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22 Most Anticipated Drama Movies of 2019

Updated January 1, 2019
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Drama is always better when it is in someone else’s life! No matter how much you love gossiping, you have to admit that you only enjoy it because it is not about you. All sorts of things happen to people and, sometimes, we are forced to admit that reality, after all, is stranger than fiction. But fiction does put up a pretty good fight. Movies have fared so well because they soak up all the drama there is in the world and, in its condensed form, present it to you on the big screen. Something to gossip about without hurting anyone’s sentiments! With the right story, these discussions become much more than simple chitter chatter about nothing. Watching the events unfold in someone else’s story has the power to cause a profound impact on its audience, the power to nudge them towards having a conversation about something that can change the society.

Over time, the genre of drama has evolved from being simply about a lover’s quarrel and has turned to some serious stuff, things that weren’t before talked about. Filmmakers don’t hesitate from pushing the boundaries for themselves and the audience. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what are the new drama movies releasing in 2019 and 2020? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of the upcoming Fantasy films scheduled to release in 2019 and beyond. The list includes drama romance movies, teen drama films and comedy drama movies. We hope that these latest fantasy movies are as good as some of the recent ones.

22. True American (TBA)

Amy Adams is one of the finest actresses of this generation and she has proved the strength of her acting talents by portraying all kind of roles. In 2018, she had already garnered acclaim for the portrayal of a troubled journalist in HBO’s adaptation of ‘Sharp Objects’, which was followed by the success of ‘Vice’. Now, she is in talks to work in ‘True American’. Its premise will explore the aftermath of the 9/11 attack. It will focus on the story of a Muslim immigrant who himself survives an attack and even works to spare his attacker from execution. The rest of the cast and the release date for the film haven’t been fixed yet, however, some other big names have been rumoured to be attached to the project.

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21. Jojo Rabbit (TBA)

Taika Waititi is known for making films which follow an unconventional tone, and are often rife with dark humour. He is best known for making films like ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and MCU’s ‘Thor: Ragnarök’. His next project focuses on the adaptation of a book named ‘Caging Skies’ by Christine Leunens. It will be set in the Second World War and will tell the story of a young boy who looks up to Adolf Hitler and wants to become a part of his army. Soon, he meets a girl who makes him question his faith in the new Reich. Roman Griffin Davis will play the role of Jojo, while Waititi himself will play the role of the Hitler, as Jojo imagines him. Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell will appear in supporting roles.

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20. The King (TBA)

Shakespeare has been the creator of some of the best characters in the history of all the characters. His stories had dark tones and a gloominess often surrounded his protagonists, most of whom met miserable ends. ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V’, like other Shakespearean works, have been adapted time and again. Another adaptation is in works with names like Timotheé Chalamet, Robert Pattinson and Joel Edgerton attached to it. ‘The King’ will be directed by David Michod, who is known for his work in films like ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘War Machine’. The film will be a Netflix original.

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19. Waiting for the Barbarians (TBA)

Based on the book of the same name by J. M. Coetzee, this film will star Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson in the leading roles. Set in a colonial town, it follows the protagonist who is the magistrate of the town and receives the order that declares the state of emergency in his otherwise peaceful town. The colonial rule declares war against the indigenous people, labelling them as barbarians, planning to end them before they can launch an attack on the colonies. The magistrate finds himself in a very precarious position, wondering what to choose: what is asked of him or what is needed of him.

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18. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26, 2019)

Quentin Tarantino makes eccentric cinema. His films have a satirical tone, and even though they might have simple stories, it is the manner of storytelling that defines his films. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ has been one of the most anticipated films ever since the talks began to circulate about it. Apart from the Tarantino factor, the strong star cast and an interesting subject matter at its core make it so exciting. The events of the film will be set around the time of the Manson family murders. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie will star in the leading roles. The supporting cast includes actors like Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino and Lena Dunham.

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17. Tolkien (TBA)

John R. R. Tolkien is the name that gave us one of the most popular fantasy stories of all times. The world of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ came from his amazing imagination and acted as an inspiration for other iconic works of fantasy, most notable of them being George R. R Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. This film will explore the life and career of this legendary author, focusing on the parts of his life that led him to write such stories. Nicholas Hoult will play the titular character and Lily Collins will appear as Edith Bratt, his wife.

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16. Greyhound (March 22, 2019)

This war movie will be based on the novel called ‘The Good Shephard’ by C. S. Forester. It will feature Tom Hanks in the role of a Commander of an envoy of ships. Set in the Second World War, it will focus on the struggles of Commander Ernest Krause in keeping his envoy safe from the German U-boasts that have been following them like a hawk. Krause is placed in charge of the Navy destroyer named Greyhound. The screenplay of the film was written by Hanks himself, and the film will be directed by Aaron Schneider who is known for his work in the films like ‘Get Low’.

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15. The Report (2019)

The time after 9/11 was one of the most difficult times in the history of America. The country was in massive upheaval and the sense of strong patriotism became the means of justification for all sorts of activities. The CIA had been actively working in catching the perpetrators to bring them to justice. However, their means of interrogation weren’t something that everyone would agree with. While preparing his report on the CIA’s Interrogation Program, Senate staffer Daniel Jones found himself in disagreement with their methods and tirelessly worked to bring their actions to light. This film tells the story of one man who fought against both the CIA and the White House to get his report published.

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14. Midway (November 8, 2019)

The Pearl Harbour attack was one of the most vicious attacks on America, and all that happened after that was a retaliation of this action. The Battle of Midway took place six months after the attack on Pearl Harbour and hence, it was one of the most critical battles fought by America because it became a decisive factor in maintaining the morale of the Army. This film will be based on this battle. It will star Woody Harrelson and Luke Evans in the leading role, while Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart and Dennis Quaid will appear in supporting roles.

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13. Little Women (December 25, 2019)

Over the years, Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the same name has acted as an inspiration for several stories, having been officially adapted onscreen seven times. The eighth adaptation comes in the form a Greta Gerwig film. Gerwig has already proved her mettle as a director with her first film, 2017’s ‘Lady Bird’, which was both a critical and commercial success. This gives rise to massive anticipation regarding her second film. She has already hinted that she will be tinkering with the storytelling format and that the film will focus more on the themes of the story. This makes it all the more important for us to watch this film! Add to that the names of actors like Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk and Meryl Streep!

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12. Knives Out (November 27, 2019)

Rian Johnson, after trying his hand out with Star Wars, is back to what he knows best: gritty mystery dramas. Remember ‘Looper’?  The plot of the film is still unknown but it is said to be a modern murder mystery in a classic whodunit style. Think of it as a good, old-fashioned crime capers they used to make it the 70s.  Some are even describing the film as Agatha Christie. It’s reported that the film has already finished shooting, and stars a galaxy of names you would immediately get excited about, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christopher Plummer. Lionsgate will release the movie on November 29, but expect a fall festival showing before it comes to theaters.

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11. Lucy in the Sky (2019)

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Well, this one is as bizarre a story as it can get. And the best part is that the story itself on which the film is based is a true story. ‘Lucy in the Sky’ is inspired by astronaut Lisa Nowak’s true story that was dubbed NASA love triangle by tabloids back in 2007. The story of film revolves around stressed-out astronaut Lucy Cola who after returning back to earth from space, where she was romantically involved with another astronaut, takes a deranged non-stop road trip across five states with lethal weapons in her trunk with the intent of kidnapping her ex-lover’s new romantic interest. Natalie Portman will star as Lisa, whereas Jon Hamm will play the supporting role. The film is directed by “Fargo” series creator Noah Hawley.

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10. The Aeronauts (November 1, 2019)

This biographical drama will focus on the life and adventures of Amelia Wren and James Glaisher. Both of them are scientists, specifically meteorologists, who make use of the hot air balloons to conduct experiments and make discoveries. The film will star Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the leading roles, bringing them together after ‘The Theory of Everything’. Tom Harper will direct the film, who is known for his work in TV series like ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘War and Peace’. Phoebe Fox, Vincent Perez and Anne Reid will appear in the supporting roles.

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9. Ironbark (TBA)

This film will be based on the true events which culminated into the involvement of a British businessman named Greville Wynne forming a collaboration with the CIA. Set during the Cold War, it will the tell the story of how Wynne became a key figure in ending the Cuban Missile Crisis with the help of his Russian connection, whose covert name was Ironbark, hence the title of the film. Benedict Cumberbatch has been signed to play the role of Wynne. Rachel Brosnahan (from ‘The Marvellous Mrs Maisel’) will star alongside him in a key role.

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8. A House in the Sky (2019)

This film will draw inspiration from the real-life story of Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian journalist who was held captive by an Islamic terrorist group in Somalia. Lindhout faced all sorts of unimaginable things at the hands of the terrorist and survived this ordeal with her sheer willpower and strength for survival. She was finally released after her family paid the ransom for her. Lindhout wrote a memoir documenting her experiences and it is this memoir that served as the source material for the film. Rooney Mara has been attached with the film and will play the leading role.

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7. The Kid (May 23, 2019)

Billy the Kid was an outlaw who was active in the late 70s. He was a gunfighter and he was also involved in three murders. This film will star Dan DeHaan as the titular character, while Ethan Hawke is set to play the role of Sheriff Pat Garrett who found fame after gunning down Billy. The encounter between these two characters has been fodder for many stories while a lot of false facts have also surrounded their story. This film will explore the circumstances surrounding the death of Billy and the situations that fuelled it. Chris Pratt will appear in the film in the role of Grant Cutler.

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6. The Goldfinch (October 11, 2019)

‘The Goldfinch’ is the Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Donna Tartt. This film will be based on this book and will be directed by John Crowley, most notably known for his work in 2015’s film ‘Brooklyn’ and the first season of the TV show ‘True Detective’. The film will star Ansel Elgort in the leading role of Theodore Decker. The boy survives a terrorist bombing and the event impacts his life so that, on growing up, he finds himself caught up in the world of art forgery. The film will also star Jeffery Wright, Luke Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

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5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Based on the book of the same name by William Kamkwamba, this film will tell the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who saves his village from famine. The book is based on Kamkwamba’s own life and tells the story of his childhood focusing on the condition of the village he grew up in. He was thrown out of his school because his family couldn’t pay the fees. So, William sneaked into the school library and learned how to make a windmill to save his village from the wrath of a famine. Chiwetel Ejiofor will direct the film while young actor Maxwell Simba will play the role of the young William.

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4. Rocketman (June 21, 2019)

Elton John is one of the most iconic figures in the music industry and is listed as one of the most influential people in British history. As successful as his career has been, his life has been equally full of controversies. This film will explore his story, starting from his early years to the time when the controversies finally left his path. His partnership with Bernie Taupin and his sexuality will form one of the most important aspects of the film. Taron Edgerton will play the leading role while Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard will star as the supporting cast.

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3. Fonzo (TBA)

Al Capone is one of most well-known criminals in American history who rose to prominence after the Prohibition era. He gained notoriety for his actions which soon landed him on the radar of the authorities and ultimately caused his downfall. Even though his career was short-lived, Capone faced many upheavals in his career. ‘Fonzo’ will be based on the events after his incarceration and his final years. Tom Hardy will star in the leading role, and considering what a great actor he is, he will easily slip into the skin of Capone, as he does with his other roles. Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon and Noel Fisher will appear in supporting roles.

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2. The Irishman (2019)

The film  is based on the book  I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt that tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a WWII veteran, who becomes an American labor union official and alleged hitman for the mob. This film is Martin Scorsese’s treat to neo-noir lovers and to the viewers who have always wanted such a Hollywood reunion. With ‘The Irishman’, Scorsese has managed to bring all the big names he worked with during the golden years of gangster dramas. In the role of Sheeran stars Robert De Niro. Co-starring with him is Joe Pesci, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Scorcese’s 1990 film ‘Goodfellas’, and Al Pacino, who will be teaming up with Scorsese for the first time. Harvey Keitel, who acted in Scorsese’s debut film, also stars in a supporting role. Furthermore, Bob Cannavale, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano and Anna Paquin complete the line-up of big names. The film is slated to release later this year on Netflix. How about a DiCaprio cameo too?

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1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (October 18, 2019)

Fred Rogers was a beloved television personality who was best known for his TV series ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood’. His persona was that of a kind and optimistic nature and his show was centred around this theme as well, always ending on a note of encouragement to the audience. In this film, Tom Hanks will play the role of Mr Rogers while Matthew Rhys (who won an Emmy Award for his role in the period-drama about Russian spies, ‘The Americans’) will play the role of Lloyd Vogel. Rhys’ character will be based on the journalist Tom Junod, and the film will focus on the interaction of the two characters and how their lives were changed after that.

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