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Despite a resurgent 2022, the film industry could be in for a challenging and bumpy ride in 2023. Despite some streaming service providers reportedly losing high numbers of subscribers, streaming is here to stay for now.
With Avatar proving that the demand for cinema is still very much alive, the hope is more major studios will move forwards with some big blockbuster releases as footfall steadily increases. Check out our picks for the top 10 anticipated films of 2023.
Dir: Denis Villeneuve | Warner Bros. Pictures
Opening exclusively in theaters, director Denis Villeneuve returns for the hotly anticipated sequel, which continues the journey in Arrakis. As Paul seeks revenge for the murder of his family, only he can predict the future of the universe and the fate of those around him. Due for release in November, Chalamet is once again joined by Zendaya and a star-studded cast for the conclusion of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel.
Dir: Christopher Nolan | Universal Pictures
Cillian Murphy once again reunites with director Christopher Nolan for the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. Unsuprisingly, a huge ensemble cast are on board for this epic movie, which sees the controversial physicist work with a team of scientists during the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s. The film is due to be relased in cinemas in July.
Dir: Ari Aster | A24
Following up on his psychological horror films Hereditary and Midsommar, director Ari Aster has stated that Beau Is Afraid will be a four-hour "nightmare comedy". The story is about a paranoid man who embarks on a surreal and nightmarish odyssey home to visit his mother. The film, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Nathan Lane and Amy Ryan is scheduled for release in April.
Dir: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods | Sony Pictures Releasing
Adam Driver stars in this sci-fi thriller about a pilot who crash lands on a strange planet, 65 million years ago. Along with another survivor, they must fight their way to safety, battling prehistoric creatures along the way. Directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, with production from Sam Raimi and a score by Danny Elfman, this film really could go one of two ways… but we’re optimistic!
Dir: M. Night Shyamalan | Universal Pictures
Who doesn’t love a ludicrous horror? M. Night Shyamalan once again looks to provide more twists and turns in his latest film, which sees four strangers hold a family ransom, in a remote cabin, demanding they sacrifice one of their own to avert the apocalypse. What will the family decide before all is lost? Dave Bautista stars in this psychological thriller, which is due for release in February.
Dir: David Yates | Netflix
Due for release in October, this drama from director David Yates sees Liza (Emily Blunt) land in the centre of a criminal conspiracy as she starts her new job at a failing pharmaceutical start-up. Also starring Chris Evans and Andy García, she must distance herself from the dangerous racketeering scheme she’s suddenly a part of.
Dir: Sam Esmail | Netflix
Based on the novel by Rumaan Alam, this family drama, directed by Sam Esmail, is due for release in December. With Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke and Clay Mahershala Ali, this psychological thriller tells the story of two families on vacation, who must decide how to work together as the world around them is seemingly falling apart amidst mysterious global blackouts.
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 June, with Part Two following in 2024.
Dir: George C. Wolfe | Netflix
This film tells the story of Bayard Rustin and his involvement in the 1963 March on Washington, alongside fellow activist Martin Luther King Jr. With Colman Domingo starring as the gay civil rights advocate Rustin, he is joined by a talented cast, including Chris Rock and Glynn Turman. With production by Barack and Michelle Obama, Rustin is destined to be a major success. Yet to have a confirmed date, we hope that Netflix release this highly anticipated biographical drama in 2023.
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 non-fiction book of the same name, is due for release in May.
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