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Movies That Will Blow Everyone Away In 2024

The year 2023 was a solid one for cinema. While superhero movies took a major hit (aside from the Spider-Verse), titles like "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie" earned rave reviews and big box office hauls. But with instant classics like "Killers of the Flower Moon" and "Godzilla Minus One" now in the rearview mirror, what does 2024 have in store? 

While there's a shocking lack of MCU or DC properties, 2024 promises to feature plenty of big-budget sequels and throwbacks to beloved properties from the 1980s. However, there are also plenty of original features set for release that hail from some of the most iconic filmmakers in history. All of these projects inhabit a variety of genres, including family films, action titles, and horror features, and they all have unique qualities that make them the likeliest must-sees of 2024. 

Updated on April 12, 2024: From scary stories and superhero movies to animated adventures and long-anticipated musicals, 2024 is full of awesome offerings. We update this list regularly, so check back often to see what exciting movies the year has to offer.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare - April 19, 2024

When it comes to cool British crime thrillers that mix snappy insults with slick action, it doesn't get any better than the films of Guy Ritchie. Now, Ritchie is bringing his singular style to World War II with "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." Based on a real-life special ops force, the action flick will find Superman himself, Henry Cavill, leading a rag-tag bunch of rogues and ne'er-do-wells. This special unit has been formed by Winston Churchill, and their goal is to use "ungentlemanly" tactics to defeat the Nazis — specifically, to take out the Nazi U-boats in the North Atlantic. Cavill will be joined in this dangerous mission by stars such as Eiza González ("Ambulance"), Alan Ritchson ("Reacher"), Henry Golding ("Crazy Rich Asians"), Alex Pettyfer ("Magic Mike"), and Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride"), among others. Expect to see the action play out on April 19, 2024.

Rebel Moon: Part Two - The Scargiver - April 19, 2024

2024 is shaping up to be a year of science fiction sequels. In addition to "Dune: Part Two," "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," and a new "Alien" film, director Zack Snyder will stun with "Rebel Moon: Part Two — The Scargiver." A follow-up to 2023's "Rebel Moon," this film is written and directed by Snyder, and it stars Djimon Hounsou, Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Staz Nair, Ray Fisher, Doona Bae, Cleopatra Coleman, E. Duffy, and the voice of Anthony Hopkins as mercenaries. They've been enlisted by a warrior played by Sofia Boutella to fight an evil galactic imperium. Together, this rag-tag group of cosmic adventurers must work to protect a remote moon under assault from the armies Mother World, led by Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee). 

Snyder has made no secret that the pair of "Rebel Moon" films were directly inspired by Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and that his story was originally developed as the concept for a "Star Wars" feature film. When Lucasfilm passed on the project, Snyder and his team took the story to Netflix instead. 

Leading into the first film's release, the buzz around the "Rebel Moon" films is strong. Trailers already showcase a compelling, fully-realized world of cosmic conflict. The sequel, "Rebel Moon: Part Two — The Scargiver" is expected to hit the streaming service on April 19, 2024.

Abigail - April 19, 2024

Led by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella, and Tyler Gillett, indie studio Radio Silence has turned out some pretty impressive films. This includes "Ready or Not" starring Samara Weaving and Adam Brody, and both "Scream" and "Scream VI." In 2024, they'll return with "Abigail," which reimagines a classic movie monster.

The plot follows a group of crooks who are hired to kidnap a 12-year-old ballerina, hold her hostage in a creepy mansion, and wait for her criminal father to hand over a hefty ransom. Unfortunately for the kidnappers, their victim turns out to be their victimizer — a pint-sized vampire who's very, very hungry. The cast features Melissa Barrera, who previously collaborated with Radio Silence on their "Scream" movies, as well as Kathryn Newton ("Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania"), Dan Stevens ("Beauty and the Beast"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), Kevin Durand ("Lost"), William Catlett ("Black Lightning"), the late Angus Cloud ("Euphoria"), and Alisha Weir ("Darklands") as the titular vampire.

Written by Guy Busick ("Ready or Not") and Stephen Shields ("Hole in the Ground"), "Abigail" will dance her way to the big screen on April 19, 2024.

Boy Kills World - April 26, 2024

Before Bill Skarsgård dons a pair of fangs for "Nosferatu," he'll be battling bad guys in "Boy Kills World." This wild actioner comes from German director Moritz Mohr, with the legendary Sam Raimi co-producing. Here, Skarsgård will portray a deaf-mute named Boy. Armed with a powerful imagination, Boy's life is thrown upside down when the head of a powerful post-apocalyptic empire murders his family. Desperate for revenge, Boy flees into the jungle and begins training under a shaman, who will teach him the martial arts skills Boy needs to unleash his furious vengeance.

A tale featuring an argumentative ghost, a "Hunger Games"-esque annual purge, and plenty of video game energy, "Boy Kills World" is sure to deliver a hefty dose of adrenaline on April 26, 2024. Speaking about the movie's unique style, Sam Raimi explained (via Deadline) that director Moritz Mohr "brings a distinct visual style and an unbridled imagination to the screen, creating an original, outrageous, and visceral thrill ride. 'Boy Kills World's' eclectic, cast, eye-popping stunt sequences, and deranged sense of humor will blow audiences away."

Speaking of that eclectic cast, Bill Skarsgård will star alongside Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") and Jessica Rothe ("Happy Death Day"). Famke Janssen (the "X-Men" series) will play the villainous matriarch who gets on Boy's bad side, Yayan Ruhian ("The Raid: Redemption") will star as Skarsgård's sensei, and H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob's Burgers") will portray Boy's inner voice. You can also expected to see actors like Brett Gelman ("Stranger Things") Isaiah Mustafa ("It: Chapter Two"), Andrew Koji ("Warrior"), and Sharlto Copley ("District 9").

Challengers - April 26, 2024

Originally slated for a September 2023 release date, "Challengers" has been making waves since its first trailer dropped in June. Directed by Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") and written by newcomer Justin Kuritzkes, the film stars Zendaya ("Spider-Man: No Way Home") as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis star whose career has been derailed due to injury. In her younger days, Duncan was on top of the tennis world. She was also engaged in a steamy three-way love affair with a pair of pro-player friends, Patrick (Josh O'Connor) and Art (Mike Faist), who fought for her affections on and off the clay. 

Years later, Tashi is monogamously married to Art — now a Grand Slam champion — and serves as his coach. But after Art hits the skids with a string of losses, Tashi arranges for him to enter a so-called "Challengers Match" which will pit him against his old rival, friend, and former Tashi co-lover, Patrick. 

Garnering attention thanks to a love scene in the trailer involving all three leads, "Challengers" could have been one of the hottest romantic dramas of 2023. But, due to the strikes that rocked Hollywood that year, it was shifted to the followings spring. "Challengers" will try to overcome the loss of its momentum when it drops in theaters on April 26, and it stands a good chance of achieving its goal.

The Idea of You - May 2, 2024

Based on the novel by Robinne Lee, "The Idea of You" will star Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries") as 40-year-old mom Solène, a woman who takes her young daughter to the Coachella Music Festival. It's there that Solène meets Hayes Campbell, a 24-year-old pop star and lead of the most beloved boy band on the planet (played here by Nicholas Galitzine of "Red, White & Royal Blue"). The two soon find themselves falling in love, but as you might assume, there are quite a few complications to their new relationship — most notably Hayes' intense super stardom and the new scrutiny Solène finds herself under.

The movie will be directed by Michael Showalter, who's no stranger to complicated romances. He helmed "The Big Sick" — a tale of cross-cultural romance made even more difficult by illness — as well as "Hello, My Name Is Doris," where a much older Sally Field falls head over heels for a younger man. Rounding out the cast for "The Idea of You," we'll see Annie Mumolo ("Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar"), Ella Rubin ("Masters of the Air"), Reid Scott ("Veep"), Viktor White ("He's All That"), and Raymond Cham ("The Big Leap"), among others.

The Fall Guy - May 3, 2024

"The Fall Guy" was originally a TV show that starred Lee Majors and aired on ABC for five seasons in the 1980s, with the plot revolving around an action movie stunt man who spends his spare time working as a bounty hunter. And in 2024, it's getting the feature-length treatment, with a movie adaptation headlined by Ryan Gosling and helmed by "Bullet Train" director David Leitch. Gosling isn't the only recognizable name in this action feature, though, as Emily Blunt ("A Quiet Place"), Stephanie Hsu ("Everything Everywhere All at Once"), Winston Duke ("Black Panther"), Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Bullet Train"), and Hannah Waddingham ("Ted Lasso") are all set to round out the ensemble cast. You can also expect an appearance from Lee Majors himself.

As for the plot, the movie is ditching the bounty hunter angle. Instead, Gosling will play retired stuntman Colt Seavers, who's called back to show business when his director ex-girlfriend (Blunt) needs him to step in and save her movie after the film's leading man (Taylor-Johnson) disappears. With Leitch's filmography, including titles like "Atomic Blonde" and "Deadpool 2," we can expect propulsive energy, zippy atmosphere and incredible action sequences.

After all, we know the movie will feature a ton of real-deal stunts. Speaking with Collider, producer Kelly McCormick assured moviegoers, "All of [the stunts] will have elements of practical, and a lot of them will be 100% practical. In fact, our visual effects guys are happy and sad that their jobs are really marginalized on this one." McCormick went on to say, "It just feels like we're paying homage to the stunt community and to, really, cinema and those of us who make the movies." Expect to see the practical action go down on May 3, 2024.

Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story - May 3, 2024

Jerry Seinfeld has had a wild career. He made one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, and he's incredibly successful in the world of stand-up comedy. But when it comes to feature films, he gave us "Bee Movie" — one of the most baffling animated films ever made. Perhaps Seinfeld will get his feature-length redemption with his upcoming comedy "Unfrosted," the not-so-true story about the creation of the Pop-Tart.

With "Bee Movie," Seinfeld co-wrote the script, served as a producer, and provided his iconic vocal talents. With "Unfrosted," he's not only writing, producing, and starring — he's also directing. Per the official logline, "Michigan, 1963. Kellogg's and Post, sworn cereal rivals, race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast." The movie has also been described as "a tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar, and menacing milkmen."

As previously mentioned, the movie isn't exactly a detailed retelling of fact. As Seinfeld explained to The Hollywood Reporter, "There are a couple of elements that are true that we use to begin the story, which is that Post came up with this idea and Kellogg's heard about it and said, 'We have to do the same thing.' And then I kind of told the story as 'The Right Stuff' with NASA versus the Soviet Union."

Joining Seinfeld, we'll see Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids"), Amy Schumer ("Trainwreck"), Hugh Grant ("Wonka"), Christian Slater ("Heathers"), Bill Burr ("The Mandalorian"), Daniel Levy ("Schitt's Creek"), James Marsden ("Jury Duty"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), and comedian Jim Gaffigan, among others. "Unfrosted" will pop onto Netflix on May 3, 2024.

Cuckoo - May 3, 2024

Coming off "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes," Hunter Schafer will be leaving sci-fi behind for the moment to focus on a new genre: horror. The "Euphoria" star will be the lead of Neon's upcoming "Cuckoo," where she'll act alongside the likes of Dan Stevens ("Beauty and the Beast") and Jessica Henwick ("The Matrix Resurrections").

Here, Schaeffer will be playing 17-year-old Gretchen, who winds up in the German Alps when her father remarries and moves everyone to Europe. Needless to say, things only get worse from here, especially after she meets her dad's employer, the incredibly creepy Mr. König (Dan Stevens). The boss is paying a little too much attention to Gretchen's half-sister, and when you couple that with all the visions Gretchen's having and all the weird stuff she's hearing, well, you know bad things are in store.

Speaking about the film's mysterious title — a reference to the animal that infamously has other birds take care of its offspring — Schafer told Variety, "It's really a freaky thing that that's just in nature and birds are just out here being complete d***s to other birds and giving them their own babies to raise. Are you kidding? That's psycho!" We're assuming that concept will somehow play into the story, which is directed by Tilman Singer ("Luz"). "Cuckoo flies into theaters on May 3.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - May 10, 2024

Hollywood just can't quit "Planet of the Apes." Following a series of four films and a TV sequel in the '60s and '70s, Tim Burton tried to reboot the franchise in 2001. A modern-day trilogy starring Andy Serkis as revolutionary chimp Caesar landed a decade later, with the third film, "War for the Planet of the Apes," closing out the story with his death. Now, six years later, the franchise returns with another sequel, "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes."

Helmed by Wes Ball and penned by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison, the film is set decades, if not centuries, later. Ape society is fully in control, while mankind has been reduced to animal status, and the titular planet appears much like the world visited by Charlton Heston in the original film. Here we meet a young, curious ape named Noa (Owen Teague) who befriends Mae (Freya Allan), a young feral human on the run. Together, they set out to stop the tyrannical ape ruler Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand), who twists the peaceful teachings of his predecessors and seeks out ancient and deadly human technology to further cement his rule. 

William H. Macy, Dichen Lachman, Eka Darville, and Ras-Samuel Welda'abzgi fill out the rest of the cast. We're sure to go bananas when "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" hits theaters on May 10, 2024.

The Strangers - Chapter 1 - May 17, 2024

One of the landmark horror movies of the 2000s, "The Strangers" terrorized audiences with its psychopathic, nihilistic villains — three mask-wearing murderers who kill without reason. While the creepy trio reunited for a widely derided 2018 sequel, they're now getting the midquel treatment with "The Strangers – Chapter 1." The first installment in a planned trilogy, this 2024 horror flick will ignore "The Strangers: Prey at Night" and act as a direct follow-up to Bryan Bertino's 2008 original.

Here, the plot will follow Maya (Madelaine Petsch of "Riverdale") as she travels across the U.S. with her boyfriend (Froy Gutierrez of "Cruel Summer"). However, when they spend a night at an Airbnb, they find themselves face to masked face with the three titular killers. Maya's idyllic road trip suddenly turns into a night of survival, as she and her boyfriend fight for their lives. The movie is helmed by Renny Harlin, the filmmaker responsible for films like "Die Hard 2," "Cliffhanger," and "Deep Blue Sea." Rounding out the cast, we'll see Gabriel Basso ("The Night Agent"), Richard Brake ("Barbarian"), and Rachel Shelton ("All Creatures Great and Small"). Prepare to be scared on May 17, 2024.

IF - May 17, 2024

Actor-director John Krasinski recently capped off the fourth and final season of "Jack Ryan," and in 2023, he'll be turning his attention back to directing. His newest project is "IF," a child-friendly adventure about a young girl and some imaginary friends, and it'll be a far cry from his breakout directorial effort "A Quiet Place" (and also quite different from the similarly themed 2024 horror picture "Imaginary"). A family fantasy comedy, its cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, and Awkwafina alongside Krasinski himself.

Written by Krasinski, the film tells the story of a group of imaginary friends — monsters and cartoon-like characters with a playful, vibrant view of the world. But because the children who dreamt up these "IFs" have all grown up, they're now lost and looking for new human friends. Enter Bea (Cailey Fleming), who the IFs believe is the perfect young person to take up their cause. And on her new mission, she gets help from her neighbor (Ryan Reynolds), who she discovers can also see the imaginary friends. 

The first project to re-team Krasinski with his "Office" co-star Steve Carell, "IF" is something akin to a live-action Pixar movie. Its all-star cast of voice talent stands to attract plenty of attention while its family-friendly story will make it the perfect counter-programming to the bigger adult-skewing spring blockbusters like "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes." "IF" opens on May 17, 2024.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - May 24, 2024

Hailing from visionary director George Miller, "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" will serve as an action-packed prequel to "Mad Max: Fury Road" and will follow the early years of the one-armed imperator. Miller has had this movie on his mind for quite some time, as he more or less wrote the screenplay while prepping for "Fury Road." However, Charlize Theron won't be returning to play her most iconic role. The movie is set over the span of 15 years, so Furiosa will be much younger, and as Miller explained to The New York Times, he doesn't think de-aging technology is all that convincing.

So who's stepping into Theron's dust-covered boots? Well, the role of Furiosa has gone to Anya Taylor-Joy, who wowed critics and audiences alike in projects like "The Witch," "The Queen's Gambit," and "The Menu." She'll be joined here by Chris Hemsworth of "Thor" fame, who will be playing the film's big bad. You can also expect to see Tom Burke of "Living" and "The Souvenir" filling in for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II after the "Aquaman" actor had to leave the film.

As for the plot, we do indeed have a description for the film, which hits theaters on May 24, 2024. According to the official summary, "As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland they come across the Citadel presided over by the Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home."

The Garfield Movie - May 24, 2024

One of America's most beloved comic strips, "Garfield" has been running since the late 1970s, and the Monday-hating orange tabby may be just as famous on the screen as he is on the page. Adapted into a string of prime-time animated specials that spawned a hit cartoon series in the late 1980s, "Garfield" finally got his own movie in 2004, where he was voiced by Bill Murray. Since then, he's returned in his own CGI-animated series "The Garfield Show," and in 2024, he's coming back to theaters for another shot at the big screen.

A fully CG-animated adventure, "The Garfield Movie" gets a superstar voice cast, with the famous feline himself voiced by Chris Pratt, who seems to have found a niche as an animated voice actor after "The Lego Movie" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." But Pratt isn't the only big name to join the fun. His fellow MCU star Samuel L. Jackson has come on board to provide the pipes for Garfield's father, Vic. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" actor Nicholas Hoult, "Mission: Impossible" stalwart Ving Rhames, "Saturday Night Live" veterans Bowen Yang and Cecily Strong, and "Ted Lasso" stars Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein are also lending their vocal talents to the film.

Behind the scenes, it'll be DNEG handling the animation, a studio that normally supplies first-rate CGI effects for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters like "Fast X" and "Jurassic World: Dominion." Disney screenwriter David Reynolds ("Finding Nemo"), meanwhile, is crafting the script, with "Chicken Little" helmer Mark Dindal directing. After securing a February release initially, the film was bumped to May 24, 2024.

Atlas - May 24, 2024

A.I. is in the air — everywhere you look around. That's especially true for Hollywood films. While the topic has always been a fascinating one for filmmakers, it's definitely become more prominent and pressing in recent years, with titles like "The Creator" and "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning" addressing the pros and cons of artificial intelligence. And now, Netflix will put its own spin on the A.I. issue with the sci-fi drama "Atlas," starring the one and only Jennifer Lopez.

According to Netflix's official plot synopsis, Lopez will play a character named Atlas Shepherd, who's "a brilliant but misanthropic data analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence." She "joins a mission to capture a renegade robot with whom she shares a mysterious past. But when plans go awry, her only hope of saving the future of humanity from AI is to trust it."

The film is directed by Brad Peyton, no stranger to the world of action thrills as he's helmed titles like "Sweet Girl," "Rampage," and "San Andreas." As for the rest of the cast, Lopez will be joined by a killer line-up, including Simu Liu ("Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"), Sterling K. Brown ("American Fiction"), Lana Parrilla ("Once Upon a Time"), and Mark Strong ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), among others. The film will hit Netflix sometime in 2024.

The Dead Don't Hurt - May 31, 2024

While most people know Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn from the "Lord of the Rings" movies, the acclaimed actor is also a fledgling director. Mortensen helmed his first feature in 2020 — a family drama titled "Falling" — and now he's back in the director's chair for a Western titled "The Dead Don't Hurt."

The genre seems near and dear to Mortensen, as he's starred in several Westerns before ("Appaloosa," "Young Guns II," "Hidalgo"), and here, he plays Danish immigrant Holger Olsen who falls in love with the French-Canadian Vivienne Le Coudy (played by Vicky Krieps of "Phantom Thread"). While the two find romance together in the American West, their lives are torn apart when Holger volunteers for the Union during the Civil War. During his absence, Vivienne finds herself the target of a violent man with powerful connections, and when Holger returns from the war, their lives will be drastically different.

In addition to Krieps, the movie will star Danny Huston ("Yellowstone"), Garret Dillahunt ("Army of the Dead"), and Solly McLeod ("House of the Dragon") as the villains who run the town that Holger and Vivienne call home. Viggo Mortensen also penned the screenplay, and the tragic Western will have a limited theatrical release on May 31, 2024.

In a Violent Nature - May 31, 2024

Ever wanted to combine the gore of "Friday the 13th" with the beauty of a Terrance Malick movie? If so, you're about to get your oddly specific wish fulfilled.

Written and directed by Chris Nash, "In a Violent Nature" follows a slasher named Johnny who claws his way out of the ground and sets on a pleasant hike punctuated by bursts of carnage. Per the official plot synopsis, Johnny "methodically slaughters a group of campers in the wilderness after they remove a pendant from his resting grounds," but the movie takes its time in between kills, with Johnny slowly strolling through majestic forests.

The movie has been described as an "ambient slasher," and Chris Nash has acknowledged the influence of Malick and Gus Van Sant, telling Entertainment Weekly, "For years, I've thought of applying their form and aesthetic to the horror genre, and a slasher seemed like the best fit since many of them have flirted with that stylistic approach but rarely commit to it beyond a set piece or two." The film's trailer compares and contrasts the glory of the woods with the brutality of Johnny — a perfect metaphor for nature itself — with someone saying, "Animals don't get too caught up on a reason. They just keep killing." 

The film will play in theaters on May 31 before making its way to Shudder.

The Watchers - June 7, 2024

"The Watchers" is a supernatural thriller based on the novel by A.M. Shine that's already raising eyebrows, thanks to its director, Ishana Shyamalan. The daughter of director M. Night Shyamalan, Ishana Shyamalan cut her teeth on her father's Apple TV+ series "Servant," serving as a producer while writing and directing a number of episodes herself. "The Watchers" will be her big screen debut when it premieres in 2024.

In the novel, we meet Mina, a woman who becomes lost in an Irish forest. She joins three others who struggle to survive while hiding in a glass bunker and being imprisoned by strange, otherworldly monsters. In the film, actress Dakota Fanning of "The Alienist" will star as Mina, while Georgina Campbell — BAFTA Award winner and star of "Barbarian" — has been cast in a leading role alongside her.

The script was a hot commodity in Hollywood, and the subject of a minor bidding war among rival studios for the right to produce, with New Line Cinema winning the competition. "The Watchers" has a planned release date of June 7, 2024, and it was announced in Variety that due to its independent financial backing, the film had received a waiver to allow it to go before cameras in mid-2023, despite the then-ongoing actors' strike.

Hit Man - June 7, 2024

In 2011, esteemed director Richard Linklater adapted a "Texas Monthly" article by Skip Hollandsworth, and the result was "Bernie" — the pitch-perfect black comedy focused on mortician turned murderer Bernie Tiede (Jack Black). Now, Linklater is going back to the Hollandsworth well, turning another "Texas Monthly" into one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

With a ton of buzz coming out of 80th Venice Film Festival, "Hit Man" is a romantic crime comedy that's loosely based on the life of Gary Johnson, a professor who moonlights as a fake assassin. When somebody wants a murder done, they call Gary (played here by Glen Powell of "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Anyone but You") ... who then calls the cops and gets the would-be murderers tossed in the clink. However, when the beautiful Madison (Adria Arjona of "Andor" and "Morbius") hires him for a hit, Gary falls head over heels for her, making things a little bit complicated.

Drawing comparisons to sexy crime classics like "Out of Sight," "Hit Man" was co-written by Powell and Linklater, and it'll play in select theaters before its Netflix debut on June 7, 2024. When the film finally releases, you can expect to see other notable actors such as Retta ("Parks and Recreation") and Austin Amelio ("The Walking Dead").

Bad Boys: Ride or Die - June 7, 2024

Directed by Michael Bay and released in 1995, "Bad Boys" was the film that cemented "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Will Smith as a bona fide action star. A buddy cop action-comedy, it starred Smith and Martin Lawrence as wise-cracking L.A. detectives, and it got a sequel in 2003, also directed by Bay. Though it would take almost two decades, Smith and Lawrence reunited for the long-awaited third film, "Bad Boys for Life," in 2020, and it was one of the last major blockbusters before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theaters.

Rather than wait another decade and a half, "Bad Boys" is back for a fourth film in 2024 with "Ride or Die." "Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are set to return, as will stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, with Paola Núnez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Alexander Ludwig also back from the previous film. Eric Dane ("Grey's Anatomy") and Ioan Gruffudd ("The Professor and the Madman") were announced to be joining the cast in April, while "Better Call Saul" standout Rhea Seehorn was added a month later.

The plot of "Bad Boys: Ride or Die" follows the two titular cops as they try to clear the late Captain Conrad Howard of massive criminal charges. But as they dig deeper into the case, they soon find themselves on the run, as enemies and law enforcement close in on every side. With Will Smith in dire need of a boost to his career after his very public and controversial appearance at the 2022 Oscars, the actor is certainly hoping that a return to the "Bad Boys" franchise will deliver some goodwill and big box office bucks. The film is readying for a June 7, 2024 release.

Fly Me to the Moon - July 12, 2024

Ready for a space age rom-com with two of the biggest stars in Hollywood? Then mark July 12, 2024 on your calendar. That's when we'll see the Apple Original film "Fly Me to the Moon," starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum. Per the official plot synopsis, "Sparks fly in all directions as marketing maven Kelly Jones (Johansson), brought in to fix NASA's public image, wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis' (Tatum) already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as backup, and the countdown truly begins."

The film will be directed by Greg Berlanti, who's most famous for his work in the world of superheroes. Berlanti was the mastermind behind The CW's Arrowverse, which featured shows like "The Flash," "Supergirl," and — of course — "Arrow." Joining Johansson and Tatum, we'll also see Jim Rash ("Community"), Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), and Woody Harrelson ("True Detective") rounding out the cast.

Inside Out 2 - June 14, 2024

Pixar is known for franchises like "Toy Story" and "Cars," and in 2024, they'll add another to its ranks with "Inside Out 2." The first film in the series was released back in 2015, and while the kids who saw it in theaters may have aged out, the sequel stands to bring in a whole new generation.

Written and directed by Pixar veteran Pete Docter, the first "Inside Out" centers around a young girl named Riley, whose emotions manifest as characters inside her head. For "Inside Out 2," much of the cast returns, led by Amy Poehler who is back as Joy. Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling are being replaced by Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") and Liza Lapira ("The Equalizer") as Fear and Disgust. Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith are back as Anger and Sadness, respectively, and a teaser trailer has revealed a new emotion is being added to the mix — Anxiety, everyone's favorite stressor, voiced by Maya Hawke ("Stranger Things"). It's also been reported that we'll meet Ennui, Envy, and Embarrassment.

It seems the emotions have their work cut out for them in this installment, which will see Riley embark upon the rocky road of adolescence. Moving into a new house was one thing — this is a completely different kind of journey. Will Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the old crew learn to like the new emotions? We'll have to wait for June 14, 2024 to see how it all goes down.

The Bikeriders - June 21, 2024

Another movie delayed thanks to the lengthy Hollywood strikes, "The Bikeriders" made its debut at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2023, but it won't enjoy a theatrical release until June 21, 2024. And when it arrives, it stands to be a major movie for Universal and a possible awards contender. 

"The Bikeriders" is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, who helmed the Golden Globe-nominated "Loving" in 2016. The film's cast is what will get audience attention, though; its ensemble is headlined by Tom Hardy and includes Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon, Austin Butler, Norman Reedus, and Boyd Holbrook. The film focuses on a fictional biker gang called the Vandals in the 1960s American midwest. Kathy (Comer) and her boyfriend Benny (Butler) become enmeshed with leader Johnny (Hardy) as the group of counter-culture rebels grows into a more dangerous gang of criminal miscreants over the course of a decade.

Thanks to its festival debut, "The Bikeriders" has already received strong reviews from the pros. Critics are praising the film for its gritty portrayal of biker culture in the early days of the movement, which fought the establishment but often crossed the line into violence. The film's cast has been getting the lion's share of the credit, with some calling it a game-changer for leading lady Comer.

Kinds of Kindness - June 21, 2024

Hot off her Oscar-winning turn in "Poor Things," Emma Stone is joining forces yet again with visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos. Their upcoming project is titled "Kinds of Kindness" and marks the third feature film collaboration between the two creatives (there's also the short film "Bleat"). Scheduled for a release date of June 21, 2024, the movie is an anthology tale focusing on three stories that all promise to be darkly hilarious and more than a little twisted, as all things Lanthimos are.

Per the official plot synopsis, "Kinds of Kindness" is a "triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader." In addition to Stone, the movie will also feature two of her "Poor Things" co-stars — Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley — as well as Jesse Plemons ("Killers of the Flower Moon"), Hong Chau ("The Menu"), Joe Alwyn ("The Favourite"), Hunter Schafer ("Euphoria"), and Mamoudou Athie ("Elemental").

It Ends With Us - June 21, 2024

Hollywood is always looking for the next best-selling novel to turn into a blockbuster hit. In 2024, they'll try it once more with "It Ends With Us," a screen adaptation of the 2016 novel by Colleen Hoover. It's a tale of romance revolving around a young woman named Lily, who moves to a new city for her first job after college and is happily swept off her feet by neurosurgeon Ryle. But things get complicated when an old flame of Lilly's named Atlas re-enters the picture.

Inspired by the real-life love story of Hoover's own parents, "It Ends With Us" was a New York Times bestseller upon release. It was followed with an equally successful sequel, "It Starts with Us," which was published in 2022. Given their success, a big-screen version was practically inevitable. Former "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively has been cast in the role of Lily, while Justin Baldoni — who played Rafael Solano on five seasons of "Jane the Virgin" — will play Ryle. The role of Lily's ex-lover, Atlas, will be filled by Brandon Sklenar, who recently wowed audiences as Spencer Dutton on Taylor Sheridan's "1923." We'll also see Jenny Slate ("Marcel the Shell With Shoes On") and comedian Hasan Minhaj while Baldoni himself will direct.

A Quiet Place: Day One - June 28, 2024

The world of "A Quiet Place" is preparing to expand significantly with "A Quiet Place: Day One." Mostly new characters will be taking center stage, with Lupita Nyong'o of the "Black Panther" series and Joseph Quinn of "Stranger Things" playing the new leads. There's also been some changes behind the scenes, with director Michael Sarnoski ("Pig") taking the reins from Jeff Nichols ("Midnight Special").

Sarnoski will be working on a script he co-wrote with Nichols, which is based on a story from producer John Krasinski. With Sarnoski involved, it makes sense that we'll also be seeing Alex Wolff in the film, who starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Sarnoski's aforementioned porcine thriller. We'll also see the return of Djimon Hounsou from "A Quiet Place Part II." If you're wondering how Hounsou will be coming back to the franchise after his tragic demise in the sequel film, it's because "Day One" will be a prequel. Speaking at 2023's CinemaCon, Krasinski explained, "We follow Lupita Nyong'o's character as she navigates the horrific first moments of the alien invasion in the loudest city of the world, New York City."

Expect to see something truly new and eerie on June 28, 2024.

Horizon: An American Saga - June 28, 2024 and August 16, 2024

After a five-season run on the smash hit neo-Western "Yellowstone," Kevin Costner is returning to the big screen in 2024 with "Horizon: An American Saga." An ambitious story that will be told across four separate films, "Horizon" will also see Costner return to the director's chair, where he won an Oscar in 1991 for "Dances With Wolves." He's also co-written the script, which will bring him back to his favorite genre: the Western.

A sprawling, epic tale, "Horizon: An American Saga" will feature a broad ensemble cast that includes Costner himself, Sienna Miller ("American Sniper"), Jamie Campbell Bower ("Stranger Things"), Isabelle Fuhrman ("Orphan"), Michael Rooker ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), Sam Worthington ("Avatar"), Jeff Fahey ("Lost"), Danny Huston ("Yellowstone"), Luke Wilson ("Stargirl"), Thomas Haden Church ("Spider-Man: No Way Home"), Kathleen Quinlan ("Apollo 13"), and Giovanni Ribisi ("Friends"), Tatanka Means ("Reservation Dogs"), and Jena Malone (the "Hunger Games" series), among others. They will play a wide range of characters including pioneering settlers and Native Americans, in a story that chronicles, according to its official synopsis, "the lure of the Old West and how it was won — and lost — through the blood, sweat and tears of many." 

Set between 1861 and 1865, the first two films in the saga get to the heart of the emotional and personal drama of the American Civil War, as families and friends are torn apart. The first film is slated to be released on June 28, 2024, while the second is currently scheduled for just two months later on August 16, 2024.

Despicable Me 4 - July 3, 2024

Good news, Illumination fans — Steve Carell is coming back as Gru, the beloved anti-hero who's now helmed a grand total of four "Despicable Me" movies. In his fourth outing, he'll be joined again by Kristen Wiig as Lucy, his wife and also an agent of the Anti-Villain League, and Miranda Cosgrove and Dana Gaier as their daughters, Margo and Edith, respectively. There's also a new member of Gru's family — he has a son! Only Gru Jr. isn't exactly a fan of his dad, which causes some serious stress in the ever-growing family.

However, that's not the only problem facing Gru in this time around. An old enemy, Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell), has busted out of prison and wants revenge against Gru. So our hero has to pack up his family and go on the run, and along the way, he'll have to bond with his son, go on a heist, and avoid a very angry honey badger. The movie will also feature returning stars Steve Coogan and Pierre Coffin — who voices the Minions — as well as newcomers Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Joey King ("Bullet Train"), Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report"), Chloe Fineman ("Saturday Night Live"), and Madison Poland as Gru's daughter Agnes.

Directing duties fall to Chris Renaud, who helmed the first two "Despicable" movies, and the script is being co-written by Mike White, the genius behind "The White Lotus." Expect to see all the animated mayhem on July 3, 2024.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F - July 3, 2024

Over the last few years, audiences have been treated to a bevy of legacy sequels. Many of them are reprises of '80s classics like "Top Gun," "Blade Runner," and the "Rocky" films. In 2024, fans will get another in the form of a fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" film. Few thought this sequel would ever happen, largely thanks to star Eddie Murphy only reluctantly agreeing to do the third in 1994. This time, though, the actor seems more than happy to be back in action.

The film will be helmed by Mark Molloy, who will be making his feature-length directorial debut. In addition to Murphy, who returns to the role of free-wheeling west coast cop Axel Foley, we'll see franchise veterans Judge Reinhold, Paul Reiser, John Ashton, and Bronson Pinchot. Additionally, Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Taylour Paige are set to join the fun.

As for the plot, Netflix has given an official summary that reads, "Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is back on the beat in Beverly Hills. After his daughter's life is threatened, she (Taylour Paige) and Foley team up with a new partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and old pals Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) to turn up the heat and uncover a conspiracy." We'll see the action comedy play out on July 3, 2024.

MaXXXine - July 5, 2024

One of the best horror series in recent memory, Ti West's "X" trilogy revolves around sex, stardom, and serial killers, with Mia Goth giving two bloody good performances. In the '70s-set "X," Goth portrays wannabe adult film star Maxine who crosses paths with the murderous Pearl, also Goth under loads of old-age makeup. In the prequel "Pearl," Goth reprises her killer character as a young woman in the 1910s, desperate for fame and love.

Now, Goth is back in "MaXXXine," playing the titular woman who survived her alligator-infested encounter with Pearl. The third film in the franchise is set in 1980s Los Angeles, where Maxine is doing her best to make it big in show business. Per the official plot synopsis, "In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break. But as a mysterious killer stalks the starlets of Hollywood, a trail of blood threatens to reveal her sinister past."

Joining Goth, we'll see some impressive names like Kevin Bacon ("Tremors"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), Lily Collins ("Emily in Paris"), Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"), Michelle Monaghan (the "Mission: Impossible" franchise), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Crown"), and musical artists Moses Sumney and Halsey. The carnage will hit theaters on July 5, 2024.

Longlegs - July 12, 2024

In 1960, Anthony Perkins starred in one of the most iconic horror movies ever made, "Psycho," and as it turns out, the desire to frighten runs in the Perkins family. Anthony's son, Oz Perkins, has quietly become one of the best horror directors of the past several years, thanks to titles like "The Blackcoat's Daughter" and "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House." Now, the younger Perkins looks to turn up the terror with his upcoming project — the widely anticipated "Longlegs."

The new horror film is being released by Neon, which has done a fantastic job of building interest with a series of short, provocative trailers. The film stars Maika Monroe ("It Follows") as FBI Agent Lee Harker, who — per the official plot description — "is assigned to an unsolved serial killer case that takes an unexpected turn, revealing evidence of the occult. Harker discovers a personal connection to the killer and must stop him before he strikes again."

Said serial killer will be played by Hollywood legend Nicolas Cage, who will star alongside Alicia Witt ("I Care a Lot") and Blair Underwood ("Caste"). The trailers promise something akin to a nightmare, complete with unsettling religious imagery, terrifying ax murders, and a vibe that's sure to leave us majorly creeped out when we leave theaters. "Longlegs" will make its way to the big screen on July 12.

Twisters - July 19, 2024

Hollywood resurrected plenty of '90s classics this past decade, with the likes of "Jurassic World," "Men in Black," and "Scream" all receiving belated legacy sequels. Well, in 2024, another '90s favorite is getting the same treatment: "Twisters" prepares to continue the legacy of the 1996 thriller starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. This time, though, the film is taking a unique route with an all-new cast and no returning fan favorites.

"Twisters" is slated to star Daisy Edgar-Jones of "Where the Crawdads Sing," Glen Powell of "Top Gun: Maverick," Brandon Perea of "Nope," Anthony Ramos of "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts," Kiernan Shipka of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and Maura Tierney of "ER." New Superman actor David Corenswet, along with Tunde Adebimpe, Katy O'Brian, and Harry Hadden-Paton have also joined the cast. Behind the camera is director Lee Isaac Chung, who was nominated for an Academy Award for both his screenplay and direction on 2021's "Minari."

As for the plot, Edgar-Jones will play a former tornado chaser who decided to quit after one fateful day in the field. But then — per the official plot summary — "she is lured back to the open plains ... to test a groundbreaking new tracking system." It's there she meets the social media star and storm-chasing daredevil Tyler Owens, and while they might not agree on the best way to track down twisters, neither can resist getting sucked up into this deadly adventure. The storm is brewing for a July 19, 2024 release.

Deadpool & Wolverine - July 26, 2024

After Disney bought Fox, people immediately started asking if Marvel would want the violent, vulgar "Deadpool" films integrated into their family-friendly MCU. Those concerns were put to bed in early 2021 by Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige, who declared that there would be a third "Deadpool" film and that it would be rated R.

But fans were in for one more surprise when Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds revealed that Hugh Jackman would be joining him for the threequel, reprising his role as Wolverine. As for the story of "Deadpool & Wolverine," we know Wade Wilson will be recruited by the Time Variance Authority (from the "Loki" series) for some sort of grand mission, likely involving time travel and/or multiverses. We also know that Jackman will be sporting the Wolverine's classic yellow-and-blue suit.

As for the rest of the cast, Morena Baccarin and Stefan Kapicic — who play Vanessa and Colossus, respectively — have been confirmed to return, as has Karan Soni as Dopinder, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Lewis Tan as Shatterstar, and Rob Delaney as mustachioed Peter. Aaron Stanford will return as Pyro from the original "X-Men" movies, Matthew Macfadyen ("Succession") will play a TVA agent, and Emma Corrin ("The Crown") is reportedly the villain. And if you're a Jennifer Garner fan, get psyched because the actress will appear as Elektra, reprising the character she first played in 2003's "Daredevil."

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are also returning to pen the script (with Zeb Wells and Reynolds), and "The Adam Project" director Shawn Levy will helm the picture, as well as co-write. Expect to see all the R-rated action on July 26, 2024. 

M. Night Shyamalan's Trap - August 9, 2024

M. Night Shyamalan films are definitely divisive, but the director's willingness to take big swings on unique projects always make his movies must-watch experiences. That's especially true now that he's focused himself on making smaller, stranger titles, a la "The Visit," "Split," and "Old." Whether you loved these movies or hated them, they got people talking, and you definitely haven't forgotten about them. That's what makes Shyamalan special — he's always bringing something fresh to a cinematic landscape dominated by familiar brand names.

And now, we're excited to see what Shyamalan has in store next. In 2023, he faced the apocalypse with "Knock at the Cabin," and in 2024, he'll be leading us straight into a trap. Well, that's the name of the movie anyway. "Trap" is set for release on August 9, 2024, and as for the plot, the synopsis reveals, "A father and teen daughter attend a pop concert, where they realize they're at the center of a dark and sinister event." Continuing the Hartnettaissance started with "Oppenheimer" and "Black Mirror," Josh Harnett will play the father who attends said concert with his kid, with the two showing up to watch a singer played by M. Night's daughter, Saleka Shyamalan.

Borderlands - August 9, 2024

Since "Detective Pikachu" seemingly broke the video game adaptation curse, more and more screen translations of popular titles have made their way to audiences. On the heels of the post-apocalyptic drama "The Last of Us," writer-director Eli Roth brings us another dystopian story in "Borderlands." Based on the highly acclaimed series of games that launched its first title back in 2009, "Borderlands" takes place in a sci-fi world where an outlaw named Lilith teams up with a group of interstellar rogues to find a missing girl, who's the daughter of the film's big bad.

Roth has enlisted an all-star group of talent for "Borderlands," with Cate Blanchett starring as Lilith. She'll be joined here by the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis of "Halloween," along with Kevin Hart of the "Jumanji" franchise and Jack Black of "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." Ariana Greenblatt ("Barbie"), Florian Munteanu ("Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"), Danny Jackson ("30 Rock"), Janina Gavankar ("Big Sky"), Gina Gershon ("Showgirls"), and Edgar Ramirez ("Jungle Cruise") are other notable names in the ensemble cast. In development as far back as 2015, fans of the game are still clamoring for a trailer, but for now, posters released by the film's Twitter account will have to suffice. It's headed to theaters on August 9, 2024.

Alien: Romulus - August 16, 2024

"Alien" launched a sci-fi franchise in 1979, and despite some ups and downs, it's helped elevate several directors into superstar status, beginning with creator Ridley Scott. James Cameron and David Fincher both contributed to the series early in their respective careers, and after the series stumbled with "Alien: Resurrection," Scott returned in the 2010s for a pair of prequels, "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant." Both films met with mixed reviews, and now in 2024, Scott will hand the reins to Fede Álvarez, director of 2013's "Evil Dead," "Don't Breathe," and "The Girl in the Spider's Web."

Taking a cue from the "Predator" prequel "Prey" that lit up Hulu in 2022,"Alien: Romulus" is taking a back-to-basics approach, with a largely unknown cast accompanying its lesser-known but talented filmmaker. Cailee Spaeny headlines the film, fresh off her starring role in the Priscilla Presley biopic "Priscilla" from Sofia Coppola. Newcomer Aileen Wu, Isabela Merced ("Dora and the Lost City of Gold"), Archie Renaux ("Shadow and Bone"), Spike Fearn ("Aftersun"), and David Jonsson ("Industry") will also star. As for the plot, the film's description goes, "Young people from a distant world must face the most terrifying life form in the universe.

The first major "Alien" project since Disney acquired the franchise's studio Fox in 2019, "Alien: Romulus" will see release on August 16, 2024. It will be followed by a TV series on Hulu from "Legion" creator Noah Hawley, though the two projects are not connected to one another.

Blink Twice - August 23, 2024

Hot off the heels of playing Catwoman in "The Batman," Zoë Kravitz pivoted into directing the upcoming "Blink Twice" (formerly known as the slightly more provocative "P***y Island"). A dramatic horror film, the movie finds Naomi Ackie ("The End of the F*****g World") playing a cocktail waitress named Frida who meets a tech billionaire played by Channing Tatum (the "Magic Mike" movies). That's how Frida gets invited to his private island where the party never stops ... until things start getting weird.

As Deadline puts it, "As strange things start to happen, Frida begins to question her reality. There is something wrong with this place. She'll have to uncover the truth if she wants to make it out of this party alive." Joining Tatum and Ackie, we'll see Alia Shawkat ("Search Party"), Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense"), Kyle MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks"), Geena Davis ("Beetlejuice"), Christian Slater ("Heathers"), and Adria Arojina ("Hit Man"), among others. Kravitz is pulling double duty here, also serving as co-writer alongside E.T. Feigenbaum of Hulu's "High Fidelity" series.

The Crow - August 23, 2024

Comic book movie remakes have a mixed track record, from the stellar "Dredd" in 2010 to the abysmal "Hellboy" in 2019. Hollywood will try again with "The Crow," a reboot of the grimdark supernatural crime thriller that starred Brandon Lee, scheduled to arrive just about 30 years after the 1994 original. Of course, the original is most famous for the tragic on-set death of Lee, who was killed during a misfire of a prop gun, but it was also well-received, garnering high praise from critics on its way to becoming a bona fide cult classic. 

Though the original was followed by four lackluster sequels — three of which were direct-to-video — a full reboot has been in the works for more than a decade. A 2008 attempt from Stephen Norrington never went anywhere, and directors Corin Hardy and F. Javier Gutierrez were both signed at different times. Actors Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, and even Jason Momoa have been involved at various points as potential stars. 

Finally, after years in development hell, "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders officially signed on, and "It" star Bill Skarsgard joined the project as Eric Draven, who returns from the afterlife to get bloody revenge on those who killed him and his girlfriend (musician FKA Twigs). Danny Huston ("Yellowstone"), Isabella Wei ("1899), Jordan Bolger ("The Woman King"), Laura Birn ("Foundation"), and Sami Bouajila ("Days of Glory") will also star. Expect to see "The Crow" fly into theaters on August 23, 2024.

Kraven the Hunter - August 30, 2024

For more than a decade, Sony Pictures has dreamed of building their own cinematic universe around Spider-Man. To this point, they've only managed to get two other characters to the screen, Tom Hardy's Venom and Jared Leto's Morbius, while other films in development like "El Muerte" and even "Aunt May" have languished. Well, another member of Spidey's rogues gallery is finally getting his own movie. "Kraven the Hunter" will be hitting theaters in 2024 hot on the heels of "Madame Web."

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who had his breakout role in the 2010 superhero comedy "Kick-Ass," returns to the genre to play the antihero Sergei Kravinoff. Traditionally, Kravinoff is depicted as a big game hunter, but here, the so-called Kraven does his best to defeat poachers with extraordinary animalistic abilities he got after a deadly encounter with a lion. In addition to Taylor-Johnson, Russell Crowe stars as Kravinoff's father, Nikolai, and Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose ("West Side Story") plays Calypso while Fred Hechinger ("The White Lotus") and Alessandro Nivola ("The Art of Self-Defense") portray Spider-Man villains the Chameleon and the Rhino, respectively. J.C. Chandor of "Triple Frontier" and "All Is Lost" directs.

Long in development, "Kraven the Hunter" finally went before cameras in 2022, with a planned release date of January 13, 2023, before being bumped to October 6. However not long after the first trailer was released in June, the actors' strike forced another lengthy postponement, and it is currently scheduled to drop on August 30, 2024.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice - September 6, 2024

There are few films more iconic to the goth crowd than "Beetlejuice," the 1988 absurdist black comedy from director Tim Burton. The film starred Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz, a morose teen who moves into a new home and meets the ghosts of married couple Barbara and Adam (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), as well as a sass-talking trickster from the underworld named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). While there have been multiple attempts to make a sequel to this strange, surreal movie, it looks like we're finally getting one in 2024.

Announced in May 2023, "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" will star Jenna Ortega of "Wednesday" fame as Astrid, and Winona Ryder is also coming back as Lydia Deetz, the mother of Ortega's new character. She'll be joined by Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz and Monica Bellucci as Beetlejuice's wife. Plus, Justin Theroux of "The Leftovers" fame is playing an unknown part, and screen legend Willem Dafoe will be playing an afterlife law enforcement officer. And, of course, you can't have a "Beetlejuice" movie without Michael Keaton, and the Oscar-nominated star is indeed returning as the ghost with the most.

Writing the script, meanwhile, are "Wednesday" scribes Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, and as reported by Deadline, Burton himself is returning to direct the project, with long-time collaborator Danny Elfman scoring the pic. Prepare for some spooky laughs and (hopefully) a lot of Harry Belafonte songs on September 24, 2024.

Speak No Evil - September 13, 2024

If you're looking for a studio with a consistent track record of first-rate horror movies and thrillers, look no further than Blumhouse. Since 2010, they've made some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films around. They've also served as a showcase for up-and-coming directors' visions, including James Wan's "Insidious," Jordan Peele's "Get Out," and Leigh Whannell's "The Invisible Man." Should you need a safe bet on a nail-biting suspense story in 2024, don't miss Blumhouse's "Speak No Evil."

A remake of a Danish film, "Speak No Evil" is helmed by James Watkins (director of "The Woman in Black"), and will star James McAvoy, whose performance in Blumhouse's "Split" and "Glass" earned him favorable reviews. The original Danish version, released in 2022, follows couple Bjorn and Louise, who are invited — along with their young daughter — to spend a holiday with Patrick, Karin, and their son Abel after they meet on vacation in Tuscany. Planned as a pleasant weekend in a remote village in the Netherlands, Bjorn and Louise's getaway spirals out of control when their hosts begin exhibiting disturbing behavior.

McAvoy will co-star in the film with Scoot McNairy, star of "Argo" and "Narcos: Mexico," and Mackenzie Davis of "Terminator: Dark Fate." Alix West Lefler ("Riverdale") has also been added to the cast. The film is currently scheduled for September 13, 2024.

Transformers One - September 13, 2024

"Transformers" is returning to its cartoon roots with "Transformers One." A fully animated feature film — the first for the franchise since "Transformers: The Movie" in 1986 — this new adventure will be a prequel that explores the origins of the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron long before the events of the 2007 blockbuster series starter directed by Michael Bay.

Revolving around the surprising friendship between Optimus Prime and Megatron, this movie will chronicle their journey to becoming bitter rivals and deadly enemies. The voice cast is impressive, with a group of A-list superstars lending their talents to the cartoon prequel. Chris Hemsworth will voice the young Optimus Prime, while Brian Tyree Henry is the new Megatron. "Black Widow" star Scarlett Johansson will voice Elita, Keegan-Michael Key will become Bumblebee, Jon Hamm will play Sentinel Prime, and Laurence Fishburne will portray Alpha Trion.

Directing the movie is "Toy Story 4" filmmaker Josh Cooley, while Steven Spielberg once again serves as producer. "Transformers" fans can expect to see the movie roll out in cinemas on September 13, 2024.

Saw 11 - September 27, 2024

In the early 2000s, the "Saw" franchise burst onto the scene as a new kind of horror movie that focused purely on gore — paving the way for the emerging subgenre of "torture porn" that led to movies like "Hostel" and "The Human Centipede." Created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the film spawned nine sequels, with the most recent being 2023's "Saw X." The best reviewed movie of the franchise by far, the tenth installment has inspired faith in the series ... which means the grisly traps are coming back.

In 2024, "X" will receive a follow-up, tentatively known as "Saw 11," which was announced by the official Lionsgate Instagram account on December 12, 2022 with a caption that read, "The game continues." Not much else is known beyond the fact that it's happening, but one thing we do know about it is its release date: September 27, 2024. 

The rush to make a sequel also becomes understandable when one checks the box office returns. "Saw X" pulled in an impressive $109 million off the back of a relatively small $13 million budget, making it one of the more profitable hits of 2023. Though no cast or crew has been announced, expect those details to come shortly as filming will likely be commencing soon.

Joker: Folie à Deux - October 4, 2024

The original "Joker" may not have been everybody's cup of tea, but it certainly delivered something that people couldn't stop talking about. After years of speculation over whether or not a sequel to "Joker" would ever hit movie theaters, a follow-up film is officially scheduled for release in October 2024, with Joaquin Phoenix reprising his Oscar-winning role of Arthur Fleck. Another key figure from the character's comic book lore will be added to the proceedings in the form of Harley Quinn, played by Lady Gaga. On top of that, this new film, entitled "Joker: Folie à Deux," will be a jukebox musical, which will allow the movie to indulge Gaga's talents as a singer and differentiate itself immensely from its predecessor.

While the concept of making a "Joker" sequel may sound predictable, making it a musical certainly wasn't something anyone expected. Just the prospect of seeing this universe filtered through the lens of a musical sounds incredibly interesting. The idea of Lady Gaga playing a version of Harley Quinn with even a fraction of the energy and passion she brought to her "House of Gucci" performance sounds super exciting. Additionally, she'll be joined by the likes of Catherine Keener ("Get Out"), Steve Coogan ("The Trip" series) Brendan Gleeson ("The Banshees of Inisherin"), Harry Lawtey ("Industry"), and Jacob Lofland (the "Maze Runner" movies). Zazie Beetz will reprise her role of stalking victim Sophie from the first film, Todd Phillips is directing and co-writing the screenplay with Scott Silver, and Hildur Guðnadóttir — who won an Oscar for the first film — will return to write the score.

In other words, "Joker: Folie à Deux" — which will take place in Arkham Asylum — is bound to be as divisive as its predecessor, but it also sounds like the kind of sequel that impressively swings for the fences rather than sits on its laurels.

Smile 2 - October 18, 2024

One of the biggest surprises of 2022 was Parker Finn's "Smile," a psychological horror movie that manages to make a pleasant grin into a terrifying ordeal. Adapted from Finn's 2020 short film "Laura Hasn't Slept," the film was initially going to be a direct-to-steaming original amid the pandemic before it pivoted to a theatrical release in the fall. There, it shocked the world and became a surprising box office smash at a time when movies were struggling in theaters, amassing more than $200 million on a minuscule budget. It was also met with rave reviews from both critics and audiences who praised its fresh take on the genre.

Given its success both critically and commercially, it should come as no surprise that a sequel was quickly greenlit and will arrive in 2024. Finn is back to direct and pen the script once more, though very little is known about the follow-up at the moment. No story has been revealed, but we do know that Naomi Scott of Disney's live-action "Aladdin" will play a popstar who's become the target of the evil, smiling spirt. We'll also see Lukas Gage of "Road House," Rosemarie DeWitt of "The Staircase," Dylan Gelula of "Dream Scenario," Raúl Castillo of "Cassandro," Miles Gutierrez-Riley of "The Wilds," and a returning Kyle Gallner as Joel. Considering the overwhelmingly positive response to the first film, there's very little doubt that the "Smile" sequel will deliver more bone-rattling chills and have audiences bailing for the blankets. It's readying for an appropriate Halloween release, dropping in cinemas on October 18, 2024.

Terrifier 3 - October 25, 2024

Science fiction and superheroes aren't the only movies to get sequels in 2024; There's also "Terrifier 3," the next in a series of bloody slashers from writer-director Damien Leone. The first film in the series, released in 2016, introduces bloodthirsty killer clown Art, who chases a trio of young women on Halloween. Produced on a shoestring budget, it managed to become an instant cult favorite, leading to a 2022 sequel, and now, a threequel. 

Early news on the third film was hard to come by initially, but as we creep closer to the production start date, information is slowly making its way out. As Leone told Deadline, pre-production is well underway, with filming scheduled for February 2024. Leone has also confirmed that the top-billed cast is set. It will include David Howard Thornton (Art the Clown), Lauren LaVera (Sienna Shaw), Samantha Scaffidi (Victoria Heyes), and Elliott Fullam (Jonathan Shaw), as well as wrestler Chris Jericho who had a bit role in the second film as a hospital attendant.

As the director describes, the third film will pick up right where "Terrifier 2" left off in the psychiatric ward. Leone hasn't elaborated on the details, but he has let fans know that we'll get more info on Sienna Shaw's father and his mysterious notebook, which could begin to connect the dots surrounding the larger mystery of Art the Clown. We also know that "Terrifier 3" will be set on Christmas Eve, with Art acting as an evil version of Kris Kringle — delivering holiday horrors in lieu of holiday greetings.

Venom: The Last Dance - October 25, 2024

There's a common belief, particularly regarding superhero films, that the third movie in a series is the worst. This may be true of the first "X-Men" trilogy, Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movies, and "Blade: Trinity," but recent threequels like "Logan," "Captain America: Civil War," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" have broken with that history. In 2024, Sony is hoping to continue that positive trend with a third "Venom" film, currently scheduled for October 25, 2024.

Tom Hardy will be back in the title role, and while Andy Serkis impressed behind the director's chair in the second film, screenwriter Kelly Marcel will take the helm for the new installment. Marcel, who wrote the first two movies, is also penning the script, based on a story she developed with Hardy. Little is known about the plot of the third movie, but after the conclusion of the previous film, there are plenty of dangling plot threads to follow. That said, given Tom Holland's recent announcement that he'll be taking a break from acting, it's unlikely we'll see Peter Parker taking on Eddie Brock just yet, despite the tease in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage."

What we do know is that "Doctor Strange" actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast in an undisclosed role. (Rumor has it he's playing Orwell Taylor, the leader of a vigilante organization that wants to kill Venom.) Emmy-nominated "Ted Lasso" star Juno Temple has recently joined the cast as well. Considering the billion-dollar gross of the first two films and overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans, there's high expectations for the next movie to deliver even more spine-tingling thrills, over-the-top spills, and plenty of gut-bursting kills.

The Amateur - November 8, 2024

Following his success on the Apple TV+ original series "Slow Horses" starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas, director James Hawes was snatched up by 20th Century Studios to helm "The Amateur," a feature-length spy thriller and remake of a 1981 movie of the same name. This new version will star the Oscar-winning Rami Malek, whose run on the cyber-thriller "Mr. Robot" was parlayed into big screen success with "Bohemian Rhapsody," "No Time to Die," and Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer." 

Like the original, which starred John Savage, Christopher Plummer, and Marthe Keller, this remake tells the story of CIA cryptographer Charles Heller (Malek) whose wife is killed in a terrorist attack. While his superiors don't seem particularly interested in tracking down the killer, Heller blackmails them into giving him a crash course in field duty so he can take on the mission himself. After Malek joined the project, it added a bevy of big names including Emmy-winner Rachel Brosnahan and the legendary Laurence Fishburne, though there's no word yet on their roles in the film. Heller's closest confidante is played by Adrian Martinez, while Holt McCallany is reported to be playing CIA Deputy Director Moore. Deadline also revealed that Julianne Nicholson and Caitriona Balfe have also joined the ensemble cast.

"The Amateur" is scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2024.

Red One - November 15, 2024

Ho, ho, ho — Christmas 2024 is right around the corner, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is bringing a bag full of action and holiday cheer. The wrestler turned A-list actor is teaming up with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, for a new Christmas-themed adventure flick called "Red One." While we don't exactly know the plot details yet, we do know Johnson will be playing Callum Drift, a muscle-bound North Pole protector and leader of a specialized group known as "E.L.F." We also know that at some point, Johnson's character will square off with Krampus in an epic battle of yuletide fisticuffs. Plus, the actor has compared the movie to beloved titles such as "Miracle on 34th Street," "Hobbs & Shaw," "Harry Potter," "Jumanji," and "It's a Wonderful Life."

In addition to starring alongside Evans, the movie will also feature Lucy Liu ("Kill Bill"), Kiernan Shipka ("Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"), Bonnie Hunt ("Beethoven"), Kristofer Hivju ("Game of Thrones"), Nick Kroll ("Big Mouth"), Mary Elizabeth Ellis ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") as a jacked Santa Claus. The movie was penned by Chris Morgan — who previously wrote "Fast & Furious" titles like "Furious 7" — and will be directed by Jake Kasdan, who worked with Johnson in both recent "Jumanji" movies. Coming from Amazon MGM Studios, the action flick is expected to kick off a major franchise, and it'll hit theaters on November 15, 2024, before making its way to Prime Video.

Gladiator 2 - November 22, 2024

It's rare to see a best picture Oscar-winner get a sequel, let alone a legacy sequel decades later, but that's exactly what we're getting in 2024 when Ridley Scott returns to direct "Gladiator 2." The original, released in 2000, won five Academy Awards, making it into a bona fide classic. The third film that Scott has returned to (counting a sequel to "Blade Runner" and a prequel to "Alien"), "Gladiator 2" will see a mostly-new cast of characters populate a story that takes place in an entirely different world.

Paul Mescal, who earned an Oscar nomination for his work in "Aftersun," will be starring as the lead character. He'll be playing a grown-up Lucius, the little boy portrayed by Spencer Treat Clark in the original film. Connie Nielsen will be returning as Lucius' mom, Lucilla, daughter of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and sister to Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in the first movie. 

These two will be joined by an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington ("The Equalizer 3") and Pedro Pascal ("The Mandalorian"), with Derek Jacobi also returning to his original role as Gracchus. May Calamawy of "Moon Knight" is set to star as the female lead, with "Stranger Things" standout Joseph Quinn playing Emperor Caracalla and Fred Hechinger of "The White Lotus" replacing Barry Keoghan as Emperor Geta. You can also expect to see Lior Raz ("Fauda"), Peter Mensah ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand"), and Matt Lucas ("The Great British Bake Off").

Written by David Scarpa, this film is scheduled for November 22, 2024. Filming shut down due to the actors' strike, but now that it's concluded, Ridley Scott is getting back to business very soon, hoping "Gladiator 2" will still entertain audiences that day.

Here - November 27, 2024

Back at the 67th Academy Awards, Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks struck gold with "Forrest Gump." Both men won Oscars for their work in the landmark film, as did screenwriter Eric Roth. Now, the three award winners are teaming up with Jenny actress Robin Wright for a new prestige pic titled "Here." Based on a 2014 graphic novel by Richard McGuire, the film takes place over multiple decades and focuses on a single room and all the events that happen there — moments of both joy and tragedy.

In addition to the Hanks/Wright reunion, we'll also see Paul Bettany ("WandaVision"), Kelly Reilly ("Yellowstone"), and Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"). And because this is a Zemeckis movie, there will definitely be effects trickery at play — this time around, the director will be using digitally de-aging for some of the actors. The movie will hit Los Angeles and New York on November 15, will receive a limited release on November 22, and then go wide on November 27, meaning "Here" could likely be a player in the 2025 awards season.

Wicked: Part One - November 27, 2024

After years of stops, starts, and missed release dates, a feature film adaptation of "Wicked" is finally on the way. This vision of L. Frank Baum's Oz reimagines Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, as a sympathetic protagonist. Such a story is told through vibrant musical numbers like "Popular" and "Defying Gravity," which have become enormously popular with theater kids and the general public alike. Given that ubiquity — not to mention the popularity of Oz as a fictional realm — it's no surprise that a movie version of "Wicked" is highly anticipated by the general public. 

This adaptation is being directed by Jon M. Chu, who proved his musical chops while helming the "In the Heights" movie, while Cynthia Erivo of "Harriet" and pop star Ariana Grande headline a star-studded ensemble cast as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. They'll be joined here by the Oscar-winning Michelle Yeoh ("Everything Everywhere All at Once") as Madame Morrible and Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park") as the Wizard of Oz. You can also expect to see the likes of Jonathan Bailey ("Bridgerton"), Bowen Yang ("Saturday Night Live"), Bronwyn James ("Harlots"), Keala Settle ("The Greatest Showman"), Ethan Slater of Broadway fame, and newcomer Marissa Bode, among others.

With actors like this around, there's no question that the beloved musical numbers in "Wicked" will be delivered with plenty of gusto and energy. The potential for memorable imagery in Chu's vibrant visual sensibilities being applied to the land of Oz is also incredibly exciting. It's taken countless years of anticipation, but the first installment in a two-part "Wicked" movie adaptation is scheduled to defy gravity on November 27, 2024.

Moana 2 - November 27, 2024

In February 2024, Disney CEO Bob Iger shocked animation fans when he revealed the studio was working on a sequel to 'Moana" — and that it would be released in just a few months. The sequel has been earmarked for November 27, and if you're wondering how they've thrown a "Moana" movie together so quickly, it's because they're repurposing a "Moana" TV show they'd already been working on. With the studio desperately needing a hit after the failure of films like "Wish," Disney is clearly hoping "Moana 2" will lure audiences back into theaters.

As for the plot, Disney has revealed the film will take us on an "expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she's ever faced." Both Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho will reprise their respective roles of Maui and Moana, and the film will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr. While he's making his directorial debut here, he's been involved in various capacities with animated movies such as "Encanto," "Raya and the Last Dragon," and the original "Moana."

Unfortunately, there's one key player who won't be returning this time around. Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote the beloved songs for the first movie — will be sitting this one out. Instead, musical duties will go to Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear ("The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical"), as well as Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina, who worked with Miranda on the original movie.

Nightbitch - December 6, 2024

Amy Adams is one of the very best actresses in Tinseltown. Her performance in "Arrival" and her six Academy Award nominations prove that. However, she's had a bit of a rough run lately, showing up in movies that have been severely roasted by critics, a la "Hillbilly Elegy," "Dear Evan Hansen," and "The Woman at the Window." We're majorly hoping that Adams will be able to claw herself out of this downward spiral with her upcoming comedy horror film — "Nightbitch."

Based on the novel by Rachel Yoder (who's also writing the script), "Nightbitch" will find Adams playing a mother undergoing a rather intense transformation. Per the official plot description, her character is a woman "thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler in the suburbs, who slowly embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, as she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a canine."

Yep, that's a pretty wild premise, and the whole project is being overseen by director Marielle Heller. While she might not be a household name, Heller has knocked it out of the park on numerous occasions, with movies such as "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," and "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Co-starring Scott McNairy of "Argo" and "True Detective" Season 3, "Nightbitch" will prowl its way into theaters on December 6, 2024.

Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim - December 13, 2024

The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy remains one of the most influential and astonishing epics in modern cinema, adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed fantasy novels into a groundbreaking series of films. While a follow-up trilogy that brought "The Hobbit" to the big screen was met with a divisive fan reaction, it still brought down the box office, proving that the franchise has plenty of life left. Following a successful prequel series on Amazon Prime in 2022, "The Lord of the Rings" returns to the movies in 2024 with "The War of the Rohirrim."

This time, however, the franchise is going animated, and it will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama. A skilled filmmaker from Japan who's been involved in some of the best anime of all time, Kamiyama worked on classics like "Ghost in the Shell" and "Akira," and more recently, he directed the anime spin-offs "Blade Runner: Black Lotus" and an episode of "Star Wars: Visions." 

Set nearly 200 years before the events of "The Lord of the Rings," the film explores the people of Rohan, led by Helm Hammerhand (Brian Cox of "Succession"), who come under attack from their rivals, the Dunlendings. Miranda Otto will reprise her role as Eowyn, narrating the film, while Gaia Wise ("Silent Witness"), Luke Pasqualino ("Snowpiercer"), Laurence Ubong Williams ("Gateway"), and Shaun Dooley ("The Witcher") fill out the rest of the principal cast of voice actors. It is currently readying for an December 13, 2024 theatrical release.

The Karate Kid - December 13, 2024

An absolute icon of the 1980s, "The Karate Kid" stars Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita as teenager Daniel LaRusso and his martial arts mentor Mr. Miyagi, respectively. After a pair of direct sequels, a remake arrived in 2010 starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan as Dre Parker and his mentor Mr. Han. Though it wasn't a big hit, it did keep the franchise alive, and in 2016, said franchise returned to Macchio's films for a streaming series sequel, "Cobra Kai." This led many to believe that we'd seen the last of Parker and Han. But a new "Karate Kid" feature film in 2024 stands to change that.

Hot off six seasons of "Cobra Kai," Macchio will return for a big-screen revival of "The Karate Kid" as Daniel LaRusso. But the real surprise here is that Jackie Chan will reprise his role as Mr. Han, uniting the two versions of the franchise into one cinematic universe. The film will center around a new student from China who winds up on the East Coast and discovers purpose and inner strength through martial arts. This new young hero will be played by Ben Wang of Disney+'s "American Born Chinese," and he'll be joined by Ming-Na Wen of "The Mandalorian," Sadie Stanley of "Cruel Summer," and Joshua Jackson of Peacock's "Dr. Death." Jonathan Entwistle of "The End of the F***ing World" will direct, with the script coming from Rob Lieber of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day." The new "Karate Kid" is currently on tap for a December 13, 2024 release.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - December 20, 2024

Video game adaptations used to be a genre known for duds. But thanks in no small part to "Sonic the Hedgehog," they're now hotter than ever. One of the last blockbusters to release before the COVID-19 pandemic descended in 2020, the first "Sonic" film took in "just" $319 million. Its sequel did even better two years later. That installment introduces the villain Knuckles, voiced by Idris Elba, who is due for his own spin-off TV series on Paramount+. But that's hardly where the franchise will stop. A proper threequel, "Sonic the Hedgehog 3," will drop in 2024.

Scheduled for release just before Christmas, this flick shifts its release date from that of the previous two movies, which both debuted much earlier in the year. It's still early in the making, so not much is known about this next entry in the series, but we do know its impressive cast. Ben Schwartz is coming back as Sonic, and Jim Carrey will return as Dr. Robotnik. Krysten Ritter of "Jessica Jones" will also star, and in addition to new faces like Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island and Cristo Fernández of "Ted Lasso," we'll also see the return of old friends James Marsden (Tom Wachowski), Tika Sumpter (Maddie Wachowski), Idris Elba (Knuckles), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Tails), Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone), and Tom Butler (Commander Walter).

With direction by Jeff Fowler (who helmed both previous films), "Sonic" is speeding towards release on December 20, 2024.

Mufasa: The Lion King - December 20, 2024

Disney's live-action remake of "The Lion King" proved divisive among fans and critics, with many feeling it was a wholly unnecessary endeavor. But the box office doesn't lie: "The Lion King" made over $1 billion dollars in theaters, which makes it clear there's a huge appetite for it. Thus, in 2024, it will see a prequel in "Mufasa: The Lion King." Replacing Jon Favreau behind the camera is Barry Jenkins, director of "If Beale Street Could Talk" and the TV miniseries "The Underground Railroad." The latter production stars Aaron Pierre, who will step in as the voice of a younger Mufasa.

Returning cast members for the prequel include Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, as well as John Kani as Rafiki. Voicing the younger version of Scar — known as Taka in his early days — is "The Trial of the Chicago 7" star Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Once again, Disney will use life-like CGI animation to recreate the stunning photorealistic world of "The Lion King," this time for a story that explores Mufasa's youth. Previews for the film have revealed that a devastating flood leaves him orphaned, to be adopted by another pride. Battling against the odds, this ordinary outsider will rise up to take his place as the king of the jungle on December 20, 2024.

Nosferatu - December 25, 2024

The tale of Count Dracula might be the most retold story on the silver screen. One of the first was an unofficial adaptation: 1922's "Nosferatu." This version introduces Count Orlok, a vampire living in Transylvania who is visited by a real estate agent named Thomas Hutter. It has only been remade once, in 1979, by director Werner Herzog.

In 2024, writer-director Robert Eggers will try his hand at a second remake of the 1922 classic. "It" star Bill Skarsgård will play Count Orlok and Nicholas Hoult (who ironically played the title role in 2023's "Dracula"-inspired "Renfield") will play Thomas Hutter. Lily-Rose Depp joins the film as Ellen, Thomas' wife and the woman Nosferatu becomes enamored with, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson will reportedly play ship owner Friedrich Harding. One of the first looks at the film has also revealed that Willem Dafoe is playing a twisted vampire hunter named Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz. It was reported by Entertainment Weekly that the actor shot with 2,000 live rats for a pivotal scene.

Stuck in development hell since 2015, Eggers' "Nosferatu" is a passion project for the director that he's refused to let go of. He'll finally see it come to fruition when it lands in theaters on December 25, 2024, making it the perfect Christmas treat for horror fans. 

The Electric State - TBD

If anything should put "The Electric State," an upcoming sci-fi film from directors Anthony and Joe Russo, on people's watchlists, it's the film's extraordinary cast. Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things" and Chris Pratt of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise play the lead roles, but it's in the supporting cast where things get wild and interesting. Take a deep breath — here we go.

We've got Ke Huy Quan ("Everything Everywhere All at Once"), Brian Cox ("Succession"), and Giancarlo Esposito ("The Mandalorian"). And, oh yeah, there's also Anthony Mackie (the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Billy Bob Thornton ("Bad Santa"), Stanley Tucci ("The Devil Wears Prada"), and Jenny Slate ("Marcel the Shell With Shoes On"). Plus, expect to see George Costanza himself — Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" fame.

Some of these actors will be playing live-action roles, while others will be doing voice work. As for the plot, it'll be based on the graphic novel of the same name by Simon Stålenhag, which finds a young girl traveling across 1990s America — which has been torn apart thanks to a war between humans and robots. Brown will be playing the young girl looking for her lost brother, and during her journey, she'll cross paths with Pratt's smuggler. As for when you'll meet these two unique characters, we know the film is coming to Netflix sometime in 2024.

Mother's Instinct - TBD

When speaking about "Mother's Instinct" to Vogue Hong Kong, Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries") explained she was initially reluctant to star in the film. "That was the hardest role I have played," she said. "It touched my worst fear, and I almost backed out of the film because I didn't know if I could go there as an actress."

When you read the plot synopsis for the film, you can see why Hathaway was scared of "Mother's Instinct," where she stars alongside Jessica Chastain ("The Eyes of Tammy Faye"). Per the official summary, "Set in the 1960s, 'Mother's Instinct' centers on best friends and neighbors Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway), who live in a suburban paradise. Both are mothers to two sons of the same age, and their idyllic domestic happiness is shattered after a tragic accident."

In the trailer, that accident involves Celine's son falling to his death from a balcony — a death that Alice tries to prevent but can't. However, after the incident, a major rift grows between the two friends, with Alice starting to suspect that Celine might blame her for what happened ... and that she might want some revenge. "Guilt, suspicion, and paranoia bleed into their friendship," the plot synopsis continues, "as a psychological battle of wills gives way to a darker side of the maternal instinct." Helmed by cinematographer turned director Benoît Delhomme, "Mother's Instinct" has yet to receive a release date, but the thriller will release in the near future.

The Deliverance - TBD

The last time we saw a Lee Daniels' movie, he was directing "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," a biopic that chronicled the legendary singer's battle against the U.S. government. Now, Daniels is pivoting in a very different direction, heading into the world of supernatural horror.

Daniels' upcoming film is titled "The Deliverance," and it stars Andra Day, who portrayed Billie Holiday in the aforementioned biopic. Here — according to the official plot synopsis — she's playing Ebony Jackson, "a struggling single mom, moves her mother and children into a new home, strange occurrences begin to happen, and child protective services, suspects Ebony of child abuse. But when these occurrences reveal to be demonic, Ebony not only has to battle the system for her children, but she soon finds herself in a spiritual battle against a demon for her faith, her life, and for the souls of her children."

"The Deliverance" is reportedly based on a true story, and it features an incredibly stacked cast, which includes Glenn Close ("Fatal Attraction"), Mo'nique ("Precious"), Caleb McLaughlin ("Stranger Things"), Demi Singleton ("King Richard"), Tasha Smith ("Boston Commons"), and rapper Omar Epps, among others. The demonic tale will hit Netflix sometime in 2024.

Carry-On - TBD

While Jason Bateman specializes in playing characters both hilarious and sarcastic (e.g. "Arrested Development," "Zootopia," "Game Night"), the man isn't afraid to unleash his dark side. Bateman has portrayed some complicated characters in projects like "Ozark" and "The Gift," and in Netflix's upcoming thriller "Carry-On," he looks to be playing quite the menacing figure.

Per the official plot synopsis, Bateman will star as a "mysterious traveler" who blackmails a young TSA agent "into letting a dangerous package slip onto a Christmas Eve flight." Said TSA agent will be portrayed by Taron Egerton, who's played in projects such as "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Rocketman," and Apple TV+'s "Blackbird."

While we don't know much else about the film, we know that it's coming from accomplished action/thriller director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Jungle Cruise," "The Commuter," "The Shallows") and will feature impressive names such as Sofia Carson ("Descendants"), Danielle Deadwyler ("Till"), Logan Marshall-Green ("The Invitation"), Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad"), and Theo Rossi ("Sons of Anarchy"), among others.

Back in Action - TBD

We haven't seen Cameron Diaz on the screen in quite some time. The "Charlie's Angels" star last appeared in 2014's "Annie," and since then, she's been in retirement. Fortunately for Diaz fans, the actress is back in action for a film titled, appropriately enough, "Back in Action." She's reteaming with her "Annie co-star," Jamie Foxx, and together, the two will be playing secret agents forced out of retirement.

Per the official logline, "Years after giving up life as CIA spies to start a family, Emily and Matt find themselves dragged back into the world of espionage when their cover is blown." Diaz and Foxx will be joined by the likes of Kyle Chandler, Glenn Close, Andrew Scott, and Jamie Demetriou, among others, and it's directed by Seth Gordon of "Horrible Bosses" and "Identity Thief." From the brief footage we've seen, it looks like "Back in Action" will be a rollicking fun time when it hits Netflix sometime in 2024.