A behemoth of sequels, remakes and follow-ups will hit the silver screen in 2019. (Quick shouts: It 2, Pet Sematary, Zombieland 2, Toy Story 4, Lion King, Avengers 4, Star Wars: Episode IX.) But, personally, I’m hype to indulge in Men in Black: International. Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are the new duo — that’s right: no Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones — so it’s sure to get self-proclaimed nerd boys riled up to no end.
Jordan Peele’s 2017 directorial debut Get Out took casual racism and elevated it to high-horror. Come March 15 we can look forward to his next social thriller: Us. Details are still sparse, but the trailer dropped Christmas Day. Starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as parents Adelaide and Gabe, the trailer presents a family traveling to the mom's childhood beachside home. Despite the apparent sunny disposition, things take a dark — and surreal — turn when night falls.
Fitting with the title, the family of four face a home invasion. Except the people invading look just like them. Watch the tailer for yourself:
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is also following her solo-directorial debut with an adaptation of Little Women. It won’t be released until Dec. 25 of next year, but the cast is very promising. Emma Watson is Meg March; Saoirse Ronan is Jo; Florence Pugh is Amy; and Eliza Scanlen is Beth. Timothée Chalamet will play Theodore “Laurie” Laurence and the queen herself, Meryl Streep, is set to play Aunt March.
The trailer for Pokémon Detective Pikachu swarmed the internet for days when it was released in November — and it's already amassed over 53 million views. CGI Pikachu is unsettling, sure, but also pretty cute in his little baseball cap. Ryan Reynolds lending his wise-cracking voice to the iconic role should make for an absolutely wild romp. Fans are very divided on how good the live-action take will actually be. Regardless, we need to talk about Jigglypuff: The little pink ball of fluff — complete with her signature curl — was shown for a moment singing tunes in a neon-washed karaoke bar. But, uh, she also looks pretty pissed. Here's to hoping Jigglypuff turns out to be an edgelord.
As far as television, HBO’s fantasy phenomenon Game of Thrones will return one last time for its eighth and final season in April. Fans have had over a year to cook up theories about how the show will bow out, but the cast and creators are keeping details hush-hush. Spring is coming. If you haven't caught the series yet — now's the time to catch up. Need some help? Here's a review of last season.
Next year also marks the final season for Veep and Jane the Virgin, among others. Brooklyn Nine-Nine — created by Michael Schur — is returning Jan. 10 for a sixth season. But this time — since Fox canceled it — the cop workplace comedy will air on NBC. Thank the fans (including myself) for saving this gem when the axe dropped in May via social media lash-back. Let's hear it: NINE-NINE!
Two Neil Gaiman novel adaptations will get some love: Starz’s American Gods returns for a second season on March 10 while Good Omens will be released on Amazon. The six-part series — based on a novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett — is the first of many projects to come with Amazon. For DC Comic fans: Alan Moore’s richly dark Watchmen will come to HBO, adapted by screenwriter Damon Lindelof.