of 2019. Studio MGM and director Conrad Vernon, known for his work on Shrek 2, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and the Seth Rogen film Sausage Party, are collaborating for the forthcoming Addams Family animated feature. 

The film, which is based on the original Addams Family cartoons created by artist Charles Addams that were printed in The New Yorker, follows the 1960s Addams Family series that starred John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Lisa Loring as Wednesday, and Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley, as well as the two 1990s films led by Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia.

Specific storyline details about the new Addams Family movie involve the clan battling a reality television host, and the voice cast has started to fill out, led by Star Wars: The Last Jedi vet Oscar Isaac as family patriarch Gomez Addams, joined by Charlize Theron as his wife Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as their daughter Wednesday, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard as her brother Pugsley, and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. Allison Janney has signed on to play Addams family foe Margaux Needler, with Bette Midler also on board as Grandmama.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Oct. 18

The horns and high cheekbones are returning this fall. Disney is slated to launch its Maleficent sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, on October 18 — five years after the Robert Stromberg-directed original opened in theaters to much praise from fans and a steady influx of cash from the box office

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil brings back Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, who curses a young princess to fall into a deep and unshakeable slumber after her father betrays her. Also returning is Elle Fanning as that princess, Aurora, who is poised to become queen of the kingdom her father once ruled and views Maleficent as a godmother, as the horned fairy began caring for her when her designated guardians — a pack of fairies named Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle — failed to adequately do their job.

Picking up several years after the events of the first film, which ended with Maleficent breaking Aurora's curse by giving her true love's kiss, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is said to "explore the complex relationship" between Maleficent and Aurora as they "form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within."

The sequel also has a new director (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Rønning) and several new cast members (Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith and Harris Dickinson as Prince Phillip, plus Chiwetel Ejiofor, Robert Lindsay, Jenn Murray, and David Gyasi) in tow.

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Terminator: Dark Fate - Nov. 1

The Terminator will be back on the big screen in 2019 with Terminator: Dark FateDeadpool'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.

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Charlie's Angels - Nov. 1

Elizabeth Banks is set to take a stab at rebooting Charlie's Angels in 2019. Banks won't just 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. For her new crew of Angels, she's rounded up Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, and in addition to helming the feature, Banks will also play the trio's handler, Bosley. As if all that wasn't enough, she also added a draft of the screenplay — which means if these Angels don't fly, she won't have anyone else to blame. In the meantime, Banks is clearly nothing but excited about her summer-slated passion project. "Charlie's Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the '70s," she enthused. "I couldn't be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world."

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Doctor Sleep - Nov. 8

Stephen King rather famously hates Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, despite the fact that it's widely acknowledged as one of the finest films ever made. King's personal feelings about his original 1977 novel led him to oversee a 1997 miniseries and eventually write a sequel in 2013. In Doctor Sleep, King catches up with an adult Dan Torrance, who has inherited his father's alcoholism and is still haunted by the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel. While he battles these literal and metaphorical demons, he must protect a young girl with a Shine of her own from an evil cult.

Adapting Doctor Sleep into a movie presents a pretty unique problem: how do you avoid comparisons to one of the most iconic films of all time when the creator of the source material despises it? Director Mike Flanagan (hot on the heels of his success with The Haunting of Hill House) has promised to acknowledge Kubrick's Shining while remaining faithful to King's world. It's not the first time Flanagan has adapted the horror master's work, either — he directed Gerald's Game for Netflix in 2017. 

Ewan McGregor will star as Dan Torrance when Doctor Sleep haunts theaters on November 8, 2019. Originally slated for a January 2020 release, Warner Bros. bumped the date up in what Deadline calls "a major vote of confidence," giving us even more cause for excitement.

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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. The film also has Westworld's James Marsden as its human lead Tom, a police officer who partners with Sonic, and Jim Carrey as its main villain Robotnik, so expect audiences to speed out to theaters for its release.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Nov. 22

Won't you be his neighbor? Tom Hanks plays the legendarily kind and endlessly talented children's television icon Fred Rogers in an all-new drama feature from director Marielle Heller. Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, the upcoming film, once tentatively titled You Are My Friend, chronicles the relationship that award-winning but rarely smiling journalist Lloyd Vogel, portrayed by Matthew Rhys, forms with Rogers after he begrudgingly agrees to profile the adored host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood for Esquire magazine in 1998. The more time Vogel spends with Rogers, the more his understanding of the world and its people starts to change.

While A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sounds like it has the makings of a biopic, it isn't one. Director Heller asserted to Entertainment Weekly that the film is instead "a movie that's largely focused on a reporter and [Mr. Rogers'] relationship to his life, and how [the reporter's] whole world changes when coming in contact with Fred Rogers… It's a story for our times, a story about kindness and family connection and trying to tap into our better self."

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood follows after the 2018 Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? – and will probably make viewers shed just as many tears as the Morgan Neville-directed film did when it debuts on November 22, 2019. 

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Frozen 2 - Nov. 22

Bundle up, because Frozen 2 is also coming your way in 2019, and 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; they're reportedly being joined by Evan Rachel Wood and This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown in unspecified roles. 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.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel - Dec. 13

Thought the magical, reality-bending board game bit the dust at the end of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? Think again.

After Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan all spilled their ideas for a sequel to the sequel that followed up the 1995 Robin Williams-led original, Sony Pictures gave the project the green light, bringing Jake Kasdan back into the director's seat, and Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner into the writers' room.

The yet-untitled sequel reunites the gang for another adventure that will likely be a "continuation" of the video game concept that framed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. According to Kasdan, the upcoming outing will also distance itself from the first Jumanji film, and might see Johnson, Black, Hart, Jonas, and Gillan portray completely new characters — perhaps even each other's avatars from the previous movie.

"Our hope is to keep a long continuity through the whole thing, even though the story that we're telling in the second movie, the movie that we're working on right now is much more connected to the first movie that I made a year ago than it is to the original," Kasdan told Slashfilm. "We love the idea of keeping all of this together and connected in some way or another."

Head back to the jungle — or someplace else entirely — when the next Jumanji movie launches on December 13, 2019.

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Star Wars: Episode IX - Dec. 20

There have been some shake-ups behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode IX, with Lucasfilm dropping Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow 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 write and direct the trilogy finale.

Episode IX will provide a resolution to the Skywalker saga while setting up a future of standalone movies and spinoffs, meaning that while we're undoubtedly in for the final appearances of some classic characters, this chapter will also serve as a launching pad for years of the franchise's future. And if that doesn't strike your fancy, perhaps knowing that Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher have been confirmed to return — alongside Billy Dee Williams, reprising his role as Lando Calrissian — will do the trick.

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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.

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Big Little Lies season 2 - TBD

Big Little Lies was a massive hit for HBO, earning awards season love across the board for its stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern. Although the show was initially billed as a limited series, it wasn't all that surprising when HBO ordered a second season, which will be written by season 1 vet David E. Kelley based in part on a story from Liane Moriarty, the author of the book on which the series is based.

The main cast is all on board to return, although the series will be without its original director, Jean-Marc Vallee. Instead, Transparent and American Honey helmer Andrea Arnold will step behind the camera for the upcoming episodes. In case the show's original star power wasn't enough to bring you back for season two, the show has also added another huge name to its cast: Meryl Streep, set to play the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's deceased character, Perry White. Big or little, we are definitely excited for this show's sophomore outing.

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Rick and Morty season 4 - TBD

Hopefully, we'll get to travel between dimensions with Rick and Morty again soon. The animated Adult Swim series has won lots of admirers for its wacky humor and surprisingly deep plotting, but unfortunately for fans, the show is likely to be off the air until at least 2019, according to co-creator Dan Harmon. Contract negotiations held the show up for a while, with co-creators Harmon and Justin Roiland hammering out a deal with Adult Swim's parent company Turner Broadcasting Systems. Although the renewal took time, luckily for fans of the series, the show wound up getting a massive 70-episode order, ensuring it will be around for quite a while. 

As for season four, Harmon has said that he's aiming to have 14 episodes, which is up from the usual 10 to 11. A specific premiere date for this batch of episodes has yet to be determined, but the production ramped up again in the summer of 2018, and co-creator Justin Roiland promised that whenever the show does make it back to the airwaves, that 70-episode renewal order should translate to a much shorter wait between seasons. "We're not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore," he told Polygon"We're going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It's going to be really cool."

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The Twilight Zone - TBD

In 2019, Jordan Peele will take audiences to the "fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man," the dimension as "vast as space and as timeless as infinity." You know, the dimension that's of sight, sound, and mind. The one that exists in the space between the valley of humankind's greatest fears and the apex of their consciousness — that one!

For those unfamiliar with the famous opening narration we're referring to, the Get Out director is set to narrate and host the upcoming revival of The Twilight Zone, the legendary anthology series created by Rod Serling.

CBS All Access is keeping a pretty tight lid on what the reboot series will entail; however, the company did give us a (blurry) look at one of the set pieces when it released a video announcing that the show had entered production on October 2, 2018. Prior to that, Peele shared a peek into the project, giving fans an idea of what he'll sound like stepping into Serling's shoes. (Spoiler: He sounds damn good.)

The third Twilight Zone revival, following after Charles Aidman and Robin Ward took turns narrating the 1985 reboot and after Forest Whitaker presented the 2002 refresh, the Peele-hosted series is slated to premiere sometime in 2019. Though we don't know much about the new Twilight Zone, Peele seems the perfect person to guide us into "the wondrous land of imagination."

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Mr. Robot - TBD

So long, friend. Mr. Robot will log off and shut down — with zero chance of restarting — with its fourth season on USA Network. Despite reportedly thinking of making a fifth season of the Rami Malek-led drama thriller, which took off like a rocket when it debuted in 2015, series creator Sam Esmail affirmed that the fourth season will provide the perfect end to cybersecurity engineer-slash-hacker Elliot Alderson's tale. "Since day one, I've been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here," Esmail said in August 2018. "[We] didn't want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot's journey to extend past its inevitable ending."

The bigwigs at USA Network and Esmail are keeping mum when it comes to Mr. Robot season 4 details, but fans can expect the return of Malek's Elliot, Christian Slater's Mr. Robot (of course), Carly Chaikin's Darlene, Grace Gummer's Dom DiPierro, Portia Doubleday's Angela Moss, Martin Wallström's Tyrell Wellick, Michael Cristoer's Phillip Price, BD Wong's Whiterose, and Bobby Canavale's Irving. Season 4 is said to pick up immediately where season 3 left off, and will explore "the pros and cons of Elliot hitting 'send' on the email that could reverse 5/9." Whatever happens when Mr. Robot returns, the series is certain to go out with a bang.

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The Crown season 3 - TBD

Hail to the new queen in season 3 of Netflix's The Crown. Claire Foy may be leaving her post as Queen Elizabeth, but someone equally decorated is assuming the throne: Golden Globe-winning star Olivia Colman, who will portray Her Royal Highness in her later years. Season 3 will see a slew of other actor replacements as well — like Helena Bonham Carter playing an older version of Queen Elizabeth's rebellious sister Princess Margaret, whom Vanessa Kirby porrayed in the first two seasons; Tobias Menzies assuming Matt Smith's role as Prince Philip; and Ben Daniels becoming the new Antony Armstrong-Jones (a.k.a. Lord Snowdon), succeeding Matthew Goode. Additionally, Josh O'Connor replaces Julian Baring as Prince Charles, while Marion Bailey succeeds Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother. 

And that's just the start of the newness to come in the third season of The Crown, which will chronicle the Aberfan disaster, Princess Margaret's five-year affair with Roddy Llewellyn that broke down her marriage in 1978, and Harold Wilson's time as the British Prime Minister. Fans will also get to get acquainted with Camilla Parker Bowles, the second wife of Prince Charles, and the late Princess Diana in season 3.

"Season[s] 3 and 4 are being mapped out and the closer the history comes — I now can say, 'God, I know exactly what I was feeling when that happened, I remember that and I remember this," The Crown producer Suzanne Mackie once said. "That's so exciting!"

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Doom Patrol - TBD

DC Television luminary Greg Berlanti, the man responsible for helping craft Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, will bring yet another DC Comics series to life in 2019: Doom Patrol

An oddball group of misfit heroes created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol is made up of the genius paraplegic the Chief (real name: Niles Caulder), the radioactive Negative Man (Larry Trainor), the human brain inside a steel body Robotman (Cliff Steele), and the actress who can stretch her body at will Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr). Doom Patrol has already cast its Negative Man, tapping Matthew Zuk for the live-action performances and Matt Bomer to provide the voice; its Robotman, selecting Brendan Fraser for the gig; and its Elasti-Girl, casting April Bowlby in the role. The series will also feature Crazy Jane, a vigilante with multiple personalities, with Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero on board to play her. Once Cyborg, played by Joivan Wade, tasks the team with a mission they can't refuse, the Doom Patrol realizes that there's no returning to their old lives.

Doom Patrol is scheduled to air its 13-episode first season on Warner Bros. Television's upcoming streaming platform DC Universe sometime in 2019, but fans may end up seeing members of the strange superhero squad earlier than that, as the team is set to show up on Berlanti's other DC show, Titans, which premiered in October 2018.

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Mindhunter season 2 - TBD

Creator Joe Penhall and director David Fincher's gripping, sometimes gory, sometimes groovy '70s-set crime drama is coming back for more. Shortly after Mindhunter hit Netflix with its first season — which chronicled the efforts of FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) to establish the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy and interview serial killers in hopes of understanding the motivations behind their grisly crimes — in October 2017, the streamer renewed the series for a second season.

In terms of what viewers can expect to see on the new season of Mindhunter, which will reportedly run for only eight episodes rather than 10 like the first season, Fincher previously told Billboard that it will center around the Atlanta child murders. Between 1979 and 1981, nearly 30 African-American children, teens, and adults were murdered across Atlanta. Real-life FBI agent John E. Douglas, the man Groff's Holden is based on, profiled a man named Wayne Williams, believing him to be one of the perpetrators. Williams eventually went to jail, but Douglas' actions in getting him there resulted in him being censured by the FBI director at the time. Given the breakdown Holden had at the end of season 1, we wouldn't be surprised if he gets more radical in his methods as the new season progresses.

As of August 2018, Mindhunter season 2 is in production, having filmed at least part of the first episode. 

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Good Omens - TBD

Television fans should have a good feeling about what's on offer in 2019 — and if they aren't, the news that a limited series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is coming to Amazon Video sometime that year should get them good and giddy.

Starring David Tennant as Crowley, the demon who was the snake that tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, Good Omens centers on the two characters' mission to prevent the rise of the Antichrist and the subsequent fight between Heaven and Hell.

Tennant and Sheen aren't the only familiar faces who will appear in the six-part series. Mad Men alum Jon Hamm is set for the role of Archangel Gabriel, Heaven's golden boy; EastEnders veteran Josie Lawrence portrays the semi-titular Agnes Nutter, the 17th-century prophetess who predicted the catastrophic events at hand; and The Frankenstein Chronicles star Anna Maxwell plays the literally devilish Beelzebub.

Most importantly, though, Tennant has promised prospective viewers that Good Omens is a "massive, epic, sweeping show," and that it faithfully adapts Gaiman's novel. "It's so beloved, that novel, that you do feel like you're taking your life in your hands trying to reinterpret it for another medium," he said. "But I think because Neil was involved and wrote the script, I feel like we've got the angels on our side, so to speak."

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Watchmen - TBD

Who watches the Watchmen? You do — on HBO in 2019!

The home of Game of Thrones, Westworld, True Detective, and Big Little Lies is adding another member to its prestige television family next year: Watchmen, the drama that brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' acclaimed comic series to the small screen. From the mind of Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, Watchmen takes place in the same "alternate history where 'superheroes' are treated as outlaws" as featured in the comics, but it will make some noticeable changes to the source material.

Lindelof himself has rejected the notion that Watchmen is a straight-up adaptation, writing in a lengthy Instagram post that he has "no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago." Instead, the series will "remix" the comics, which Lindelof called "sacred ground [that] will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted." Billed as a "dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre," Watchmen will "embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."

With a logline like that and a cast that features Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass, Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt (a.k.a. Ozymandias), and Jean Smart as Agent Blake, as well as Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and a host of others, Watchmen sounds like one of the best superhero shows set to premiere next year.