From Barbie to Guardians of the Galaxy 3: the 16 most anticipated movies of 2023

Movies like Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion and, more recently, Avatar: The Shape of Water they recorded huge box office figures in 2022.

That’s the good news for moviegoers and the movie industry. The bad news is that viewership numbers for the year gone are still nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.

Could 2023 be the year the industry triumphantly declares that things are back to pre-Covid?

behold a selection of 16 titles that will be released in 2023 (in chronological order of release) and that could be crucial in dictating the speed at which cinema recovers.

Jalyn Hall and Danielle Deadwyler as Emmett Till and Mamie Till-MobleyUniversal

Based on shocking true events that occurred in the American South in the 1950s, till is the story of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and murdered after being accused of whistling at a white woman.

It shows how Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, faced an almost impossible struggle trying to get justice for his dead son.

Danielle Deadwyler, who plays Mamie, delivers a powerful performance that could well earn Oscar recognition.

(Theatrical release: January 2023).

Brendan Fraser sounds like a candidate to win the Oscar for best actor for his role in “The Whale”A24

Actor Brendan Fraser is on the horizon for an Oscar for his extraordinary performance in one of the most unusual and moving stories of the year.

Fraser plays a morbidly obese teacher living in a tiny apartment desperately trying to reunite with his estranged daughter.

The film has been acclaimed at various film festivals and is expected to be a contender for multiple awards. The rest of the cast, which includes Hong Chau, Sadie Sink, and Samantha Morton, are very supportive.

(Theatrical release: January 2023 / in the United States it was released in December).

Cate Blanchett in her performance as the conductor, Lydia Tár
Cate Blanchett in her performance as the conductor, Lydia TárUniversal

Cate Blanchett has not stopped receiving awards and critical acclaim for her portrayal of the composer and conductor Lydia Tár, a musician who has reached the top of her profession.

But things change when unexpected pressures begin to affect his life and work.

Blanchett has already been the recipient of two Academy Awards. She won her first Oscar in 2005 and her second, nine years later, in 2014.

So, at least mathematically, nine years later it is set to win the prestigious award again in a few months. And it probably will.

(Theatrical release: January 2023).

Gabrielle LaBelle plays the role of Steven Spielberg when he was young
Gabrielle LaBelle plays the role of Steven Spielberg when he was youngENTERTAINMENT ONE

This is the most personal film of Steven Spielberg’s half-century career. It is a fictional version of his own childhood, in which he grew up in a broken family.

It shows his sometimes difficult relationship with his parents. He explains how as a child she fell in love with cinema. And how that obsession turned into the career that has already given him two Oscars as a director, and could give him a third with this film.

(Theatrical release: February 2023).

Olivia Colman and Michael Ward in a scene from
Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward in a scene from “Empire of Light”SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

The Sam Mendes Love Letter is set in a small seaside movie theater during the 1980s and stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman as the film’s director.

When a new ticket salesman is hired, played by Bafta winner Micheal Ward, the two find an unlikely connection. Mendes’s story explores everything from romance to racism to misogyny and mental health.

And Colman, as always, is being talked about as a contender for acting honors at awards season.

(Theatrical release: March 2023).

This is the last movie in the saga
This is the last film in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” saga for the current teamMarvel

“I am Groot.” “I am Groot.” Pause. “I am Groot.”

Translation, if you need it :eThe galaxy’s favorite mismatched group of heroes returns to attempt a mission that this time, it is strongly rumored, will put a member of the team under mortal threat.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista join Will Poulter, whose character Adam Warlock was first hinted at in a post-credits sequence in Volume 2.

(Theatrical release: May 2023).

This budding project has on paper, perhaps, the strongest pedigree of 2023 movies.

Award-winning director Martin Scorsese directs the laureates Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. As well as (another possible future Oscar winner) Brendan Fraser.

This is a 1920s drama that follows the investigation of the murders of a series of wealthy people in Osage County, Oklahoma, after the discovery of large oil fields.

(Theatrical release: May 2023 / to be confirmed).

This CGI-animated sequel to 2018’s “A New Universe” revisits Miles Morales traveling between alternate universes.

In addition to developing his relationship with Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman, he also comes into contact with a larger group of Spider-People, including an older Spider-Man, a British Spider-Man, and a pregnant Spider-Woman.

Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles. He is joined by Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae, and Daniel Kaluuya.

(Theatrical release: June 2023).

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford as Indiana JonesLUCASFILM

While the films in the original Indiana Jones trilogy are considered by many to be classics, the fourth, “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is known as a horrible flop.

And that film’s alleged plan to hand over the baton to Indy’s rediscovered son, Shia LaBoeuf’s Mutt, appears to have been abandoned.

On this occasion, Harrison Ford as Indy is joined by new actors like Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. As well as the return of John Rhys-Davies.

(Theatrical release: June 2023).

The seventh installment in the “Mission Impossible” franchise promises the usual mix of outlandish sets, high-octane chases and sphincter-squeezing stunts.

We assume that Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt Will Fight Again to Save the World of some kind of nefarious global plot.

The first trailers show the expected locations. And supported by a roster of returning characters.

(Theatrical release: July 2023).

Ryan Gosling plays Ken, Barbie's love interest
Ryan Gosling plays Ken, Barbie’s love interestWARNER BROS

The first images of the Barbie movie almost broke the internet. And it’s hard to think about a more perfect cast than Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling like the fashion dolls that have been the stars of the Mattel line for decades: Barbie and Ken.

It’s been billed as a romantic comedy, but other than that, plot details are rather sparse.

Whatever the plot, audiences are already eagerly awaiting what promises to be a visual feast of primary colors.

(Theatrical release: July 2023).

Actor Cillian Murphy stars in the
Actor Cillian Murphy stars as the “father of the atomic bomb”UNIVERSAL PICTURES

The latest epic from director Christopher Nolan is the story of physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, often nicknamed the father of the atomic bomb.

Oppenheimer was one of the leading members of the manhattan projectwhich led to the creation of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And he was one of the witnesses to the first atomic detonation test in history in New Mexico.

Cillian Murphy plays Oppenheimer and Emily Blunt to his wife, Kitty.

(Theatrical release: July 2023).

The first movie of Dune ambitiously self-proclaimed “Dune: Part One”.

But that confidence was confirmed when audiences flocked to what turned out to be the cinematic equivalent of the much-coveted spice of planet arrakis.

This film will broadly narrate the second half of the original novel by author Frank Herbert.

Timothée Chalamet returns as Paul Atreides, as does Zendaya as Chani. Florence Pugh is Princess Irulan.

(Theatrical release: November 2023).

Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler in
Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler in “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents”LIONSGATE

The original film quartet of Hunger Games (“The Hunger Games”) followed the rise of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Now this prequel, set more than half a century earlier, follows the young Coriolanus Snow, when he had yet to become a ruthless despot, though the clues are there for keen observers.

Tom Blyth plays the young Coriolanus Snow. Also appearing in the film are Rachel Zegler and Hunter Schafer.

(Theatrical release: November 2023).

Actor Timothée Chalamet as young Willy Wonka
Actor Timothée Chalamet as young Willy WonkaTIMOTHEE CHALAMET/WARNER BROS

The most famous and eccentric chocolatier businessman in literature He has already been played by Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and by Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

This time it’s up to Timothée Chalamet to play a younger version of Wonka in this prequel to the original story by Roald Dahl.

Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Jim Carter, and Matt Lucas also star in the film.

(Theatrical release: December 2023).

The great Stanley Kubrick spent many years trying to make a movie about the life of Napoleon.but he never succeeded, and left the exiled plans on Elba.

Now, Ridley Scott has succeeded where Kubrick failed.

Scott’s version of the life of the emperor uses Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, as a lens through which to observe one of history’s most extraordinary characters.

Vanessa Kirby plays Josephine, while Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of Napoleon.

(Premiere on Apple TV + at the end of 2023, to be confirmed).

By Lizo Mzimba.

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