Christmas is always a fantastic time for big movie releases and 2019 will be no exception. Star Wars is back and so, too, is the sequel to a Disney smash hit for the ages. Here we have the film news and releases to keep us engrossed through the next festive season.
Star Wars & Christmas
Star Wars has become a Christmas tradition. The original trilogy was already etched into the festive memories of the How to Christmas posse, with each movie making its TV premiere at Christmas – and being repeated time and again in holiday seasons that followed. Or is that just how we want to remember it, like it always raining on Good Friday, the sun always shining on Easter Day and it always snowing in the build up to Christmas? We all shared that childhood, right?
When the newest incarnation of Star Wars films returned to the big screen in winter 2015, a new Christmas tradition was born. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the 2017 release “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were all given mid-December release dates. Happy Star Wars Christmas everyone! Put a lightsaber in my stocking, why don’t you? And dangle Darth’s baubles from my tree while you’re at it.
The tradition appears set to continue in 2019 with the news that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be released in December after all. It had been slated for a May release, only to be pushed back to a traditional festive slot. Star Wars and Christmas forever entwined.
“Sherlock Holmes 3”, starring Robert Downey Jr in the title role and Jude Law as Dr Watson, is to have a Christmas 2020 release. The first two films in the franchise, from 2009 and 2011, made a combined one billion dollars-plus. Guy Ritchie directed the first two movies but a director for the third instalment has yet to be announced.
The USA’s Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is expected to unveil more than thirty new Christmas movies for 2019. The Lifetime Channel in the states is expected to premiere around 15 Christmas movies.
Netflix Original Christmas Movies
In 2018, Kurt Russell played one of the coolest Santas you’re ever likely to see in the Netflix movie “The Christmas Chronicles”. It was a festive favourite for us at How to Christmas. Look out for more original Christmas movies from Netflix in 2019.
Movie Releases 2019
Release Date: September 13, 2019
The staggeringly successful television series hits the big screen in September 2019. The show was always a major hit for ITV on Christmas night in the UK and we fully expect the film could run well into the build up to Christmas 2019, thus its inclusion here. Downton favourites Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville will reprise their telly roles. We can hardly wait.
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Just when we thought we could let it go, “Frozen” returns for a delicious second helping. The Disney animation broke all kinds of box office records and the sequel could follow suit.We will witness the next chapter in the lives of Anna, Kristoff and Olaf…but the biggest change will be reserved for Elsa. We are officially intrigued. The film is launched in time for the Thanksgiving holidays stateside.
“Star Wars: Episode IX”
Release Date: December 19, 2019
Episode 9 in the Star Wars collection was once scheduled for a May release in the USA and UK, but has now been pushed back to Star Wars’ traditional Christmas release window, giving director JJ Abrams more time to finesse the last film in this new trilogy. In the UK the movie is set to open a day before the USA. Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux) are all returning.
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2019
Paul Feig, director and brains behind such films as “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters”, directed “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and “Crazy Rich Asians” leading man Henry Golding in a new London-based festive film “Last Christmas”. It is based on a script written by double Oscar winner Emma Thompson and playwright Bryony Kimmings. Thompson was among the stellar cast of “Love Actually”. Is it possible “Last Christmas” could be in that comedic, rom-com style, with the odd heart-wrenching moment thrown in? “Last Christmas” was, of course, a huge Christmas hit song for Wham! in the eighties.