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From Blake Lively as a woman seeking revenge to Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, here’s all the films and TV shows we can’t wait to watch.

Birds Of Prey

Films of the superhero ilk have been having a bit of a moment in recent years, from the record-breaking success of Black Panther, to the controversial, ongoing Joker press tour. Birds of Prey, set to be released in 2020, sees DC Films fans reunited with one of the most popular Halloween costumes ever, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. This time round, Robbie is also producing the film, which she pitched to Warner Bros. herself, and which also stars Ewan McGregor, Always Be My Maybe’s Ali Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. From the trailer we can deduce that there’ll be more Harley Quinn backstory, more violence and much more fun.

The King’s Man

2020 is shaping up to be Harris Dickinson’s year, from a recently announced role in the follow-up to the highly popular The Souvenir, to the much-anticipated prequel to the Kingsman series. The King’s Man sees Dickinson amongst an all star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Daniel Brühl, as he leads the group attempting to thwart a criminal mastermind’s plan of destruction. Set in the early 1900s, the new film takes the super-spy premise back in time to add more context to the hugely popular previous films of the soon-to-be trilogy.

The Rhythm Section

Blake Lively’s come a long way from the steps of the Met in Gossip Girl. From 2017’s shark-horror The Shallows, where she played basically the only character in the film, to last year’s murder-mystery-style thriller A Simple Favour, she’s proven that she can do much more than Serena van der Woodsen, and her new film The Rhythm Section looks no different. Sporting a British accent and a short brunette wig, Lively plays a woman seeking revenge after tragically losing her family in a terrorist attack. From the looks of the high-tension, fast-paced trailer, it seems as if she’ll stop at nothing to get that revenge.

Looking For Alaska

John Green’s young adult books encapsulated the confusion and angst of a generation of teenagers, and their film and TV adaptations followed suit. In the new Hulu series of Looking for Alaska, Lean on Pete’s Charlie Plummer and Sierra Burgess is a Loser’s Kristine Froseth take on the roles of Pudge and Alaska, who begin a complicated friendship in a woodland-set Alabama high-school. While the trailer doesn’t hint at the shocking twist that comes halfway through the novel, it sets up Plummer and Froseth in their leading roles – roles that are sure to propel them to superstardom.

The Gentlemen

Love Actually, Notting Hill, About A Boy… Hugh Grant’s Queen’s English accent is, at this point, a given when it comes to his multiple film roles. But in Guy Ritchie’s new crime comedy The Gentlemen, Grant has us all shook with his Michael Caine-eque Cockney accent, echoing those in the director’s iconic gangster movie Snatch, released almost 20 years ago. The Gentlemen’s glittering cast includes Henry Golding, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam, and the hilarious trailer promises not to disappoint.

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Hannah Holway
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