2020 is set up to be an extremely unique year for Hollywood, and appears to be the year of long awaited sequels. From superhero flicks to the newest sequel in a long lasting horror series, 2020 will have something to offer for every movie-goer. It’s sure to be a busy year in the start of a new decade, so get your calendars ready, and be sure to mark these titles down because they are definitely the most anticipated movies of 2020. For those of you more interested in documentaries and historical films, take a look at Curiosity Stream for your next at home movie night.
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Most Anticipated Movies of 2020
A Quiet Place Part II
Release Date: March 20th
Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds
Following the major box office success of the first film, A Quiet Place Part II has been in the works since April 2018. The first film’s success was attributed mostly to the surprise directing ability of John Krasinski. The tone, atmosphere and tension all culminated to a wild experience for the audience, and we’re sure to get more in the upcoming sequel. Emily Blunt now takes the reigns as the sole lead, but history shows she has the chops to steal the screen. A Quiet Place Part II is sure to be the smash horror sequel and is a must for this list of most anticipated movies of 2020.
Release Date: March 27th
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee
Mulan will be the next title in a series of live action films being crafted by Disney. While some of their live action films have fallen short with their audience (Alice Through the Looking Glass), other adaptations have been well received (Beauty and the Beast), and Mulan is sure to have a good reception. The team behind Mulan has decided to ditch the Disney elements of the animated film and take a serious, drama approach instead. No songs, no Mushu, and no child-oriented elements. This film will be a closer approach to the original Ballad of Mulan, and should make for a gripping war epic.
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No Time to Die
Release Date: April 8th
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux
No Time to Die is scheduled to be Daniel Craig’s last adaptation as the iconic superspy James Bond, and it should be quite the ride. The story begins five years after Bond’s retirement, when he’s approached by a member of the CIA to help with the search of a missing scientist. While this may sound like every other James Bond flick that’s been released in the last few decades, the meat of this film is the team behind the scenes. Director Cary Fukunaga has a wonderful background, working as a director for the True Detective television series, and as a writer for the 2017 film It. This film has potential to be quite the sendoff for Craig’s tenure as 007.
Release Date: May 1st
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour
In the latest line of the Marvel Universe films, we are finally getting the solo film of Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow. The film picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), where Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) must confront her past and her history as a spy. This film will give more of a background into who the Black Widow was long before she became an avenger. With an awesome supporting cast including Florence Pugh and David Harbour, this solo film is sure to be the blockbuster superhero movie of the year.
Legally Blonde 3
Release Date: May 8th
Director: Jamie Suk
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Alanna Ubach, Jessica Cauffiel
After 17 years, Reese Witherspoon is finally reprising her role as Elle Woods, where we last saw her successfully lobbying for animal rights on Capitol Hill. There are few details as to where the series is headed in the newest film, but if history repeats itself, we’ll see an empowering performance by Witherspoon. The film will no doubt be full of energy, lightheartedness and a whole lot of pink.
Spiral: From The Book of Saw
Release Date: May 15th
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson
Not for the faint of heart, the Saw series has made a long reputation for making audiences squeamish, horrified and queasy. This newest title in the long line of Saw films might be the most intriguing yet. No, not for the violence, but for the surprisingly star-studded cast. Chirs Rock and Samuel L. Jackson will be co-starring in a Saw movie. Yes, you read that right. Rock is not only starring, but has a hand in co-writing and is the executive producer. The director, Darren Lynn Bousman, was also the director of Saw II through Saw IV, where the series arguably was at its height. This one might be worth checking out for the cast alone, but you definitely won’t want to forget your sick bag.
Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: June 5th
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
Arguably the biggest superhero success to come out of Warners Bros in the last decade, Gal Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman after the box office success of her first solo film Wonder Woman (2017). Chris Pine also returns as Diana’s love interest, Captain Steve Trevor. We also get the inclusion of the new baddie, Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), an archaeologist and friend of Diana who becomes instilled with cheetah-like qualities and appearances. The setting of 1984 is sure to create a fun and vibrant setting for the talents of Patty Jenkins direction. It should be a fun follow up film in the modern Wonder Woman saga.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release Date: June 26th
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly
It’s been 34 years since the release of the hit classic Top Gun. We truly don’t know what to expect. After thirty years of service as a top Navy aviator, Maverick (Tom Cruise) finds himself as a test pilot and a trainer for new recruits in the Top Gun program. Maverick soon finds himself training Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late best friend Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”. Maverick must confront his past and soon finds himself pulled into the most dangerous mission he has seen yet. This is sure to be quite the sequel to one of our favorite 80s flicks.
These are just a few of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2020. There is sure to be more interesting titles that pop up throughout the year. So, keep the calendar open, the popcorn ready, and start nabbing your tickets from a ticket seller like Fandango. If you’d rather wait until these films hit streaming services, take a look at Paramount Plus, which offers movies, tv, sports, and more.
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