2019 was a spectacular year for movies. Now, 2020 is giving us even more to be excited about.
Major franchises, including James Bond, Ghostbusters, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will return with new installments as stories like Mulan, The Woman in the Window, and In The Heights, get fresh screen adaptations. Original stories, from the new Edgar Wright movie Last Night in Soho to the new Christopher Nolan flick Tenet, will also come in droves as the next decade kicks off.
Here are our 10 most anticipated movies coming to theaters in 2020.
1. Birds of Prey (Feb. 7)
From the ashes of Suicide Squad shall rise Birds of Prey. Directed by Cathy Yan, the Harley Quinn standalone film will see Margot Robbie reprise her legendary take on the bubblegum villain — this time in a Gotham without Jared Leto’s Mr. J. Robbie will join forces with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco as Cass Cain in an adventure fans are hoping will be as action-packed and fun as its stunning trailer promises. — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
2. The Photograph (Feb. 14)
Directed by Stella Meghie (The Weekend), The Photograph follows Mae (Issa Rae) and Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) on an unexpected romance, which is complicated by her recent discoveries about her late mother’s love life. It’s basically two love stories for the price of one, and they both look downright swoonworthy: sexy and sweet in equal measure, with just the right touch of humor. Perfect Valentine’s Day viewing, in other words, whether you’re single, loved up, or anywhere in between. — Angie Han, Deputy Entertainment Editor
3. A Quiet Place Part II (March 20)
It’s been almost two years since John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place descended upon audiences. Now, its terrifying monsters, who stalk only by sound, are back for a second scare — as the threat of villains even more deadly press in on our heroes. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe reprise their roles as Evelyn, Regan, and Marcus Abbott, joined by franchise newcomers Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. — A.F.
4. No Time to Die (April 8)
As director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) takes his first stab at the Bond franchise, Daniel Craig will return for his last outing as Agent 007. The twenty-fifth James Bond story told on screen, No Time to Die will see the famed special agent pulled out of post-Spectre retirement to hunt down a missing scientist and go toe-to-toe with villain Safin, played by Rami Malek.
Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Jeffrey Wright return, alongside newcomers Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, and more. — A.F.
5. Promising Young Woman (April 17)
In the new year, let us bottle Michelle Williams’ performance in Promising Young Woman and preserve it at the Louvre. OK, we may not have seen Williams’ take on a vengeful almost-doctor hunting predators yet, but considering the frenzy its less than three minute trailer put the internet in? Yeah, we feel comfortable placing our bets on Williams and writer-director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) — plus that string rendition of “Toxic.” I mean. — A.F.
6. Soul (June 19)
After two years of sequels, Pixar is back in 2020 with two original films, one of which boasts one of their most creative concepts yet. Jamie Foxx lends his voice to Soul as Joe, an aspiring jazz musician who accidentally winds up in the realm of souls and must make his way back to the land of the living with the help of one particularly cynical soul (voiced by Tina Fey). Sounds totally out there, we know — but if anyone can pull it off, it’s gotta be Inside Out director Pete Docter, working here with co-director Kemp Powers. — A.H.
7. In the Heights (June 26)
At long last, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash hit is coming to the big screen. No, not that smash hit, the other one. In the Heights centers on a New York City bodega owner (Hamilton alum Anthony Ramos) with big dreams, but it’s also about the neighborhood he lives in — the tight-knit, predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights. If you’ve seen the stage show, In the Heights looks like a lovingly crafted cinematic adaptation; if you haven’t, here’s your opportunity to delve into its world. — A.H.
8. Tenet (July 17)
Details on the plot of Tenet remain somewhat mysterious, even after that first trailer. It seems to be about trying to stop another world war, via spies and car chases and…resurrection? Or time travel? Or something? What we do know is that it’s the new movie by Christopher Nolan, and that it features all his usual signatures: an all-star cast (including John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and of course, Michael Caine), a mind-bending premise, super-slick action, and some really nice suits. — A.H.
9. Last Night in Soho (Sept. 25)
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Last Night in Soho involves a young woman (Thomasin McKenzie) who is obsessed with the Swinging Sixties, and gets the chance to live the decade firsthand thanks to her strange connection to another woman (Anya Taylor-Joy). Considering that it’s billed as a “psychological horror” film, we think it’s safe to guess that it does not go well. And considering it’s the latest from Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, we feel pretty confident saying we’re in no matter what. — A.H.
10. The Eternals (Nov. 6)
2020 heralds the beginning of a post-Infinity saga Marvel, with Black Widow’s long overdue standalone film out in May and the debut of The Eternals due in November. Set to be the center piece of the next phase of MCU storytelling, The Eternals are complex beings well-known to comic book readers, but with plenty of varying interpretations for director Chloé Zhao to explore. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, a totally jacked Kumail Nanjiani, and more star. — A.F.