Fifteen Movies to Get Excited For in 2020


Jack Wardynski

The new decade has officially arrived, and with it comes a whole new crop of movies to go see in theaters. 2020 holds promises of giant kaiju battles, fast cars, medieval duels, and much more. Here are fifteen movies coming soon to get excited for.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (May 15)
At first glance, it would seem like a ninth Saw movie executive produced by and starring Chris Rock would be a bad idea. However, the truth is that that is, in actuality, a wonderful idea. There is currently a bit of a trend going on of comedic actors transitioning nicely into the horror genre (Jordan Peele with Get Out, John Krasinski with A Quiet Place, etc.), so there really is no reason not to be excited for Saw super-fan Chris Rock also getting in on the action. Alongside Rock, Spiral also features Samuel L. Jackson, Hollywood’s most dependable actor and a man who rarely ever gives a bad performance. If ever there was a time to get your hopes up about a reboot, it is now.


F9 (May 22)
The Fast and the Furious series has solidified itself as one of the most fascinating and exciting franchises currently running. What began as a simple Vin Diesel-Paul Walker Point Break rip-off has grown into a multi-billion dollar IP with spin-offs, television shows, and video games. Recently, the series has been struggling to find its footing after the sudden and tragic death of Paul Walker with lackluster entries like Fate of the Furious and Hobbs and Shaw. However, F9 (yes, that is the name of the film as of now) shows lots of promise with the return of Justin Lin, the director of Fast Five, the best of the franchise, as well as the return of fan favorite character Han.


Wonder Wonder 1984 (June 5)
As one could probably expect, a new year also means a new crop of comic book movies. Warner Bros., Marvel, and Sony all have multiple new releases in 2020, but the most interesting of the bunch may be the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984. 1984 will see the return of director Patty Jenkins and, because the first film was such a financial success, it can only be assumed that she will be given more artistic freedom to go in much weirder directions with the second film. 1984 will star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman alongside Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, and Kristen Wiig.


Soul (June 19)
Pixar has two movies releasing this year, the latter of which, Soul, comes from Pete Docter, the director of Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. The movie is said to tell the story of a musician who must go through a journey inside his own soul to rediscover himself after losing his passion for music. On the surface, Soul seems to be scratching a remarkably similar itch to Docter’s last film, Inside Out, however his proven track record should serve as reassurance that the film will go in interesting new directions. Soul is headlined by Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey and will also star Quest Love, Daveed Diggs, and Phylicia Rashad.


In the Heights (June 26)
The latest film by director John M. Chu is set to be the big musical hit of the summer. Based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical, In the Heights centers on the lives of a small community of Dreamers living in Washington Heights and how they change over the course of a summer. In the Heights was the first musical done by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the film version stars Anthony Ramos, who also was a member of the original Broadway production of Hamilton. Crazy Rich Asians, Chu’s previous film, showed that he has the chops to make a great movie-musical, so this will be his chance to prove it.


Tenet (July 17)
Christopher Nolan continues his impressive run of large-scale, original blockbusters with Tenet, a sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Nolan seems to be going back to the Inception sandbox with this one, so fans of that film should be excited. Plot details are murky at best but there do appear to be some sort of time shenanigans going on. Some have even speculated that the film, like its title, could operate as a palindrome, meaning it works equally well both forwards and backwards. Regardless, Nolan is unquestionably going to bring something weird and thrilling to the table, so there is plenty of reason to be excited for Tenet.


The French Dispatch (July 24)
Bill Murray. Benicio del Toro. Frances McDormand. Jeffrey Wright. Adrien Brody. Tilda Swinton. Owen Wilson. Saoirse Ronan. Willem Dafoe. These are all members of the insanely stacked cast that director Wes Anderson has assembled for his tenth movie, The French Dispatch. The film focuses on a European publication that runs pieces on three captivating stories, each of which will be told episodically throughout the movie. Of course, as this is a Wes Anderson movie, it can be expected that it will have his signature boxy, extremely locked down style of filmmaking. Expect this one to get some awards buzz at the end of the year.


The Eternals (November 6)
As has been the case for the last decade now, a new year means multiple new Marvel movies on the way. 2020 is actually their lightest in many years with only two movies coming out, the first time they have done so since 2016. Black Widow will be released in May, but the more exciting of the two, The Eternals is coming in November. Eternals has a very interesting cast: Angelina Jolie, Game of Thrones co-stars Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek. Marvel is going cosmic for this new batch of heroes, and it remains to be seen what sort of role they will play in the future of the post-Endgame MCU.

Godzilla vs. Kong (November 18)
Legendary’s “Monsterverse” continues in 2020 with its fourth entry, Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard and starring Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler. The “Monsterverse” has struggled to get off the ground financially, with previous films Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters failing to bring in significant audiences. However, Godzilla vs. Kong hopes to reverse that trend by bringing the two legendary kaiju together, and hopefully the promise of a massive, earth-shaking battle will be enough to stir up interest at the box office. At the very least, seeing the two titans go at it for the first time since 1962 should make for an exciting watch.

King Richard (November 25)
In recent years, Will Smith has gone heavy on blockbuster fare, with starring roles in hit films like Suicide Squad, Aladdin, and Bad Boys For Life. However, 2020 will see one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men step into a more serious role as the father of legendary tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. King Richard will be helmed by first-time director Reinaldo Marcus Green and could give Smith his first Oscar nomination since 2007’s The Pursuit of Happiness.

No Time to Die (November 25)
The Daniel Craig James Bond run has up to this point had many highs and lows, from fantastic films like Casino Royale and Skyfall to less-than-fantastic entries like Quantum of Solace and Spectre. Craig has stated that No Time to Die will be his last outing as ‘007, and it certainly seems like he’s going out with a bang with the film having a runtime of nearly 165 minutes, making it the longest Bond to date. No Time to Die is directed by Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) and will see the return of actors like Ralph Fieness and Léa Seydoux as well as newcomers like Rami Malek and Ana de Armas.


West Side Story (December 18)
Steven Spielberg is set to make his return in late 2020 with his next film, a remake of the 1961 classic West Side Story. Surprisingly, though Spielberg’s career now spans over forty-five years and thirty-two films, he has yet to ever make a proper musical, so this will serve as an interesting new challenge for Hollywood’s most prolific director. As with all remakes, there will be many that question the necessity of this new take on the story, but a light and breezy musical from Steven Spielberg may be too much for many to pass up on.

Dune (December 18)
One of the most interesting rising-star directors working today, Denis Villeneuve, will be cashing his biggest check yet in 2020 with an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s lauded sci-fi novel, Dune. Villeneuve has assembled an all-star cast for this ambitious new project, with actors like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Jason Momoa as the headliners. David Fincher was the first director to take a swing at Herbert’s notoriously nerdy and lore-heavy story back in 1982, and if Villeneuve’s version is anywhere as strange and lofty as Fincher’s, audiences are in for a very unique viewing experience.

The Last Duel (December 25)
Director Ridley Scott is back after a three year hiatus with The Last Duel. The story of the film centers around the duel between Knight Jean de Carrouges and his squire, overseen by King Richard VI. Scott has brought in close collaborators Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as well as Adam Driver to play the three lead characters. The Last Duel seems like it will be more light-hearted and comedic than some of Scott’s more recent films like All the Money in the World, Alien: Covenant, and Prometheus.

News of the World (December 25)
Closing out the year will be News of the World, the new film director Paul Greengrass. The movie will serve as a reunion for Greengrass and movie star Tom Hanks, who previously collaborated on 2013’s Captain Phillips. Hanks will play a Civil War captain who is tasked with distributing news to people around Texas and, eventually, hired to track down and rescue a missing young girl. Greengrass is known for his intense action-thrillers, and News of the World will be a chance for Hanks to secure an Oscar nomination after being snubbed for his performance in Captain Phillips.