2022 was a brilliant year for movies, and proof that the big screen experience is alive and kicking despite the challenges it faced over the last few years.
However, 2023 has the potential to eclipse it once again, with an incredible array of new movies to look forward to over the next 12 months. Returning heroes include Indiana Jones, Aquaman and Captain Marvel, while Barbie, Mario, and Ariel will all reinvent themselves anew on the big screen.
Beyond that there are new movies from Steven Spielberg, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and Christopher Nolan all on the horizon in 2023.
Read more: The best movies of 2022
These are the 50 most exciting movies coming over the next twelve months.
Words by Tom Chapman, Freda Cooper, James Luxford and Jasmine Valentine
A Man Called Otto – 6 January
As the first cinematic release of 2023, A Man Called Otto sees Tom Hanks return to his rightful place as the King of emotional comedy. Already being tipped for a Best Actor Oscar nod, the film follows Hanks as morose widower Otto Anderson, whose life of solitude is uprooted when a lively family move in next door. Pregnant Marisol (Mariana Treviño) proves to be the perfect match for him, forming an unlikely friendship that’s set to change Otto’s life.
Based on the bestselling novel by Fredrik Backman, the film is an English adaptation of the 2015 Swedish smash-hit A Man Called Ove. Following in the footsteps of roles such as Forrest Gump and Mr Robinson in A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, Otto Anderson is set to play to Hanks’ strengths after some questionable outings in 2022. A Man Called Otto also stars Hanks’ real-life son Truman in flashback scenes of Otto’s younger self. -JV
Empire of Light – 9 January
Being about as intimate and British as they come, Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light sees the Skyfall and 1917 director swap vodka martinis and muddy trenches for popcorn. Set in a seaside cinema in the 1980s, Empire of Light has the dynamic duo of Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward in what’s pegged as a charming coming-of-age story.
Empire of Light is one of those 'magic of movies' movies that’s sure to spark nostalgia in some. As Mendes was in his teenage years around this time, it’s a love letter to the craft that inspired him to become one of cinema’s biggest names. Some critics have said it’s Colman’s best performance to date as the sad-eyed Hilary Small. - TC
M3gan – 13 January
There’s something about dolls – or, more specifically, their relationship with us. Let’s just say that, if the likes of Annabelle or Chucky are anything to go by, they’re not that impressed with us humans. Although this summer’s Barbie movie may think differently. Strictly speaking, of course, M3gan’s an android, although she still looks like a traditional doll and she’s just a bit over-protective of her human friend, Cady (Violet McGraw). Not that the little girl can see that.
Read more: The best horror movies of 2022
Based on a story by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring franchise) and with the might of Blumhouse behind it, this is the film to get 2023 off to a horrific start. And we mean that in the nicest way. Even if M3gan herself suggests “you should probably run.” - FC
Tár – 13 January
Having already made waves across the pond, Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Lydia Tár is set to take the Academy Awards by storm. Tár follows the life of a fictitious conductor, who is in the process of recording a symphony that will peak her career. When one of her ex-students releases allegations about her, Lydia’s working life, relationships and mental faculties all hang in the balance.
Tár has immediately got noticed thanks to its unique angle on the artist versus the abuser — with some critics claiming viewers have got their perceptions of the story all wrong. Blanchett’s performance as Tár is so riveting, it’s left many wondering if she is in fact a real person. With stellar sound design, Blanchett and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir have even released an entire concept album on top of the film’s original soundtrack. – JV
Babylon – 20 January
Giving us the glitz and glamour of Tarantino’s Once Upon in Hollywood, is it a coincidence that Babylon stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie? Damien Chazelle’s work on Whiplash and La La Land means viewers are expecting similarly big things from this supersized ensemble.
Alongside Robbie and Pitt, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, and Olivia Wilde are a part of Babylon’s non-stop party that harks back to Hollywood's transition from silent movies to “talkies.” If anything, it should be a fascinating look at this bygone era. Also, we finally get Robbie and lookalike Samara Weaving sharing the screen. - TC
The Fabelmans – 27 January
A Spielberg movie is always a cinematic event and, up until a couple of months ago, The Fabelmans looked like sticking with that tradition. But, after a favourable reception on the festival circuit, the legendary director’s autobiographical drama seems to have fallen out of favour with US critics and cinema-goers. Yet it has so much going for it – so much, that we still can’t wait to revel in its comforting glow.
There’s Paul Dano and Michelle Williams as the parents and a supporting cast that boasts Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsh. Spielberg is a past master of warm nostalgia and that, coupled with a secret to uncover, promises he’ll be tugging on our heart strings as much as ever. The legions of awards pundits seem to think so as well, tipping it as a front runner in the Oscar race – yes, they’re talking about it already. We’ll definitely be going to see it – armed with a big box of tissues. - FC
Knock At The Cabin – 3 February
2022 has proved to be a strong year for the horror genre, and the 2023 release Knock At The Cabin is looking to follow suit. Starring Rupert Grint, Dave Bautista and Johnathan Groff, the film follows a group on vacation in a cabin in the woods. When a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers, they are confronted with deciding whether to avert an oncoming apocalypse.
As his first outing since 2021’s Old, Knock At The Cabin looks to be M. Night Shyamalan’s first R-rated movie since The Happening. Apparently filmed using archived cameras from the 1990s, fans could expect the unpredictable feel of Shyamalan classics such as The Sixth Sense. As an adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World, seasoned horror fans are likely to be in for an exciting ride. -FC
The Whale – 3 February
Anyone following the festival circuit will know that The Whale is the big story for Oscar season, with Brendan Fraser providing a comeback story for the ages in Darren Aronofsky's touching drama. It tells the story of a closeted teacher who faces up to his grief and isolation, with Fraser playing the morbidly obese lead character. Sadie Sink and Hong Chau also star.
We finally get to see the film behind the ovations in February. - JL
Magic Mike’s Last Dance – 10 February
Channing Tatum is once again baring all, but as the name of Magic Mike’s Last Dance suggests, it's presumably for the last time. The stripping series has won over far more than just hen parties, and with the Magic Mike movies (loosely) retelling Tatum’s actual experiences as a stripper, there’s more heart here than you might expect.
Tatum has described Magic Mike’s Last Dance as a “reverse Pretty Woman”, meaning it should round off the trilogy in style. Steven Soderbergh was once remembered for Erin Brockovich, but these days, the Magic Mike movies have kept him out of retirement. Better yet, Warner Bros has upgraded Last Dance from a HBO Max launch to a full-blown theatrical release. –TC
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania – 17 February
Marvel’s little big man is back to kickstart MCU’s Phase 5 and he’s bringing a host of familiar faces with him. Paul Rudd’s there, of course, along with Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas, plus new faces Corey Stoll and Bill Murray. Yes, you heard us right. Bill Murray. But the lion’s share of the excitement is very much directed towards Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror, who promises to shake things up, with lines like “You’re an Avenger? Have I killed you before?” See what we mean?
Read more: Every upcoming MCU movie
Kang’s arrival prepares the ground for him to take on Earth’s mightiest heroes in their next outing, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (scheduled for 2025), but many fans are already worried he could prove to be too mighty a foe for Rudd’s Scott Lang. Killing off a major Avenger is a cool way to announce your arrival, right? Yet recent rumours say that Rudd will live to fight another day. Can we wait to find out? Nope! - FC
Cocaine Bear – 24 February
Some titles just sell themselves, don't they? Based on a true story from the 1980s, this comic thriller sees a small Georgia Town defend itself from a giant bear who has overdosed on, um, illegal substances.
Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks is behind the camera, with Kerry Washington in front alongside the late Ray Liotta in one of his last screen performances for a movie that looks to be Hollywood's viral sensation in 2023. - JL
What’s Love Got To Do With It? – 24 February
The British romantic-comedy is a sub-genre that’s arguably been hit-or-miss over the last few years, but Shekhar Kapur’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? looks set to stick. Lily James and Shazad Latif star as Zoe and Kaz, each caught up in Kaz’s forthcoming arranged marriage. Documentary filmmaker and dating app addict Zoe follows Kaz from London to Lahore as he embarks on marrying a stranger, learning something new along the way.
With its star-studded cast including Dame Emma Thompson and Tak Atwal, What’s Love Got To Do With It? looks set to be a beautiful examination of cross-cultural dynamics. Dubbed by early reviews as a Richard Curtis-esque film, screenplay writer Jemima Khan could be on hand to deliver another classic up there with Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral. – JV
Creed III – 3 March
It’s not just fans excited to get back in the ring as Michael B. Jordan gets ready for another knockout with Creed 3. At a time franchise fatigue would’ve sunk most, Creed 3 has the honour of being the ninth Rocky movie and continues a run of successful spin-offs that started with Ryan Coogler’s Creed in 2015.
There’s quite literally a lot of weight on Jordan’s shoulders, thanks to the series lead also taking over directorial duties here. Coogler is still on board as a co-writer, and as the man of the moment, Jonathan Majors plays a complex villain in the form of Damian “Dame” Anderson. Creed 3 is already being called a new era of the Rocky franchise, proving that (sorry) we don’t always need Sylvester Stallone. -TC
65 – 10 March
It's been well known in sci-fi for many years that in space, no-one can hear you scream. Some of the scariest stories in cinema have exploited the isolation of the stars, and hoping to continue that theme is 65, directed by the producers of A Quiet Place.
Adam Driver leads this film about an astronaut who discovers he is not alone when he crash lands on an unknown planet... populated by deadly dinosaurs. Driver is one of the hottest stars out there at the moment, and it will be very interesting to see what he brings to the horror genre. -JL
Scream VI – 10 March
Get out your Ghostface mask, it’s time for the next episode of the 90s slasher and, to save confusion, the makers have reverted to a number in the title. Calling the fifth instalment Scream was a touch confusing, after all. And this one, according to star Melissa Berrera, is going to be “100 times gorier” than any of the others.
For fans of the original, Courtney Cox returns as Gail Weathers, making her the only actor to appear in every film in the franchise. No Neve Campbell or David Arquette, then. But Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega is on board and has been hinting at a chase to rival that heart-thumping sequence in Scream 2 when Ghostface goes in pursuit of Weathers.
The action, however, switches to New York, so we can only assume Ghostface does as well. But, to coin a catchphrase, “who’s that behind the mask?” - FC
Shazam! Fury of the Gods – 17 March
As the anticipated follow-up to 2019’s Shazam! its sequel is set to deliver 130 minutes of action-packed delight. With its initial release being pushed back by a year, Zachary Levi is back to take on villains Hespera (Helen Mirren) and Kalypso (Lucy Liu), daughters of the Greek titan Atlas. Asher Angel is set to return as Billy, with Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Michelle Borth, Ross Butler, and D.J. Cotrona all starring as superhero versions of Billy’s siblings.
With its initial trailer dropping in August, fans saw Shazam! in a state of self-crisis. Continuing the franchise’s distinct sense of comedy, action-packed fun, and a smorgasbord of well-known faces, fans are already getting excited about the superhero’s return. Some roles we have still only seen a few seconds of, such as West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler as another of Atlas’ daughters, Anthea. – JV
John Wick 4 – 24 March
Keanu Reeves is once again checking into the Hotel Continental, and it seems there’s no stopping the John Wick franchise. 2014 saw Reeves come back into the mainstream in a major way, with Chad Stahelski’s OG being a surprise blockbuster. Since then, the John Wick universe has continued to expand, and a role in the franchise has become one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets.
The long-awaited fourth mainline Wick movie adds newcomers, including Donnie Yen and Bill Skarsgård. Getting more bang for your buck, Stahelski has teased this could be Mr Wick’s most epic adventure yet. Don’t worry, a fifth movie has already been confirmed, while Reeves promises he’ll keep making them as long as they’re successful. -TC
The Super Mario Bros Movie – 31 March
You had to feel sorry for Mario, Nintendo’s ubiquitous plumber. He had a very bumpy ride when he first arrived on the big screen in 1993. The live action adventure with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo was panned by critics and cinema-goers alike but, 30 years later, he’s back in a brand new adventure. And it’s 100% animated.
Read more: Meet the cast of Super Mario Bros.
The omens are good, with The Lego Movie’s Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Charlie Day voicing his brother Luigi and Anya Taylor-Joy giving her dulcet tones to Princess Peach. The script is by Matthew Fogel (Minions: The Rise Of Gru, Lego Movie 2) and a recently released clip takes us on a tour of the Mushroom Kingdom, where all the action takes place. Pratt gives Mario an Italian accent, which should be worth the price of a ticket all on its own. – FC
Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves – 31 March
Over the last few years, Dungeons and Dragons has exploded in popularity. The fantasy role-playing sensation comes to the big screen with an epic adventure, with Chris Pine leading a wise cracking troupe of adventurers on a magical quest.
Fantasy is huge at the moment, with Lord of The Rings, The Witcher, and House of The Dragon dominating the small screen. With trailers promising action, huge effects, and big laughs, Honour Among Thieves could be the start of a new big screen legacy. -JL
Renfield – 14 April
Thanks to the likes of Pig and The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent, Nicolas Cage is back and living the acting good life. For his next project, he’ll be the face of Universal’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Renfield. Starring as Dracula’s devoted henchman, he begins to wonder what his life would be like if he didn’t have to serve his dark master.
So far, we know that the film will have strong comedic overtones, with Ryan Ridley of Rick & Morty fame onboard to write the script. The adaptation will be set in the present day, likely to echo the 21st century feels of hits like What We Do In The Shadows. With the potential for laughs incredibly high, other attached stars include Caroline Williams, Ben Schwartz, and Awkwafina. - JV
Evil Dead Rise – 21 April
Another horror, another sequel and another change in location. Number five in the franchise (including 2013’s remake of the original), Evil Dead Rise at last escapes the confines of that cabin in the woods and high-tails it to the big city. There’s no trailer so far, but the storyline involves two sisters Beth (Lily Sullivan) and Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), whose reunion is disrupted by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a battle for survival in the face of the most nightmarish of families.
No sign of Ash Williams this time round, but actor Bruce Campbell is on producing duty, as is the director of the original, Sam Raimi. Lee Cronin (The Hole InThe Ground) is at the helm for this instalment. 2023 is shaping up to be epic for horror fans. - FC
Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol. 3 – 5 May
The intergalactic misfits are back! After briefly helping Thor in Love and Thunder, Chris Pratt leads his space-dwelling gang having settled down as the owners of spaceport Knowhere. Despite their efforts to make it a haven for refugees, their plans and their friendship are put to the test by an attack.
Read more: Everything we know about Guardians 3
Fans have been very excited by the addition of Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, a powerful being who will give the Guardians some trouble; as well as director James Gunn disclosing that this story will focus on the path of Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper). Expect more hijinks and tantalising resolutions to the storylines started in Avengers: Endgame. -JL
Fast and Furious 10 – 19 May
Even though the production of Fast X has been subject to some early controversy, our favourite high-chase franchise is still set to make waves with its tenth instalment. With Vin Diesel back in the driver’s seat, Jason Momoa is cast to play the film’s antagonist, while Michelle Rodriguez and Sung Kang make up the most well-known faces that will be returning. Set to be a direct sequel to F9, Brie Larson is also set to make her Fast & Furious debut.
The film will be the first half of the franchise’s two-part finale, which has been on our screens for the last 21 years. Louis Leterrier has now replaced Justin Lin as the director of Fast X, with Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs not set to return. However, Vin Diesel has previously claimed that 'Nothing is off the table' beyond the mainstream franchise, making it possible that Fast X could set something up for the future. -JV
The Little Mermaid – 26 May
Rob Marshall is letting us be a part of her world, as the latest live-action Disney outing is taking us back to House of Mouse's renaissance for The Little Mermaid. Thanks to Marshall having previously directed the triumphant Mary Poppins Returns there are high hopes for The Little Mermaid.
Out of all the upcoming Disney reimaginings, The Little Mermaid’s casting has made it one of the most divisive but promising. Alongside Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel giving little girls of colour around the world someone to aspire to be, Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula is sure to polarise critics. Following a run of duds like Dumbo and Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid’s soundtrack alone should have fans wanting to take a dip. - TC
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse – 2 June
Do we need reasons to be excited for the second animated Spidey adventure? In case anybody needs persuading, Lord and Miller, one of the most prolific of Hollywood double acts, are behind the script, and plenty of voices from the original are swinging into action – Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker.
New ones include Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099, an alternative version of the web slinger from the future or, as the actor describes him, “the one Spider-Man that doesn’t have a sense of humour.” Add to that Issa Rae and Daniel Kaluuya and our appetites are even more whetted than before. And look closely at the poster: the film is billed as Part One. There’s even more to come. - FC
Elemental – 6 June
Pixar has built a legacy out of stories that make complex ideas accessible to family audiences. After venturing into the mind for Inside Out, and The Great Beyond for Soul, the studio turns its attention to the ingredients of life in Elemental.
Watch a teaser for Elemental
Imagining a world where beings of fire, water, land, and air co-exist, this film looks at what happens when a fiery young woman (voices by Leah Lewis) meets a male water element (Mamoudou Athie) and discover they aren't so different.
In a world of sequels and rehashes, Pixar continually produces original, challenging stories that should be marked down in any movie fan's calendar. -JL
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – 9 June
Five years after the release of its latest instalment (2018’s Bumblebee), the Transformers franchise is back with a bang. Set in the 1990s, fans will see the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons join forces to battle the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. Starring Michelle Yeoh, Peter Cullen, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set to bring a whole new set of Transformers to our screens.
Paramount released the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts trailer in early December, giving fans a glimpse as to what the June release might look like. Watch it below.
There’s still much to speculate about, with most of the human character roles yet to be revealed. Even so, there’s plenty to get excited about — including a gorilla-shaped Transformer hidden deep in the tropical forest. - JV
The Flash – 23 June
Barry Allen might be the fastest man alive, but he hasn’t exactly been racing into action. Despite behind-the-scenes drama with actors, numerous delays, and changing directors, Andy Muschietti is due to bring back Ezra Miller’s red racer in The Flash. The IT director might seem like an odd choice, but in a year that’s also got Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Flash is holding its own.
Even if the future of the DC Extended Universe is up in the air, The Flash could help it go out with a bang. Disney has already cashed in on its Multiverse, and with Barry jumping on his own Cosmic Treadmill, anyone and everyone is tipped to return. Even if we don’t get Robert Pattinson, at least Michael Keaton is reprising his role as the Caped Crusader for the first time since 1992’s Batman Returns. -TC
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny – 30 June
We’ve only recently learnt the title and had our first glimpse of what a de-aged Indy will look like. He’s not been around since 2008’s Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, so he was always going look different. It just backs up what Spielberg and James Mangold, who directs this time, have said about Indy being killed off. It’s not going to happen, even though Harrison Ford has said this will be the last time he plays the role.
We all love him and his humour and that classic adventure format never grows old, although Disney is keeping tight lipped about the storyline so far. But we do know this will be John Williams’ final score, as he’s announced he’ll retire once the film’s released.
Watch a trailer for Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny
New faces in the cast include Phoebe Waller-Waller Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas. And, when the film opens, Harrison Ford will be just shy of his 81st birthday, making him the oldest person to play the lead in a Disney movie. Welcome back Indy. We’ve missed you! - FC
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One – 14 July
If there's one thing you can count on with a Mission: Impossible movie, it's excitement. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the first of a two part story, Hayley Atwell joins the cast of franchise regulars, while Christopher McQuarrie returns for his third mission behind the camera.
2018's Fallout proved the spy series is as popular as ever, and the story being spread over two parts offers the mouthwatering prospect of a cliffhanger ending. Knowing Cruise's love of extreme stunts, maybe literally! -JL
Barbie – 21 July
It’s been billed as one of the most anticipated releases of 2023, yet details about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie have largely been kept under wraps, beyond the brilliant first teaser. The storyline of the film is as yet unknown, although it has been reported that three variations of Ken and Barbie are likely to be included. The main iteration of the pair will be played by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, supported by a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Dua Lipa, and Issa Rae.
Read more: Everything we know about Barbie
The plot is likely to include a few notable figures from the Mattel world, with Gerwig’s real-life partner Noah Baumbach on hand to write the film’s script. Will Ferrell is also on board to play the CEO of Mattel, citing Barbie to be an “amazing comment on male patriarchy and women in society”. One thing we do know for sure – the eponymous Aqua song will not be featured. -JV
Oppenheimer – 21 July
If Christopher Nolan can do anything well, it’s delivering an Oscar-worthy ensemble. Following the middling reviews of Tenet, the director is poised to rejoin his glory days of The Dark Knight and Inception with Oppenheimer. Excitingly, Cillian Murphy steps up from his usual Nolan position as a secondary actor to play J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Boasting what some are calling the best cast of all time, Oppenheimer has also nabbed Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, and more. Retelling the real-life events of The Manhattan Project and the invention of the atomic bomb is sure to lure a crowd, and If that’s not enough, Nolan has promised to recreate the look of the world’s first nuclear explosion without the use of CGI. -TC
Gran Turismo – 11 August
It’s not unheard of for a popular video game to transition its way to the big screen, with Gran Turismo becoming the latest addition to the growing list. Based on a true story, the film will focus on a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a flurry of Nissan competitions and led him on the road to becoming an actual race car driver. David Harbour and Orlando Bloom are the big names leading the project, with Neill Blomkamp in the director’s chair.
Though Sony has kept details largely under wraps, Gran Turismo is likely to keep its focus on simulated driving action. Where franchises such as Need For Speed try to capture an emotional heart, the GT film has been pitched as more of a ‘metatextual’ blend. Even more interestingly, former Spice Girl Geri Horner has also been announced to play one of the teen prodigy’s parents. -JV
The Haunted Mansion – 11 August
Disney has enjoyed huge success making films based on its theme park rides, and now it's the turn of the supernatural Haunted Mansion. Rosario Dawson is moving in, starring as a single mother who gets more than she bargained for when she buys a spooky new abode.
Owen Wilson appears as a priest, Tiffany Haddish plays a psychic, and Jared Leto embodies the character of Hatbox Ghost. With a cast like that, who are you to say no? - JL
The Last Voyage of the Demeter – 11 Aug
The Nicolas Cage-led Renfield isn’t the only Dracula movie breaking free from Universal’s crypt in 2023, as The Last Voyage of the Demeter looks to be a more supernatural affair. Turning just a single chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula into a full feature film is no mean feat, but the iconic “The Captain’s Log” segment of the 1897 novel is getting its time to shine under Trollhunter’s André Øvredal.
What makes The Last Voyage of the Demeter so unique is that it’s languished in development hell since 2002. At one point, Noomi Rapace and Sir Ben Kingsley were set to star, but in its latest iteration, Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham is the Demeter’s doomed captain and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins plays a dashing doctor. -TC
Blue Beetle – 18 August
The arrival of Blue Beetle means that, despite appearances to the contrary, 2023’s superheroes aren’t all from the Marvel stable. We were recently teased with a poster for DC’s latest and it seems the film will have lots of Spanish dialogue with English subtitles. Xolo Mariduena (Cobra Kai) stars in DC’s first stand-alone superhero movie with a Latino lead, playing Mexican American teenager, Jaime Reyes. Also in the cast are Susan Sarandon, Harvey Guillen, Bruna Marquezine and Belissa Escobedo.
Read more: Every upcoming DC movie
The story involves Jaime returning home from college and unexpectedly acquiring an ancient relic of alien technology, the Scarab, which chooses the boy as his symbiotic host. With that comes a suit of armour full of extraordinary powers that transform him into Blue Beetle, changing his destiny for ever. Angel Manuel Soto is in the director’s chair for a superhero adventure which could turn out to be a ground-breaker. - FC
A Quiet Place: Day One – 8 September
One of the biggest success stories of recent years has been A Quiet Place, the brainchild of director/star John Krasinski that resulted in the 2018 hit horror and its 2021 sequel, both starring Emily Blunt. The success of both films meant a spin-off was inevitable, but fans were sent into raptures at reports of the cast for this new film.
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyongo and Stranger Things breakout star Joseph Quinn will lead the cast. On top of that, it's being written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, the filmmaker behind cult Nicolas Cage hit Pig. Little is known about the plot, although the title suggests a prequel of some sorts. Nonetheless, the talent involved should get fans very excited to see a different side of the Quiet Place universe. -JL
A Haunting In Venice – 15 September
Fresh off the back of 2022’s Death On The Nile, director Kenneth Branagh is proving that he certainly does have enough Poirot ideas to fill the Nile. Based on Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party, a now-retired Hercule Poirot must solve the murder of a guest at a séance he has attended. Following in the footsteps of both Death On The Nile and Murder On The Orient Express, Branagh’s third turn at the famed detective will feature an all-star cast — including Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, and Tina Fey.
For fans of Agatha Christie whodunnits, excitement for the film will be a no-brainer. Although the choice of tale is not the most obvious, we know that it will follow the death of a 13-year-old girl just after the Second World War. Perfectly timed for Halloween viewing, there’s no doubt that Branagh can make his Poirot success a hat trick. - JV
Next Goal Wins – 22 September
Taika Waititi is leaving Thor Odinson behind for now and turning his attention to Next Goal Wins — based on the 2014 documentary of the same name. Charting the rise of the 'world’s worst soccer team,' this sports comedy promises to bring Waititi’s usual levity in what’s already being called 'the Cool Runnings of soccer'.
Michael Fassbender takes top billing as Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, joined by Elizabeth Moss and Will Arnett. Although Arnett’s role was originally a cameo for Armie Hammer, Waititi expanded it into a much bigger part when the Arrested Development star joined. Waititi clearly has a lot of love for Next Goal Wins and says he couldn’t believe he’d never heard of the documentary before being linked to the project. -TC
Expendables 4 – 22 September
The boys are back in town for one last rodeo. Some nine years after we thought Lionsgate had waved off these hot-headed heroes, Scott Waugh is assembling a crew as the franchise’s fourth director. When The Expendables bows out, it remains to be seen whether that long-mooted all-female spin-off will rise from the grave.
Expend4bles might be a questionable title, but bringing back Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross is sure to pull in the numbers like the seemingly never-ending Fast & Furious movies. Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren are some of the few who’ve stuck with the series throughout, but in terms of newcomers, we’ve got Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Megan Fox adding some new star power to this adrenaline-packed action outing. -TC
Killers of the Flower Moon – 6 October, 20 October (wide)
It's been over three years since Leonardo DiCaprio last appeared on the big screen in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, and a similar amount of time since Martin Scorsese's last movie The Irishman graced our screens — but in 2023, they're both back in crime epic Killers of the Flower Moon.
The film, an Apple TV+ original, is based on the non-fiction book of the same name about a series of murders on tribal land in the 1920s.
Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser also star in what is sure to be one of the most anticipated cinematic events of the year. -TB
Kraven The Hunter – 6 October
Aaron Taylor Johnson is the latest bookies favourite to play 007, so how does that square up with him playing the lead in a Marvel movie? Whatever, he’s set to be on our screens as one of Spidey’s most formidable enemies, playing the title role in Kraven The Hunter, which is set in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. In the comics, Kraven was also a founding member of the Sinister Six, along with the likes of Doc Oc, Electro and Mysterio. The film looks like being his origin story.
Director J C Chandor forsakes smaller fare (Margin Call, All Is Lost) to make his Spider-Man universe debut, bringing with him a pedigree cast including Russell Crowe, Ariana DeBose and Alessandro Nivola, as well as Christopher Abbott playing another Spidey villain, The Foreigner.
There’s plenty of speculation about how closely the plot will follow the original comics and, with Taylor Johnson having signed a multi-movie deal to play Kraven, this could be the start of another franchise. We’ve had to wait for this one — it was originally scheduled for January — but hopefully it’ll be worth it. - FC
Untitled The Exorcist sequel – 13 October
If you want to get hyped for this new instalment of the long-running franchise, look no further than one of its competitors. In 2018, David Gordon Green revitalised the Halloween series with a new sequel, which picked up directly after the original film. It was a huge success, and now Green and frequent collaborator Danny McBride are taking that approach to The Exorcist.
Read more: Everything we know about The Exorcist reboot
This new film will be a direct sequel to the 1973 classic, although unlike Halloween it will not retcon the other sequels. Green and McBride have shown that they can take horror icons and work them into stories that feel relevant to today, which makes their take on William Peter Blatty's scary story a very intriguing prospect indeed. Ellen Burstyn is reprising her role as Chris MacNeil from the original movie. -JL
Dune: Part 2 – 3 November
With five Academy Awards wins under its belt, Dune was the jewel in the crown of 2021 releases. Set to open in the later part of 2023, Dune: Part 2 has already generated a great deal of hype. Following the second half of Frank Herbert’s book, Timothée Chalamet is set to reprise his role as Paul Atreides, with Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya amongst the additional returning cast. Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and Léa Seydoux are set to make up some of the film’s brand-new faces.
If viewers were fans of Part 1, they’re likely to be equally as delighted with Dune’s follow-up. Following the book’s narrative, there are plenty of political implications, story threads, and hostile planets left to be discovered. Alongside director and writer Denis Villeneuve, Hans Zimmer is also back onboard for the second round of intergalactic warfare. -JV
The Marvels – 10 November
Captain Marvel at last gets her sequel. Not that Marvel have made any big announcements about it yet, but there’s a steady stream of nuggets to keep us interested. Like Captain Marvel possibly having an alien husband. Word is Park Seo Joon (Parasite) could be playing Prince Yan, the leader of a musical planet where everybody communicates through song.
We’ve also had a preview of Captain Marvel’s new suit, courtesy of a toy manufacturer, and we know that Iman Vellani’s Ms Marvel will jump from her Disney+ series to the movie. It seems that Zawe Ashton (Mr Malcolm’s List) is joining the cast as a villain, but who or what she is hasn’t been revealed. Nia DaCosta (Candyman) is in the director’s chair, making her the first black woman to direct a Marvel Studios movie.
Plot details are scant, but word is there’s going to be a lot of body swopping going on, mainly involving Captain Marvel and Nick Fury – and that, of course, means the return of Samuel L Jackson. We can’t wait to know more. - FC
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – 17 November
It might be a bit of a mouthful, but The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will continue one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. There’s no Jennifer Lawrence here as Katniss Everdeen, but instead, we’ve got Peter Dinklage and Viola Davis during the events of the 10th Hunger Games.
Tom Blyth plays a young version of Donald Sutherland’s Cornelius Snow, with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hoping to cash in on the success of Suzanne Collins' 2020 book of the same name. Aside from some backlash over focussing on the franchise’s villain, this Hunger Games prequel could follow in the footsteps of recent villain origin stories like Cruella and Joker. -TC
Wish – 24 November
Disney’s big musical animation for 2023 also marks the studio’s 100th anniversary. No pressure, then. Announced at Disney’s D23 Expo, Wish sets out to explain the star that Disney characters so often wish upon to make their dreams come true. At the centre of the story is 17-year-old Asha, who calls upon the heavens to help her community – and the response she receives comes from a ball of energy that makes a pact with her to help her village. It takes her and her animal companion, a goat called Valentino, to Rosas, the kingdom of wishes.
The House of Mouse has cast West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose as Asha, with Alan Tudyk (Disenchanted, Strange World, Encanto) using his extensive voice acting experience to bring Valentino to life. Sharing directing duties are Chris Buck (Frozen, Frozen 2) and first time helmer Fawn Veerasunthorn, who’s worked on Disney projects such as Raya And The Last Dragon and Zootopia. There’s no trailer for the film as yet, but there’s no doubt that the stakes are high for this one – and expectations are even higher. - FC
Wonka – 15 December
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood dons a very familiar hat in this origin story from Paddington director Paul King. This is the story of the early years of Willy Wonka (Timothy Chalamet), and his meeting with the Oompa-Loompas.
The Dune star hasn't put a foot wrong yet in his young career, and King's success behind the camera makes this a collaboration to get very excited for. -JL
Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel – 20 December
Two years after the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the newbie franchise will be back with a sequel. Though details are almost completely kept under wraps (including its name), stars attached include Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, and McKenna Grace. The team are set to return to New York City following the events of Oklahoma, with new recruits including Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd.
Set to have a December 2023 release, the move back to the iconic firehouse will once again be spearheaded by Jason Reitman. As the son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan, Reitman’s sequel could provide the perfect chance for old and new generations to unite. - JV
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – 29 December
Jason Momoa is flexing his muscles all over again for the much-hyped follow-up to James Wan’s Aquaman from 2018. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom explores more of the Seven Seas, with Arthur Curry facing more dangerous foes. After a fleeting appearance in the first movie, we’re promised more from Yayha Abdul-Manteen II as the legendary Black Manta.
Read more: Everything we know about Aquaman 2
The DCEU might be in a state of flux, and while Wan’s The Trench spin-off has been lost at sea, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been riding a wave of hype from the character’s gritty reinvention. Momoa reportedly pitched a sequel when Aquaman was still in production, but Wan didn’t want to rush things. Also, Ben Affleck could be back as the DCEU’s Batman. -TC
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