Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer, a new Spider-Man, Barbie and more…

Epic blockbusters, live-action remakes, animated extravaganzas, prequels, sequels, and long-awaited reboots of the franchise are all in the pipeline for what will be a packed cinema year in 2023.

Adam Driver stars in this sci-fi thriller, due out Friday March 10, which tells the story of spaceship pilot Mills (Driver) and his passenger Koa (Ariana Greenblatt) who arrive from the far future after they crashed on what appears to be an alien planet.

It soon turns out that they’ve landed on planet Earth as it existed 65 million years ago – complete with ferocious dinosaurs – and their futuristic technology is put to the test as they fight to survive against T. rexes and velociraptors.


Halle Bailey as Ariel
Halle Bailey as Ariel

The highly anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s 1989 The Little Mermaid is set for release in the UK on Friday May 26, starring Halle Bailey as the eponymous mermaid.

As with the popular original, the film follows Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, who falls in love with Prince Eric and is determined to walk on dry land and meet him in the world afloat.

Of course, her quest brings conflict not only with her father, but also with Ursula the Sea Witch, played by Melissa McCarthy, in this stunningly shot live-action film that beautifully depicts life under the sea.


The 2018 animated Spider-Man film Into The Spider-Verse received rave reviews for its stunning animation and bold storytelling, and Miles Morales returns for a second foray into the multiverse in the sequel.

Shameik Moore returns as Spider-Man Miles, alongside Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, for a journey through the multiverse that pits Miles against the other Spider-People who protect the multiverse’s existence as they decide , how to deal with a new threat.

The comic-style animation looks incredible in the trailer, and while the teaser doesn’t give us much as far as the plot goes, it’s clear there’s a lot to look forward to when the film releases on Friday, June 2nd is published.


The Transformers franchise returns with Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts for a ’90s nostalgia hit influenced by the late ’90s animated series Beast Wars. A sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee, this seventh installment in the film series takes us back to 1994 Brooklyn, when two humans were partners with Optimus Prime and the Autobots in an ancient conflict involving vengeance between three Transformers factions: the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons.

Featuring a star cast including Peter Dinklage, Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson and the legendary Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Rise Of The Beasts looks set to be the spectacle of a cinematic blockbuster when it releases on Friday June 9th.


Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

For the first time since 2008, Harrison Ford returns as archaeologist Indiana Jones for another action-packed adventure, this time set against the backdrop of the space race.

The year is 1969 and Indy is concerned about the US government’s recruitment of former Nazis to help beat the Soviet Union in the bid to get off planet Earth.

His goddaughter Helena – played by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge – joins him on his mission, while Mads Mikkelsen’s Jurgen Voller, a former Nazi hired by Nasa, tries to make the world a better place in line with his personal vision make.

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, which hits theaters Friday June 30, is the first film in the series not to be directed by Steven Spielberg or written by George Lucas, but both are serving as producers, while James Mangold – director of Girl, Interrupted, The Wolverine and Logan – takes the helm.


Cillian Murphy in a scene from Oppenheimer.
Cillian Murphy in a scene from Oppenheimer.

In “Oppenheimer” Christopher Nolan tells the story of the “father of the atomic bomb”, in which Cillian Murphy plays the leading role as the eponymous theoretical physicist. Starring Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and more, the epic biographical thriller hits theaters on Friday, July 21.


Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie – a satirical sci-fi comedy based on the iconic Mattel doll – is also slated for release on Friday, July 21. Margot Robbie plays the title role, while Ryan Gosling plays Barbie’s companion Ken in the bright pink world of Barbieland.

Behind-the-scenes footage of the leading duo in appropriately outlandish costumes has garnered attention, while a short teaser trailer gives a glimpse of the film’s wry sense of humor and spectacular set design.

Gerwig, known for 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, teamed up with her partner Noah Baumbach, who received an Oscar nomination for 2019’s Marriage Story, to write the film, prompting fans to agree of the pair’s back catalog have a lot to look forward to.


This prelude to the popular The Hunger Games film series tells the story of teenage Coriolanus Snow, played by Benediction’s Tom Blyth before he becomes Panem’s authoritarian president, and is set around the 10th Annual Hunger Games.

Francis Lawrence, who also directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and both Mockingjay films, is returning as director while the film premieres on Friday, 17 Hunter Schafer, Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and The Woman’s Viola Davis King.


The amazing Timothee Chalamet plays the young Willy Wonka in Paul King’s prequel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Paddington, which tells the life story of the eccentric chocolatier before the opening of the world’s most famous chocolate factory.

Wonka, due for release on Friday December 15, will be one of Chalamet’s two releases in 2023, the other being the 2021 sequel to epic sci-fi flick Dune.


Bradley Cooper steps in transformative prosthetics to play legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein – best known for composing Broadway’s West Side Story – in Maestro, which is also his second directorial role following 2018’s A Star Is Born.

From what we know so far, the biopic will delve into Bernstein’s personal life and professional career, with a focus on the love story surrounding his marriage to Felicia Montealegre, played by Carey Mulligan.

Although the Netflix release date has not been officially announced, it has been fixed at 2023 for some time.

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