The biggest movie releases of 2020

There are plenty of not-to-miss films hitting cinema over the coming months. Here's our essential guide...

Top Gun: Maverick

Take a look at the trailer for the highly anticipated film starring Tom Cruise:

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Release date: 17th July 2020 (26th June US)

Tom Cruise returns to the cockpit for a sequel more than 34 years after the original was released. It was one of the most popular films of the 1980s, but it feels like there’s still so much love for Maverick and the franchise that this may well end up being a smash hit all over again Read more

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm

Ghostbusters: Afterlife 

Release date: 20th July 2020 (in the US)

This return to the Ghostbusters franchise plans to skip over the events of Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female line-up, instead focusing on four teenagers. It’s a direct sequel to 1989’s Ghostbusters II and with Sigourney Weaver already signed up, it is rumoured to feature original stars Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd. Read more

Starring: McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver

Morbius

Jared Leto and Matt Smith, Morbius cast, Getty

Release date: 21st July 2020

Jared Leto is set to star as the titular Spider-Man villain, a biochemist who accidentally turns himself into a pseudo-vampire with superhuman abilities. Read more

Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Tyrese Gibson

Jungle Cruise

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Release date: 24th July 2020

A brother-and-sister duo set out in search of a tree with miraculous restorative powers. They are aided in their trek through the dangerous by a riverboat captain, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read more

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall

The King’s Man

Release date: 18th September 2020

Ralph Fiennes leads this prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman franchise. The synopsis teases a collection of history’s most formidable criminals and tyrants plotting an annihilation, as one man has to race against time to stop them. Somehow that ambitious plot will also lay out the origin of the very first independent intelligence agency… Read more

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance

Venom 2 – 

Tom Hardy as Venom (Sony, BA)

Release date: 2nd October 2020

Tom Hardy reprises his role of anti-hero Eddie Brock, gifted super-powers by an alien symbiote, in this sequel to the surprisingly popular Venom. Andy Serkis has signed up to direct the Spider-Man spin-off, which may well hit cinemas on October 2nd 2020, a slot that Sony currently has earmarked for an “untitled Sony/Marvel sequel”. Read more

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson

The Witches 

Anne Hathaway

Release date: 16th October 2020

Roald Dahl’s wicked tale is brought to life once again with Anne Hathaway playing the Grand High Witch. This film has some stellar behind-the-scenes talent with Oscar winners Robert Zemeckis directing and Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron executive producing. Read more

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, Stanley Tucci, Angus Wright

Halloween Kills

Release date: 16th October 2020

Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the 12th instalment of the Halloween horror franchise, after the success of Halloween (2018). Another sequel is due out a year later, too… Read more

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet

The Eternals

Marvel's The Eternals cast
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Release date: 6th November 2020

The Eternals is Marvel’s cosmic new franchise based around a society of superhuman aliens, it’s one of Marvel’s lesser-known properties (which might be why they’re stuffing it with so much star power) but if Guardians of the Galaxy could turn a talking raccoon and a tree into beloved action stars, we’re sure this will still strike a chord with audiences. Read more

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry

No Time to Die (James Bond 25) 

Release date: 12th November 2020

Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 has changed directors, with Danny Boyle exiting the project last year. But with Maniac’s Cary Fukunaga taking the reins, we’re still expecting big things, especially with Phoebe Waller-Bridge now on the writing teamRead more

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch

West Side Story 

Ansel Elgort and Steven Spilberg West Side Story, Getty

Release date: 18th December 2020

Steven Spielberg is remaking this iconic movie musical with Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler recreating the iconic love story as Tony and Maria. Read more

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno, Corey Stoll

Fast & Furious 9 

Release date: April 2021 (pushed back from 22nd May 2020 due to Coronavirus)

Dwayne Johnson sits this one out (thanks to Hobbs & Shaw) but the main cast (Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez…) reassemble for a ninth outing of this money-spinning franchise, adding John Cena alongside returnees Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michael Rooker

Uncharted 

(Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Release date: December 2020

This video game adaptation starring Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake recently lost its director Dan Trachtenberg, but the film is still expected to begin shooting in early 2020 for release in December.

Starring: Tom Holland

New Spice Girls animated movie

Spice Girls (Getty, EH)

Release date: TBC

All five Spice Girls (yes, even Victoria Beckham) are working on this new animated superhero movie from Paramount. A writer is attached but details are still scarce at this point, although we know the group are “very involved”. Read more

Starring: Victoria Beckham, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm

Antlers

Release date: TBC

Supernatural horror produced by Guillermo del Toro, about a small-town teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, who meet a student hiding a dangerous secret.

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Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons