10 Movies eagerly awaited
- Death on the Nile (2022)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Letitia Wright
Opening on: February 11, 2022 (formerly September 17, 2021)
Kenneth Branagh will return as detective Hercule Poirot following the surprise success of 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which Branagh also directed. So far, big names like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and Rose Leslie have joined the whodunit.
- Uncharted (2022)
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, Tati Gabrielle
Opening on: February 18, 2022 (formerly February 11, 2022)
This Indiana Jones-styled action-adventure film, based on the popular video game series of the same name, has been floating around in development for more than a decade, but it wasn’t until June of 2019 that we got some solid forward movement on it. Tom Holland was confirmed to star in the film as the central hero, Nathan Drake, and it officially went into production in early 2020. It lands here after several shifts in the release schedule; let’s hope it stays here.
- Turning Red (2022)
Directed by: Domee Shi
Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, James Hong
Opening on: March 11, 2022 on Disney+
The first of two Pixar offerings in 2022 is this fantastical coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited about something. It will be the feature directorial debut of Domee Shi, who won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Bao in 2018, and though the film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release, it was subsequently changed to be a Disney+ exclusive.
- The Lost City (2022)
Directed by: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
Opening on: March 25, 2022 (formerly April 15, 2022)
This romantic action-adventure stars Sandra Bullock as a reclusive romance novelist who embarks on a book tour with the cover model (Channing Tatum) who graces all of her novels, only for the pair to be swept up in a jungle adventure when a kidnapping attempt goes awry. The film will be directed by the Nee brothers, whose last film was the “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are modern-day treasure hunters” movie Band of Robbers, and co-star Daniel Radcliffe as the villain who kidnaps Sandra Bullock’s character.
- Morbius (2022)
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson, Michael Keaton
Opening on: April 1, 2022
Sony’s latest entry in its Spider-Man-adjacent franchise of connected films is the origin story of a scientist who inadvertently turns himself into a vampire in his efforts to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) takes up the helm, and Michael Keaton — who appeared in the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as prominent Spider-Man villain Vulture — is set to make an appearance, which has all kinds of crossover implications.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Mads Mikkelsen, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol
Opening on: April 15, 2022
Eddie Redmayne returns as inquisitive wizard Newt Scamander in the third chapter of this magical spin-off/prequel series that takes place decades before Harry Potter enrolled at Hogwarts. The story picks up after the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald, as Newt and his compatriots continue to pursue the evil wizard (now played by Mads Mikkelsen), leading up to World War II.
- The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
Directed by: Tom Gormican
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris
Opening on: April 22, 2022
Nicolas Cage stars in this meta comedy as, well, himself. Sort of. As his career takes a bit of a downturn, Nic Cage reluctantly accepts an offer of $1 million to attend the birthday of an extremely wealthy superfan named Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal). Cage and Javi become fast friends… until the CIA approach Cage, inform him Javi is a dangerous criminal, and enlist his help to bring him down.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochitl Gomez
Opening on: May 6, 2022
Anticipation will be high for this entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the first of three in 2022 — that will directly tie in with the events in Marvel’s first Disney+ series, WandaVision. and possibly even the animated Disney+ series What If…? After some behind-the-scenes shake-ups, director Sam Raimi jumped on board, and judging from the first teaser, it’s going to be a wild ride.
- Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Omar Sy, BD Wong
Opening on: June 10, 2022
Jeff Goldblum closed out the last chapter of the Jurassic franchise by declaring humans would have to learn to co-exist with dinosaurs, and though the plot of this trilogy-capper is being kept under pretty tight wraps, it’s safe to assume it will deal with the ramifications of Lost Kingdom. The big news here is that original stars Laura Dern and Sam Neill are both returning alongside Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Chris Pratt.
- Elvis (2022)
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Gary Clark Jr., Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Opening on: June 24, 2022
Baz Luhrmann directs this slice-of-life biopic about the relationship between a young Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Austin Butler went through an extensive casting process to land the lead role, and he’ll be playing opposite Tom Hanks, who was the first major celebrity to announce he had tested positive for COVID-19 while he was in Australia to shoot the film.