22 Most Anticipated Movies of 2024: The year 2023 was monumental for the film industry, with blockbusters like Barbie and Oppenheimer enjoying massive success. And also independent films such as Skinamarink, How to Blow Up a Pipeline, and Past Lives. This year, audiences demonstrated a strong preference for the theatrical experience.
As we transition into 2024, the cinematic landscape remains intriguing, with promising releases on the horizon. Projects like Dune: Part Two and Deadpool 3 are ready to captivate audiences. Directors such as Bong Joon-ho, Luca Guadagnino, and George Miller will unveil their latest works.
Movies 2024: ‘Argylle’ (February 2)
Argylle features Bryce Dallas Howard as the renowned spy novelist Elly Conway. She unexpectedly becomes entangled in the world of espionage. It happens when one of her novels closely mirrors the activities of a real crime syndicate. She isn’t left to face the danger alone; Aiden Wilde (Sam Rockwell), an actual spy, steps in to protect Elly and her endearing feline companion, Alfie. The film revolves around the events of a later Conway novel. Known for delivering enjoyable and offbeat popcorn flicks, Vaughn’s Argylle boasts a star-studded cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, Sofia Boutella, and more.
‘Dune: Part Two’ (March 1)
Denis Villeneuve’s initial Dune movie was an extraordinary achievement, with its stunning dreamlike visuals, powerful score, and epic scale. However, the critique that it felt like only half a movie held some truth, regardless of whether one acknowledges it. The film not only introduces exciting new cast members such as Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, and Christopher Walken. Undoubtedly, Dune 2 is the first must-see movie of the year.
‘Mickey 17’ (March 29)
Bong Joon-Ho is making a return and this time, with Robert Pattinson. He is popular for crafting compelling narratives that both engross audiences and spark reflections on the constraints of capitalism. We know it’s based on a novel and boasts a star-studded cast including Steven Yeun and Toni Collette. The scarcity of available information only heightens the intrigue. The anticipation is amplified by the prospect of witnessing Robert Pattinson’s performance under the direction of such an iconic auteur. Given Pattinson’s history of memorable work with directors like Robert Eggers, it’s bound to be a treat.
‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ (April 12)
The fifth installment in the MonsterVerse franchise, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will be out on April 12, 2024. Fans got a glimpse of the first trailer for this highly anticipated creature feature. After the introduction of Godzilla and King Kong in separate films, the two iconic titans clashed in 2021’s Godzilla Vs. Kong. However, the upcoming sequel will take a different turn. The colossal duo will unite to confront a threat more perilous than anything they have faced before.
As Kong establishes a home in the hollow Earth by the end of the last film, little does he know that he’ll have to defend his territory. And, prevent the monstrous inhabitants within from wreaking havoc on the world above. The audience will witness the return of Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle. Joining them for the first time are Dan Stevens, Rachel House, Alex Ferns, Fala Chen, and Mercy Cornwall. Alongside the introduction of a new formidable enemy, this movie promises a host of terrifying new creatures for these beloved smash bros.
Movies 2024: ‘Challengers’ (April 26)
Zendaya’s character Tashi is a tennis prodigy. She is torn between two fellow players, Patrick (Josh O’Connor) and Art (Mike Faist). From the glimpses in previews, Zendaya’s Tashi is an unapologetic and ambitious competitor. However, a career-altering injury forces her to redirect her aspirations and engineer her husband’s victories from the sidelines.
The narrative unfolds over several years, with Tashi, Patrick, and Art’s paths crossing in youth. They will diverge into different trajectories until fate brings them together once again. Expected to be Luca Guadagnino’s most ambitious project to date, Challengers is gearing up to be a resounding success.
‘Civil War’ (April 26)
In recent years, A24 has established itself as a trailblazer in producing some of the most original films. Renowned for pushing the boundaries in diverse storytelling, the studio is gearing up to release “Civil War” by Alex Garland. The cautionary tale reflects on America’s deepening divisions. The film amplifies concerns about the rise of fascism and fractured ideologies in a fictional U.S. embroiled in armed conflict.
The cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny. “Civil War” follows a group of reporters navigating the country amid a harrowing civil war. As they struggle for survival, the narrative unveils a dystopian society governed by a dictatorship, rife with extremist militias perpetuating political violence. The film promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of societal division and political unrest.
Movies 2024: ‘The Fall Guy’ (May 3)
“The Fall Guy,” David Leitch’s adaptation of the classic ’80s television series, will be out in theaters in May. The film follows the story of a stuntman who becomes entangled in a mystery when the lead actor goes missing. However, this isn’t just another rendition of The Equalizer. Ryan Gosling appears ready to continue the charismatic streak he began in “The Nice Guys,” portraying a capable yet delightfully goofy hero. His character’s enamored gaze toward the film’s director, played by Emily Blunt, adds a comedic twist that threatens to divert him entirely from his mission.
With a supporting cast featuring Hannah Waddingham, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke, and others, “The Fall Guy” appears poised to be one of next summer’s major blockbusters. The film serves as evidence that not every hero needs to be overly serious to capture the audience’s hearts, promising an entertaining and lighthearted take on the action genre.
‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ (May 24)
In 2015, Australian director George Miller unleashed “Mad Max: Fury Road” upon the world, reinvigorating his dormant post-apocalyptic franchise and establishing a new standard for the level of elegant chaos that could be packed into a single film. Nine years later, Miller is ready to replicate this feat with “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” a spinoff prequel that delves into the early life of Fury Road’s fearless rogue Imperator. However, the film comes with its share of risks, such as the absence of Max, the leap backward in time, and the replacement of the iconic Charlize Theron by Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.
While previous Mad Max films have always represented a partial reinvention of their predecessors, “Furiosa” appears to be very much in line with “Fury Road.” It even resurrects that film’s villain, Immortan Joe, and his army of War Boys. At the age of 78, Miller continues to be one of cinema’s most exciting directors, and Taylor-Joy brings her brand of ferocity that appears well-suited for the role.
‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ (May 24)
In the upcoming “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” Wes Ball assumes the role of director for a film set approximately 300 years after the poignant conclusion of Caesar’s journey. The landscape has evolved even further from the apes’ initial establishment of their paradise. Humanity has regressed into a feral existence, and the teachings of Caesar have been twisted by a chimpanzee named Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand). Proximus has influenced many apes with his discovery of technology, leading to a corrupted ideology.
Amidst this turmoil, another chimpanzee named Noa (Owen Teague) finds an unexpected ally in the human Mae (Freya Allan from The Witcher). Together, they strive to ally apes and humans once and for all. The film promises to deliver another installment of the gripping and evolving story set in the iconic Planet of the Apes universe.
Movies 2024: ‘Ballerina’ (June 7)
“Ballerina,” set between “John Wick: Chapter 3” and “John Wick: Chapter 4,” is ready to introduce a new formidable assassin to the expanding world of John Wick. Ana de Armas takes on the lead role of Rooney, a former ballerina turned assassin seeking revenge after the murder of her entire family. Since “Ballerina” precedes Keanu Reeves’ purported final appearance as John Wick in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” fans can anticipate an appearance by the legendary character.
The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including Anjelica Huston, Gabriel Byrne, Lance Reddick, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Norman Reedus, and Ian McShane—some reprising their beloved roles from the John Wick series. As the John Wick universe continues to expand with projects like “Ballerina” and “The Continental,” Chad Stahelski has taken on a more backseat role as a producer, with Len Wiseman stepping in to direct the film based on a script penned by Shay Hatten. The film promises to deliver another thrilling chapter in the action-packed John Wick saga.
‘Inside Out 2’ (June 14)
“Inside Out 2” takes audiences back into the mind of Riley, who is now a teenager navigating a myriad of new emotions, including Anxiety (voiced by Maya Hawke). Stepping into the directorial role previously held by Pete Docter is Kelsey Mann, a Pixar story supervisor and member of the Pixar Senior Creative Team. Meg LeFauve, co-writer of the first film, takes on the sole writing duties for the sequel. While Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Lewis Black reprise their roles as Joy, Sadness, and Anger, respectively, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling won’t be returning as Fear and Disgust due to a pay dispute. Tony Hale and Liza Lapira will take their place.
“Inside Out” quickly became one of Pixar’s most beloved properties and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. As one of Pixar’s few animated films to receive such recognition, the sequel holds the potential to break the recent mold and become a bonafide blockbuster hit for the studio.
Movies 2024: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ (June 28)
The A Quiet Place franchise is ready to explore the origins of the invasion with A Quiet Place: Day One. Serving as a spin-off from its predecessors, the film takes audiences back to the earliest days of the alien invasion. While details about the plot are still under wraps, “Day One” is expected to provide answers to long-held questions about the alien creatures. Unlike the previous installments, “Day One” will not feature John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. However, the film boasts an all-star cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff. John Krasinski will not be returning to direct the prequel, handing over the reins to Michael Sarnoski.
Movies 2024: ‘Twisters’ (July 19)
For those who dreamt of becoming Dr. Jo Harding and defying their parents’ expectations by becoming storm chasers, “Twister” served as a cinematic landmark. The 1996 classic left a lasting impact with its high-concept special effects, realistic portrayal of storms, and adrenaline-pumping storyline. “Twister” is set to receive its standalone movie with a completely original story, directed by Lee Isaac Chung.
Despite concerns from diehard fans, details about the upcoming “Twisters” have been kept under wraps until recently. Starring Glen Powell and Daisy Edgar Jones, the film won’t necessarily feature throwbacks to the original. However, the stars and screenwriter Mark L. Smith have hinted in interviews that it will explore the same universal themes. With almost 30 years since the original, the special effects are expected to be more advanced, providing intricate and detailed depictions of dangerous storms and tornadoes. Taking into account the advancements in weather science and our understanding of climate change, the film is poised to offer audiences an updated, powerful portrayal of the original’s theme of powerlessness in the face of catastrophic forces.
‘Deadpool 3’ (July 26)
Ryan Reynolds is set to return in the third installment of the Deadpool franchise. Known for his sarcastic quips and outrageous one-liners, Reynolds brings a breath of crass air to the world of Marvel. What makes the upcoming film even more exciting is the promise of a true collaboration between Deadpool and Wolverine. However, it’s worth noting that this collaboration takes place before the events of “Logan.”
In addition to the dynamic duo of Reynolds and Jackman, Jennifer Garner will be returning to her role as Elektra. Adding to the anticipation, Emma Corrin from “The Crown” makes their Marvel debut as a mystery villain. The cast also includes Matthew MacFadyen from “Succession” in an undisclosed role. The third Deadpool film is shaping up to be a thrilling addition to the Marvel universe.
‘Alien: Romulus’ (August 16)
“Alien: Romulus” is set to follow in the footsteps of “Prometheus,” taking the Alien series down an uncharted path. This installment introduces characters unfamiliar to the audience, aiming to bring a fresh perspective to the iconic franchise. While the thrill of watching a Xenomorph wreak havoc and terrorize characters is a staple of the series, being the ninth installment means there’s a need for reinvention.
Under the direction of Fede Álvarez, horror enthusiasts can be certain that it will deliver in terms of suspense and terror. With Álvarez at the helm, “Alien: Romulus” has the potential to offer a unique and gripping experience, injecting new life into the enduring legacy of the Alien series.
Movies 2024: ‘Beetlejuice 2’ (September 6)
After a challenging development process, “Beetlejuice 2,” directed by Tim Burton, is set to hit the big screen on September 6, 2024. Michael Keaton will reprise his iconic role as the sleazy bio-exterminator. Jenna Ortega joins the cast as Lydia Deetz’s (Winona Ryder) daughter, and Catherine O’Hara returns as Delia Deetz.
The original “Beetlejuice” was a critical and commercial success, leading to various follow-up productions, including a Tony Award-nominated Broadway Musical. The sequel has faced obstacles, but Burton announced the completion of the shooting in November 2023, signaling the imminent return of the mischievous and charismatic Beetlejuice to the big screen.
‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ (October 4)
Director Todd Phillips, known for the Hangover trilogy, demonstrated his versatility with the 2019 film “Joker,” a gripping origin story for the iconic Batman villain. Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Arthur Fleck earned him an Oscar for Best Actor, and the film was praised for its heart-wrenching and disturbing narrative.
Now, four years later, Phoenix and Phillips are returning with the sequel, “Joker: Folie à Deux.” The French title translates to “madness for two,” referencing the mental illness involving two people sharing psychosis. While specific plot details are mostly under wraps, some key elements have been revealed. Lady Gaga joins the cast as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, the psychiatrist who falls in love with the villain and eventually becomes Harley Quinn. Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener are also new additions, alongside the return of Zazie Beetz. The sequel promises to explore new dimensions of madness and mayhem in Gotham City, building upon the success of its predecessor.
‘Gladiator 2’ (November 22)
“Gladiator 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 Best Picture winner, is set to bring a new ensemble of outstanding actors to the screen, trading in Russell Crowe for a cast that includes Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, and two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Ridley Scott, the director behind the original film, has a track record that includes both all-time classics and occasional misfires.
While Scott’s consistency in delivering quality films may vary, “Gladiator 2” is poised to be a cinematic experience that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. The combination of a talented cast and Scott’s directorial prowess suggests that the sequel could be a significant addition to the legacy of the original “Gladiator,” which remains a benchmark in the historical epic genre.
‘Wicked: Part One’ (November 27)
At the end of 2024, audiences can anticipate the release of Part One of “Wicked,” directed by Jon M. Chu, known for his work on “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “In the Heights.” “Wicked” serves as the origin story for the Wicked Witch of the West, portrayed by Cynthia Erivo. The film features Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, Bowen Yang, and Jeff Goldblum. With the talented team behind “Wicked: Part One,” including director Jon M. Chu, this adaptation seems poised to fall into the category of highly anticipated and well-executed musical films.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ (Dec 13)
“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” marks a significant return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world for fans. This animated film is the first project connected to Peter Jackson’s original trilogy since Return of the King.
Set 261 years before the events of “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” the film explores the story of Helm Hammerhand, portrayed by Brian Cox, who is the legendary King of Rohan facing off against an army of Dunlendings, led by the ruthless Wulf, played by Luke Pasqualino. Additionally, Miranda Otto reprises her role as Éowyn, narrating the harrowing events of the film. This animated installment promises to delve into the rich lore of Middle-earth.
‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ (Dec 20)
In recent years, Disney has enlisted a variety of talented directors for their live-action remakes of animated classics. Barry Jenkins has joined the ranks by directing Mufasa: The Lion King. This film marks Jenkins’ return to filmmaking after a six-year hiatus. Jenkins brings his unique perspective to the story of Mufasa’s rise in the Pride Lands. The cast includes Aaron Pierre voicing the young Mufasa, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the younger Scar. It will see the return of Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and John Kani as Pumbaa, Timon, and Rafiki, respectively.
‘Nosferatu’ (December 25)
Delving into a horror classic that almost faded into obscurity, Robert Eggers takes on “Nosferatu,” a film that has been in discussions for years. This project challenges Eggers, who has expressed his commitment to pushing himself to meet the legacy associated with the film. This rendition serves as the second remake of the original 1922 silent film. It is an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula.”
The story revolves around Count Orlok, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård, who is ready to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Willem Dafoe joins the cast as Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz, a vampire hunter. With the weight of decades of cinema history of vampires in recent years, “Nosferatu” promises to be a compelling exploration.