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What's next in Hollywood

The year’s fourth and final chapter promises exuberance for lovers of cinema

By Jaybrota Das

  • Published 12.10.19, 9:11 PM
  • Updated 12.10.19, 9:11 PM
The origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime stars multiple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role for this year’s Oscar frontrunner Joker.
The origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime stars multiple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role for this year’s Oscar frontrunner Joker. Still from the movie

With Oscar favourites like Joker and Little Women at the helm, the Hollywood last quarter (October-November- December) sounds like a happy ending. From some stellar originals to biggies like Ford v Ferrari, the year’s fourth and final chapter promises exuberance for lovers of cinema. The Telegraph takes a quick look at the movies: 

Joker (OSCAR FAVOURITE)

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro

Released on: October 4

The origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime stars multiple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role for this year’s Oscar frontrunner Joker. The film looks to be a cross between Scorsese classics — Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.

Gemini Man
Gemini Man Still from the movie

OCTOBER

Gemini Man

Directed by: Ang Lee

Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen

Released on: October 11

Will stars in this sci-fi thriller that centres on an assassin looking to quit his career as he faces his biggest obstacle: a younger clone of himself.

The Lighthouse

Directed by: Robert Eggers

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

Releases: October 18

A sophomore effort from Robert Eggers, who debuted as a writer-director in 2016 with the chilling folk-horror film The Witch. The film centres around a pair of late-19th century lighthouse keepers who slowly lose their minds.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Directed by: Joachim Ronning

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

Releases: October 18

Maleficent is a spin on Disney’s live-action remakes, retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of its iconic and misunderstood villain.

Little Women
Little Women Still from the movie

Little Women (OSCAR FAVOURITE)

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlan, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep

Releases on: December 25

Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.

Bombshell
Bombshell Still from the movie

DECEMBER

Bombshell

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Alice Eve

Releases on: December 20

Based on the sexual harassment allegations made against Fox News founder Roger Ailes by various employees, including former anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by: JJ Abrams

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o

Releases on: December 20

The best thing about the film is that JJ Abrams sits on the captain’s chair for this sequel trilogy finale.

Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator: Dark Fate Still from the movie

NOVEMBER

Terminator: Dark Fate

Directed by: Tim Miller

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Gabriel Luna

Releases: November 1

Deadpool director Tim Miller takes the reins of the iconic Terminator franchise with a reboot that starts from where the first two films in the series left off. The film sees James Cameron on board as producer and Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning.

Frozen 2

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

Releases on: November 22

Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad, return to Arendelle to catch a second lightning storm in a bottle. The teaser suggests a darker tone for the sequel.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Starring: Tom Hanks

Releases on: November 22

Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in the story of the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Knives Out

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Starring: Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon

Releases on: November 27

Craig leads a huge ensemble cast in this cheeky whodunnit about a detective who arrives on scene to look into the mysterious death of a famous crime novelist whose entire family has gathered at his mansion to celebrate his 85th birthday.

Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels Still from the movie

Charlie’s Angels

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska

Releases on: November 15

The new take on Charlie’s Angels re-imagines the “angels” as a high-level security agency which picks up the slack when traditional law enforcement fails.

Ford v Ferrari
Ford v Ferrari Film poster

Ford v Ferrari (OSCAR FAVOURITE)

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe

Releases on: November 15

Based on true events, this sports drama is about American motor company Ford’s efforts to build a race-worthy car to rival the Ferrari team at the 1966’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

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