35 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2024

Last year proved to be a cinematic feast for movie lovers, with great films like Barbie (agree to disagree, Jo Koy), Oppenheimer, Blue Beetle, and more, bringing back the pre-Covid excitement of rushing to the cinema to catch the film first to avoid spoilers. With 2023 being the year of film abundance, could it leave 2024 as the year of film famine?

Kraven the Hunter

Luckily, there is a massive selection of awesome films on the way, with long-awaited sequels like Dune: Part Two, and X-rated comic book offerings like Deadpool 3.

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Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming our way, in order of release date.

1. Badland Hunters (Netflix)

Release Date: 26 January 2024

Netflix’s upcoming film, Badland Hunter, unites South Korea’s top-notch action ensemble, including Korean action master Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan, The Roundup).

Badland Hunters follows the tales of individuals struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic scenario triggered by a major earthquake. When a teenage girl, portrayed by Roh Jeong-ui (18 Again, Kill It), is abducted by the deranged doctor Yang Gi-su (Lee Hee-joon, Mouse, Mad Rush), Nam San (Don) embarks on a daring mission to rescue her.

2. Argylle (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 1 February 2024

Many authors hope to see their works come to life, but for Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World, The Help) that dream takes a much more deadly turn. In her latest book, featuring the formidable superspy Agent Argylle (Henry Cavill, The Tudors, Enola Holmes) who outshines even James Bond, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the storyline closely mirrors an actual espionage scenario. This draws the attention of various intelligence agencies, putting the novelist in a precarious position.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Stardust) of the Kingsman series, this action comedy boasts an A-list cast, including Dua Lipa (Barbie, No Time to Die), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Secret Invasion), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Kung Fu Panda 3), Sam Rockwell (Jojo Rabbit, Iron Man 2), Catherine O’Hara (Elemental, Schitt’s Creek), John Cena (The Suicide Squad, Fast X), and Ariana DeBose (Wish, West Side Story). 

3. Madame Web (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Fans have already been buzzing with theories at Sony’s latest addition to its Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters… luckily, it’s been renamed the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe or SSU.

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey, Persuasion) takes on the lead role as Cassandra “Cassie” Webb, a paramedic who discovers she has clairvoyant powers. Forced to confront revelations about her past, and must protect three young women linked to her through a web of fate – Julia Cornwall aka Spider-Woman  (Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria, Anyone but You), Mattie Franklin also aka Spider-Woman (Celeste O’Connor A Good Person, Freaky) but another one, and Anya Corazon aka Araña and technically also Spider-Woman (Isabela Merced, Instant Family, Transformers: The Last Knight), from a mysterious adversary Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim, Napoleon) who bears a stark resemblance to beloved webslinger and wants them dead.

4. Dune: Part Two (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 29 February 2024

The long-awaited sequel to 2021’s Dune is finally here! Denis Villeneuve’s (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) second instalment of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) on a quest for vengeance against those responsible for his family’s downfall, all while striving to avert a catastrophic future. 

Alongside Chalamet (Wonka, Little Women), the returning cast features Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Greatest Showman), Josh Brolin (Deadpool 2, Men in Black 3), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, My Spy), and more. Fresh faces such as Austin Butler (Elvis, The Carrie Diaries), and Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish) will also be joining the cast.

5. Kung Fu Panda 4 (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 7 March 2024

The fourth instalment of the popular DreamWorks series, Kung Fu Panda 4, takes a surprising twist from the get-go as Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) informs Po (Jack Black) that he will no longer be the Dragon Warrior, transitioning instead to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. 

However, this newfound role is abruptly disrupted by the arrival of a new adversary, The Chameleon (Viola Davis), a shape-shifting sorceress with the ability to absorb the kung fu skills of every villain Po has ever faced, who is bent on doing what they couldn’t — eliminating him.

6. Damsel (Netflix)

Release Date: 8 March 2024

Princess Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things, Enola Holmes) seems to be walking the fairytale path many girls dream of after marrying the handsome prince (Nick Robinson, Jurassic World, The 5th Wave), it’s almost a no-brainer that the next step is living happily ever after.

Unfortunately for her Highness, instead of a future of sweet royal marital bliss, she is left in a cave with a fire-breathing dragon — a sacrificial offering to pay an ancient debt. Elodie will only have her wits to rely on if she wishes to make it out alive. 

Brown and Robinson will be joined by co-stars Angela Bassett (Black Panther, American Horror Story), Robin Wright (House of Cards, The Princess Bride), and Ray Winstone (Noah, King of Thieves).

87. Road House (Prime Video)

Release Date: 21 March 2024

Road House is a remake of the 1989 action film of the same name, now with Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Spider-Man: Far From Home) looking especially ripped in the protagonist’s role as a former UFC athlete who ends up working at a rowdy bar in the Florida Keys where things are not as they seem.

The supporting cast comprises the likes of real-life MMA champion Conor McGregor, Billy Magnussen (Game Night, Aladdin), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad, Fast X), and Lukas Gage (You, The White Lotus).

8. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 22 March 2024

When mysterious supernatural forces unleash a phenomenon called the “Death Chill,” inducing terror and threatening to plunge New York City into the next ice age, there’s only one question to ask: who are you going to call? 

The sequel to 2021’s reboot/continuation, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, reunites the film’s next-generation paranormal investigators (Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace) alongside the  iconic original characters from the franchise (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts) for another thrilling ghost-busting adventure. 

9. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 28 March 2024

It looks like Kong isn’t the only large ape on Skull Island.

The latest Monsterverse instalment sees the mighty Kong and the King of the Monsters joining in an alliance against a colossal deadly threat hidden deep within our world that threatens the existence of their species and humankind. For lovers of world-building, you are in luck as the film will delve into the mysteries of Skull Island and the origins of Hollow Earth.  

Besides the obvious monster casting, the likes of Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Legion), Rebecca Hall (The Night House, Iron Man 3), Brian Tyree Henry (Bullet Train, Eternals), and Kaylee Hottle (Magnum P.I, Godzilla vs. Kong) will be joining as the token human characters. 

10. The Fall Guy (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 3 May 2024

David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) brings the action comedy to the big screen with Ryan Gosling stepping into the shoes of Colt Seavers, the “fall guy” stuntman,  who is on a mission to uncover the disappearance of movie star Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The plot thickens as it turns out that Ryder had connections with some rather unsavoury characters, leading to car chases, shootouts, and bar fights in the ex-stuntman’s future. 

11. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Studios)

Release Date: 9 May 2024

The latest instalment in the Planet of the Apes series, following the events of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, appears determined to surpass the achievements of the original franchise. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes marks the fourth entry in the rebooted series, bringing them just two films away from surpassing the five-movie legacy that began in 1968. 

Set centuries after the era of Caesar (Andy Serkis) – with humans reduced to a feral-like existence and some ape groups never hearing of the alpha simian- the narrative introduces a new ape leader (Kevin Durand) who seeks weapons and technology to establish dominance over the clans. The challenge falls on the shoulders of Noa (Owen Teague), a chimp, and Mae (Freya Allen), a human, to prevent him from evolving into a tyrannical ape ruler. 

12. IF (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: 16 May 2024 

What if your imaginary friend was not so imaginary? In John Krasinski’s (A Quiet Place, Monsters University) whimsical family-friendly film, the concept of imaginary friends lingering beyond their creators’ childhood takes centre stage. 

The plot takes a fascinating turn when both an adult (Ryan Reynolds) and a young girl (Cailey Fleming) possess the ability to see these once-invisible companions, resulting in a series of challenges for the unlikely pair. Krasinski has assembled an impressive cast of voice actors for these unseen friends, including his former Office co-star Steve Carell (Despicable Me, Evan Almighty), alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Big Mouth), Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Iron Man 2), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order, Man of Steel), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell). Notably, Matt Damon (The Martian, Jason Bourne) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Oppenheimer) also lend their talents to enrich this enchanting journey.

13. The Garfield Movie (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 23 May 2024

Anyone hungry for lasagna?

Garfield (Chris Pratt), the beloved, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to embark on something he hates– a wild outdoor adventure. After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine frenemy Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic on a hilarious, high-stakes heist.

14. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 23 May 2024

Furiosa (Charlize Theron) stole the show in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the Imperator single-handedly (literally) aided Max’s (Tom Hardy) survival on Fury Road. Now, fans will finally have their questions about her past answered with the newest instalment of George Miller’s (Happy Feet, Mad Max) post-apocalyptic franchise.

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Menu, The New Mutants) steps into the large boots left by Theron to portray the younger Furiosa, with Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok, Extraction) and Tom Burke (Strike, The Lazarus Project) as co-stars. 

15. Ballerina (Lionsgate Films)

Release Date: 6 June 2024

Ballerina, John Wick Spin-Off

In the upcoming John Wick spin-off, Ana de Armas (Blonde, Knock Knock) takes the lead as Rooney, a dancer-assassin out for revenge following the murder of her family. 

Positioned between the third and fourth John Wick movies, this storyline guarantees the return of Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Constantine) as our beloved fugitive killer. Joining him are familiar faces Ian McShane (American Gods, Hellboy), Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family, The Witches), and the late Lance Reddick (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Resident Evil). 

16. Bad Boys IV (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 13 June 2024

Bad Boys IV

Get ready for more action as Will Smith (Men In Black, Aladdin) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House, National Security) team up again in the fourth Bad Boys instalment, following the smashing hit that was Bad Boys for Life

Directors Adil El Arbi (Rebel, Gangsta) and Bilall Fallah (Rebel, Gangsta) return, alongside Chris Bremner (The Man from Toronto, Bad Boys for Life)  on script duty. While the plot is under wraps, anticipate the usual Bad Boys ingredients: humour, shoot-outs, car chases, encounters with villains, higher-up frustrations, iconic poses, a Miami montage with a flamingo, and a memorable Inner Circle song drop. 

17. Inside Out 2 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Release Date: 13 June 2024

Gather your emotions in this much-anticipated sequel, as Anxiety (​​Maya Hawke) joins the emotional roster of Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale), and Disgust (Liza Lapira), with teenage Riley grappling with a new set of complex feelings as she transitions to young adulthood. Allegedly, following a dispute over pay, Mindy Kaling (The Office, Ocean’s 8) and Bill Hader (THe BFG, Sausage Party) declined to reprise their respective roles as Disgust and Fear.

Impressively though, the film has already achieved the milestone of becoming Disney’s most significant animated trailer launch.

18. A Quiet Place: Day One (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: 27 June 2024

Set as a prequel to the 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller, this upcoming film explores the origins of the world where the Abbott family grappled with the need for silence to evade creatures hunting by sound. Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, Us) takes centre stage as the protagonist, navigating the initial moments of the alien invasion in New York City. 

Going back to the roots of the alien invasion, this prequel, directed by Michael Sarnoski (Pig, The Testimony), promises to unveil the immediate aftermath of the space bugs taking over the planet. While details are scarce, we can expect confusion, panic, and a considerable amount of chaos. 

19. Despicable Me 4 (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 4 July 2024

Despicable Me 4

While the specific storyline remains under wraps, Despicable Me 4 will feature the return of familiar faces, including Steve Carell (The Office, Evan Almighty), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Wonder Woman 1984), Pierre Coffin (Minions, Despicable Me), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, School of Rock), and Steve Coogan (Night at the Museum, The Trip). Chris Renaud (The Secret Life of Pets, Minions), who directed the first two Despicable Me movies, is set to helm the fourth film.

20. Deadpool 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Release Date: 25 July 2024

Deadpool 3

The Merc with a Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) is back, and  dragging Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) out of retirement! Jennifer Garner (Yes Day, Peppermint) is also set to reprise her role as Elektra, a character she previously portrayed in the Daredevil franchise years ago, along with a bunch of rumoured cameos throughout the long-running X-Men movie franchise. 

This third instalment marks the first Deadpool project to be produced by Walt Disney Studios after its acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019.

21. Borderlands (Lionsgate Films)

Release Date: 8 August 2024

In this film adaptation of popular video game Borderlands, director Eli Roth (Hostel, Knock Knock) leads a stellar cast, including Cate Blanchett (Ocean’s 8, Thor: Ragnarok), Kevin Hart (Jumanji: The Next Level, Central Intelligence), Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda, The Super Mario Bros. Movie), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Everything Everywhere All at Once), and Édgar Ramírez (Point Break, Jungle Cruise) as they venture into familiar territory of hit games turned into movies 

This sci-fi action comedy follows Lilith (Blanchett), a mysterious outlaw returning to her home planet of Pandora. To save the daughter of the powerful Atlas (Ramírez), Lilith forms an unlikely alliance.

There have been rumours that the film has had some behind the scenes issues, so only time will tell if fans will get the Dragon Ball Evolution or the Last of Us treatment.

22. Pushpa 2: The Rule (Mythri Movie Makers)

Release Date: 15 August 2024

Pushpa 2: The Rule

The much-anticipated sequel to Pushpa: The Rise, a film that dominated the box office and won two National Awards, is here.

Pushpa 2: The Rule follows the life of Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun Vedam, Sakra), who works as a labourer in the illegal trade of red sandalwood in the forests of Tirupati. The film explores Pushpa’s journey as he aspires to rise above his humble beginnings and make a name for himself. It delves into his conflicts with characters like Mangalam Srinu (Sunil) and Dakshayini (Anasuya Bharadwaj). Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat, played by Fahadh Faasil (Vikram, Malik), adds another layer of complexity to the plot as he conspires to prevent Pushpa’s marriage to Srivalli.

Pushpa 2: The Rule is expected to provide closure to Pushpa’s life and offer an engaging storyline that will captivate audiences. 

23. Singham Again (Reliance Entertainment)

Release Date: 15 August 2024

Scheduled for release on Indian Independence Day, Singham Again marks the third instalment of Bollywood’s beloved cop franchise. Despite sharing its release date with Pushpa 2: The Rise, this sequel is poised to be one of the most anticipated titles of 2024. Riding on the commercial triumphs of its predecessors in 2011 and 2014, the film faces high expectations for its upcoming chapter. 

Ajay Devgn (RRR, Bholaa) reprises his role as the principled titular officer, leading a cast in another riveting clash against the forces of corruption. He is joined by Deepika Padukone (Pathaan, Fighter) who will be playing a brutal, and menacing cop along the lines of a Lady Singham.

24. Alien: Romulus (20th Century Studios)

Release Date: 15 August 2024

Alien: Romulus

Details about Fede Alvarez’s latest addition to the Alien franchise are scarce, but thanks to cast member Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla, Pacific Rim Uprising), we now know that the new film is situated between the events of the first Alien film and James Cameron’s (Titanic, Avatar: The Way of Water) action-packed 1986 sequel, Aliens

Notably, the creature design team from the latter film will play a crucial role in shaping the appearance and atmosphere of the Xenomorphs in this movie.

25. Kraven the Hunter (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 29 August 2024

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, Bullet Train) dons the distinctive animal-print outfit as he steps into the iconic role of Kraven, a fan-favorite archvillain in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. 

In this solo film directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost), fans will get a chance to explore Kraven’s quest to establish himself as the world’s greatest hunter, building anticipation for the hunter’s hopeful clash with Spider-Man in future films.

The likes of Ariana DeBose (Wish, West Side Story), Russell Crowe (Gladiator, The Pope’s Exorcist), Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III, Disobedience), and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, Black Bear) will be hunting alongside (or running from) Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven.

26. Beetlejuice 2 (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 5 September 2024

Beetlejuice 2

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice…Burton!

Michael Keaton (Batman, The Flash) and director Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie) join forces once again for the long-awaited sequel to their 1988 classic. 

In this continuation, the mischievous ghost Beetlejuice (Keaton) reemerges to haunt the Deetzs, featuring the new generation of Burton’s cinematic world represented by Jenna Ortega (Wednesday, Scream), who faces the chaos caused by the iconic ghost. Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Heathers) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone, Elemental) will also be returning to this beloved spooky tale.

27. Transformers One (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: 12 September 2024

Transformers One

We’re not sure if this is what the Autobots meant when they said, Til All Are well… One. Starring Chris Hemsworth (Men in Black: International, Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Lucy, Sing), Keegan-Michael Key (Wonka, Migration), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Good Omens), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Hoodlum), and Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals, Child’s Play), the newest instalment in the Transformers universe, directed by Josh Cooley (Inside Out, Up), is set on Cybertron, exploring the relationship between Optimus Prime (Hemsworth) and Megatron (Henry). 

Without Peter Cullen returning as Prime, let’s see how fans responds once this rolls out.

28. Saw XI (Lionsgate Films)

Release Date: 26 September 2024

Saw XI

After Saw X left fans rather unsatisfied with its ending, the cult-favourite franchise is back with an eleventh instalment.

While the plot is still under wraps, fans can expect the usual mix of blood, gore, and intricate traps, with hopefully satisfying kills (not murder, because Jigsaw doesn’t commit such acts).

29. Joker: Folie à Deux (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 3 October 2024

In the sequel to Todd Phillips’ (The Hangover, War Dogs) Joker,  Lady Gaga (A Star is Born, House of Gucci) teams up with Joaquin Phoenix (Napoleon, Her) for a musical thriller as the Crown Prince and Cupid of Crime terrorise Gotham City. 

Gaga takes on the role of Harley Quinn, the sociopathic partner-in-crime and girlfriend of Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, the failed comedian-turned-criminal. Alongside Phoenix and Gaga, the cast includes Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Full Circle), Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart, 28 Days Later), Catherine Keener (Incredibles 2, The Croods), Jacob Lofland (Mud, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), and Harry Lawtey (Industry, Benediction). 

30. Venom 3 (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: 8 November 2024

Venom 3

After having its release date pushed back, the third instalment of the Venom franchise is finally set to grace the big screen. Tom Hardy (Legend, The Dark Knight Rises) reprises his role as the Spidey antihero with fans hoping for more of the frenemy banter between Eddie Brock and his chocolate-loving symbiote. Joining the cast are Juno Temple (Ted Lasso, Maleficent) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012, Doctor Strange) in unspecified roles, adding an intriguing layer to the storyline.

31. Red One (Warner Bros. Pictures / Amazon Prime Video)

Release Date: 14 November 2024

Red One

A Christmas action-comedy film which has the formula of “Miracle on 34th Street meets Hobbs & Shaw with a little bit of It’s A Wonderful Life sprinkled on top” (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jungle Cruise, words) teeters the fine line between being a holiday epic or an original take that puts a damper on the season.

Details about the film’s storyline is still unknown, but fans of Chris Evans (Pain Hustlers, Knives Out) can be excited to see the Avengers star standing alongside Johnson and a rockstar version of Santa Claus portrayed by J.K. Simmons (Juno, La La Land). 

32. Gladiator II (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 21 November 2024

Gladiator II

In the long-awaited sequel by director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), Paul Mescal (Aftersun, Normal People) takes on the role of the now-adult Lucius Verus, the nephew of Commodus from the original 2000 Oscar-winning Gladiator. He’s the one saved by Russell Crowe’s (Noah, Robin Hood) warrior Maximus and Gladiator II will explore his journey in the aftermath of Maximus’ demise.

Joining the cast are seasoned actors Denzel Washington (American Gangster, The Equalizer) and Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us, Game of Thrones), who bring their sword-swinging prowess to the sequel, alongside Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman, The Devil’s Advocate) as Lucilla, Lucius’ mother. 

33. Wicked Part 1 (Universal Pictures)

Release Date: 28 November 2024

Wicked Part 1

The highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical, Wicked is set to enchant audiences with Part 1 this year, followed by  Part 2 in 2025. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a musical prequel to the literary classic, The Wizard of Oz, and ditches Kansas with a  fresh perspective on Oz’s classic tale, exploring themes of love, friendship, and trust. 

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Chaos Walking) takes on the role of Elphaba, the destined Wicked Witch of the West, while Ariana Grande (Zoolander 2, Scream Queens) stars as the future Glinda the Good. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2), the cast also features Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Fly) as the man behind the curtain, along with Bowen Yang (The Garfield Movie, Bros), Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Tomorrow Never Dies), Jonathan Bailey (Fellow Travelers, Bridgerton), Ethan Slater (​​The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!) (if you know, you know) and others. 

34. The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (Warner Discovery)

Release Date: 12 December 2024

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

Set 183 years prior to the events chronicled in the initial trilogy of films, and directed by 

Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Akira), this animated story unfolds with a surprise assault by Wulf (Luke Pasqualino), a cunning and relentless Dunlending lord. Motivated by a quest for revenge for his father’s death, Wulf compels Helm (Brian Cox) and his community to execute a bold final defence within the ancient stronghold known as the Hornburg – a formidable fortress that will later earn the name Helm’s Deep. 

Amidst a growingly dire scenario, Hera (Gaia Wise), Helm’s daughter, finds herself thrust into a leadership role, tasked with rallying the resistance against a lethal adversary hell-bent on annihilating them entirely.

35. Mufasa: The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Release Date: 19 December 2024


Under the direction of Barry Jenkins, this prequel to the 2019 remake of the animated The Lion King shifts the narrative focus to Simba’s father, and his journey to becoming the true king of Pride Rock. 

Drawing parallels to Hamlet, the acclaimed Moonlight filmmaker has promised a blend of laughter, tears, and enchanting musical numbers in this exploration of Mufasa’s origin story. Additionally, the film delves into the early relationship between Mufasa (Aaron Pierre) and his brother Scar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), who evolves into the primary antagonist in The Lion King.