The biggest movie releases of 2019

The Lion King, Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars are all set to rule the roost in 2019 – but what else is being released in cinemas?

Best movies 2019

From Avengers: Endgame to Toy Story 4, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to The Lion King, Disney has at least five films that could very well break the £1 billion mark at the global box office in 2019.

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But there’s plenty more to get excited about as well as the box office big hitters, including Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Here are the biggest and most anticipated movie releases still to come in 2019. Check back for more details and new additions as the year goes on, and scroll to the bottom for 2020’s big hitters…


Toy Story 4 – release date 21st June 2019

Prepare to cry your weight in tears once again as Buzz, Woody and the gang return for another tale. But what exactly is weird new toy Forky?

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Keanu Reeves


Child’s Play – release date 21st June 2019

The latest instalment in the Chucky franchise sees Mark Hamill voice the demonic children’s doll with a modern twist – this time around it’s an “Artificial Intelligence human companion”, more evil than its owner could ever have imagined…

Starring: Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry


Yesterday – release date 28th June 2019

Former EastEnders star Himesh Patel stars as young, unsuccessful musician Jack who wakes up from a car accident to a world where no one’s ever heard of the Beatles – except him. The film is written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle.

Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Lamorne Morris, Sarah Lancashire, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal


July 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home – release date 2nd July 2019

Tom Holland is back in the new Spider-Man movie, dealing with some of the fallout to Marvel epic Avengers: Endgame – and going on a road trip to Europe.

Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau


Midsommar – release date 3rd July 2019

Anyone who saw Hereditary knows that director Ari Aster makes the sort of horror that lingers with you long after the end credits. Florence Pugh stumbles into a Swedish cult in this haunting follow-up.

Starring Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper


The Lion King – release date 19th July 2019

Whatever your thoughts on sequel and reboot culture, you’ll be hard pushed to convince anyone that Beyoncé and Donald Glover leading this CGI re-telling of the Disney classic is not a good idea. Hakuna Matata.

Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Keegan Michael-Key, John Oliver


The Current War – release date 26th July 2019

Chart Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse’s 19th century race to provide America with electricity for the first time. With a starry cast, this film was once set for released by The Weinstein Company and is finally getting a much-delayed distribution.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult Matthew Macfadyen, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton


August 2019

Hobbs and Shaw – release date 2nd August 2019

The Rock and Jason Statham lead this Fast and the Furious spin-off, which sees the duo form an unlikely alliance.

Starring: Vanessa Kirby, The Rock, Jason Statham


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – release date 14th August 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film will see him delve into the Manson murders, with the help of a typically stellar cast.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt


September 2019

It: Chapter Two – release date 6th September 2019

The second part of Stephen King’s story finds the Losers Club 27 years after the events of the first film, and Pennywise is back to haunt them again…

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader


Downton Abbey movie – release date 13th September 2019

Production has wrapped on the film, which is set to star Downton favourites Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville – and features a visit from the King and Queen.

Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton


Rambo: Last Blood – release date 20th September 2019

Sylvester Stallone is back as military hero John Rambo – a whopping 37 years on from the release of First Blood. This time he’s made it his mission to take down a sex-trafficking ring linked to a drug cartel.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Adrian Berraza, Yvette Monreal, Sergio Perris-Menchata 


October 2019

Joker – release date 4th October 2019

Can Joaquin Phoenix give Joker as much gusto in this origin film as Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight? Time will tell…

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz


The Goldfinch – release date 11th October 2019

Adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel of the same name, which follows the story of a young boy after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson


Zombieland 2 – release date 11th October 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 10: Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone attend the European Premiere for 'Zombieland' at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival on October 10, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/WireImage)

Sequel to the post-apocalyptic comedy with its entire original cast intact.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil –release date 18th October 2019

Angelina Jolie returns for the sequel to the 2014 hit about a vengeful fairy who develops a relationship with a young princess she was meant to curse.

Starring: Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Lindsay, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton


Official Secrets – release date 18th October 2019 (US release date: 23rd August 2019)

Based on the true story of Katherine Gun, this political thriller tells of how a GCHQ employee leaked top secret information to the UK press in a bid to expose the USA’s illegal activities in their campaign to invade Iraq in 2003.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans


Judy – release date 24th October 2019

Renee Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in a film focusing on the life of the Hollywood starlet in 1968 – 30 years after she charmed audiences in The Wizard of Oz – on the eve of a sell-out live run in London. But worn out after four decades in showbiz, and with a weakening voice, she’s desperate to be back home with her kids.

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Jesse Buckley, Bella Ramsay


Terminator: Dark Fate – release date 31st October 2019

The original stars reunite for the first time in 28 years, as T-800 and the iconic Sarah Connor return for Deadpool director Tim Miller’s latest instalment in the Terminator franchise. Original writer-director James Cameron is back as a producer, too.

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Luna, Mackenzie Davis


November 2019

Charlie’s Angels – release date 15th November 2019

Elizabeth Banks directs the reboot to the popular TV series about a trio of private detectives, working for the now-international Townsend Agency. The twist here is multiple teams of Angels organised by multiple Boseleys.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Noah Centineo, Djimon Hounsou, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Elizabeth Banks


Last Christmas –release date 15th November 2019

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding (of Crazy Rich Asians fame) lead this Christmassy rom-com, which was written by Emma Thompson.

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh


Le Mans ’66 – release date 15th November 2019

Christian Bale and Matt Damon lead this true story about an American car designer and a British-born driver who team up to make a race car to challenge Enzo Ferrari’s lot at Le Mans in the 1960s.

Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe


Frozen 2 – release date 22nd November 2019

Disney fans have not let this one go: we’re finally getting that long-awaited sequel.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Sterling K Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Josh Gadd


December 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level – release date 13th December 2019

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black return for a second outing in the franchise reboot as a group of teens head back into Jumanji to rescue their friend.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Donald Glover, Nick Jonas


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – release date 20th December 2019

The final part of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars trilogy comes a year and a half after the ill-fated Han Solo standalone story. Can JJ finish what he started with The Force Awakens?

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Kelly-Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Keri Russell, Richard E Grant, Lupita Nyong’o
Director: JJ Abrams


Cats – release date 20th December 2019

The long-running musical hits the silver screen, with a jaw-dropping cast that includes Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden and Ray Winstone, to name just a few. They’ll be CGI’d into anthropomorphic cats, so that’ll be interesting.

Starring: Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Ray Winstone


Sonic The Hedgehog – release date 26th December 2019

This film may look very different by the time it sprints into cinemas. Director Jeff Fowler said he would “fix” his animated character after the first trailer was widely criticised online. There’s a chance the project might not hit its November 2019 release date.

Starring: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden


The Irishman – release date TBC 2019

Martin Scorsese’s latest film is set to be released on Netflix before the end of the year. It stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a labour union official with mob connections.

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Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin

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