hmv.com previews... 2019's Best Movies - Blockbusters
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2019's best movies. Today, it's the final chapter, the blockbusters...
Star Wars: Episode IX
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson
Director: JJ Abrams
Release Date: December 19th
The final act in the trilogy that began with The Force Awakens arrives at the tail end of 2019.
Initially, it looked like Jurassic World man Colin Trevorrow would be directing this instalment, but he exited over creative differences, leaving JJ Abrams to make a glorious return.
As with all instalment set in a galaxy far, far away, plot details are strictly under wraps, but we do know that Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell and Matt Smith are among the new cast.
The trailer is due in a few weeks...
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance
Director: Michael Dougherty
Release Date: May 31st
After the success of the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, a sequel was swiftly ordered with instructions to up the ante. How did you up the ante when your monster is the size of a building? Get more monsters of course!
The new movie follows the employees of crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's existence in jeopardy.
Basically, it's going to be epic!
The Lion King
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: July 19th
Disney's hot-streak of taking their animated hits and making again in varying degrees of live action continues apace in 2019.
Perhaps most exciting is The Lion King, which sees Jon Favreau, who has form with 2016's take on The Jungle Book, directing an all-star cast.
The story, if you don't know it by now, is this:
It follows Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile.
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown
Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Release Date: November 22nd
We will finally get a second helping of the animated juggernaut in the later months of 2019.
Plot details are pretty thin on the ground at this point in time, but early rumours suggest that we will see Anna and Elsa teaming up with Kristoff and Olaf for a great journey.
What we do know is that Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood have joined the cast and Allison Schroeder, writer on Hidden Figures and Christopher Robin, is now helping out with the story.
Mary Queen Of Scots
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle, Guy Pearce
Director: Josie Rourke
Release Date: January 18th
The stars are big and the budget is lavish for this new historical romp.
We watch as Mary, ruling Queen of Scotland, becomes the anchor of an attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, a plot which finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad
Director: Guy Ritchie
Release Date: May 24th
Another Disney animation is reborn as a live-action spectacular later this year.
Aladdin tells the story of a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess named Jasmine. To try and win her affections he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her, only to run into serious trouble along the way.
The re-telling had originally been billed as a prequel to the 1992 Disney animated take on the tale, but is now a more straightforward live-action re-telling with a script from Big Fish writer John August and director Guy Ritchie.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Starring: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date: July 26th
Every Quentin Tarantino movie is an event, but this summer's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood looks set to be his biggest flick yet.
The film is based around the notorious Charles Manson murders, the 1969 case which saw Manson, a cult leader, order four of his followers to attack the inhabitants of a house in Los Angeles he believed owned by a record producer who rejected him.
The attack left actress Sharon Tate dead along with four others.
The movie will see DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Pitt take key roles. DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, while Pitt will be his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth. Robbie will portray Sharon Tate.
The film is also Tarantino's first for Sony Pictures after the demise of The Weinstein Company.
Toy Story 4
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Laurie Metcalf, Keanu Reeves, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn
Director: Josh Cooley
Release Date: June 21st
Nine years after we thought we'd said goodbye to Woody, Buzz and the gang forever, they're back for a fourth run.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid
Director: Roland Emmerich
Release Date: November 8th
After battling an alien invasion in Independence Day: Resurgence, director Roland Emmerich profiles a whole different kind of invasion for this big-budget World War II epic.
Boasting an all-star cast, the film sets out to re-tell the battle of Midway, a skirmish that saw the US win a decisive victory against the Japanese in the battle for the Pacific.
Expect it to be explosive.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: March 29th
The third and final live-action re-working from Disney comes in March, with Dumbo, the beloved flying elephant.
The film tells the story of Colin Farrell's Holt Farrier, a former circus star, who finds his life turned upside-down when he returns from the War.
He gets a new start when circus owner Max Medici enlists him to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus.
But when Holt's children, Milly and Joe, discover that Dumbo can fly, everything changes...
Tim Burton directs, working from a script from Transformers writer Ehren Kruger.