35 of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2023, From “The Little Mermaid” to “Dune: Part II”
Start saving your money, because you’re going to spend a lot of time at the movie theater in 2023. The year will bring some very highly anticipated movies, including “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” “Indiana Jones 5,” and the seventh Mission: Impossible film. Phase 5 of the MCU will officially begin with three new Marvel movies, and fans will finally get to see Halle Bailey as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” plus completely new stories from Pixar and Disney Animation.
The year promises exciting sequels like “John Wick: Chapter 4,” but also some exciting stand-alone projects like Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” Timothée Chalamet will be everywhere, including in his Willy Wonka prequel, “Wonka.” Jennifer Lopez will also return to the rom-com genre, and Chris Pratt and the Guardians of the Galaxy will have their first stand-alone film since 2017. DC fans will also have lots to enjoy between “Aquaman 2” and “Shazam! 2.” And if there could already be a frontrunner for the 2024 Oscars, it would probably be Martin Scorsese‘s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Ahead are some of the buzziest movies of 2023, from Marvel movies to holiday films and action flicks to exciting rom-coms.
“House Party,” a remake of the 1990s film of the same name, is heading to theaters this January. Its packed with cameos from stars like Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Tinashe, Lena Waithe, and Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis.
Release Date: Jan. 13
The brand new horror movie “M3gan” is about a robot doll who promises to be the perfect toy best friend. But her tech goes wrong and she wreaks havoc on her owners.
Release Date: Jan. 13
"Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania"
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” kicks off Marvel’s Phase 5 with the return of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the titular tiny heroes. When the team accidentally opens up the quantum realm, they end up facing off with Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror, who’ll turn into the MCU’s next major villain. Fans met a version of the character in the first season of “Loki.”
Release Date: Feb. 17
“Sharper” is described as a “comedy thriller” set in New York City. The cast includes Sebastian Stan, Julianne Moore, and John Lithgow. The movie will hit Apple TV+ this winter.
Release Date: Feb. 17
"Shazam! Fury of the Gods"
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” the sequel to 2019’s “Shazam!,” was supposed to come out in 2022, but got pushed back a few months. The new movie promises to be just as funny and action-packed as the original, with Zachary Levi as the title character.
Release Date: March 17
"John Wick: Chapter 4"
The fourth John Wick film finds Keanu Reeves once again returning as the deadly assassin. Joining him this time are Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, and Rina Sawayama.
Release Date: March 24
"Evil Dead Rise"
“Evil Dead Rise” is the fifth movie in the Evil Dead franchise. The horror film stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan.
Release Date: April 21
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3"
The Guardians of the Galaxy are finally making their big-screen return in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.” Director James Gunn wraps up the trilogy with another adventure for Star Lord, Groot, Rocket, Gamora, Drax, Mantis, and Kraglin – along with Cosmo the Space Dog. Plus there’s the issue of what the memory-less Gamora is up to.
Release Date: May 5
"The Little Mermaid" Live-Action
“The Little Mermaid” is the next Disney film to get the live-action treatment. Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in the reimagining, which also features four new songs.
Release Date: May 26
"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts"
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is the seventh Transformers film, but it’s actually set in Brooklyn in 1994. The film follows Optimus Prime as he navigates a battle between the Maximals, the Predacons, and the Terrorcons. The human cast includes Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, and Tobe Nwigwe. The voice cast for the Transformers includes Pete Davidson and Michelle Yeoh.
Release Date: June 9
Pixar’s newest movie, “Elemental,” follows Ember, a girl made of fire living in Element City, where fire people are on the outs. She falls for Wade, a boy made of water, and their chemical reaction will have major consequences.
Release Date: June 16
"Indiana Jones 5"
"Mission Impossible 7"
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” is the seventh film in the Mission Impossible franchise. Tom Cruise is, of course, back at Ethan Hunt, doing all kinds of death-defying stunts. Some of the other cast from 2018’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” returns, including Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby, and Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff join the sprawling ensemble. The eighth film, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two,” will follow in 2024.
Release Date: July 14
"Kraven the Hunter"
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in “Kraven the Hunter” as the titular Spider-Man villain. Ariana DeBose plays his love interest Calypso and Fred Hechinger plays his half-brother. Christopher Abbott and Alessandro Nivola will play Kraven’s adversaries, and Russell Crowe will also appear in the film.
Release Date: Oct. 6
"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes"
Disney’s newest animated feature is “Wish,” and it’s inspired by the wishing star that plays such a prominent role in so many previous films. In “Wish,” Oscar winner Ariana DeBose voices Asha, a 17-year-old who teams up with a star to try to save her people in the Kingdom of Wishes. The film features original music composed by Julia Michaels.
Release Date: Nov. 22
Timothée Chalamet’s “Wonka” movie – about the origins of candymaker Willy Wonka – is one of the most-buzzed-about movies of the next year. The cast of the movie musical includes Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Colman, and Natasha Rothwell.
Release Date: Dec. 15
"Killers of the Flower Moon"
Martin Scorsese‘s “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set to premiere on AppleTV+ next year. The film is based on the true story of the mysterious murders of members of the Osage tribe in the 1920s, which sparked a major FBI investigation. The cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser, and Robert DeNiro.
Release Date: TBA in 2023
“Argylle” is a spy-thriller starring Henry Cavill as the titular agent. The cast includes Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Release Date: TBA in 2023
“Red One” unites Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans for a Christmas action-adventure film. The extended cast includes Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Liu, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, J. K. Simmons, Nick Kroll, and “Game of Thrones”‘s Kristofer Hivju. The film will stream on Prime Video in time for the holidays.
Release Date: Christmas 2023