For film lovers, the new year brings with it so many opportunities and endless film releases to look forward to. And 2022 is no exception. It’s set to be packed out with huge blockbusters, star studded casts, and quite frankly, we cannot wait.

From adventure comedy The Lost City to Olivia Newman’s Where the Crawdads Sing adaptation, here’s what is set to hit screens in 2022. 

Disclaimer: Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions, release dates are once again subject to change but the dates below are correct at the time of writing.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

The long awaited arrival for the second filmic installation of Downton Abbey is set to finally take place in March 2022. A teaser trailer has been released and it’s looking as though we’ll be escaping the Yorkshire country estate and swapping it for a villa in the South of France… 

Written once again by Julian Fellowes, we see the Crawleys of Downton enter a new era, heading into the modern world of the 1930s.

Expected Release Date: 18th March 2022

The Lost City

Imagine if the world you created in your mind became reality? That’s what happened to author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) in Paramount Pictures’ The Lost City. Scheduled to arrive in cinemas in March 2022, the film follows Loretta, who writes about romance-adventures with a rather handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), as she’s kidnapped mid-book tour by a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who’s searching for the treasure she writes about in her latest book.  

Packed with adrenaline, adventure and bouts of laughter, this is set to be one of the biggest grossing films of the year.

Expected Release Date:  22nd March 2022

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

The adventures of Harry Potter and his Hogwarts antics might be over, but fans will be able to jump back into the magical realm once more thanks to the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third instalment from the Fantastic Beasts franchise. 

Expected to be released in April 2022, the trailer looks action packed with scandal, mystery and curious creations. We’ll be following magizoologist Newt Scamander and his friends – including Jacob, a muggle who will receive a wand, once more as they set out on a journey tasked by Dumbledore, a duty that takes them to Gellert Grindelwald’s army.

Expected Release Date: 8th April 2022

Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owns’ novel, Where The Crawdads Sing, is being adapted into a big screen production, spearheaded by none other than Reese Witherspoon as producer and Olivia Newman as director. 

Starring with be Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones, the story centres around a murder investigation. Set in 1969 in a small seaside town in North Carolina, we follow Kya ‘Marsh Girl’ as she finds herself in the middle of the investigation – as the suspect. 

Expected Release Date: 22nd July 2022

Scream

Ghostface is back and he’s coming to your screens this January. Scream, also known as Scream 5, is set twenty five years after the series of murders in Woodsboro, California. But it appears a copycat killer is back with vengeance. 

Following the new attacks, Sidney Prescott, Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley and Gail Weathers are back trying to track down this new Ghostface.  

Expected Release Date: 14th January

Marry Me

We can’t lie… This looks as cheesy as it gets, but we’re certainly sure it’ll provide us with some great escapism on its release in February. 

Marry Me follows pop sensation Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) as she’s about to marry the love of her life on stage in front of twenty million viewers and fans. Only, just before she heads on stage, a video of her fiance and assistant kissing is leaked. Determined to face her fears, she heads on stage anyway and picks out a ‘fan’ from the crowd who’s holding a ‘Marry Me’ sign and marries him on the spot instead. The rest of the film looks as though it’ll be about whether the pair can fall in love truly or if it was an act that was caught up in the moment…

Expected Release Date: 11th February 2022

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie’s 1938 novel, Death on the Nile is set to land on the big screen this February, bringing with it all of the scandal, drama and tension that is expected from a crime drama. 

The sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, will see detective Hercule Piorot investigate a murder that took place on board a cruising ship along the Nile River.

Expected Release Date: 11th February 2022

Legally Blonde 3

Rumours surrounding another Elle Woods moment have been surfacing for a while now but Legally Blonde 3 is *supposedly* coming to cinemas in 2022. 

It seems there’s little to be known surrounding the plot, however Reese Witherspoon has said she’ll be reprising her role as Elle Woods – thank goodness! And writing the script will be Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, so we can guarantee it’ll be hilarious.

Expected Release Date: May 2022 (although expected to be delayed further)

The Batman

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman will take the story of Gotham city’s vigilante to a whole new level. The film, starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, will see a new side to the hero figure as he battles against villain, The Riddler. 

This film has been pushed back several times but its latest release date is set to be March 2022, so we’re hoping we’ll finally see this new rival of Batman in the flesh.

Expected Release Date: 4th March 2022

Top Gun: Maverick

Almost three years after the film was first announced, Top Gun: Maverick hopes to arrive in cinemas in May 2022. Saying this though, fans have had two years to dwell over the trailer and it looks like it’ll be worth the wait. Not that it gives an awful lot away… 

BUT we do know that the new film will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell. We see how well he has fared since we last saw him over thirty years prior and he’s now a tutor, guiding the next generation of graduates on a dangerous mission.

Expected Release Date 27th May 2022

Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Dominion is the third instalment of the Jurassic World franchise series. The details for the new film are slim, but they have released a five minute prologue clip and there was also a short film Battle at Big Rock, that the film is supposed to pick up from… so we’ll see a world dominated by dinosaurs but how humans are trying to live alongside them. It sounds a bit messy but for now you can check out ‘The Prologue’ for Jurassic World Dominion here…

Expected Release Date: 10th June 2022

 

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

This November 2022 sees us return to Wakanda for the first time since Chadwick Boseman passed. It’s been confirmed that his character T’Challa will not be replaced, but rather, the film will honour his legacy. 

The premise of the film has had to change and little details surrounding the plot have been announced, but it’s been reported that we’ll follow the other main characters as they delve deeper into the ‘mythology’ of Wakanda.

Expected Release Date: 11th November 2022 

Turning Red

Pixar lovers can look forward to the release of Turning Red, a new movie that follows a thirteen-year-old girl who confusingly turns into a red panda anytime she feels a sudden emotion of excitement… 

This coming-of-age narrative follows Mei Lee as she tries to navigate her way around this strange occurrence, all while trying to live a normal teenage life.

Expected Release Date: 11th March 2022

Lightyear

Helping budding astronauts venture to infinity and beyond this summer 2022 is Lightyear, the new Pixar movie that defines the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy we all know and love from the Toy Story franchise. 

This child-approved sci-fi action-adventure movie will see audiences fall in love with the Space Ranger who became a hero. Chris Evans will be voicing Buzz in this new release. 

Expected Release Date: 17th June 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder is another major release from Marvel Studios, starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Directed by Taika Waititi, you can bet that there’ll be some hilarious lines and scenes laced throughout the narrative. 

It’s already been dubbed a ‘love story’ narrative as we see Natalie Portman reprise her role of Dr Jane Foster – and we’ll see her undertake some special powers of her own…

Expected Release Date: 8th July 2022

Avatar 2

Do we need another Avatar movie? No. Will we be watching it when it’s finally released? Absolutely. 

The long awaited arrival for Avatar 2 is supposed to be coming to an all important end in 2022, with an initial release date scheduled for mid December 2022, although we wouldn’t hold our breath. 

Avatar was a film that changed the course of cinema for the better. Although slightly boring and far too long, its release saw us segue into a new way of experiencing cinema – in 3D. The result? A beautiful illuminated cinematic experience. We’re excited to see what Avatar 2 has in store for us…

Expected Release Date: 16th December 2022

Moonfall

All is not well in space and NASA has known about it for fifty years. With the world on the brink of extinction, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) joins together with fellow astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) tries to try and figure out how to stop a mysterious force from speeding to earth.

Expected Release Date: 4th February 2022


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