The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

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The Most-Anticipated Movies of 2024
The Most-Anticipated Movies of 2024

Get ready for a ton of sequels, threequels and prequels coming to the big screen in 2024, including some movies that were delayed due to the Hollywood strikes.

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Although the actors and writers strikes may have pushed back production and release dates for some films, moviegoers will still have plenty of choices in the coming year. If superheroes and comic book movies are your thing, there’s plenty of choices, from “Madame Web” and “Deadpool 3” to “Venom 3” and “Joker: Folie a Deux.”

Otherwise, don’t miss a couple of long-awaited biopics about beloved singers: “Back to Black” about Amy Winehouse and “One Love: The Bob Marley Story.”

Other anticipated sequels include “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” “Kung Fu Panda 4,” “Inside Out 2,” “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” and “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.”

Notable filmmakers in the mix include George Miller with “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” Luca Guadagnino with “Challengers” and “Minari” director Lee Isaac Chung with “Twisters.”

And horror fans will also have plenty of scares, including sequels “A Quiet Place: Day One,” “Saw XI” and “Terrifier 3.”

So get ready for what will hopefully be a blockbuster year at the box office with these upcoming titles.

1. Mean Girls (Jan. 12)

1. Mean Girls (Jan. 12)
1. Mean Girls (Jan. 12)


No, 2024’s “Mean Girls” isn’t exactly a remake of the 2004 iconic original film, but an adaptation of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2018. Still, it features much of the same storyline, just with songs included — Cady (Angourie Rice) enters the unfamiliar world of high school, only to get pulled into The Plastics, the circle of queen bee Regina George (Renée Rapp). When Cady develops a crush on Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she and her friends forge a plan to sabotage Regina and destroy her place in the high school hierarchy. This new iteration is directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. and is once again written by Tina Fey.

2. Argylle (Feb. 2)

2. Argylle (Feb. 2)
2. Argylle (Feb. 2)


Action-comedy film “Argylle” from director Matthew Vaughn features a star-studded cast with the likes of Dua Lipa, Henry Cavill, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson and Ariana Debose. At the heart of it all is Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Ellie Conway, a spy novelist who finds that the events of her novels are coming to life — and now the spies she thought were fictional are after her.

3. Madame Web (Feb. 14)

3. Madame Web (Feb. 14)
3. Madame Web (Feb. 14)


Marvel’s “Madame Web” stars Dakota Johnson as the titular character, a clairvoyant paramedic who develops the ability to see into the future. She then must try and survive deadly forces with three women — played by Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor and Isabela Merced.

4. Bob Marley: One Love (Feb. 14)

4. Bob Marley: One Love (Feb. 14)
4. Bob Marley: One Love (Feb. 14)


Looking for an emotional and tuneful Valentine’s Day watch? Produced in cooperation with the singer’s family, this biopic stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the iconic reggae artist. It covers his life and music, from the beginning of his career to a 1976 shooting at his home and his death in 1981 at just 36 years old.

5. Dune: Part Two (March 1)

5. Dune: Part Two (March 1)
5. Dune: Part Two (March 1)


Denis Villeneuve’s sequel continues the journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he embarks on a warpath of revenge against those who destroyed his family, while also attempting to prevent a terrible future. Chalamet will be joined by Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stephen McKinley Henderson. Newcomers include Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux and Souheila Yacoub.

6. Kung Fu Panda 4 (March 4)

6. Kung Fu Panda 4 (March 4)
6. Kung Fu Panda 4 (March 4)


The fourth installment of the beloved DreamWorks franchise, “Kung Fu Panda 4” sees panda Po (Jack Black) being told by Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) that he will no longer be the Dragon Warrior, but instead become Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. That’s soon interrupted by a new antagonist, The Chameleon (Viola Davis), a shape-shifting sorceress who absorbs the kung fu of every villain and who seeks to destroy Po. Guess the noodles will have to wait.

7. American Society of Magical Negroes (March 15)

7. American Society of Magical Negroes (March 15)
7. American Society of Magical Negroes (March 15)


In Kobi Libii’s comedy satirizing the “magical negro” trope, Justice Smith stars as Aren, a young man recruited into a society of magical Black people who use their powers to ease the discomfort of white people. Aren, however, struggles to follow the rules of the society when he falls for a woman (An-Li Bogan) whom his client (Drew Tarver) also becomes interested in.

8. Road House (March 21)

8. Road House (March 21)
8. Road House (March 21)


Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a former UFC fighter-turned-bouncer in Doug Liman’s upcoming remake of the 1989 cult classic of the same name, which featured Patrick Swayze in the lead role. Working at a Florida Keys roadhouse (owned by Jessica Williams’ Frankie), Gyllenhaal’s Dalton comes face to face with some shady characters. Conor McGregor, who has fought in the UFC in real life, makes his acting debut opposite Gyllenhaal.

9. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (March 22)

9. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (March 22)
9. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (March 22)


The sequel to 2021’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” follows the Spengler family leaving Oklahoma and going to the original New York fire station of the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” film. There, they meet with the original Ghostbusters and end up needing to “bust” a villainous force aptly named the Death Chill.

10. Civil War (April 12)

10. Civil War (April 12)
10. Civil War (April 12)


Directed and written by Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), this apocalyptic action film depicts a United States in the midst of conflict, with 19 states having seceded and the U.S. government facing off against a Texan and Californian army called the Western Forces. Kristen Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Cailee Spaeny all star. As voiced in the trailer, “God bless America.”

11. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (April 12)

11. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (April 12)
11. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (April 12)


Godzilla and King Kong are no longer opponents, but instead allies in “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.” The film is the sequel to 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” and follows the two iconic characters banding together to face off against a new threat.

12. Challengers (April 26)

12. Challengers (April 26)
12. Challengers (April 26)


Directed by Luca Guadignino, “Challengers” is a steamy romantic comedy sports drama starring Zendaya as Tashi, a tennis coach who has trained her husband, Art Donaldson (Mike Faist), to tennis stardom. After a string of losses for Art, Tashi signs up him for a challengers event against none other than Tashi’s ex-boyfriend — and Art’s former best friend — Patrick (Josh O’Connor). Quickly, it becomes clear that tensions in the court stem from tensions off of it.

13. The Fall Guy (May 3)

13. The Fall Guy (May 3)
13. The Fall Guy (May 3)


“Barbie” star Ryan Gosling returns in an action comedy film adaptation of the 1980s series “The Fall Guy.” The film follows stuntman Colt Seavers (Gosling) as he works on a film directed by his ex-girlfriend, Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt). As one can guess, things don’t go smoothly once the star of the film disappears and Colt sets off to find her.

14. Back to Black (May 10)

14. Back to Black (May 10)
14. Back to Black (May 10)


Marisa Abela of “Industry” stars as the late sultry singer Amy Winehouse in a biopic directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Told from the singer’s point of view, the film looks at her rise to fame, troubled life and the release of the “Back to Black” album. Jack O’Connell and Leslie Manville co-star.

15. IF (May 17)

15. IF (May 17)
15. IF (May 17)


Written and directed by John Krasinski, comedy film “IF” stars Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in this tale that asks: what if your imaginary friends weren’t imaginary? One young girl will find out the answer to that question after she starts seeing the imaginary friends created by those around her.

16. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24)

16. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24)
16. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24)


George Miller’s “Mad Max” franchise continues with “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” in which Anya Taylor-Joy stars as young Imperator Furiosa (the younger version of Charlize Theron’s character). Furiosa is thrown into a Biker Horde led by Warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) and must find her way back home.

17. Garfield (May 24)

17. Garfield (May 24)
17. Garfield (May 24)


Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson join comic creator Jim Davis’ universe in the franchise’s newest animated feature, following Bill Murray’s 2004 film “Garfield: The Movie” and its 2006 sequel “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.” Pratt will star as the titular orange feline, with Jackson portraying his father Vic — a new character.

18. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (May 24)

18. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (May 24)
18. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (May 24)


Picking up after the death of Caesar in 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the newest addition to the 20th Century Studios franchise will be set several generations later, with apes now the dominant species. As a new tyrannical ape starts building an empire, a young ape is forced to grapple with decisions that will define the future for both apes and humans. The cast is comprised of Owen Teague, Kevin Durand, Freya Allen, William H. Macy and Peter Macon.

19. Hit Man (June 7)

19. Hit Man (June 7)
19. Hit Man (June 7)


Based on Skip Hollandsworth’s 2001 Texas Monthly magazine article of the same name, this new Richard Linklater Netflix film sees Glen Powell star as a Houston police associate who disguises himself as an assassin to catch willing clients. But hijinks ensure when he finds himself getting invested in saving a woman in an abusive relationship, played by Adria Arjona. Austin Amelio, Retta and Molly Bernard round out the cast.

20. The Crow (June 7)

20. The Crow (June 7)
20. The Crow (June 7)


“The Crow” franchise gets a reboot with this fifth iteration, starring Bill Skarsgard, Danny Huston and FKA Twigs. Rupert Sanders directs the long-in-the-works supernatural superhero film that sees Skarsgard as the Crow, a murdered musician who sets out to avenge his own death and that of his fiancée.

21. Bad Boys 4 (June 7)

21. Bad Boys 4 (June 7)
21. Bad Boys 4 (June 7)


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will reunite for the fourth installment in the action series, serving as a sequel to “Bad Boys for Life” — which earned $426.5 million at the worldwide box office. “Bad Boys for Life” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are returning for the fourth film, with Chris Bremner penning the script.

22. Inside Out 2 (June 14)

22. Inside Out 2 (June 14)
22. Inside Out 2 (June 14)


In this anticipated sequel, Maya Hawke’s Anxiety joins Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, as a now teenage Riley grapples with new, complex feelings. Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black will reprise their roles Joy, Sadness and Anger, respectively, while Tony Hale and Liza Lapira will take over the roles of Fear and Disgust for Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling. The film has already made history as Disney’s biggest animated trailer launch.

23. The Bikeriders (June 21)

23. The Bikeriders (June 21)
23. The Bikeriders (June 21)


Inspired by Danny Lyon’s book of photography, Jeff Nichols’ film follows a 1960s midwestern motorcycle club called the Vandals, tracing its evolution into something more sinister. Austin Butler and Jodie Comer play a married couple involved in the Vandals, with Tom Hardy portraying the biker gang’s hot-blooded leader.

24. A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28)

24. A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28)
24. A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28)


The prequel to the 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller will depict the origins of the world we meet the Abbott family in, where people must stay silent to hide from creatures who hunt for prey using sound. Lupita Nyong’o stars in the film, as she navigates the first moments of the alien invasion in New York City.

25. Horizon: An American Saga (June 28 and Aug. 16)

25. Horizon: An American Saga (June 28 and Aug. 16)
25. Horizon: An American Saga (June 28 and Aug. 16)


Directed, produced and co-written by star Kevin Costner, “Horizon: An American Saga” is a Western that follows the expansion of the American West during the time periods before and after the Civil War. It will be released in two parts, the first in June and the second in August.

26. Despicable Me 4 (July 3)

26. Despicable Me 4 (July 3)
26. Despicable Me 4 (July 3)


Although not many details have been revealed regarding the film’s plot, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan will all be returning for the franchise’s latest chapter. Chris Renaud, the director of the first two “Despicable Me” movies, is returning for the fourth film.

27. Twisters (July 19)

27. Twisters (July 19)
27. Twisters (July 19)


The film follows the 1996 disaster epic “Twister,” which starred Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes and Philip Seymour Hoffman as scientists trying to conquer the most powerful tornado in decades. Plot details for the sequel are under wraps, but Universal has described it as “a new chapter” from the original movie. It will be directed by Lee Isaac Chung, best known for “Minari,” from a screenplay by Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”).

28. Deadpool 3 (July 26)

28. Deadpool 3 (July 26)
28. Deadpool 3 (July 26)


Ryan Reynolds will reprise his titular role in the franchise’s third installment, which sees him reunite with Hugh Jackman’s X-Men character Wolverine. Voted the most anticipated film of 2024 in Fandango’s annual survey, the film marks the first “Deadpool” project to be produced by Walt Disney Studios after it acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019.

29. Borderlands (Aug. 9)

29. Borderlands (Aug. 9)
29. Borderlands (Aug. 9)


Eli Roth directs the film adaptation of the popular video game “Borderlands,” with an ensemble cast including Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt and Édgar Ramírez. The science fiction action comedy follows a mysterious outlaw named Lilith (Blanchett) who returns to her home planet of Pandora; she forms an unlikely alliance to save the daughter of the powerful Atlas (Ramírez).

30. Alien: Romulus (Aug. 16)

A standalone installment set in the “Alien” franchise that, as confirmed to Variety by star Cailee Spaeny, will take place between the events of between the events of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), the sci-fi horror thriller will be directed by Fede Álvarez with a script co-written with Rodo Sayagues. Spaney is set to star alongside Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu.

31. Kraven the Hunter (Aug. 30)

31. Kraven the Hunter (Aug. 30)
31. Kraven the Hunter (Aug. 30)


J.C. Chandor directs Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Russian immigrant Sergei Kravinoff, who seeks to demonstrate that he is the best hunter in the world. “Kraven the Hunter” is based on the Marvel comic character of the same name. Other cast members include Russell Crowe, Ariana DeBose and Christopher Abbott.

32. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (Summer)

32. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (Summer)
32. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (Summer)


Eddie Murphy returns for the long awaited fourth film in the popular “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise, reprising his titular role as a Detroit cop solving crimes in Beverly Hills. The film will come to Netflix about 30 years after “Beverly Hills Cop III” came out in 1994. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton will also reprise their roles as local cops, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Bacon will join the franchise as newcomers. Taylour Paige, Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Mark Pelligrino round out the cast.

33. Beetlejuice 2 (Sept. 6)

33. Beetlejuice 2 (Sept. 6)
33. Beetlejuice 2 (Sept. 6)


Tim Burton returns to direct the follow up to his 1987 cult classic “Beetlejuice,” with Michael Keaton reprising his role as the eccentric ghost. Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara also return, with Jenna Ortega joining the cast as a new face in the franchise.

34. Transformers One (Sept. 13)

34. Transformers One (Sept. 13)
34. Transformers One (Sept. 13)


Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Hamm, Laurence Fishburne and Brian Tyree Henry are some of the stars rounding out the cast for the latest addition to the “Transformers” universe. From director Josh Cooley, the film is said to be an origin story unfolding on Cybertron, where Autobots and Decepticons hail from. Hemsworth voices Optimus Prime and Henry voices Megatron.

35. Saw XI (Sept. 27)

35. Saw XI (Sept. 27)
35. Saw XI (Sept. 27)


The long-running “Saw” franchise returns with its eleventh installment in a twenty year period. The horror franchise is known for featuring the Jigsaw Killer, a serial murderer who puts his victims through a series of sadistic games to test how far they’ll go to survive. Tobin Bell has played the killer, aka John Kramer, in the films.

36. Joker: Folie a Deux (Oct. 4)

36. Joker: Folie a Deux (Oct. 4)
36. Joker: Folie a Deux (Oct. 4)


Lady Gaga joins Joaquin Phoenix in the follow up to Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” The musical thriller features Gaga as Harley Quinn, while Phoenix reprises his titular role as failed comedian-turned-criminal Arthur Fleck. The rest of the cast includes Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland and Harry Lawtey.

37. Smile 2 (Oct. 18)

37. Smile 2 (Oct. 18)
37. Smile 2 (Oct. 18)


“Aladdin” star Naomi Scott is among cast members set for the sequel to the horror sensation, which will likely get a new protagonist, since Sosie Bacon’s Rose didn’t survive the first installment. “I do think that there is still a lot of interesting stuff to explore in the world of ‘Smile.’ There certainly are stones that I left unturned by design,” director Parker Finn said about a possible sequel after the release of the first film, which earned more than $217 million at the global box office.

38. Terrifier 3 (Oct. 25)

38. Terrifier 3 (Oct. 25)
38. Terrifier 3 (Oct. 25)


Art the Clown is back, but this time in a holiday-themed installment of the “Terrifier” slasher horror comedy franchise. David Howard Horton plays the creepy clown and Samantha Scaffidi plays returning character Victoria Heyes, who was featured in the previous two “Terrifier” films.

39. Venom 3 (Nov. 8)

39. Venom 3 (Nov. 8)
39. Venom 3 (Nov. 8)


Tom Hardy will return to screens as Eddie Brock/Venom in the third installment of DC’s “Venom” franchise, which was originally slated for a summer release. Having written and produced the first two films, Kelly Marcel is behind the camera this time around as director. Marcel created the story alongside Hardy.

40. Gladiator 2 (Nov. 22)

40. Gladiator 2 (Nov. 22)
40. Gladiator 2 (Nov. 22)


Ridley Scott returns to direct the much-anticipated follow up to his 2000 Best Picture winner “Gladiator.” Paul Mescal stars as a grown version of Lucius Verus II, the nephew of the first film’s antagonist Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). The rest of the cast includes Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi and Joseph Quinn, among others.

41. Wicked Part 1 (Nov. 27)

41. Wicked Part 1 (Nov. 27)
41. Wicked Part 1 (Nov. 27)


The first part of the film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical “Wicked” will be released in November, with Cynthia Erivo starring as Elphaba and Ariana Grande starring as Glinda. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater and Bowen Yang, among others. Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) directs, and music is composed by Stephen Schwartz.

42. The Karate Kid (Dec. 13)

42. The Karate Kid (Dec. 13)
42. The Karate Kid (Dec. 13)


As the stars of separate “Karate Kid” films, Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio will come together for the franchise’s newest installment. Macchio will return as Daniel LaRusso, the star of the original trilogy beginning in 1984, and Chan will reprise his role as Mr. Han, the kung fu master inspired by Mr. Miyagi from the Jaden Smith-led 2010 remake. Plot details have been kept under wraps, and it is unknown how Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” will connect to the new film.

43. Mufasa: The Lion King (Dec. 20)

43. Mufasa: The Lion King (Dec. 20)
43. Mufasa: The Lion King (Dec. 20)


This prequel of the 2019 photorealistic remake will explore the titular lion’s origin story, centering his on relationship his brother Scar, who becomes the main villain in “The Lion King.” Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will voice the younger versions of Mufasa and Scar, respectively.

44. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Dec. 20)

44. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Dec. 20)
44. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Dec. 20)


The next film in the “Sonic the Hedgehog” franchise, based on the Sega video game series, will see Ben Schwartz reprise his role as the titular character. Building on the success of the previous films, the latest movie is likely to expand on aspects of the video game that have yet to be explored on screen.

45. Nosferatu (Dec. 25)

45. Nosferatu (Dec. 25)
45. Nosferatu (Dec. 25)


Bill Skarsgård, who played villainous clown Pennywise in the “It” franchise, takes on another terrifying monster role in Robert Eggers’ vampire tale. This time, Skarsgård is the titular vampire in “Nosferatu.” Another take on the classic 1922 film, this version stars Lily Rose-Depp as Ellen Hutter, who becomes the subject of the vampire’s obsession.

46. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (undated)

46. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (undated)
46. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (undated)


Audiences were left on a cliffhanger with the ending of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” but rest assured “Beyond the Spider-Verse” will arrive in theaters soon enough to bring Miles Morales’ story home as the final film in the animated trilogy. Shameik Moore is the voice of Miles with Joaquin Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson returning to direct.

47. The Piano Lesson (undated)

47. The Piano Lesson (undated)
47. The Piano Lesson (undated)


Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, “The Piano Lesson” follows the lives of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles household and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. Directed by Malcolm Washington, who co-wrote the screenplay with Virgil Williams, the film is an adaptation of the August Wilson play of the same name. John David Washington will star in the film alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Fisher, Danielle Deadwyler, Michael Potts, Corey Hawkins, Melanie Jeffcoat, Erykah Badu, Gail Bean, Jerrika Hinton, Stephan James, Malik J. Ali, Jay Peterson and Matrell Smith.

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