Summer is fast approaching, which is good news for those of us who are tired of chilly, somber weather and are desperate for some warm, sunny days. But it’s also good news for those of us who, despite our best intentions, can’t possibly ignore the crop of big-budget blockbusters that Hollywood brings us in the hottest months of the year. This summer, we have the usual players: lots of superheroes, some recognizable monsters, and talking and singing animals. But that doesn’t mean the summer blockbuster season can’t surprise us—I mean, Charles Manson will make an appearance. Here are the 15 movies we’re most looking forward to in Summer 2019.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)
Godzilla is back again, and this time he brings with him Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah for an full-on kaiju war. Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe round out the human cast if you’re hoping for something beyond giant monsters fighting each other.
Rocketman (May 31)
Dexter Fletcher joined the crew of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody when director Bryan Singer was fired from the production, but this year he gets sole directing credit on another biopic about a British pop icon: Elton John, as played by Taron Egerton (who does his own singing!).
Dark Phoenix (June 7)
Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner gets her first shot at leading lady with this Jean Grey-centered addition to the X-Men franchise, which also stars fellow mutant alumni James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Late Night (June 7)
Emma Thompson stars as a late-night talk show host—the only female host on air—who’s at risk of losing her plum TV gig. She teams up with the sole female writer on her staff (played by Mindy Kaling, who wrote the screenplay) in an attempt to make the show a hit once again.
Men in Black: International (June 14)
While it doesn’t star the series mainstays Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the fourth Men in Black movie does reunite Thor: Ragnorok stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who have already proven themselves to be perfect comedic action heroes.
Child’s Play (June 21)
The serial killer-possessed doll is back in action. Aubrey Plaza stars in this horror reboot as a young mother who starts to notice that her son’s doll Chucky is behind some gruesome murders. (While Brad Dourif, who voiced Chucky in the original franchise, isn’t returning for the reboot, the film’s producers have kept Chucky’s new voice a total secret.)
Toy Story 4 (June 21)
Have you recovered from the weepy ending of Toy Story 3? Prepare for another installment, because the toys are back in town. The fourth movie in the Pixar franchise sees Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang embarking on another toy-out-of-the-box adventure.
Yesterday (June 28)
Danny Boyle’s latest is a supernatural-tinged comedy about a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) who wakes up after being struck by a bus—only to discover that no one else in the world has heard of the Beatles. Suddenly he becomes a star after passing off all of their songs as his own.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5)
Spoiler alert: the Avengers: Endgame will certainly bring back Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, who will likely survive Thanos’s attempts at mass destruction so that he can go on to anchor another standalone movie.
The Lion King (July 19)
Jon Favreau’s live-action (“live-action,” since it’s mostly CGI) Disney remake is the one everyone is really waiting for, with early reviews from sneak peeks claiming it’s as stunning as the animated original. And there’s also the cast: Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26)
Quentin Tarantino’s latest is an all-star ensemble-driven film—it features Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, and James Marsden, among others!—set in the heydey of Los Angeles in 1969 when Hollywood was rocked by the murder of Sharon Tate at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (August 2)
The Fast & Furious universe expands with the series’s first spinoff, which features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham as their popular characters pulling off a new heist. Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby join in on the action-packed fun.
The New Mutants (August 2)
Anya Taylor-Johnson and Masie Williams star in this X-Men-adjacent film, which will prove to be much darker and scarier than the other Marvel films as its young mutants must break free of a sinister secret facility in which they are contained.
Midsommar (August 9)
Hereditary director Ari Aster brings us another terrifying movie experience this summer with Midsommar, which stars Florence Pugh as a young woman on vacation in a too-charming Swedish village. As she gets to know the town’s residents, she starts to wonder if everything is as cheery as it really seems.
Good Boys (August 16)
Is this possibly the first raunchy pre-teen comedy? Room star Jacob Tremblay leads a cast of youngsters who embark on an epic and wild suburban adventure that has them trafficking drugs, spying on teenage hookups, and on the run from the cops.