Welcome to the year when your patience finally pays off. The movies that 2020 is offering have us almost hyperventilating – mostly because it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for many of them to land in theaters.
There are long-awaited follow-ups to Bad Boys and Legally Blonde, and Tom Cruise is back to race across the sky in Top Gun: Maverick. It’s not all sequels and reboots though, with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights coming to the big screen, courtesy of Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu. It’s never too early to get excited about movies, so start marking these titles in your calendar.
After a pair of films starring Eddie Murphy which were somewhat beloved, Robert Downey Jr. is ready to take up the mantle of Doctor Dolittle in a new screen adaptation directed by Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana). This film will be based more on the second book by author Hugh Lofting, and it will co-star Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen, with the voices of Tom Holland, Marion Cotillard, Selena Gomez, John Cena, Emma Thompson, and more.
Birds of Brey
We last saw Margot Robbie’s wily Harley Quinn get in all kinds of trouble in Suicide Squad. What happens when she joins Birds of Prey, DC’s all-ladies team of adventurers? Sheer. Unadulterated. Mayhem. Along for the ride will be Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who were cast as Black Canary and Huntress, respectively, in September, and Rosie Perez, playing Renee Montoya. They will face off against Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask.
Following Disney’s live-action remake trend comes Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, who was involved in movies like Whale Rider and North Country. Featuring Chinese star Liu Yifei as the titular character and a host of other Chinese legends like Donnie Yen, Gong Li, and Jet Li, this one is poised to conquer the global box office and – if it taps into the animated original’s magic – our hearts.
Despite being part machine, Cyborg was one of the most human elements of 2017’s Justice League. How will DC evolve his character and pits him against some of the world’s deadliest technological terrors. While there’s a lot of love for Ray Fisher, and the movie has been in development since 2014, some are skeptical it will move forward given that Warner Bros. has not committed to a writer or director. No doubt, it will be one of the most highly anticipated movies
No Time to Die
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins for the 25th James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning for his fifth and (presumably) final turn as 007. He’s joined by series regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Recent Best Actor-winner Rami Malek is reported to play the villain, while it’s presumed Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when he comes out of retirement.
The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. We don’t quite know what the story surrounding the character will be, but we do know that she’ll be joined by David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and rising star Florence Pugh, among others. And who knows? Maybe Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will make an appearance and we will finally know about Budapest. All in all, it was about time that we got a Black Widow movie
Wonder Woman 1984
As the villain Cheetah, Bridemaids’ Kristen Wiig climbs aboard the Wonder Woman sequel. One of the best DC movies, sees Gal Gadot returning to her Amazon-princess role that catapulted the first film to a $412.5 million box office. The action is set during the Cold War in the ’80s and finds Chris Pine reappearing as Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first film.
Green Lantern Corps
In brightest day, in blackest night, a new Green Lantern movie is in our sights! Rumored to involve characters like John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and, of course, Hal Jordan, Green Lantern Corps is reportedly more of a space opera than 2011’s trainwreck, Green Lantern. There has been little movement on the project in recent years, but we’ll be keeping it on the list until we hear if it’s officially cancelled or delayed.
The King’s Man
While both a third installment of the Kingsman franchise and a Statesman spinoff are still on the way, audiences will first get a taste of how the whole thing came to exist in the first place with this prequel, set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency.
Death on the Nile
Kenneth Branagh will return as detective Hercule Poirot following the surprise success of 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which Branagh also directed. So far, big names like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and Rose Leslie have joined the whodunit.