The long-awaited musical biopic—starring Austin Butler as the king of rock and roll; Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker; and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley—is on its way to theaters. With Baz Luhrmann at the helm, it’s set to be a sequin-strewn romp. —R.S.
When the Crawdads Sing, July 22
Normal People’s magnetic lead, Daisy Edgar-Jones, will take on the part of Kya, the young girl who grows up in a North Carolina marsh, in Olivia Newman’s adaptation of Delia Owens’s beloved best seller. Look out for Harris Dickinson too as an ill-fated love interest.—R.S.
Nope, July 22
With its plotline still mired in mystery, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his genre-defining horror sensations Get Out and Us is this chiller featuring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, and Barbie Ferreira. The poster alone—which shows a dark grayish-blue cloud hovering over an unnamed metropolis and was released exactly 365 days before the film is set to open—was enough to send the internet into a tailspin. —R.S.
The Woman King, September 16
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, and Thuso Mbedu, this historical saga will be worth the wait. Set in the West African kingdom of Dahomey, it centers on the general of an all-female military unit. —R.S.
Don’t Worry Darling, September 23
Eerie, stylish, and impossibly steamy, the first teaser for Olivia Wilde’s psychological hair-raiser has us counting the days until its release. In her cover story for Vogue, Wilde described the film as “The Feminine Mystique on acid.” It tracks a couple (Florence Pugh and Harry Styles) in a 1950s utopian community in California who finds their lives slowly unraveling. —R.S.
Bee Gees Biopic, November 4
On the heels of his Oscar-buzzy Belfast, Kenneth Branagh will direct an as-yet-untitled Bee Gees biopic, tracing the lives of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb from their humble beginnings to pop superstardom. The film is from the same producing team that made Bohemian Rhapsody, and while little (including its title) is known about it, Paramount has already set a release date. —C.S.
She Said, November 18
In Maria Schrader’s rousing drama, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan will play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, The New York Times reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct. It could very well be an awards-season front-runner for 2023. —R.S.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody, December 23
Whitney Houston’s precipitous rise and tragic fall will be the subject of Kasi Lemmons’s emotionally charged fable, which sees Naomi Ackie embody the legendary singer, with Ashton Sanders as her former husband, Bobby Brown, and Stanley Tucci as record producer Clive Davis. —R.S.
Babylon, December 25
Damien Chazelle’s new film will explore the transition from silent films to talkies. One of the most perfect films of all time circled the same topic, but never mind—if anyone can take on Old Hollywood with affection and joie, it’s Chazelle, whose love of Hollywood glamour shone bright in the buoyant La La Land. Starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, and many others (is that Flea on the cast list?), the movie is packed with the megawatt stars of today as well. —C.S.
Several films on our radar have yet to set their release dates. They include:
After Yang (A24)
Kogonada, a South Korean–born American filmmaker who made the well-received 2018 indie, Columbus, returns with two notable projects this year. After Yang is a cerebral adaptation of a science-fiction short story starring Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith about a household android that malfunctions. He will also produce and direct episodes of Apple TV+’s limited series Pachinko, the splashy adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel. — T.A.