Mama Mia! Nintendo's iconic video gaming is getting a big-screen adaptation for the first time since 1993. While little is known about the plot, the first teaser catches Bowser raging on a kingdom of tiny penguins, Mario dropping in on the Mushroom Kingdon, and Luigi running from a hoard of dry bones. The Super Mario Bros. Movie stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, and will premiere in theaters on April 7, 2023.
La La Land director Damien Chazelle has introduced his First Man follow-up. Babylon takes us back to the 1920s when silent movies are transitioning into talkies to follow an aspiring actor as he tries to break into Hollywood. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damien Chazelle, Tobey Maguire, and Li Jun Li, the film is slated to release on December 25, 2022.
After nearly 13 years, James Cameron is finally going back to Pandora. The long-awaited Avatar sequel takes place a decade after the events of the original film to catch back up with the Sully family. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña reprise their roles, while Sigourney Weaver returns in a new role, and Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, and Vin Diese join the cast. Avatar: The Way of Water is slated for release on December 16, 2022.
Runaway slave Peter escaped north to freedom and joined the Union Army during the Civil War. Photos of Peter's back, scarred by a whipping at the hands of his owners on a plantation in Louisiana, were published in The Independent and Harper's Weekly and brought the cruel reality of slavery to the American public's notice. Emancipation, directed by Antione Fuqua and starring Will Smith as Peter, comes to theaters December 2 and Apple TV+ December 9.
Even after taking down Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Shazam! still has doubts about his abilities, even comparing himself to other heroes in the DC Universe. His insecurities must quickly fade when the two daughters of Atlas show up to take over the world. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel reprise their roles as the orphan teen and his superhero alter-ego, while Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu join the cast when Shazam! Fury of the Gods goes to theaters on December 21.
Like father, like son — sort of. Everyone knows Robert Downey Jr. But the "Jr." in the name implies a senior — who happens to be a filmmaker and a maverick in his own right. Sr. is more than a tribute to Robert Downey Jr.'s father. The film is a look at art, family, dying, and the conflict — and resolution — between generations. Sr. comes to Netflix December 2, 2022.