Upcoming movies: The most exciting new films coming in 2024

Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
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We're practically halfway through the year, and it's safe to say 2024 has seen the release of a whole bunch of great movies. That said, with six months to go, there's still plenty of exciting upcoming movies to look forward to.

The second half of the year is set to unveil blockbusters aplenty, from another showdown with the Xenomorph in Alien: Romulus to a return to the MCU with Deadpool 3

In the way of sequels, there's also Beetlejuice 2, Joker: Folie à Deux, and Twisters coming our way very soon. If original stories are more your bag, though, you can look forward to M. Night Shyamalan's Trap, Megalopolis, and Nosferatu, a new horror flick from The Witch director Robert Eggers. So, for all that and more, check out our guide to all the best upcoming movies on the horizon in 2024. 

If that's not enough, we've also got all the biggest movie release dates at a glance and a guide to all the most exciting new TV shows to get stuck into, too. 

Twisters

Twisters

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Release date: July 19

Directed by Minari's Lee Isaac Chung, Twisters is a standalone sequel to the 1996 classic movie, which starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, about a group of storm chasers. This new reimagining stars Top Gun: Maverick's Glen Powell as a thrill-seeking "tornado wrangler" and Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones as the scientist he teams up with. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' Anthony Ramos, Sasha Lane, Kiernan Shipka, Katy O'Brian, and Superman's David Corenswet fill out the supporting cast in the all-star disaster flick.

Deadpool & Wolverine

Deadpool 3

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Release date: July 25 in the UK, July 26 in the US

Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool 3, AKA Deadpool & Wolverine – and he's set to be joined by a familiar, super grumpy face. Hugh Jackman is also set to reprise his X-Men role as Wolverine, as the mutant and Wade Wilson make their debut in the MCU  – and, apparently, try to save the Sacred Timeline. Shawn Levy directs the flick, with The Crown's Emma Corrin and Succession's Matthew Macfadyen among the fresh faces in the cast.

Trap

Trap

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Release date: August 9

M. Night Shyamalan returns with another twisty tale for Trap, a crime thriller starring Black Mirror's Josh Hartnett. In it, the actor plays a doting dad father who takes his daughter to a pop concert. The youngster's favorite singer, Lady Raven (played by Shyamalan's real-life daughter Saleka), has sold out the huge stadium, but Hartnett's character isn't worried: he booked them floor seats. 

Turns out, though, Hartnett's character is a serial killer with a penchant for "chopping people up", and the police have organized the whole event in a bid to catch him once and for all. Will he be able to worm his way out?

Alien: Romulus

Alien Romulus

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Release date: August 16

Fede Álvarez's take on the Alien franchise takes place between 1979's Alien and 1986's Aliens with a whole new cast of characters. Priscilla's Cailee Spaeny, Rye Lane's David Jonsson, Shadow and Bone's Archie Renaux, and Madame Web's Isabela Merced play a group of young space colonizers who find themselves getting up close and personal with the xenomorph while scavenging a derelict space station.

"We set it between the first movie and the second. We were talking about, 'How could this be a child of the two?' So we have those heightened moments, but then proper horror," Spaeny told Total Film.

The Crow

The Crow

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Release date: August 23

John Wick: Chapter 4 star Bill Skarsgård plays titular character Eric Draven in The Crow, a modern reimagining of James Barr's graphic novel. Much like the source material and its subsequent film adaptation, which stars the late Brandon Lee, who tragically died while making the 1994 movie, it's expected to center on the resurrected, murdered musician, who embarks on a quest to avenge the deaths of himself and his partner (FKA Twigs).

Beetlejuice 2

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice

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Release date: September 6

Everyone's favorite (?) bio-exorcist is set to return from the grave in Beetlejuice 2, a sequel that's been 35 years in the making.  

Despite the plot remaining under wraps, we do know that Wednesday star Jenna Ortega is playing the daughter of Winona Ryder's character from the original, Lydia Deetz, and that Monica Bellucci is set to bring Betelgeuse's wife to life. Other details that have been confirmed are the return of Michael Keaton as the titular ghoulie and Catherine O'Hara as Lydia's mother Delia, Tim Burton being back in the director's chair, and Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux's casting.

Megalopolis

Adam Driver as Cesar in Megalopolis

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Release date: September 27

Sci-fi epic Megalopolis centers on a young woman torn between her father, an old-fashioned mayor, and her forward-thinking architect lover, as they clash on how best to rebuild New York after a devastating disaster. Giancarlo Esposito, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Dustin Hoffman, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Adam Driver star.

Booed at Cannes Film Festival 2024, it reportedly cost around $120 million to make, was largely bankrolled by writer-director Francis Ford Coppola himself.

Joker: Folie à Deux 

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker 2

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Release date: October 4

Joaquin Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck in Joker 2, officially titled Joker: Folie à Deux. This is a French term that translates to "shared madness" and is also used to refer to shared delusional disorder, a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief, and sometimes hallucinations, are transferred from one person to another. The title makes more sense when you factor in the addition of Harley Quinn, played by Lady Gaga. Zazie Beetz will reprise her role from the first movie, while Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener have joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

A trailer for the film has been released, which shows a glimpse at Joker and Harley's crime spree. 

Venom: The Last Dance

Venom 3

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Release date: October 25

Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and his symbiote bestie seem to be working like a well-oiled machine to defeat baddies. Well, almost...

When it comes to their unlikely double act, problems arise in Venom 3 when it turns out there's a major threat incoming from outer space. It looks like the biggest danger Eddie and the symbiote have ever had to face, and, by the looks of things, they might not make it out alive. That might be why it's called The Last Dance...

Paddington in Peru

Paddington in Paddington in Peru

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Release date: November 8 in the UK, January 17 in the US

Paddington in Peru is set to see the marmalade-loving bear and the Brown family pack up and head to his home country, to pay a visit to Aunt Lucy at the Home for Retired Bears. There's a problem, though... Lucy, according to a nun played by Olivia Colman, went on an expedition in the Amazon a while back and never returned. So now it's up to Paddington and co to venture deep into the jungle, find her, and bring her back safely.

Ben Whishaw is back to lend his voice to Paddington, while Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, and Antonio Banderas also star. Emily Mortimer is on board, too, replacing Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown.

Gladiator 2

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

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Release date: November 22

The unexpected follow-up to Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator is set to pick up 20 years after the original. The first trailer for the film, screened behind closed doors at Cinema Con, sees Paul Mescal's former nobleman Lucius Versus forced to become a gladiator. It also showcases Mescal fighting a rhino, man-eating baboons, and Pedro Pascal. 

Mescal's Lucius is the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix, who will not be in the sequel). Djimon Hounsou, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, Derek Jacobi, and Denzel Washington also feature.

Kraven the Hunter

Kraven the Hunter

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Release date: December 13

We were originally supposed to meet Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Sergei Kravinoff in October 2023, but the new Marvel movie is one of several delayed releases. The new movie follows the anti-hero as he sets out to prove he's the greatest hunter in the world. From what we've seen in the trailer, we're expecting one of the most violent takes in the Sony Marvel universe so far. 

The film has been delayed until December. "Kraven moved to Christmas because we're excited about it, and Christmas is the best release period there is - when you get people with time to go back to the movies over and over again," producer Matt Tolmach explained

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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Release date: December 20

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is introducing Keanu Reeves as Shadow, with Colleen O'Shaughnessey back as Tails and Idris Elba back as Knuckles. Of course, Ben Schwartz is returning as Sonic and James Marsden is back as his human bestie.

"It's going to be this giant, fun, incredible movie that obviously takes a lot from Sonic Adventure 2 and some of the games that I know the core Sonic Team grew up loving," producer Toby Ascher previously told GamesRadar+

Mufasa: The Lion King

The Lion King

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Release date: December 20

"It's a story told in two different timeframes," Mufasa director Barry Jenkins previously said of the live-action The Lion King follow-up, explaining that it'll chart the rise of Simba's father Mufasa from orphan cub to Pride Rock ruler. 

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will reprise their roles as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, as the meerkat-and-warthog duo and their wise pal Rafiki relay Mufasa's life. The movie, which has already drawn comparisons to The Godfather Part II, will see (or more accurately, hear) Aaron Pierre, who worked with Jenkins on the Emmy-nominated series The Underground Railroad, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. voice Mufasa and Scar, respectively.

The first trailer for the film teases a story that shares a lot of parallels with the original movie. 

Nosferatu

Lily-Rose Depp in Nosferatu

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Release date: December 25

Written and directed by Robert Eggers, the filmmaker behind the likes of The Witch, The Lighthouse, and The Northman, Nosferatu is set to offer up a brand new take on the 1922 silent film of the same name. Starring Lily-Rose Depp, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Ineson, Willem Dafoe, and Bill Skarsgård as the eponymous bloodsucker, it's set to explore the complicated obsession between a troubled young woman and the terrifying vampire infatuated with her.


For more on what's to come, check out our guide to all the new Marvel movies and shows heading your way soon.

Jack Shepherd
Freelance Journalist

Jack Shepherd is the former Senior Entertainment Editor of GamesRadar. Jack used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film for the likes of GR+, Total Film, SFX, and others. You can now find Jack working as a freelance journalist and editor.

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