The cinema to come, from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 to Sorrentino: the most anticipated films of 2023

The pandemic has taught us to distrust forecasts and for cinema it’s all a gamble since the only forecast to bet on is to have theaters full again. Nonetheless, it’s all about imagining the most anticipated films, record-breaking blockbusters and the titles of the most titled directors. Fandango’s annual surveythe US ticket resale giant, in revealing that the title at the top of the expectations of 2023 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3reveals encouraging data such as 99% excited to see new movies, 97% promising to go to theaters more often in 2023, 82% saying the movie experience cannot be recreated at home.

In short, with these premises, according to analysts, 2023, which boasts one of the most exciting film line-ups in recent years, could be the year of change at the box office. It must be said that 9 of the top 10 must-see movies of 2023 are sequelsall ten are franchises.

Sequel: the must-haves of 2023

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, (May 3);



JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 with Keanu Reeves (March 23);

INDIANA JONES AND THE WHEEL OF DESTINY with Harrison Ford who returns young and for the first time with a director who is not named Steven Spielberg but James Mangold (summer);

AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM with Jason Momoa and Ben Affleck (December 25);

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART 1 with stainless Tom Cruise in the new sequel also shot in Italy (July 14);

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE SERPENT with Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman and Viola Davis (November 17);

CREED III (March 3);


The other titles

These are 10 eagerly awaited blockbusters, but there are many other titles in which interest is spasmodic for the actor’s performance, for the award-winning director, for the production operation. Starting with KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, the new Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro expected for a year now, history in the 1920s of the FBI investigation into the mysterious killing of members of the Osage tribe. It is clear then that TONKA with Timotheè Chalamet (also the protagonist in DUNE 2 by Denis Villeneuve) in the role of the young Willy Wonka, in the adventure based on Roald Dahl and starring Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins is at the top of the list, as well BARBIE with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the ultra-pop adaptation of Greta Gerwig e THE LITTLE MERMAID Halle Bailey in the remake of the 1989 Disney classic. In between drama NAPOLEONnew reading of Emperor Bonaparte directed by Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix in the title role (with Vanessa Kirby and Ludivine Sagnier in the female parts) and OPPENHEIMER by Christopher Nolan with ‘Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., story of the scientist and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. It is there that Melanie Laurent’s debut awaits in THE NIGHTINGALE with Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning, sisters also on the screen committed to surviving the Nazi occupation in France. Michael Fassbender fans await his return to the cinema after a few years and will be satisfied with two films: THE KILLER by David Fincher in which he plays a ruthless killer and with NEXT GOAL WINS, the sports adventure of the American Samoan football team, known for the brutal 31-0 game in 2001. On the subject of sport, but on the tennis courts, the new film by Luca Guadagnino takes place CHALLENGERS starring Zendaya and Josh O’Connor, due out in 2023. Channing Tatum takes off his clothes for Steven Soderbergh one last time in MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE, while Adam Driver in 65 by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods dons an astronaut suit to crash on a foreign planet, discovering he landed on prehistoric Earth. He will be on set until March but should be out within the year MEGALOPOLIS by Francis Ford Coppola with a cast that includes Adam Driver and Forest Whitaker among others. And the new Wes Anderson with ASTEROID CITY and the ‘usual star cast with Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson. Tom Hanks is also the protagonist of the Swedish remake A MAN CALLED EIGHTwhile Olivia Colman is in theaters with in February EMPIRE OF LIGHT by Sam Mendes. January is the month of BABYLONthe new film by Damien Chazelle with Brad Pitt, while on February 9th it arrives in theaters TAR with Cate Blanchett star performer and 23 THE WHALE Darren Aronofsky’s emotional film with Brendan Fraser. Many titles are expected from European cinema in 2023, including JEANNE DU BARRY with the return to the big screen of Johnny Depp in the role of King Louis XV directed by the French director Maïwenn, who will play the role of the courtesan herself. THE OLD OAK by master Ken Loach and at Easter THE PALACE, the black comedy by Roman Polanski set in a luxury hotel in Switzerland with Mickey Rourke (and among others our Fortunato Cerlino). On the biopic front we find MASTER with Bradley Cooper as director, performer and producer of a film on the life of conductor Leonard Bernstein. Among the producers of this film Scorsese and Spielberg. There is then FERRARI by Michael Mann, biopic on the Italian entrepreneur played by Adam Driver. We are in the summer of 1957 and the former Ferrari driver is in crisis: bankruptcy has brought the company to its knees, which he built ten years earlier together with his wife Laura. PRISCILLA by Sofia Coppola is instead a transversal biopic dedicated to Elvis Presley from the point of view of his wife Priscilla (Cailee Spaeny). The film is in fact based on the biographical book ELIS & ME, and intends to tell the perspective of a teenager – Priscilla was fourteen when she met Elvis. EL CONDE by Pablo Larraín is instead a Netflix fantasy comedy. One imagines a 250-year-old vampire Augusto Pinochet, weighed down by dishonor and family conflicts, the former Chilean dictator has only one desire: to die. On June 16 it will then be released in the States ASTEROID CITY by Wes Anderson which takes place in 1955 in an imaginary American town in the desert, where the Junior StargazerSpace Cadet convention takes place every year. Impressive cast: Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson and Matt Dillon. STRANGE WAY OF LIFE by Pedro Almodóvar is a queer western starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal. It’s actually just a thirty minute short film. Protagonist Silva, a man who crosses the desert to reach the town of Bitter Creek.

In Italy it is the year of the return to theaters of Garrone, Moretti and Bellocchio

In the conventional, and equally contestable, category of ‘auteur films’ there are many works in the running in this 2023 that has just begun. In fact, many masters will take to the field in Italy and abroad. And this with a strong thematic lean towards biopics and history. For Italy there will be Sorrentino, Costanzo, Rohrwacher, Rights, Genovese, Moretti, Bellocchio, Garrone, Salvatores and Guadagnino. Here is in a nutshell what we will see.

March 30 arrives THE RETURN OF CASANOVA by Gabriele Salvatores. Freely inspired by the novel by Arthur Schnitzler, it tells the story of a director who does not give up on the passage of time and decides to focus his new film on Casanova (Toni Servillo). During filming, however, he realizes how much this literary character reminds him too much of himself.

Another great master, Marco Bellocchio, instead is engaged in it THE CONVERSION with the true story of a Jewish child, Edgardo Mortara, who in 1858 was taken from the Papal States and taken away from his family to be raised as a Catholic. Transferred to Rome, the child was then raised according to Christian precepts in the custody of Pius IX despite his family’s requests for him back.

On the topical front, it will arrive in theaters I CAPTAIN by Matteo Garrone with the story of two young Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar (Senegal) to face the long journey to Europe. For them an odyssey that leads them to cross all kinds of danger.

FINALLY DAWN by Saverio Costanzo takes us back to the 1950s. Here Mimosa (Rebecca Antonaci) is an extra in a Hollywood peplum who spends a night with an American actress (Lily James), a gallery owner (Willem Dafoe) and an up-and-coming actor.

THE FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE by Paolo Genovese weaves the story of a man (Valerio Mastandrea), two women (Margherita Buy and Sara Serraiocco) and a boy, who share the fact that they are desperate. One day they meet a character (Toni Servillo), who gives them the opportunity to observe what could happen in the world when they disappear.

Much waiting for THE SUN OF THE FUTURE by Nanni Moretti, set in Italy, between the 50s and 70s, in the world of the circus and cinema. At the moment there are few details on the plot of the film. In the cast we find Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando Barbora Bobulova.

THE CHIMERA by Alice Rohrwacher is instead set in the eighties and has as its protagonist a hunter of Etruscan artifacts called Arthur who has the gift of “feeling the void”.

CHALLENGERS by Luca Guadagnino is instead a comedy set in the world of tennis. Zendaya plays Tashi, a former golfer who coaches her husband Art (Mike Faist) and has managed to turn him into a world-class Grand Slam star.

It certainly is among the most anticipated films PARTENOPE by Paolo Sorrentino. The myth of the siren that gave birth to the city of Naples is the protagonist. It will be a journey through time, even meeting San Gennaro. Shooting should start within the summer between the seafront, Castel dell’Ovo, Borgo Marinari and the historic center.

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The cinema to come, from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 to Sorrentino: the most anticipated films of 2023