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The most anticipated films of 2024

From long-awaited sequels to daring remakes and original works, plenty of exciting films are coming out in 2024. Many of these films were delayed due to the Writers’ Guild of America, or WGA, strike last year. Now that the strike has ended, films are pressing play once more this year. 

Here are some of the most anticipated films of 2024: 

“Argylle” (Feb. 2)

This action-packed comedy is packed with a cast full of stars, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson and more. From “Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn comes a film about a spy novelist whose books turn out to be more than fiction.

“Lisa Frankenstein” (Feb. 9)

From “Jennifer’s Body” writer Diablo Cody comes a horror rom-com about a teenage girl and her crush – who happens to be a corpse from the Victorian era. It takes components of the original Mary Shelley story but places them in the 1980s. Lisa Frankenstein stars Kathryn Newton (“Freaky”) and Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale”) in the film’s gothic romantic duo. 

“Madame Web” (Feb. 14)

The next installment in Sony’s “Spider-Man” movie franchise is the female-dominated “Madame Web.” The titular character, played by Dakota Johnson, will be joined by “Euphoria” actress Sydney Sweeney as Spider-Woman.

The film follows Johnson’s Cassie as she discovers her powers to see the future. In her discovery, she crosses paths with three young women who are consistently put in danger. The four work together to intercept the villainous workings of Ezekiel Sims dressed in a dark version of the classic “Spider-Man” costume. 

“Dune: Part Two” (March 1)

The long-awaited part two of Frank Herbert’s notorious sci-fi novel “Dune” will finally be released this March. The sci-fi thriller adds more big names to an already impressive cast, with Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken joining the original ensemble of Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Josh Brolin. 

“Mickey 17” (March 29)

From “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho is this sci-fi thriller starring Robert Pattinson. Pattinson stars as an expendable space traveler who is sent on a dangerous mission to outer space. Other notable actors in the cast include Mark Ruffalo, Toni Collette and Steven Yeun. 

“Challengers” (April 26)

Another Zendaya film this year is the romantic sports drama “Challengers.” From “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino, this film follows Zendaya’s character Tashi Donaldson as a tennis prodigy turned coach. She coaches her husband Art (Mike Faist) to become a tennis champion, who ends up down on his luck. Art eventually finds himself in a match against a former friend and Tashi’s ex-boyfriend (Josh O’Connor). 

“The Fall Guy” (May 3)

Based on the 1980s TV series The Fall Guy, the film will star Oscar-nominated actors Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt. Gosling plays a veteran stuntman who is dragged back into the industry when the star of a huge film goes missing. 

“The Garfield Movie” (May 24)

Chris Pratt is set to star in another animated feature, this time as the iconic lasagna-loving feline Garfield. The Jim Davis universe expands as a new character is introduced in the film, Garfield’s father, played by none other than Samuel L. Jackson. 

“Inside Out 2” (June 14)

Nine years after Disney’s “Inside Out” comes the highly-anticipated sequel. The story follows Riley as she enters her teenage years. Plus, a new emotion joins the gang: Anxiety, played by Maya Hawke of “Stranger Things.” Notable cast changes were made to two original emotions, with Tony Hale now voicing Bill Hader’s Fear and Liza Lapira voicing Disgust, once played by Mindy Kaling.

“A Quiet Place: Day One” (June 28)

Following John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” franchise is this “Day One” prequel. It will focus on the beginning of the alien invasion, providing many answers for the post-apocalyptic franchise. “A Quiet Place: Day One” will star Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn and Alex Wolff, guided by “Pig” director Michael Sarnoski.

“Despicable Me 4” (July 3)

A fourth main installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise will be released this July. In this go-around, Gru struggles to connect with his tormenting newborn son, Gru Jr. The newest additions to the cast include Will Ferrell and Sofia Vergara, both coming in to play nemeses of Gru. 

“Deadpool 3” (July 26)

Ryan Reynolds returns as the wisecracking Deadpool in this third installment of the Marvel character. Now intended to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be the first in the universe to have an R-rating. “Deadpool 3” is expected to have Hugh Jackman reprise his long-running role as Wolverine.     

“Beetlejuice 2” (Sept. 6)

Fans of this Tim Burton cult classic from 1988 have waited years for this sequel. Now, 36 years later, Michael Keaton will finally reprise his role as the titular “bio-exorcist” alongside loveable gothic scene-stealer Winona Ryder. Jenna Ortega, who starred in Tim Burton’s “Wednesday,” joins the cast, as well as famed actor Willem Dafoe. 

“Joker: Folie à Deux” (Oct. 4)

"Joker: Folie à Deux” follows Todd Phillips’ award-winning “Joker.” Awarded an Academy Award for his role in the first film, Joaquin Phoenix reprises his role as the DC Comics villain. This time, fellow Academy Award winner Lady Gaga joins to take on the role of DC villain Harley Quinn. 

“Wicked: Part One” (Nov. 27)

One of the most beloved Broadway musicals comes to the big screen this year – “Wicked: Part One.” “The Wizard of Oz” prequel is split up into two part releases, with the first being released this year and the next in late 2025. Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo is starring as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Alongside Erivo is Grammy-winner Ariana Grande, starring as good witch Glinda. 

“Nosferatu” (Dec. 25)

More than 100 years after the initial release of this classic silent film comes this 2024 remake, starring modern horror figure Bill Skarsgård in the titular role. Lily Rose-Depp of HBO’s “The Idol” will play Ellen Hutter, the woman Nosferatu is infatuated with. Other notable castings include Willem Dafoe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Nicholas Hoult.


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