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New movies 2022: release dates, casts, plots and everything we know about the year's most anticipated movies

New Movies 2022
New movies 2022 — there's some amazing movies coming out... (Image credit: Future)

Here's our new movies 2022 release dates calendar for all the upcoming big films. 

2022 promises to be a brilliant year for movies, with The Batman, Downton: A New Era, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, and Top Gun: Maverick just a few of the big films due to come out.

We have a series of in-depth guides to these huge films, such as our guide to Jurassic World: Dominion (also out in 2022!), which will give you more information about each movie.

We will regularly update our new movies 2022 guide — see also our new TV shows in 2022 guide — as release dates are changed, fresh plot details teased and new films announced. 

So, whether you're looking forward to Legally Blonde 3 or desperate to find out when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is coming out we've got you covered...

Our new movies 2022 calendar

January

'The 355'

The 355

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  • Stars: Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Diane Kruger.
  • Directed by: Simon Kinberg.
  • Release date: Jan. 7.

The 355 is a new spy thriller boasting a star-studded cast. It follows a group of international agents who join forces to recover a top-secret weapon.

Our The 355 review verdict: "Action, yes. Thrills, no. This soulless spy ensemble lets down the formidable women at its helm."

'Scream'

Scream 2022

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  • Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox.
  • Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olphin, Tyler Gillett.
  • Release date: Jan. 14

Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley reunite in the new Scream movie. Now, 25 years after the first string of murders shocked Woodsboro, a new killer is targeting unsuspecting teenagers... there's already a Scream trailer to enjoy.

Our Scream (2022) review verdict: "Scream slashes through modern horror culture with a slick, merciless blade in this fifth franchise entry that's just as spirited and sharp as Wes Craven's originals."

'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania'

Drac (Brian Hull) and his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez)

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  • Stars: Brian Hull, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg.
  • Directed by: Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon.
  • Release date: Jan. 14

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania sees all our favorite monsters back. The latest film in the series sees Drac and his pals all transformed into humans!

'The King's Daughter'

The King's Daughter stars Piers Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario

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Based on the 1997 novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, The King’s Daughter sees King Louis XIV capture a mermaid’s life force in his quest for immortality. But then his long-lost daughter forms a bond with the creature…

  • Stars: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Kaya Scodelario.
  • Directed by: Sean McNamara.
  • Release date: Jan. 21

February

'Moonfall'

  • Stars: Halle Berry, Donald Sutherland, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley.
  • Directed by: Roland Emmerich.
  • Release date: Feb. 4

In the appropriately titled Moonfall the moon is rocketing towards Earth, threatening to wipe out civilization. Ex astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) heads into space on a mission to save the planet...

'Jackass Forever'

  • Stars: Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Hawk, Machine Gun Kelly.
  • Directed by: Jeff Tremaine.
  • Release date: Feb. 4.

Jackass Forever promises more crazy stunts from the gang. Could the fourth film be the maddest yet?!

'Marry Me'

  • Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Utkarsh Ambudkar.
  • Directed by: Kat Coiro.
  • Release date: Feb. 11

Marry Me could be just the ticket for Valentine's Day. After discovering her partner is cheating, a top pop star (obviously played by Jennifer Lopez!), marries a total stranger (Owen Wilson).

'Death On The Nile'

  • Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Letitia Wright, Dawn French, Sophie Okonedo.
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Release date: Feb. 11

Death On The Nile is the long-awaited follow-up to Murder On The Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's first adventure as Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot. This time, Poirot's Egyptian vacation is transformed into a race against time to identify the murderer aboard a river cruiser before they can strike again.

'Uncharted'

Uncharted Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg

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  • Stars: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas.
  • Directed by: Ruben Fleischer.
  • Release date: Feb. 18 in US, Feb .11 in the UK.

Uncharted is Sony's adaptation of the iconic gaming series created by Naughty Dog. Tom Holland plays Nathan Drake with Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan.

'The Outfit'

  • Stars: Mark Rylance, Dylan O'Brien, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn.
  • Directed by: Graham Moore.
  • Release date: Feb. 25.

Mark Rylance stars in The Outfit as a tailor who makes suits on London's Savile Row until a personal tragedy sees him running a tailor shop on the wrong side of Chicago. Ironically his best clients are gangsters...

March

'The Batman'

Robert Pattinson in the batsuit in 'The Batman'

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  • Stars: Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz.
  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • Release date: March 4

The Batman sees Robert Pattinson following in the footsteps of the likes of Adam West, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale to play the iconic superhero. Little is known so far about the plot, but The Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman will all feature.

'Turning Red'

  • Stars: Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang
  • Directed by: Domee Shi
  • Release date: March 11

This animated Disney movie sees 13-year-old Meilin "Mei" Lee (Rosalie Chiang) wrestling with her own adolescent problems and her struggle to remain her mother's dutiful daughter. As if she didn't have enough problems, whenever she gets too excited she transforms into a giant red panda!

'The Lost City'

  • Stars: Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt
  • Directed by: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee.
  • Release date: March 25

If you enjoyed Romancing the Stone, you may well like Sandra Bullock’s new comedy, The Lost City. She stars as a romantic novelist who heads off on a jungle escapade with her book cover model. 

April

'Morbius'

Morbius

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  • Stars: Jared Leto, Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona.
  • Directed by: Daniel Espinosa.
  • Release date: April 1 (changed from Jan 28)

Morbius is a talented scientist who ends up becoming a vampire with superhuman powers when his experiment to cure himself of a rare blood disease goes wrong. This is the latest movie set in Sony's Spider-Man universe, and it's bound to be huge.

'Easter Sunday'

  • Stars: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang, Tiffany Haddish, Tia Carrere, Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar.
  • Release date: April 1

Stand-up comedian Jo Koy plays a fictionalized version of himself. Easter Sunday is set at a family gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday and revolves around Koy's life experiences and stand-up comedy.

'Sonic the Hedgehog 2'

  • Stars: Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O'Shaughnessey
  • Directed by: Jeff Fowler
  • Release date: April 8

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the second movie based on the popular video game franchise by SEGA. This time Sonic and his sidekick Tails go on a mission to track down the Master Emerald before it falls into the hands of Doctor Eggman and Knuckles.

'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore'

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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  • Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Katherine Waterston.
  • Directed by: David Yates.
  • Release date: April 15 in the US, April 8 in the UK.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third entry in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise that began in 2016. This time, Dumbledore enlists Newt Scamander and his companions on a mission that will see confronting Gellert Grindelwald's growing army.

'The Northman'

  • Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk, Claes Bang.
  • Directed by: Robert Eggers.
  • Release date: April 22

The Northman is one for historical/mythology film fans. Set in 10th century Iceland, it follows Amleth who sets about on an epic revenge quest when his father is killed by his uncle.

'Operation Mincemeat'

Operation Mincemeat

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  • Stars: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Release date: April 22 in UK cinemas, due on Netflix in US.

Operation Mincemeat, based on the hit historical book by Ben Macintyre, follows an incredible bluff operation carried out by the Allies against the Nazis in World War Two.

'The Bad Guys'

  • Stars: Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Marc Maron.
  • Directed by: Pierre Perifel
  • Release date: April 22

The Bay Guys is a computer-animated movie about a group of villains who decide, well, they don't want to be the bad guys any longer. Will Mr. Wolf and co really become the goodies now?

'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent'

  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan
  • Directed by: Tom Gormican
  • Release date: April 22

This eccentric action-comedy sees Nicolas Cage taking center stage... as Nicolas Cage. When his life takes a surprise turn, this fictionalized version of Nick Cage is forced to channel a variety of his most recognizable characters in order to rescue his family from a dangerous criminal.

'65'

  • Stars: Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman.
  • Directed by: Scott Beck/Bryan Woods.
  • Release date: April 29

In this sci-fi thriller, an astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet, where he discovers he's not alone...

May

'Mrs Harris Goes To Paris'

  • Stars: Lesley Manville, Jason Isaacs, Anna Chancellor
  • Directed by: Anthony Fabian
  • Release date: May 6 in the US, April 29 in the UK

Adapted from the 1958 novel by Paul Gallico, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris follows a cleaning lady who falls in love with French fashion. Determined to buy her favorite frock, she heads to Paris on an adventure... 

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'

  • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • Release date: May 6

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to be a thrilling ride through the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.

'Downton: A New Era'

Downton Abbey: A New Era poster

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  • Stars: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Dominic West, Jim Carter.
  • Directed by: Simon Curtis.
  • Release date: May 20 in the US, April 29 in the UK.

Downton Abbey: A New Era sees the Crawleys heading off to France following an amazing revelation by Maggie Smith's Violet Crawley. "Years ago before you were born, I met a man...". What will they all discover about the Dowager's mysterious past? The Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer gives a real flavor of what we can expect. Note the release date has been pushed back from March.

'DC League of Super-Pets'

  • Stars: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Natasha Lyonne
  • Directed by: Jared Stern, Sam Levine.
  • Release date: May 20

'Legally Blonde 3'

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 2001

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  • Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Cauffiel, Jennifer Coolidge
  • Directed by: Jamie Suk
  • Release date: May 20

Reese Witherspoon reprises her role as Elle Woods for the much-anticipated Legally Blonde 3 movie. The third installment of the franchise promises to show Elle in her 40s. Over 20 years after the original, how has life treated the lawyer?

'The Bob's Burger Movie'

  • Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz
  • Directed by: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
  • Release date: May 27

'Top Gun: Maverick'

Top Gun: Maverick Tom Cruise

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  • Stars: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly.
  • Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
  • Release date: May 27

Ready to fly back into the danger zone? More than 35 years after the original Top Gun, the Tom Cruise blockbuster is getting a sequel in the form of Top Gun: Maverick

June

'Jurassic World: Dominion'

Jurassic World: Dominion poster

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  • Stars: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Chris Pratt, Laura Dern.
  • Directed by: Colin Trevorrow.
  • Release date: June 10.

'Lightyear'

  • Stars: Chris Evans.
  • Directed by: Angus MacLane.
  • Release date: June 17.

Lightyear is a new spin-off in the Toy Story film franchise, which will explore the origin story of the Space Ranger who inspired the Buzz Lightyear action figure owned by Andy and Bonnie throughout the original film franchise.

'Oh Hell No'

  • Stars: Jack Black.
  • Directed by: Kitao Sakurai.
  • Release date: June 17.

'Elvis'

  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler
  • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
  • Release date: June 24

'Where the Crawdads Sing'

  • Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Daisy Edgar-Jones, David Strathairn.
  • Directed by: Olivia Newman.
  • Release date: June 24

July

'Minions: The Rise of Gru'

Minions 2: The Rise of Gru- young Gru with his minions

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  • Stars: Steve Carrell, Lucy Lawless, Pierre Coffin.
  • Directed by: Kyle Balda, Jonathan del Val, Brad Ableson.
  • Release date: July 1

Minions 2: The Rise of Gru focuses on a young Gru's journey to becoming an iconic supervillain. It promises to be a lot of fun!

'Thor: Love and Thunder'

  • Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale.
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi.
  • Release date: July 8

'Bullet Train'

  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock.
  • Directed by: David Leitch.
  • Release date: July 15

Bullet Train revolves around five assassins who all board the same titular bullet train in Japan and soon realize that their missions are interlinked. Notable for being the first time Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock have starred together.

'Nope'

  • Stars: Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills.
  • Directed by: Jordan Peele
  • Release date: July 22

'Black Adam'

  • Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi.
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Release date: July 29

August

'Secret Headquarters'

  • Stars: Owen Wilson, Jesse Williams.
  • Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman.
  • Release date: Aug. 12

'Bros'

  • Stars: Luke Macfarlane, Billy Eichner, Monica Raymund
  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Release date: Aug. 12

'The Man from Toronto'

  • Stars: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco.
  • Directed by: Patrick Hughes.
  • Release date: Aug. 12

September

'Salem's Lot'

  • Stars: William Sadler, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp.
  • Directed by: Gary Dauberman
  • Release date: Sept. 9

'Distant' 

  • Stars: Naomi Scott, Anthony Ramos.
  • Directed by: Josh Gordon, Will Speck.
  • Release date: Sept. 16

'Don't Worry Darling'

  • Stars: Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde.
  • Directed by: Olivia Wilde
  • Release date: Sept. 23

'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish'

  • Stars: Antonio Banderas.
  • Directed by: Joel Crawford.
  • Release date: Sept. 23

October

'Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse' (Part One)

  • Stars: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae
  • Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
  • Release date: Oct. 7

'Halloween Ends'

  • Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards
  • Directed by: David Gordon Green
  • Release date: Oct. 14

'Tickets to Paradise'

  • Stars: Julia Roberts, George Clooney
  • Directed by: Ol Parker
  • Release date: Oct. 21

November

'The Flash'

  • Stars: Michael Keaton, Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Temuera Morrison, Saoirse-Monica Jackson
  • Directed by: Andy Muschietti
  • Release date: Nov. 4

'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

  • Stars: Martin Freeman, Michaela Coel, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright
  • Directed by: Ryan Coogler
  • Release date: Nov. 11

'Spellbound'

  • Stars: Not yet announced
  • Directed by: Vicky Jenson
  • Release date: Nov. 11

'Lyle Lyle Crocodile'

  • Stars: Javier Bardem, Scoot McNairy, Constance Wu
  • Directed by: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
  • Release date: Nov. 18

'She Said'

  • Stars: Carey Mulligan, Samantha Morton
  • Directed by: Maria Schrader
  • Release date: Nov. 18

'Strange World' 

  • Stars: Cast still to be announced
  • Directed by: Don Hall
  • Release date: Nov. 23

December

'Avatar 2'

Avatar

(Image credit: 20th Century Fox )
  • Stars: Kate Winslet, Sam Worthington, Michelle Yeoh.
  • Directed by: James Cameron.
  • Release date: Dec. 16

Easily one of the biggest new movies in 2022, Avatar 2 is finally coming to the cinemas more than a decade after the original was released. Fans will be able to see what's next for Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), following on from the events of the first film which saw Jake permanently transferred into his avatar after Ney'tiri saves him from suffocation.

'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom'

Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) and Mera (Amber Heard).

(Image credit: Warner Brothers)
  • Stars: Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Jason Momoa, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Amber Heard.
  • Directed by: James Cameron.
  • Release date: Dec. 16

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the much-anticipated sequel to 2018's Aquaman. Teasing the plot, the makers say: "When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation."

Also coming soon

We don't yet have release dates for the following films...

'Hocus Pocus 2'

Hocus Pocus 2 logo

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  • Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler.
  • Directed by: Anne Fletcher.
  • Release date: Not yet announced.

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