Tomorrow's Theater ... Today

Greg Dean Schmitz

Now that you've picked this week's league, check out these upcoming movies related to this week's "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," "The Angry Birds Movie 2," "Good Boys," and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette."

IT Chapter Two (9/6/2019)
The voice cast of the original "Angry Birds Movie" in 2016 had lots of "Saturday Night Live" alumni, including Jason Sudeikis (in the lead as Red), Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, and Maya Rudolph. This week's sequel nearly doubled the number of SNL stars in the franchise by adding Leslie Jones as the most prominent character, plus also Beck Bennett and Pete Davidson. Bill Hader is back as well, as the voice of the green pig King Leonard, but it's not his only role this year in a star-studded ensemble. One of the movies most speculated to be one of this year's biggest box office hits is "IT Chapter Two," the second half of the story started with 2017's "IT," which over-performed with $700 million worldwide (and $327 million domestically) on a budget of $35 million. Bill Hader's playing the adult Richie Tozier, and the other big stars included "Dark Phoenix" costars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.

The Goldfinch (9/13/2019)
As we get closer to the end of summer, that also means that movie theaters are about to be deluged with dozens of (mostly) dramas which are all hoping to receive some level of "awards season" acclaim. One of the movies that's coming to us with some level of award pedigree is "The Goldfinch," which is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 2014 novel by Donna Tartt. The movie starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman is coming to us from the production company Color Force, which is developing a niche role with a series of adaptations of popular novels, including "Crazy Rich Asians", the various "Hunger Games" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies, and this week's "Where's You Go, Bernadette," based on the bestselling 2012 novel (a full year on the "New York Times" list) by Maria Semple.

Hustlers (9/13/2019)
Starting in 2012 with movies like "The Master" and "Zero Dark Thirty" from acclaimed directors, producer Megan Ellison has been giving us some of each year's most ambitious dramas, recently including last year's "If Beale Street Could Talk" and this week's "Where's You Go, Bernadette." Despite Annapurna's frequent accolades, their recent films have been relative box office disappointments, and Annapurna has been plagued with bankruptcy rumors (despite the deep pockets of Megan's dad, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison). That might be why Annapurna is betting big on next month's inspired-by-a-true-crime-story, "Hustlers," which features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians"), and rappers-turned-actresses Lizzo and Keke Palmer.

Rambo: Last Blood (9/20/2019)
Two of the four young actresses who star in this week's shark attack sequel, "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" are the daughters of more famous movie stars. One is Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie Fox), and the other is Sistine Stallone, who is the fourth of five children of Sylvester Stallone. Speaking of sequels, Stallone's character from 1982's "First Blood," John Rambo, is coming back next month in his fifth movie, "Rambo: First Blood." This is actually the second time that John Rambo had a "comeback" movie, with the first being 2008's "Rambo," which earned over $113 million worldwide from a budget of $50 million. As the title suggests, "Rambo: First Blood" is expected to be Stallone's last "Rambo" movie as he's now 73 years old.

Doctor Sleep (11/8/2019)
Although he's one of the three tween boys in this week's R-rated comedy "Bad Boys," Jacob Tremblay first became famous for his role as Brie Larson's son in the kidnapping drama "Room" (and he also starred in the drama "Wonder"). We don't yet know the nature of his role yet, but Jacob Tremblay is also going to costar in this fall's "Doctor Sleep," which is based on Stephen King's sequel novel to "The Shining." Ewan McGregor stars in "Doctor Sleep" as the adult version of Danny Torrance, and the most common theory about Jacob Tremblay in "Doctor Sleep" is that he might be playing Danny as a kid. (Danny Lloyd, who played Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is now a 46-year-old teacher who retired from acting in 1985).

Frozen 2 (11/22/2019)
Another of the stars who lends his voice to one of the "Angry Birds" is Josh Gad, who gets lots of voice work, including roles in "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "A Dog's Purpose." Josh Gad's most famous animated role, however, is pretty obviously Olaf the Snowman from Disney's runaway musical hit, "Frozen." Given that movie's $1.276 billion global box office (and over $400 million domestic), it was pretty much always a given that there would be a sequel, and so this November, we're getting "Frozen 2" six years to the day after "Frozen" was first released on November 22, 2013. The seasonal theme this time around is shifting back one from winter to autumn, which begs the question as to whether a hypothetical (and probably likely) "Frozen 3" might be set in the summer. You heard it here first: "Frozen 3" will probably be a beach movie.

Jumanji: The Next Level (12/13/2019)
Rapper-turned-actress Awkawafina has been so prolific lately (four movies in 2019 alone), that it might be easy to forget that Awkwafina actually first had her breakout role a little over a year ago in the 2018 sequel "Ocean's 8" (which was quickly followed about a year ago by "Crazy Rich Asians"). It's an Awkwafina, Awkwafina, Awkwafina world, and we all just live in it, because her growing film career isn't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Next year, Awkwafina will costar in "The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge" (5/22/2020), and she's also part of next year's awards-friendly ensemble drama, "Breaking News in Yuba County." Before that though, Awkwafina will be one of the new cast members in "Jumanji: The Next Level," as one of the new videogame avatars, along with Katen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Johnson. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover are also along for the fun this third time around.