Old friends, new heroes coming soon in films of 2019
It’ll be tough to beat 2018’s box office successes, but Hollywood is certainly going to try with lots of heavily anticipated titles coming in 2019. Here’s a look at what’s ahead (as always, release dates are subject to change):
“Glass” — M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to 2016’s “Split” is also a sequel to his 2000 outing “Unbreakable,” and has Bruce Willis returning as security guard David Dunn, who uses his supernatural abilities to track down Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has 24 personalities. Somehow tied to all
this is Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, who no doubt has an evil plan in place. (Jan. 18)
“Captain Marvel” — Oscar winner Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, who may be key in stopping big baddie Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame,” but before that we need to know her backstory. Set in 1995, this follows Danvers as she gets caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds. (March 8)
“Dumbo” — Tim Burton directs this live-action/CG hybrid remake of the 1941 Disney hand-drawn classic about a young elephant whose oversized ears enable him to fly. I don’t know if I can handle that scene with his mother again, when she’s chained up and they lock trunks tenderly. I got dehydrated form crying so much! Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito star. (April 5)
“Shazam!” — Streetwise 14-year-old Billy Batson discovers he can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) simply by shouting out that name. His newfound powers get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Based on the DC Comic. (April 5)
“Hellboy” — David Harbour (the cop on Netflix’s “Stranger Things”) suits up as the red demon superhero to battle an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola. (April 12)
“John Wick 3: Chapter 3” — Keanu Reeves returns as the legendary hit man, who must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins. Hey, everyone needs a paycheck. (May 17)
“Rocketman” — Taron Egerton (“the “Kingsman” movies) stars as Elton John in this story about his life from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). (May 17)
“Aladdin” — Guy Ritchie directs this live action/CG hybrid remake of Disney’s 1992 original, with rising talents Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott starring as Aladdin and Jasmine and Will Smith as a certain Genie who pops out of a magic lamp. (May 24)
“Avengers: Endgame” — Aw, life after The Snap! After Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe in “Infinity
War,” the remaining Avengers must pick themselves up from the debris to save mankind
(once again) — and their superhero friends. (April 26) “Wonder Woman 1984” — Patty Jenkins returns to direct this sequel with Gal Gadot returning as Wonder Woman. Not
Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers in “Captain Marvel,” in theaters March 8.
Mena Massoud stars in “Aladdin,” coming May 24.
Jack Dylan Grazer, left, and Zachary Levi star in “Shazam!,” opening April 5.
Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in “Rocketman,” opening May 17.