The year 2019 is already a major one for movies. Not only will it feature the conclusion of the ambitious (and bizarrely controversial) new Star Wars trilogy, it will also bring Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, gave the world the first Marvel film focused squarely on a female hero, and a new Quentin Tarantino picture. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll finally get to see what Pikachu is like as a detective. Here, we’ve rounded up 31 movies set for release in 2019 that are already on our radar — and since it’s never too early to start speculating, we’ve already begun our 2020 Oscar watch.
Release date: March 22
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker
Directed by: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Why we’re excited: For a long time we didn’t know much about Us other than it’s Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out and that it has an amazing cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, and Winston Duke. The trailer, released on Christmas Day 2018, revealed that the movie concerns a family of four — headed up by Nyong’o and Duke — who find a threatening group of dopplegängers wielding scissors in their driveway while on vacation. These, according to Peele, are The Tethered. They are scary as hell.
The Beach Bum
Release date: March 29
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron
Directed by: Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers)
Why we’re excited: Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine returns to the fucked-up world of Florida for The Beach Bum, which stars Matthew McConaughey in the role he was born to play: A stoner poet named Moondog. Given the weed-heavy content, it’s only appropriate that another canine-named star is in the supporting cast: Snoop Dogg, of course. Meanwhile, Zac Efron rocks some interesting sideburns in what’s sure to be one of the most meme’d movies of 2019.
Release date: March 29
Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green
Directed by: Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland)
Why we’re excited: Tim Burton, whose movies are known for being devastatingly tender and charming as well as edgy and weird-looking, is taking on what is perhaps Disney’s saddest movie ever in what looks like a glittery, adorable circus-set extravaganza. At least little Dumbo looks way better in the trailer than he does in maquette form.
Release date: April 5
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence
Directed by: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes)
Why we’re excited: Following the monster success of It in 2016, it was inevitable that a new wave of Stephen King adaptations would arrive in theaters soon. This interpretation of his 1983 novel about a doctor and his family moving into a house with a gnarly, haunted animal graveyard nearby comes from a promising director duo, and, judging from the first trailer, it should be pretty creepy. At the very least, let’s hope they keep the Ramones penned theme song from the original.
Release date: April 12
Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane
Directed by: Neil Marshall (The Descent)
Why we’re excited: David Harbour — the father figure sheriff of Stranger Things — is taking on the big red demon in a reimagining of Mike Mignola’s classic comic series. This version will focus on the Nimue (a.k.a. The Queen of Blood) arc of the comics, which, among other things, involves Hellboy wielding Excalibur.
Release date: April 12
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana
Directed by: Chris Butler (ParaNorman)
Why we’re excited: The beloved animation studio Laika is back with their next film, about a pompous adventurer who is lured to the Pacific Northwest by the fabled Sasquatch himself. Turns out this “missing link” — get it? — actually wanted to be found, and is eager to find his cousin, the Yeti. As this odd couple travels to the Himalayas, they are pursued by some evil colonialists.
Release date: April 26
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War)
Why we’re excited: Given the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s very likely that most of the runtime of the newly titled Avengers: Endgame will be devoted to one long funeral sequence. No epic space-battles, quippy one-liners, or clever call-backs to previous movies — just raw grief over the horrors Thanos unleashed at the end of the previous film. Or, you know, the remaining un-snapped-up Avengers will have to team up to rescue all their magically disappeared buddies. Honestly, it could go either way.