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The Best Picture race saw recognition for the likes of [Danny Boyle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/danny-boyle/){:target=_blank}’s winning *[Slumdog Millionaire](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/slumdog-millionaire-review/){:target=_blank}* and [Gus Van Sant](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gus-van-sant/){:target=_blank}’s LGBT rights activist biopic *[Milk](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/milk-review/){:target=_blank}* – but among the five nominees, there was no room for [Christopher Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-knight-review/){:target=_blank}*. It bagged some technical nominations and a posthumous win for [Heath Ledger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/heath-ledger/){:target=_blank} – but that it wasn’t being considered among the best overall films of 2008 felt near-objectively wrong. In response, the Academy changed a 64-year tradition, increasing the maximum number of Best Picture nominations to 10 – to, in the words of former Academy President Sid Ganis, stop deserving movies being “squeezed out”.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Over a decade later, only a mere handful of comic book movies have troubled the Oscars – particularly beyond the technical categories – despite the genre’s continued box office dominance and considerable creative growth. But 2020 could be different. Following its Venice Film Festival premiere, [Todd Phillips](https://www.empireonline.com/people/todd-phillips/){:target=_blank}’ *[Joker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/joker/){:target=_blank}* won the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion – an award that just four years ago was won by the none-more-arthouse *[A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pigeon-sat-branch-reflecting-existence-review/){:target=_blank}*. Pair that with rave reviews – including _Empire_’s own [five-star write-up](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/joker/){:target=_blank} – and a widely-lauded lead performance from three-time Oscar nominee [Joaquin Phoenix](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joaquin-phoenix/){:target=_blank}, and it’s becoming increasingly plausible that next year’s ceremony could ring out with the sound of Arthur Fleck’s maniacal laughter.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d765d259414a695ca54f835","altText":"Joker","image":{"name":"joker-joaquin.jpg","fileName":"joker-joaquin.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":880613,"path":"one/media/5d76/5d25/9414/a695/ca54/f835"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If the Golden Lion is no Oscar guarantee, there is a precedent. Two years ago it went to [Guillermo del Toro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/guillermo-del-toro/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Shape Of Water](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shape-water-review/){:target=_blank}*, which later won Best Picture and Best Director at Hollywood’s biggest bash. That, too, was an in-some-ways unlikely winner – a prestige picture, yes, but also a fantasy film in which a woman falls in love with – and canonically fucks – a fish-man. [Ang Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ang-lee/){:target=_blank}’s *[Brokeback Mountain](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/brokeback-mountain-review/){:target=_blank}* also won the Golden Lion at Venice before it bagged a Best Director win and Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. If there’s a signifier that a progressive, outlier film could confidently enter Oscar talks, it’s the Golden Lion.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Endgame’s $2.79 billion haul is impossible to overlook – as is its emotional climax and narrative surrounding sacrificial American heroes.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"Of course, while it _would_ be a progressive move for a comic book movie to bag Best Picture, in some ways _Joker_ would be anything but – a movie that leans away from its pulpy paper origins, largely ignoring decades of the comics themselves. It’s a dark, serious, capital-f Film, with a classic Troubled White Man narrative that owes more to [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank} than it does to [Tim Burton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-burton/){:target=_blank} or [Joel Schumacher](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joel-schumacher/){:target=_blank} – potential catnip for staunch Academy traditionalists. It’s this mode of comic book movie that made the organisation sit up, pay attention, and admit its mistakes with _The Dark Knight_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"What _would_ be a truly progressive win – and should also be taken seriously in early Oscar talks – is *[Avengers: Endgame](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-endgame-review/){:target=_blank}*. The Academy, history tells us, rewards financial success, whether it’s *[Titanic](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/titanic-2-review/){:target=_blank}*’s 14 nominations and 11 wins (including Best Picture and Best Director) after becoming the #1 box office hit of all time, or *[Avatar](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avatar-review/){:target=_blank}*’s 9 nominations (notably missing out on Pic and Director to [Kathryn Bigelow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathryn-bigelow/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Hurt Locker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/hurt-locker-review/){:target=_blank}*) when Cameron once again out-did himself. _Endgame_’s $2.79 billion haul is impossible to overlook – as is its emotional climax and narrative surrounding sacrificial American heroes. While MCU films have very rarely ended up in the Oscar conversation, _Endgame_ seems poised as the one to hit big – the *[Return Of The King](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lord-rings-return-king-review/){:target=_blank}* of its franchise, an epic blockbuster culmination of everything that came before.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d765d999414a671e254f847","altText":"Avengers: Endgame","image":{"name":"endgame-steve.jpg","fileName":"endgame-steve.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":488463,"path":"one/media/5d76/5d99/9414/a671/e254/f847"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"There are signs that the Academy has been building towards this for a while. In 2018, [Hugh Jackman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/hugh-jackman/){:target=_blank}’s Wolverine swansong *[Logan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/logan-review/){:target=_blank}* deservedly received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and earlier this year, *[Black Panther](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/black-panther-review-2/){:target=_blank}* marked Marvel Studios’ first major foray into Oscar territory with a Best Picture nomination. While its three wins were among the technical categories – Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design – it revealed an Academy more willing to engage with mainstream comic book movies.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"And perhaps that’s because the make-up of the Academy itself is changing – adding 2,385 new voters across 2016, 2017, and 2018, including far more women and people of colour in an attempt to redress the balance on an institution renowned for consisting largely, as so many do, of old white men. It’s notable that these years saw huge wins and recognition for the likes of *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}*, _The Shape Of Water_, *[BlacKkKlansman](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/blackkklansman-review/){:target=_blank}*, and _Black Panther_ – mainstream genre movies with diverse faces in front of and behind the camera, which undeniably display a mastery of filmmaking craft and astonishing performances that might in previous years have been ignored.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"For those who remain skeptical of comic book movies, the thought of _Joker_ or _Endgame_ running the gauntlet for Best Picture might sound laughable. Come February, the joke could be on them.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Could Comic Book Movies Finally Break The Oscars In 2020?","subtitle":"","content":["In January 2009, the Academy made a mistake. The Best Picture race saw recognition for the likes of [Danny Boyle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/danny-boyle/){:target=_blank}’s winning *[Slumdog Millionaire](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/slumdog-millionaire-review/){:target=_blank}* and [Gus Van Sant](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gus-van-sant/){:target=_blank}’s LGBT rights activist biopic *[Milk](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/milk-review/){:target=_blank}* – but among the five nominees, there was no room for [Christopher Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-knight-review/){:target=_blank}*. It bagged some technical nominations and a posthumous win for [Heath Ledger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/heath-ledger/){:target=_blank} – but that it wasn’t being considered among the best overall films of 2008 felt near-objectively wrong. In response, the Academy changed a 64-year tradition, increasing the maximum number of Best Picture nominations to 10 – to, in the words of former Academy President Sid Ganis, stop deserving movies being “squeezed out”.","Over a decade later, only a mere handful of comic book movies have troubled the Oscars – particularly beyond the technical categories – despite the genre’s continued box office dominance and considerable creative growth. But 2020 could be different. Following its Venice Film Festival premiere, [Todd Phillips](https://www.empireonline.com/people/todd-phillips/){:target=_blank}’ *[Joker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/joker/){:target=_blank}* won the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion – an award that just four years ago was won by the none-more-arthouse *[A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pigeon-sat-branch-reflecting-existence-review/){:target=_blank}*. Pair that with rave reviews – including _Empire_’s own [five-star write-up](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/joker/){:target=_blank} – and a widely-lauded lead performance from three-time Oscar nominee [Joaquin Phoenix](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joaquin-phoenix/){:target=_blank}, and it’s becoming increasingly plausible that next year’s ceremony could ring out with the sound of Arthur Fleck’s maniacal laughter.","If the Golden Lion is no Oscar guarantee, there is a precedent. Two years ago it went to [Guillermo del Toro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/guillermo-del-toro/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Shape Of Water](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shape-water-review/){:target=_blank}*, which later won Best Picture and Best Director at Hollywood’s biggest bash. That, too, was an in-some-ways unlikely winner – a prestige picture, yes, but also a fantasy film in which a woman falls in love with – and canonically fucks – a fish-man. [Ang Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ang-lee/){:target=_blank}’s *[Brokeback Mountain](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/brokeback-mountain-review/){:target=_blank}* also won the Golden Lion at Venice before it bagged a Best Director win and Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. If there’s a signifier that a progressive, outlier film could confidently enter Oscar talks, it’s the Golden Lion.","Of course, while it _would_ be a progressive move for a comic book movie to bag Best Picture, in some ways _Joker_ would be anything but – a movie that leans away from its pulpy paper origins, largely ignoring decades of the comics themselves. It’s a dark, serious, capital-f Film, with a classic Troubled White Man narrative that owes more to [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank} than it does to [Tim Burton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-burton/){:target=_blank} or [Joel Schumacher](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joel-schumacher/){:target=_blank} – potential catnip for staunch Academy traditionalists. It’s this mode of comic book movie that made the organisation sit up, pay attention, and admit its mistakes with _The Dark Knight_.","What _would_ be a truly progressive win – and should also be taken seriously in early Oscar talks – is *[Avengers: Endgame](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-endgame-review/){:target=_blank}*. The Academy, history tells us, rewards financial success, whether it’s *[Titanic](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/titanic-2-review/){:target=_blank}*’s 14 nominations and 11 wins (including Best Picture and Best Director) after becoming the #1 box office hit of all time, or *[Avatar](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avatar-review/){:target=_blank}*’s 9 nominations (notably missing out on Pic and Director to [Kathryn Bigelow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathryn-bigelow/){:target=_blank}’s *[The Hurt Locker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/hurt-locker-review/){:target=_blank}*) when Cameron once again out-did himself. _Endgame_’s $2.79 billion haul is impossible to overlook – as is its emotional climax and narrative surrounding sacrificial American heroes. While MCU films have very rarely ended up in the Oscar conversation, _Endgame_ seems poised as the one to hit big – the *[Return Of The King](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lord-rings-return-king-review/){:target=_blank}* of its franchise, an epic blockbuster culmination of everything that came before.","There are signs that the Academy has been building towards this for a while. In 2018, [Hugh Jackman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/hugh-jackman/){:target=_blank}’s Wolverine swansong *[Logan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/logan-review/){:target=_blank}* deservedly received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and earlier this year, *[Black Panther](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/black-panther-review-2/){:target=_blank}* marked Marvel Studios’ first major foray into Oscar territory with a Best Picture nomination. While its three wins were among the technical categories – Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design – it revealed an Academy more willing to engage with mainstream comic book movies.","And perhaps that’s because the make-up of the Academy itself is changing – adding 2,385 new voters across 2016, 2017, and 2018, including far more women and people of colour in an attempt to redress the balance on an institution renowned for consisting largely, as so many do, of old white men. It’s notable that these years saw huge wins and recognition for the likes of *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}*, _The Shape Of Water_, *[BlacKkKlansman](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/blackkklansman-review/){:target=_blank}*, and _Black Panther_ – mainstream genre movies with diverse faces in front of and behind the camera, which undeniably display a mastery of filmmaking craft and astonishing performances that might in previous years have been ignored.","For those who remain skeptical of comic book movies, the thought of _Joker_ or _Endgame_ running the gauntlet for Best Picture might sound laughable. 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Released in 2019, Mike Flanagan's adaptation of *[Doctor Sleep](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/doctor-sleep/)* is an adaptation of the novel, and _also_ a sequel to [Stanley Kubrick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-kubrick/2/)'s 1980 film of *[The Shining](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/shining-2/)*, which famously deviated from the text. How's that going to work? Here's everything you need to know.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What is Doctor Sleep?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2msJTFvhkU4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"_Doctor Sleep_ is a sequel to _The Shining_, picking up the story of Danny Torrance as an adult. Stephen King revealed that he was writing the novel in 2011, and it was published in 2013. It begins with the aphorism \"FEAR stands for Fuck Everything And Run\".","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The story finds Danny – now the more mature Dan – in New Hampshire, working in a hospice, where his psychic \"Shining\" ability helps ease terminally ill patients in their final moments. That's how he earned the nickname of the title. In the past, the legacy of Jack Torrance and the events at the Overlook Hotel have driven Dan to alcoholism, but he's now sober, if fragile.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Angry ghosts from the Overlook still haunt him, but he keeps them trapped in \"lockboxes\" in his mind. The real antagonists this time are an itinerant cult called the True Knot, who travel the United States in Winnebagos and survive into extended lifespans by feeding on a psychic essence they call \"Steam\". They get this from murdering children who have the Shining, and when the particularly steamful Abra Stone finds herself in their path, she starts contacting Dan via astral projection. Dan gets involved, plunging back into the heart of darkness he's been trying to move past.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who directed Doctor Sleep?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d38199869330336f9d4ffaa","altText":"Mike Flanagan","image":{"name":"mike-flanagan-mike-windle-getty.jpg","fileName":"mike-flanagan-mike-windle-getty.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":861,"fileSize":160382,"path":"one/media/5d38/1998/6933/0336/f9d4/ffaa"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Mike Windle / Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Doctor Sleep's director is [Mike Flanagan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mike-flanagan/), the horror prodigy whose previous work includes *[Oculus](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/oculus-review/)*_,_ *[Ouija: Origin of Evil](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/ouija-origin-evil-2-review/)* and the Netflix series *[The Haunting of Hill House](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/reviews/haunting-hill-house-review/)*. He also made the rather good *[Gerald's Game](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/gerald-game/)* (again for Netflix), based on a Stephen King novel that had largely been considered unfilmable. King thought _Gerald's Game_ was \"terrific\" and _Hill House_ \"a work of genius\", so was happy to approve Flanagan as _Doctor Sleep_'s caretaker. Flanagan wrote the screenplay and also serves as the film's editor.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fascinatingly, given [King's famous antipathy for the film version](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U77Fn0OxAR4), Flanagan has very much leaned into _Doctor Sleep_ being a sequel to [Stanley Kubrick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-kubrick/2/)'s adaptation. In the novel of _The Shining_, the Overlook is ultimately destroyed, whereas in the film it remained intact. In the novel of _Doctor Sleep_, Dan and Abra revisit the site of the burned hotel, but in Flanagan's film – as revealed in the first trailer – Dan ends up back in the hotel itself: a note perfect recreation of Kubrick's 1980 vision.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who stars in Doctor Sleep?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d3819e66933033405d4ffb4","altText":"Doctor Sleep","image":{"name":"doctor-sleep-redrum.jpg","fileName":"doctor-sleep-redrum.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1242,"height":700,"fileSize":74793,"path":"one/media/5d38/19e6/6933/0334/05d4/ffb4"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"[Ewan McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/) is Dan Torrance, the grown up Danny, son of Jack.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Rebecca Ferguson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rebecca-ferguson/) is Rose the Hat, leader of child-murdering, Steam-imbibing cult the True Knot.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Kyliegh Curran is Abra Stone, a girl with an especially strong shining ability.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Zahn McClarnon, Carel Struycken, Selena Anduze, Emily Alyn Lind and Catherine Parker are True Knot acolytes Crow Daddy, Grandpa Flick, Apron Annie, Snakebite Andi and Silent Sarey.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Bruce Greenwood](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bruce-greenwood/) is John Dalton, Abra's family doctor. 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Released in 2019, Mike Flanagan's adaptation of *[Doctor Sleep](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/doctor-sleep/)* is an adaptation of the novel, and _also_ a sequel to [Stanley Kubrick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-kubrick/2/)'s 1980 film of *[The Shining](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/shining-2/)*, which famously deviated from the text. How's that going to work? Here's everything you need to know.","## What is Doctor Sleep?","_Doctor Sleep_ is a sequel to _The Shining_, picking up the story of Danny Torrance as an adult. Stephen King revealed that he was writing the novel in 2011, and it was published in 2013. It begins with the aphorism \"FEAR stands for Fuck Everything And Run\".","The story finds Danny – now the more mature Dan – in New Hampshire, working in a hospice, where his psychic \"Shining\" ability helps ease terminally ill patients in their final moments. That's how he earned the nickname of the title. In the past, the legacy of Jack Torrance and the events at the Overlook Hotel have driven Dan to alcoholism, but he's now sober, if fragile.","Angry ghosts from the Overlook still haunt him, but he keeps them trapped in \"lockboxes\" in his mind. The real antagonists this time are an itinerant cult called the True Knot, who travel the United States in Winnebagos and survive into extended lifespans by feeding on a psychic essence they call \"Steam\". They get this from murdering children who have the Shining, and when the particularly steamful Abra Stone finds herself in their path, she starts contacting Dan via astral projection. Dan gets involved, plunging back into the heart of darkness he's been trying to move past.","## Who directed Doctor Sleep?","Doctor Sleep's director is [Mike Flanagan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mike-flanagan/), the horror prodigy whose previous work includes *[Oculus](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/oculus-review/)*_,_ *[Ouija: Origin of Evil](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/ouija-origin-evil-2-review/)* and the Netflix series *[The Haunting of Hill House](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/reviews/haunting-hill-house-review/)*. He also made the rather good *[Gerald's Game](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/gerald-game/)* (again for Netflix), based on a Stephen King novel that had largely been considered unfilmable. King thought _Gerald's Game_ was \"terrific\" and _Hill House_ \"a work of genius\", so was happy to approve Flanagan as _Doctor Sleep_'s caretaker. Flanagan wrote the screenplay and also serves as the film's editor.","Fascinatingly, given [King's famous antipathy for the film version](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U77Fn0OxAR4), Flanagan has very much leaned into _Doctor Sleep_ being a sequel to [Stanley Kubrick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-kubrick/2/)'s adaptation. In the novel of _The Shining_, the Overlook is ultimately destroyed, whereas in the film it remained intact. In the novel of _Doctor Sleep_, Dan and Abra revisit the site of the burned hotel, but in Flanagan's film – as revealed in the first trailer – Dan ends up back in the hotel itself: a note perfect recreation of Kubrick's 1980 vision.","## Who stars in Doctor Sleep?","[Ewan McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/) is Dan Torrance, the grown up Danny, son of Jack.","[Rebecca Ferguson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rebecca-ferguson/) is Rose the Hat, leader of child-murdering, Steam-imbibing cult the True Knot.","Kyliegh Curran is Abra Stone, a girl with an especially strong shining ability.","Zahn McClarnon, Carel Struycken, Selena Anduze, Emily Alyn Lind and Catherine Parker are True Knot acolytes Crow Daddy, Grandpa Flick, Apron Annie, Snakebite Andi and Silent Sarey.","[Bruce Greenwood](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bruce-greenwood/) is John Dalton, Abra's family doctor. 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The games industry continues to produce captivating AAA titles with all kinds of impressive bells and whistles and gorgeously-crafted indie titles, offering compelling interactive storytelling, emotional arcs, inventive new mechanics and more – and to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of the best games of 2019 (so far).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Whether you’re after a thrilling VR trip into the _Star Wars_ universe, a chance to create the most devilish Super Mario level of all time, or a time-sapping battle royale showdown, it’s a diverse list with something for everyone. Take a look at the full list in the gallery below.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d726c05ddd89c4df9decf5d","title":"The Best Games Of 2019 (So Far)","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5d726bd8ddd89cafa0decf52","titleText":"15) Astral Chain","altText":"Astral Chain","image":{"name":"15-astral-chain.jpg","fileName":"15-astral-chain.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1253874,"path":"one/media/5d72/6bd8/ddd8/9caf/a0de/cf52"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There's a lot going on in PlatinumGames' latest, from the speedy action combat that _Bayonetta_ fans will expect from the developer, to a deeper and more complex world you'll need to explore while solving supernatural crimes. That the world blends cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic influences and partners you with interdimensional invaders to do battle, only adds to the madness of it all. Thankfully, the jigsaw of ideas and systems pieces together into a manifestly brilliant experience. Nintendo's newest franchise is immediately one of its finest.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-1002032-Astral-Chain-Switch/dp/B07NSPWK88/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2BGY7PW0Y4PP9&keywords=astral+chain&qid=1568212804&s=videogames&sprefix=Astr,aps,142&sr=1-2&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=fee2cf546e58ac35245585f8ac695ea5&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow}<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5d726bd8ddd89cafa0decf52","titleText":"15) Astral Chain","altText":"Astral Chain","image":{"name":"15-astral-chain.jpg","fileName":"15-astral-chain.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1253874,"path":"one/media/5d72/6bd8/ddd8/9caf/a0de/cf52"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There's a lot going on in PlatinumGames' latest, from the speedy action combat that _Bayonetta_ fans will expect from the developer, to a deeper and more complex world you'll need to explore while solving supernatural crimes. That the world blends cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic influences and partners you with interdimensional invaders to do battle, only adds to the madness of it all. Thankfully, the jigsaw of ideas and systems pieces together into a manifestly brilliant experience. Nintendo's newest franchise is immediately one of its finest.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-1002032-Astral-Chain-Switch/dp/B07NSPWK88/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2BGY7PW0Y4PP9&keywords=astral+chain&qid=1568212804&s=videogames&sprefix=Astr,aps,142&sr=1-2&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=fee2cf546e58ac35245585f8ac695ea5&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726bf1ddd89c2aeadecf5c","titleText":"14) A Plague Tale: Innocence","altText":"A Plague Tale: Innocence","image":{"name":"14-plague-tale.jpg","fileName":"14-plague-tale.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":906667,"path":"one/media/5d72/6bf1/ddd8/9c2a/eade/cf5c"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Every so often, a game comes along seemingly out of nowhere, and absolutely dazzles. Asobo Studios' stealthy adventure is one such title – set in the plague-ridden, war-torn France of the middle ages, its tale of orphaned aristocrats Amicia and her sickly younger brother Hugo is at turns thrilling, shocking, and heart-wrenching, but consistently engaging. A mix of environmental puzzles, crafting, and stealth serves up enough variety to keep players hooked, while the ability to play with original French dialogue and English subtitles makes it all the more immersive.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6QQXVK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=dff3a06bcca599268d8641bcddc5284d&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e11ddd89ceec0decfa9","titleText":"13) Tom Clancy's The Division 2","altText":"The Division 2","image":{"name":"13-division.jpg","fileName":"13-division.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":963502,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e11/ddd8/9cee/c0de/cfa9"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ubisoft's tactical shooter/RPG series shifts focus from New York to Washington DC for this sequel, tasking your customisable Division agent to restore order in the American capital, now split between three warring factions. The open-world environment is bigger and more vertical than in 2016's _The Division_, the class and perk systems are more versatile, and the endgame content – once you've finished the main story campaign – is actually fun, keeping you coming back for more. We're still not sure what, exactly, Tom Clancy has to do with anything, beyond the politics and fetishisation of guns, but that doesn't detract from this being a huge improvement on its predecessor.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MKPML4M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=c7ff4702945d26de9f8bd10227b154e2&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e2dddd89c9233decfb4","titleText":"12) Kingdom Hearts III","altText":"Kingdom Hearts III","image":{"name":"12-kingdom-hearts.jpg","fileName":"12-kingdom-hearts.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":518910,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e2d/ddd8/9c92/33de/cfb4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There was no way _Kingdom Hearts III_ would live up to hype – it had more than a decade's worth of fan expectations weighing on it. Despite this, the conclusion to the series' core trilogy is a brilliant accomplishment, introducing a host of new worlds based on fan-favourite Disney films, while tying up a story that has stretched over three console generations. While that conclusion itself is cathartic, it's the journey getting there that makes this a joy, with improved, flashier battles, a gorgeous musical score, and surprisingly heartfelt moments. Unlikely to be the last Kingdom Hearts ever, but a hell of a closer for what's come before.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZGCGV6E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=383ec8822406518a5b8ef39af3dfe359&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e50ddd89ce5cadecfb6","titleText":"11) Vader Immortal","altText":"Vader Immortal","image":{"name":"11-vader-immmortal.jpg","fileName":"11-vader-immmortal.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":185552,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e50/ddd8/9ce5/cade/cfb6"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"VR is still uncharted territory for many gamers, but if anything can make the case to invest in the kit necessary, it's _Vader Immortal_. Putting players literally in the boots of a smuggler drawn into a certain Sith Lord's web on the volcanic Mustafar, this blends a captivating story with tactile interaction with the world. Whether its clambering through a vent to escape guard droids, shooting down Stormtroopers, or the inevitable lightsaber combat, it's a none-more-immersive journey into the Star Wars universe. 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It's more than a reskin of _NecroDancer_ with Zelda characters – bringing in Zelda's overworld, enemies, and familiar power-ups such as the hookshot make it feel a natural addition to the long-running Nintendo series, while the music blends classic Zelda tracks with the chiptune beats of _NecroDancer_ to create some absolute earworms. An unexpected delight.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07T4CRW5L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=b0245d847db4480fc5ea5e253ae8697f&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e9cddd89c5559decfc2","titleText":"9) Trials Rising","altText":"Trials Rising","image":{"name":"9-trials-rising.jpg","fileName":"9-trials-rising.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1016728,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e9c/ddd8/9c55/59de/cfc2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ubisoft's stunt racing series has always been a delight. Navigating its madcap assortment of obstacle-filled courses with a motorbike all too beholden to physics strikes a near-perfect balance between skill and puzzle-solving, while rewarding even abject failure with hilarious crashes and jubilant explosions. _Rising_ is the pinnacle of the series to date though, packing in some of the most inventive courses yet and bolstering them with a ridiculously detailed suite of creation tools to make and share your own tracks. Best of all is the new local multiplayer 'Tandem' mode, where two players share control of the bike's momentum and the rider's position – it's glorious chaos, making _Trials Rising_ a perfect party game.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DM6QFC8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=9010800c9697609a381b1078249ae25a&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726eaeddd89cfc4bdecfc4","titleText":"8) Total War: Three Kingdoms","altText":"Total War: Three Kingdoms","image":{"name":"8-total-war.jpg","fileName":"8-total-war.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1551709,"path":"one/media/5d72/6eae/ddd8/9cfc/4bde/cfc4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The _Total War_ series rarely disappoints, and _Three Kingdoms_ is no exception. Kicking off at the fall of the Han Dynasty – around 1800 years ago – Creative Assembly's incredibly detailed offering takes players through the real world events that followed, and sprinkles in enough poetry, romanticism, and heroic myth to keep things interesting. It makes for one of the more approachable entries in the series, but still gives purists the chance to play a more hardcore, historically accurate mode. A high point for the series – and the strategy genre.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K4DLRJK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=3ed4543851f4619162e6464a0c14e8df&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726ec5ddd89cf7d7decfc5","titleText":"7) Metro Exodus","altText":"Metro Exodus","image":{"name":"7-metro-exodus.jpg","fileName":"7-metro-exodus.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":721737,"path":"one/media/5d72/6ec5/ddd8/9cf7/d7de/cfc5"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Abandoning the claustrophobic confines of Russia's subways was a risk for the _Metro_ series, but it turns out expanding to an open world was the literal breath of fresh air the series needed. Coming hot on the heels of the flawed _Fallout 76_, _Metro Exodus_ offers a more serious take on the post-apocalyptic genre, with protagonist Artyom seeking new hope – and more survivors – by embarking on a fraught journey to the far east. Greater gameplay freedom, improved crafting, fearsome new enemies – both radioactive mutants and complex human factions – and a deeper, more emotional narrative make _Exodus_ the pinnacle of the series to date.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072K2K84W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=0152ae4b78e24a43d04ce1d3c5d57f29&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726ef5ddd89cfe60decfcc","titleText":"6) Mortal Kombat 11","altText":"Mortal Kombat 11","image":{"name":"6-mortal-kombat.jpg","fileName":"6-mortal-kombat.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":903814,"path":"one/media/5d72/6ef5/ddd8/9cfe/60de/cfcc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Story is rarely important to fighting games but as _Mortal Kombat_ has evolved, its bonkers narrative has become an integral part of its appeal. Here, a mix of temporal demiurges, time loops, and good old fashioned grudges provide a gloriously exaggerated framework on which to hang _MK11_'s hilariously over-the-top, gore-laden fights. Thankfully, the battles themselves are the best the series has seen, with surprisingly advanced technical features allowing you to control the ebb and flow of fights, use the environment to your advantage in sadistically inventive ways, and unleash brutal Fatal Blows mid-scrap. Throw in a captivating 'Krypt' mode to explore and a rapidly expanding roster of fan-favourite crossover characters via DLC, and you have the best _Kombat_ yet.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NGTX1BW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=693ad52060ae36f61024dce9ee4db6ac&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726fb8ddd89c48b2decfda","titleText":"5) Apex Legends","altText":"Apex Legends","image":{"name":"5-apex-legends.jpg","fileName":"5-apex-legends.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":729360,"path":"one/media/5d72/6fb8/ddd8/9c48/b2de/cfda"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With the battle royale genre so dominated by _Fortnite_ and _PUBG_, the surprise release of free-to-play _Apex Legends_ with no prior announcement or hype seemed doomed to fail. Instead, the unexpected launch turned out to be a dynamo, giving the genre a shot in the arm by providing something new – recognisable characters. The heroes here have personality and unique skills, giving the game a dash of _Overwatch_'s flair and helping it stand apart from the competition. Plus, its connections to developer Respawn's _Titanfall_ universe make it feel part of something bigger.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d7274f7ddd89c0793ded0bb","titleText":"4) Super Mario Maker 2","altText":"Super Mario Maker 2","image":{"name":"4-super-mario-maker.jpg","fileName":"4-super-mario-maker.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":764079,"path":"one/media/5d72/74f7/ddd8/9c07/93de/d0bb"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Like many of Nintendo's Wii U titles, the original _Super Mario Maker_ didn't get the love it deserved on that underappreciated hardware, making this enhanced sequel for the Switch the first chance many players will have had to serve as architect of Mario's woes. With a plethora of design tools cribbed from the versatile plumber's 2D history and a startlingly thorough tutorial, you'll soon be creating intricate platforming courses. Even better: thanks to its robust story mode and a near-infinite supply of user-designed courses to download, _Super Mario Maker 2_ stands as one of the best single player platformers even for those without a creative bone in their bodies.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NSSHPFN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=a14def54c43cc6ccd463be6d8919a235&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank} <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d72750eddd89c3f09ded0bd","titleText":"3) Fire Emblem: Three Houses","altText":"Fire Emblem: Three Houses","image":{"name":"fire-emblem.jpg","fileName":"fire-emblem.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":948831,"path":"one/media/5d72/750e/ddd8/9c3f/09de/d0bd"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Nintendo's fantasy strategy series has been largely confined to the handheld confines of the DS or 3DS for the last few years, but _Three Houses_ takes advantage of the Switch's power to deliver a bigger, bolder _Fire Emblem_ suited to the big screen. With more character development and relationship management between battles, plus enhanced tactics, new units, and a fresh battalion system on the field, it's the most technically impressive entry in the series yet. And of course, being on Switch, it's still suited to handheld play, so anyone used to warring on the go can still get their portable fix of fantasy conflict.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NSNT5HQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=9653f14f4d17c7155b1ad5812bc33303&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d727521ddd89cc39fded0bf","titleText":"2) Sekiro","altText":"Sekiro","image":{"name":"2-sekiro.jpg","fileName":"2-sekiro.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":883652,"path":"one/media/5d72/7521/ddd8/9cc3/9fde/d0bf"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Take _Dark Souls_, swap the gothic fantasy setting for Sengoku Era Japan, and add in a stronger story and even better combat. The result? One of From Software's best games in years. While _Souls_ purists may balk at the concessions made to bring new players up to speed, _Sekiro_ isn't any easier for being more accessible. Instead, the mix of samurai swordplay, stealth, and shinobi gadgets made possible by the eponymous hero's prosthetic arm afford players more freedom in how to navigate and conquer this stunning world. It's _Souls_-style gameplay, refined for the better, and a masterpiece of modern gaming.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DNTR2NQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=b80df4066bc25e50ce6be24fa20ed908&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d727535ddd89c7e10ded0c4","titleText":"1) Resident Evil 2","altText":"Resident Evil 2","image":{"name":"1-resident-evil.jpg","fileName":"1-resident-evil.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":532230,"path":"one/media/5d72/7535/ddd8/9c7e/10de/d0c4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"What was arguably the best instalment in the original run of _Resident Evil_ games got even better with January's modern remake. Along with the visual overhaul you'd expect 20 years later, Capcom's upgrade expanded on the PS1 version's story, improved the sound design, and introduced free movement for player characters rather than the outdated 'tank' controls. The result? 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The games industry continues to produce captivating AAA titles with all kinds of impressive bells and whistles and gorgeously-crafted indie titles, offering compelling interactive storytelling, emotional arcs, inventive new mechanics and more – and to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of the best games of 2019 (so far).","Whether you’re after a thrilling VR trip into the _Star Wars_ universe, a chance to create the most devilish Super Mario level of all time, or a time-sapping battle royale showdown, it’s a diverse list with something for everyone. 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That the world blends cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic influences and partners you with interdimensional invaders to do battle, only adds to the madness of it all. Thankfully, the jigsaw of ideas and systems pieces together into a manifestly brilliant experience. Nintendo's newest franchise is immediately one of its finest.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-1002032-Astral-Chain-Switch/dp/B07NSPWK88/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2BGY7PW0Y4PP9&keywords=astral+chain&qid=1568212804&s=videogames&sprefix=Astr,aps,142&sr=1-2&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=fee2cf546e58ac35245585f8ac695ea5&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow}<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5d726bd8ddd89cafa0decf52","titleText":"15) Astral Chain","altText":"Astral Chain","image":{"name":"15-astral-chain.jpg","fileName":"15-astral-chain.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1253874,"path":"one/media/5d72/6bd8/ddd8/9caf/a0de/cf52"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There's a lot going on in PlatinumGames' latest, from the speedy action combat that _Bayonetta_ fans will expect from the developer, to a deeper and more complex world you'll need to explore while solving supernatural crimes. That the world blends cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic influences and partners you with interdimensional invaders to do battle, only adds to the madness of it all. Thankfully, the jigsaw of ideas and systems pieces together into a manifestly brilliant experience. Nintendo's newest franchise is immediately one of its finest.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-1002032-Astral-Chain-Switch/dp/B07NSPWK88/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2BGY7PW0Y4PP9&keywords=astral+chain&qid=1568212804&s=videogames&sprefix=Astr,aps,142&sr=1-2&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=fee2cf546e58ac35245585f8ac695ea5&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726bf1ddd89c2aeadecf5c","titleText":"14) A Plague Tale: Innocence","altText":"A Plague Tale: Innocence","image":{"name":"14-plague-tale.jpg","fileName":"14-plague-tale.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":906667,"path":"one/media/5d72/6bf1/ddd8/9c2a/eade/cf5c"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Every so often, a game comes along seemingly out of nowhere, and absolutely dazzles. Asobo Studios' stealthy adventure is one such title – set in the plague-ridden, war-torn France of the middle ages, its tale of orphaned aristocrats Amicia and her sickly younger brother Hugo is at turns thrilling, shocking, and heart-wrenching, but consistently engaging. A mix of environmental puzzles, crafting, and stealth serves up enough variety to keep players hooked, while the ability to play with original French dialogue and English subtitles makes it all the more immersive.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6QQXVK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=dff3a06bcca599268d8641bcddc5284d&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e11ddd89ceec0decfa9","titleText":"13) Tom Clancy's The Division 2","altText":"The Division 2","image":{"name":"13-division.jpg","fileName":"13-division.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":963502,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e11/ddd8/9cee/c0de/cfa9"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ubisoft's tactical shooter/RPG series shifts focus from New York to Washington DC for this sequel, tasking your customisable Division agent to restore order in the American capital, now split between three warring factions. The open-world environment is bigger and more vertical than in 2016's _The Division_, the class and perk systems are more versatile, and the endgame content – once you've finished the main story campaign – is actually fun, keeping you coming back for more. We're still not sure what, exactly, Tom Clancy has to do with anything, beyond the politics and fetishisation of guns, but that doesn't detract from this being a huge improvement on its predecessor.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MKPML4M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=c7ff4702945d26de9f8bd10227b154e2&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e2dddd89c9233decfb4","titleText":"12) Kingdom Hearts III","altText":"Kingdom Hearts III","image":{"name":"12-kingdom-hearts.jpg","fileName":"12-kingdom-hearts.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":518910,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e2d/ddd8/9c92/33de/cfb4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There was no way _Kingdom Hearts III_ would live up to hype – it had more than a decade's worth of fan expectations weighing on it. Despite this, the conclusion to the series' core trilogy is a brilliant accomplishment, introducing a host of new worlds based on fan-favourite Disney films, while tying up a story that has stretched over three console generations. While that conclusion itself is cathartic, it's the journey getting there that makes this a joy, with improved, flashier battles, a gorgeous musical score, and surprisingly heartfelt moments. Unlikely to be the last Kingdom Hearts ever, but a hell of a closer for what's come before.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZGCGV6E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=383ec8822406518a5b8ef39af3dfe359&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e50ddd89ce5cadecfb6","titleText":"11) Vader Immortal","altText":"Vader Immortal","image":{"name":"11-vader-immmortal.jpg","fileName":"11-vader-immmortal.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":185552,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e50/ddd8/9ce5/cade/cfb6"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"VR is still uncharted territory for many gamers, but if anything can make the case to invest in the kit necessary, it's _Vader Immortal_. Putting players literally in the boots of a smuggler drawn into a certain Sith Lord's web on the volcanic Mustafar, this blends a captivating story with tactile interaction with the world. Whether its clambering through a vent to escape guard droids, shooting down Stormtroopers, or the inevitable lightsaber combat, it's a none-more-immersive journey into the Star Wars universe. A near-perfect addition to the saga.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e6cddd89c79f2decfbb","titleText":"10) Cadence of Hyrule","altText":"Cadence of Hyrule","image":{"name":"10-cadence-of-hyrule.jpg","fileName":"10-cadence-of-hyrule.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":801903,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e6c/ddd8/9c79/f2de/cfbb"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Mashing up the timeless adventuring of _The Legend of Zelda_ with the rhythm-action mechanics of indie darling _Crypt of the NecroDancer_ shouldn't work, but almost magically this crossover elevates both its constituent halves. It's more than a reskin of _NecroDancer_ with Zelda characters – bringing in Zelda's overworld, enemies, and familiar power-ups such as the hookshot make it feel a natural addition to the long-running Nintendo series, while the music blends classic Zelda tracks with the chiptune beats of _NecroDancer_ to create some absolute earworms. An unexpected delight.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07T4CRW5L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=b0245d847db4480fc5ea5e253ae8697f&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726e9cddd89c5559decfc2","titleText":"9) Trials Rising","altText":"Trials Rising","image":{"name":"9-trials-rising.jpg","fileName":"9-trials-rising.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1016728,"path":"one/media/5d72/6e9c/ddd8/9c55/59de/cfc2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ubisoft's stunt racing series has always been a delight. Navigating its madcap assortment of obstacle-filled courses with a motorbike all too beholden to physics strikes a near-perfect balance between skill and puzzle-solving, while rewarding even abject failure with hilarious crashes and jubilant explosions. _Rising_ is the pinnacle of the series to date though, packing in some of the most inventive courses yet and bolstering them with a ridiculously detailed suite of creation tools to make and share your own tracks. Best of all is the new local multiplayer 'Tandem' mode, where two players share control of the bike's momentum and the rider's position – it's glorious chaos, making _Trials Rising_ a perfect party game.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DM6QFC8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=9010800c9697609a381b1078249ae25a&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726eaeddd89cfc4bdecfc4","titleText":"8) Total War: Three Kingdoms","altText":"Total War: Three Kingdoms","image":{"name":"8-total-war.jpg","fileName":"8-total-war.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1551709,"path":"one/media/5d72/6eae/ddd8/9cfc/4bde/cfc4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The _Total War_ series rarely disappoints, and _Three Kingdoms_ is no exception. Kicking off at the fall of the Han Dynasty – around 1800 years ago – Creative Assembly's incredibly detailed offering takes players through the real world events that followed, and sprinkles in enough poetry, romanticism, and heroic myth to keep things interesting. It makes for one of the more approachable entries in the series, but still gives purists the chance to play a more hardcore, historically accurate mode. A high point for the series – and the strategy genre.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K4DLRJK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=3ed4543851f4619162e6464a0c14e8df&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726ec5ddd89cf7d7decfc5","titleText":"7) Metro Exodus","altText":"Metro Exodus","image":{"name":"7-metro-exodus.jpg","fileName":"7-metro-exodus.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":721737,"path":"one/media/5d72/6ec5/ddd8/9cf7/d7de/cfc5"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Abandoning the claustrophobic confines of Russia's subways was a risk for the _Metro_ series, but it turns out expanding to an open world was the literal breath of fresh air the series needed. Coming hot on the heels of the flawed _Fallout 76_, _Metro Exodus_ offers a more serious take on the post-apocalyptic genre, with protagonist Artyom seeking new hope – and more survivors – by embarking on a fraught journey to the far east. Greater gameplay freedom, improved crafting, fearsome new enemies – both radioactive mutants and complex human factions – and a deeper, more emotional narrative make _Exodus_ the pinnacle of the series to date.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072K2K84W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=0152ae4b78e24a43d04ce1d3c5d57f29&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726ef5ddd89cfe60decfcc","titleText":"6) Mortal Kombat 11","altText":"Mortal Kombat 11","image":{"name":"6-mortal-kombat.jpg","fileName":"6-mortal-kombat.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":903814,"path":"one/media/5d72/6ef5/ddd8/9cfe/60de/cfcc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Story is rarely important to fighting games but as _Mortal Kombat_ has evolved, its bonkers narrative has become an integral part of its appeal. Here, a mix of temporal demiurges, time loops, and good old fashioned grudges provide a gloriously exaggerated framework on which to hang _MK11_'s hilariously over-the-top, gore-laden fights. Thankfully, the battles themselves are the best the series has seen, with surprisingly advanced technical features allowing you to control the ebb and flow of fights, use the environment to your advantage in sadistically inventive ways, and unleash brutal Fatal Blows mid-scrap. Throw in a captivating 'Krypt' mode to explore and a rapidly expanding roster of fan-favourite crossover characters via DLC, and you have the best _Kombat_ yet.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NGTX1BW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=693ad52060ae36f61024dce9ee4db6ac&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d726fb8ddd89c48b2decfda","titleText":"5) Apex Legends","altText":"Apex Legends","image":{"name":"5-apex-legends.jpg","fileName":"5-apex-legends.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":729360,"path":"one/media/5d72/6fb8/ddd8/9c48/b2de/cfda"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With the battle royale genre so dominated by _Fortnite_ and _PUBG_, the surprise release of free-to-play _Apex Legends_ with no prior announcement or hype seemed doomed to fail. Instead, the unexpected launch turned out to be a dynamo, giving the genre a shot in the arm by providing something new – recognisable characters. The heroes here have personality and unique skills, giving the game a dash of _Overwatch_'s flair and helping it stand apart from the competition. Plus, its connections to developer Respawn's _Titanfall_ universe make it feel part of something bigger.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d7274f7ddd89c0793ded0bb","titleText":"4) Super Mario Maker 2","altText":"Super Mario Maker 2","image":{"name":"4-super-mario-maker.jpg","fileName":"4-super-mario-maker.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":764079,"path":"one/media/5d72/74f7/ddd8/9c07/93de/d0bb"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Like many of Nintendo's Wii U titles, the original _Super Mario Maker_ didn't get the love it deserved on that underappreciated hardware, making this enhanced sequel for the Switch the first chance many players will have had to serve as architect of Mario's woes. With a plethora of design tools cribbed from the versatile plumber's 2D history and a startlingly thorough tutorial, you'll soon be creating intricate platforming courses. Even better: thanks to its robust story mode and a near-infinite supply of user-designed courses to download, _Super Mario Maker 2_ stands as one of the best single player platformers even for those without a creative bone in their bodies.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NSSHPFN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=a14def54c43cc6ccd463be6d8919a235&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank} <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d72750eddd89c3f09ded0bd","titleText":"3) Fire Emblem: Three Houses","altText":"Fire Emblem: Three Houses","image":{"name":"fire-emblem.jpg","fileName":"fire-emblem.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":948831,"path":"one/media/5d72/750e/ddd8/9c3f/09de/d0bd"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Nintendo's fantasy strategy series has been largely confined to the handheld confines of the DS or 3DS for the last few years, but _Three Houses_ takes advantage of the Switch's power to deliver a bigger, bolder _Fire Emblem_ suited to the big screen. With more character development and relationship management between battles, plus enhanced tactics, new units, and a fresh battalion system on the field, it's the most technically impressive entry in the series yet. And of course, being on Switch, it's still suited to handheld play, so anyone used to warring on the go can still get their portable fix of fantasy conflict.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NSNT5HQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=9653f14f4d17c7155b1ad5812bc33303&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d727521ddd89cc39fded0bf","titleText":"2) Sekiro","altText":"Sekiro","image":{"name":"2-sekiro.jpg","fileName":"2-sekiro.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":883652,"path":"one/media/5d72/7521/ddd8/9cc3/9fde/d0bf"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Take _Dark Souls_, swap the gothic fantasy setting for Sengoku Era Japan, and add in a stronger story and even better combat. The result? One of From Software's best games in years. While _Souls_ purists may balk at the concessions made to bring new players up to speed, _Sekiro_ isn't any easier for being more accessible. Instead, the mix of samurai swordplay, stealth, and shinobi gadgets made possible by the eponymous hero's prosthetic arm afford players more freedom in how to navigate and conquer this stunning world. It's _Souls_-style gameplay, refined for the better, and a masterpiece of modern gaming.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DNTR2NQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=b80df4066bc25e50ce6be24fa20ed908&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d727535ddd89c7e10ded0c4","titleText":"1) Resident Evil 2","altText":"Resident Evil 2","image":{"name":"1-resident-evil.jpg","fileName":"1-resident-evil.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":532230,"path":"one/media/5d72/7535/ddd8/9c7e/10de/d0c4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"What was arguably the best instalment in the original run of _Resident Evil_ games got even better with January's modern remake. Along with the visual overhaul you'd expect 20 years later, Capcom's upgrade expanded on the PS1 version's story, improved the sound design, and introduced free movement for player characters rather than the outdated 'tank' controls. The result? A terrifying re-imagining that will stand the test of time for another 20 years at least.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon. ](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K3964VS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle56-21&linkId=7544590d082042bfccecc6d34a2a00ef&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""}],"composed":{"coverImage":"5d726bd8ddd89cafa0decf52","images":["5d726bd8ddd89cafa0decf52","5d726bf1ddd89c2aeadecf5c","5d726e11ddd89ceec0decfa9","5d726e2dddd89c9233decfb4","5d726e50ddd89ce5cadecfb6","5d726e6cddd89c79f2decfbb","5d726e9cddd89c5559decfc2","5d726eaeddd89cfc4bdecfc4","5d726ec5ddd89cf7d7decfc5","5d726ef5ddd89cfe60decfcc","5d726fb8ddd89c48b2decfda","5d7274f7ddd89c0793ded0bb","5d72750eddd89c3f09ded0bd","5d727521ddd89cc39fded0bf","5d727535ddd89c7e10ded0c4"]}}],"publications":[{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","amp":null,"preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}}],"categories":[{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c909","name":"Features","furl":"features","parent":{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903","name":"Movies","furl":"movies"},"composed":{"parent":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903"}}],"author":{"id":"5d120a065004e74a9b3cf55f","fullname":"Ben","furl":"ben"},"heroImage":[{"id":"5d727784ddd89c6aafded107","altText":"Super Mario Maker 2","image":{"name":"goty-main.jpg","fileName":"goty-main.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":925418,"path":"one/media/5d72/7784/ddd8/9c6a/afde/d107"},"caption":"","credits":""}],"apiVersion":"1.0","createdAt":1567782838058,"createdBy":"publish","v":5,"primaryPublication":{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","googleAnalyticsId":"","fbiaAudienceNetworkPlacement1":"","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}},"furl":"best-games-2019","urls":["empire/movies/features/best-games-2019/"],"excerpt":"Away from the big screen and the small screen, 2019 has given us a raft of...","heroImageLandscape":[null],"heroImagePortrait":[null],"heroImageThumb":[null],"heroImageThumbLandscape":[null],"lastModifiedAt":1568214321232,"lastModifiedBy":"publish","composed":{"trackingPixel":[],"tags":[],"presenter":[],"heroImage":["5d727784ddd89c6aafded107"],"fashionSeason":[],"author":"5d120a065004e74a9b3cf55f","fashionDesigner":[],"categories":["5d111266a91b155aa798c909"],"film":[],"publications":["5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74"],"people":[],"imageGalleries":["5d726c05ddd89c4df9decf5d"],"sponsor":[],"brands":[],"tv":[],"game":[],"primaryPublication":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74"}},{"id":"5d6fe86ca218a9a05ea3ad8f","tags":[],"presenter":[],"people":[],"tv":[],"film":[],"game":[],"fashionSeason":[],"fashionDesigner":[],"brands":[],"trackingPixel":[],"sponsor":[],"_layout":[{"content":"The Best TV Shows Of 2019 (So Far)","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d6fe827a218a96973a3ad88","altText":"Russian Doll ","image":{"name":"russian-doll.jpg","fileName":"russian-doll.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":579262,"path":"one/media/5d6f/e827/a218/a969/73a3/ad88"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"2019 is far from over, and yet it’s already been an astonishing year on the small screen. TV shows – by which we of course mean streaming series, as well as traditional terrestrial series – continue to demonstrate a depth of storytelling, an array of fascinating voices, a making and breaking of conventions, with stories and characters we can’t get enough of.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"To mark the (more than) midway point of the year, we put together a list of the best TV shows of 2019 so far – the ones that have defined the past several months, delivered the best moments, the killer lines, the shocking twists, and more. It’s a top 20 packed with mind-bending sci-fi, sharp and smart comedy, devastating historical dramas, subversive superheroics and beyond – there’s something for everyone. Read the full list in the gallery below.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6fd42ba218a95f74a3aa39","title":"The Best TV Shows Of 2019 (So Far)","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5d6fd363a218a95b36a3aa16","titleText":"20) Stranger Things 3","altText":"Stranger Things 3","image":{"name":"stranger-things-3.jpg","fileName":"stranger-things-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":356293,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d363/a218/a95b/36a3/aa16"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"After two years of gloomy, doomy (but effective) Halloween-set horror, _Stranger Things_ mixes it up with a sunny, summer-focused storyline that blends poolside antics, subterranean military bases, Russian plans and exploding hormones among its young cast to excellent effect. It's a refreshing evolution for the show, which uses its year-jump wisely. But don't go thinking that it's suddenly ditched the scare-factor for fun times – and the terror levels are soon ratcheted up once again, the forces of darkness still having an effect on the Hawkins locals. And we don't just mean the Hot Dog On A Stick at the new mall.<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5d6fd363a218a95b36a3aa16","titleText":"20) Stranger Things 3","altText":"Stranger Things 3","image":{"name":"stranger-things-3.jpg","fileName":"stranger-things-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":356293,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d363/a218/a95b/36a3/aa16"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"After two years of gloomy, doomy (but effective) Halloween-set horror, _Stranger Things_ mixes it up with a sunny, summer-focused storyline that blends poolside antics, subterranean military bases, Russian plans and exploding hormones among its young cast to excellent effect. It's a refreshing evolution for the show, which uses its year-jump wisely. But don't go thinking that it's suddenly ditched the scare-factor for fun times – and the terror levels are soon ratcheted up once again, the forces of darkness still having an effect on the Hawkins locals. And we don't just mean the Hot Dog On A Stick at the new mall.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd3bba218a95f11a3aa1f","titleText":"19) Catastrophe: Series 4","altText":"Catastrophe Series 4","image":{"name":"catastrophe-s4.jpg","fileName":"catastrophe-s4.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1302833,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d3bb/a218/a95f/11a3/aa1f"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The final series of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's comedy-drama contained just as much pathos and parental truths as the previous three – here dealing with the fallout of (the fictional) Rob's alcoholism. The show remains emotionally honest, often brutally so, still tinged with the sharp, snarky humour that makes the pairing of Horgan and Delaney so endlessly endearing. Beyond that, the final episode closes out on an utterly poetic final few minutes, so equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, so wholly encompassing of everything that came before, and sure to be discussed for decades to come. A truly brilliant farewell.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KLS2X89/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=59a15b53e24fcecb71a1f084d6bcaddc&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd416a218a9540da3aa36","titleText":"18) Derry Girls: Series 2","altText":"Derry Girls","image":{"name":"derry-girls-series-2.jpg","fileName":"derry-girls-series-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1273326,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d416/a218/a954/0da3/aa36"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Lisa McGee's 1990s Norn Iron-set sitcom followed up its smash debut run with an even more confident second series, securing itself as Britain's favourite new comedy. While The Troubles provide a serious back-drop to events, the foreground remains gut-bustingly funny, its lovable cast – Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn – delivering lightning-fast gags at a rate of knots. The perfect mixture of warmth and wit.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd457a218a9b3c0a3aa46","titleText":"17) Sex Education","altText":"Sex Education","image":{"name":"sex-education.jpg","fileName":"sex-education.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":547825,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d457/a218/a9b3/c0a3/aa46"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With its American high school-inspired visuals, frank and funny discussions of sex (duh), and scenes of Gillian Anderson masturbating a courgette, Netflix's _Sex Education_ is quite unlike anything else to have hit the small screen this year. Part John Hughes homage, part post-_Skins_ teen drama, Laurie Nunn's show contributes to a long line of teen sex comedies while also bringing the genre into a whole new era – with a loveable cast in Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, and Emma Mackey. And did we mention Gillian Anderson masturbates a courgette? We did? OK.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd4afa218a961aca3aa4e","titleText":"16) The Virtues","altText":"The Virtues","image":{"name":"virtues.jpg","fileName":"virtues.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":773010,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d4af/a218/a961/aca3/aa4e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Shane Meadows has long since proved his small screen chops with the _This Is England_ series, but _The Virtues_ sees him take that bar and vault over it, delivering an emotional wallop that surpasses even his own previous work. Stephen Graham crushes the role, and viewers' hearts, as Joseph – a man at a crossroads in life who packs it all in to go travelling and explore his brutal, troubled past. What he finds, what it means and how it affects everyone around him is explored with all the power you expect from Meadows. <br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PKXGQG1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=7166aa0b110f0766744c75728e146dab&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd07a218a9783da3abbc","titleText":"15) Years And Years","altText":"Years and Years","image":{"name":"years-and-years.jpg","fileName":"years-and-years.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":679864,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd07/a218/a978/3da3/abbc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"As if the world outside of your TV wasn't enough of a raging bin fire, Russell T. Davies' latest show looked into a (dark) crystal ball to chart the ever-worsening future of one family and the world around them. Digital trends, political ramifications, issues and anger are all key to the changing fortunes of the Lyons. Featuring a standout performance from Emma Thompson as a Farage-alike woman of the people, it's wonderfully observed and superbly realised, even if it might want to make you crawl under the sheets and refuse to emerge again until roughly three days before the heat death of the universe. <br><br>[But now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S36HRTS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=1c83d643ae9764a77414aed6b802d230&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd61a218a9410ba3ac04","titleText":"14) Star Trek Discovery: Season 2","altText":"Star Trek Discovery","image":{"name":"star-trek-discovery-s2.jpg","fileName":"star-trek-discovery-s2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":643861,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd61/a218/a941/0ba3/ac04"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Its maiden voyage was entertaining, if occasionally bogged down by the emotional journeys of its crew. But with Season 2, _Discovery_ re-discovered the sense of fun that _Trek_ sometimes journeys to. The addition of Anson Mount as Captain Pike is a particular highlight, while the season arc mystery of the Red Angel drove the show to new heights, allowing plenty of material for the established cast to work with – plus Pike's fellow new arrival/complication, Spock (Ethan Peck). It's no mystery why this show has spawned a fresh take on the _Trek_ universe, and long may it go boldly in new directions.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd8aa218a9dd73a3ac08","titleText":"13) Mindhunter: Season 2","altText":"Mindhunter Season 2","image":{"name":"mindhunter-2.jpg","fileName":"mindhunter-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":963012,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd8a/a218/a9dd/73a3/ac08"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"David Fincher's ice-cool drama returned with more forensic explorations of the profane (probing into the cases of real-life criminals like Son Of Sam and cult leader Charles Manson) and the mundane (the immense bureaucracy faced by its leading trio). _Mindhunter_ remains TV's most unique crime show – totally unflinching about the deeds of its famous murderers, while never showing any of the murders themselves. It's astonishingly detailed and precisely performed, with a stellar leading trio in Holt McCallany, Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv. Killer stuff.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdde4a218a97e54a3ac15","titleText":"12) Euphoria","altText":"Euphoria","image":{"name":"euphoria.jpg","fileName":"euphoria.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":620758,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dde4/a218/a97e/54a3/ac15"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"If you're over the age of, say, 30 (even 25 these days) the teen world can seem about as easy to comprehend as an alien civilization. And many TV series on the subject suffer because they were created by people who only dimly remember that time. _Euphoria_ succeeds by being raw and real, and, with a cast led by the fearless and forthright Zendaya, it charted the waters of angst, identity politics, sex and love with an unsparing eye and more penises than you usually expect to see on screen. Unless you… No, we won't judge.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fde05a218a98f0ca3ac16","titleText":"11) Killing Eve: Season 2","altText":"Killing Eve Season 2","image":{"name":"killing-eve-season-2.jpg","fileName":"killing-eve-season-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":499389,"path":"one/media/5d6f/de05/a218/a98f/0ca3/ac16"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The return of Eve Polastri and Villanelle could never hope to live up to the sizzling first season – but even away from the direct authorship of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, _Killing Eve_'s second run remained obsessively bingeable telly. Incoming showrunner Emerald Fennell kept the previous run's unique tone (outlandish espionage drama meets everyday mundanity, plus filthy gags) largely intact, continuing the budding psychopathy of Eve and all-out murderousness of Villanelle with gravitas and wit – culminating in a finale which leaves plenty hanging in the air for Season 3.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SWSS49H/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=e19fffa080d1c832ede294e9ad404452&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fde58a218a9db47a3ac21","titleText":"10) Line Of Duty: Series 5","altText":"Line Of Duty Series 5","image":{"name":"line-of-duty-5.jpg","fileName":"line-of-duty-5.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":634870,"path":"one/media/5d6f/de58/a218/a9db/47a3/ac21"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The gang at AC-12 returned with yet another complicated case as allegiances shift and acronyms get thrown around like their own language. Any worries that creator Jed Mercurio had used up all his best material on _Bodyguard_ were quickly hauled off to a mental holding cell as the police drama kicked up into a whole new gear. The death of three officers during the hijacking of a seized drug shipment is just the surface of a conspiracy that has everyone second-guessing allegiances while Hastings, Arnott and Fleming smell more rodents than a Roland Rat cosplay convention. <br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MWR447Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=baaaf3d7ee985109e56c49ef6c69dfcc&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdeb0a218a91e1aa3ac2a","titleText":"9) I Am...","altText":"I Am","image":{"name":"i-am.jpg","fileName":"i-am.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":645672,"path":"one/media/5d6f/deb0/a218/a91e/1aa3/ac2a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Dominic Savage's trio of one-off films exploring the lives of three women in difficult situations makes for tough viewing – but it's so expertly conceived, empathetically performed, and arrestingly told that it's hard to look away. The Vicky McClure-starring 'I Am Nicola' features an astonishingly naturalistic exploration of a toxic relationship, followed by Samantha Morton's 'I Am Vicky', about a working class woman driven to desperate measures when she finds herself in debt. Finally, Gemma Chan leads 'I Am Hannah', tackling the societal pressure felt by women to act on their 'biological clock' in their mid-30s. All three actors put in incredible work – and Savage's claustrophobic camera catches their every emotion in constant close-up.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdef4a218a90553a3ac30","titleText":"8) The Boys","altText":"The Boys","image":{"name":"the-boys.jpg","fileName":"the-boys.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":658039,"path":"one/media/5d6f/def4/a218/a905/53a3/ac30"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Amazon","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"What could have been a cheap, crass crack at superhero overload is in fact a witty, mad exploration of monsters among men and the people who try to keep them in line. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book run, _The Boys_ finds Karl Urban's Billy Butcher leading an unruly gang of vigilantes who have beef with superhero team The Seven, revered by the public as heroes. There are laugh-out-loud moments (hello, dolphin), explorations of morality and ethics, and a storming, dead-eyed-on-demand commitment from Anthony Starr as Superman-style role model, icon and closet psycho Homelander.<br><br>[Stream now on Amazon Prime Video.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry/dp/B07QRWGQHP/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=e62404555c62e9a4901ef51dba51832e&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdf45a218a9668ca3ac3d","titleText":"7) Big Little Lies: Season 2","altText":"Big Little Lies: Season 2","image":{"name":"big-little-lies-season-2.jpg","fileName":"big-little-lies-season-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":871661,"path":"one/media/5d6f/df45/a218/a966/8ca3/ac3d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"While the first season was touted as a limited run, the characters and world crafted from Liane Moriarty's novel were compelling enough, and the response healthy enough, that we got to catch up with the Monterey Five for a new story partly written by Moriarty herself. Season 2 builds out the lives of the central players in a way that deepens the story – and if the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz wrapped up in the continuing cover-up of a murder weren't enough, this run added Meryl motherflippin' Streep on top form.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VNLQFY3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=d4efbd0a47c2a3aa58dff2755cbd5f2a&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdf9fa218a971b0a3ac45","titleText":"6) Russian Doll","altText":"Russian Doll","image":{"name":"russian-doll.jpg","fileName":"russian-doll.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":579262,"path":"one/media/5d6f/df9f/a218/a971/b0a3/ac45"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Sweet birthday baby! Natasha Lyonne's existential comedy-drama finds fresh life in the _Groundhog Day_ trope of a deeply flawed character stuck in a time loop. Here it's New York 30-something Nadia, celebrating her birthday and finding that she's gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes – and try to avoid an untimely death along the way, lest she wake up back at her birthday bash. Brash and bleakly funny, emotionally tender, narratively surprising – _Russian Doll_ is, appropriately, a deeply layered show with a never-better Lyonne leading the way.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdfeaa218a96556a3ac4d","titleText":"5) When They See Us","altText":"When They See Us","image":{"name":"when-they-see-us.jpg","fileName":"when-they-see-us.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":661700,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dfea/a218/a965/56a3/ac4d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ava DuVernay is rarely better than when she's shining a light on social ills, and particularly when she has a real-life story to anchor the narrative. Here, she follows what happened to five men who were unfairly convicted of rape in New York's Central Park, following the events of the case with her typically clear-eyed sense of drama and justice. In doing so, she crafts not just one of the most watchable dramas on Netflix's servers, but also launches a raft of relative newcomers, including Jharrel Jerome, while showcasing established actors such as Michael Kenneth Williams and Vera Farmiga. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fe2c1a218a96765a3acc9","titleText":"4) Game Of Thrones: Season 8","altText":"Game Of Thrones Season 8","image":{"name":"game-of-thrones-season-8-trailer.jpg","fileName":"game-of-thrones-season-8-trailer.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":528480,"path":"one/media/5d6f/e2c1/a218/a967/65a3/acc9"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"not have been higher, or its task more unenviable – to wrap up seven seasons of character development and intricate politicking, and deliver an ending that would feel earned and satisfying but still surprising, in a show that's been anything but predictable. It didn't work for everyone, but the final shortened run still featured some of _Thrones_' most narratively ambitious work, with an epic scale hitherto unseen on the small screen. The level of craftsmanship remained nothing less than astonishing, and whether the characters ended up where fans imagined or not, the end of TV's biggest ever show was event telly like no other.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S3WP95K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=15b9cbe870d51378eb14db220f94b53a&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fe312a218a98464a3acda","titleText":"3) Chernobyl","altText":"Chernobyl","image":{"name":"chernobyl.jpg","fileName":"chernobyl.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":914985,"path":"one/media/5d6f/e312/a218/a984/64a3/acda"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Sky Atlantic","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"If the catastrophic nuclear disaster at Chernobyl has been diluted in popular culture through the years, Sky Atlantic and HBO's miniseries proved a stark reminder of the horrifying historic tragedy. Often harrowing, unflinching in its depictions of the initial incident and its appalling aftermath, told with complete humanity and astonishingly accurate period detail, Craig Mazin's show not only does justice to the awful legacy of a completely avoidable man-made calamity, but draws unsettling relevance in its depiction of scientists' dire warnings being ignored, and a government staunchly attempting to save face at the expense of innocent lives.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SRF34B2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=b8ae749833f526fd5fb36d8c6450e360&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fe359a218a9294ca3aced","titleText":"2) Fleabag: Series 2","altText":"Fleabag Series 2","image":{"name":"fleabag-series-2.jpg","fileName":"fleabag-series-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":654735,"path":"one/media/5d6f/e359/a218/a929/4ca3/aced"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Phoebe Waller-Bridge once said she didn't think she'd make a _Fleabag_ follow-up, but thank goodness she did. Finding new layers and levels in her complex titular character, she also hit upon the perfect counterpoint in Andrew Scott's religious type (known only in the show as \"The Priest\", but quickly handed the moniker of \"Hot Priest\" by the internet and beyond). As if _Killing Eve_ wasn't enough, this series saw Waller-Bridge once again prove that she's as far from a one-hit wonder as you can be without leaving the known universe, and _Fleabag_ continued to enjoy some of the best writing on TV. <br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MCM7BM3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=8e7c94f387893df76e44890bb79397e9&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fe3aaa218a90129a3acf7","titleText":"1) The OA: Season 2","altText":"The OA Season 2","image":{"name":"oa-series-2.jpg","fileName":"oa-series-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":361615,"path":"one/media/5d6f/e3aa/a218/a901/29a3/acf7"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"It's easy to list the myriad ways in which _The OA_ is a weird show, from the internet of trees to the psychic talking octopus. But what makes the series so extraordinarily engaging is that it all makes some kind of sense while you're watching it. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's uncategorisable saga of an angelic being who moves between dimensions has an endlessly beguiling, expansive tone, where anything seems possible. Of course, Netflix has cancelled the show after only two seasons when there were supposed to be five, so we'll probably never get a definitive sense of where the whole thing was going. 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TV shows – by which we of course mean streaming series, as well as traditional terrestrial series – continue to demonstrate a depth of storytelling, an array of fascinating voices, a making and breaking of conventions, with stories and characters we can’t get enough of.","To mark the (more than) midway point of the year, we put together a list of the best TV shows of 2019 so far – the ones that have defined the past several months, delivered the best moments, the killer lines, the shocking twists, and more. It’s a top 20 packed with mind-bending sci-fi, sharp and smart comedy, devastating historical dramas, subversive superheroics and beyond – there’s something for everyone. Read the full list in the gallery below.","Read the [Best Films Of 2019 (So Far)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-movies-2019/){:target=_blank} here, and read the [Best Games Of 2019 (So Far)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-games-2019/){:target=_blank} here."],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1564879917,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Team Pilot","publicationDate":1567615163000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"best-tv-2019","canonical":"","metaDescription":"Empire looks at the best TV shows and streaming series of 2019. 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It's a refreshing evolution for the show, which uses its year-jump wisely. But don't go thinking that it's suddenly ditched the scare-factor for fun times – and the terror levels are soon ratcheted up once again, the forces of darkness still having an effect on the Hawkins locals. And we don't just mean the Hot Dog On A Stick at the new mall.<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5d6fd363a218a95b36a3aa16","titleText":"20) Stranger Things 3","altText":"Stranger Things 3","image":{"name":"stranger-things-3.jpg","fileName":"stranger-things-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":356293,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d363/a218/a95b/36a3/aa16"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"After two years of gloomy, doomy (but effective) Halloween-set horror, _Stranger Things_ mixes it up with a sunny, summer-focused storyline that blends poolside antics, subterranean military bases, Russian plans and exploding hormones among its young cast to excellent effect. It's a refreshing evolution for the show, which uses its year-jump wisely. But don't go thinking that it's suddenly ditched the scare-factor for fun times – and the terror levels are soon ratcheted up once again, the forces of darkness still having an effect on the Hawkins locals. And we don't just mean the Hot Dog On A Stick at the new mall.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd3bba218a95f11a3aa1f","titleText":"19) Catastrophe: Series 4","altText":"Catastrophe Series 4","image":{"name":"catastrophe-s4.jpg","fileName":"catastrophe-s4.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1302833,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d3bb/a218/a95f/11a3/aa1f"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The final series of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's comedy-drama contained just as much pathos and parental truths as the previous three – here dealing with the fallout of (the fictional) Rob's alcoholism. The show remains emotionally honest, often brutally so, still tinged with the sharp, snarky humour that makes the pairing of Horgan and Delaney so endlessly endearing. Beyond that, the final episode closes out on an utterly poetic final few minutes, so equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, so wholly encompassing of everything that came before, and sure to be discussed for decades to come. A truly brilliant farewell.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KLS2X89/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=59a15b53e24fcecb71a1f084d6bcaddc&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd416a218a9540da3aa36","titleText":"18) Derry Girls: Series 2","altText":"Derry Girls","image":{"name":"derry-girls-series-2.jpg","fileName":"derry-girls-series-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1273326,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d416/a218/a954/0da3/aa36"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Lisa McGee's 1990s Norn Iron-set sitcom followed up its smash debut run with an even more confident second series, securing itself as Britain's favourite new comedy. While The Troubles provide a serious back-drop to events, the foreground remains gut-bustingly funny, its lovable cast – Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn – delivering lightning-fast gags at a rate of knots. The perfect mixture of warmth and wit.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd457a218a9b3c0a3aa46","titleText":"17) Sex Education","altText":"Sex Education","image":{"name":"sex-education.jpg","fileName":"sex-education.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":547825,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d457/a218/a9b3/c0a3/aa46"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With its American high school-inspired visuals, frank and funny discussions of sex (duh), and scenes of Gillian Anderson masturbating a courgette, Netflix's _Sex Education_ is quite unlike anything else to have hit the small screen this year. Part John Hughes homage, part post-_Skins_ teen drama, Laurie Nunn's show contributes to a long line of teen sex comedies while also bringing the genre into a whole new era – with a loveable cast in Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, and Emma Mackey. And did we mention Gillian Anderson masturbates a courgette? We did? OK.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fd4afa218a961aca3aa4e","titleText":"16) The Virtues","altText":"The Virtues","image":{"name":"virtues.jpg","fileName":"virtues.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":773010,"path":"one/media/5d6f/d4af/a218/a961/aca3/aa4e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Shane Meadows has long since proved his small screen chops with the _This Is England_ series, but _The Virtues_ sees him take that bar and vault over it, delivering an emotional wallop that surpasses even his own previous work. Stephen Graham crushes the role, and viewers' hearts, as Joseph – a man at a crossroads in life who packs it all in to go travelling and explore his brutal, troubled past. What he finds, what it means and how it affects everyone around him is explored with all the power you expect from Meadows. <br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PKXGQG1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=7166aa0b110f0766744c75728e146dab&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd07a218a9783da3abbc","titleText":"15) Years And Years","altText":"Years and Years","image":{"name":"years-and-years.jpg","fileName":"years-and-years.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":679864,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd07/a218/a978/3da3/abbc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"As if the world outside of your TV wasn't enough of a raging bin fire, Russell T. Davies' latest show looked into a (dark) crystal ball to chart the ever-worsening future of one family and the world around them. Digital trends, political ramifications, issues and anger are all key to the changing fortunes of the Lyons. Featuring a standout performance from Emma Thompson as a Farage-alike woman of the people, it's wonderfully observed and superbly realised, even if it might want to make you crawl under the sheets and refuse to emerge again until roughly three days before the heat death of the universe. <br><br>[But now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S36HRTS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=1c83d643ae9764a77414aed6b802d230&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd61a218a9410ba3ac04","titleText":"14) Star Trek Discovery: Season 2","altText":"Star Trek Discovery","image":{"name":"star-trek-discovery-s2.jpg","fileName":"star-trek-discovery-s2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":643861,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd61/a218/a941/0ba3/ac04"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Its maiden voyage was entertaining, if occasionally bogged down by the emotional journeys of its crew. But with Season 2, _Discovery_ re-discovered the sense of fun that _Trek_ sometimes journeys to. The addition of Anson Mount as Captain Pike is a particular highlight, while the season arc mystery of the Red Angel drove the show to new heights, allowing plenty of material for the established cast to work with – plus Pike's fellow new arrival/complication, Spock (Ethan Peck). It's no mystery why this show has spawned a fresh take on the _Trek_ universe, and long may it go boldly in new directions.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdd8aa218a9dd73a3ac08","titleText":"13) Mindhunter: Season 2","altText":"Mindhunter Season 2","image":{"name":"mindhunter-2.jpg","fileName":"mindhunter-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":963012,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dd8a/a218/a9dd/73a3/ac08"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"David Fincher's ice-cool drama returned with more forensic explorations of the profane (probing into the cases of real-life criminals like Son Of Sam and cult leader Charles Manson) and the mundane (the immense bureaucracy faced by its leading trio). _Mindhunter_ remains TV's most unique crime show – totally unflinching about the deeds of its famous murderers, while never showing any of the murders themselves. It's astonishingly detailed and precisely performed, with a stellar leading trio in Holt McCallany, Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv. Killer stuff.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdde4a218a97e54a3ac15","titleText":"12) Euphoria","altText":"Euphoria","image":{"name":"euphoria.jpg","fileName":"euphoria.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":620758,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dde4/a218/a97e/54a3/ac15"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"If you're over the age of, say, 30 (even 25 these days) the teen world can seem about as easy to comprehend as an alien civilization. And many TV series on the subject suffer because they were created by people who only dimly remember that time. _Euphoria_ succeeds by being raw and real, and, with a cast led by the fearless and forthright Zendaya, it charted the waters of angst, identity politics, sex and love with an unsparing eye and more penises than you usually expect to see on screen. Unless you… No, we won't judge.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fde05a218a98f0ca3ac16","titleText":"11) Killing Eve: Season 2","altText":"Killing Eve Season 2","image":{"name":"killing-eve-season-2.jpg","fileName":"killing-eve-season-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":499389,"path":"one/media/5d6f/de05/a218/a98f/0ca3/ac16"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The return of Eve Polastri and Villanelle could never hope to live up to the sizzling first season – but even away from the direct authorship of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, _Killing Eve_'s second run remained obsessively bingeable telly. Incoming showrunner Emerald Fennell kept the previous run's unique tone (outlandish espionage drama meets everyday mundanity, plus filthy gags) largely intact, continuing the budding psychopathy of Eve and all-out murderousness of Villanelle with gravitas and wit – culminating in a finale which leaves plenty hanging in the air for Season 3.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SWSS49H/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=e19fffa080d1c832ede294e9ad404452&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fde58a218a9db47a3ac21","titleText":"10) Line Of Duty: Series 5","altText":"Line Of Duty Series 5","image":{"name":"line-of-duty-5.jpg","fileName":"line-of-duty-5.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":634870,"path":"one/media/5d6f/de58/a218/a9db/47a3/ac21"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The gang at AC-12 returned with yet another complicated case as allegiances shift and acronyms get thrown around like their own language. Any worries that creator Jed Mercurio had used up all his best material on _Bodyguard_ were quickly hauled off to a mental holding cell as the police drama kicked up into a whole new gear. The death of three officers during the hijacking of a seized drug shipment is just the surface of a conspiracy that has everyone second-guessing allegiances while Hastings, Arnott and Fleming smell more rodents than a Roland Rat cosplay convention. <br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MWR447Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=baaaf3d7ee985109e56c49ef6c69dfcc&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdeb0a218a91e1aa3ac2a","titleText":"9) I Am...","altText":"I Am","image":{"name":"i-am.jpg","fileName":"i-am.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":645672,"path":"one/media/5d6f/deb0/a218/a91e/1aa3/ac2a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Dominic Savage's trio of one-off films exploring the lives of three women in difficult situations makes for tough viewing – but it's so expertly conceived, empathetically performed, and arrestingly told that it's hard to look away. The Vicky McClure-starring 'I Am Nicola' features an astonishingly naturalistic exploration of a toxic relationship, followed by Samantha Morton's 'I Am Vicky', about a working class woman driven to desperate measures when she finds herself in debt. Finally, Gemma Chan leads 'I Am Hannah', tackling the societal pressure felt by women to act on their 'biological clock' in their mid-30s. All three actors put in incredible work – and Savage's claustrophobic camera catches their every emotion in constant close-up.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdef4a218a90553a3ac30","titleText":"8) The Boys","altText":"The Boys","image":{"name":"the-boys.jpg","fileName":"the-boys.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":658039,"path":"one/media/5d6f/def4/a218/a905/53a3/ac30"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Amazon","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"What could have been a cheap, crass crack at superhero overload is in fact a witty, mad exploration of monsters among men and the people who try to keep them in line. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book run, _The Boys_ finds Karl Urban's Billy Butcher leading an unruly gang of vigilantes who have beef with superhero team The Seven, revered by the public as heroes. There are laugh-out-loud moments (hello, dolphin), explorations of morality and ethics, and a storming, dead-eyed-on-demand commitment from Anthony Starr as Superman-style role model, icon and closet psycho Homelander.<br><br>[Stream now on Amazon Prime Video.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry/dp/B07QRWGQHP/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=e62404555c62e9a4901ef51dba51832e&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdf45a218a9668ca3ac3d","titleText":"7) Big Little Lies: Season 2","altText":"Big Little Lies: Season 2","image":{"name":"big-little-lies-season-2.jpg","fileName":"big-little-lies-season-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":871661,"path":"one/media/5d6f/df45/a218/a966/8ca3/ac3d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"While the first season was touted as a limited run, the characters and world crafted from Liane Moriarty's novel were compelling enough, and the response healthy enough, that we got to catch up with the Monterey Five for a new story partly written by Moriarty herself. Season 2 builds out the lives of the central players in a way that deepens the story – and if the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz wrapped up in the continuing cover-up of a murder weren't enough, this run added Meryl motherflippin' Streep on top form.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon.](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VNLQFY3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle57-21&linkId=d4efbd0a47c2a3aa58dff2755cbd5f2a&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdf9fa218a971b0a3ac45","titleText":"6) Russian Doll","altText":"Russian Doll","image":{"name":"russian-doll.jpg","fileName":"russian-doll.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":579262,"path":"one/media/5d6f/df9f/a218/a971/b0a3/ac45"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Sweet birthday baby! 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Brash and bleakly funny, emotionally tender, narratively surprising – _Russian Doll_ is, appropriately, a deeply layered show with a never-better Lyonne leading the way.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d6fdfeaa218a96556a3ac4d","titleText":"5) When They See Us","altText":"When They See Us","image":{"name":"when-they-see-us.jpg","fileName":"when-they-see-us.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":661700,"path":"one/media/5d6f/dfea/a218/a965/56a3/ac4d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ava DuVernay is rarely better than when she's shining a light on social ills, and particularly when she has a real-life story to anchor the narrative. Here, she follows what happened to five men who were unfairly convicted of rape in New York's Central Park, following the events of the case with her typically clear-eyed sense of drama and justice. 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Fresh from entering the virtual reality frontier in his popcorn adventure *[Ready Player One](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/ready-player-one/)*, he’s now tackling his first full-blown musical with a new take on *[West Side Story](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/west-side-story-2020/)*. Here's everything you need to know.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What is West Side Story","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF1L3NorO3E"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"_West Side Story_ is a musical by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. It's an updated and relocated retelling of Shakespeare's _Romeo and Juliet._ The feuding families become warring New York City gangs – the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. The 1961 original, directed by [Robert Wise](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-wise/) and Jerome Robbins and adapted from the 1957 stage musical won 10 Oscar awards. Its haul included Best Picture, Best Director (shared for the first time), Best Adapted Screenplay for Ernest Lehman and Best Supporting Actress for [Rita Moreno](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rita-moreno/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Why is Steven Spielberg remaking West Side Story?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d117dd3a91b155aa79b9d51","altText":"Steven Spielberg","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"Steven Spielberg.jpg","name":"Steven Spielberg.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/articles/59dd104c29d5a2c50ab97912","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While it's been filmed brilliantly before, _West Side Story_ is first and foremost [a stage musical](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGLiwQle9E&list=PLMexdq8-JwM1biS7mjRMSulsyJtCL_LYA), first performed in 1957. Spielberg's film isn't a remake of Wise & Robbins' version (which itself makes several changes to the dialogue, running order and who-sings-what of the stage version): it's a new adaptation of the source. The screenwriter is [Tony Kushner](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tony-kushner/), who worked with Spielberg previously on *[Munich](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/munich-review/)* and *[Lincoln](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lincoln-review/)*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Spielberg doesn't like to talk about works in progress, but Kushner has been happy to. “Our version is not meant to wipe out the original film, which is a masterpiece,\" [he says](https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/west-side-story-remake-spielberg-tony-kushner). \"I think people will find a new way to love the story and to love the songs through our interpretation. I don’t know if 'gritty' is necessarily the right word, but there are aspects of urban life in ‘57, ‘58, ‘59 that weren’t touched on in the 1961 movie. But it’s definitely the Jets and the Sharks. It’s New York City. The way I approached it and the way Steven is approaching it is using the great text: the Leonard Bernstein score, which is arguably the most beautiful score ever written for musical theatre, and Arthur Laurents’s original book is a masterpiece. And we started building from that. There are many different versions possible of a great work of art like West Side Story.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who stars in the new West Side Story?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35d811693303e9cfd4c784","altText":"West Side Story","image":{"name":"west-side-story-first-image.jpg","fileName":"west-side-story-first-image.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":720,"fileSize":196542,"path":"one/media/5d35/d811/6933/03e9/cfd4/c784"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"West Side Story's central star-cross'd couple, Tony and Maria, are this time played by [Ansel Elgort](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ansel-elgort/) and newcomer Rachel Zegler. The young cast largely consists of up-and-comers, but elsewhere the film has the likes of [Corey Stoll](https://www.empireonline.com/people/corey-stoll/) and [Brian d’Arcy James](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brian-darcy-james/) on board. Plus [Rita Moreno](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rita-moreno/), who starred as Anita in the 1961 version, returns in a reimagined role here as Valentina – named \"Doc\" in previous versions – who owns the corner store where Tony works.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"\"I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community,” says Spielberg. “I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they’ll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that’s more relevant than ever.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## When is the new West Side Story released?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_West Side Story_ will arrive in UK cinemas in December 2020.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"West Side Story – Everything You Need To Know About Steven Spielberg's Blockbuster Musical","subtitle":"","content":["Even late into his career, [Steven Spielberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-spielberg/) is heading into new territory as a filmmaker. Fresh from entering the virtual reality frontier in his popcorn adventure *[Ready Player One](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/ready-player-one/)*, he’s now tackling his first full-blown musical with a new take on *[West Side Story](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/west-side-story-2020/)*. Here's everything you need to know.","## What is West Side Story","_West Side Story_ is a musical by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. It's an updated and relocated retelling of Shakespeare's _Romeo and Juliet._ The feuding families become warring New York City gangs – the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away.","Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. The 1961 original, directed by [Robert Wise](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-wise/) and Jerome Robbins and adapted from the 1957 stage musical won 10 Oscar awards. Its haul included Best Picture, Best Director (shared for the first time), Best Adapted Screenplay for Ernest Lehman and Best Supporting Actress for [Rita Moreno](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rita-moreno/).","## Why is Steven Spielberg remaking West Side Story?","While it's been filmed brilliantly before, _West Side Story_ is first and foremost [a stage musical](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGLiwQle9E&list=PLMexdq8-JwM1biS7mjRMSulsyJtCL_LYA), first performed in 1957. Spielberg's film isn't a remake of Wise & Robbins' version (which itself makes several changes to the dialogue, running order and who-sings-what of the stage version): it's a new adaptation of the source. The screenwriter is [Tony Kushner](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tony-kushner/), who worked with Spielberg previously on *[Munich](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/munich-review/)* and *[Lincoln](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lincoln-review/)*.","Spielberg doesn't like to talk about works in progress, but Kushner has been happy to. “Our version is not meant to wipe out the original film, which is a masterpiece,\" [he says](https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/west-side-story-remake-spielberg-tony-kushner). \"I think people will find a new way to love the story and to love the songs through our interpretation. I don’t know if 'gritty' is necessarily the right word, but there are aspects of urban life in ‘57, ‘58, ‘59 that weren’t touched on in the 1961 movie. But it’s definitely the Jets and the Sharks. It’s New York City. The way I approached it and the way Steven is approaching it is using the great text: the Leonard Bernstein score, which is arguably the most beautiful score ever written for musical theatre, and Arthur Laurents’s original book is a masterpiece. And we started building from that. There are many different versions possible of a great work of art like West Side Story.\"","## Who stars in the new West Side Story?","West Side Story's central star-cross'd couple, Tony and Maria, are this time played by [Ansel Elgort](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ansel-elgort/) and newcomer Rachel Zegler. The young cast largely consists of up-and-comers, but elsewhere the film has the likes of [Corey Stoll](https://www.empireonline.com/people/corey-stoll/) and [Brian d’Arcy James](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brian-darcy-james/) on board. Plus [Rita Moreno](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rita-moreno/), who starred as Anita in the 1961 version, returns in a reimagined role here as Valentina – named \"Doc\" in previous versions – who owns the corner store where Tony works.","\"I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community,” says Spielberg. “I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they’ll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that’s more relevant than ever.”","## When is the new West Side Story released?","_West Side Story_ will arrive in UK cinemas in December 2020."],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1563811354,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"","publicationDate":1567511069000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"","canonical":"","metaDescription":"Steven Spielberg is re-adapting Stephen Sondheim's legendary New York musical with Ansel Elgort. 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His latest film is _[Tenet](https://www.empireonline.com/films/tenet/)_, which promises... Well, we'll mostly have to wait and see on that front besides a very basic description you can find below.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What's the story of Tenet?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A fine question, and one that Nolan is keeping to himself for now, though hopefully he shared it with A) studio executives and B) his cast and crew via the script. Warner Bros.' official description cites it as \"an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who directed Tenet?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d5ea8690a31497ec06aef71","altText":"Christopher Nolan","image":{"name":"nolan-directing.jpg","fileName":"nolan-directing.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":720,"fileSize":408479,"path":"one/media/5d5e/a869/0a31/497e/c06a/ef71"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Why, Christopher Nolan, of course! The man behind such films as _[Batman Begins](https://www.empireonline.com/films/batman-begins/)_, _[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/films/dark-knight/)_ and _[Inception](https://www.empireonline.com/films/inception/)_ once again gathered some of his usual team, including production designer Nathan Crowley, producer [Emma Thomas](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emma-thomas/) (who he also happens to be married to) and cinematographer [Hoyte Van Hoytema](https://www.empireonline.com/people/hoyte-van-hoytema/). But there are some new recruits, such as composer [Ludwig Göransson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ludwig-goransson/) (_[Black Panther](https://www.empireonline.com/films/black-panther/)_) and editor Jennifer Lame. The crew has been working across seven countries to shoot this one.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who is starring in Tenet?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d5ea8a80a3149260d6aef7c","altText":"John David Washington","image":{"name":"john-david-washington.jpg","fileName":"john-david-washington.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2767,"height":1967,"fileSize":1219527,"path":"one/media/5d5e/a8a8/0a31/4926/0d6a/ef7c"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The cast for the film includes...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[John David Washington](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-david-washington/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Robert Pattinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-pattinson/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Elizabeth Debicki ](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elizabeth-debicki/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Kenneth Branagh](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kenneth-branagh/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Aaron Taylor-Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aaron-taylor-johnson/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Michael Caine](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-caine/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Clémence Poésy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/clemence-poesy/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Himesh Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/himesh-patel/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Teaser","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In keeping with Nolan's commitment to big screen entertainment when many directors are being lured to streaming services, the teaser for the film has, so far, only been released in cinemas. And in front of _[Hobbs & Shaw](https://www.empireonline.com/films/hobbs-shaw/)_, no less, which would outwardly appear to be an odd bedfellow. And it was the definition of tease, mostly showing Washington's character inspecting bullet holes in glass before flashing other images –someone in SWAT gear and then Washington in a breathing mask.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## When is Tenet released?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Tenet_ will be in UK cinemas on 17 July next year","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Tenet – Everything You Need To Know About Christopher Nolan's Latest","subtitle":"","content":["Following on from the success of _[Dunkirk](https://www.empireonline.com/films/dunkirk-2/)_, [Christopher Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/) is back, and in typically cryptic form. His latest film is _[Tenet](https://www.empireonline.com/films/tenet/)_, which promises... Well, we'll mostly have to wait and see on that front besides a very basic description you can find below.","## What's the story of Tenet?","A fine question, and one that Nolan is keeping to himself for now, though hopefully he shared it with A) studio executives and B) his cast and crew via the script. Warner Bros.' official description cites it as \"an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.\"","## Who directed Tenet?","Why, Christopher Nolan, of course! The man behind such films as _[Batman Begins](https://www.empireonline.com/films/batman-begins/)_, _[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/films/dark-knight/)_ and _[Inception](https://www.empireonline.com/films/inception/)_ once again gathered some of his usual team, including production designer Nathan Crowley, producer [Emma Thomas](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emma-thomas/) (who he also happens to be married to) and cinematographer [Hoyte Van Hoytema](https://www.empireonline.com/people/hoyte-van-hoytema/). But there are some new recruits, such as composer [Ludwig Göransson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ludwig-goransson/) (_[Black Panther](https://www.empireonline.com/films/black-panther/)_) and editor Jennifer Lame. The crew has been working across seven countries to shoot this one.","## Who is starring in Tenet?","The cast for the film includes...","[John David Washington](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-david-washington/)","[Robert Pattinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-pattinson/)","[Elizabeth Debicki ](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elizabeth-debicki/)","[Kenneth Branagh](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kenneth-branagh/)","[Aaron Taylor-Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aaron-taylor-johnson/)","[Michael Caine](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-caine/)","[Clémence Poésy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/clemence-poesy/)","[Himesh Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/himesh-patel/)","## Teaser","In keeping with Nolan's commitment to big screen entertainment when many directors are being lured to streaming services, the teaser for the film has, so far, only been released in cinemas. 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2019: The 23 Biggest Stories From Disney's Event","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d62e11ea95077687a7bae69","altText":"D23 2019","image":{"name":"D23featmain.jpg","fileName":"D23featmain.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4272,"height":2847,"fileSize":1645370,"path":"one/media/5d62/e11e/a950/7768/7a7b/ae69"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"Ever since Disney launched its stand-alone celebration of all things under the Mouse House banner a decade ago, the biennial D23 Expo has grown, along with the studio itself, into a massive display of everything it has to offer on screens and beyond. Not surprisingly, then, This year's Expo was bigger than ever, and _Empire_ was there to see stars talk up their new projects and filmmakers from the like of Lucasfilm, Pixar and Disney's live-action/animated arms show off fresh clips. Here's our list of the biggest happenings for cinemas and the new Disney+ streaming service. Incidentally, while Disney+ is launching in the US on 12 November, the company has yet to confirm a UK date beyond saying it'll land in 2020.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 1) Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker debuted new footage","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6307f8a95077cb867bb17d","altText":"Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker logo","image":{"name":"star-wars-rise-skywalker-logo.jpg","fileName":"star-wars-rise-skywalker-logo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":65270,"path":"one/media/5d63/07f8/a950/77cb/867b/b17d"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While director JJ Abrams would probably be happier not releasing anything at all, D23 attendees expect to see something. And so, with the likes of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams (plus droids R2-D2, BB-8 and newcomer D-O) on stage, there was plenty of chatter about how special the latest movie is, and a tear-jerking tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. The highlight, of course, was the footage, which showed Rey and Kylo Ren dueling on a crashed ship in the midst of stormy seas, a galactic cloud filled with Star Destroyers, and, most tantalizingly, a shot of Rey clad in a dark cloak and using a double-sided, hinge-down Sith red lightsaber. We'll have to find out what _that_ means... If you want to see the footage for yourself, [you can find it right here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-d23-footage-rey-kylo/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Also, as has become D23 tradition, a new poster was put on screen, with every audience member handed a copy on their way out of the room at the end.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d63081ca950773a927bb182","altText":"Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker poster","image":{"name":"swriseposter.jpg","fileName":"swriseposter.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1688,"height":2500,"fileSize":4177070,"path":"one/media/5d63/081c/a950/773a/927b/b182"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"## 2) Kit Harington became the latest actor to join the MCU","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d630879a950779f957bb18e","altText":"Kit Harington","image":{"name":"kit-harington.jpg","fileName":"kit-harington.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":3280,"height":2170,"fileSize":355550,"path":"one/media/5d63/0879/a950/779f/957b/b18e"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Though news of his potential addition broke shortly before the panel started, it was left to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to confirm that Kit Harington would be joining _Eternals_ as a character called Dane Whitman. It wasn't mentioned on stage, but he's also known as the superhero Black Knight. The artist formerly known as Jon Snow wasn't present on stage (he's busy preparing for the film in London), but fellow new recruits Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan (Druig and Sersei, respectively) did show up to join the announced likes of Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie. We were also treated to a look at how the cast will appear in the film via some concept art.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"twitter","url":"https://twitter.com/MarvelStudios/status/1165319782419222528","content":"<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">A closer look at the cast of Marvel Studios’ THE ETERNALS on stage at the <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/D23Expo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#D23Expo</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/bTSkoXh6xI\">pic.twitter.com/bTSkoXh6xI</a></p>&mdash; Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MarvelStudios/status/1165319782419222528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 24, 2019</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## 3) Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs were announced for Pixar's Soul","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d630903a950770f6c7bb197","altText":"Joe from Pixar's Soul","image":{"name":"soul-joe.jpg","fileName":"soul-joe.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4096,"height":1714,"fileSize":862519,"path":"one/media/5d63/0903/a950/770f/6c7b/b197"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Pixar boss and Oscar-winning filmmaker Pete Docter is at work on a new original film for the company, and it boasts an intriguing, metaphysical concept of the type that might be a tough sell, but tends to work in the animation studios' experienced hands. It's the story of Joe Gardener (Foxx) a school band teacher who has always harboured dreams of playing jazz professionally. But shortly after he gets his big break, something happens to him, which finds his soul somehow sent back to a place called The You Seminar, where souls are educated and formed before they are assigned to humans. There, he meets 22 (not her full name, but it's a number too long to quote here), voiced by Tina Fey, who has been observing Earth for a long time and has decided that it's a terrible place. But she does agree to help Joe get back there.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Foxx and Fey were joined on stage by fellow cast members Rashad, Diggs and Ahmir \"Questlove\" Thompson, best known for his work with The Roots. Docter, along with producer Dana Murray, co-director/writer Kemp Powers and writer Mike Jones showed off some early footage, which boasts Pixar's first African-American lead character and cast.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 4) Marvel Announced Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight series for Disney+","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d63097da9507735fb7bb1a0","altText":"Ms. Marvel logo","image":{"name":"ms-marvel-logo.jpg","fileName":"ms-marvel-logo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4000,"height":2791,"fileSize":7003202,"path":"one/media/5d63/097d/a950/7735/fb7b/b1a0"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Kevin Feige had already announced the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe-based series that his team is working on for the Disney+ streaming service, but there was more news squeezed at the end of the panel: word that Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight are all in development, though it was too early to share any real details on any of them. You can [read more via our panel report here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/marvel-disney-she-hulk-moon-night-ms-marvel/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 5) The first full trailer for The Mandalorian arrived","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6310b4a95077c0757bb22c","altText":"The Mandalorian logo","image":{"name":"mandalorian-logo.jpg","fileName":"mandalorian-logo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":12000,"height":8108,"fileSize":2457470,"path":"one/media/5d63/10b4/a950/77c0/757b/b22c"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Jon Favreau was at the Anaheim Convention Center to debut a look at his new, live-action _Star Wars_ Disney+ series _The Mandalorian_, expanding on what had been shown to the audience at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year. Stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito and Taika Waititi (who pulls double duty voicing droid IG-11 and is one of the show's directors) joined Favreau and fellow producer Dave Filoni on stage to explain about the show's poking into the outer reaches of the galaxy for a story set in the aftermath of the Empire's fall in _Return Of The Jedi_. Not present? 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And while attempts at spin-offs haven't met with much success, the sequel promises to be something special. Director (and chief creative officer at the animated arm of the studio) Jennifer Lee and fellow _Frozen_ director Chris Buck showed off footage for the film that they say will form one big story with the original. We saw Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven playing charades before Elsa is distracted by a strange, singing voice, and Anna is too concerned for her sister to react to Kristoff trying to propose marriage to her. Elsa's reaction to the voice calling her name is a brand new song, _Into The Unknown_, which seems sure to get lodged in the brain as with _Let It Go_. We also learned that Sterling K. Brown will be a new character called Lt. Mattias, while Evan Rachel Wood is Elsa and Anna's mother Queen Iduna, who we glimpsed in another new scene featuring a song called _All Is Found_. The panel then wrapped up with the main cast showing up in person to sing another tune from the movie, _Some Things Never Change_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d630ab1a95077452c7bb1b8","altText":"Frozen 2 poster","image":{"name":"frozen-2-poster.jpg","fileName":"frozen-2-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4113,"height":6001,"fileSize":2671541,"path":"one/media/5d63/0ab1/a950/7745/2c7b/b1b8"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"## 7) Disney Animation revealed a new original movie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d630af0a95077b29d7bb1be","altText":"Raya And The Last Dragon","image":{"name":"raya-last-dragon.jpg","fileName":"raya-last-dragon.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":7000,"height":3344,"fileSize":1188433,"path":"one/media/5d63/0af0/a950/77b2/9d7b/b1be"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Disney and Pixar have been criticised of late for relying on sequels and remakes, but both studios had original stories to showcase this year. Disney's is _Raya And The Last Dragon_, which comes from directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Adele Lim. Inspired by southeast asian legends, it's set in a fantastical realm called Kumandra, where the heroic Raya teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. The filmmakers showed off some astonishing animation and then brought out _Crazy Rich Asians_' Awkwafina, who will voice the dragon, Sisu, and Cassie Steele, the voice of Raya to talk about the movie.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 8) The Muppets announced a new series of shorts","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d630c72a9507733e37bb1de","altText":"Muppets","image":{"name":"muppets.jpg","fileName":"muppets.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1484,"height":1044,"fileSize":215778,"path":"one/media/5d63/0c72/a950/7733/e37b/b1de"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It's sometimes easy to forget that Disney bought the rights to The Muppets a few years ago, and while the two movies have worked well, the company's attempts to launch a new TV series based on the fuzzy friends haven't met with the same level of success. Disney+ short-form series _Muppets Now_ is aiming to change that. Kermit the Frog appeared in a video about the series, though he was forbidden from saying much by the officious Joe from legal, a weasel with binding contracts on his mind and a yearning to be a comedian.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"twitter","url":"https://twitter.com/KermitTheFrog/status/1165052471905005568","content":"<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Coming exclusively to <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DisneyPlus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#DisneyPlus</a> in 2020, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TheMuppets?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@TheMuppets</a> proudly present MUPPETS NOW, a new short-form unscripted series! I’d love to tell you more, but Joe The Legal Weasel is right behind me. 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Still, the audience was thrilled to see the actor stride out. After years of talk of an Obi-Wan movie, the series is a compromise. Neither McGregor nor Kennedy would say much about the show, save that it'll kick off shooting next year.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 10) Marvel announced the Black Panther sequel's release date","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631182a95077fcb37bb23a","altText":"Black Panther 2","image":{"name":"black-panther-2.jpg","fileName":"black-panther-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2048,"height":1536,"fileSize":718979,"path":"one/media/5d63/1182/a950/77fc/b37b/b23a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Given its cultural impact, financial and Oscar success, everyone knew that Marvel would return to Wakanda for another _Black Panther_, and writer/director Ryan Coogler has been at work developing it. 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Blunt then showed up in a classic car to mock his representation of the movie and show her own version of the trailer that is driven by her character, Lily Houghton. The vibe was _Raiders Of The Lost Ark_, _Romancing The Stone_ and the Brendan Fraser-era _Mummy_ movies.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 12) We got our first look at Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d633f2fa950773d807bb595","altText":"Cruella first look Emma Stone","image":{"name":"cruella-first-look-1.jpg","fileName":"cruella-first-look-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":176599,"path":"one/media/5d63/3f2f/a950/773d/807b/b595"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"You might not have thought that a character as despicable as Cruella de Vil would be worth exploring in an origin story, but _Cruella_ is aiming to peek beyond the two-tone hairstyle and fur obsession to figure out how she became that way. The movie has just started shooting, so there was not much beyond the initial image to show, but Stone did pop up in a fun video from the set.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 13) Pixar's Onward had clips to share and Tom Holland had a message","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631249a950775b7d7bb24a","altText":"Tom Holland and Chris Pratt at D23 2019","image":{"name":"holland-pratt.jpg","fileName":"holland-pratt.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4124,"height":2749,"fileSize":2012988,"path":"one/media/5d63/1249/a950/775b/7d7b/b24a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"You've probably [seen the first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/pixar-unveils-first-trailer-onward/) for Pixar's next film, which finds it exploring uncharted territory with a full-on fantasy. Albeit one that sets the usual elf/gnome/unicorn characters in a present-day suburban setting. The film follows two elven brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) Lightfoot, who go on a journey to bring their dead father back from the afterlife through magic for a day. Director Dan Scanlon showed a clip that set up the story and one of the duo using magic to solve a problem... with strange results.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The panel had one moment of potential awkwardness when Pratt and Holland showed up to greet the crowd and Holland addressed the \"crazy\" week that [has been happening over Spider-Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/sony-disney-marvel-kevin-feige-spider-man-split/). \"I love you 3000,\" he told the crowd, aware that Peter Parker may be leaving the MCU for good.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 14) Emily Van Camp and Wyatt Russell joined The Falcon And The Winter Soldier","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6312fba95077408b7bb257","altText":"Falcon & Winter Soldier cast at D23 2019","image":{"name":"vancamp-russell-falcon-d23.jpg","fileName":"vancamp-russell-falcon-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":5176,"height":3450,"fileSize":710172,"path":"one/media/5d63/12fb/a950/7740/8b7b/b257"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Even with the star/banter power of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan already on stage, director Kari Skogland had something new to announce about _The Falcon And The Winter Soldier_: Emily Van Camp will return as Sharon Carter and _Everybody Wants Some!!_/_Overlord_ actor Wyatt Russell is playing a character called John Walker. Marvel fans will know he's also called US Agent, a Captain America wannabe (and occasional replacement) who is more known for causing trouble.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 15) New Mulan footage screened","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631380a95077ae067bb265","altText":"Mulan (2020)","image":{"name":"mulan-live-action.jpg","fileName":"mulan-live-action.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2276,"height":1076,"fileSize":2050847,"path":"one/media/5d63/1380/a950/77ae/067b/b265"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Director Niki Caro arrived at D23 bearing a full clip from the live-action conversion of Disney's animated classic. The footage found Mulan (Yifei Liu) brought to a matchmaker, a situation that does not go well thanks to a pesky spider. That was followed by a scene that saw her ailing father (Tzi Ma) agreeing to join the Emperor's army to battle invaders. Which, if you've seen the original film (or have heard of the legends) sparks the story of Mulan disguising herself to take his place in the army.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 16) Peggy Carter became Captain Carter in Marvel's What If...? footage","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d63145ba9507719227bb273","altText":"Hayley Atwell at D23 2019","image":{"name":"hayley-atwell-d23.jpg","fileName":"hayley-atwell-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2000,"height":1126,"fileSize":484660,"path":"one/media/5d63/145b/a950/7719/227b/b273"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Director Bryan Andrews and head writer Ashley Bradley are at work on the animated Marvel series _What If...?_, which allows the team to explore different possibilities within the MCU, and boasts the voices of most of the main casts from the films. The examples shown in the clip package included Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter becoming Captain America (or rather, Captain Carter, with a Union Jack shield) and Steve Rogers helping out via an early Iron Man-style suit, that given World War II technology was more Hulkbuster-sized than Tony's slimmer later work. Also featured? A Bucky Barnes battling a zombie Cap. Atwell was at the Expo to express how much she likes playing Peggy again.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 17) The Cassian Andor stars announced their series starts shooting next year","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6315c7a9507706bd7bb28e","altText":"Alan Tudyk and Diego Luna at D23 2019","image":{"name":"tudyk-luna-d23.jpg","fileName":"tudyk-luna-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2994,"height":1990,"fileSize":1087673,"path":"one/media/5d63/15c7/a950/7706/bd7b/b28e"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Given that not a frame has been shot of the _Rogue One_ prequel series that will chart earlier adventures of Diego Luna's Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk's K-2SO, there was nothing to show of the _Star Wars_-based series. But the actors gamely showed up to banter, even if they weren't allowed to reveal the title of the show. Mostly because they admitted they don't know it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 18) Tom Hiddleston represented Loki... Sort Of","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d63163ea950771b1f7bb297","altText":"Loki logo","image":{"name":"loki-logo.jpg","fileName":"loki-logo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2000,"height":838,"fileSize":190209,"path":"one/media/5d63/163e/a950/771b/1f7b/b297"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Well, we say, \"represented\", but in true trickster god form, the busy actor wasn't actually there. He did show up via a video message, but largely left it to director Kate Herron and head writer Michael Waldron to pimp the Marvel series about the alternate Loki's journeys after he steals the tesseract in _Avengers: Endgame_ Will he find a friend? Will the sun shine on him? And will he meet creatures that are even more dangerous than he can be?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 19) Kat Dennings and Randall Park returned to the MCU for WandaVision","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631709a950774ae57bb2a9","altText":"WandaVision cast D23 2019","image":{"name":"park-dennings-d23.jpg","fileName":"park-dennings-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":5089,"height":3393,"fileSize":975174,"path":"one/media/5d63/1709/a950/774a/e57b/b2a9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Marvel had revealed one piece of casting for Paul Bettany/Elizabeth Olsen-starring Disney+ series WandaVision at Comic-Con, with Teyonah Parris playing the adult version of Monica Rambeau, who we met as a child in _Captain Marvel_. Now we also know that Randall Park will return as _Ant-Man And The Wasp_'s Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings is playing the _Thor_ movies' Darcy Lewis. Kathryn Hahn is also aboard, and will appear as, so writer Jac Shaffer and director Matt Shakman insisted, \"a nosy neighbour\". Which seems an odd character for a superhero series, but _WandaVision_ is far from your average superhero show. The series starts with the two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 20) Lady And The Tramp went live-action","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d6317f2a9507707eb7bb2bc","altText":"Lady And The Tramp at D23 2019","image":{"name":"lady-tramp-d23.jpg","fileName":"lady-tramp-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4917,"height":3454,"fileSize":584563,"path":"one/media/5d63/17f2/a950/7707/eb7b/b2bc"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Disney's latest conversion of its animated back catalogue is headed directly to Disney+ for launch day. The stars of the film – dogs named Rose (Lady) and Monty (Tramp) – joined human performer Yvette Nicole Brown to unveil the trailer.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2ZDDU34gYw"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## 21) Jeff Goldblum unveiled his documentary series","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631929a9507718627bb2d2","altText":"Jeff Goldblum at D23 2019","image":{"name":"goldblum-d23.jpg","fileName":"goldblum-d23.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":4899,"height":3266,"fileSize":1913380,"path":"one/media/5d63/1929/a950/7718/627b/b2d2"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It's fair to say that Jeff Goldblum has a performing style all his own, and now he's being fully unleashed in a new documentary series called _The World According To Jeff Goldblum_. Like _The Matrix_, no one can tell you what it is, you have to see it for yourself.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7aN9OkNl7U"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## 22) Anna Kendrick saved Christmas","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631a32a9507765b87bb2e4","altText":"Noelle Logo","image":{"name":"noelle-logo.jpg","fileName":"noelle-logo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":12000,"height":7653,"fileSize":1773253,"path":"one/media/5d63/1a32/a950/7765/b87b/b2e4"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"To be clear, it's not Kendrick herself saving the festive season, but her character in Christmas comedy Noelle. Kendrick and co-star Billy Eichner showed up (\"Bill Hader was too busy!\" Eichner joked about their fellow cast member) to premiere the trailer.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBDnQkQUTGU"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## 23) Monsters went to work for Disney+","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d631af5a9507744517bb2f9","altText":"Monsters At Work logo","image":{"name":"monsters-work.jpg","fileName":"monsters-work.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1583,"height":633,"fileSize":117004,"path":"one/media/5d63/1af5/a950/7744/517b/b2f9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It was predictable that Pixar would get in on the Disney+ and indeed a series set in the _Monsters, Inc._ universe was reported in April. Stars Ben Feldman and Aisha Taylor arrived on the D23 stage to reveal some imagery from the show, called _Monsters At Work_. It's set six months after the original film, which saw the famed scare facility switching over its power supply from the screams of frightened children to their laughter and joy. The show follows Tylor Tuskmon (Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who had trained at Monsters University to scare, but now faces a whole new reality. Taylor will be voicing his mother, Millie.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"And that wasn't the only Pixar show on display, as Tony Hale is returning as _Toy Story 4_'s Forky in a new series of shorts called _Forky Asks A Question_. The audience was treated to an episode, _What Is Money?_, which co-starred John Ratzenberger's Hamm.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"D23 2019: The 23 Biggest Stories From Disney's Event","subtitle":"","content":["Ever since Disney launched its stand-alone celebration of all things under the Mouse House banner a decade ago, the biennial D23 Expo has grown, along with the studio itself, into a massive display of everything it has to offer on screens and beyond. Not surprisingly, then, This year's Expo was bigger than ever, and _Empire_ was there to see stars talk up their new projects and filmmakers from the like of Lucasfilm, Pixar and Disney's live-action/animated arms show off fresh clips. Here's our list of the biggest happenings for cinemas and the new Disney+ streaming service. Incidentally, while Disney+ is launching in the US on 12 November, the company has yet to confirm a UK date beyond saying it'll land in 2020.","## 1) Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker debuted new footage","While director JJ Abrams would probably be happier not releasing anything at all, D23 attendees expect to see something. And so, with the likes of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams (plus droids R2-D2, BB-8 and newcomer D-O) on stage, there was plenty of chatter about how special the latest movie is, and a tear-jerking tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. The highlight, of course, was the footage, which showed Rey and Kylo Ren dueling on a crashed ship in the midst of stormy seas, a galactic cloud filled with Star Destroyers, and, most tantalizingly, a shot of Rey clad in a dark cloak and using a double-sided, hinge-down Sith red lightsaber. We'll have to find out what _that_ means... If you want to see the footage for yourself, [you can find it right here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-d23-footage-rey-kylo/).","Also, as has become D23 tradition, a new poster was put on screen, with every audience member handed a copy on their way out of the room at the end.","## 2) Kit Harington became the latest actor to join the MCU","Though news of his potential addition broke shortly before the panel started, it was left to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to confirm that Kit Harington would be joining _Eternals_ as a character called Dane Whitman. It wasn't mentioned on stage, but he's also known as the superhero Black Knight. The artist formerly known as Jon Snow wasn't present on stage (he's busy preparing for the film in London), but fellow new recruits Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan (Druig and Sersei, respectively) did show up to join the announced likes of Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie. We were also treated to a look at how the cast will appear in the film via some concept art.","## 3) Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs were announced for Pixar's Soul","Pixar boss and Oscar-winning filmmaker Pete Docter is at work on a new original film for the company, and it boasts an intriguing, metaphysical concept of the type that might be a tough sell, but tends to work in the animation studios' experienced hands. It's the story of Joe Gardener (Foxx) a school band teacher who has always harboured dreams of playing jazz professionally. But shortly after he gets his big break, something happens to him, which finds his soul somehow sent back to a place called The You Seminar, where souls are educated and formed before they are assigned to humans. There, he meets 22 (not her full name, but it's a number too long to quote here), voiced by Tina Fey, who has been observing Earth for a long time and has decided that it's a terrible place. But she does agree to help Joe get back there.","Foxx and Fey were joined on stage by fellow cast members Rashad, Diggs and Ahmir \"Questlove\" Thompson, best known for his work with The Roots. Docter, along with producer Dana Murray, co-director/writer Kemp Powers and writer Mike Jones showed off some early footage, which boasts Pixar's first African-American lead character and cast.","## 4) Marvel Announced Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight series for Disney+","Kevin Feige had already announced the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe-based series that his team is working on for the Disney+ streaming service, but there was more news squeezed at the end of the panel: word that Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight are all in development, though it was too early to share any real details on any of them. You can [read more via our panel report here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/marvel-disney-she-hulk-moon-night-ms-marvel/).","## 5) The first full trailer for The Mandalorian arrived","Jon Favreau was at the Anaheim Convention Center to debut a look at his new, live-action _Star Wars_ Disney+ series _The Mandalorian_, expanding on what had been shown to the audience at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year. Stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito and Taika Waititi (who pulls double duty voicing droid IG-11 and is one of the show's directors) joined Favreau and fellow producer Dave Filoni on stage to explain about the show's poking into the outer reaches of the galaxy for a story set in the aftermath of the Empire's fall in _Return Of The Jedi_. Not present? Werner Herzog, who nevertheless pops up in the trailer.","## 6) Frozen II's team let some new footage and casting confirmations go","Given its billion dollar-plus success, _Frozen_ has naturally become a pillar of Disney Animation going forward. And while attempts at spin-offs haven't met with much success, the sequel promises to be something special. Director (and chief creative officer at the animated arm of the studio) Jennifer Lee and fellow _Frozen_ director Chris Buck showed off footage for the film that they say will form one big story with the original. We saw Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven playing charades before Elsa is distracted by a strange, singing voice, and Anna is too concerned for her sister to react to Kristoff trying to propose marriage to her. Elsa's reaction to the voice calling her name is a brand new song, _Into The Unknown_, which seems sure to get lodged in the brain as with _Let It Go_. We also learned that Sterling K. Brown will be a new character called Lt. Mattias, while Evan Rachel Wood is Elsa and Anna's mother Queen Iduna, who we glimpsed in another new scene featuring a song called _All Is Found_. The panel then wrapped up with the main cast showing up in person to sing another tune from the movie, _Some Things Never Change_.","## 7) Disney Animation revealed a new original movie","Disney and Pixar have been criticised of late for relying on sequels and remakes, but both studios had original stories to showcase this year. Disney's is _Raya And The Last Dragon_, which comes from directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Adele Lim. Inspired by southeast asian legends, it's set in a fantastical realm called Kumandra, where the heroic Raya teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. The filmmakers showed off some astonishing animation and then brought out _Crazy Rich Asians_' Awkwafina, who will voice the dragon, Sisu, and Cassie Steele, the voice of Raya to talk about the movie.","## 8) The Muppets announced a new series of shorts","It's sometimes easy to forget that Disney bought the rights to The Muppets a few years ago, and while the two movies have worked well, the company's attempts to launch a new TV series based on the fuzzy friends haven't met with the same level of success. Disney+ short-form series _Muppets Now_ is aiming to change that. Kermit the Frog appeared in a video about the series, though he was forbidden from saying much by the officious Joe from legal, a weasel with binding contracts on his mind and a yearning to be a comedian.","## 9) Ewan McGregor showed up to confirm an Ob-Wan Kenobi series","Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy would probably have preferred for McGregor to appear on stage as a huge surprise, but it was not to be, as rumours broke ahead of the event. Still, the audience was thrilled to see the actor stride out. After years of talk of an Obi-Wan movie, the series is a compromise. Neither McGregor nor Kennedy would say much about the show, save that it'll kick off shooting next year.","## 10) Marvel announced the Black Panther sequel's release date","Given its cultural impact, financial and Oscar success, everyone knew that Marvel would return to Wakanda for another _Black Panther_, and writer/director Ryan Coogler has been at work developing it. Coogler and Kevin Feige refused to reveal much about the film, which is still only in the very early writing stage, but they did confirm that it'll hit screens on 6 May 2022. As to what it'll actually be called? Don't expect _Black Panther 2_.","## 11) The Rock rolled the first footage of Jungle Cruise – and Emily Blunt made fun of him","Jungle Cruise benefitted from the dual star presence of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, who, if you've seen the short teasers, you know have good comic chemistry. Johnson showed up first in a boat mock-up, and rolled a trailer that focused on his character, Frank. Blunt then showed up in a classic car to mock his representation of the movie and show her own version of the trailer that is driven by her character, Lily Houghton. The vibe was _Raiders Of The Lost Ark_, _Romancing The Stone_ and the Brendan Fraser-era _Mummy_ movies.","## 12) We got our first look at Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil","You might not have thought that a character as despicable as Cruella de Vil would be worth exploring in an origin story, but _Cruella_ is aiming to peek beyond the two-tone hairstyle and fur obsession to figure out how she became that way. The movie has just started shooting, so there was not much beyond the initial image to show, but Stone did pop up in a fun video from the set.","## 13) Pixar's Onward had clips to share and Tom Holland had a message","You've probably [seen the first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/pixar-unveils-first-trailer-onward/) for Pixar's next film, which finds it exploring uncharted territory with a full-on fantasy. Albeit one that sets the usual elf/gnome/unicorn characters in a present-day suburban setting. The film follows two elven brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) Lightfoot, who go on a journey to bring their dead father back from the afterlife through magic for a day. Director Dan Scanlon showed a clip that set up the story and one of the duo using magic to solve a problem... with strange results.","The panel had one moment of potential awkwardness when Pratt and Holland showed up to greet the crowd and Holland addressed the \"crazy\" week that [has been happening over Spider-Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/sony-disney-marvel-kevin-feige-spider-man-split/). \"I love you 3000,\" he told the crowd, aware that Peter Parker may be leaving the MCU for good.","## 14) Emily Van Camp and Wyatt Russell joined The Falcon And The Winter Soldier","Even with the star/banter power of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan already on stage, director Kari Skogland had something new to announce about _The Falcon And The Winter Soldier_: Emily Van Camp will return as Sharon Carter and _Everybody Wants Some!!_/_Overlord_ actor Wyatt Russell is playing a character called John Walker. Marvel fans will know he's also called US Agent, a Captain America wannabe (and occasional replacement) who is more known for causing trouble.","## 15) New Mulan footage screened","Director Niki Caro arrived at D23 bearing a full clip from the live-action conversion of Disney's animated classic. The footage found Mulan (Yifei Liu) brought to a matchmaker, a situation that does not go well thanks to a pesky spider. That was followed by a scene that saw her ailing father (Tzi Ma) agreeing to join the Emperor's army to battle invaders. Which, if you've seen the original film (or have heard of the legends) sparks the story of Mulan disguising herself to take his place in the army.","## 16) Peggy Carter became Captain Carter in Marvel's What If...? footage","Director Bryan Andrews and head writer Ashley Bradley are at work on the animated Marvel series _What If...?_, which allows the team to explore different possibilities within the MCU, and boasts the voices of most of the main casts from the films. The examples shown in the clip package included Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter becoming Captain America (or rather, Captain Carter, with a Union Jack shield) and Steve Rogers helping out via an early Iron Man-style suit, that given World War II technology was more Hulkbuster-sized than Tony's slimmer later work. Also featured? A Bucky Barnes battling a zombie Cap. Atwell was at the Expo to express how much she likes playing Peggy again.","## 17) The Cassian Andor stars announced their series starts shooting next year","Given that not a frame has been shot of the _Rogue One_ prequel series that will chart earlier adventures of Diego Luna's Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk's K-2SO, there was nothing to show of the _Star Wars_-based series. But the actors gamely showed up to banter, even if they weren't allowed to reveal the title of the show. Mostly because they admitted they don't know it.","## 18) Tom Hiddleston represented Loki... Sort Of","Well, we say, \"represented\", but in true trickster god form, the busy actor wasn't actually there. He did show up via a video message, but largely left it to director Kate Herron and head writer Michael Waldron to pimp the Marvel series about the alternate Loki's journeys after he steals the tesseract in _Avengers: Endgame_ Will he find a friend? Will the sun shine on him? And will he meet creatures that are even more dangerous than he can be?","## 19) Kat Dennings and Randall Park returned to the MCU for WandaVision","Marvel had revealed one piece of casting for Paul Bettany/Elizabeth Olsen-starring Disney+ series WandaVision at Comic-Con, with Teyonah Parris playing the adult version of Monica Rambeau, who we met as a child in _Captain Marvel_. Now we also know that Randall Park will return as _Ant-Man And The Wasp_'s Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings is playing the _Thor_ movies' Darcy Lewis. Kathryn Hahn is also aboard, and will appear as, so writer Jac Shaffer and director Matt Shakman insisted, \"a nosy neighbour\". Which seems an odd character for a superhero series, but _WandaVision_ is far from your average superhero show. The series starts with the two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems...","## 20) Lady And The Tramp went live-action","Disney's latest conversion of its animated back catalogue is headed directly to Disney+ for launch day. The stars of the film – dogs named Rose (Lady) and Monty (Tramp) – joined human performer Yvette Nicole Brown to unveil the trailer.","## 21) Jeff Goldblum unveiled his documentary series","It's fair to say that Jeff Goldblum has a performing style all his own, and now he's being fully unleashed in a new documentary series called _The World According To Jeff Goldblum_. Like _The Matrix_, no one can tell you what it is, you have to see it for yourself.","## 22) Anna Kendrick saved Christmas","To be clear, it's not Kendrick herself saving the festive season, but her character in Christmas comedy Noelle. Kendrick and co-star Billy Eichner showed up (\"Bill Hader was too busy!\" Eichner joked about their fellow cast member) to premiere the trailer.","## 23) Monsters went to work for Disney+","It was predictable that Pixar would get in on the Disney+ and indeed a series set in the _Monsters, Inc._ universe was reported in April. Stars Ben Feldman and Aisha Taylor arrived on the D23 stage to reveal some imagery from the show, called _Monsters At Work_. It's set six months after the original film, which saw the famed scare facility switching over its power supply from the screams of frightened children to their laughter and joy. The show follows Tylor Tuskmon (Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who had trained at Monsters University to scare, but now faces a whole new reality. 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– Everything You Need To Know About The Movie Based On the Game","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d35b718693303c505d4c1e6","altText":"Uncharted","image":{"name":"Uncharted.jpg","fileName":"Uncharted.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1920,"height":1080,"fileSize":734228,"path":"one/media/5d35/b718/6933/03c5/05d4/c1e6"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"*[Uncharted](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/uncharted-4-thief-end-review/)*, the movie adaptation of the blockbuster videogame series, has been in development for years. Despite multiple bumps in the road – and currently being director-less – it's meant to be hitting our screens in 2020. Here's everything you need to know so far.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What is Uncharted?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh5HV4iic1Y"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"The *[Uncharted](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/uncharted-4-thief-end-review/)* series is a globe-trotting, loot-hunting set of Playstation games, blending *[Indiana Jones](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/raiders-lost-ark-review/)*-style adventuring with several parts *[Tomb Raider](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/rise-tomb-raider-review/)* and just a dash of *[National Treasure](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/national-treasure-review/)*. Its hero is Nathan Drake (voiced by Nolan North), who undertakes action-packed trips to the likes of El Dorado, Shambala and the Iram of the Pillars, quipping many a quip and shooting many a henchman along the way. For years the internet was of one voice in its desperation for [Nathan Fillion](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nathan-fillion/) to play Drake onscreen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Why hasn't there been an Uncharted film already?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c5596933037373d4c4bb","altText":"Nathan Fillion - Firefly","image":{"name":"nathan-fillion-firefly.jpg","fileName":"nathan-fillion-firefly.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":947,"height":523,"fileSize":91950,"path":"one/media/5d35/c559/6933/0373/73d4/c4bb"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Two words: development hell. A decade ago, [David O Russell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-o-russell/) was interested in making a film version, and had [Mark Wahlberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-wahlberg/) attached to star. Russell was planning what sounded like a very loose adaptation, ditching the first screenplay draft by *[Sahara](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/sahara-review/)* writers Josh Oppenheimer and Dean Donnelly. His vision was based around \"a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities. They deal with heads of state and heads of museums and mete out justice.\" Russell would have turned Drake's mentor Victor \"Sully\" Sullivan into his father, and added an uncle: a double-act he was hoping Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci would play.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"That version was dead by May 2011. New screenplays were written by Kyle Ward, David Guggenheim, Mark Boal, and *[National Treasure](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/national-treasure-review/)* writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley. [Neil Burger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/neil-burger/) considered directing before departing for *[Divergent](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/divergent-review/)*. Seth Gordon signed on to direct in May 2014, but moved on a year later. [Joe Carnahan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-carnahan/) took a crack at a rewrite in 2016, which [Shawn Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/) was going to direct, but didn't. Now read on...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who is directing the Uncharted movie?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c5a36933033fdad4c4c6","altText":"Dan Trachtenberg","image":{"name":"dan trachtenberg john goodman 10 cloverfield lane.jpg","fileName":"dan trachtenberg john goodman 10 cloverfield lane.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":142118,"path":"one/media/5d35/c5a3/6933/033f/dad4/c4c6"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"At present, nobody – the project is currently looking for someone to take the reins. The most recent filmmaker to be attached to the project was [Dan Trachtenberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dan-trachtenberg/){:target=_blank}, who made his feature debut with *[10 Cloverfield Lane](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/10-cloverfield-lane-review/){:target=_blank}*, going on to direct the 'Playtest' episode of *Black Mirror* (the VR horror one), and the opening episode of Amazon's *The Boys*. Nine months after joining *Uncharted*, he [exited the project](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/uncharted-movie-loses-director-dan-trachtenberg/){:target=_blank} – joining the likes of David O. Russell, Joe Carnahan and Shawn Levy as people who have previously been in the director's chair.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who is starring in the Uncharted movie?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c5ed693303c875d4c4cc","altText":"Tom Holland","image":{"name":"spider-man-tom-holland.jpg","fileName":"spider-man-tom-holland.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1024,"height":579,"fileSize":86349,"path":"one/media/5d35/c5ed/6933/03c8/75d4/c4cc"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The current Nathan Drake is the recent and future Spider-Man, [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/). No other cast has been announced, although [Brian Cranston](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brian-cranston/) has been rumoured for Sully.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who wrote the Uncharted movie?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c6456933037d91d4c4d8","altText":"Uncharted","image":{"name":"uncharted.jpg","fileName":"uncharted.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":938,"fileSize":186842,"path":"one/media/5d35/c645/6933/037d/91d4/c4d8"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Carnahan still seems to have a screenplay credit, but he now shares it with Rafe Judkins, a veteran of _Hemlock Grove_ and _Agents of SHIELD_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What is the Uncharted movie's story?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c6966933039625d4c4e1","altText":"Uncharted","image":{"name":"uncharted-lost.jpg","fileName":"uncharted-lost.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2480,"height":1317,"fileSize":736910,"path":"one/media/5d35/c696/6933/0396/25d4/c4e1"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Like 2018's *[Tomb Raider](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/tomb-raider-review/)*, the new idea is to frame the story as a prequel to the games' normal timeline; Holland obviously makes for a much younger Drake. The inspiration is a sequence in the third game that followed the Drake as a young thief and his first encounter with professional rogue Sullivan.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## When is the Uncharted movie released?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d35c6dc693303cc96d4c4e9","altText":"Uncharted","image":{"name":"uncharted.png","fileName":"uncharted.png","mimeType":"image/png","width":1920,"height":1080,"fileSize":2131050,"path":"one/media/5d35/c6dc/6933/03cc/96d4/c4e9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The date currently on the books is 18 December 2020 – but meeting that date will require a new filmmaker to enter the frame sharpish.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What about Nathan Fillion?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Stop going on about Nathan Fillion...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"...Oh alright then, if you insist. Fillion and director Nathan Ungar shot an unofficial _Uncharted_ fan film in the summer of 2018. [Stephen Lang](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-lang/2/) turned out to play Sully. This is probably not going anywhere further, although Ungar [says](https://ew.com/movies/2018/07/17/uncharted-nathan-fillion-fan-film-allan-ungar/) he's had \"some emails\" about doing a web series.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5CZQpqF_74"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"}],"title":"Uncharted – Everything You Need To Know About The Movie Based On the Game","subtitle":"","content":["*[Uncharted](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/uncharted-4-thief-end-review/)*, the movie adaptation of the blockbuster videogame series, has been in development for years. Despite multiple bumps in the road – and currently being director-less – it's meant to be hitting our screens in 2020. Here's everything you need to know so far.","## What is Uncharted?","The *[Uncharted](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/uncharted-4-thief-end-review/)* series is a globe-trotting, loot-hunting set of Playstation games, blending *[Indiana Jones](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/raiders-lost-ark-review/)*-style adventuring with several parts *[Tomb Raider](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/reviews/rise-tomb-raider-review/)* and just a dash of *[National Treasure](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/national-treasure-review/)*. Its hero is Nathan Drake (voiced by Nolan North), who undertakes action-packed trips to the likes of El Dorado, Shambala and the Iram of the Pillars, quipping many a quip and shooting many a henchman along the way. For years the internet was of one voice in its desperation for [Nathan Fillion](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nathan-fillion/) to play Drake onscreen.","## Why hasn't there been an Uncharted film already?","Two words: development hell. A decade ago, [David O Russell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-o-russell/) was interested in making a film version, and had [Mark Wahlberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-wahlberg/) attached to star. Russell was planning what sounded like a very loose adaptation, ditching the first screenplay draft by *[Sahara](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/sahara-review/)* writers Josh Oppenheimer and Dean Donnelly. His vision was based around \"a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities. They deal with heads of state and heads of museums and mete out justice.\" Russell would have turned Drake's mentor Victor \"Sully\" Sullivan into his father, and added an uncle: a double-act he was hoping Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci would play.","That version was dead by May 2011. New screenplays were written by Kyle Ward, David Guggenheim, Mark Boal, and *[National Treasure](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/national-treasure-review/)* writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley. [Neil Burger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/neil-burger/) considered directing before departing for *[Divergent](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/divergent-review/)*. Seth Gordon signed on to direct in May 2014, but moved on a year later. [Joe Carnahan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-carnahan/) took a crack at a rewrite in 2016, which [Shawn Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/) was going to direct, but didn't. Now read on...","## Who is directing the Uncharted movie?","At present, nobody – the project is currently looking for someone to take the reins. The most recent filmmaker to be attached to the project was [Dan Trachtenberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dan-trachtenberg/){:target=_blank}, who made his feature debut with *[10 Cloverfield Lane](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/10-cloverfield-lane-review/){:target=_blank}*, going on to direct the 'Playtest' episode of *Black Mirror* (the VR horror one), and the opening episode of Amazon's *The Boys*. Nine months after joining *Uncharted*, he [exited the project](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/uncharted-movie-loses-director-dan-trachtenberg/){:target=_blank} – joining the likes of David O. Russell, Joe Carnahan and Shawn Levy as people who have previously been in the director's chair.","## Who is starring in the Uncharted movie?","The current Nathan Drake is the recent and future Spider-Man, [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/). No other cast has been announced, although [Brian Cranston](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brian-cranston/) has been rumoured for Sully.","## Who wrote the Uncharted movie?","Carnahan still seems to have a screenplay credit, but he now shares it with Rafe Judkins, a veteran of _Hemlock Grove_ and _Agents of SHIELD_.","## What is the Uncharted movie's story?","Like 2018's *[Tomb Raider](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/tomb-raider-review/)*, the new idea is to frame the story as a prequel to the games' normal timeline; Holland obviously makes for a much younger Drake. The inspiration is a sequence in the third game that followed the Drake as a young thief and his first encounter with professional rogue Sullivan.","## When is the Uncharted movie released?","The date currently on the books is 18 December 2020 – but meeting that date will require a new filmmaker to enter the frame sharpish.","## What about Nathan Fillion?","Stop going on about Nathan Fillion...","...","...Oh alright then, if you insist. Fillion and director Nathan Ungar shot an unofficial _Uncharted_ fan film in the summer of 2018. [Stephen Lang](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-lang/2/) turned out to play Sully. 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Part meditation on the last gasp of Golden Age Hollywood, part shaggy dog story about an ageing actor, [Leonardo DiCaprio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leonardo-dicaprio/){:target=_blank}’s Rick Dalton, and his long-suffering stunt double, [Brad Pitt](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brad-pitt/){:target=_blank}’s Cliff Booth, part revisiting of the Manson Family murders, QT’s 1969-set opus finds the director at his warmest, his most reflective, and as playful as ever.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"When the man himself came to town for the film’s UK premiere, _Empire_ sat down with him for an epic [spoiler special interview](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-once-upon-time-hollywood-spoiler-special-quentin-tarantino/){:target=_blank} – his first ever appearance on the Empire Podcast – to talk through _Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood_’s most surprising moments, its astonishing final act, its recreation of 1969 L.A., and the legacy of its movie-star characters. It was a fascinating and far-ranging conversation that saw Tarantino on typically loquacious form, talking through his decisions in the scripting stage, the changes he made along the way, his feelings on engaging with the horror of the Manson Family, and bringing that final shot to the screen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Read through the gallery below for 10 interesting insights from one of Hollywood’s most unique filmmakers – and be wary that it, of course, features major spoilers for an endlessly surprising movie from the off.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d5e95820a31497bcb6aec80","title":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: 10 Things Tarantino Told Us","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5d5e95250a31492fe16aec75","titleText":"1) Tarantino didn’t want to let the Manson Family into his head","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-1.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":574980,"path":"one/media/5d5e/9525/0a31/492f/e16a/ec75"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"When early reports broke that Quentin Tarantino was considering a project featuring the Manson Family, there were concerns over whether such a bleak and often exploitatively-handled piece of Hollywood history really needed revisiting. As it turns out, the filmmaker had his own qualms about heading into that territory. \"I was just getting ready to do a deep dive, and all of a sudden I was just like, 'Let me stop before I get started on this – do I really want to let the Manson family into my head, into my psyche? Do I really want to think about where they were all coming from?',\" he recalls. \"And the answer was no I don't, and so I put it away. But then the material I wrote was good enough that I kept going back to it in between each thing. The thing that really led me along the way was that ending shot.\"<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5d5e95250a31492fe16aec75","titleText":"1) Tarantino didn’t want to let the Manson Family into his head","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-1.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":574980,"path":"one/media/5d5e/9525/0a31/492f/e16a/ec75"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"When early reports broke that Quentin Tarantino was considering a project featuring the Manson Family, there were concerns over whether such a bleak and often exploitatively-handled piece of Hollywood history really needed revisiting. 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It's what she was denied,\" he says. \"Most people, when they think about Sharon they think about the tragedy of her ending. She has been defined by the tragedy of her ending. So I thought there was something special about just seeing her live life.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e95660a314956d76aec7d","titleText":"3) A moment where Cliff Booth comes face-to-face with Charles Manson was cut","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-3.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":576782,"path":"one/media/5d5e/9566/0a31/4956/d76a/ec7d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Though the Manson Family murders factor into _Once Upon A Time…_ in a major way, Charles Manson himself only appears once in the movie. When _Empire_ saw some early footage in Tarantino's edit suite, the scene where Manson pitches up at Tate and Polanski's house included a moment where the cult leader locks eyes with Cliff Booth, who's stood on Rick's roof, yells 'Fuck you, Jack!' and does a few karate moves – which was excised from the final cut. \"I dropped it out,\" the filmmaker confirms. \"I wonder to this day if I did the right thing. Columbia really wanted me to keep it in. Part of the thing of guiding this movie was just knowing where the drama was, and keeping the currentness of the drama in line with the audience's reaction. It just seemed I should be going back to Rick for the scene with the little girl. When I stayed there just a little bit longer to have Cliff and Charlie share their moment, it just seemed like I was five minutes behind the drama from that point on. It didn't feel right.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e95960a31496e356aec82","titleText":"4) The scene with Trudi and the Easy Breezy story was the final piece to fall into place","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-4.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-4.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":401145,"path":"one/media/5d5e/9596/0a31/496e/356a/ec82"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"_Once Upon A Time…_'s meditations on middle-age, obsolescence and the end of an era are perhaps most keenly felt in the scene where Rick Dalton has a minor meltdown on the set of TV show _Lancer_ as he reads the story of over-the-hill cowboy Easy Breezy. His crisis is exacerbated by prodigious child method actor Trudi, who gives him a much-needed pep talk. \"Trudi was the last character I came up with,\" Tarantino reveals. \"I came up with that scene and I was like, 'Wow, that's terrific – I really like that.' Then I had to almost re-engineer the rest of the drama so that that could fall in right in the middle and she could have her right spot.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e95fb0a3149359a6aec91","titleText":"5) That’s Kurt Russell doing the narration","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-5.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-5.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":523340,"path":"one/media/5d5e/95fb/0a31/4935/9a6a/ec91"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"QT regular Kurt Russell plays a stuntman in _Once Upon A Time…_, and also narrates – a move inspired by Paul Thomas Anderson. \"He used Ricky Jay as both his narrator and a character in _Magnolia_, and I thought that worked out pretty good,\" says Tarantino. The actor was one of four people who laid down the narration. \"Kurt kind of won it hands down,\" he reveals. \"Kurt is almost like a narrator from the time period – he was there. A lot of these shows that are mentioned, Kurt did those shows. Kurt was on _The Virginian_, he was on _The High Chaparral_. Now, he was like 12 or 13 or 15 when did them, but he still did them. He is of this era. He knows exactly what I'm talking about.\" In early cuts, the narration was featured more prominently in the movie. \"When [Sharon] bought the _Tess Of The D'Urbervilles_ book, I could have stopped and had a little narration that explained how he made the movie (1979's _Tess_) because she bought him the book. Ultimately I didn't think I needed any of that.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e96120a314917756aec96","titleText":"6) Tarantino knows who Rick Dalton would play in Reservoir Dogs","altText":"Reservoir Dogs","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-6.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-6.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":426388,"path":"one/media/5d5e/9612/0a31/4917/756a/ec96"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Thinking about where Rick Dalton's career would have continued after _Once Upon A Time..._'s credits roll, Tarantino \"absolutely\" knows who the fictional actor would have gone on to play had he been cast in _Reservoir Dogs_. \"Rick is in his forties in '69, so the part he would be right for would be Joe [Cabot],\" he says, referring to the mobster behind that film's diamond heist.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e962a0a314956446aeca1","titleText":"7) Steve McQueen makes a better ‘Cooler King’ than Rick Dalton","altText":"The Great Escape","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-7.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-7.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1003298,"path":"one/media/5d5e/962a/0a31/4956/446a/eca1"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"MGM","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"One of _Once Upon A Time…_'s biggest flights of fancy sees Dalton imagining himself as Steve McQueen's Captain Virgil 'Cooler King' Hilts in _The Great Escape_, saying he was among the final five actors considered for the role. But even in the Tarantino-verse, he would have been no match for McQueen's iconic performance. \"McQueen is ultimately better for the role,\" QT laughs. \"Rick does a good job, but I would cast McQueen! We're not talking about Leo, we're talking about Rick – I might cast Leo in _The Great Escape_.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5e965e0a314918366aeca7","titleText":"8) The acid-dipped cigarette was a late addition","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"ouatih-spoiler-8.jpg","fileName":"ouatih-spoiler-8.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":348324,"path":"one/media/5d5e/965e/0a31/4918/366a/eca7"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"_Once Upon A Time…_'s final act kicks into a higher gear when Brad Pitt's Rick Dalton smokes an LSD-infused cigarette moments prior to the Manson Family attack. It was a late addition to Tarantino's plot. \"Cliff smoking the acid cigarette actually is not in the script,\" he confirms. \"I came up with that way, way after the fact.\" Its inclusion was inspired by Jack O'Connell's 1968 hippie documentary _Revolution_ – and Tarantino sees it as an extra turning point as his film heads further into its alt-history timeline. \"There was literally a scene of a flower girl selling acid-dipped cigarettes,\" he recalls. \"I wrote that down as a possible thing to put in the movie. And then I thought, 'Well hell – why don't we just have him smoke the cigarette that night?' It's one of the better ideas I've ever had, I've got to say. It's almost like the entire end almost turns on it, in a way that I wasn't quite prepared for. 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Part meditation on the last gasp of Golden Age Hollywood, part shaggy dog story about an ageing actor, [Leonardo DiCaprio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leonardo-dicaprio/){:target=_blank}’s Rick Dalton, and his long-suffering stunt double, [Brad Pitt](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brad-pitt/){:target=_blank}’s Cliff Booth, part revisiting of the Manson Family murders, QT’s 1969-set opus finds the director at his warmest, his most reflective, and as playful as ever.","When the man himself came to town for the film’s UK premiere, _Empire_ sat down with him for an epic [spoiler special interview](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-once-upon-time-hollywood-spoiler-special-quentin-tarantino/){:target=_blank} – his first ever appearance on the Empire Podcast – to talk through _Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood_’s most surprising moments, its astonishing final act, its recreation of 1969 L.A., and the legacy of its movie-star characters. 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But now it looks like those plans will no longer come to fruition, as it was announced earlier this week that Sony and Marvel have decided to end their partnership with Marvel Studios and Disney in producing new *Spider-Man* films, effectively putting an end to Spidey’s time in the MCU.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"So what does this mean for everyone’s favourite webhead? The good news is that Sony has a solid foundation to work from: Holland is widely regarded as the best onscreen version of Peter Parker we’ve seen, and it’s safe to assume that the strong supporting cast of [Marisa Tomei](https://www.empireonline.com/people/marisa-tomei/){:target=_blank}, [Zendaya](https://www.empireonline.com/people/zendaya/){:target=_blank}, and [Jacob Batalon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jacob-batalon/){:target=_blank} will also remain intact. The other key part of that nucleus is *[Homecoming](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-homecoming-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[Far From Home](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-far-from-home/){:target=_blank}* director [Jon Watts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jon-watts/){:target=_blank}, and thankfully he is still signed on for a couple more films. Additionally, 2018’s fantastic *[Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-spider-verse-review/){:target=_blank}* also offers some comfort – if [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/){:target=_blank} is no longer in the producer’s chair, then [Phil Lord](https://www.empireonline.com/people/phil-lord/){:target=_blank} and [Chris Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-miller/){:target=_blank} would be an excellent choice to help guide Spidey in this new phase.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s also now likely that Spidey will be sharing the screen with Venom before long. A sequel to the latter’s movie – which proved popular at the box office, if not with critics – is in the works, with [Andy Serkis calling the shots](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/venom-2-andy-serkis-officially-on-to-direct-the-sequel/){:target=_blank}. Having Venom, Carnage and Spidey on screen together for the first time is a tantalising and potentially very lucrative prospect that Sony surely have on their minds. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d5d348b0a3149660b6ac7f9","altText":"Venom","image":{"name":"venom.jpg","fileName":"venom.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1089586,"path":"one/media/5d5d/348b/0a31/4966/0b6a/c7f9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Sony going it alone does come with a few concerns though. Part of the reason that the partnership with the MCU came to be was that *[The Amazing Spider-Man 2](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/amazing-spider-man-2-review/){:target=_blank}* was a dud with both critics and fans, and its box office take is the lowest of any Spidey film in the last two decades. Comparatively, the MCU quickly restored the hero to onscreen glory, and *Far From Home* became the first solo Spider-Man film to cross the $1 billion mark earlier this year.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"While both the MCU and Sony will survive the split, it can’t help but feel like the biggest losers in all of this are the fans.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"Speaking of the MCU, there was nary a mention of Spidey’s name when Kevin Feige revealed Marvel’s Phase 4 slate back in July, and now we know why. Spider-Man’s absence gives the MCU a number of storytelling issues as *Far From Home* went to great lengths to further ensconce Peter Parker into that universe. Indeed, at a crucial moment in that film, a key piece of dialogue has Happy telling Peter that “I don’t think Tony would have done what he did if he didn’t know you were going to be here after he was gone”. It’s only taken a couple months for that quote to age badly. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"There’s also the question of whether or not the MCU at large will address Spidey’s absence or just ignore him entirely. Luckily, *Far From Home*’s conclusion **(Spoiler Warning!)** – which saw the world learn that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, right after Mysterio ([Jake Gyllenhaal](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jake-gyllenhaal/){:target=_blank}) made it look like he was a murderer – makes either option viable. Perhaps the MCU’s other heroes feel like they can no longer trust Spidey, who has since gone into hiding?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d5d349a0a3149466c6ac7fe","altText":"Spider-Man: Far From Home","image":{"name":"spidey-2.jpg","fileName":"spidey-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":483589,"path":"one/media/5d5d/349a/0a31/4946/6c6a/c7fe"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Which begs the question… will Marvel and Sony resolve their issues and reverse course? Reports suggest that the reason for the break-up is down to money (which Disney has a lot of), so there’s a possibility that this is all a negotiating tactic and a deal will be made somewhere down the line. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In any case, while both the MCU and Sony will survive the split, it can’t help but feel like the biggest losers in all of this are the fans. Sony and Marvel’s partnership was yielding some of the best Spider-Man moments ever committed to the big screen, thanks in no small part to the fact that Spidey was finally interacting with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That’s something we thought we’d be seeing much more of, and now that we have proof of how great that interconnectivity is, going back to Spider-Man films where that’s no longer possible is a gut-punch.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Why Spider-Man’s Future Isn’t Doomed – Even If His MCU Removal Is A Gut-Punch","subtitle":"","content":["Ever since [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/){:target=_blank}’s Spider-Man was introduced in 2016’s *[Captain America: Civil War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/captain-america-civil-war-review/){:target=_blank}*, it was clear he was being groomed by Tony Stark ([Robert Downey Jr](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-downey-jr/){:target=_blank}) and Marvel Studios to play a big role in the MCU’s future. But now it looks like those plans will no longer come to fruition, as it was announced earlier this week that Sony and Marvel have decided to end their partnership with Marvel Studios and Disney in producing new *Spider-Man* films, effectively putting an end to Spidey’s time in the MCU.","So what does this mean for everyone’s favourite webhead? The good news is that Sony has a solid foundation to work from: Holland is widely regarded as the best onscreen version of Peter Parker we’ve seen, and it’s safe to assume that the strong supporting cast of [Marisa Tomei](https://www.empireonline.com/people/marisa-tomei/){:target=_blank}, [Zendaya](https://www.empireonline.com/people/zendaya/){:target=_blank}, and [Jacob Batalon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jacob-batalon/){:target=_blank} will also remain intact. The other key part of that nucleus is *[Homecoming](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-homecoming-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[Far From Home](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-far-from-home/){:target=_blank}* director [Jon Watts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jon-watts/){:target=_blank}, and thankfully he is still signed on for a couple more films. Additionally, 2018’s fantastic *[Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/spider-man-spider-verse-review/){:target=_blank}* also offers some comfort – if [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/){:target=_blank} is no longer in the producer’s chair, then [Phil Lord](https://www.empireonline.com/people/phil-lord/){:target=_blank} and [Chris Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-miller/){:target=_blank} would be an excellent choice to help guide Spidey in this new phase.","It’s also now likely that Spidey will be sharing the screen with Venom before long. A sequel to the latter’s movie – which proved popular at the box office, if not with critics – is in the works, with [Andy Serkis calling the shots](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/venom-2-andy-serkis-officially-on-to-direct-the-sequel/){:target=_blank}. Having Venom, Carnage and Spidey on screen together for the first time is a tantalising and potentially very lucrative prospect that Sony surely have on their minds. ","Sony going it alone does come with a few concerns though. Part of the reason that the partnership with the MCU came to be was that *[The Amazing Spider-Man 2](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/amazing-spider-man-2-review/){:target=_blank}* was a dud with both critics and fans, and its box office take is the lowest of any Spidey film in the last two decades. Comparatively, the MCU quickly restored the hero to onscreen glory, and *Far From Home* became the first solo Spider-Man film to cross the $1 billion mark earlier this year.","Speaking of the MCU, there was nary a mention of Spidey’s name when Kevin Feige revealed Marvel’s Phase 4 slate back in July, and now we know why. Spider-Man’s absence gives the MCU a number of storytelling issues as *Far From Home* went to great lengths to further ensconce Peter Parker into that universe. Indeed, at a crucial moment in that film, a key piece of dialogue has Happy telling Peter that “I don’t think Tony would have done what he did if he didn’t know you were going to be here after he was gone”. It’s only taken a couple months for that quote to age badly. ","There’s also the question of whether or not the MCU at large will address Spidey’s absence or just ignore him entirely. Luckily, *Far From Home*’s conclusion **(Spoiler Warning!)** – which saw the world learn that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, right after Mysterio ([Jake Gyllenhaal](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jake-gyllenhaal/){:target=_blank}) made it look like he was a murderer – makes either option viable. Perhaps the MCU’s other heroes feel like they can no longer trust Spidey, who has since gone into hiding?","Which begs the question… will Marvel and Sony resolve their issues and reverse course? Reports suggest that the reason for the break-up is down to money (which Disney has a lot of), so there’s a possibility that this is all a negotiating tactic and a deal will be made somewhere down the line. ","In any case, while both the MCU and Sony will survive the split, it can’t help but feel like the biggest losers in all of this are the fans. Sony and Marvel’s partnership was yielding some of the best Spider-Man moments ever committed to the big screen, thanks in no small part to the fact that Spidey was finally interacting with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. 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Flerken great.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/captain-marvel-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ND8KCQG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=d1aa774b3f0a165044a5981b2fcb2471&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a95655eb7f951f0811121","titleText":"13) Rocketman","altText":"Rocketman","image":{"name":"13-rocketman.jpg","fileName":"13-rocketman.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":988185,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9565/5eb7/f951/f081/1121"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With hindsight, it seems blindingly obvious that the life and music of Elton John would make for a great movie musical. Of course the man who routinely dressed as a glittery neon peacock was born for a big screen treatment! Kudos, then, to the innovations of director Dexter Fletcher and the committed career-defining performance of Taron Egerton for making it look easy, reimagining the legendary singer's legendary life as a technicolour fantasy writ loud and large. Come for the unbeatable banger-after-banger soundtrack, stay for Elton's heartfelt friendship with Bernie Taupin (a sublime Jamie Bell) and sizzling chemistry with John Reid (a steamy Richard Madden).<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/rocketman-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S4T81WK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=4076ec241843b291268cf284b2b389ec&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a958d5eb7f9d655811126","titleText":"12) High Life","altText":"High Life","image":{"name":"12-high-life.jpg","fileName":"12-high-life.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":493885,"path":"one/media/5d5a/958d/5eb7/f9d6/5581/1126"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Space jizz, a 'fuckbox', multiple rape scenes and a black hole of death: when it comes to space movies, _High Life_ is about as far away from _Star Wars_ as you could ever manage. The first English-language film from French auteur Claire Denis presents a deep, humanistic nightmare with a clean, Kubrickian aesthetic and a Tarkovskian sense of slow, brooding despair. Robert Pattinson plays a cosmic prisoner grappling with fatherhood in the emptiness of the void, while Juliette Binoche plays the self-appointed \"Shaman Of Sperm\". Traumatic and hypnotic, it burrows under the skin and forces you to confront the big questions. Questions like: 'Would you bring a dildo on a spaceship?'<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/high-life-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RQ77KMG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=93df09854097a16f16730413b18e660c&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a962a0a3149592d6a80bc","titleText":"11) Gloria Bell","altText":"Gloria Bell","image":{"name":"11-gloria-bell.jpg","fileName":"11-gloria-bell.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":656223,"path":"one/media/5d5a/962a/0a31/4959/2d6a/80bc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"That _Gloria Bell_ entered and exited cinemas without making much of an impact is a huge shame. It's not only a rare female-led character piece, but also the only film of 2019 in which Julianna Moore and John Turturro battle each other with paintball guns. Moore is the titular Bell, a middle-aged LA divorcee with a mind-numbing job, who refuses to give up on life, getting on the dancefloor at night and gyrating away her troubles. One night, she locks eyes with Turturro's Arnold and the two embark on an intense, troubled relationship (and not only because Arnold has a back-support girdle). A remake by Sebastian Lelio of his own Chilean drama, it's warm, sweet, sharply observed and showcases Moore on formidable form – a Bell that definitely deserves ringing.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RWLCHX6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=049f415c2439fd65312cbe07c9e70594&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96560a31496d4b6a80cc","titleText":"10) mid90s","altText":"mid90s","image":{"name":"10-mid90s.jpg","fileName":"10-mid90s.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":789980,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9656/0a31/496d/4b6a/80cc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Looking like the most expertly-crafted MTV video of all time, Jonah Hill's directorial debut recreates its titular time period with immense care and an authentic aesthetic, shot on 16mm in a 4:3 aspect ratio. But for all its period trappings, _mid90s_ avoids a rose-tinted view of the past, telling the coming-of-age tale of Sunny Suljic's Stevie (or, 'Sunburn', as he's affectionately nicknamed) with grit and intensity to counterbalance the warmth of newfound friendship. As he falls in with a local skate crew, Stevie finds acceptance – but also opens himself up to adult experiences that he's too young for. And while he's the film's wide-eyed heart, Hill fleshes out every group member – particularly leader Ray (Na-Kel Smith) – with their own inner life, using his protagonist to navigate ideas around privilege as he grows increasingly aware of the circumstances those around him live in. Plus, the hip-hop heavy soundtrack slaps.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/mid90s-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/6317563780/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=72eef07208414d715df203fee69ec189&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a968c0a31492b296a80d2","titleText":"9) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"9-ouatih.jpg","fileName":"9-ouatih.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":737446,"path":"one/media/5d5a/968c/0a31/492b/296a/80d2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"A near-three-hour shaggy dog story (that features a non-shaggy dog), this sun-baked tale of an imploding actor, an ice-cool stuntman and a historically doomed movie star is Quentin Tarantino at his most playful and laidback. Set largely over a February weekend in Los Angeles, 1969, it doggedly sticks to the lazier pace of a world before mobile phones, emails or paparazzi – in one of the most charming scenes, Sharon Tate has to actually inform a movie theatre ticket vendor who she is – only accelerating in its madcap final ten minutes. Textured with the kind of period detail only this director would think to add, like the Hopalong Cassidy cups on Rick Dalton's shelf (Tarantino's own), it's guaranteed to reward repeat viewings. As for the most quotable quote, we're torn between Rick Dalton calling a car a \"mechanical asshole\" (a phrase lifted from John Carpenter's _Christine_) and the immortal words, \"I'm as real as a donut, motherfucker.\"<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-2/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W35PFJM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=57076600aef9658348a4674590e49c24&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96c10a31499d006a80dc","titleText":"8) The Souvenir","altText":"The Souvenir","image":{"name":"8-the-souvenir.jpg","fileName":"8-the-souvenir.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":976164,"path":"one/media/5d5a/96c1/0a31/499d/006a/80dc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Joanna Hogg's semi-autobiographical film set in 1980s London triumphed at Sundance and is set to become one of the standout indie films of 2019. Honor Swinton Byrne is extraordinary in her first feature role as Julie, a film student trying to find her voice and keep her footing while sinking into her first real relationship with a manipulative Foreign Office employee (played by Tom Burke). Also alongside Swinton Byrne is her mother Tilda Swinton, who in few scenes, brings tension and devastating tenderness to an already toxic situation. It's an exquisite look at how the brutality of early love and ambition forges our character, the very outline of our adult self. And it's Joanna Hogg at the very height of her powers as a filmmaker.<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W8LKSFN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=0fef4f8f56c40a72c472898f4efbde5c&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96d40a3149c0076a80de","titleText":"7) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum","altText":"John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum","image":{"name":"7-john-wick-3.jpg","fileName":"7-john-wick-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1142053,"path":"one/media/5d5a/96d4/0a31/49c0/076a/80de"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"After avenging his poor pup, things have only escalated for John Wick. _Parabellum_ finds the underworld assassin – aka Baba Yaga, aka the Boogeyman – excommunicated from the Continental Hotel, on the run against a ticking clock, with every hitman in the world on his tail. It's a killer set-up – even if this isn't a film you watch _entirely_ for the plot. No, you're here for the sheer brutal bloodshed and 'oh _damn_' action, and on that front _Chapter 3_ more than delivers. Riding a horse through New York traffic to escape bad guys? Yes please. Unapologetically killing an assassin with a library book? Weirdly satisfying. The fight scenes are exhilarating, with Keanu Reeves once again in his element – this time joined by a formidable Halle Berry, who equally shows that she can hold her own.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/john-wick-chapter-3-parabellum-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RR48XKH/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=a34b1d2994004aa844c769ea16c43ea3&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a97060a3149919a6a80e4","titleText":"6) Eighth Grade","altText":"Eighth Grade","image":{"name":"6-eighth-grade.jpg","fileName":"6-eighth-grade.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":519042,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9706/0a31/4991/9a6a/80e4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"The depth of empathy in Bo Burnham's pre-teen comedy-drama is nothing short of overwhelming. It's impossible not to feel completely immersed in the battling emotions of Elsie Fisher's Kayla, who's no longer a child but not yet a fully-fledged teenager either. As a product of the social media generation, she espouses positive messages on her YouTube page about being yourself, being confident, and loving yourself, things she herself struggles to embody. Then there's her dad (Josh Hamilton) who's desperate to support her but pushed away at every turn, aware that his daughter is changing but struggling to understand how he can relate to and help her. As funny as _Eighth Grade_ is – and it really is funny – it's the sheer humanity, the complete warmth and minor heartbreak that will stay with you. Gucci!<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/eighth-grade-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G13R96D/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=38424264168bf7af205c5e81464ccc7e&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a972f0a314955956a80ef","titleText":"5) Us","altText":"Us","image":{"name":"5-us.jpg","fileName":"5-us.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":593194,"path":"one/media/5d5a/972f/0a31/4955/956a/80ef"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Following up _Get Out_ was never going to be an easy task – but instead of trying to out-do himself, Jordan Peele switched things up with a wilder and weirder second film. Part doppelgangers-with-sharp-scissors slasher, part meditation on the American underclass, part _Jaws_-inspired beach-horror, _Us___ sees Peele working on a much bigger canvas, with bigger ideas to match, conjuring up imagery that's madder than a box of frogs – or, cage of rabbits. And then there's Lupita Nyong'o giving two incredible peformances as mum Adelaide and her tethered counterpart Red, Winston Duke confirming himself as one of today's most charismatic actors, that instantly iconic orchestral version of 'I Got 5 On It', and the best Siri-based gag of the year. <br><br><br>[Read 15 spoiler-filled Us facts from Jordan Peele](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/15-spoiler-facts-jordan-peele-us/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PDT24HC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=bf8b7041ae479b5a1f353a6e9f36fe95&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a97510a31492ade6a80f2","titleText":"4) The Favourite","altText":"The Favourite","image":{"name":"4-the-favourite.jpg","fileName":"4-the-favourite.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":724344,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9751/0a31/492a/de6a/80f2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Months after it infiltrated the Oscar ranks, Yorgos Lanthimos' period-drama-like-no-other still lingers in the memory. A darkly funny, often heartbreaking take on the court of Queen Anne (an ever-brilliant Olivia Colman), the power-struggle for her affections between Sarah Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) is a wickedly barbed tale of shifting allegiances and sexual intimacy. With a c-bomb-laden screenplay, fisheye-lens shots, and moments of shocking bloodiness, Lanthimos' unique, mannered style makes for a fascinating, human-focused history lesson – and it goes without saying that Colman couldn't have deserved her Best Actress Oscar more.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/favourite-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LBJ296S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=f2da74c119c958f1f9d83a4dae5b4027&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a97770a314915f06a80f8","titleText":"3) Midsommar","altText":"Midsommar","image":{"name":"3-midsommar.jpg","fileName":"3-midsommar.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":529029,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9777/0a31/4915/f06a/80f8"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Ari Aster follows up his ultra-dark grief horror _Hereditary_ by stepping out into the light – where even more fresh hell awaits. Florence Pugh continues her flawless streak with another incredible turn as Dani, a young woman whose life is shattered by tragedy, and whose boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) is only staying with her out of a sense of duty. Their fracturing relationship erupts when they attend a Swedish cult festival where… well, if you've seen it, you know. If you haven't, you'll want to experience it for yourself. Shooting in bright sunshine, there's no shying away from the disturbing imagery Aster has in store – and he once again proves to be a master craftsman in making unforgettable sequences and emotionally-charged, character-focused storytelling. A distressing (but also surprisingly funny) festival of frights.<br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/midsommar/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WDDMBW6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=8c8c28140877f29a3649f38542d89f80&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a98010a314969bd6a8104","titleText":"2) Booksmart","altText":"Booksmart","image":{"name":"2-booksmart.jpg","fileName":"2-booksmart.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":764269,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9801/0a31/4969/bd6a/8104"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"In Kaitlyn Dever's Amy and Beanie Feldstein's Molly, cinema just got two brand new era-defining teenage icons to rank alongside Ferris Bueller, Cher Horowitz, Kat Stratford, and Cady Heron. Olivia Wilde's whip-smart directorial debut is a rip-roaring, ultra-stylish, progressive teen movie that takes all the best things about the coming-of-age genre – youthful energy, earworm soundtracks, amped-up emotions – and imbues them with a sense of complete platonic adoration. As they prepare to leave high school behind them for good, the two best friends embark on one heady night where they hope to prove to their classmates that they're fun as well as studious – and watching the pair empower and uplift each other is just as entertaining as watching them lose control. Wilde shoots in ambitious extended takes with a visual confidence that announces her as a major filmmaking talent. Party on.<br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/booksmart-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SMLKFJ7/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=204ff3a0eb7c18cc60149796b64b6b1e&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a98320a31499b1f6a810a","titleText":"1) Avengers: Endgame","altText":"Avengers Endgame","image":{"name":"1-avengers-endgame.jpg","fileName":"1-avengers-endgame.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":566399,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9832/0a31/499b/1f6a/810a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"There's no getting around it – _Endgame_ is a triumph in nearly every way. The grand finale (_Spider-Man: Far From Home_ aside) of the MCU's Infinity Saga pays off 20-plus films with an epic, surprising narrative, considerable character development, and the jaw-dropping action showdowns you've been waiting to see ever since Nick Fury popped up at the end of _Iron Man_. After the astonishing finale of _Infinity War_, _Endgame_ is a film of major consequence – one that dares to take its heroes to drastic new places, and in some cases take them off the board for good. An epic, rollocking blockbuster with a finale that sticks the most difficult of landings with genuine emotional impact, it's an incredible achievement. We love it 3000.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-endgame-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NNM8C4J/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=da5923bb770d1d0198fa39fd8de3297e&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""}],"composed":{"coverImage":"5d5a8da45eb7f929b6811063","images":["5d5a8da45eb7f929b6811063","5d5a95275eb7f9394881111b","5d5a95655eb7f951f0811121","5d5a958d5eb7f9d655811126","5d5a962a0a3149592d6a80bc","5d5a96560a31496d4b6a80cc","5d5a968c0a31492b296a80d2","5d5a96c10a31499d006a80dc","5d5a96d40a3149c0076a80de","5d5a97060a3149919a6a80e4","5d5a972f0a314955956a80ef","5d5a97510a31492ade6a80f2","5d5a97770a314915f06a80f8","5d5a98010a314969bd6a8104","5d5a98320a31499b1f6a810a"]}},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"imageGalleries"},{"content":"Read the [Best TV Shows Of 2019 (So Far)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-tv-2019/){:target=_blank} and the [Best Games Of 2019 (So Far)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-games-2019/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d5acf2a0a314979656a88d2","altText":"Booksmart","image":{"name":"empire-foty-2019-main.jpg","fileName":"empire-foty-2019-main.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":789842,"path":"one/media/5d5a/cf2a/0a31/4979/656a/88d2"},"caption":"","credits":""}],"content":["The end of the year is still a little way off, but we’re now over halfway through 2019 – and so far it’s been packed with movies that delivered epic emotional climaxes, iconic teen exploits, harrowing horror, and astonishing action. To mark the just-over-midway point of the year, team Empire put its heads together to write up a list of the must-see movies that arrived in UK cinemas (or on streaming services) since the beginning of January.","There’s something for everyone on the list – reflective of a year that’s been thrillingly diverse when it comes to big screen entertainment. Whether you’re after intergalactic fuckboxes, time-travelling twists, murderous doppelgangers, adolescent anxieties, nostalgic trips into America’s recent past, or dazzling song and dance numbers, take a look through the gallery to see the films that have made _Empire_’s year so far – and here’s to whatever the remaining months will bring.","Read the [Best TV Shows Of 2019 (So Far)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-tv-2019/){:target=_blank} and the [Best Games Of 2019 (So 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Come for the unbeatable banger-after-banger soundtrack, stay for Elton's heartfelt friendship with Bernie Taupin (a sublime Jamie Bell) and sizzling chemistry with John Reid (a steamy Richard Madden).<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/rocketman-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S4T81WK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=4076ec241843b291268cf284b2b389ec&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a958d5eb7f9d655811126","titleText":"12) High Life","altText":"High Life","image":{"name":"12-high-life.jpg","fileName":"12-high-life.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":493885,"path":"one/media/5d5a/958d/5eb7/f9d6/5581/1126"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Space jizz, a 'fuckbox', multiple rape scenes and a black hole of death: when it comes to space movies, _High Life_ is about as far away from _Star Wars_ as you could ever manage. 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Questions like: 'Would you bring a dildo on a spaceship?'<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/high-life-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RQ77KMG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=93df09854097a16f16730413b18e660c&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a962a0a3149592d6a80bc","titleText":"11) Gloria Bell","altText":"Gloria Bell","image":{"name":"11-gloria-bell.jpg","fileName":"11-gloria-bell.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":656223,"path":"one/media/5d5a/962a/0a31/4959/2d6a/80bc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"That _Gloria Bell_ entered and exited cinemas without making much of an impact is a huge shame. It's not only a rare female-led character piece, but also the only film of 2019 in which Julianna Moore and John Turturro battle each other with paintball guns. Moore is the titular Bell, a middle-aged LA divorcee with a mind-numbing job, who refuses to give up on life, getting on the dancefloor at night and gyrating away her troubles. One night, she locks eyes with Turturro's Arnold and the two embark on an intense, troubled relationship (and not only because Arnold has a back-support girdle). A remake by Sebastian Lelio of his own Chilean drama, it's warm, sweet, sharply observed and showcases Moore on formidable form – a Bell that definitely deserves ringing.<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RWLCHX6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=049f415c2439fd65312cbe07c9e70594&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96560a31496d4b6a80cc","titleText":"10) mid90s","altText":"mid90s","image":{"name":"10-mid90s.jpg","fileName":"10-mid90s.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":789980,"path":"one/media/5d5a/9656/0a31/496d/4b6a/80cc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Looking like the most expertly-crafted MTV video of all time, Jonah Hill's directorial debut recreates its titular time period with immense care and an authentic aesthetic, shot on 16mm in a 4:3 aspect ratio. 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Plus, the hip-hop heavy soundtrack slaps.<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/mid90s-review/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Buy now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/6317563780/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=72eef07208414d715df203fee69ec189&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a968c0a31492b296a80d2","titleText":"9) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","altText":"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood","image":{"name":"9-ouatih.jpg","fileName":"9-ouatih.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":737446,"path":"one/media/5d5a/968c/0a31/492b/296a/80d2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"A near-three-hour shaggy dog story (that features a non-shaggy dog), this sun-baked tale of an imploding actor, an ice-cool stuntman and a historically doomed movie star is Quentin Tarantino at his most playful and laidback. 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As for the most quotable quote, we're torn between Rick Dalton calling a car a \"mechanical asshole\" (a phrase lifted from John Carpenter's _Christine_) and the immortal words, \"I'm as real as a donut, motherfucker.\"<br><br><br>[Read the Empire review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-2/){:target=_blank}<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W35PFJM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=57076600aef9658348a4674590e49c24&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96c10a31499d006a80dc","titleText":"8) The Souvenir","altText":"The Souvenir","image":{"name":"8-the-souvenir.jpg","fileName":"8-the-souvenir.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":976164,"path":"one/media/5d5a/96c1/0a31/499d/006a/80dc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Joanna Hogg's semi-autobiographical film set in 1980s London triumphed at Sundance and is set to become one of the standout indie films of 2019. 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And it's Joanna Hogg at the very height of her powers as a filmmaker.<br><br>[Pre-order now on Amazon](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W8LKSFN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=emparticle58-21&linkId=0fef4f8f56c40a72c472898f4efbde5c&language=en_GB ){:rel=nofollow :target=_blank}<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5d5a96d40a3149c0076a80de","titleText":"7) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum","altText":"John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum","image":{"name":"7-john-wick-3.jpg","fileName":"7-john-wick-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1142053,"path":"one/media/5d5a/96d4/0a31/49c0/076a/80de"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"After avenging his poor pup, things have only escalated for John Wick. _Parabellum_ finds the underworld assassin – aka Baba Yaga, aka the Boogeyman – excommunicated from the Continental Hotel, on the run against a ticking clock, with every hitman in the world on his tail. It's a killer set-up – even if this isn't a film you watch _entirely_ for the plot. No, you're here for the sheer brutal bloodshed and 'oh _damn_' action, and on that front _Chapter 3_ more than delivers. Riding a horse through New York traffic to escape bad guys? Yes please. Unapologetically killing an assassin with a library book? Weirdly satisfying. 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Of Prey – Everything You Need To Know About Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Spin-Off","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d371dec6933038063d4e964","altText":"Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn","image":{"name":"harley-quinn.jpg","fileName":"harley-quinn.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2077,"height":1200,"fileSize":432837,"path":"one/media/5d37/1dec/6933/0380/63d4/e964"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"*[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)* was, shall we say, not universally loved... but everyone was at least happy with the idea of continued adventures for [Margot Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/)'s Harley Quinn. And that day has now arrived. Here's everything you need to know about the Harley-starring spin-off *[Birds of Prey](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## What is Birds of Prey?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d37272b693303d0e1d4ead3","altText":"Birds of Prey - DC comics","image":{"name":"birds-of-prey.jpg","fileName":"birds-of-prey.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1920,"height":1080,"fileSize":327299,"path":"one/media/5d37/272b/6933/03d0/e1d4/ead3"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*[Birds of Prey](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)* is a Warner/DC movie based on the DC comics series. In the comics, the Birds of Prey are a female superhero team with a fluid membership that has welcomed, at one time or another, Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Power Girl and even Catwoman and Poison Ivy, among many others. For the film, the Birds of Prey will include Black Canary, Huntress and _Gotham Central_'s detective Rene Montaya. But it also serves as a vehicle for the return of *[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)*'s Harley Quinn, still played by Margot Robbie and this time on the side of the angels. Albeit possibly angels with dirty faces.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Is Birds of Prey the sequel to Suicide Squad?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d3725bf693303ee9ed4eaa4","altText":"Birds of Prey script - Margot Robbie instagram","image":{"name":"birds-prey-title-insta.jpg","fileName":"birds-prey-title-insta.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1026,"height":573,"fileSize":34568,"path":"one/media/5d37/25bf/6933/03ee/9ed4/eaa4"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Margot Robbie / Instagram"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Not really. _Birds of Prey_ is probably best described as a Harley Quinn spin-off. The actual sequel to *[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)* – which in itself is being described as a \"relaunch\" – is *[The Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/suicide-squad-2/)*, currently on its way into production with [James Gunn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-gunn/) directing. Margot Robbie will be in that too, although otherwise the character roster will mostly be new. _The Suicide Squad_ isn't due until 2021, meaning that _Birds of Prey_ arrives first. Its full title is *[Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)*. No, really.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who stars in Birds of Prey?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d3728b36933037116d4eafa","altText":"Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn","image":{"name":"harley-quinn-margot.jpg","fileName":"harley-quinn-margot.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":95172,"path":"one/media/5d37/28b3/6933/0371/16d4/eafa"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"[Margot Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/) is Harleen Quinzell AKA Harley Quinn, the former psychiatrist turned crazed criminal and now turned... something else. Robbie is also a producer on the film and has been instrumental in its development. Her vision was always for \"an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, 'Harley needs friends. Harley loves interacting with people, so don't ever make her do a standalone film'\".","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Jurnee Smollett-Bell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jurnee-smollett-bell/) is Black Canary, a Gotham vigilante, generally in fishnets – in the comics at least. Robbie has [promised](https://www.vogue.com/article/margot-robbie-cover-july-2019?verso=true) that the costumes in _Birds of Prey_ will not be \"male fantasy\" or \"male gaze-y\".","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Mary Elizabeth Winstead](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mary-elizabeth-winstead/) is Helena Bertinelli AKA Huntress: another vigilante and the daughter of mafioso Franco Bertinelli.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Rosie Perez](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rosie-perez/) is Renee Montoya, a detective with the Gotham City Police Department.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Ewan McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/) is Roman Sionis AKA Black Mask, a Gotham crime lord who threatens Cain.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Ella Jay Basco](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/birds-prey-ella-jay-basco-cast-cassandra-cain/) is Cassandra Cain, a young girl who is threatened by Black Mask.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Chris Messina](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-messina/) is Victor Zsasz, a Gotham serial killer who carves a mark on his body for each kill.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Charlene Amoia, Talon Reid, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, François Chau, Matthew Willig, Robert Catrini, and Ali Wong are also in the cast.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Will Jared Leto's Joker appear in Birds of Prey?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d3729b369330325d5d4eb25","altText":"Suicide Squad - Harley & Joker","image":{"name":"arley-joker-suicide-squad.jpg","fileName":"arley-joker-suicide-squad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1200,"height":680,"fileSize":85530,"path":"one/media/5d37/29b3/6933/0325/d5d4/eb25"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Not that we know of yet, and it's perhaps unlikely. It's not impossible though, especially if you include the likelihood of brief flashbacks to or outtakes from _Suicide Squad_. The extended title of _Birds of Prey_ (\"The Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn\") appears to tie the film to a comics storyline in which Harley finally tore herself free from her toxic romance with The Joker. So basically _Birds of Prey_ is post-Joker.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Who directed Birds of Prey?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d372c48693303ad1ed4eb89","altText":"Cathy Yan","image":{"name":"cathy-yan-michael-loccisano-getty.jpg","fileName":"cathy-yan-michael-loccisano-getty.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2379,"height":1267,"fileSize":480103,"path":"one/media/5d37/2c48/6933/03ad/1ed4/eb89"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Michael Loccisano / Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_Birds of Prey_'s director is [Cathy Yan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cathy-yan/), a former reporter for the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal who made her feature directing debut in 2018 with the satirical Shanghai comedy-drama *[Dead Pigs](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOfBVt40Fg4)*. She scored the DC job by impressing the suits at the pitch meeting.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"\"The script (by *[Bumblebee](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bumblebee-review/)*'s [Christina Hodson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christina-hodson/)) had so much dark humour to it which a lot of my work does,\" [Yan explained](https://deadline.com/2018/10/margot-robbie-birds-of-prey-cathy-yan-directing-warner-bros-1202492504/) in October 2018, \"and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable. So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room... and I was definitely going to make the best of it. I put together a sizzle reel, but I would say it wasn’t like a lot of other sizzle reels which reference other films that (are) like your film. I find those to be rather pointless. I created my own version that thematically and tonally conveyed what you would feel (in my movie).\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## When is Birds of Prey released?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d3729e86933036eccd4eb30","altText":"Suicide Squad - Margot Robbie","image":{"name":"suicide-squad.jpg","fileName":"suicide-squad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1326,"height":794,"fileSize":80095,"path":"one/media/5d37/29e8/6933/036e/ccd4/eb30"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_Birds of Prey_ – the first R-rated DC movie to get a theatrical release – hits cinemas on 7 February 2020.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Poster","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d372b1369330375d8d4eb64","altText":"Birds of Prey poster","image":{"name":"birds-prey-poster.jpg","fileName":"birds-prey-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1440,"height":2132,"fileSize":296199,"path":"one/media/5d37/2b13/6933/0375/d8d4/eb64"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"}],"title":"Birds Of Prey – Everything You Need To Know About Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Spin-Off","subtitle":"","content":["*[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)* was, shall we say, not universally loved... but everyone was at least happy with the idea of continued adventures for [Margot Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/)'s Harley Quinn. And that day has now arrived. Here's everything you need to know about the Harley-starring spin-off *[Birds of Prey](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)*.","## What is Birds of Prey?","*[Birds of Prey](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)* is a Warner/DC movie based on the DC comics series. In the comics, the Birds of Prey are a female superhero team with a fluid membership that has welcomed, at one time or another, Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Power Girl and even Catwoman and Poison Ivy, among many others. For the film, the Birds of Prey will include Black Canary, Huntress and _Gotham Central_'s detective Rene Montaya. But it also serves as a vehicle for the return of *[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)*'s Harley Quinn, still played by Margot Robbie and this time on the side of the angels. Albeit possibly angels with dirty faces.","## Is Birds of Prey the sequel to Suicide Squad?","Not really. _Birds of Prey_ is probably best described as a Harley Quinn spin-off. The actual sequel to *[Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/suicide-squad-review/)* – which in itself is being described as a \"relaunch\" – is *[The Suicide Squad](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/suicide-squad-2/)*, currently on its way into production with [James Gunn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-gunn/) directing. Margot Robbie will be in that too, although otherwise the character roster will mostly be new. _The Suicide Squad_ isn't due until 2021, meaning that _Birds of Prey_ arrives first. Its full title is *[Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/birds-prey/)*. No, really.","## Who stars in Birds of Prey?","[Margot Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/) is Harleen Quinzell AKA Harley Quinn, the former psychiatrist turned crazed criminal and now turned... something else. Robbie is also a producer on the film and has been instrumental in its development. Her vision was always for \"an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, 'Harley needs friends. Harley loves interacting with people, so don't ever make her do a standalone film'\".","[Jurnee Smollett-Bell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jurnee-smollett-bell/) is Black Canary, a Gotham vigilante, generally in fishnets – in the comics at least. Robbie has [promised](https://www.vogue.com/article/margot-robbie-cover-july-2019?verso=true) that the costumes in _Birds of Prey_ will not be \"male fantasy\" or \"male gaze-y\".","[Mary Elizabeth Winstead](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mary-elizabeth-winstead/) is Helena Bertinelli AKA Huntress: another vigilante and the daughter of mafioso Franco Bertinelli.","[Rosie Perez](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rosie-perez/) is Renee Montoya, a detective with the Gotham City Police Department.","[Ewan McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/) is Roman Sionis AKA Black Mask, a Gotham crime lord who threatens Cain.","[Ella Jay Basco](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/birds-prey-ella-jay-basco-cast-cassandra-cain/) is Cassandra Cain, a young girl who is threatened by Black Mask.","[Chris Messina](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-messina/) is Victor Zsasz, a Gotham serial killer who carves a mark on his body for each kill.","Charlene Amoia, Talon Reid, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, François Chau, Matthew Willig, Robert Catrini, and Ali Wong are also in the cast.","## Will Jared Leto's Joker appear in Birds of Prey?","Not that we know of yet, and it's perhaps unlikely. It's not impossible though, especially if you include the likelihood of brief flashbacks to or outtakes from _Suicide Squad_. The extended title of _Birds of Prey_ (\"The Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn\") appears to tie the film to a comics storyline in which Harley finally tore herself free from her toxic romance with The Joker. So basically _Birds of Prey_ is post-Joker.","## Who directed Birds of Prey?","_Birds of Prey_'s director is [Cathy Yan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cathy-yan/), a former reporter for the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal who made her feature directing debut in 2018 with the satirical Shanghai comedy-drama *[Dead Pigs](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOfBVt40Fg4)*. She scored the DC job by impressing the suits at the pitch meeting.","\"The script (by *[Bumblebee](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bumblebee-review/)*'s [Christina Hodson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christina-hodson/)) had so much dark humour to it which a lot of my work does,\" [Yan explained](https://deadline.com/2018/10/margot-robbie-birds-of-prey-cathy-yan-directing-warner-bros-1202492504/) in October 2018, \"and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable. So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room... and I was definitely going to make the best of it. I put together a sizzle reel, but I would say it wasn’t like a lot of other sizzle reels which reference other films that (are) like your film. I find those to be rather pointless. I created my own version that thematically and tonally conveyed what you would feel (in my movie).\"","## When is Birds of Prey released?","_Birds of Prey_ – the first R-rated DC movie to get a theatrical release – hits cinemas on 7 February 2020.","## Poster"],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1563896628,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"","publicationDate":1565784266000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"","canonical":"","metaDescription":"Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn returns in Cathy Yan's DC Comics spin-off. 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It’s furious. It’s frequently ridiculous. And it’s a whole bunch of fun. *[Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/hobbs-shaw/){:target=_blank}* takes the long-running action franchise down a whole new road, in a buddy team-up movie that unites [Dwayne Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dwayne-johnson/){:target=_blank}’s Luke Hobbs and [Jason Statham](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jason-statham/){:target=_blank}’s Deckard Shaw on a mission to take down [Idris Elba](https://www.empireonline.com/people/idris-elba/){:target=_blank}’s villainous Brixton. When director [David Leitch](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-leitch/){:target=_blank} came to town, he [spoke to the Empire Podcast for a spoiler special episode](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-spoiler-special-ft-david-leitch/){:target=_blank}, delving into the alternative edits, top-secret cameos, and where the series goes next. Listen to the episode [here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-spoiler-special-ft-david-leitch/){:target=_blank}, and read on for 13 interesting tidbits he dropped through the interview.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 1) It nearly had a different opening","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc20002abe49543b2f05","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-opening.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-opening.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":476576,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc20/002a/be49/543b/2f05"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Before we get to the ice-cold can of whoopass, Hobbs & Shaw has a cold open – going straight in on [Vanessa Kirby](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vanessa-kirby/){:target=_blank}'s Hattie Shaw infecting herself with the programmable virus. But it didn’t always start that way, as Leitch details. “I had two versions of the movie – first act, very different,” he reveals. “One was more non-linear and I start on those duelling close-ups of them insulting each other, and they're staring at camera, right at the lens. And then you smash cut and it's 'One Day Earlier', and then they wake up, the alarm clocks go off, they're respectively hanging a guy out of the window. Then we flash to the night that the virus was stolen.” That unused version was Leitch’s personal favourite of the two – not that he has any issues with the final cut. “It was a little more frenetic,” he argues. “Tonally, I think it set up the movie in a more fun way. But ultimately I think it wasn't as clear, and when you're making a movie for such a wide audience, you sometimes have to step back and go, I want to make this as accessible to people as possible. I liked both openings. The cold open is great – it sets up the stakes, and then we meet our guys and you sort of delay the anticipation. They both have their merits.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 2) His director’s cut could end up on the Blu-ray","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cdac002abe0e9b3b2f37","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-pint.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-pint.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":419781,"path":"one/media/5d52/cdac/002a/be0e/9b3b/2f37"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While Leitch is happy with the opening of the finished film, his original edit could still end up on the home release. “I think we're going to try and get that additional scene on the Blu-ray,” he says. “It's a fun opening. But it's really all the same material, just jumbled.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 3) The split-screen opening was inspired by a song","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc28002abe06613b2f06","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-split-screen.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-split-screen.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":436559,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc28/002a/be06/613b/2f06"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Leitch re-introduces Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in a supremely fun split-screen sequence, showing the pair’s equal and opposite daily routine. It all came out of the song that accompanies the sequence on the screen, ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy. “I heard that song in a list of stuff that Universal sent, some songs that hadn't been released yet. I started to think about these guys coming together, and how I can explain them physically, how I can make this visual motif of who these guys are,” he says. “I think it serves some really good character building without any words, just a song and some very distinct visuals that explain that these guys are very different, but they're actually the same.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 4) Ryan Reynolds shot his cameos around various other projects","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52ce4e002abec3bb3b2f5c","altText":"Ryan Reynolds","image":{"name":"ryan-reynolds.jpg","fileName":"ryan-reynolds.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1112022,"path":"one/media/5d52/ce4e/002a/bec3/bb3b/2f5c"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Keith Tsuji/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Hoping to spice up his expository scenes, David Leitch called on his *[Deadpool 2](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/deadpool-2-2-review/){:target=_blank}* buddy [Ryan Reynolds](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ryan-reynolds/){:target=_blank} to step in as Agent Locke. He shot his two cameos separately, fitting them around his other recent projects. “Ryan was shooting the [Michael Bay](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-bay/){:target=_blank} movie *Six Underground* in Europe and we were here in London, and I called him and said, 'I have this scene about this virus and I have to explain it, and it's boring and stuffy. Do you want to play the guy that gives him the mission?' And he's like, 'Yes!'” says Leitch. “He flew over on a weekend and we shot that in London.” His later scene was shot a while later, fitting in around the filming of [Shawn Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/){:target=_blank}’s *[Free Guy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/free-guy/){:target=_blank}*. “We were trying to wrap up the virus, we needed a little bit of exposition after we tested it a couple of times. He actually flew from Boston to L.A. on a weekend and we shot it.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 5) Agent Locke could be back","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52ce9a002abe17383b2f62","altText":"Ryan Reynolds","image":{"name":"ryan-reynolds-2.jpg","fileName":"ryan-reynolds-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":690436,"path":"one/media/5d52/ce9a/002a/be17/383b/2f62"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Steven Ferdman/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Once you’re in the _Fast_ universe, the chances that you’ll be drafted into a future instalment are high. And when you’re already box office gold like Ryan Reynolds, that can’t hurt. While it was a personal favour to his _Deadpool 2_ director that Reynolds joined _Hobbs & Shaw_, the filmmaker reckons we could see him return in future _Fasts_. “Moving forward, I'm sure people would love to see him in this world. I want to see him in this world, make the Locke movie – let's do it!\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 6) It got away with a 2-in-1 F-bomb","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc34002abe5f403b2f07","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-f-you.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-f-you.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":373932,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc34/002a/be5f/403b/2f07"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In a PG-13 (or 12A) film you can get away with one no-frills f-bomb. But _Hobbs & Shaw_ found a slight loophole there, having its two leads swear in sync. “We ended up getting away with two f-bombs, as long as they’re said simultaneously, and it worked out great,” says Leitch – who also confirmed that a string of other swears were cut out, even a silent, mouthed one. “You plant a lot more F-bombs in your movies so you can take a bunch out,” the filmmaker explains. “You submit the first pass with what you'd really want. We had a couple of other F-bombs in there, and we even had Hobbs mouthing one on the descender sequence, and it's in the trailer. In the actual movie we had to spider-web the glass, so you kind of see his mouth say it. That was the last negotiation – they were like, 'You've got to get rid of the mouthing of eff-you'. And we were like, 'Really?'”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 7) David Leitch embraced the sci-fi side of things","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc59002abe0c753b2f0f","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-brixton.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-brixton.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":542521,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc59/002a/be0c/753b/2f0f"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"For the first time in the _Fast_ franchise, this one goes outwardly sci-fi at points thanks to the introduction of Brixton’s augmentations and shadowy organisation Eteon. “It's a bigger metaphor for Man vs Machine, will technology be the end of us?” says Leitch. “I wanted to keep the organisation grey, in the sense that we can build it out in the future, but it is a lot to do with advancing technologies, A.I., classic themes in sci-fi movies.” If you weren’t thinking about the future of humanity while watching the film, Leitch was thinking about it while making it. “I liked that Brixton could ask these philosophical questions – the more machine I am, the more human I become,” he says. “Ultimately, there's something in the human soul that can transcend just pure logic and algorithms, black-and-white ones and zeros. We have the ability to do things that are special and creative, and that a computer hopefully will never be able to do. Otherwise we're going to be consumed. That's the ultimate villain right now.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 8) The Samoan set-piece meant they could dial down gun-play","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc3c002abe3d623b2f08","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-samoa.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-samoa.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":481158,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc3c/002a/be3d/623b/2f08"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The final act’s Samoan showdown introduces a fun conceit – ditching guns in favour of traditional tribal weapons. For Leitch, that was partly about keeping things PG-13. “It became more of a *[Braveheart](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/braveheart-review/){:target=_blank}* battle sequence as opposed to a gunfight, that was a conscious choice,” he says. “We wanted to have a subtle message to families like, not every set-piece has to have guns.” Beyond that, it also offered creative challenges about how to get away from firearms. “The gun is always the throwback. I’m guilty of it – I mean, I did _Deadpool_, *[Atomic Blonde](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/atomic-blonde-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[John Wick](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/john-wick-review/){:target=_blank}*, we created gun-fu,” he laughs. “But it was fun to cleanse the palette and take guns away – how do we make a third act set-piece sing?”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 9) The final fight features slow-mo acting","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cf8c002abe07673b2fc8","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-rain.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-rain.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1065372,"path":"one/media/5d52/cf8c/002a/be07/673b/2fc8"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"As Hobbs and Shaw finally set about defeating Brixton and come to the revelation that two punches are better than one, the dramatic rain-stricken brawl is depicted with lashings of slow-motion. Part of that was an in-camera effect. But partly, it involved Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba doing their best slow-mo punch-acting. “It became logistically difficult because you've got to punch the guy in the face, because of the way I was shooting it,” Leitch explains. “So then we decided, OK well we'll shoot it at 45 frames (per second), but we'll do a post-effect. They're actually acting in slow-motion and hitting each other. They thought it was so fun, everyone was geeking out. And then all that post-effect water, Dan Glass my visual effects co-ordinator, really helped me with that. Framestore did that, it was really beautiful stuff.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 10) There was too much going on to bring in Owen Shaw","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cfe8002abe1b543b2fd1","altText":"Fast & Furious 6","image":{"name":"owen-shaw.jpg","fileName":"owen-shaw.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":605085,"path":"one/media/5d52/cfe8/002a/be1b/543b/2fd1"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Considering how the rest of the Shaw clan – including [Helen Mirren](https://www.empireonline.com/people/helen-mirren/){:target=_blank}’s matriarch Maggie, and Vanessa Kirby’s newly-introduced sister Hattie – gets involved, it’s an interesting omission that the original _Fast_ Shaw, [Luke Evans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/luke-evans/){:target=_blank}' Owen, didn’t get a look in. As Leitch points out, there was already a lot going on in the film to factor in yet more siblings. “There were so many characters,” he says. “How do we focus on setting up the worlds of Shaw and Hobbs and focus on those characters? I had a lot of story to tell, regardless – everyone's estranged from their family, everyone's trying to reconnect. I had the backstory between Brixton and Shaw. There's a lot to wrap up. I think it was saving Luke for additional stuff, in I don't know, a Shaw standalone movie or whatever.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 11) Brixton is still on the table – and could be back","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc49002abe4c113b2f0e","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-brixton-2.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-brixton-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":369432,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc49/002a/be4c/113b/2f0e"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While Idris Elba’s powered-up baddie Brixton is defeated at the end of the film, he notably isn’t killed off. Not only that, but his downfall comes at the hands of Eteon’s mysterious Director rather than the titular duo. Both were “intentional choices”, says Leitch. “The Director's the ultimate villain, and The Director takes him out,” he says. “Our heroes say, we'll let you live to fight another day.” As relentless as he is in hunting down Hobbs and Shaw, Leitch wanted viewers to feel a connection to Brixton should he return in future instalments. \"We made him a conflicted villain so the audience could access him and be empathetic to him at the end,” he says. “You want to make him formidable, you want to make him diabolical, and you want to make sure that he deserves his death. But you also want to empathise with him, you want to make him charismatic and likeable. We were trying to mould all of those things into him – as he falls off that cliff you're like, 'Oh man, I kind of liked that guy'. Because, maybe we bring him back.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 12) Leitch knows who The Director is – but it could change","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52d049002abe361b3b2fdd","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-eteon.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-eteon.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":430416,"path":"one/media/5d52/d049/002a/be36/1b3b/2fdd"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"We ultimately never see who’s behind the orange vocaliser that represents Hobbs & Shaw’s unseen big bad, but Leitch knows who it is. Not that that means it couldn’t end up being someone else when it’s eventually unveiled. “I know who it is,” he confirms, teasing that it might not even be human. “We've been keeping it under wraps, and I think part of it is because maybe we want to change who that is. But in my mind, could it be a person? Yes. Could it be A.I.? Yes. It could be a lot of things.” Rumour has it that it could have been [Keanu Reeves](https://www.empireonline.com/people/keanu-reeves/){:target=_blank} – now _that_ would be a tantalising addition to the _Fast_ universe.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### 13) The Fast & Furious future is unwritten","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d52cc79002abea6cb3b2f16","altText":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw","image":{"name":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-2-fefat.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-2-fefat.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":424008,"path":"one/media/5d52/cc79/002a/bea6/cb3b/2f16"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The _Fast_ franchise is as somewhat of a crossroads – with Hobbs and Shaw on their team-up spin-off, and *[Fast 9](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/fast-furious-9-everything-you-need-to-know/){:target=_blank}* being made with the rest of the gang. Whether more spin-offs and team-ups are in the running is yet to be decided. \"Right now, the potential for the world is whatever the studio would like to do with it,” says Leitch. “Hobbs, Shaw, apart, back together, you've got Brixton who could have his own movie if he survives, who knows?\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is out now in UK cinemas. Listen to the [Empire Podcast Spoiler Special episode here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-spoiler-special-ft-david-leitch/){:target=_blank}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw – 13 Things We Learned From David Leitch","subtitle":"","content":["It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s frequently ridiculous. And it’s a whole bunch of fun. *[Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/hobbs-shaw/){:target=_blank}* takes the long-running action franchise down a whole new road, in a buddy team-up movie that unites [Dwayne Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dwayne-johnson/){:target=_blank}’s Luke Hobbs and [Jason Statham](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jason-statham/){:target=_blank}’s Deckard Shaw on a mission to take down [Idris Elba](https://www.empireonline.com/people/idris-elba/){:target=_blank}’s villainous Brixton. When director [David Leitch](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-leitch/){:target=_blank} came to town, he [spoke to the Empire Podcast for a spoiler special episode](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-spoiler-special-ft-david-leitch/){:target=_blank}, delving into the alternative edits, top-secret cameos, and where the series goes next. Listen to the episode [here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-fast-furious-hobbs-shaw-spoiler-special-ft-david-leitch/){:target=_blank}, and read on for 13 interesting tidbits he dropped through the interview.","#### 1) It nearly had a different opening","Before we get to the ice-cold can of whoopass, Hobbs & Shaw has a cold open – going straight in on [Vanessa Kirby](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vanessa-kirby/){:target=_blank}'s Hattie Shaw infecting herself with the programmable virus. But it didn’t always start that way, as Leitch details. “I had two versions of the movie – first act, very different,” he reveals. “One was more non-linear and I start on those duelling close-ups of them insulting each other, and they're staring at camera, right at the lens. And then you smash cut and it's 'One Day Earlier', and then they wake up, the alarm clocks go off, they're respectively hanging a guy out of the window. Then we flash to the night that the virus was stolen.” That unused version was Leitch’s personal favourite of the two – not that he has any issues with the final cut. “It was a little more frenetic,” he argues. “Tonally, I think it set up the movie in a more fun way. But ultimately I think it wasn't as clear, and when you're making a movie for such a wide audience, you sometimes have to step back and go, I want to make this as accessible to people as possible. I liked both openings. The cold open is great – it sets up the stakes, and then we meet our guys and you sort of delay the anticipation. They both have their merits.\"","#### 2) His director’s cut could end up on the Blu-ray","While Leitch is happy with the opening of the finished film, his original edit could still end up on the home release. “I think we're going to try and get that additional scene on the Blu-ray,” he says. “It's a fun opening. But it's really all the same material, just jumbled.”","#### 3) The split-screen opening was inspired by a song","Leitch re-introduces Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in a supremely fun split-screen sequence, showing the pair’s equal and opposite daily routine. It all came out of the song that accompanies the sequence on the screen, ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy. “I heard that song in a list of stuff that Universal sent, some songs that hadn't been released yet. I started to think about these guys coming together, and how I can explain them physically, how I can make this visual motif of who these guys are,” he says. “I think it serves some really good character building without any words, just a song and some very distinct visuals that explain that these guys are very different, but they're actually the same.”","#### 4) Ryan Reynolds shot his cameos around various other projects","Hoping to spice up his expository scenes, David Leitch called on his *[Deadpool 2](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/deadpool-2-2-review/){:target=_blank}* buddy [Ryan Reynolds](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ryan-reynolds/){:target=_blank} to step in as Agent Locke. He shot his two cameos separately, fitting them around his other recent projects. “Ryan was shooting the [Michael Bay](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-bay/){:target=_blank} movie *Six Underground* in Europe and we were here in London, and I called him and said, 'I have this scene about this virus and I have to explain it, and it's boring and stuffy. Do you want to play the guy that gives him the mission?' And he's like, 'Yes!'” says Leitch. “He flew over on a weekend and we shot that in London.” His later scene was shot a while later, fitting in around the filming of [Shawn Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/){:target=_blank}’s *[Free Guy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/free-guy/){:target=_blank}*. “We were trying to wrap up the virus, we needed a little bit of exposition after we tested it a couple of times. He actually flew from Boston to L.A. on a weekend and we shot it.\"","#### 5) Agent Locke could be back","Once you’re in the _Fast_ universe, the chances that you’ll be drafted into a future instalment are high. And when you’re already box office gold like Ryan Reynolds, that can’t hurt. While it was a personal favour to his _Deadpool 2_ director that Reynolds joined _Hobbs & Shaw_, the filmmaker reckons we could see him return in future _Fasts_. “Moving forward, I'm sure people would love to see him in this world. I want to see him in this world, make the Locke movie – let's do it!\"","#### 6) It got away with a 2-in-1 F-bomb","In a PG-13 (or 12A) film you can get away with one no-frills f-bomb. But _Hobbs & Shaw_ found a slight loophole there, having its two leads swear in sync. “We ended up getting away with two f-bombs, as long as they’re said simultaneously, and it worked out great,” says Leitch – who also confirmed that a string of other swears were cut out, even a silent, mouthed one. “You plant a lot more F-bombs in your movies so you can take a bunch out,” the filmmaker explains. “You submit the first pass with what you'd really want. We had a couple of other F-bombs in there, and we even had Hobbs mouthing one on the descender sequence, and it's in the trailer. In the actual movie we had to spider-web the glass, so you kind of see his mouth say it. That was the last negotiation – they were like, 'You've got to get rid of the mouthing of eff-you'. And we were like, 'Really?'”","#### 7) David Leitch embraced the sci-fi side of things","For the first time in the _Fast_ franchise, this one goes outwardly sci-fi at points thanks to the introduction of Brixton’s augmentations and shadowy organisation Eteon. “It's a bigger metaphor for Man vs Machine, will technology be the end of us?” says Leitch. “I wanted to keep the organisation grey, in the sense that we can build it out in the future, but it is a lot to do with advancing technologies, A.I., classic themes in sci-fi movies.” If you weren’t thinking about the future of humanity while watching the film, Leitch was thinking about it while making it. “I liked that Brixton could ask these philosophical questions – the more machine I am, the more human I become,” he says. “Ultimately, there's something in the human soul that can transcend just pure logic and algorithms, black-and-white ones and zeros. We have the ability to do things that are special and creative, and that a computer hopefully will never be able to do. Otherwise we're going to be consumed. That's the ultimate villain right now.”","#### 8) The Samoan set-piece meant they could dial down gun-play","The final act’s Samoan showdown introduces a fun conceit – ditching guns in favour of traditional tribal weapons. For Leitch, that was partly about keeping things PG-13. “It became more of a *[Braveheart](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/braveheart-review/){:target=_blank}* battle sequence as opposed to a gunfight, that was a conscious choice,” he says. “We wanted to have a subtle message to families like, not every set-piece has to have guns.” Beyond that, it also offered creative challenges about how to get away from firearms. “The gun is always the throwback. I’m guilty of it – I mean, I did _Deadpool_, *[Atomic Blonde](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/atomic-blonde-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[John Wick](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/john-wick-review/){:target=_blank}*, we created gun-fu,” he laughs. “But it was fun to cleanse the palette and take guns away – how do we make a third act set-piece sing?”","#### 9) The final fight features slow-mo acting","As Hobbs and Shaw finally set about defeating Brixton and come to the revelation that two punches are better than one, the dramatic rain-stricken brawl is depicted with lashings of slow-motion. Part of that was an in-camera effect. But partly, it involved Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba doing their best slow-mo punch-acting. “It became logistically difficult because you've got to punch the guy in the face, because of the way I was shooting it,” Leitch explains. “So then we decided, OK well we'll shoot it at 45 frames (per second), but we'll do a post-effect. They're actually acting in slow-motion and hitting each other. They thought it was so fun, everyone was geeking out. And then all that post-effect water, Dan Glass my visual effects co-ordinator, really helped me with that. Framestore did that, it was really beautiful stuff.\"","#### 10) There was too much going on to bring in Owen Shaw","Considering how the rest of the Shaw clan – including [Helen Mirren](https://www.empireonline.com/people/helen-mirren/){:target=_blank}’s matriarch Maggie, and Vanessa Kirby’s newly-introduced sister Hattie – gets involved, it’s an interesting omission that the original _Fast_ Shaw, [Luke Evans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/luke-evans/){:target=_blank}' Owen, didn’t get a look in. As Leitch points out, there was already a lot going on in the film to factor in yet more siblings. “There were so many characters,” he says. “How do we focus on setting up the worlds of Shaw and Hobbs and focus on those characters? I had a lot of story to tell, regardless – everyone's estranged from their family, everyone's trying to reconnect. I had the backstory between Brixton and Shaw. There's a lot to wrap up. I think it was saving Luke for additional stuff, in I don't know, a Shaw standalone movie or whatever.”","#### 11) Brixton is still on the table – and could be back","While Idris Elba’s powered-up baddie Brixton is defeated at the end of the film, he notably isn’t killed off. Not only that, but his downfall comes at the hands of Eteon’s mysterious Director rather than the titular duo. Both were “intentional choices”, says Leitch. “The Director's the ultimate villain, and The Director takes him out,” he says. “Our heroes say, we'll let you live to fight another day.” As relentless as he is in hunting down Hobbs and Shaw, Leitch wanted viewers to feel a connection to Brixton should he return in future instalments. \"We made him a conflicted villain so the audience could access him and be empathetic to him at the end,” he says. “You want to make him formidable, you want to make him diabolical, and you want to make sure that he deserves his death. But you also want to empathise with him, you want to make him charismatic and likeable. We were trying to mould all of those things into him – as he falls off that cliff you're like, 'Oh man, I kind of liked that guy'. Because, maybe we bring him back.\"","#### 12) Leitch knows who The Director is – but it could change","We ultimately never see who’s behind the orange vocaliser that represents Hobbs & Shaw’s unseen big bad, but Leitch knows who it is. Not that that means it couldn’t end up being someone else when it’s eventually unveiled. “I know who it is,” he confirms, teasing that it might not even be human. “We've been keeping it under wraps, and I think part of it is because maybe we want to change who that is. But in my mind, could it be a person? Yes. Could it be A.I.? Yes. 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But now the power duo of *[Bridesmaids](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bridesmaids-review/){:target=_blank}* director [Paul Feig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-feig/){:target=_blank} and British national treasure [Emma Thompson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emma-thompson/){:target=_blank} (here on co-writing and co-starring duties) has taken the festive favourite and turned it into a London-set tale of heartbreak and healing, starring a post-Daenerys [Emilia Clarke](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emilia-clarke/){:target=_blank} and a post-*[Crazy Rich Asians](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/crazy-rich-asians-review/){:target=_blank}* [Henry Golding](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-golding/){:target=_blank}. For the arrival of the [first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/emilia-clarke-and-henry-golding-find-love-in-the-last-christmas-trailer/){:target=_blank}, _Empire_ tore Feig away from his final mix on the movie in Soho to talk George Michael, the influence of [Richard Curtis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}, and Emma Thompson’s top-notch email subject lines.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9CEIcmWmtA"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"#### When did you come aboard _Last Christmas_? Did Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings come to you with the script already done?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Emma had started working on this about eight years ago. The idea was brought to her about doing something based loosely on the song 'Last Christmas', and so she worked a couple of years trying to figure out what the story would be. Then she got busy and handed it to Bryony who did a draft, and then Emma developed it for a few more years. A year and a half ago, I got an email from Emma – I'm friends with her because I was supposed to direct *[Late Night](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/late-night-review/){:target=_blank}*, and then scheduling fell apart for us, but Emma and I really hit it off and stayed in contact. One day out of the blue, this email showed up in my inbox with the subject line 'The Script What I Wrote'. She said, 'Hey, I just finished this script, and I think you might like it and we'd have a lot of fun doing it.' By the minute I closed the last page I was like, I have to do this movie.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### Had she mentioned the idea to you at all before sending the script?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I had no idea it existed. I had no idea she was working on it. I knew nothing about it. And suddenly this thing shows up. I made a very unsuccessful Christmas movie back in 2006 called *Unaccompanied Minors* – it was called *Grounded* here in the UK – so I was like, I've done my time in the Christmas movie world. When I saw ‘Last Christmas’ on the front page, I was like, oh no. But by the time I was finished with it I was like, this isn't a Christmas movie – it's a story of one woman's journey to heal herself and her family. It's fun and funny, but it's also very emotional. It's got everything.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"We're calling it a rom-com-plus, or a dramatic romantic comedy.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"#### Is it a full-on rom-com? If so, it's your first out-and-out rom-com, in a way.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I don't look at it as a rom-com. It's definitely got rom-com elements to it – we're calling it a rom-com-plus, or a dramatic romantic comedy. It is very funny. We just did a test screening in L.A. and the jokes just brought the house down, which was really great, but there's just a lot more to it. It's really got some emotional themes in it about family and about immigrants and about homelessness, and people trying to repair their lives and going through catastrophic illnesses. There's a lot in there, we've just tried to do it not heavy-handed. I'm really happy with the tone that we hit – it takes you on quite an emotional journey of both laughter and tears.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### What can you tell us about Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding's characters?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Emilia's character, Kate, her family emigrated from Eastern Europe when she was young. She wanted to be a singer and got to London, and complications happened to her and things didn't go the way she thought they would. It landed her in a very odd place of her life. She's working in a year-round Christmas store in Covent Garden where she's made to wear an elf costume by her boss, played by [Michelle Yeoh](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michelle-yeoh/){:target=_blank}. It's one of these overloaded Christmas stores where you walk in and it's just an assault on the senses. But then she meets Henry Golding's character, Tom, who's this bike courier who shows up in her life and pursues her. It's through their friendship and the relationship that comes out of it that they both heal each other. It's quite lovely. But her family's a mess, that's something that has to be repaired in her life. We hit a lot of different themes in a very organic way.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d53dec69619f10de3385a95","altText":"Last Christmas ","image":{"name":"last-christmas-2.jpg","fileName":"last-christmas-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":605065,"path":"one/media/5d53/dec6/9619/f10d/e338/5a95"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"#### When you think about a London-set romantic-comedy-drama, it’s impossible not to think of _Love Actually_ – which Emma Thompson was, as ever, incredible in. 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I want this to be one of those movies that's not frivolous, that means something to you, but that's also fun to watch every year – something that becomes a perennial, that every year you're like, ‘Oh good, that's on again I love that movie!’ And it becomes part of your holiday season, in a very sweet way.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### Let's talk about George Michael – is this a musical? How are you using his songs?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"George Michael's music is integral to the movie. The songs are hard-wired in –the movie's based loosely off the song 'Last Christmas'. It's not a musical, it’s not *[Mamma Mia!](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/mamma-mia-review/){:target=_blank}*, but there are moments within the movie where the characters do interact with George's music. That music is really important to Emilia's character, the lyrics mean a lot to her. It weaves in and out, sometimes just being the soundtrack to her life, and other times being something that she is directly interacting with or performing.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d53de319619f15d1b385a78","altText":"Last Christmas","image":{"name":"last-christmas-3.jpg","fileName":"last-christmas-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":726360,"path":"one/media/5d53/de31/9619/f15d/1b38/5a78"},"url":"","caption":"George Michael's music is 'hard-wired' into Last Christmas","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"#### There's been a few films this year that have used music by popular artists that haven't been out-and-out musicals, like _Yesterday_ and _Blinded By The Light_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I came to this kind of a George Michael novice. I knew Wham! obviously, and I knew his hits – 'Freedom! 90' has always been one of my favourite songs of all time. But I didn't know the full catalogue, because in the US, even though he was really well known, when that Sony thing happened [the singer took the record label to court in 1992, over the lack of control he felt over his work – a case which he lost] I feel like Sony stopped pushing his music as hard. A lot of people in the US don't have a deeper knowledge of his tracks. I got to discover his music once I came on board, doing a deep dive into all his albums, and then going like 'Oh my god, this music is so amazing, what an amazing artist.' There's a depth there, his voice is unbelievable, his songwriting and lyrics are so emotional. That's when I was like, this should really be the soundtrack of the movie. Emma already wanted to have songs in there, and then I was like, let's really go further with it – it's really integral to this character and who she is, and she talks about how it is. To me it gives it a real unity, and much more emotion.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"#### Did you get the Wham Rap in there? That must be a harder one to squeeze in.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Oh, I know the Wham Rap very well! I'm very sad to say that's the one song that didn't get in. 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But now the power duo of *[Bridesmaids](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bridesmaids-review/){:target=_blank}* director [Paul Feig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-feig/){:target=_blank} and British national treasure [Emma Thompson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emma-thompson/){:target=_blank} (here on co-writing and co-starring duties) has taken the festive favourite and turned it into a London-set tale of heartbreak and healing, starring a post-Daenerys [Emilia Clarke](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emilia-clarke/){:target=_blank} and a post-*[Crazy Rich Asians](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/crazy-rich-asians-review/){:target=_blank}* [Henry Golding](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-golding/){:target=_blank}. For the arrival of the [first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/emilia-clarke-and-henry-golding-find-love-in-the-last-christmas-trailer/){:target=_blank}, _Empire_ tore Feig away from his final mix on the movie in Soho to talk George Michael, the influence of [Richard Curtis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}, and Emma Thompson’s top-notch email subject lines.","#### When did you come aboard _Last Christmas_? Did Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings come to you with the script already done?","Emma had started working on this about eight years ago. The idea was brought to her about doing something based loosely on the song 'Last Christmas', and so she worked a couple of years trying to figure out what the story would be. Then she got busy and handed it to Bryony who did a draft, and then Emma developed it for a few more years. A year and a half ago, I got an email from Emma – I'm friends with her because I was supposed to direct *[Late Night](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/late-night-review/){:target=_blank}*, and then scheduling fell apart for us, but Emma and I really hit it off and stayed in contact. One day out of the blue, this email showed up in my inbox with the subject line 'The Script What I Wrote'. She said, 'Hey, I just finished this script, and I think you might like it and we'd have a lot of fun doing it.' By the minute I closed the last page I was like, I have to do this movie.","#### Had she mentioned the idea to you at all before sending the script?","I had no idea it existed. I had no idea she was working on it. I knew nothing about it. And suddenly this thing shows up. I made a very unsuccessful Christmas movie back in 2006 called *Unaccompanied Minors* – it was called *Grounded* here in the UK – so I was like, I've done my time in the Christmas movie world. When I saw ‘Last Christmas’ on the front page, I was like, oh no. But by the time I was finished with it I was like, this isn't a Christmas movie – it's a story of one woman's journey to heal herself and her family. It's fun and funny, but it's also very emotional. It's got everything.","#### Is it a full-on rom-com? If so, it's your first out-and-out rom-com, in a way.","I don't look at it as a rom-com. It's definitely got rom-com elements to it – we're calling it a rom-com-plus, or a dramatic romantic comedy. It is very funny. We just did a test screening in L.A. and the jokes just brought the house down, which was really great, but there's just a lot more to it. It's really got some emotional themes in it about family and about immigrants and about homelessness, and people trying to repair their lives and going through catastrophic illnesses. There's a lot in there, we've just tried to do it not heavy-handed. I'm really happy with the tone that we hit – it takes you on quite an emotional journey of both laughter and tears.","#### What can you tell us about Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding's characters?","Emilia's character, Kate, her family emigrated from Eastern Europe when she was young. She wanted to be a singer and got to London, and complications happened to her and things didn't go the way she thought they would. It landed her in a very odd place of her life. She's working in a year-round Christmas store in Covent Garden where she's made to wear an elf costume by her boss, played by [Michelle Yeoh](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michelle-yeoh/){:target=_blank}. It's one of these overloaded Christmas stores where you walk in and it's just an assault on the senses. But then she meets Henry Golding's character, Tom, who's this bike courier who shows up in her life and pursues her. It's through their friendship and the relationship that comes out of it that they both heal each other. It's quite lovely. But her family's a mess, that's something that has to be repaired in her life. We hit a lot of different themes in a very organic way.","#### When you think about a London-set romantic-comedy-drama, it’s impossible not to think of _Love Actually_ – which Emma Thompson was, as ever, incredible in. Was Richard Curtis an influence on _Last Christmas_?","My god, if I could make a movie as good as *[Love Actually](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/love-actually-review/){:target=_blank}* I'd be very happy. I feel like we did. I actually know Richard really well and love his work. We want this to be its own beast, but I always feel like Richard and I are really similar filmmakers – we really like comedy, we really like emotion, and we like to try and mix those things together. And that's what this script arrived with, when Emma sent it to me. I want this to be one of those movies that's not frivolous, that means something to you, but that's also fun to watch every year – something that becomes a perennial, that every year you're like, ‘Oh good, that's on again I love that movie!’ And it becomes part of your holiday season, in a very sweet way.","#### Let's talk about George Michael – is this a musical? How are you using his songs?","George Michael's music is integral to the movie. The songs are hard-wired in –the movie's based loosely off the song 'Last Christmas'. It's not a musical, it’s not *[Mamma Mia!](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/mamma-mia-review/){:target=_blank}*, but there are moments within the movie where the characters do interact with George's music. That music is really important to Emilia's character, the lyrics mean a lot to her. It weaves in and out, sometimes just being the soundtrack to her life, and other times being something that she is directly interacting with or performing.","#### There's been a few films this year that have used music by popular artists that haven't been out-and-out musicals, like _Yesterday_ and _Blinded By The Light_.","I came to this kind of a George Michael novice. I knew Wham! obviously, and I knew his hits – 'Freedom! 90' has always been one of my favourite songs of all time. But I didn't know the full catalogue, because in the US, even though he was really well known, when that Sony thing happened [the singer took the record label to court in 1992, over the lack of control he felt over his work – a case which he lost] I feel like Sony stopped pushing his music as hard. A lot of people in the US don't have a deeper knowledge of his tracks. 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The spry sci-fi fun of *The Fifth Element*. And don’t even get me started on *Event Horizon*, a horror film which wormed its way into my brain and has refused to leave for two decades. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I don’t recall ever being so joyously blindsided by a film.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"But my One That Got Away is a comedy, a genre I feel is constantly overlooked, not least in our collection of films that define our 30 years. Out of 30, only *Bridesmaids* can be considered an out-and-out comedy. *Shaun Of The Dead* is a horror comedy. *Toy Story* is, y’know, for kids. Otherwise, though, comedy has been ignored by Team Empire. No *Anchorman*. No *Dodgeball*. No *Hot Rod*. Or *Hot Fuzz*. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I could have gone for any of those. Yet I’ve plumped *Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery*, aka the funniest film of 1997. And for a year that contained Batnipples and the Batcreditcard (don’t leave the Batcave without it), that’s saying something. I don’t recall ever being so joyously blindsided by a film. I’d seen the trailers, of course, and as something of a Mike Myers fan, was quite looking forward to it when I rocked up with my mates at the Odeon in York. But I didn’t expect to laugh so hard that I had to pick myself off the floor. Twice. (The ‘they’re always after me lucky charms’ gag and the moment where Austin battles an assassin in a toilet cubicle, making it sound for all the world like he’s having a massive shit, in case you were wondering.)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z6eVdP6G68"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"For all his versatility and ability to play different characters, Myers’ schtick – a penchant for muggery, if you will — grew pretty old by the time the execrable *The Love Guru* rolled around in 2008. But in the first Austin Powers, we got to see a genius-level comedian at the height of his powers, creating two distinct characters in Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. There’s a moment, in the brilliant group therapy session, where Myers, as Dr. Evil, communicates pride in his son, Scott, before remembering that he’s evil, and therefore he should sneer at him instead. And he does it all with just a look. It’s, for my money, the single greatest piece of comedic acting in the history of movies. Peter Sellers, eat your heart out. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"But there’s more. A bombardment of gags of all shapes and sizes, at a rate that would give Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker a run for their money. An anything goes attitude that allows cameos from the likes of Christian Slater and Carrie Fisher, not to mention a musical interlude from Burt Bacharach. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"But there’s real comedic artistry at play here. This is the movie that had been playing in Myers’ head for years, a love letter to his British heritage and the movies and music he had grown up on in Canada. It would have been all too easy for him to improvise like hell and figure it out in the editing room with Jay Roach, but ideas like the sad fate of anonymous henchmen and Dr. Evil’s obsession with frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their foreheads are proof that Myers was also a comedic writer of some note. You might even say groovy, baby. ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*[Read Empire's list of the 30 films that define the last 30 years.](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank}*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"READ MORE: [The One That Got Away – Schindler’s List](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-schindler-s-list/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"READ MORE: [The One That Got Away – Star Wars: The Force Awakens](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-star-wars-the-force-awakens/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"READ MORE: [The One That Got Away – True Romance](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-true-romance/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"READ MORE: [The One That Got Away – Children Of Men](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-children-of-men-2/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"READ MORE: [The One That Got Away – The Bourne Ultimatum](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-the-bourne-ultimatum/){:target=_blank}","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d431fa6d6e085eee780f472","title":"Empire's 30th Anniversary Edition Covers","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5d431f56d6e085353880f466","titleText":"#1 – Batman (Tim Burton, 1989)","altText":"Empire's 30th Anniversary Edition Covers – 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Chris Hewitt argues the case for [Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/austin-powers-international-man-mystery-review/){:target=_blank}.*","In the eternal argument that is ‘which year was the best ever for movies?’, 1997 might often get overlooked in favour of some of the heavier hitters, like 1941 (*Citizen Kane*! *The Maltese Falcon*! *Dumbo*! *Sullivan’s Travels*!), 1984 (*Ghostbusters*! *Gremlins*! *The Terminator*! *A Nightmare On Elm Street*!) or 1999 (seriously, look it up — that year was crazy). But for me, 1997 will always have a special place in my heart. ","I was at university, and going to the cinema *a lot*. And I fell in love with much of what I saw that year. (It’s also the year of *Batman & Robin*, possibly the worst big-budget film of all time, so let’s not pretend that there was something in the water.) Virtually any of which would have been worthy of their own cover. There’s the prestige one, *L.A. Confidential*. The daft Nic Cage actioner, *Con Air*. The other daft Nic Cage actioner, *Face/Off*. The endlessly quotable *Grosse Pointe Blank*. The spry sci-fi fun of *The Fifth Element*. And don’t even get me started on *Event Horizon*, a horror film which wormed its way into my brain and has refused to leave for two decades. ","But my One That Got Away is a comedy, a genre I feel is constantly overlooked, not least in our collection of films that define our 30 years. Out of 30, only *Bridesmaids* can be considered an out-and-out comedy. *Shaun Of The Dead* is a horror comedy. *Toy Story* is, y’know, for kids. Otherwise, though, comedy has been ignored by Team Empire. No *Anchorman*. No *Dodgeball*. No *Hot Rod*. Or *Hot Fuzz*. ","I could have gone for any of those. Yet I’ve plumped *Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery*, aka the funniest film of 1997. And for a year that contained Batnipples and the Batcreditcard (don’t leave the Batcave without it), that’s saying something. I don’t recall ever being so joyously blindsided by a film. I’d seen the trailers, of course, and as something of a Mike Myers fan, was quite looking forward to it when I rocked up with my mates at the Odeon in York. But I didn’t expect to laugh so hard that I had to pick myself off the floor. Twice. (The ‘they’re always after me lucky charms’ gag and the moment where Austin battles an assassin in a toilet cubicle, making it sound for all the world like he’s having a massive shit, in case you were wondering.)","For all his versatility and ability to play different characters, Myers’ schtick – a penchant for muggery, if you will — grew pretty old by the time the execrable *The Love Guru* rolled around in 2008. But in the first Austin Powers, we got to see a genius-level comedian at the height of his powers, creating two distinct characters in Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. There’s a moment, in the brilliant group therapy session, where Myers, as Dr. Evil, communicates pride in his son, Scott, before remembering that he’s evil, and therefore he should sneer at him instead. And he does it all with just a look. It’s, for my money, the single greatest piece of comedic acting in the history of movies. Peter Sellers, eat your heart out. ","But there’s more. A bombardment of gags of all shapes and sizes, at a rate that would give Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker a run for their money. An anything goes attitude that allows cameos from the likes of Christian Slater and Carrie Fisher, not to mention a musical interlude from Burt Bacharach. ","But there’s real comedic artistry at play here. This is the movie that had been playing in Myers’ head for years, a love letter to his British heritage and the movies and music he had grown up on in Canada. It would have been all too easy for him to improvise like hell and figure it out in the editing room with Jay Roach, but ideas like the sad fate of anonymous henchmen and Dr. Evil’s obsession with frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their foreheads are proof that Myers was also a comedic writer of some note. You might even say groovy, baby. 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The one rule: there could only be one film from each year. It was a tough task whittling down the 30 list – so we thought we’d throw it over to you readers too, asking you to name one film for every year between 1989 and 2018 that you love, that has resonated with you, stayed with you, become a perennial favourite, or bowled you over with impeccable craft.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"You responded in your thousands – and we trawled through the results to work out your top picks for each year. For half of those years, you chose the same films as Team Empire – but you also deviated across plenty of them too. 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First up, [Steven Spielberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-spielberg/){:target=_blank} – you chose *[The Last Crusade](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/indiana-jones-last-crusade-review/){:target=_blank}* over _Empire_’s pick of _Batman_ for 1989, you agreed with us that *[Jurassic Park](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/jurassic-park-review/){:target=_blank}* wins 1993, and voted for *[Saving Private Ryan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/saving-private-ryan-review/){:target=_blank}* over _Empire_’s pick of _Blade_ for 1998. Also with three films on the list was [Quentin Tarantino](https://www.empireonline.com/people/quentin-tarantino/){:target=_blank}, winning out in 1992 for *[Reservoir Dogs](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/empire-essay-reservoir-dogs-review/){:target=_blank}*, again in 1994 for *[Pulp Fiction](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pulp-fiction-review/){:target=_blank}*, and for a final time in 2009 with *[Inglourious Basterds](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/inglourious-basterds-review/){:target=_blank}*. Finally, [Peter Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-jackson/){:target=_blank} topped the list on three consecutive years – with every _Lord Of The Rings_ film winning out between 2001 and 2003. Of the trilogy, *[Fellowship](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lord-rings-fellowship-ring-review/){:target=_blank}* proved the most popular and received the most votes.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The most popular film overall was *[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-knight-review/){:target=_blank}* – which received over 60% of the votes for 2008. If that was a victory for DC movies, Marvel proved the most popular franchise overall – with four MCU movies featuring on the list: *[Avengers Assemble](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-assemble-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2012, *[Guardians Of The Galaxy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/guardians-galaxy-review/){:target=_blank}* (tied with *[Whiplash](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/whiplash-review/){:target=_blank}*) for 2014, *[Captain America: Civil War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/captain-america-civil-war-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2016, and *[Avengers: Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-infinity-war-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2018. It wasn’t just franchises that won out, though – with visionary original movies and literary adaptations like *[Fargo](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/fargo-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Pan’s Labyrinth](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pan-labyrinth-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Brokeback Mountain](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/brokeback-mountain-review/){:target=_blank}*, and *[12 Years A Slave](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/12-years-slave-review/){:target=_blank}* making the list.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d528e0a89373f5349a6a30d","altText":"The Dark Knight","image":{"name":"dark-knight.jpg","fileName":"dark-knight.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":656923,"path":"one/media/5d52/8e0a/8937/3f53/49a6/a30d"},"url":"","caption":"Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was the most voted-for movie in the readers' vote.","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"There were two bang-on dead heats – first up, an almighty action clash in 1991, where [James Cameron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-cameron/){:target=_blank}’s *[Terminator 2: Judgment Day](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/terminator-2-judgment-day-review/){:target=_blank}* came up against [Kathryn Bigelow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathryn-bigelow/){:target=_blank}’s *[Point Break](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/point-break-review/){:target=_blank}*. In the battle between Arnie and Keanu, everyone’s a winner. Secondly, [James Gunn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-gunn/){:target=_blank}’s *[Guardians Of The Galaxy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/guardians-galaxy-review/){:target=_blank}* and [Damien Chazelle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/damien-chazelle/){:target=_blank}’s _Whiplash_ both received the same number of votes for 2014 – a musical mash-up of frantic jazz drumming and soft-rock jams in one Awesome Mix.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Thanks for taking part and sending us your lists – and here’s to the next 30 years of future classic movies. Head this way to read Empire’s list of the [30 films that have defined the last 30 years](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Empire_’s special 30th anniversary edition is on sale now. Take a look through [all 30 covers here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-s-30th-anniversary-edition-30-covers-revealed/){:target=_blank}, and [order your favourite cover online here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/print-single-back-issues/entertainment-magazines-print-single-issues/movie-magazines-print-single-issues/empire-30-print-single-issues?utm_source=dynamic&utm_medium=bws&utm_content=Empire30covers&utm_campaign=empire_singles){:target=_blank}, with free P&P within the UK.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"The 30 Films That Define The Last 30 Years – Empire Readers’ Vote Revealed","subtitle":"","content":["In the [September 2019 issue of *Empire*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-s-30th-anniversary-edition-30-covers-revealed/){:target=_blank}, we celebrate 30 years of being on your local newsstand by naming the [30 films that have defined the three decades of *Empire*’s lifetime](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank} – and we gave each one its [own special cover](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-s-30th-anniversary-edition-30-covers-revealed/){:target=_blank}. The one rule: there could only be one film from each year. It was a tough task whittling down the 30 list – so we thought we’d throw it over to you readers too, asking you to name one film for every year between 1989 and 2018 that you love, that has resonated with you, stayed with you, become a perennial favourite, or bowled you over with impeccable craft.","You responded in your thousands – and we trawled through the results to work out your top picks for each year. For half of those years, you chose the same films as Team Empire – but you also deviated across plenty of them too. Take a look through the gallery to see the full list of results, and read on for a breakdown of your choices.","Across the list, three filmmakers emerged as your favourites. First up, [Steven Spielberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-spielberg/){:target=_blank} – you chose *[The Last Crusade](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/indiana-jones-last-crusade-review/){:target=_blank}* over _Empire_’s pick of _Batman_ for 1989, you agreed with us that *[Jurassic Park](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/jurassic-park-review/){:target=_blank}* wins 1993, and voted for *[Saving Private Ryan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/saving-private-ryan-review/){:target=_blank}* over _Empire_’s pick of _Blade_ for 1998. Also with three films on the list was [Quentin Tarantino](https://www.empireonline.com/people/quentin-tarantino/){:target=_blank}, winning out in 1992 for *[Reservoir Dogs](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/empire-essay-reservoir-dogs-review/){:target=_blank}*, again in 1994 for *[Pulp Fiction](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pulp-fiction-review/){:target=_blank}*, and for a final time in 2009 with *[Inglourious Basterds](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/inglourious-basterds-review/){:target=_blank}*. Finally, [Peter Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-jackson/){:target=_blank} topped the list on three consecutive years – with every _Lord Of The Rings_ film winning out between 2001 and 2003. Of the trilogy, *[Fellowship](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/lord-rings-fellowship-ring-review/){:target=_blank}* proved the most popular and received the most votes.","The most popular film overall was *[The Dark Knight](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-knight-review/){:target=_blank}* – which received over 60% of the votes for 2008. If that was a victory for DC movies, Marvel proved the most popular franchise overall – with four MCU movies featuring on the list: *[Avengers Assemble](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-assemble-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2012, *[Guardians Of The Galaxy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/guardians-galaxy-review/){:target=_blank}* (tied with *[Whiplash](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/whiplash-review/){:target=_blank}*) for 2014, *[Captain America: Civil War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/captain-america-civil-war-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2016, and *[Avengers: Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-infinity-war-review/){:target=_blank}* for 2018. It wasn’t just franchises that won out, though – with visionary original movies and literary adaptations like *[Fargo](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/fargo-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Pan’s Labyrinth](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/pan-labyrinth-review/){:target=_blank}*, *[Brokeback Mountain](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/brokeback-mountain-review/){:target=_blank}*, and *[12 Years A Slave](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/12-years-slave-review/){:target=_blank}* making the list.","There were two bang-on dead heats – first up, an almighty action clash in 1991, where [James Cameron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-cameron/){:target=_blank}’s *[Terminator 2: Judgment Day](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/terminator-2-judgment-day-review/){:target=_blank}* came up against [Kathryn Bigelow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathryn-bigelow/){:target=_blank}’s *[Point Break](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/point-break-review/){:target=_blank}*. In the battle between Arnie and Keanu, everyone’s a winner. Secondly, [James Gunn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-gunn/){:target=_blank}’s *[Guardians Of The Galaxy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/guardians-galaxy-review/){:target=_blank}* and [Damien Chazelle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/damien-chazelle/){:target=_blank}’s _Whiplash_ both received the same number of votes for 2014 – a musical mash-up of frantic jazz drumming and soft-rock jams in one Awesome Mix.","Thanks for taking part and sending us your lists – and here’s to the next 30 years of future classic movies. Head this way to read Empire’s list of the [30 films that have defined the last 30 years](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank}.","_Empire_’s special 30th anniversary edition is on sale now. 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30th Anniversary – The One That Got Away: The Bourne Ultimatum","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d4d7fdae091dbde3e8b4256","altText":"The Bourne Ultimatum","image":{"name":"bourne-ultimatum-1.jpg","fileName":"bourne-ultimatum-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":569401,"path":"one/media/5d4d/7fda/e091/dbde/3e8b/4256"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"*For our [30th Anniversary Special Edition issue](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-s-30th-anniversary-edition-30-covers-revealed/){:target=_blank}, we picked the [30 films from the last 30 years](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank} that have defined Empire’s lifetime, but some favourites didn’t quite make the cut. James Dyer argues the case for [The Bourne Ultimatum](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-ultimatum-review/){:target=_blank}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Far be it from me to throw shade at the Coens but *[No Country For Old Men](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/country-old-men-review/){:target=_blank}* has no business squatting on the 2007 edition of our 30th anniversary cover. Which is not to denigrate the film – I love a coin-flipping sociopath as much as the next person – but 2007 was also the year of *The Bourne Ultimatum* and any list of seminal movies in *Empire*’s lifetime that doesn’t include Jason Bourne is no list at all.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d4d7fe7e091db6afb8b4257","altText":"The Bourne Ultimatum","image":{"name":"bourne-ultimatum-2.jpg","fileName":"bourne-ultimatum-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":451407,"path":"one/media/5d4d/7fe7/e091/db6a/fb8b/4257"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While [Doug Liman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/doug-liman/){:target=_blank} knocked *[The Bourne Identity](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-identity-review/){:target=_blank}* out of the park in 2002 — his dramatic  bursts of kinetic violence making an instant action star out of *[Good Will Hunting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/good-will-hunting-review/){:target=_blank}*’s baby-faced lead [Matt Damon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/matt-damon/){:target=_blank} — it wasn’t until [Paul Greengrass](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-greengrass/){:target=_blank} took over with 2004’s *[The Bourne Supremacy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-supremacy-review/){:target=_blank}* that the franchise came into its own. Bringing with him an eye for verisimilitude and a documentary aesthetic, he abandoned Liman’s wide, establishing shots for handheld, in-your-face close-ups, granting Ludlum’s amnesiac spy a hyper-caffeinated, frenetic energy that crackled across the screen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Am I suggesting *Supremacy* for 2004, though? No. Not least of all because that would unseat *[Shaun Of The Dead](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shaun-dead-review/){:target=_blank}* (unconscionable) but more than that because, while *Supremacy* made for a delightfully chewy starter, *Ultimatum* arrived as a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Having cut his teeth with the second film, Greengrass went to town with part three, cramming in two metal-warping car chases, a frantic rooftop parkour pursuit and a visceral, nauseating (some audience members actually vomited from motion sickness) fist fight in which Matt Damon beats the shit out of an assassin with a hardback book.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLt7lXDCHQ0"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Rather than a high concept action odyssey, *Ultimatum* is one of introspection and self-discovery, the journey of a man exploring his own fractured psyche and forgotten past. Combined with Greengrass’ rapid cut, full-on shooting style, the result is a film that you don’t so much watch as *feel*; the emotional connection to every scene is incredibly powerful, made more so by the fact that the camera rarely allows enough distance to disconnect. The average shot length in *The Bourne Ultimatum* is two seconds. Two. In the fight with Desh, edits come so fast it’s almost impossible to follow the sequence of events with your conscious mind, leaving only an emotional impression of feral yet technical violence and your lizard brain working frantically in the background to fill in all the details.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Bourne's influence can be felt in everything from Taken to Nolan's Batman films.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"In both style and substance, *Bourne* fundamentally altered the topography of action cinema — choppy chaos replacing objective clarity as the combat currency of choice. *Bourne*’s influence can be felt in everything from *[Taken](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/taken-review/){:target=_blank}* to *[The Expendables](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/expendables-review/){:target=_blank}*, [Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/){:target=_blank}’s *Batman* films and even *[World War Z](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/world-war-z-review/){:target=_blank}*. Most tellingly, though, there would also be no James Bond as we currently know him. [Daniel Craig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/daniel-craig/){:target=_blank}’s 007 was a direct response to Jason Bourne and Martin Campbell’s soft reboot of the series with *[Casino Royale](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/casino-royale-review/){:target=_blank}* is taken straight from the Greengrass playbook. Sure, Bourne is also responsible for the fifteen-shot sequence of Liam Neeson climbing over a fence in *[Taken 3](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/taken-3-review/){:target=_blank}*, but you can’t have everything.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The Coens succeeded in making an amoral masterpiece with impeccable craftsmanship and lathered in suffocating nihilism, but *The Bourne Ultimatum* is, for me, the release of 2007 — memorable, influential and a film that’s as primal in its brutality as it is thoughtful in its personal exploration. Also, heads or tails, Bourne would send Anton Chigurgh home in a box — and he’d only need a paperback to do it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Read Empire's list of the [30 films that define the last 30 years](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The One That Got Away – Schindler’s List](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-schindler-s-list/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The One That Got Away – Star Wars: The Force Awakens](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-star-wars-the-force-awakens/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The One That Got Away – True Romance](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-true-romance/){:target=_blank} ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The One That Got Away – Children Of Men](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/empire-s-30th-anniversary-the-one-that-got-away-children-of-men-2/){:target=_blank}","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d431fa6d6e085eee780f472","title":"Empire's 30th Anniversary Edition Covers","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5d431f56d6e085353880f466","titleText":"#1 – Batman (Tim Burton, 1989)","altText":"Empire's 30th Anniversary Edition Covers – 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30th Anniversary – The One That Got Away: The Bourne Ultimatum","subtitle":"","content":["*For our [30th Anniversary Special Edition issue](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-s-30th-anniversary-edition-30-covers-revealed/){:target=_blank}, we picked the [30 films from the last 30 years](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/the-30-films-that-define-the-last-30-years/){:target=_blank} that have defined Empire’s lifetime, but some favourites didn’t quite make the cut. James Dyer argues the case for [The Bourne Ultimatum](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-ultimatum-review/){:target=_blank}.*","Far be it from me to throw shade at the Coens but *[No Country For Old Men](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/country-old-men-review/){:target=_blank}* has no business squatting on the 2007 edition of our 30th anniversary cover. Which is not to denigrate the film – I love a coin-flipping sociopath as much as the next person – but 2007 was also the year of *The Bourne Ultimatum* and any list of seminal movies in *Empire*’s lifetime that doesn’t include Jason Bourne is no list at all.","While [Doug Liman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/doug-liman/){:target=_blank} knocked *[The Bourne Identity](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-identity-review/){:target=_blank}* out of the park in 2002 — his dramatic  bursts of kinetic violence making an instant action star out of *[Good Will Hunting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/good-will-hunting-review/){:target=_blank}*’s baby-faced lead [Matt Damon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/matt-damon/){:target=_blank} — it wasn’t until [Paul Greengrass](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-greengrass/){:target=_blank} took over with 2004’s *[The Bourne Supremacy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/bourne-supremacy-review/){:target=_blank}* that the franchise came into its own. Bringing with him an eye for verisimilitude and a documentary aesthetic, he abandoned Liman’s wide, establishing shots for handheld, in-your-face close-ups, granting Ludlum’s amnesiac spy a hyper-caffeinated, frenetic energy that crackled across the screen.","Am I suggesting *Supremacy* for 2004, though? No. Not least of all because that would unseat *[Shaun Of The Dead](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shaun-dead-review/){:target=_blank}* (unconscionable) but more than that because, while *Supremacy* made for a delightfully chewy starter, *Ultimatum* arrived as a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Having cut his teeth with the second film, Greengrass went to town with part three, cramming in two metal-warping car chases, a frantic rooftop parkour pursuit and a visceral, nauseating (some audience members actually vomited from motion sickness) fist fight in which Matt Damon beats the shit out of an assassin with a hardback book.","Rather than a high concept action odyssey, *Ultimatum* is one of introspection and self-discovery, the journey of a man exploring his own fractured psyche and forgotten past. Combined with Greengrass’ rapid cut, full-on shooting style, the result is a film that you don’t so much watch as *feel*; the emotional connection to every scene is incredibly powerful, made more so by the fact that the camera rarely allows enough distance to disconnect. The average shot length in *The Bourne Ultimatum* is two seconds. Two. In the fight with Desh, edits come so fast it’s almost impossible to follow the sequence of events with your conscious mind, leaving only an emotional impression of feral yet technical violence and your lizard brain working frantically in the backgrou