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2021 was a tough year, but the film industry made it a little better. This year, with streaming going from strength to strength and cinemas re-opening their doors, once again we’re likely to be glued to the screen, so check out our picks for the top 10 anticipated films of 2022.
Dir: Steven Spielberg | Universal Pictures
This semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, loosely based on the filmmaker's childhood, dramatises the most commercially successful director in modern times. The story will involve the character's relationship with his parents and be split across time periods. With Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano starring, the film, from Universal Pictures, is scheduled for November 2022.
Dir: Angus MacLane | Walt Disney Pictures; Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar and Walt Disney combine for what is sure to be the biggest animated film of the year, as Buzz Lightyear makes an unexpected return to our screens. With Chris Evans voicing the titular character, this origin story for the fictional human character Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the action figure of the same name, is due for release in June 2022.
Dir: Ari Aster | A24
Following up on his psychological horror films Hereditary and Midsommar, director Ari Aster has stated that Disappointment Blvd. will be a four-hour "nightmare comedy". The story is an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Nathan Lane and Meryl Streep, and is scheduled for release in April 2022.
Dir: Maria Schrader | Annapurna Pictures; Plan B Entertainment
Based on the 2019 book of the same name, this drama from director Maria Schrader, focuses on Harvey Weinstein's history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women. The film, starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan as journalists from The New York Times, is coming in November 2022.
Dir: Ruben Fleischer | Sony Pictures
Based on the hugely successful video game franchise of the same name, Uncharted will star Tom Holland as a younger Nathan Drake in an adventure also starring Mark Wahlberg as Sully and Antonio Bandaras. Not much is known about the script, but judging by how the games lean on cinematics, we can expect some high octane action sequences.
Dir: Robert Eggers | Regency Enterprises
This epic revenge thriller, from Robert Eggers, focuses on a Viking prince named Amleth, played by Alexander Skarsgård, who sets out to avenge his fathers death. Set at the turn of the tenth century in Iceland, with a star-studded cast of Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke and Nicole Kidman, The Northman is due for release in April 2022.
Dir: Jordan Peele | Monkeypaw Productions
Following the critical success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele is keeping everyone guessing about the details of his upcoming horror film, which is sure to leave us watching through our fingers. Nope, which is scheduled to be released in July 2022, stars previous collaborator Daniel Kaluuya, alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.
Dir: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin Thompson | Marvel Entertainment
Miles Morales returns as everyones friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, or at least one of them, as the Spider-Verse expands and the team must unite once again against a powerful villain. Shameik Moore voices Morales, with Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O'Hara. Part One is due for release in October 2022, with Part Two following in 2023.
Dir: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | A24
This sci-fi action adventure, from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, follows Michelle Yeoh in the lead role, as Evelyn, an ageing immigrant who enters her own multiverse story as those closest, or furthest from her, require skills that thousands of other Evelyn's have acquired, to battle a great evil spreading throughout the verses. Everything Everywhere All at Once is due for release in March 2022.
Dir: Martin Scorsese | Paramount Pictures
Martin Scorsese once again teams up with frequent collaborator Leonardo Di Caprio for this crime drama set in the 1920s. The western, also starring Jesse Plemons and Robert De Niro, chronicles the slayings of Osage Nation citizens in Oklahoma, after an oil boom. The film, based on the 2017 nonfiction book of the same name, is due for release in the first quarter of 2022.
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