From ‘’Barbie’’ To ‘’John Wick’’; Here Are 20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2023

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By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
January 18, 2023

Future blockbusters, family-friendly thrillers, and much awaited sequels. This year’s production schedule is chock-full of reasons to make you return to your local theatre. In 2023, moviegoers can expect more than a few Marvel heroes, a heartfelt tribute to the final Creed and, of course, the oh so glamorous Barbie film, which has already become year’s top star, as per the World Wide Web. 

It’s not quite as bad as it sounds, but with so many films slated to be released in the coming year, we’re looking forward to seeing these 20 films that we’ve hand-picked throughout the next 12 months. Don’t bother asking why.

Most Anticipated Movies 2023

1. Knock At The Cabin, Feb 3

M. Night Shyamalan’s newest psychological thriller—a family is kidnapped by four intruders who request their sacrifice to avert doomsday. In this narrative based on novelist Paul G. Tremblay’s “The Cabin at the End of the World,” Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Rupert Grint take the centre stage. 

2. Magic Mike’s Last Dance, Feb 10

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” concludes Channing Tatum’s on-screen stripping stint as the last episode of Warner Bros.’ famous trilogy. Steven Soderbergh returns to the director’s role for a theatrical finish dubbed by Channing Tatum as the “Super Bowl of stripping.” Oh, and also, we get to see Salma Hayek on the dance floor. 

3. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Feb 16

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly returned as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. Ant-Man and the Wasp, who find themselves stuck in the “secret universe underneath us” known as the Quantum Realm. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer return to reprise their iconic roles; Kathryn Newton joins in the fun; Bill Murray makes a surprise appearance; and we get our first real glimpse at Jonathan Majors’ significant supervillain Kang the Conqueror.

4. Creed III, March 3

Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors return to the ring for the third and final chapter of the “Creed” trilogy. Jordan, who plays Adonis “Donnie” Creed in the film, makes his directing debut. Majors will make his debut in the saga as Damian “Dame” Anderson, Adonis’ old buddy and new adversary.

5. Scream 6, March 10

“Scream 6” stars Courteney Cox, Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and the comeback of Hayden Panettiere from “Scream 4,” as Ghostface attacks New York City.

6. Shazam! Fury of the Gods, March 17

In DC’s “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” Zachary Levi reprises his role as teen-turned-superhero Billy Batson, but this time, his adoptive brothers also become superheroes. Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, and Helen Mirren also feature in the David F. Sandberg-directed superhero comedy.

7. John Wick: Chapter 4, March 24

In this neo-noir adventure movie, Keanu Reeves reprises his character as the legendary gun-fu hero, who must battle Bill Skarsgard’s Marquis de Gramont in open battle to gain his liberty. Chad Stahelski’s fourth episode of the “John Wick” franchise includes a new outfit for Wick, nunchucks, blades, and plenty of weaponry.

8. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, March 31

The action-fantasy drama, helmed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, features Chris Pine (as a bard), Michelle Rodriguez (as a warrior), Justice Smith (as a wizard), and Sophia Lillis (as a druid) as they strive to rectify an error when one of their robberies goes wrong. Regé-Jean Page, Chloe Coleman, Jason Wong, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant also play in the next Dungeons & Dragons film.

9. The Super Mario Bros. Movie, April 7

Chirs Pratt goes Mario! Pratt will bring the Mushroom Kingdom’s characters to life as he sets out on a mission to save Luigi—and the world as they know it—from Bowser’s annihilation. The Queen Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy is set to play Princess Peach, Jack Black plays Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key plays Toad and Seth Rogen plays Donkey Kong. 

10. Renfield, April 14

Nicolas Cage takes on the role of Dracula in the horror-comedy “Renfield,” adding a new spin to the classic vampire for director Chris McKay’s cinematic version of “The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula.” The movie’s major star, however, is Nicholas Hoult as the eponymous character Renfield, who chooses to quit his job as Dracula’s sidekick after falling in love.

11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, May 5

Director James Gunn is wrapping off the “Guardians of the Galaxy” saga with a third and final cosmic adventure that reveals the backstory of Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and the reappearance of Gamora (Zoe Saldaa). Will Poulter also makes his Marvel breakthrough as nemesis Adam Warlock.

12. Fast X, May 19

The 10th chapter of the “Fast & Furious” saga, directed by Louis Leterrier, sees Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his family of crooks and expert road racers going on another high-octane journey. The Fast Family now includes Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, and Rita Moreno.

13. The Little Mermaid, May 26

Halle Bailey is dominating the headlines as Princess Ariel in Disney’s version of “The Little Mermaid,” cementing her reputation as the character’s first Black actor and the second Black actor to be labelled a Disney princess. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s four new songs are included in the live-action adaptation, which adds to the previously unknown dimension from the original plot

14. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, June 2

This cartoon sequel to Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has an older Miles Morales flinging webs. It follows the journey of Miles and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) as they face off against different Spider-Man variations across the universe.

15. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, June 9

The latest part of the long-running “Transformers” cinematic universe continues the popular “Beast Wars” plotline, with three Transformer tribes related to Earth’s history. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback star, with Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, and others providing voices for unique animal-like Transformers.

16. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, July 14

In the seventh edition of the espionage thriller franchise, Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt. Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed the picture, which has several death-defying exploits and fight scenes—notably the one where Cruise drives a motorbike off a cliff.

17. Barbie, July 21

The internet literally went insane over Greta Gerwig’s next film, created by her and Noah Baumbach. Barbie movie stars Margot Robbie as the legendary fashion doll. Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Hari Nef, and Kingsley Ben-Adir portray various versions of the two dolls, while Ryan Gosling plays Barbie’s boy toy Ken.

18. The Marvels, July 28

Brie Larson’s formidable persona is reinforced in the newest MCU team-up by Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau in the sequel to Marvel’s 2019 origin narrative for Captain Marvel. The film’s director, Nia DaCosta, explained, ”Every time the three superheroes use their powers, it causes shifts in their universe”. Samuel L. Jackson also returns as Nick Fury.

19. Dune: Part Two, Nov 3

Denis Villeneuve’s sequel follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) on his quest for vengeance against those who slaughtered his family while simultaneously striving to avoid a horrific future. Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgrd, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and Stephen McKinley Henderson will appear alongside Chalamet.

20. Wonka, Dec 15

In the Warner Bros. operatic fairytale prequel, Timothée Chalamet plays the quirky chocolatier. The film is about the experiences of a young Willy Wonka and how he encountered the Oompa-Loompas, a reference to the well-known character played by legendary author Roald Dahl.

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