With this month’s Golden Globe nomination announcement there’s a good chance you’re running to the theatres to get in some last minute movie watching before the award show season stars. But once you’re caught up on 2017’s best films, there’s still a whole lot to look forward to in 2018.
From Oprah to Rihanna, Black Panther to Peter Rabbit, and the highly anticipated return of everyone’s favourite English nanny, here are the films worth getting excited about in 2018.
A WRINKLE IN TIME
In Theatres: March 9, 2018
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
With director Ava DuVernay behind the camera and an A-list line up of women in front of it, including newcomer Storm Reid, expectations are high for the Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book. One viewing of the trailer and we’re already transported to a world of stunning colours, inspiring characters, and a whole lot of magic.
FANTASTIC BEASTS 2: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD
In Theatres: November 16, 2018
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz
Prepare to enter a world where Professor Dumbledore was a young—and hot—Jude Law. That’s a much easier a pill to swallow than Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, a casting choice that has many Potterheads calling foul. Either way, we can’t wait to see what Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander gets up to this time around in a film that will be exciting regardless of whether or not you’re a Potter fan.
In Theatres: February 16, 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira
It’s understandable to feel some some superhero fatigue as of late, but with director Ryan Coolger’s (Fruitvale Station, Creed) Black Panther, we’re finally getting our first minority superhero in a leading role. It’s been a long time coming and judging by Coolger’s first few trailers, Black Panther will not disappoint.
In Theatres: June 8, 2018
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina
Move over Ghostbusters, there’s a new female spin-off in town, and we’re just as excited this time around. Sandra Bullock stars as Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) estranged sister, and she’s got her own crew and her own heist to pull off. It’s gonna be badass. It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna one for the ladies.
In Theatres: March 16, 2018
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Nick Frost
While we’re pretty sure Angelina Jolie could still kick butt as Lara Croft (any woman raising six kids is a superhero in our books), Alicia Vikander‘s turn as the adventure-seeking explorer looks just as amazing. Prepare to see a resurgence in Lara Croft costumes next Halloween.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
In Theatres: December 25, 2018
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lasnbury
If there is a better actor to play the iconic Mary Poppins in 2018 than Emily Blunt, we don’t know who that would be. The upcoming Disney film picks up 25 years after the original, with everyone’s favourite nanny returning to the Banks home after a family tragedy. With Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda both acting and writing original music, the film’s Christmas 2018 release date can’t come soon enough.
A STAR IS BORN
In Theatres: May 18, 2018
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Stefani ‘Lady Gaga’ Germanotta
After many false starts, including one that originally had Beyonce cast and Clint Eastwood behind the camera, the upcoming third remake of A Star Is Born will feature director and actor Bradley Cooper starring opposite Lady Gaga. The film has some pretty big shoes to fill, but at this point we know better than to underestimate Mother Monster.
I am so excited to star in my first movie alongside someone I'm so lucky to call my friend. I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of "A Star is Born" is so special and I'm so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true. Can't wait for you to meet Ally. She has her first scene in 5….⏰
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
In Theatres: November 2, 2018
Starring: Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie
The true story of the famous feuding cousins will hit the big screen next year when Margot Robbie stars as Elizabeth I opposite Saorise Ronan’s Mary Stuart. Two stills have been released from the upcoming film already and—no surprise—the women look entirely the part.
The 16th-century rivalry between the Queen of Scots and the Virgin Queen was personal—though it didn’t have to be. #MargotRobbie and #SaoirseRonan star as Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, respectively, and the film 'Mary, Queen of Scots,' examines the rift between the young cousins. Here's your exclusive first look at Robbie and Ronan in the film, out Nov. 2018. Click the link in our bio for more. 📷: Parisa Tag/Focus Features; Liam Daniel/Focus Features
In Theatres: March 2, 2018
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louis Parker, Jeremy Irons
In what could be her next Oscar-winning role, Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian spy who must choose between exposing the American CIA agent she falls for or becoming a double agent herself. Welcome back, Katniss.
In Theatres: March 16, 2018
Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting a mainstream coming of age story about a gay leading character. Nick Robinson, who made hearts swoon in last year’s Everything Everything, plays 17-year-old Simon, a closeted high schooler who is at risk of being outed before he’s ready. Plus, he’s also just a kid trying to make it through high school like the rest of us.
In Theatres: March 2, 2019
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons
In the dark comedy Game Night, a group of friends gather for their typical weekly event of playing board games and quickly find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. That’s what happens when you forget to bring the guac.
In Theatres: February 9, 2018
Starring: James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne
Part live action, part CGI, the upcoming Peter Rabbit film brings Beatrix Potter’s beloved series to the big screen. It looks cute and funny. What’s not to love?
In Theatres: March 30, 2018
Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Mary Magdalene’s role in the creation of Christianity has often been relegated to an insignificant contribution, but in the new film by director Garth Davis, Rooney Mara will star as the woman who became a follower of Jesus and helped spread his message both during his life and after his death.
READY PLAYER ONE
In Theatres: March 30, 2018
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming big screen creation stars Tye Sheridan as a teenager living in 2045. The world is in shambles and the only way to escape is through a virtual reality world called the OASIS. The film is science fiction, but is it?
In Theatres: June 1, 2018
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller
Following the huge success of the first film, Ryan Reynolds is back as the R-rated, badly scarred superhero Deadpool. Little is known about the upcoming sequel, but we do know that Zazie Beetz will be making her debut as fellow vigilante superhero Domino.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
In Theatres: June 22, 2018
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong
After the Jurassic World park was destroyed in the first film, the dinosaurs are now roaming free, but an impending volcano eruption threatens to put them on the verge of extinction once again. Fingers crossed for no more running in heels.
In Theatres: June 15, 2018
Starring: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson
It’s been 14 years since the world fell in love with the crime fighting animated family, but the Parrs are back, and they’ve got a new villain to fight.