Our predictions for the surprise hit movies of 2019

With an staggering selection of big screen releases in 2019, there is plenty to look forward to seeing in cinemas.

While everyone is brimming with excitement for the live-action versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame to answer all of our Thanos-based questions, a return to the main Star Wars saga, and many, many more blockbuster releases, there are some films which may have sneaked under the radar of even the most enthusiastic filmgoers.

So here is our pick for the top under-the-radar films that will hit it big with film fans this year:

Us (22 March 2019)

Jordan Peele blew audiences away with his directorial debut Get Out, which helped the former comedy star to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar and winning for Best Original Screenplay.

Coming out this year is Us, another psychological horror-thriller, starring Black Panther castmembers Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a married couple who bring their family to a beach house, only to be stalked by a group of 'strangers' that look exactly the same as them and their children.

Get Out was a masterclass in dramatic tension, and bringing along everything that he learnt with Get Out, expectations are high that this will be even bigger, even tenser and even scarier than his previous Oscar-winning thriller.

Gemini Man  (4th October)

It would seem that recently, Will Smith has had more misses than hits thanks to the likes of Suicide Squad, Collateral Beauty and Concussion, but that is all set to change in 2019 as he is set to play The Genie in Disney's live-action version of Aladdin.

And in his second release of the year, the sci-fi action drama Gemini Man, Smith will play an over-the-hill assassin who finds himself up against a clone of his younger self.

Directed by Ang Lee and joined by Clive Owen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, if the premise of the film is executed well - and Ang Lee's pedigree suggests that it will be - then this could be a second huge success for Will Smith in 2019.

The Kitchen (20th September)

Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff has been given her first director gig in the adaptation of Vertigo comics' miniseries about the wives of Irish mobsters who take over their husbands' organised crime operations when they are arrested by the FBI.

With a similar plot to 2018's Widows, Berloff has gathered a staggering cast for the comedy-drama, including Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss, Common and Domhnall Gleeson.

Berloff has reportedly impressed the execs at New Line Cinema with her "edgy and subversive" perspective - and if she is able to get the best out of her stunning cast line-up, we may well be in for one of the funniest and edgiest films of the year.

FORD V. FERRARI (28 JUNE)

Coming out a week after Toy Story 4, and a week before Spider-Man: Far From Home, this biopic is looking to attract a very different type of audience in order to make it a success in the middle of blockbuster season.

Logan director James Mangold has turned his attention to directing and co-writing the true story of a team of American engineers dispatched by Henry Ford to dethrone the dominant Ferrari team at the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1966.

Having recruited stars like Christian Bale, Matt Damon and Jon Bernthal, the formula is set for this to be a thrilling and riveting insight into an interesting part of motorsport history.

The Woman in the Window (27th September 2019)

20th Century Fox didn't hang about when it came to snapping up the film rights to A. J. Finn's bestselling novel, which was released early 2018 and set about getting into production immediately.

Atonement and Darkest Hour director Joe Wright was hired to direct and Amy Adams was cast as the lead, Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic child psychologist whowitnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours.

With the book having been dubbed "a thrilling slice of contemporary noir peppered with more than a touch of Hitchockian suspense," if Wright is able to harness all that was thrilling about the story, then we could be in for a twisting, mind-bending treat.

KNIVES OUT (29 NOVEMBER)

While we haven't been graced with full plot details about Knives Out, there is plenty to be excited about until we do.

For starters, it's written and directed by The Last Jedi and Looper director Rian Johnson and boasts an incredible cast including Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Toni Colette and many more.

Believed to be 'a modern murder mystery in a classic whodunit style', and with Johnson bringing his dry humour (which didn't go down well with some Star Wars fanatics), then we could be in for a thrilling and exciting ride.

Jojo Rabbit (TBC)

Already an indie favourite with the likes of What We Do in The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, New Zealand director Taika Waititi showed off his incredible ability for comedy when Thor: Ragnarok entertained and delighted Marvel-loving 'mainstream' cinemagoers.

With his next film, he is going back to the underground with a bizarre dark comedy satire set during World War II which follows a young German boy who discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl, and the only person he can turn to is his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler - played by Waititi.

So far, so bizarre, but Waititi has roped in major players such as Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, and if there's any director that can turn this truly insane scenario into a wonderfully brilliant bit of cinema, it's the New Zealander.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (9th August)

Boyhood director Richard Linklater's new comedy-drama is an adaptation of Maria Semple's award-winning 2012 novel and boasts a cast including Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig and Laurence Fishburne.

When the titular Bernadette (Blanchett) - an anxiety-ridden mother of 15-year-old Bee - goes missing, her teenage daughter must find out what's happened, and discovers her mother's troubled past in the process.

With similar releases over recent years, A Simple Favour and Gone Girl, the 'suburban woman goes missing' movie trope is at the height of its popularity at the moment, and if Linklater is able to put his talents on the work, coupled with the much-loved source material, then this could turn out to be the pick of the trio.

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