18 Exciting Movie Announcements You Can Look Forward To

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For the last several years, television has reigned supreme in Hollywood. But looking at the lineup of movies coming out in the next few years, that just might be changing. Looking ahead, late 2024, 2025, and 2026 all seem like they're going to be good years to head to the movie theater (or settle in at home and stream the film). Most of the films coming out are much-anticipated sequels, prequels, or modern-day remakes, giving them all a touch of nostalgic flair that makes them seem even more exciting.

Some of the movies coming out already have trailers you can watch that will get you even more excited to see them on the big screen, while others haven't gotten quite that far just yet. Either way, these exciting movie announcements are definitely something you're going to look forward to.

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Release date: Sept. 6, 2024

The highly-anticipated sequel to the 1988 horror comedy Beetlejuice is set 40 years after the original and a trailer has already been released. Like the first film, it's directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catharine O'Hara. Jenna Ortega and Justin Theroux are also joining the cast. Ortega plays Astrid, the daughter of Lydia Deetz (Ryder), who finds a flier about Beetlejuice in the attic, leading Deetz to fear that he has returned.

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Moana 2

Release date: Nov. 27, 2024

Disney shocked fans in early 2024 when they announced that a Moana sequel was going to be released in November, just a few months away. The teaser trailer was released on Disney+ on May 29 and quickly became the most watched movie trailer in Disney's history.

Moana 2 will star the same beloved characters as the first film, including Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson as Moana and demigod Maui. Moana receives a call from her ancestors and must journey into the dangerous seas of Oceania and where she experiences some scary things, but also a lot of adventure.

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Release date: Nov. 27, 2024

Ever since Wicked took Broadway by storm, there has been talk of a cinematic adaptation, and it's now finally, really happening. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Cynthia Ervio, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, and Jeff Goldblum.

This upcoming film is going to be part one—Universal has already said that the play's story will be split into two movies (the second is set to be released the following November in 2025).

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Mufasa: The Lion King

Release Date: Dec. 20, 2024

Mufasa: The Lion King is a prequel to The Lion King directed by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins with the same photorealistic CGI style as the 2019 adaptation. The film uses Rafiki to tell the legend of Mufasa to lion cub Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala. Beloved characters like Timon and Pumbaa will be making an appearance and the film will be told in flashbacks, with stories about Mufasa back when he was an orphaned cub, meeting a lion named Taka who takes him on a journey that changes his life.

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Release date: Dec. 25, 2024

The original Nosferatu film was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel and came out in 1922 as one of the earliest depictions of vampires in the movies. The 1922 film was as creepy as you might expect, and the 2024 version is probably going to be even more disturbing. The amazing director of The Lighthouse and The Witch, Robert Eggers, has been working on this remake of Nosferatu since 2015, so it's something horror film fans have been anticipating.

Starring Lily-Rose Depp, Bill Skarsgard, William Dafoe, Emma Corrin, and Nicholas Hoult, the movie promises to be a bloody, terrifying take on the vampire story that will certainly have tons of classic horror references. The release date is Dec. 25, because who doesn't want to watch a scary movie on Christmas Day?

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Expected Release: late 2024 or early 2025

Community is a cult favorite television show that ran for six seasons, and fans have been hoping for a movie for a long time. While a lot of details haven't been confirmed just yet, ET reports that the cast will include Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong (but no Chevy Chase). The movie will go from how the series ended and may focus on a college reunion.

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Snow White

Expected Release: March 21, 2025

Snow White is the latest classic Disney cartoon to get the live-action treatment, and this version of the film has been a long time coming—it was completed in July 2022 and was set to premiere in the spring of 2024, but the release date was pushed back a year because of the SAG-AFTRA strike. This live-action film will star Rachel Zegler as Snow White and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. Other cast members will include Andrew Burnap, Ansu Kabia, Martin Klebba, and Colin Michael Carmichael.

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Jurassic World 4

Expected Release: July 2, 2025

Jurassic World 4 is set to film during the summer of 2024 with a fast release date of a year later. However, you can expect this sequel to be different than the films before it. While it hasn't been confirmed, the rumor is that stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will not be reprising their roles. Actors like Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Bailey are rumored to be joining the film.

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Avatar 3

Release Date: Dec. 19, 2025

It's taken more than a decade since the original Avatar premiered, but the third installment in the science fiction series finally has a release date (and, according to People, the 4th is already being filmed). Directed by James Cameron, Avatar 3 will show a new side of Pandora and the Na'vi. Returning stars include Sam Worthington, Zoe Salanda, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel David Moore, and some new cast members include Oona Chaplin.

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Shrek 5

Expected Release: Possibly 2025

It's been nearly a decade since the fourth installment of the wildly popular Shrek franchise was released, and fans are excited it's back again. Few details are available, but it's expected that Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas will return to voice the lovable ogre Shrek and Puss in Booths respectively. While it was confirmed to be in development, it's hard to say when it will be released, although it's rumored that Dreamworks is hoping for a 2025 date.

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Downton Abbey Sequel

Expected Release: rumored for 2025

In May 2024, it was announced that the series of film adaptations of the beloved BBC show would become a trilogy at long last. This third (and final) installment of the series stars returning favorites like Michelle Dockery, Paul Giamatti, Dominic West, and many more. Although there aren't a lot of details out just yet, the film will be written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Simon Curtis.

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Scary Movie Sequel

Expected Release: 2025

In April 2024, Paramount and Miramax announced that they would be releasing yet another take on the popular Scary Movie franchise. There are no details on what the movie will be about, exactly when it will be released, or who will be cast, although both Anna Faris and Rebecca Hall have expressed interest in being involved.

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Peaky Blinders

Expected Release: Probably 2025

The hit television series Peaky Blinders, which stars Cillian Murphy, ran for six seasons and ended in 2022, but fans have been hoping for a film since then. In 2021, creator Steven Knight revealed that a film was "in development," and in 2024 he announced that filming would begin in September. The film will still star Murphy and will take place during World War II. There is no official release date, but it will likely be out sometime in 2025.

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The Lord of The Rings: The Hunt for Gollum

Expected Release: 2026

In May 2024, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the next film in the Lord of the Rings franchise would be The Hunt for Gollum, focusing, obviously, on the creature Gollum. Producers include Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh, and Andy Serkis is apparently slated to both direct the film and reprieve his role as Gollum.

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Super Mario Bros. Movie Sequel

Expected Release: April 3, 2026

Considering the fact that the first Super Mario Bros. film was such a huge hit, it's no surprise that a sequel is already in the works. The second movie already has a release date set for 2026 and will be directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic again.

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The Mandalorian and Grogu

Expected Release: May 22, 2026

Back in early 2024, Disney announced that director Jon Favreau was working on a feature film adaptation of The Mandalorian. Fans have since awaited the announcement of the movie, titled The Mandalorian & Grogu. Aside from the adorable Baby Yoda, the movie will also star series star Pedro Pascal and in May 2024, it was rumored that Sigourney Weaver was in talks to join the cast.

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Frozen 3

Expected Release: Nov. 25 2026

Frozen is one of Disney's most popular franchises, so the third installment of the movie series, even though it's still years away, is highly anticipated. Both Idina Menzel and Josh Gad have confirmed that they'll be reprising their roles, but Kristen Bell has not. No details about the story have been released.

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Red, White & Royal Blue Sequel

Expected Release: TBD

Red, White & Royal Blue, based on the novel of the same name, was a hit romantic comedy when it premiered on Amazon Prime Video in June 2023. The film is about a love affair between the son of the President of the United States and a young prince. All we know about this sequel is it will once again star Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez. Plot details haven't been released, but Matthew Lopez and Casey McQuiston will return to write the script.

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