Upcoming movies: The most exciting new films coming in 2024

Alien Romulus trailer
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2024 is halfway to being over, but there's still tons of exciting upcoming movies left to arrive. This summer brings back to back blockbusters, with A Quiet Place: Day One, a new Alien movie, and Deadpool 3 all arriving very soon. Later in the year sees everything from a Joker sequel to a Beetlejuice follow-up, too. 

And that's just the start of it, with so many films to look forward to that it can be hard to keep track. Luckily, we've rounded up all of this year's biggest releases right here, so you can keep up to date on all the major upcoming movies. If that's not enough, we've also got all the biggest movie release dates at a glance and a guide to all the most exciting new TV shows to get stuck into, too. 

A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place: Day One

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Release date: June 28

The plot of A Quiet Place: Day One may still be under wraps, but we're still excited about the spin-off. The cast of the Michael Sarnoski-directed project includes Lupita Nyong'o, who plays a woman named Sam living in New York City when deadly aliens invade, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff. Its release has been pushed back a few times already, most recently from March 2024. 

Kinds of Kindness

Kinds of Kindness

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Release date: June 28

Poor Things director Yorgos Lanthimos is re-teaming with Emma Stone for his next movie, Kinds of Kindness. She's part of an ensemble cast that also includes Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Willem Dafoe, Hong Chau, and Joe Alwyn. The film will consist of three different stories, with the cast playing different characters in each, and Lanthimos has reunited with The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer screenwriter Efthimis Filippou to pen the script.

Deadpool 3

Deadpool 3

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Release date: July 26

Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with the Mouth in Deadpool 3 – and he's set to be joined by some familiar faces. Namely, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Jennifer Garner as Elektra, as these characters join Wade Wilson in making their debut in the MCU. Shawn Levy has taken over as director for the third installment, and The Crown's Emma Corrin and Succession's Matthew Macfadyen have also joined the cast.

Alien: Romulus

Alien Romulus

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Release date: August 16

Fede Álvarez's take on the Alien franchise takes place between 1979's Alien and 1986's Aliens with a whole new cast of characters. Priscilla's Cailee Spaeny, Rye Lane's David Jonsson, Shadow and Bone's Archie Renaux, and Madame Web's Isabela Merced play a group of young space colonizers who find themselves getting up close and personal with the xenomorph while scavenging a derelict space station.

"We set it between the first movie and the second. We were talking about, 'How could this be a child of the two?' So we have those heightened moments, but then proper horror," Spaeny told Total Film.

Beetlejuice 2

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice

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Release date: September 6

Everyone's favorite (?) bio-exorcist is set to return from the grave in Beetlejuice 2, a sequel that's been 35 years in the making.  

Despite the plot remaining under wraps, we do know that Wednesday star Jenna Ortega is playing the daughter of Winona Ryder's character from the original, Lydia Deetz, and that Monica Bellucci is set to bring Betelgeuse's wife to life. Other details that have been confirmed are the return of Michael Keaton as the titular ghoulie and Catherine O'Hara as Lydia's mother Delia, Tim Burton being back in the director's chair, and Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux's casting.

The first trailer is a nostalgic blast

Joker: Folie à Deux 

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker 2

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Release date: October 4

Joaquin Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck in Joker 2, officially titled Joker: Folie à Deux. This is a French term that translates to "shared madness" and is also used to refer to shared delusional disorder, a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief, and sometimes hallucinations, are transferred from one person to another. The title makes more sense when you factor in the addition of Harley Quinn, played by Lady Gaga. Zazie Beetz will reprise her role from the first movie, while Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener have joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

A trailer for the film has been released, which shows a glimpse at Joker and Harley's crime spree. 

Gladiator 2

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

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Release date: November 22

The unexpected follow-up to Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator is set to pick up 20 years after the original. 

The first trailer for the film, screened behind closed doors at Cinema Con, sees Paul Mescal's former nobleman Lucius Versus forced to become a gladiator. It also showcases Mescal fighting a rhino, man-eating baboons, and Pedro Pascal. 

Mescal's Lucius is the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix, who will not be in the sequel). 

Djimon Hounsou, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, Derek Jacobi, and Denzel Washington also feature.

Kraven the Hunter

Kraven the Hunter

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Release date: December 13

We were originally supposed to meet Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Sergei Kravinoff in October 2023, but the new Marvel movie is one of several delayed releases. The new movie follows the anti-hero as he sets out to prove he's the greatest hunter in the world. From what we've seen in the trailer, we're expecting one of the most violent takes in the Sony Marvel universe so far. 

The film has been delayed until December. "Kraven moved to Christmas because we're excited about it, and Christmas is the best release period there is - when you get people with time to go back to the movies over and over again," producer Matt Tolmach explained

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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Release date: December 20

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is introducing Keanu Reeves as Shadow, with Colleen O'Shaughnessey back as Tails and Idris Elba back as Knuckles. Of course, Ben Schwartz is returning as Sonic and James Marsden is back as his human bestie. 

Mufasa: The Lion King

The Lion King

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Release date: December 20

"It's a story told in two different timeframes," Mufasa director Barry Jenkins previously said of the live-action The Lion King follow-up, explaining that it'll chart the rise of Simba's father Mufasa from orphan cub to Pride Rock ruler. 

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will reprise their roles as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, as the meerkat-and-warthog duo and their wise pal Rafiki relay Mufasa's life. The movie, which has already drawn comparisons to The Godfather Part II, will see (or more accurately, hear) Aaron Pierre, who worked with Jenkins on the Emmy-nominated series The Underground Railroad, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. voice Mufasa and Scar, respectively.

The first trailer for the film teases a story that shares a lot of parallels with the original movie. 


Lily-Rose Depp in Nosferatu

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Release date: December 25

Written and directed by Robert Eggers, the filmmaker behind the likes of The Witch, The Lighthouse, and The Northman, Nosferatu is set to offer up a brand new take on the 1922 silent film of the same name. Starring Lily-Rose Depp, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Ineson, Willem Dafoe, and Bill Skarsgård as the titular bloodsucker, it's set to explore the complicated obsession between a troubled young woman and a terrifying vampire infatuated with her.

For more on what's to come, check out our guide to all the new Marvel movies and shows heading your way soon.

Jack Shepherd
Freelance Journalist

Jack Shepherd is the former Senior Entertainment Editor of GamesRadar. Jack used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film for the likes of GR+, Total Film, SFX, and others. You can now find Jack working as a freelance journalist and editor.

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