After three years of pandemic-related disruption, will moviegoers be back in full force in 2023? That’s certainly what studios seem to be banking on given the impressive line-up of releases currently scheduled for the months ahead. The buzziest among them? A star-studded sequel to a sci-fi blockbuster, Greta Gerwig’s take on a fuchsia-clad icon, and Timothée Chalamet’s turn as a top-hatted chocolatier. These are the 10 films not to miss.

Chevalier (April 7)

Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the pioneering Caribbean-born violinist beloved by Marie Antoinette, is the subject of Stephen Williams’s rousing biopic, which casts Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the titular virtuoso and Lucy Boynton as the elaborately-dressed French queen.

The Little Mermaid (May 26) 

Rob Marshall’s long-awaited, live-action remake will feature Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Awkwafina as Scuttle, as well as spectacular visuals and sweeping new songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Asteroid City (June 16)

Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Hanks are just some of the A-listers heading to the desert for Wes Anderson’s next heartwarmer—the story of an eccentric group of parents and students who gather for a stargazing convention in the ’50s.

Oppenheimer (July 21)

Theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer will be played by Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan’s heart-thumping drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. His co-stars include everyone from Florence Pugh and Emily Blunt to Matt Damon and Gary Oldman. 

Barbie (July 21)

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Rachel Zegler and Hunter Schafer lead this explosive, Francis Lawrence-directed prequel to The Hunger Games, which tracks a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) as he rises to greatness. Also lending support? Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Schwartzman.

Wonka (December 15)

A buoyant musical fantasy about the early years of Willy Wonka (Timothée Chalamet) before he opened his magnificent chocolate factory, Paul King’s charmer will have show-stopping numbers and appearances from Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins.

The Color Purple (December 20)

The stage musical of Alice Walker’s life-affirming classic is getting the big-screen treatment courtesy of Blitz Bazawule (and producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey), with Taraji P. Henson, Aunjanue Ellis, H.E.R., Ciara, Halle Bailey, and Fantasia as Celie.

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