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10 movies to look forward to in 2023

10 movies to look forward to in 2023

What is in store for us this year? What will 2023 bring?
12 January 2023 6:31PM

2022 provided us with many entertaining films - from The Northman, Everything Everywhere All At Once, to Avatar: The Way of Water, there was something for everyone. 

But what is in store for us this year? What will 2023 bring? 

Some of us will be looking forward to some childhood nostalgia, others will be dying for some horror, while many will be hoping to watch the latest rom-com. 

Well don't worry, Today FM has you covered - we picked out 10 movies to look forward to in 2023.

  • Magic Mike's Last Dance 

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek, Gavin Spokes, Caitlin Gerard

Release date: February 9, 2023 (NZT)

Channing Tatum's character Mike Lane takes to the stage one last time in Magic Mike's Last Dance, a follow-up to 2015’s Magic Mike XXL

Hoping for one last hurrah, Lane heads to London with a wealthy socialite played by Salma Hayek. She lures Lane with an offer he can't refuse. 

With everything on the line, he soon finds himself trying to whip talented dancers into shape.

  • Wonka 

Director: Paul King

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Tracy Ifeachor, Rowan Atkinson

Release date: 16 March 2023 (NZT)

Willy Wonka

Paul King's adaptation of the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is coming out in March of this year. 

The story follows a young Willy Wonka, played by Timothée Chalamet, and how he met the Oompa-Loompas on one of his early adventures.

This will be the third adaptation of the original American musical, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being the second, released in 2005.

  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Director: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Starring: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key

Release date: April 7, 2023 (UST)

This nostalgic adaptation of the hit Nintendo character Mario follows the plumber and his friends travelling through an underground labyrinth with brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess.

  • Evil Dead Rise

Director: Lee Cronin

Starring: Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Neil Fisher

Release date: April 21, 2023 (UST)

The fifth film in the Evil Dead franchise is coming to theatres in April. 

Two sisters find themselves in a fight for their lives when they discover a mysterious, ancient book that summons bloodthirsty demons - who run amok in a Los Angeles apartment building.

The film doesn’t appear to be connected to its previous entries, including the 2013 remake.

  • The Little Mermaid 

Director: Rob Marshall

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina

Release date: 26 May 2023 (UST)

This live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid follows the youngest of King Triton's daughters, Ariel.

Wanting to find out more about the world above sea, Ariel swims to the surface and falls for Prince Eric. Wanting to be with him on land, Ariel makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which changes her life forever.

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos

Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae

Release date: June 2, 2023 (UST)

What was originally one of the most anticipated sequels of 2022, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse got its release date moved to 2023. 

After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse and encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Morales finds himself pitted against the other Spiders. He must soon redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.

  • Barbie

Director: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling

Release date: July 20, 2023 (United Arab Emirates)

After directing the hit adaptation of Little Women, Greta Gerwig is back with Barbie.

After being expelled and banished from Barbieland for being a less than perfect-looking doll, Barbie sets off for the human world to find true happiness and is introduced to a whole new life.

  • Oppenheimer 

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie

Release date: July 21, 2023 (UST)

Christopher Nolan’s biopic on the 'father of the atomic bomb' J. Robert Oppenheimer follows the physicist working with a team of scientists during the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the atomic bomb.

  • Dune 2 

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård

Release date: November 3, 2023 (UST)

The remainder of Frank Herbert’s 1965 opus is set to hit theatres in November with Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two.

Main character Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet unites with Chani, played by Zendaya, and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed Atreides' family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

  • Legally Blonde 3

Director: Jamie Suk

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge

Release date: TBD (reportedly in 2023)

Legally Blonde 2

Okay, so we don't actually know if Legally Blonde 3 is coming out in 2023, however, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the third entry in the comedy franchise has been in development since 2018 and was originally scheduled to open in 2020, but various delays set it back. 

And in 2022, MGM STUDIOS announced that it was coming out in 2022, with the film since being delayed further, with no new release date.

So why is it on this list? So that we can manifest its release in 2023!

There isn't much detail on what the story will entail as of yet, but we do know that a third entry in the comedy franchise Legally Blonde picks up with Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, as a 40-year-old mother with a successful career.

So there you have it - Today FM's movies to look forward to in 2023.

The great thing is, these are just 10 to look forward to - there is also Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantimania, for those who love the Marvel franchise. There is also John Wick: Chapter 4 for those obsessed with Keanu Reeves, and Asteroid city for those Wes Anderson fans. 

The list of movies to watch this year could go on and on and would be impossible to put all on one page, so we hope this little tease motivates you to stay up to date with, and watch, the soon-to-be-released films of 2023.