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Exciting Movie Releases To Look Forward To in 2023

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From rom coms to ambitious sci-fis, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2023

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Consider yourself a film fanatic? Or perhaps you are making a New Year’s resolution to take more trips to the cinema? Whether you’re a Letterboxd lover (if you know, you know) or just like keeping up with the latest trends, here are all of the 2023 movie releases that we’re getting excited about as the year draws to a close.

New Movies Being Released In 2023

There’s a vast amount of movies being released in 2023, from a Celine Dion jukebox musical to a highly-anticipated The Hunger Games prequel. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of the flicks to get excited about.

The Ultimate Movie Calendar 2023

  • January: A Man Called Otto
  • February: Knock at the Cabin
  • March: A Good Person
  • April: Chevalier, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Beau Is Afraid, Salem’s Lot
  • May: Love Again, The Little Mermaid
  • June: Spiderman: Across The Spider-Verse, Asteroid City
  • July: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One, Oppenheimer 
  • August: Challengers, The Last Voyage of Demeter
  • September: A Haunting in Venice
  • October: True Love
  • November: Dune: Part Two, The Ballad of Song Birds and Snakes
  • December: Wonka, The Color Purple
  • TBC: When You Finish Saving The World, Greatest Days

A Man Called Otto

6 January, Sony Pictures

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove was originally published in 2012 in Swedish, with a Swedish language adaptation being released in 2015. With the novel being translated into English and published in 2013, it’s now time for an American version, starring Tom Hanks as Otto (rather than Ove). A Man Called Otto will follow Otto (Hanks), a grumpy 60-year-old who decides to kill himself, but his attempts are repeatedly interrupted by boisterous neighbours who ultimately become unlikely friends.

Knock At The Cabin

3 February, Universal Pictures

One for horror lovers. Based on Paul Tremblay’s 2019 novel of the same name, The Cabin At The End Of The World follows gay couple Andrew and Eric and their adopted daughter Wen who are taken hostage under apocalyptic circumstances while holidaying in a cabin. The film adaptation has a star-studded cast, including Dave Bautista and Jonathan Groff in lead roles, and Rupert Grint supporting.

A Good Person

24 March, MGM

Written, directed and produced by Zach Braff, A Good Person will follow Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman alongside Celeste O’Connor, Zoe Lister-Jones and Molly Shannon. Few details have been announced, other than that Pugh will play Alison who, years after being involved in a fatal accident, forms an unlikely friendship with her would-be father-in-law.

Chevalier

7 April, Searchlight Pictures

Having premiered in September 2022 at the Toronto Film Festival, Stephen Williams directed this biopic, which tells the story of the 18th century French-Caribbean violinist and composer, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the titular role, the film tracks the rise and resurgence of Chevalier, along with his complicated love life, the racism of the ancien regime and his falling out with Marie Antoinette (played by Lucy Boynton).

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

7 April 2023, Paramount Pictures

Based on the popular game of the same name, the live action Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves will follow a band of adventurers (including Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page and Hugh Grant) on an epic quest to find a lost relic.

Beau Is Afraid

21 April 2023 (USA, TBC in the UK), A24 Films

From the director of Hereditary and Midsommar, Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid will star Academy Award Winner Joaquin Phoenix opposite Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Parker Posey, and Patti LuPone. A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film.

Salem’s Lot

April 2023, New Line Cinema

Following the recent success of Stephen King’s novels on screen – think Carrie (2013), It Chapter One (2017), and Gerald’s Game (2017) – Salem’s Lot, King’s second ever published novel was supposed to arrive in cinemas in September 2022, but it has since been pushed back to April 2023, though a specific date is still TBC. Salem’s Lot follows Ben Mears who returns to a town he lived in between the ages of five and nine called Jerusalem’s Lot; while there, he discovers the residents are becoming vampires.

Love Again/It’s All Coming Back To Me

12 May, Sony Pictures

You’d be correct for thinking the title of this upcoming romantic drama sounds like a Celine Dion song. Based on the 2016 German film SMS für Dich – which was, in turn, an adaptation of Sofie Cramer’s 2009 novel Text For YouLove Again (titled It’s All Coming Back To Me in the US) follows the route set by recent jukebox musical films like Walking on Sunshine (2014), Last Christmas (2019) and, of course, Mamma Mia! (2008), featuring a soundtrack of Dion songs. The movie will follow Clara (played by Priyanka Chopra Jonas), a woman who copes with the sudden death of her fiancé by sending him text messages to his old phone number, which has now been assigned to a new user, Sven (played by Sam Heughan). 

The Little Mermaid

26 May, Disney

Next up in Disney’s series of live action remakes is The Little Mermaid. With Halle Bailey starring as the titular Ariel and Lin Manuel Miranda on the soundtrack, it’s one of 2023’s most hotly anticipated movie releases. Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs and Awkwafina will also star.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

2 June, Sony Pictures

Across The Spider-Verse was one of 2022’s most anticipated movie releases – until it was pushed back to 2023. Separate from Tom Holland’s Peter Parker across the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, the Spider-Verse movies (the first released in 2018, this 2023 edition, and an upcoming 2024 instalment) follow Miles Morales, the 13-year-old biracial teenage son of an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, and the second Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel universe.

Asteroid City

16 June, Focus Features

As his signature aesthetic continues to bubble across pop-culture popularity, Wes Anderson’s next flick, Asteroid City, will star an ensemble of A-listers – including Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hanks – as an eccentric group of stargazing fanatics in 1950s America.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One

14 July, Paramount Pictures

With two Mission: Impossibles delayed by the pandemic, this 2023 release slot was originally reserved for Mission Impossible 8, but has since been shifted to this, the franchise’s seventh instalment. Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg will all star.

Barbie in Barbie film

Warner Bros

Barbie

21 July, Warner Bros

It’s finally happening. Barbie has been one of 2022’s most influential trends, despite the movie still not being released for another seven months. It’s all thanks to leaked images, on-set spottings, and an online obsession with Greta Gerwig’s small but mighty roster of directorial movies to date (Little Women and Lady Bird). This high-concept original film was co-written with Noah Baumbach and will star Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Emma Mackey, Will Ferral and Ncuti Gatwa and many, many more. Here’s everything we know so far.

a still from Oppenheimer, a new movie released in 2023

Universal Pictures

Oppenheimer

21 July, Universal Pictures

Christopher Nolan’s biopic about physicist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’ J. Robert Oppenheimer will be star studded, featuring Cillian Murphy in the lead role alongside Hollywood sweetheart Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and Rami Malek.

Challengers

11 August, United Artists Releasing

Following his haunting 2022 Bones and All, Luca Guadagnino is shifting gears in 2023 with sports rom com Challengers. Starring Zendaya opposite Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor, the flick will be set in the world of tennis, following prolific player Art (Faist) who is in the midst of a losing streak. To shake him out of it, his wife and coach Tashi (Zendaya) signs him up to a Challenger event, where they discover he is set to play against her former lover, Patrick (O’Connor).

The Last Voyage of Demeter

11 August, Universal Pictures

Based on a single chapter of Bram Stoker’s timeless classic Dracula, The Last Voyage of Demeter will follow a merchant ship (the Demeter) as it is plagued by a dark presence. Based on a screenplay written by Bragi F. Schutt in 2002, the film is directed by André Øvredal, with Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi and Liam Cunningham all starring. 

A Haunting in Venice

15 September, 20th Century Studios

A sequel to Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022), A Haunting in Venice will be based on Agatha Christie’s 1969 novel Hallowe’en Party. Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who also plays the lead – the film will follow Poirot who, now retired, must solve the mysterious murder of a guest at a séance he attended. 

True Love

6 October, 20th Century Studios

Though few details have been released, we’re still letting ourselves get excited for this 2023 sci-fi release, which will be set in modern day Australia where a dating app manages your relationship for you. Starring David Washington and Gemma Chan, the film is written, directed and produced by Gareth Edwards who also directed Godzilla (2014) and Rogue One (2016).

Dune: Part Two

3 November, Warner Bros

Following the acclaimed 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi classic starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, Dune: Part Two will arrive at long last in cinemas in November 2023. With Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux and Christopher Walken all joining the cast for Part Two, it’s set to be a showstopper.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Song Birds and Snakes

17 November, Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy was a massive success, which ushered in a new era of young adult action films (think Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Mortal Instruments), especially those led by women. Collins’ 2020 prequel The Ballad of Song Birds and Snakes will transport us to the Capitol, where we follow a young Cornelius Snow (later President Snow). With a killer ensemble cast (Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer), it’s sure to be one of the year’s hottest movie releases.

Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. (c) Murray Close

Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. (c) Murray Close

Wonka

15 December, Warner Bros

After a year of Timothee Chalamet sightings on set in Oxford, there’s still a year to wait for Wonka, slated for release in December 2023. Chalamet will star as a young Willy Wonka, with Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, Olivia Colman, and Rowan Atkinson also confirmed to star.

The Color Purple

22 December, Warner Bros

Based on Alice Walker’s seminal classic 1982 novel of the same name, The Color Purple will arrive in cinemas ahead of Christmas with a new 2023 book adaptation, almost 40 years after Stephen Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of the novel. The film will follow Celie (played by Fantasia and Phylicia Mpasi) and her life-long struggles in southern America in the early 1900s. Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, Corey Hawkins and Halle Bailey will also star.

still from new 2023 movie When You Finish Saving The World

A24

When You Finish Saving The World

TBD, A24

Starring Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard as a mother and son duo, When You Finish Saving The World is Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut, based on his 2020 audiobook of the same name. A coming-of-age film from A24 (the same distributor as Lady Bird and Everything Everywhere All At Once), the previews received plenty of praise. Debuting at Sundance in January 2022 and with a scheduled US release date in January 2023, it’s (hopefully) not long before When You Finish Saving The World will arrive in the UK, too.

Greatest Days

Summer 2023 (TBC), Bron Releasing

Like Love Again (see above), a Take That jukebox musical will arrive in cinemas next summer, hot on heels of the stage musical, which is scheduled to tour the UK from May. Comedian Aisling Bee will star in the lead role, with a fictional Take That band made up of Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha.

Featured Image: Teaser poster for The Little Mermaid, courtesy of Disney.

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