The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
It's prequel time again. In December, we'll get to see the founding of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in Wonka, but first there's The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Based on the dystopian YA novel by Suzanne Collins, the prequel is set 64 years before the previous Hunger Games films. Donald Sutherland's character, Coriolanus Snow, is now a teenager played by Tom Blyth, and Rachel Zegler is the woman he has to train for the Capitol's 10th annual death match.
Brie Larson's Captain Marvel returns to save the planet from evil aliens, but her job is made considerably harder this time by a cosmic glitch that links her to two other superheroines. Every time she uses her powers, she swaps places with either Photon (Teyonah Parris) or Ms Marvel (Iman Vellani). "The worlds we go to in this movie are worlds unlike others you've seen in the MCU. Bright worlds that you haven't seen before," the director Nia DaCosta told Total Film.
Walt Disney celebrates its 100th anniversary with a cartoon that incorporates the themes and animation styles of the studio's first century. Directed by Chris Buck (co-director of Frozen) and Fawn Veerasunthorn, Wish is a musical fairy tale set in a magical land where King Magnifico (Chris Pine) can grant his citizens' wishes. But a 17-year-old girl, Asha (Ariana DeBose), questions whether the king should keep that power all to himself. She wishes on a star – and the star then falls from the sky to help her. Buck told Jackson Murphy at Animation Scoop that the film is "kind of our love letter to Disney, to Walt. What he brought to the world and us. "
Ridley Scott's 28th film is an epic biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte, with Joaquin Phoenix as the French general, and Vanessa Kirby as his wife Josephine. It's reported to be three hours long, with six major battle sequences – although it's as much a character-driven drama as it is a war movie.