Reel Dialogue’s Anticipated Films of 2019

As the awards season is upon us and Hollywood celebrates the films they want us to like in 2018, the Reel Dialogue team thought we would look ahead to the films in 2019 instead. We have put together our list of the films that look fun, intriguing or may prove to be the best options for audiences in the coming year. These movies are categorised by the best choices of the year, ‘call us intrigued’ and ‘reserving judgement.’

The most anticipated films of 2019


For fans of M. Knight Shyamalan’s superhero film,  Unbreakable after leaving a screening of Split, this is the film for you.  Since the announcement of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson joining James McAvoy for this crossover named for Jackson’s Unbreakable villain, Mr. Glass, this is an exciting option for the year.


The first of three live-action remakes of Disney movies hitting theatres next year, this one comes from Tim Burton and tells the tale of a circus elephant with the ability to fly.


Hard to imagine that two DC characters made the list, but they did. Shazam! may bring some comedy to the DC film universe, as we’ll see Zachary Levi transform into the 14-year-old foster kid-turned adult superhero.


Prepare yourself for the epic finale to the battle between Marvel’s biggest superheroes and their greatest foe, Thanos—an anticipated close to the MCU’s current plotline that will certainly bring about the departure of many of the series’ superheroes.


Guy Ritchie directs his own live-action Disney film, with Will Smith stepping into the big slippers to play the Genie first made famous by the late Robin Williams.


Arguably the most anticipated film of next year will be the final instalment of the Skywalker Saga. We’ll see Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher (through reshoots) and more reprise their Star Wars roles when the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.


Following the success of Murder on the Orient Express, director Kenneth Branagh is back with another Agatha Christie murder mystery—and once again starring as the moustachioed detective Hercule Poirot.


Another. Joker. Movie. This time, director Todd Phillips offers an origin story to the Batman supervillain with Joaquin Phoenix in the starring role. DC fans have been intrigued with the as-yet-untitled Joker movie since Joaquin Phoenix was cast.


Director Greta Gerwig follows up her Academy Award-nominated Lady Bird chose to do an adaptation of the book by Louisa May Alcott, will she spoil it with a modern interpretation or stay true to the classic tale?


Based on the novel of the same name, this dramedy stars Cate Blanchett as a miserable mother who suddenly goes missing, prompting her teen daughter to figure out what happened. It features a strong supporting cast and an Oscar-winning director in Richard Linklater.

Call us intrigued… 

These films look good, but it is difficult to fully commit to them. They are intriguing and deserve some consideration in the coming year.


While it doesn’t star the series mainstays, the fourth Men in Black movie does reunite Thor: Ragnorok stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who have already proven themselves to be perfect comedic action heroes.


Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film will be a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood in 1969 with some of IRL Hollywood’s biggest players (the cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, and Al Pacino). And there’s the terrifying backdrop: the Manson murders that shook the nation.


You may not have asked for a Hellboy reboot — how can they possibly improve on GDT’s original two takes on Mike Mignola’s graphic novel? – but we’re pretty sure you’ll take it when you hear who’s involved. The film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate, stars David Harbour, is directed by Neil Marshall, and will feature Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, a sorceress after revenge.


They say it’s not worth fixing something that isn’t broken, and so the latest chapter of the John Wick series follows Keanu Reeves’s titular assassin as he outruns and outwits the legion of nameless killers who are out to get him.


It Follows director David Robert Mitchell brings another stylish thriller to the screen, with Andrew Garfield starring as a Los Angeles man who investigates the strange disappearance of a woman played by Riley Keough.


Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, he’s also rumoured to be attached to this romantic drama based on a novel by Australian writer Graeme Simsion. None of the cast or crew has been confirmed yet, and we don’t have any details on the plot, but the book centres on a straight-laced genetics professor who formulates criteria to find his perfect match, only to fall in love with a woman who doesn’t make the cut. 


James Mangold directs this based-on-true-events sports drama about American motor company Ford’s efforts to build a race-worthy car to rival — and hopefully defeat — the Ferrari team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Reserving judgment 

Two classics that could be great or could ruin the childhood memories of millions around the world.


Have you recovered from the weepy ending of Toy Story 3? Prepare for another instalment, which sees Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang embarking on another toy-out-of-the-box adventure. Our favourite childhood story is far from over.


Surely to get us all singing the ‘Circle of Life’ again, the second live-action Disney film will be the remake of The Lion King, with an extremely star-studded cast consisting of Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and many more.

What do you think of the list?

What films would you add or which of these excites you for 2019?

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 13 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.