The Netflix Movies To Get Excited For In 2019

Elena Nicolaou

2018 was the year we finally grasped the purpose of a Netflix movie. They're there to create unforgettable internet moments, experienced together. To All the Boys I Loved Before and Set It Up reminded us, after a long drought, that we do indeed love the romantic comedy. Bandersnatch had us waking up at seven in the morning to try out all the different possible endings before work. After a flurry of memes, Bird Box eventually inspired an ill-advised real world challenge. And that's not even touching on Netflix's award show hopefuls, like Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

If all of that happened in 2018, then what does 2019 hold for the Netflix Original Films front? At least two romantic comedies are on the lineup. We'll also see new movies from Dee Rees, Michael Bay, and Martin Scorsese, and a movie starring all your favourite Saturday Night Live women.

Here are the originals coming to an account near you.

<p><strong><em>IO</em></strong><br>18th January</p><p>Sam Walden (Margaret Qualley) is one of humanity's few survivors — and she's the only one who might be able to fix the planet. But can she do it before everyone boards the next space shuttle out of there?</p><span class="copyright">Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock</span>

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18th January

Sam Walden (Margaret Qualley) is one of humanity's few survivors — and she's the only one who might be able to fix the planet. But can she do it before everyone boards the next space shuttle out of there?

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<p><strong><em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em></strong><br>1st February</p><p>We can't tell you what <em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em> means, but we can tell you what it's about: It's a supernatural thriller set in the contemporary art world scene in Los Angeles, where buyers drop millions on cutting-edge art. After seeing the cast, it'll come as no surprise that <em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em> is going to get a theatrical release. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, and Tom Sturridge. <em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em> will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Velvet Buzzsaw
1st February

We can't tell you what Velvet Buzzsaw means, but we can tell you what it's about: It's a supernatural thriller set in the contemporary art world scene in Los Angeles, where buyers drop millions on cutting-edge art. After seeing the cast, it'll come as no surprise that Velvet Buzzsaw is going to get a theatrical release. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, and Tom Sturridge. Velvet Buzzsaw will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

<p><strong><em>High Flying Bird</em></strong><br>8th February</p><p>Steven Soderbergh keeps saying he's <a href="http://collider.com/steven-soderbergh-retirement-explained/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:retiring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">retiring</a>, and then keeps making movies and shows. His latest? <em>High Flying Bird</em>, a basketball movie starring Andre Holland of <em>Moonlight</em>. The twist? Like the movie <em>Tangerine</em>, <em>High Flying Bird</em> is shot an iPhone.</p><span class="copyright">Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock</span>

High Flying Bird
8th February

Steven Soderbergh keeps saying he's retiring, and then keeps making movies and shows. His latest? High Flying Bird, a basketball movie starring Andre Holland of Moonlight. The twist? Like the movie Tangerine, High Flying Bird is shot an iPhone.

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<p><strong><em>The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind</em></strong><br>1st March</p><p><em>The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind</em> tells the remarkable true story of a 13-year-old boy (played by Maxwell Simba) from Malawi who saves his village from famine. Chiwetel Ejiofor <a href="https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/netflix-chiwetel-ejiofor-the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind-1203027671/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote the screenplay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote the screenplay</a> and also stars as the boy's father. Ejiofor also starred in last year's Netflix movie <em>Come Sunday</em>.</p><span class="copyright">James Gourley/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock</span>

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
1st March

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind tells the remarkable true story of a 13-year-old boy (played by Maxwell Simba) from Malawi who saves his village from famine. Chiwetel Ejiofor wrote the screenplay and also stars as the boy's father. Ejiofor also starred in last year's Netflix movie Come Sunday.

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<p><strong><em>The Dirt</em></strong><br>22nd March</p><p>With the release of the Mötley Crüe biopic, Netflix is about to get sexier, druggier, and rock and rollier. And you know who's excited? Motley Crue. After leaving a screening, <a href="https://twitter.com/thevinceneil/status/1069370874095067136" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:frontman Vince Neil tweeted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">frontman Vince Neil tweeted</a>: “Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw <em>The Dirt</em> movie!! Fuckin’ awesome!! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!”</p><span class="copyright">Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock</span>

The Dirt
22nd March

With the release of the Mötley Crüe biopic, Netflix is about to get sexier, druggier, and rock and rollier. And you know who's excited? Motley Crue. After leaving a screening, frontman Vince Neil tweeted: “Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw The Dirt movie!! Fuckin’ awesome!! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!”

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<p><strong><em>Someone Great</em></strong><br>19th April</p><p>You want it, you got it. Netflix is bringing us another romantic comedy — this time, starring Gina Rodriguez. She plays a newly single woman who decides to go on one last New York adventure before moving for her dream job. The movie is produced by Rodriguez and <em>Bridesmaids</em> director Paul Feig, and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.</p>

Someone Great
19th April

You want it, you got it. Netflix is bringing us another romantic comedy — this time, starring Gina Rodriguez. She plays a newly single woman who decides to go on one last New York adventure before moving for her dream job. The movie is produced by Rodriguez and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.

<p><strong><em>Otherhood</em></strong><br>2nd August</p><p>What happens when you combine Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, and Patricia Arquette? You get <em>Otherhood</em>, a movie about three mothers tired of their lazy adult sons (played by Jake Lacy, Jake Hoffman, and Sinqua Walls).</p><span class="copyright">John Salangsang/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock</span>

Otherhood
2nd August

What happens when you combine Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, and Patricia Arquette? You get Otherhood, a movie about three mothers tired of their lazy adult sons (played by Jake Lacy, Jake Hoffman, and Sinqua Walls).

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<p><strong><em>The Perfection</em></strong><br>24th May</p><p>If we had to guess which Netflix thriller would turn into a viral sensation, our bet would be on <em>The Perfection</em>. The movie's synopsis is admittedly opaque: Two cello prodigies reunite in Shanghai. But the cast (Logan Browning and Allison Williams) combined with the movie's <a href="https://filmschoolrejects.com/the-perfection-review/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hype" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">hype</a> has us hopeful.</p>

The Perfection
24th May

If we had to guess which Netflix thriller would turn into a viral sensation, our bet would be on The Perfection. The movie's synopsis is admittedly opaque: Two cello prodigies reunite in Shanghai. But the cast (Logan Browning and Allison Williams) combined with the movie's hype has us hopeful.

<p><strong><em>Murder Mystery</em></strong><br>14th June</p><p>Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, has an exclusive deal with the streaming service. With <em>Murder Mystery</em>, Sandler is bringing Jennifer Aniston aboard the Happy Madison train. <em>Murder Mystery</em> is about a couple (Sandler and Aniston) who take a long-awaited European vacation. On their way, they somehow become embroiled with a mysterious billionaire and his shady dealings.</p><span class="copyright">Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock</span>

Murder Mystery
14th June

Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, has an exclusive deal with the streaming service. With Murder Mystery, Sandler is bringing Jennifer Aniston aboard the Happy Madison train. Murder Mystery is about a couple (Sandler and Aniston) who take a long-awaited European vacation. On their way, they somehow become embroiled with a mysterious billionaire and his shady dealings.

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<p><strong><em>Always Be My Maybe</em></strong><br>31st May</p><p>Keep the romantic comedies coming, Netflix, keep 'em coming. Nahnatchka Khan directs this movie about two childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults. The spark is still there, but circumstances aren't conducive for an easy relationship. Sasha (Ali Wong) is a celebrity chef. Marcus (Randall Park) is a struggling musician who lives at home. What's next?</p><span class="copyright">John Salangsang/Variety/REX/Shutterstock</span>

Always Be My Maybe
31st May

Keep the romantic comedies coming, Netflix, keep 'em coming. Nahnatchka Khan directs this movie about two childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults. The spark is still there, but circumstances aren't conducive for an easy relationship. Sasha (Ali Wong) is a celebrity chef. Marcus (Randall Park) is a struggling musician who lives at home. What's next?

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<p><strong><em>Sextuplets</em></strong><br>16th August</p><p>There's no easy way to say this, but Marlon Wayons is playing sextuplets in this upcoming Netflix movie, which seems like a comedy version of <em>Three Identical Strangers</em>. In <em>Sextuplets</em>, Alan<a href="https://deadline.com/2018/08/marlon-wayans-netflix-bresha-webb-sextuplets-movie-1202450864/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:discovers he's one of six" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> discovers he's one of six</a> and goes on a road trip to track down his brothers. Looks like <em>The Princess Switch</em> has just been blown out of the competition in the "actors playing more than one character" category.</p><span class="copyright">Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock</span>

Sextuplets
16th August

There's no easy way to say this, but Marlon Wayons is playing sextuplets in this upcoming Netflix movie, which seems like a comedy version of Three Identical Strangers. In Sextuplets, Alan discovers he's one of six and goes on a road trip to track down his brothers. Looks like The Princess Switch has just been blown out of the competition in the "actors playing more than one character" category.

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<p><strong><em>Dolemite Is My Name!</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>Eddie Murphy stars in this<a href="https://deadline.com/2018/06/eddie-murphy-dolemite-rudy-ray-moore-netflix-movie-craig-brewer-blaxploitation-hero-scott-alexander-larry-karaszewski-1202404562/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:biopic of Rudy Ray Moore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> biopic of Rudy Ray Moore</a>, a 1970s comedian best known for his Blaxploitation films.</p>

Dolemite Is My Name!
TBA

Eddie Murphy stars in this biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, a 1970s comedian best known for his Blaxploitation films.

<p><strong><em>The King</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>Timothée Chalamet fans and English majors, get excited for this one: Chalamet stars as <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/02/190434/timothee-chalamet-the-king-netflix-movie-henry-v" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:King Henry V" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">King Henry V</a> — known to his friends as Hal — in this Netflix period drama. After his brother is unexpectedly killed, Hal ends up on the throne in his early 20s. He faces a tough transition from wayward prince to king. Chalamet is joined by an exciting cast: Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp.</p>

The King
TBA

Timothée Chalamet fans and English majors, get excited for this one: Chalamet stars as King Henry V — known to his friends as Hal — in this Netflix period drama. After his brother is unexpectedly killed, Hal ends up on the throne in his early 20s. He faces a tough transition from wayward prince to king. Chalamet is joined by an exciting cast: Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp.

<p><strong><em>Earthquake Bird</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>If you're desperate to know what an "earthquake bird" is before the Netflix movie comes out, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Earthquake-Bird-Susanna-Jones/dp/0446679755" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:check out the novel o" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">check out the novel o</a> n which it's based. In Japan, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is suspected of murder after her friend (Riley Keough) goes missing following her affair with a local photographer (Naoki Kobayashi).</p><span class="copyright">REX/Shutterstock</span>

Earthquake Bird
TBA

If you're desperate to know what an "earthquake bird" is before the Netflix movie comes out, check out the novel o n which it's based. In Japan, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is suspected of murder after her friend (Riley Keough) goes missing following her affair with a local photographer (Naoki Kobayashi).

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<p><strong><em>Tigertail</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>Alan Yang wrote, directed, and produced this movie, which is <a href="https://variety.com/2018/film/news/john-cho-alan-yang-tigertail-netflix-1202915839/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:based on his own family's experiences" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">based on his own family's experiences</a> emigrating from Taiwan to the U.S. John Cho will star.</p><span class="copyright">Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock</span>

Tigertail
TBA

Alan Yang wrote, directed, and produced this movie, which is based on his own family's experiences emigrating from Taiwan to the U.S. John Cho will star.

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<p><strong><em>The Laundromat</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>Remember what we said about Steven Soderbergh retiring? Forget it. He's directing <em>another</em> Netflix movie that comes out this year. <em>The Laundromat</em> looks into the Panamanian law firm that allowed wealthy individuals and corporations to launder money in tax havens around the world. It starts Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas.</p>

The Laundromat
TBA

Remember what we said about Steven Soderbergh retiring? Forget it. He's directing another Netflix movie that comes out this year. The Laundromat looks into the Panamanian law firm that allowed wealthy individuals and corporations to launder money in tax havens around the world. It starts Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas.

<p><strong><em>The Last Thing He Wanted</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>High-brow alert — Dee Rees of <em>Mudbound</em> directs this adaptation of a Joan Didion novel. Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway) quits her job as a reporter covering the 1984 presidential election to care for her ailing father.</p><span class="copyright">Xavier Collin/PictureGroup/REX/Shutterstock</span>

The Last Thing He Wanted
TBA

High-brow alert — Dee Rees of Mudbound directs this adaptation of a Joan Didion novel. Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway) quits her job as a reporter covering the 1984 presidential election to care for her ailing father.

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<p><strong><em>All Day and a Night</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>This wrenching movie looks at three phases in an incarcerated man's (Ashton Sanders) life: His childhood, his time in prison, and how he got to prison in the first place. <em>All Day and a Night</em> was written by <em>Black Panther</em> 's writer, Joe Robert Coe.</p><span class="copyright">Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock</span>

All Day and a Night
TBA

This wrenching movie looks at three phases in an incarcerated man's (Ashton Sanders) life: His childhood, his time in prison, and how he got to prison in the first place. All Day and a Night was written by Black Panther 's writer, Joe Robert Coe.

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<p><strong><em>The Last Days of American Crime</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>This thriller seems like the opposite of <em>The Purge</em>. The American government plans to transmit a signal that will <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=the+last+of+american+crime&oq=the+last+of+american+crime&aqs=chrome.0.0l6.1865j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:make it impossible for anyone to commit crime" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">make it impossible for anyone to commit crime</a>. Just before a signal is sent out, a group of criminals bands together for one last heist. The movie stars Edgar Ramirez, Michael Pitt, Anna Brewster, and Sharlto Copley.</p><span class="copyright">Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock</span>

The Last Days of American Crime
TBA

This thriller seems like the opposite of The Purge. The American government plans to transmit a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to commit crime. Just before a signal is sent out, a group of criminals bands together for one last heist. The movie stars Edgar Ramirez, Michael Pitt, Anna Brewster, and Sharlto Copley.

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<p><strong><em>The Irishman</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>It's happening: The ninth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, 10 years in the making. And it's happening on Netflix. De Niro plays Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a labor union official with mafia connections. On his deathbed, he claims responsibility for the death of labour organiser Jim Hoffa (Al Pacino).</p><span class="copyright">Todd Williamson/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock</span>

The Irishman
TBA

It's happening: The ninth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, 10 years in the making. And it's happening on Netflix. De Niro plays Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a labor union official with mafia connections. On his deathbed, he claims responsibility for the death of labour organiser Jim Hoffa (Al Pacino).

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<p><strong><em>6 Underground</em></strong><br>TBA</p><p>Thought <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/12/186077/netflix-bright-bad-reviews-clapback" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bright" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bright</a></em> was big? Think again. <em>6 Underground</em> is a high-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds. It's about six billionaires who form their own vigilante squad.</p><span class="copyright">Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock</span>

6 Underground
TBA

Thought Bright was big? Think again. 6 Underground is a high-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds. It's about six billionaires who form their own vigilante squad.

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