2020 is just around the corner, and with it comes a bounty of movies that many of us have been salivating over since the first rumors of their release. We are happy to report that next year will pay off for those who have been patiently waiting for these titles to hit Regal theatres. We will finally get Bond 25, featuring Daniel Craig (for potentially the last time in this role), which received the title No Time to Die. We are getting more installments from both DC and Marvel with Birds of Prey and Eternals, plus a revisit to some 80’s classics with Top Gun: Maverick, Bill & Ted Face the Music, and Ghostbusters 2020.
There are plenty of movies hitting theatres in 2020, but we developed a list of some of the most highly anticipated movies for the upcoming year.
NO TIME TO DIE
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Lashana Lynch
Release: April 8, 2020
In the 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, which was taken over by True Detective (2014- ) creator Cary Fukunaga after Danny Boyle abandoned the project, we find Bond after he has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA seeks his help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen
Release: March 27, 2020
Yifei Liu in Mulan (2020)
The next of Disney’s live-action movies comes Mulan, directed by Niki Caro who brought us Whale Rider (2002) and North Country (2005). Starring Chinese actor Liu Yifei as the titular character alongside other legends like Donnie Yen, Gong Li, and Jet Li, Mulan follows the original plotline and is sure to bring a hard-hitting take on a Disney classic.
Top Gun: Maverick
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer
Release: June 26, 2020
Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly in Top Gun: Maverick (2020)
31 years later and we’re finally receiving a follow-up to Top Gun (1986)! Not much has been released about the movie or its plot, but what we do know is that Val Kilmer will be coming back to reprise his role as Iceman. It is also buzzing that the movies producers are recruiting some of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood, including Miles Teller (Whiplash), who will be playing Goose’s son.
Wonder Woman 1984
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
Release: June 5, 2020
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Gal Gadot returns to her Amazon-princess role that launched the first movie to a No. 2 spot in Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Superhero Movies of All Time and raked in $412.5 million at the box office. The sequel takes place during the Cold War in the 1980’s and finds Kristen Wiig as the main villain of the movie, Cheetah.
A Quiet Place 2
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt
Release: March 20, 2020
Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place (2018)
We don’t know too much about the plot (or anything at all for that matter), but what we do know is that Krasinski will be returning to direct A Quiet Place 2, with Emily Blunt reprising her role from the first movie and with an appearance from Peaky Blinders (2013- ) Cillain Murphy. We can take a look at hints from the first movie to get an idea for the sequel, like who were the other people lighting the torches? Will Evelyn find the source of the beasts? We will have to wait to find out during the movie’s March 20th release!
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Director: Dean Parisot
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving
Release: August 21, 2020
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves for Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
Another 80’s return coming to 2020 is Bill & Ted Face the Music. Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) find themselves as middle-aged fathers still trying to bust out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. Given the slew of action-packed, more serious roles from Keanu over the last few years, it is nice to see him dipping back into the lovable role that launched him into his career.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Release: February 7, 2020
When we last saw Margot Robbie in the DCEU, she was getting into all sorts of trouble in Suicide Squad (2016). Now, she has broken the ties with her and Leto’s Joker to bring us the all-ladies team of antiheroes who promise to bring us even more mayhem than before! Alongside Robbie will be Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who were cast as Black Canary and Huntress, respectively. We join them as they team up against a whole new threat, Black Mask, who will be played by Ewan McGregor.
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace
It has been announced that Jason Reitman will be directing the sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, which is unrelated to the all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig in 2016. There isn’t much that has been officially released about the upcoming continuation of the 80’s classics, or whether or not the members of the original cast will return. However, Reitman has hinted at the appearance of some new characters, including Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd. .