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Here Are All the Big Movies Scheduled to Hit Theaters in 2020

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, currently slated for an August release. Photo: Warner Bros.

This article is updated frequently as movie release dates change.

You may have heard: Movie theaters are staging a comeback … or at least they’re trying to.

In the age of COVID-19, the regular moviegoing experience has been suspended, but the big chains and studios, after months of relying on video-on-demand releases, are itching for normalcy. Will it happen? A lot remains to be seen, but the optimistic studios do have official release dates for this year’s major titles, which we’ve compiled below for your convenience. Of course, read on with caution: All these dates are subject to change.

July 3

Relic

Directed by: Natalie Erika James
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, and Robyn Nevin
Genre: Horror

Could this be 2020’s Hereditary? Like that hit, this horror gem premiered at Sundance and features a family torn apart by grief and loss. It’s a stunning remix of the haunted-house film, suggesting nothing is more harmful than leaving our loved ones behind.

The Truth

Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke
Genre: Drama

After a famous French actress publishes her memoirs, her daughter comes home with a few questions. This is the other-language debut (in French and English) of the famous Japanese director of the Palme d’Or–winning Shoplifters.

July 17

The Painted Bird

Directed by: Vaclav Marhoul
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Barry Pepper, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, and Udo Kier
Genre: Drama

A controversial, epic, black-and-white adaptation of the novel by Jerzy Kosinski about a Jewish boy’s journey through Eastern Europe as he tries to hide from the horrors of World War II.

July 24

Amulet

Directed by: Romola Garai
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Carla Juri, and Alec Secareanu
Genre: Horror

A soldier is asked to help a young woman take care of her dying mother, whom she never lets leave the attic in this Sundance 2020 midnight selection. Let’s just say that there are a few secrets about mom.

The Rental

Directed by: Dave Franco
Starring: Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss, and Sheila Vand
Genre: Horror

Very little is known about Dave Franco’s horror directorial debut other than it’s about a couple who rents a vacation home and things go very wrong. And you thought your last Airbnb experience was bad?

July 31

Cut Throat City

Directed by: RZA
Starring: Denzel Whitaker, Rob Morgan, Eiza Gonzalez, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Shameik Moore, Isaiah Washington, Terrence Howard, Keean Johnson, and T.I.
Genre: Crime Action

Four guys struggling to make ends meet in post-Katrina New Orleans get drawn into a plan to commit a dangerous heist. An epic crime drama from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan founder that was set to premiere at SXSW 2020.

The Fight

Directed by: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, & Elyse Steinberg
Genre: Documentary

A non-fiction film about the American Civil Liberties Union and the unexpected challenges they have faced during the Trump administration.

Rebuilding Paradise

Directed by: Ron Howard
Genre: Documentary

In 2018, the town of Paradise, California, was one of the communities devastated by wildfires in the region. Director Ron Howard has made a personal documentary about the attempt to bring the city back from the ashes.

Save Yourselves!

Directed by: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
Starring: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair, John Early, Jo Firestone, and Gary Richardson
Genre: Comedy

An average couple goes to the woods to try and unwind away from technology for a week. They’re off the grid just as the world happens to fall apart under an alien attack.

The Shadow of Violence

Directed by: Nick Rowland
Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Anthony Welsh, Ned Dennehy, and Barry Keoghan
Genre: Thriller

This Irish thriller centers on man trying to start his own family as he sticks by the criminal one for which he has been a longtime enforcer.

She Dies Tomorrow

Directed by: Amy Seimetz
Starring: Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton, Chris Messina, Tunde Adebimpe, and Jennifer Kim
Genre: Thriller

One of the most acclaimed films from the SXSW that never was is this phenomenal mindbender about a young woman who becomes convinced she’s going to die tomorrow. Her certain dread ends up being contagious to those around her. A growing national anxiety that travels like a virus? It may be the best commentary on our times we’ll see all year.

Summerland

Directed by: Jessica Swale
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilto, and Lucas Bond
Genre: Drama

A World War II drama about a woman who opens her heart to an evacuee.

Unhinged

Directed by: Derrick Borte
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Caren Pistorius, Annie Leighton, and Michael Papajohn
Genre: Thriller

Reportedly about road rage gone out of control. And a movie trying to be the first “major” one out of the gate after the lockdown.

Words on Bathroom Walls

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Charlie Plummer, Walton Goggins, Molly Parker, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, and Beth Grant
Genre: Drama

August 7

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Directed by: Natalie Krinsky
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Molly Gordon, and Suki Waterhouse
Genre: Romantic Comedy

A young woman dealing with a bad breakup opens a gallery where people can leave items from their own failed relationships. Montgomery stole scenes in Stranger Things last year if you’re wondering why his name sounds familiar.

The Empty Man

Directed by: David Prior
Starring: Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Aaron Poole, Robert Aramayo, and James Badge Dale
Genre: Horror

An investigation into a missing girl leads to a group of people trying to summon a supernatural entity.

Made in Italy

Directed by: James D’Arcy
Starring: Liam Neeson, Michael Richardson, and Valeria Bilello
Genre: Drama

A father and his estranged son reconnect as they reunite to sell the home that they both inherited from his late wife. One imagines this will have an extra layer of emotion due to the fact that Neeson and Richardson actually are father and son, and both were dealt the blow of losing Natasha Richardson at such a young age.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Directed by: Sang-ho Yeon
Starring: Dong-Won Gang and Jung-hyun Lee
Genre: Action Horror

Almost nothing is known about this sequel to the 2016 hit film, but anyone who has seen Train to Busan doesn’t need to know more than this exists to want to see it.

August 12

Tenet

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, Martin Donovan, and Himesh Patel
Genre: Action

The latest from the visionary director appears to be about time manipulation, but that’s about all we know (other than it looks awesome). Christopher Nolan and WB have moved this date a couple times now, and they may end up moving it again.

August 14

Fatima

Directed by: Marco Pontecorvo
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Goran Visjnic, and Sonia Braga
Genre: Drama

A 10-year-old and her two cousins in Portugal report visions of the Virgin Mary in this drama about faith and how institutions like church and government deal with actual miracles.

Greenland

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Starring: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, David Denman, and Scott Glenn
Genre: Action

Something about a natural disaster reunites the director and star of Angel Has Fallen. That’s all we know, but what more do we need, really?

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Capaldi
Genre: Dramedy

The writer-director of In the Loop and Veep adapts the famous novel by Charles Dickens.

Sound of Metal

Directed by: Darius Marder
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, and Mathieu Amalric
Genre: Drama

A critical darling at TIFF 2019 about a heavy-metal drummer whose life is turned upside down when he starts to go deaf.

August 21

Antebellum

Directed by: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Starring: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe
Genre: Horror

An author is faced with a nightmare when she’s sent back to the days of slavery through the kind of time-traveling thing that happens in movies inspired by Rod Serling.

Mulan

Directed by: Niki Caro
Starring: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, and Nelson Lee
Genre: Action/Drama

The Disney live-action remake factory keeps churning out product, but at least this one seems to have its own personality. If you’ve never seen the animated film, it’s the story of a Chinese girl who is forced to pretend to be a male warrior to save the day.

Tesla

Directed by: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Hannah Gross, Eve Hewson, Lois Smith, and Jim Gaffigan
Genre: Drama

A divisive film from Sundance 2020 about the life of Nikola Tesla, told in an experimental style from the director of Marjorie Prime and Experimenter.

August 28

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Directed by: Dean Parisot
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Kristen Schaal, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Erinn Hayes, Wiliam Sadler, Holland Taylor, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Anthony Carrigan, Beck Bennett, and Kid Cudi
Genre: Comedy

Wyld Stallyns Forever! Bill and Ted are finally back as middle-aged dads forced to save the universe again, dude.

The Courier

Directed by: Dominic Cooke

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, and Angus Wright
Genre: Drama

Titled Ironbark at Sundance, this is the story of Greville Wynne, a spy during the Cold War who played a role in ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

The New Mutants

Directed by: Josh Boone
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga
Genre: Action

Long delayed since its initial release date a full two years ago, this is the story of five mutants who are held in a secret facility before their captors learn that it can be hard to hold young people with crazy powers.

September 4

Honest Thief

Directed by: Mark Williams
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jai Courtney, Kate Walsh, Robert Patrick, Jeffrey Donovan, and Anthony Ramos
Genre: Action

Wasn’t Liam Neeson done making action movies? Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. And the irony is that this is the story of a bank robber who’s trying to retire but is forced to clear his name first with some very special skills.

A Quiet Place Part II

Directed by: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, and Djimon Hounsou
Genre: Horror

A continuation of the story started in Krasinski’s 2018 smash hit about a world in which aliens have created a postapocalyptic society in which the smallest sound can get you killed.

September 11

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Directed by: Michael Chaves
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Julian Hilliard, Sterling Jerins, and Charlene Amoia
Genre: Horror

Nothing is known yet about this third film in the franchise about ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren, helmed by the director spinoff The Curse of La Llorona.

Infidel

Directed by: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, and Hal Ozsan
Genre: Drama

A friend invites an American man to come to Cairo to speak out about militant uprisings and the traveler ends up being kidnapped. Isn’t that always the way?

September 18

Kajillionaire

Directed by: Miranda July
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, Diana Maria Riva, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Genre: Drama

A major critical darling from Sundance 2020, this is July’s first film since 2011’s The Future, and it tells the story of a family of con artists and someone who gets sucked into their world.

The King’s Man

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Djimon Hounsou, Harris Dickinson, Tom Hollander, and Rhys Ifans
Genre: Action

A prequel to Vaughn’s 2014 action hit.

The War with Grandpa

Directed by: Tim Hill
Starring: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, and Christopher Walken
Genre: Family

An adaptation of the book by Robert Kimmel Smith about a young man whose grandpa forces him into the creepy attic when he moves into the family home. He goes to war to get it back, forgetting the fact that his grandpa once played Travis Bickle.

September 25

The Glorias

Directed by: Julie Taymor
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monae, Lulu Wilson, Julianne Moore, Timothy Hutton, Bette Midler, and Lorraine Toussaint
Genre: Drama

An experimental look at the life and work of the legendary Gloria Steinem, a major figure on the fight for equal rights for women. Premiered at Sundance 2020.

October 2

Do Not Reply

Directed by: Daniel Woltosz, Walter Woltosz
Starring: Jason Rathbone, Amanda Arcuri, and Kerri Medders
Genre: Horror

A teenager is abducted through a social-media app in this year’s cautionary Halloween-season horror film about technology that kills.

Wonder Woman 1984

Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, and Kristen Wiig
Genre: Action

She’s back! That’s all anyone really knows. Well, and it takes place in 1984. Probably.

October 9

Death on the Nile

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Letitia Wright, and Sophie Okonedo
Genre: Mystery

Branagh returns in the role of Hercule Poirot, adapting another Agatha Christie novel after the massive success of his take on Murder on the Orient Express.

The Witches

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock
Genre: Family

The visionary director tackles the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

October 16

Candyman

Directed by: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Vanessa Williams.
Genre: Horror

Jordan Peele produced this remake of the 1992 classic. Say his name five times in the mirror if you dare.

The French Dispatch

Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Timothee Chalamet, Lea Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Cecile de France, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Liev Schreiber
Genre: Dramedy

An episodic comedy with an amazing ensemble from the director of Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel that looks like it could only be made by him.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Carroll Lynch, J.C. MacKenzie, Mark Rylance, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Frank Langella, John Doman, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Genre: Drama

Sorkin wrote and directed this period piece about people on trial for the protests of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

October 23

Connected

Directed by: Michael Rianda
Starring: the voices of Danny McBride, Olivia Colman, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, and Eric Andre
Genre: Animated

A father takes a final chance to connect with his daughter on a road trip to take her to film school.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Ursula Corbero, Steven Allerick, Iko Uwais, and Samara Weaving
Genre: Action

Golding gets his first action-franchise headliner in a spinoff of the character from the G.I. Joe universe.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Tyler perry, Jake Weber, and Tory Kittles
Genre: Thriller

The director of Hell or High Water and Wind River returns with another thriller, this one about a teenage murder witness being chased by a pair of assassins and protected by a survival expert in the Montana wilderness. As if that’s not enough, there’s a forest fire that may take them all out.

October 30

Come Play

Directed by: Jacob Chase
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Winslow Fegley, Azhy Robertson, and John Gallagher Jr.
Genre: Horror

An adaptation of the 2017 short film about a monster that comes through a child’s smartphone and tablet. You thought your kid’s screen time was hard to manage?!

Fatale

Directed by: Deon Taylor
Starring: Michael Ealy, Hilary Swank, and Mike Colter
Genre: Thriller

A female police detective lures a married man into a murder scheme in a plot description that sounds like it could be high-class noir or total B-movie. We’re in either way.

November 6

Black Widow

Directed by: Cate Shortland
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and William Hurt
Genre: Action

Natasha Romanoff finally gets her own spinoff movie in an adventure that takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

Let Him Go

Directed by: Thomas Bezucha
Starring: Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lesley Manville, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart, Jefrey Donovan, Will Brittain, and Ryan Bruce
Genre: Thriller

Two grandparents seek to keep their only grandson safe after the death of their son in an adaptation of the Larry Watson novel.

Stillwater

Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Deanna Dunagan, and Camille Cottin
Genre: Drama

McCarthy’s first theatrical release since the Best Picture–winning Spotlight is the story of a man who has to go to France to protect his daughter, who has been accused of murder.

November 13

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Directed by: Walt Becker
Starring: Rosie Perez, Sienna Guillory, Russell Wong, John Cleese, Kenan Thompson, Jack Whitehall, and the voice of David Alan Grier
Genre: Family

Another adaptation of the hit children’s books about a big red dog named Clifford. You get the idea.

Deep Water

Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Kristen Connolly, Tracy Lets, Dash Mihok, and Lil Rel Howery
Genre: Thriller

The onetime king of the adult thriller returns to the genre for the first time since 2002’s Unfaithful with the story of a man suspected in the disappearance of his wife’s lovers.

November 20

No Time to Die

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, and Billy Magnussen
Genre: Action

One of the first victims of the pandemic was the long-awaited latest Daniel Craig 007 film. Still, we will hopefully see what Bond’s been up to since Spectre before the end of 2020.

Soul

Directed by: Pete Doctor
Starring: The voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Quest Love, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs
Genre: Animated

The latest from Pixar charts the journey of a musician trying to find his passion for music again with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. From the director of Up and Inside Out.

November 25

Happiest Season

Directed by: Clea DuVall
Starring: Alison Brie, Mackenzie Davis, Kristen Stewart, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen, Jack McDorman, Victor Garber, and Ana Gasteyer
Genre: Comedy

A woman plans to propose to her girlfriend at a family event but discovers that her partner is not yet out to her conservative parents.

Voyagers

Directed by: Neil Burger
Starring: Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Lily-Rose Depp
Genre: Sci-fi

The story of 30 young men and women sent into space to find a new home and how they basically descend into madness and drive each other insane.

December 11

Free Guy

Directed by: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Joe Kerry, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Lil Rel Howery
Genre: Action

Have you ever wondered about the lives of the NPCs in violent video games? This one imagines one deciding he’s had enough and fighting back against the world around him.

December 18

Coming 2 America

Directed by: Craig Brewer
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Leslie Jones, Louie Anderson, Tracy Morgan, and John Amos
Genre: Comedy

Testing the theory that it’s never too late for a sequel, Eddie Murphy returns to his hit 1988 comedy about the Zamundan fish out of water.

Dune

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, David Dastmalchian, and Stephen McKinley Henderson
Genre: Sci-fi

Another high-budget adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi masterpiece that David Lynch tried to bring to the screen in the ’80s, this time by the visionary behind Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival.

West Side Story

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, Talia Ryder, Corey Stoll, Maddie Ziegler, and Brian d’Arcy James
Genre: Musical

The great Tony Kushner adapts the classic 1957 musical for Steven Spielberg about the love between two teens from different street gangs and different backgrounds. There will be singing and swooning in equal measure.

December 23

The Croods 2

Directed by: Joel Crawford
Starring: the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Leslie Mann, Catherine Keener, Peter Dinklage, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, and Kelly Marie Tran
Genre: Animated

Seven years is a lifetime in the world of children’s entertainment, but that’s how long it’s been since the first Croods. This one sees the titular family fighting against another group known as the Bettermans.

Top Gun: Maverick

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Miles Teller, Jean Louisa Kelly, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Manny Jacinto, and Lewis Pullman
Genre: Action

Maverick is back, and you can ride his tail!

December 25

News of the World

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks
Genre: Drama

An adaptation of the novel by Paulette Jiles about a man who brings news from town to town in the Wild West and gets caught up in the rescue of a kidnapped little girl.

Respect

Directed by: Liesl Tommy
Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige, and Kimberly Scott
Genre: Biopic

The music biopic train that recently won Oscars for Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger arrives at Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson.

Here Are All the Movies Scheduled to Hit Theaters in 2020