100 Films To Look Forward To In 2019

Book Adaptations

The Rhythm Section (22nd Feb)
Directed by Reed Morano, the film is written by Mark Burnell and based on his novel of the same name. It follows a woman (Blake Lively) who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family. It also stars Jude Law, Max Casella, Daniel Mays, Richard Brake, Raza Jaffrey, Tawfeek Barhom, and Sterling K. Brown.

Chaos Walking (1st March)
Based on a young adult book titled ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness (the author of A Monster Calls), the film is directed by Doug Liman and is set in a dystopian world where a viral germ has killed all women and unleashed Noise, the special ability to read people’s and animals’ minds. Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) is the only boy left in Prentisstown, a small settlement on ‘New World’. He soon discovers the source of the silence: a mysterious woman named Viola Eade (Daisy Ridley). The film takes its name from the name of the trilogy that the book is the first part of, and a sequel already appears to be in the works. It also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo, and Cynthia Erivo.

The Aftermath (1st March)
Based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook, the film is directed by James Kent and is set in post World War II when a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira Knightley) are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) who previously owned the house.

The Informer (22nd March)
Based on the book Three Seconds by Roslund/Hellström, the film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common and Ana de Armas. It follows an ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.

Greyhound (22nd March)
Based on the book, The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester, the film follows a navy officer, Commander Ernest Krause, who commands the Navy destroyer, Greyhound, during World War II. Unlike the prototypical hero, he must battle his own self-doubts and personal demons to prove he belongs alongside the conflict with the enemy. Directed by Aaron Schneider, Hanks has helpted to write the script for the film, which also stars Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, and Rob Morgan.

The Sun is Also a Star (9th Aug)
The film is directed by Ry Russo-Young and is based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon. It stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton and follows a teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life. If you liked Yoon’s book Everything Everything and the subsequent adaptation of that, then this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Artemis Fowl (9th Aug)
Based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Eoin Colfer and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film follows Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, who kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer, Holly Short (Lara McDonnell), for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune. The film also stars Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Hong Chau, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench.

The Woman In the Window (27th Sep)
Directed by Joe Wright and based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Finn, the film follows an agoraphobic woman (Amy Adams) living alone in New York who begins spying on her new neighbours, only to witness a disturbing act of violence. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Fred Hechinger, and Anthony Mackie. It sounds like a modern-day Rear Window, so I will definitely be giving this book a read before its release.

The Goldfinch (11th Oct)
Based on the novel by Donna Tartt and directed by John Crowley, the film follows a boy (Ansel Elgort) in New York who is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family (Nicole Kidman) after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father (Luke Wilson) and, later, involved in art forgeries. The film also stars Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings, Jeffrey Wright, and Sarah Paulson.

After (TBC)
Based on the 2014 novel of the same name written by Anna Todd, the film is an adult romance directed by Jenny Gage. It follows Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), a college student who begins a turbulent relationship with bad boy Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin). I’m not sure how a 50 Shades Of Grey for young adults will work, but you’ll know from the trailer alone whether this is a film for you or not.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (TBC)
Directed by Richard Linklater and based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple, the film is centred around an anxiety-ridden mother (Cate Blanchett) who goes missing. Now, it’s up to her 15-year-old daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson), to find out where she’s disappeared to and what really happened to her, discovering her troubled past in the process. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and James Urbaniak.

Five Feet Apart (TBC)
Based on the book by Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, with Daughtry and Iaconis serving as writers of the film, it is directed by Justin Baldoni. The film follows a pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. It stars Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, and Claire Forlani. We all love The Fault In Our Stars, so this could be another great love story centred around illness.

Wounds (TBC)
Written and directed by Babak Anvari and based on the novella The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud, the film stars Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman and Brad William Henke. It follows a New Orleans bartender whose life begins to unravel after a series of disturbing and inexplicable events begins to happen when he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.

The Best of Enemies (TBC)
Written and directed and by Robin Bissell and based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, the film follows Civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) as she faces off with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. It also stars Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy.

The Kitchen (TBC)
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Ollie Masters, written and directed by Andrea Berloff, the film follows the wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s as they continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison. It stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.

The Good Liar (TBC)
Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, the film is directed by Bill Condon and follows a seasoned conman (Ian McKellen) who finds himself growing to care for the woman (Helen Mirren) he orchestrated his latest scheme against after meeting her online.

Motherless Brooklyn (TBC)
Written and directed by Edward Norton and based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, te film is set against the backdrop of 1950s New York. It follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). It also stars Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, Fisher Stevens, and Cherry Jones.

All The Bright Places (TBC)
Set to be released on Netflix, the film is based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Niven. Directed by Brett Haley, it tells the story of Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. It also stars Alexandra Shipp, Keegan-Michael Key, Luke Wilson, Kelli O’Hara, Virginia Gardner, Felix Mallard, Lamar Johnson and Sofia Hasmik. I’ve already read this book, and all I will tell you is that you will need a box of tissues.

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