Films we’re looking forward to in 2024

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30 Dec 2023, 10:54

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2024 looks set to be another amazing year for film fans.

Hot off the heels of 2023’s blockbuster year in which phenomena such as Barbenheimer got us back into cinemas in crowds not seen since prior to the pandemic, 2024 appears prepared to challenge the previous year’s success with its own impressive list of movie releases.

From exciting originals to some of the most-anticipated sequels of the century so far, here’s our pick of what we’re most looking forward to watching in the new year.

Priscilla 1st January

Start 2024 with a cinematic flourish by taking a trip to see Sophia Coppola’s take on the life story of Priscilla Presley (Cailee Spaeny). The film spans from her first meeting with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jacob Elordi) when she was just 14 years old to her eventual choice to divorce Elvis in 1973 when she was 27 years old.

While the film does not feature any of Elvis’ own music, this intimate portrayal of the romance which blossomed and then fizzled out between Priscilla and her famous first love is not one to miss when it finally hits UK and Irish cinemas on 1st January.

Dune: Part Two 1st March

Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and more return to the screen for the second part of Denise Villleneuve’s epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s famous sci-fi novel. Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken all also join the huge ensemble cast for this second picture.

After the events of the first movie, Paul Atriedes (Chalamet) continues his journey, united with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen, as he seeks revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family and attempts to save his world from a terrible future only he can predict.

Mickey 17 29th March

This exciting new film from Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho stars Robert Pattinson, Steven Yeun, Naomi Ackie, Toni Colette and Mark Ruffalo.

Based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton which was published in 2022, this sci-fi tale follows the life, death, and rebirth of ‘disposable employee’ Mickey 17 during a human expedition sent out to colonise the deathly ice world of Niflheim. 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga 24th May

2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road is remarkably now almost ten years old, but time has done nothing to diminish the excitement surrounding this spin-off prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the eponymous Imperator Furiosa.

Chris Hemsworth, Alyla Browne and Tom Burke all also star in this movie, which tells the story of a young Furiosa who is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and kept captive by a Biker Horde led by the War Lord Dementus (Hemsworth).

Inside Out 2 14th June

Again after an almost nine year wait, this highly-anticipated sequel to 2015’s imaginative Disney Pixar story Inside Out will finally hit cinemas in 2024. 

Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of Riley just as the young teenager begins her journey through puberty. This monumental life shift brings with it several new emotions which challenge the status quo of her emotional headquarters, leaving Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust in disarray as they adjust to the new balance needed to accommodate new Emotions such as Anxiety.

Deadpool 3 26th July

As we look ahead to the summer blockbusters of 2024, less information is available to celebrate the future premiere of hits such as Deadpool 3.

However, what we do now sounds promising, as Ryan Reynolds returns as the wise-cracking titular hero alongside X-Men icon Hugh Jackman in his fan favourite role of Wolverine. Jennifer Garner, Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen are also set to star.

Joker: Folie a Deux 4th October

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix will both lead this sequel to 2019’s villain-focused success story Joker. 

Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland and Harry Lawley have all also been cast in this Todd Phillips directed film which sees Phoenix return as the eponymous villain and Gaga join him in the role of Harley Quinn.

Paddington in Peru 8th November

In a year jam-packed with exciting film sequels, let’s not forget to head to the cinema in the winter to see everyone’s favourite bear from Peru head off on his third heartwarming big screen adventure.

With Wonka’s Paul King still part of the writing team, former John Lewis advert director Dougal Wilson now in the director’s chair and a mostly returning cast, Paddington in Peru will hopefully be able to live up to the very high standards set by the first two films in this family fun-filled trilogy.

Wicked 27th November

This film adaptation of the much-loved West-End and Broadway musical of the same name stars Cynthia Erivo as the famous Elphaba Thropp and Ariana Grande as Galinda Upland.

The movie-musical will actually be released in two parts, with part two due out in November 2025.

Nosferatu 25th December

End 2024 with this American gothic horror adaptation of 1922’s German expressionist film of the same name by F. W Murnau. 

Writer and director Robert Eggers revisits the tale of Nosferatu the vampyre, itself based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, for the 21st century in this movie, which stars It’s Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hoult, Lily-Rose Depp, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin and Willem Dafoe.

See you in the cinemas!