The end of the year is here, meaning it is now time to get excited over 2018’s movie releases. The year is busting with thrilling sequels, reboots, period pieces and adult fares, so there will be plenty of flicks to keep everyone entertained throughout the year. To help you sort through it all, we have put together a list of movies that we are the most excited about to see in the coming year.
Oscar winner Natalie Portman stars in Annihilation, writer-director Alex Garland’s highly anticipated follow-up to Ex-Machina, in which she plays a biologist who volunteers for a secret mission in alien territory. Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez co-star in the sci-fi thriller that opens nationwide on February 23, before heading to Netflix three weeks after.
Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the blockbuster Justice League, is ready to kick some ass in his first stand-alone movie, which is slated to be released next December. Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and The Florida Project’s Willem Dafoe also star in this movie that focuses on the origin story of Arthur Curry, an adventurer who is half-Human and half-Atlantean. Furious 7 helmer James Wan directs.
A Star Is Born
Lady Gaga is making her first turn as a leading lady in the fourth iteration of A Star Is Born, written and directed by Bradley Cooper. The four-time Oscar nominee makes his directorial debut with this musical drama about a recovering alcoholic country star (also played by Cooper) who discovers a talented unknown artist named Ally (played by Gaga) and coaxes her into the spotlight. The Joanne songstress wrote the original music for the film with her frequent collaborator, Mark Ronson, as well as other musicians like Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Jason Isbell. Warner Bros. was confident enough in this movie to move up its release to May 18, instead of next fall.
Based on the autobiographical novel by David Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles a young man’s addiction and recovery through the eyes of his father (played by Steve Carell). Call Me by Your Name breakout Timothée Chalamet plays the prodigal son struggling with the disease. This has Oscar written all over it.
Crazy Rich Asians
Next August, the big-screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s hilarious bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians, is coming to theaters and it is already making waves for its all-Asian cast – a huge victory of Asian representation in Hollywood. Constance Wu, who plays the matriarch in TV’s Fresh Off the Boat, plays Rachel Wu, an American-born Chinese economics professor who travels to her wealthy boyfriend’s hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. It might become the sleeper hit of 2018!
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Game of Thrones standout Sophie Turner reprises her role as Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but this time, she is stepping into the lead role for the first time. In this sequel directed by long-time producer Simon Kinberg, the X-Men (played by Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, etc.) must face the full power of the Dark Phoenix. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain plays the film’s main villain, an otherworldly shapeshifter with a dark agenda on her own. The movie is slated for release on November 2.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Next May, the troubled young Han Solo anthology movie will finally come to theaters with Alden Ehrenreich as the title character. The film has been riddled with behind-the-scenes drama for a long time. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired four months into production and were replaced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, who quickly took over the helm of this big-budget Star Wars spin-off, that also star Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta, Spider-Man: Homecoming), Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton. Will it bounce back after that last minute shuffle? We’ll have to wait and see for ourselves when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25.
The Incredibles 2
Fourteen years after the original, Disney and Pixar will release a sequel to the hugely popular The Incredibles and people are already losing their minds. The studios have been hush-hush about plot details so far, but we know that the story will pick up immediately after the events of the first film and that the sequel will explore Jack-Jack new found abilities. Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Catherine Keener lend their voices to the animated sequel. The movie opens nationwide June 15.
The original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, reprises her role as Laurie Strode in the forthcoming sequel of Halloween, 40 years after the release of John Carpenter’s iconic slasher movie. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, this year’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger) directs from a screenplay he wrote with frequent collaborator Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, This is the End), bringing a lot of humor to a tired franchise. The movie will slash its way into theaters on October 18.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic World is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time; so evidently, we are getting a sequel next year. Will we ever get tired of watching dinosaurs eat people? Don’t think so. This time, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters are sent on a rescue mission to the island, when the animals are threatened by a volcanic eruption…and all hell breaks loose. J.A. Bayona, best known for his amazing work on the tearjerker The Impossible and the chilling The Orphanage, directs. In theaters June 22.
Love, Simon, the big-screen adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s award winning YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows a 16-year-old closeted gay student (played by Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson) who is dealing who is secret being exposed after one of his personal emails falls into the wrong hands. The romantic dramedy also stars Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Katherine Langford, the Golden Globe-nominated star of the groundbreaking and controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Mary, Queen of Scots
This year’s Oscar hopefuls Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) will go head to head in Mary, Queen of Scots, the upcoming Focus Features film about Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrown her cousin, Elizabeth 1, for the English crown. The stunning Australian actress, best known for her work in Suicide Squad and The Wolf of Wall Street, looks absolutely unrecognizable in this movie, penned by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, and is expected to receive a lot of awards talk for her performance.
The upcoming spin-off of the classic Vegas heist flick Ocean’s Eleven boasts an impressive all-female cast, that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and more. The new crew will attempt to pull off a heist at NYC’s star-studded annual Met Gala, so expect tons of fun cameos. The movie, directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), will arrive in theaters on June 8.
The iconic Spider-Man villain is getting his own spin-off movie next year with Tom Hardy (Dunkirk, Mad Max: Fury Road) as the title role. With an actor of this caliber as the lead, expectations are high. Plot details have been kept under wraps, but we know for sure that the supporting cast is amazing too. Jenny Slate, Emmy winner Riz Ahmed, Veep costar Reid Scott, Oscar nominees Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams also star in this Ruben Fleischer-directed movie, that is set to open on October 5th.
Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Loving, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) has proven himself a gifted filmmaker with his directorial debut, The Gift, a chilling and thought-provoking suspense. He recruited an A-list cast (Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman) for this second movie, Boy Erased, the big-screen adaptation of Garrard Conley’s acclaimed book. The film tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird breakout Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist preacher who is outed and forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. French Canadian actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan and pop star Troye Sivan also star. Focus Features is expected to release this movie next fall.
Also coming out in 2018: Marvel’s superheroes unite in Avengers: Infinity War, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with Keira Knightley, X-Men’s horror spin-off The New Mutants, Giant monsters wreak havoc in Rampage with Dwayne Johnson, Dumbledore returns in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s costly Alita: Battle Angel, Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns, a sixth Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise and Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to La La Land.