What to Watch in 2022

It’s time to look forward to what cinematic delights 2022 will be bringing. With exciting new movies from some of the world’s top directors due for release, here are five must-see films to look out for in the coming year.

The Northman

Robert Eggers is the director behind The Witch and The Lighthouse, two hugely acclaimed cult movies. His new work The Northman goes right out on a limb, setting its story in a 10th Century Icelandic village. With the script co-written by Eggers and the Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón, who also worked on the recent Lamb, this tale of a Viking prince out to avenge his murdered father stars Alexander Skarsgård, alongside Nicole Kidman, Björk, Ethan Hawke and two previous Eggars collaborators, Willem Dafoe and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg currently has West Side Story in cinemas, but he’s already got his next film in the can, and it appears to be his most personal movie yet. Scaling back, this Arizona-set story is based around his early years, making him another director to mine his childhood after Kenneth Branagh (Belfast) and Paolo Sorrentino (The Hand of God). Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner (who just scripted West Side Story) penned the story with Spielberg, while the dream cast includes Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, and Paul Dano.

Babylon

Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, has been quiet since he made his 2008 Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. But he’s back with Babylon, a movie rumoured to be set in Hollywood in the era when silent movies gave way to talking pictures. Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie star, alongside Tobey Maguire and Olivia Wilde and Katherine Waterston. Little else is known about the project, but it’s been positioned for a December 25 release next year – suggesting it’ll be a major awards contender.

Untitled Elvis Biopic

Any Baz Luhrmann movie feels thrilling – especially when he hasn’t made a movie in almost a decade (The Great Gatsby being the last in 2013). This yet-to-be-named look at Elvis Presley stars newcomer Austin Butler as the king of rock’n’roll, while Tom Hanks plays his legendary manager Colonel Tom Parker. Given Luhrmann’s brilliance with music and cinema, from Strictly Ballroom to Moulin Rouge!, this will likely be a feast for the eyes and ears.

Blonde

Andrew Dominik, the Australian director behind Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford has been working on his Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde for years. Described as a “fictionalized chronicle of the inner life” of the doomed star, it sees Ana de Armas, last glimpsed tearing up the screen in No Time To Die, take on the iconic role. Adrien Brody, Scoot McNairy, and Bobby Cannavale all co-star, but this will surely be a star-making role for de Armas.


James Mottram