Looking for a complete list of major sci-fi movies of 2018? We’ve got you covered.
From alien invasions to space battles to post-apocalyptic adventures to everything else in the realm of endless possibilities, there are plenty of potentially great (and probably some not-so-great) science fiction movies on the horizon.
2018 was a big year for the sci-fi movie genre, with some big hitters like Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and more.
Here are all of the major release new sci-fi movies of 2018 that you might’ve missed:
God Particle (Cloverfield)
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl
Director: Julius Onah
The premise of God Particle sounds a lot like Life, with a team of astronauts finding a shocking discovery aboard a space station causing them to fight for survival while their reality has changed. We’re pretty sure God Particle is going to play out more like a horror movie, though.
It was revealed that God Particle is actually going to be the third installment of the Cloverfield series. More details to come…
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson
Director: Alex Garland
Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation, will see a movie adaptation hit theaters in February 2018 from the writer and director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland. The film follows a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition of the unknown where the laws of nature don’t apply. It’s the #1 best-selling post apocalyptic book on Amazon right now, and it’s well worth the read. The film will star Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, and Tessa Thompson, and it’s one of our most anticipated sci-fi films of 2018 so far.
Release Date: February 23, 2018 (Netflix)
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Justin Theroux, Sam Rockwell, Paul Rudd
Director: Duncan Jones
One of the more interesting concepts on this list of the best upcoming sci-fi films is Mute, a sci-fi thriller from director Duncan Jones of Moon and Warcraft fame. The story is set in Berlin 40 years into the future, and it will follow a mute bartender that goes up against his city’s gangsters as he attempts to find out what happened to his missing partner. It’s being described as a science fiction Casablanca.
We don’t know much about what sort of sci-fi elements to expect, but the casting call lists names like Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd), Duck Teddington (Justin Theroux), and Sgt. Robert Klowskowski — so we can expect some interesting characters, for sure.
Ready Player One
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen
Director: Steven Spielberg
One of the most exciting films on this list is Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel of the same name (one of the best sci-fi books to read). It follows the story of a virtual contest set in what’s called the OASIS, the world’s biggest MMO that has transcended from just being a game to a way of life. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg, and we can’t wait to hear who will be starring as Wade Watts, aka Perceval the gunter. Read more…
Release Date: May 4, 2018 (NETFLIX)
Starring: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore
Director: Andrew Niccol
Anon is an upcoming futuristic sci-fi thriller that’s set in a world without anonymity or crime, and it’ll follow a detective who meets a woman who threatens their security. The detective, Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) will try to get to the bottom of the young woman’s (Amanda Seyfried) identity while attempting to find her and stop her from restarting crime in the world.
You can check out the first Anon trailer on YouTube.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Starring: Milla Jovovich, James Franco, Lucy Liu
Director: James Franco, Bruce Thierry Cheung
We don’t know much about James Franco’s upcoming Future World movie, but the synopsis reads as follows: “A young boy searches a future world wasteland for a rumored cure for his dying mother”. The boy will journey with a robot named Ash as they embark on a daring adventure of self-discovery. Cast photos show a strong Mad Max meets Waterworld vibe.
You can check out the first Future World trailer here.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cast: Michael K Williams, Emilia Clarke, Alden Enrenreich, Donald Glover
Phil Lord and Chris Miller Ron Howard
Focusing on a high teens/early 20s Han Solo and the story of how he became the smuggler and scoundrel we’ve been a fan of all of this time. It’ll follow Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion.
For more on the Han Solo movie, check out our running Star Wars Movies Calendar.
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Cast: Lincoln Bevers, Nasanin Nuri, Hannah Janssen
Director: Paul Kyriazi
After a man has a one night stand with a Native American woman, he walks away with extraordinary power and a cryptic message she left behind. Now, he’s searching for the woman to find out the source of his new abilities.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: J.A. Bayona
Jurassic World’s dormant volcano comes roaring to life, meaning Owen and Claire will have to mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from the extinction level event. It’s said to be equal parts disaster movie and horror flick. Of course, we’ve been saying that Jurassic park needs to lean into the horror aspect more, so hopefully Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom does just that.
Regardless, if there’s one thing you can bet on with a new Jurassic Park film is that it’s going to be a big summer event, so count us in.
Get your movie tickets at Fandango here.
Update 6/22/18: See our Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review here.
How it Ends
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Starring: Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham
Director: David M. Rosenthal
How it Ends is an upcoming post-apocalyptic action film coming to Netflix on July 13th. It follows the story of a desperate father trying to return home to his pregnant wife after a mysterious apocalyptic event sets the world into chaos.
You can watch the trailer here [via Vulture]
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Starring: Lea Seydoux, Ewan McGregor, Rashida Jones, Theo James, Christina Aguilera
Director: Drake Doremus
Zoe is an upcoming Amazon Prime Video exclusive sci-fi romance film revolving around two colleagues whom are working to revolutionize the way we see romantic relationships through artificial intelligence. And the results are McGregor (human), James (A.I.), and Seydoux in a love triangle.
You can watch the trailer here if you’re interested.
Alita: Battle Angel
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Eiza Gonzalez, Rosa Salazar
Director: Robert Rodriguez
With a screenplay written by James Cameron, we’re expecting Alita: Battle Angel to be a surprise hit. It’s based on the Japanese Manga series of the same name, written by Yukito Kishiro. The movie will be a combination of all of the first three books: Ido, Alita, and Hugo.
The story is set in a 26th century post-apocalyptic world which takes place 300 years after society has fallen as the result of a major war. The main character is a cyborg who has an organic human brain, and she’s lost her memory after being found in a wreckage. After being put back together by a cyber-surgeon, he becomes her surrogate father.
March 2, 2018 August 3, 2018
Cast: Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, 50 Cent, Thomas Jane
Director: Shane Black
We don’t know much about the upcoming The Predator revival, except for the fact that “you’ll never see him coming” and it’ll be directed by Shane Black. According to the official synopsis, it’ll be a direct sequel to the 1987 sci-fi film. We do know that The Predator recently added Thomas Jane into the mix, although details of his role are still unknown.
We also learned that it will have a new release date, as it has been pushed back to August.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Cast: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Think JAWS and Deep Blue Sea, but with the sharks being much bigger. The film sounds like it’s going to be a creature feature meets heist film, as Jason Statham has to save people trapped in a sunken submersible from a giant, 70-foot shark. Honestly, it looks wholly ridiculous, but it looks like it’s going to be tons of fun, pun absolutely intended.
You can watch the trailer here [via Cinemablend].
The Darkest Minds
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Starring: Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
The Darkest Minds will follow what happens after 98% of America’s children are killed by a disease and the remaining 2% develop superpowers. They’re placed in internment camps, where a 16-year old girl will make her escape from to join other teens on the run. It’s an adaptation of the YA novel of the same name.
Release Date: October 2, 2018 (New York Film Festival)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin
Director: Claire Denis
The story of High Life revolves around a man and his daughter struggling to survive in deep space where they’re stuck living in isolation.
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Starring: Sophie Turner, Asa Butterfield, Aubrey Reynolds
Director: Andrew Bowler
If you could rewind time, could you win back the love of your life? That’s what a physics prodigy tries to figure out after his girlfriend dumps him. Instead of giving up, he builds a time machine to try things a second time.
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Matthew Bomer
Director: Bill Oliver
One body, two minds. In Jonathan, a man has a single body with two consciousnesses. After the two minds agree to not have a girlfriend, and one of those minds decides breaks the rules, things get interesting.
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan
Director: Christian Rivers
Set many years after the Sixty Minute War, cities now move on giant wheels around a desolate Earth, attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their necessary resources. The first Mortal Engines trailer just recently released, and now, we’re more excited than ever