The coronavirus epidemic continues to have a significant influence on Hollywood, although productions in the year 2022 will still go forward as planned. With that in mind, we take a look at what movies we might anticipate seeing on movie theatre screens in the coming year. Also, we have a fantastic slate of movies lined up, from superhero fare like The Batman to action and adventure like Uncharted and The Lost City to family favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Bob’s Burgers Movie. There’s even some horror in there, with films such as Scream and The End of the World: The Final Chapter. We’ll keep this page up to date with the latest news and trailers for all of these movies in 2022, so check back regularly! [Revised on 5/22/22]
The 355 (2022)
Directed by: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez
Opening on: January 7, 2022 (formerly January 14, 2022)
Filmmaker and X-Men writer Simon Kinberg directs an espionage thriller about a gang of multinational operatives (played by an A-list cast) who work together to rescue a top-secret weapon from an extremely dangerous mercenary. The release date of this picture has been postponed by a year.
Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Marley Shelton
Opening on: January 14, 2022
Ready or Not’s “Radio Silence” directing duo, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette, will reprise their roles in Wes Craven’s meta-horror franchise Ghostface. Many questions remain about the storyline, but it’s safe to assume that Sidney Prescott and her tragic, unlucky background will be explored in greater depth in this film.
Jackass Forever (2022)
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Ehren McGhehey, Sean McInerney
Opening on: February 4, 2022 (formerly October 22, 2021)
Several members of the original Jackass crew have returned, including Tony Hawk, Tyler The Creator, and Eric André. It’s going to be a wild ride, with plenty of laughs and heartbreak mixed in, as the boys bid farewell in style.
Marry Me (2022)
Directed by: Kat Coiro
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, John Bradley, Maluma
Opening on: February 11, 2022
A year after earning rave accolades for her performance in Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez returns to the world of romantic comedies with this tale of a pop diva who marries a random fan (Owen Wilson) after discovering her long-term spouse has been having an affair. An entire year was added to the release date of this film.
Death on the Nile (2022)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Letitia Wright
Opening on: February 11, 2022 (formerly September 17, 2021)
Following the unexpected success of 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which Branagh also directed, Kenneth Branagh will return as detective Hercule Poirot. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and Rose Leslie are some of the prominent stars that have already gotten involved in the mystery.
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, Tati Gabrielle
Opening on: February 18, 2022 (formerly February 11, 2022)
In June of this year, we finally got some solid progress on this Indiana Jones-style action-adventure film, based on a popular video game series of the same name, which has been in development for more than a decade. Nathan Drake, the film’s principal hero, will be played by Tom Holland, and production on the project began in early 2020. Let’s hope it’s here to stay following a series of schedule changes.
The Batman (2022)
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell
Opening on: March 4, 2022
When it comes to the latest version of Batman, you’ve come to the right place. While the DC Extended Universe is still going strong, Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is taking on what looks like an even darker take on Batman, with an impressive cast that includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
Netflix’s science fiction adventure about a guy who travels back in time to work with his younger self and confront his past to save the future has Ryan Reynolds reuniting with Free Guy director Shawn Levy. Netflix has pledged to release at least one new film each week in 2022, and this is one of the most high-profile releases on the horizon.
Turning Red (2022)
Directed by: Domee Shi
Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, James Hong
Opening on: March 11, 2022, on Disney+
An animated coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl who turns into a red panda shape whenever she gets too passionate about anything is the first of two Pixar films to be released in 2022. In 2018, she won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Bao, which will be Domee Shi’s feature-length directorial debut. Originally intended for a theatrical release, the film is now a Disney+ exclusive.
Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)
Directed by: Gail Lerner
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Zach Braff
Opening on: March 18, 2022, on Disney+
This new version of the novel that served as the inspiration for both the 1950 comedy and the 2003 remake starring Steve Martin was one of many announced at Disney’s Investor Day presentation in December 2020. Kenya Barris, Gail Lerner, Gabrielle Union, and Zach Braff are all involved in the project, which is being produced by the creator of black-ish. This time around, there will be a total of 12 members in the family, unlike any of the prior iterations.
Deep Water (2022)
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery
Opening on: March 18, 2022, on Hulu
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas feature in Adrian Lyne’s thriller based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, which tells the story of a married couple at odds with each other who begin to play dangerous mind games with each other, leading to murder.
The Lost City (2022)
Directed by: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
Opening on: March 25, 2022 (formerly April 15, 2022)
A kidnapping attempt sends Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, the cover model for all of Sandra Bullock’s romance novels, on a book tour through the jungle where the two become entangled in a romantic action-adventure. Sandra Bullock is kidnapped by a villain played by actor Daniel Radcliffe in Band of Robbers, a film directed by the Nee brothers, whose last film was Band of Robbers.
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson, Michael Keaton
Opening on: April 1, 2022
This new addition from Sony’s connected Spider-Man franchise tells the story of a scientist who accidentally transforms into a vampire while trying to cure himself of a rare blood condition. With director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) on board and Spider-Man: Homecoming star Michael Keaton returning as prominent nemesis Vulture, there’s a lot of potential for cross-pollination.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)
Directed by: Jeff Fowler
Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Idris Elba, Colleen O’Shaughnessey
Opening on: April 8, 2022
Before the coronavirus lockdowns took place, Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the biggest movies to come out, and it went on to be one of the highest-grossing pictures of 2020. Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) has returned with a furry sidekick of his own, Knuckles (Idris Elba), and Sonic (Ben Schwartz) must team up with a new friend (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) to stop him this year.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez, Garret Dillahunt
Opening on: April 8, 2022 (formerly February 18, 2022)
In this smaller-scale thriller, directed by Michael Bay, a couple of criminals steal an ambulance while it is transporting a paramedic and a critically ill patient. This Danish film adaptation has been in development since 2015, but filming began in January of 2021.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Mads Mikkelsen, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol
Opening on: April 15, 2022
To wrap out this fantastic prequel/spin-off series that takes place decades before Harry Potter first registered at Hogwarts, Eddie Redmayne returns as the inquiring wizard Newt Scamander. Once again, we see Newt and his friends pursuing the evil wizard Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen) as the tale progresses toward World War II.
The Bad Guys (2022)
Directed by: Pierre Peril
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Marc Maron
Opening on: April 22, 2022
There will be some good in the world thanks to this new project from DreamWorks Animation, which is inspired by the popular children’s book series about certain ex-criminals going straight and doing good in the world. It’s Mr. Piranha, Mister Tarantula, and Mister Snake who are the “evil guys” in this story, along with Mister Shark and Mister Tarantula. Once scheduled for 2021, it has now been pushed back to 2022.
The Northman (2022)
Directed by: Robert Eggers
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Björk
Opening on: April 22, 2022 (formerly April 8, 2022)
“The Witch and the Lighthouse” author Michael Apted returns with a time-traveling tale of revenge set in the past. Reunited with The Witch director Robert Eggers and an all-star cast, Anya Taylor-Joy stars in this tale of a Viking prince seeking revenge for the death of his father. With Icelandic writer Sjón, Eggers co-wrote the film, and Björk, the country’s largest pop culture export, appears in her first narrative feature film role since Dancer in the Dark in 2000.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
Directed by: Tom Gormican
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris
Opening on: April 22, 2022
Nicolai Cage plays himself in this meta-comedy. Somewhat. At this point in his career, Nick Cage accepts $1 million to attend the birthday party of Javi Gutierrez, an incredibly well-off admirer (Pedro Pascal). They quickly become fast friends. until the CIA tells Cage that Javi is a dangerous criminal and asks for his help in bringing him to justice.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochitl Gomez
Opening on: May 6, 2022
The first of three Marvel Cinematic Universe films to be released in 2022, WandaVision, will have a clear connection to the events of Marvel’s first Disney+ series. as well as the Disney+ original series What If…? Director Sam Raimi joined the project after a few changes behind the scenes and based on the first trailer, it’s going to be a wild journey.
Some speculate that this reimagining of the famous Disney animation, which stars John Mulaney and Andy Samberg as the eponymous chipmunks, could pave the way for a relaunch of the series on Disney+. With Dale having had “CGI surgery,” the self-referential live-action/animated hybrid comedy finds Chip and Dale reuniting to search for an old co-star who has gone missing in a Roger Rabbit-esque universe.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022)
Directed by: Loren Bouchard
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy
Opening on: May 27, 2022 (formerly April 9, 2021)
In the form of a musical comedy, the hit Fox animated series about the proprietor of a little hamburger business and his eccentric family will be adapted into a feature picture, something the program is already quite comfortable with. There is a chance that the film will not be released until 2021, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro
Opening on: May 27, 2022 (formerly November 19, 2021)
A Top Gun sequel is finally coming to theatres after more than three decades! Aside from the fact that Miles Teller has been cast as Goose’s kid and that Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Iceman, not much is known about the picture. Moreover, as the video promises, Tom Cruise will once again be seen riding motorcycles and playing volleyball.
Crimes of the Future (2022)
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart
Opening on: June 3, 2022
David Cronenberg, the man credited with popularising the body horror subgenre, is back with a disturbing new thriller. The film centers on a performance artist (Viggo Mortensen) who exhibits the metamorphosis of his organs to the general public in an uncertain future.
Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Omar Sy, BD Wong
Opening on: June 10, 2022
Even though the plot of this trilogy-capper is being kept under wraps, it’s safe to presume it will deal with the implications of Lost Kingdom, as Jeff Goldblum declared at the end of the final chapter of the Jurassic franchise. The major news is that Laura Dern and Sam Neill, as well as Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Chris Pratt are all returning.
However, Pixar claims that there is still a lot of fun to be had with the Toy Story characters, just in a different way. Having just finished his run as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans has been cast as the astronaut who served as the inspiration for Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear action figure in a prequel that will investigate how he got popular enough to be transformed into a toy.
Director Joseph Kosinski (who also starred in Top Gun: Maverick) brings us this high-concept sci-fi thriller on Netflix just a few weeks after delivering Top Gun: Maverick. When Teller takes on the role of an inmate in an experimental facility where he can participate in pharmacological trials specifically designed to affect his emotions, he gets the chance to shorten his sentence. Additionally, Chris Hemsworth appears as the film’s warden/chief scientist.
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Gary Clark Jr., Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Opening on: June 24, 2022
A slice-of-life movie about Elvis Presley’s relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker is directed by Baz Luhrmann. It took a long time for Austin Butler to secure the lead role, and he’ll be starring opposite Tom Hanks, the first prominent celebrity to declare that he had tested positive for COVID-19 while filming in Australia.
Before their encounter with a young Gru in 1960s England, the Minion crew was last seen spreading havoc on England. They may meet him for the first time on their next excursion. Whatever Pierre Coffin’s yellow minions get up to in Minions 3, Minions 4, and so on, you can bet they’ll be doing it again because the first Minions movie made over $1.5 billion worldwide and contributed to the Despicable Me franchise becoming the most earning animated film of all time.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff
Opening on: July 8, 2022
Following up on Taika Waititi’s critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel’s second picture in 2022 is a much-anticipated sequel. There is speculation that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, at some point in the future. Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy are also expected to meet up with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. So, all in all, it’s a nice time.
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun
Opening on: July 22, 2022
While Jordan Peele was busy following the success of getting Out and Us, he has finally completed his third feature film. A lot is still unknown about the movie despite its initial teaser revealing that it is set in the American Southwest and revolves around a tiny town whose citizens are affected by a supernatural event in the skies above.
The Gray Man (2022)
Directed by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Billy Bob Thornton, Regé-Jean Page
Opening on: July 22, 2022, on Netflix
Ryan Gosling stars in this action thriller based on the 2009 novel of the same name. He plays a CIA mercenary who is forced to flee after finding out some ugly truths about his organization and is pursued by a rival agent (played by Chris Evans). The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame) and features an impressive supporting ensemble that includes Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jessica Henwick.
DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
Directed by: Jared Stern
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Natasha Lyonne, Vanessa Bayer, Diego Luna, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves
Opening on: July 29, 2022
Since the DC Fandom event in August of 2020, we haven’t heard much about DC Super-Pets, the upcoming animated picture based on Superman’s dog and flying cat teaming together to fight crime. Hope there are no delays in development, as the release date was established for 2019 in the first place!
Bullet Train (2022)
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Bad Bunny, Zazie Beetz
Opening on: August 5, 2022
Brad Pitt stars as an assassin who is trying to give up his life of murdering and is charged with retrieving a strange briefcase on a bullet train crowded with other assassins looking to do the same in this witty, gorgeous action thriller. With a stellar ensemble, the picture is directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2).
Seven years after Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller has returned with a love dream. For the sake of his release, the djinn offers her three wishes in exchange. However, the repercussions are unforeseen.
Don’t Worry, Darling (2022)
Directed by: Olivia Wilde
Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, Kiki Layne, Nick Kroll
Opening on: September 23, 2022
Olivia Wilde returns to the big screen with a period thriller about a 1950s housewife (Florence Pugh) who begins to believe that the beautiful suburban life her husband’s secret profession offers for her — and her husband’s mysterious job itself — may cover a deadly truth.
Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Opening on: September 30, 2022, on Disney+
In this follow-up to the 1993 horror classic, the Sanderson Sisters, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will return. Witches have returned to modern-day Salem, and three young ladies must find a way to stop them. The film will only be available on Disney+.
Successfully sequel-booted by director David Gordon Green, writers Danny McBride and Scott Teems With the success of 2018’s Halloween, they decided to give us all a full trilogy of Halloween films based on its reaction. Halloween Ends, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and ending the trilogy, brings an end to that trilogy, which concludes with Laurie Strode finally defeating Michael Myers.
While Black Adam has been in the works since at least 2014, Dwayne Johnson will finally make his big-screen debut and join the DCEU in 2022 as the all-powerful antihero. There’s bound to be an onscreen crossover as the antagonist to Zachary Levi’s Shazam in the future. When will Dwayne Johnson finally get to portray the Superman we all know and love him to be?
Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldaña, Anya Taylor-Joy, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift, Mike Myers, Robert De Niro
Opening on: November 4, 2022
During a presentation at CinemaCon in 2022, 20th Century Studios announced that David O. Russell’s next picture, Amsterdam, will premiere in November and be called Amsterdam. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift, and Mike Myers are all in the cast, but the premise remains a mystery.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman
Opening on: November 11, 2022
Some were shocked to learn that Black Panther star and director Chadwick Boseman had died from colon cancer in 2020. There were certainly doubts about how the Marvel character will fare in the future, as he was scheduled to play a significant role in the MCU. While a sequel is still planned for 2022, Chadwick Boseman will not reprise his role as King T’Challa; instead, the spotlight will be on Shuri, King T’Challa’s feisty sister, who will be played by Letitia Wright. We don’t sure what else the film will include, including how T’Challa’s absence will be handled.
Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Lang
Opening on: December 16, 2022
A sequel to James Cameron’s once-highest-grossing picture, Avatar, has been promised for almost a decade and a half now. When old foes resurface, Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri are forced to flee and find a new home. Newcomers to the cast include Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, and Edie Falco.
Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Starring: Zachary Levi, Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Megan Good
Opening on: December 16, 2022
Zackary Levi reprises his role as a young foster kid who gains superhuman powers by saying “Shazam!” in the sequel to DC Comics superhero film, which debuted in 2019. In addition to Mirren and Liu, Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu will play Atlas’s daughters Hespera and Kalypso, who will serve as the story’s principal antagonists.
Untitled Mario Movie (2022)
Directed by: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Starring: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key
Opening on: December 21, 2022
Chris Meledandri of Illumination (Despicable Me) and Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto are producing this one, but other than that, we don’t know much about it. While we don’t yet know whether or not it will be a computer-animated picture, we do know that Chris Pratt will be lending his voice as plumber Goomba, who is famed for stomping Goombas in the 1993 film adaption. Princess Peach will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, with Jack Black and Seth Rogen providing the voices of Bowser and Donkey Kong. But there’s still no word on Luigi.