Grab the popcorn
It’s a new year. Time to look ahead. And that means thinking about all of the movies you’ll end up watching in 2020. With a new Bond film, a 1980s revival courtesy of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Top Gun: Maverick, and sci-fi epics like Dune, there’s no shortage of quality entertainment on the way. Here’s a quick snapshot:
Bad Boys For Life (Jan 16)
Let’s start the year with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, returning as detectives Lowrey and Burnett for more action and laughs in Bad Boys For Life. This is the follow-up to Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, with the pair hunted by a Romanian mob boss with a grudge.
The Gentlemen (Jan 23)
Director Guy Ritchie assembles an all-star cast, featuring Matthew McConaughy, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant, for this London-set crime caper. Said to be in the spirit of Lock, Stock and Snatch, McConaughy stars as an expat crime boss.
Birds of Prey (Feb 6)
Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, teaming up with Gotham City’s top female crimefighters – including the Black Canary and the Huntress – to take on the villainous Black Mask, played by Ewan McGregor.
Bloodshot (Feb 20)
Vin Diesel is playing a superhero! Or a comic book character, at least. Bloodshot is the ultimate soldier, with nanotechnology in his blood that allows him to heal quickly. But when his memories return, he begins a mission of vengeance.
A Quiet Place: Part II (Mar 19)
The original movie, written, directed by and starring John Krasinski, was a low-budget, critically-acclaimed hit. This returns us to the world where humans have been hunted to near-extinction by creatures highly sensitive to sound.
No Time To Die (Apr 8)
The 25th James Bond movie is here! Daniel Craig returns to the role for the final time, coming out of retirement to battle a mysterious villain, played by Rami Malek. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, the film introduces the first female ‘00’ agent in the series.
Black Widow (Apr 30)
If you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame, you’ll know that Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, is [spoiler alert] dead. But here is an untold story from her past, where she travels home to Russia and assembles old allies to combat a new threat.
Fast & Furious 9 (May 21)
Wow, they just continue to pump these movies out, don’t they? But clearly, audiences aren’t getting tired of them, and Vin Diesel and co are back for more globe-trotting-heist and street-racing action. This time, the team are in the UK and Thailand.
Wonder Woman 1984 (Jun 4)
Your summer of 1980s nostalgia starts here! Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman, with an adventure set in 1984. A villain with the power to grant any wish – even temporarily resurrecting Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from the last movie – spells trouble.
Top Gun: Maverick (Jun 25)
Feel the need. For speed. Again. Tom Cruise is back as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, one of the Navy’s top pilots. The Top Gun academy calls on him to train a new group of graduates – with one just happening to be the son of his late best friend, Goose.
Free Guy (Jul 2)
Comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a non-playable character in a video game called Free City (a mash-up of Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite). After countless times of being shot at, beaten up and run over, he decides to take a stand and make himself the hero.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Jul 9)
So ignore the female-led reboot from a few years ago – this is the direct sequel to the first two movies. When ghosts invade a small town, a family with links to the original Ghostbusters finds it may have the answers (and equipment) to save it.
Tenet (Jul 16)
Director Christopher Nolan echoes the mind-bending, reality-warping elements of his previous films, such as Memento and Inception, for his latest action thriller. The exact plot is still under wraps, but it does star Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine.
Morbius (Jul 30)
Jared Leto stars as Dr Michael Morbius, a scientist who turns himself into a superhero vampire. He’ll be facing off against Loxias Crown, played by former Dr Who Matt Smith. Like Venom, Morbius was originally introduced in the Spider-Man comics as a villain.
Infinite (Aug 6)
Mark Wahlberg stars in this sci-fi action thriller, based on the 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers. Wahlberg plays a man able to recount his past lives, and is pursued by a centuries-old organisation whose members can do the same.
Without Remorse (Sep 24)
Based on the 1993 Tom Clancy novel of the same name, Michael B Jordan stars as John Clark, a Navy SEAL out to avenge his wife’s death, who discovers he’s part of a much larger conspiracy. In Clancy’s books, Clark is well known in the Jack Ryan series.
The Eternals (Oct 29)
Based on one of the lesser-known Marvel comics, The Eternals are a race of god-like beings created to be humanity’s protectors. Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, and former Game of Thrones stars Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, are among the cast.
Stillwater (Nov 5)
Matt Damon stars as an American oil-rig roughneck who travels to France where his daughter is in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, he fights for her innocence.
Unchartered (Dec 17)
Based on the popular video game series about treasure hunter and adventurer Nathan Drake, the movie version has been in development hell for years. But now, Tom Holland is playing Drake, with Mark Wahlberg cast as Sully, his mentor.
Dune (Dec 17)
There was a movie of Dune back in 1984, but this adaptation of Frank Hebert’s classic sci-fi novel is expected to be even more ambitious – with this being part one of two. The cast list is extensive, with Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem among the names.