2019 is shaping up to be a biggie in terms of cinema, with everything from family favourites and comic book blockbusters to period dramas and smash hit horrors readying for release.

With the return of Quentin Tarantino, the swansong for the Star Wars sequels trilogy, and one final outing for Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story there's going to be something for every one.

Here's our pick of the biggest and best titles to watch out for.


Star Wars Episode IX

The last episode in this trilogy of sequels – much better received than the three prequels which came before – sees a return to the director's chair for JJ Abrams.

The man who rebooted Star Trek franchise, as well as kickstarting this particular strand of the Star Wars canon with The Force Awakens, will oversee returning cast members such as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, along with newbies like Richard E Grant, Matt Smith, and Keri Russell.

Due: December.


Toy Story 4

You'd think this fourth instalment in the massively successful and well loved family franchise would have nothing to prove but you'd be wrong. Indeed, the third Toy Story film bowed out with such a perfect ending that many are nervous about another movie being a step too far.

Still, with Tom Hanks and all the regulars returning the script must be doing something right.

Due: June.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

1998's big budget take on the Japanese sci-fi classic was a dud and it took until 2014 for Welshman Gareth Evans to reboot the classic monster movie for the big screen.

Now, four years on, comes the sequel in which the big lizard takes on a host of iconic creatures – Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah – in a bid to save the planet from destruction.

Due: May.


Captain Marvel

After her long-awaited cinematic appearance was teased at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Brie Larson's Air Force pilot-turned-superhero finally makes her big screen debut this spring.

The movie will tell the origin story of Carol Danvers, whose encounter with alien DNA gives her special powers and a key role in a war between two intergalactic forces.

Due: March.


Untitled Avengers film (please note this section contains a spoiler)

As yet without an official name, the fourth instalment in the comic book mega-franchise will hopefully answer how the story writers have managed to get around most of the main characters dying at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.


Apparently, though, whatever happens in the previously mentioned Captain Marvel movie will go some way of tying together the many loose threads.


Due: May.


The Lion King

Proving true the old adage that eventually every successful animated film will get a CGI-driven reboot comes The Lion King.


Call it the cinematic Circle of Life (see what we did there?) but this do-over of the Disney classic is all but assured to be a massive draw for kids and adults alike.


Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones all provide the voices.


Due: July.


Joker

ared Leto's very singular version of Batman's most iconic foe didn't live up to expectations and neither did Suicide Squad, the widely maligned 2016 comic book adaptation in which it proved a questionable highlight.

So step forward the intense and always interesting Joaquin Phoenix as the sinister criminal mastermind, although not much is known about what form his story will take.

Robert De Niro is also set to star.

Due: October.


Spiderman: Far From Home

Tom Holland's debut take on the webbed wonder did huge business back in 2017 and this follow-up looks like doing just as well at the box office.

In it Peter Parker goes on summer vacation to Europe only to find himself trying to save his friends against a villain known as Mysterio.

Due: June.


Rocketman

Following on from the recent Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Sir Elton John is the next singing legend to get the big screen treatment.

Welsh actor Taron Egerton takes on the lead role in a film which ranges from the rocker's childhood to those heady days of stadium-filling excess.

Due: May.


Hellboy

The reboot no-one asked for – most people were very happy with the Guillermo del Toro/Ron Perlman version – will see Stranger Things' David Harbour play the red-skinned demonic hero, this time battling a vengeful sorceress (Milla Jovovich).

The fact it's being directed by Neil Marshall – the man behind the utterly terrifying 2005 potholing horror The Descent – can only be a good thing.

Due: April.


Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Returning to the director's chair after 2015's The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's latest is set during the Mason family's murderous reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio head up what's sure to be a sterling and eclectic cast and the soundtrack will no doubt be killer – no pun intended.

Due: July.


Dumbo

Unbelievable to think that the original Disney version is now 77 years old – high time it got an update then.

Although whether we'd have picked the off-kilter and often bizarro stylings of Tim Burton as the obvious direction in which to take things is another matter entirely.

Then again – travelling circuses, sideshow freaks, flying elephants? Maybe he's the perfect choice after all.

Due: March.


Glass

A sequel (of sorts) to both 2016's Split and 2000's Unbreakable, M Knight Shyamalan's decision to resurrect Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson's seminal characters for this new psychological horror thriller is an inspired move.

James McAvoy also reprises his role as the multiple personality sufferer whose existence inextricably links together the fates of all three men.

Due: January.


Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Tired of Ryan Reynolds yet? No?

Good, because the Deadpool star is back again, lending his snarky tones to voice this popular furry yellow character from Japan.

Expect a veritable geeks-plosion at the box office.

Due: May.


It: Chapter Two

Following on some 30 years later from the first film's ending, this sequel to the Stephen King scare classic sees demonic clown Pennywise return to haunt the now grown-up kids of small town Maine.

The first part was a huge hit with horror lovers – not to mention a massive improvement on the 1990 small screen take on the story – and this looks sure to follow suit.

Due: September.


Frozen 2

Clearly unable to let it go, the team behind the 2013 mega-hit are back to another for another adventure – and just in time for Christmas 2019.

Parents can expect their kids to have the soundtrack playing on a constant loop at home until at least late spring 2020.

Due: November.

compiled by Wales Online