The best in film and TV to look forward to right now.
You might have spotted a trend of epic musical biopics hitting screens recently (shout out to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody), but this is not one of them. Pegged instead as a “fantasy musical,” it follows the meteoric rise of Elton John (which sees Taron Egerton as the all-singing icon) and stars Richard Madden as John Reid, Elton’s former manager and lover. Expect hedonistic, floating fun.
Rocketman will be released on 19 May 2019
Stella’s Last Weekend
Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) and Alex Wolff (Hereditary) are slowly building a name for themselves as Hollywood’s most exciting acting siblings (watch out Maggie and Jake). And in new romcom Stella’s Last Weekend, the pair are onscreen brothers in love with the same girl (glittering up-and-comer Paula Singer). Expect music from the brothers on the soundtrack, and oh, did we mention that screenwriter and director Polly Draper is their real life mum? Talk about a family affair.
Stella’s Last Weekend will be released on 12 October
The New Romantic
“Maybe relationships aren’t supposed to be for love, but for survival”. Jessica Barden, the gobby star from Netflix’s viral series, The End of the F***ing World, is a sex columnist who begins dating an older man in exchange for gifts after finding herself bored with college boys. Watch out for Riverdale’s Camilla Mendes as a veteran “sugarbaby” who shows Barden the velvet ropes.
The New Romantic will be released on 9 November
A Star Is Born
It’s been hard to ignore the fanfare surrounding Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, which sees him as an ageing rock star helping a young singer and actress find fame (one stripped-back and bare-faced Lady Gaga). ICYMI, the 1976 OG saw Barbara Streisand as the budding up-and-comer, but there have already been whispers of Oscar potential from Gaga who gives the raw performance of a lifetime.
A Star Is Born will be released on 5 October
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The latest addition to the beastly X-Men franchise (prequels tho) follows Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey, whose swiftly developing powers threaten to corrupt and turn her into a deadly force. The follow-up boasts an all-star cast of James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain and Alexandra Shipp as Storm (who we chat to in the latest issue of Wonderland Magazine).
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on 14 February 2019