A list of upcoming films to look forward to in the coming year, ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy to Dune: Part 2.
For many upcoming projects, the film industry has seen a shift in its production and release methods over the last two years. Due to the worldwide pandemic, the films have experienced delays and pauses in production to prevent further spread.
It has been observed that significant studios have attempted to release many films on digital streaming platforms to avoid other cancellations and delays, rather than dismissing them for the sake of a theater release and so that fans can enjoy them in the comfort of their own homes.
However, viewers worldwide prefer to watch these massive films in theaters to get the whole experience as intended. The situation is improving; the theaters have reopened, and fans have reassembled nearby cinema halls to watch the movies.
On the other hand, the massive response in viewership on the digital platform has also made it an excellent alternative to premiere content to a broad audience. So, that’s unlikely to change in 2023, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have some phenomenal motion pictures to look forward to seeing.
Continue reading to learn about the 5 most anticipated movies of 2023.
Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- Directed by: James Gunn
- Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki
- Release date: May 5, 2023
The third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will be part of Phase 4 of MCU. An upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, the film’s plot has yet to be confirmed by the studio. It is one of the most anticipated films that fans worldwide have anticipated for a long time.
Production resumed in March 2019 after James Gunn finished work on his film The Suicide Squad (2021) and its spin-off series Peacemaker (2022), which are now available to stream on HBO Max.
Moreover, The Guardians of the Galaxy Special will debut exclusively on Disney+ in December. The new adventure, which is expected to last about 40 minutes, depicts the favorite team of space miscreants during the holiday season.
Gunn addressed the Disney+ holiday special on Twitter when a fan asked if any significant character would be introduced. “More than one great new MCU character will be introduced,” the director responded, suggesting that the new faces will not only be essential to the TV special but will come back in future MCU installations.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 26, 2022
The Little Mermaid
- Directed by: Rob Marshall
- Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina
- Release Date: May 26, 2023
A young mermaid strikes a bargain with a sea witch: she will trade her beautiful voice for human legs, allowing her to explore the world above water.
Rob Marshall’s upcoming American musical fantasy film is based on a screenplay written by Jane Goldman and David Magee. It is a live-action remake of the 1989 animated film version, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the same name.
Meet the cast of The Little Mermaid (2023):
Meet the cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, @Awkwafina, @DaveedDiggs, @JacobTremblay, @MelissaMcCarthy & Javier Bardem. Directed by Rob Marshall, featuring music from the animated original & new music by @AlMenken & @Lin_Manuel Miranda. pic.twitter.com/lXp0p2mVrE
— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
- Directed by: Andy Muschietti
- Starring: Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Billy Crudup, Michael Keaton
- Release Date: June 23, 2023
As seen in Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, the multiverse’s infinite possibilities are central to the plot. The DC universe is gearing up for it to be a part of their upcoming projects. With Michael Keaton’s return as Batman, it’s clear that the film will experiment with both new actors. Furthermore, Ben Affleck’s version of Batman is rumored to make an appearance.
There are rumors that the plot will be based on the comic book’s “Flashpoint” storyline, in which case, anticipate some crossover hijinks.
Check out the first look teaser trailer as revealed in DC FanDome (2021):
- Directed by: Christopher Nolan
- Starring: Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie
- Release date: July 21, 2023
The premise of the movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in developing the atomic bomb. Like nearly all Christopher Nolan’s films, the IMAX-shot movie should be seen on the silver screen.
There has yet to be a teaser or trailer released. However, the cast announcements are being made.
Thanks to an experienced director like Christopher Nolan and an incredible cast assemblage, the film is highly anticipated. The complete list is as follows:
Harrison Gilbertson (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Emma Dumont (Licorice Pizza) have joined Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer cast as the latest signings.
As previously announced, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Dylan Arnold, David Krumholtz, Alden Ehrenreich, David Dastmalchian, Olli Haaskivi, Jason Clarke, James D’Arcy, Michael Angarano, Guy Burnet, and Danny Deferr are the notable names to join this grand assemblage so far.
Dune: Part 2
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård
- Release Date: October 20, 2023
Last year, an epic sci-fi adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name swept the film world, earning ten Academy Award nominations for 2022. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has received widespread acclaim from audiences and critics. Greig Fraser’s cinematography and sound design make the film a one-time experience on the big screen.
The movie has won 157 wins in various categories from 260 nominations.
It received 10 nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won the most awards of the ceremony with six: Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Cinematography.
The franchise’s third part is already in the works along with the sequel, with scripts being written to expand on this universe.
Timothée Chalamet shared the announcement of Part 2 on his Twitter handle:
— Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) October 26, 2021
More information about the films mentioned above will be released soon.