Listen, we know you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already think books are the best. We get it: “The book is better than the movie” is our motto too. With that said, we’ve never been opposed to enjoying the movie anyway—there are even times when a movie might just complement its book. Here we’ve rounded up 11 exciting book-to-film adaptations hitting theaters in 2019.
Rhidian Brook’s 2013 novel The Aftermath comes to screens on March 15 in this post-WWII period drama starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård. Set in 1946 Hamburg, The Aftermath follows a British colonel tasked with rebuilding the city. He and his wife move into a home which they share with the former owner, a grieving German widower.
The Best of Enemies
Based on Osha Gray Davidson’s The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, this movie chronicles the relationship between Ann Atwater, a black activist, and Klansman C.P. Ellis, who are thrown together as co-chairs of community school desegregation talks in Durham, NC. Starring Taraji P. Henson as Atwater and Sam Rockwell as Ellis the film is scheduled to hit theaters on April 5.
It’s been 30 years since the first adaptation of this Stephen King classic first graced the screen. Jason Clarke (who also has a role in The Aftermath) and John Lithgow lead a new cast of characters into the woods to the place where dead pets are buried and brought back to life. We don’t know about you, but we may never go into the woods again after this one opens in theaters on April 5.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall watching over your favorite author as they grow and their imagination soars? Well, now you can be with this mesmerizing biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s pre-WWI days. While this one isn’t based on a specific book, it simply felt too bookish to leave off our list. Nicholas Hoult shines as Tolkien but don’t take our word for it as you can see for yourself when the movie releases on May 10.
The Sun Is Also a Star
We all fell in love with Natasha and Daniel in Nicola Yoon’s bestselling book The Sun Is Also a Star. Stating on May 17, their love story will be a major motion picture starring the perfectly cast Yara Shahidi as Natasha and Charles Melton as Daniel. We are already swooning in anticipation of watching these two stars dazzle us on the silver screen.
The first book in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series comes to life in this Disney film heading to a theater near you on August 9. Kenneth Branagh is both producer and director. Based on the trailer, the movie promises to please both fans of the series and those new to the tale of brilliant 12-year-old Artemis Fowl and his war with the fairies.
Where’d You Go Bernadette?
We’ve missed Bernadette ever since we finished reading her story in Maria Semple’s breakout bestselling novel. We’re excited to have her back in our lives on August 9 with this movie starring Cate Blanchett as our beloved Bernadette and Billy Crudup as her husband Elgie. We’re especially eager for the mudslide scene!
It: Chapter Two
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The first thing you need to know about this movie is that it’s close to three hours long. Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name and a sequel to the 2017 film It, this movie flashes forward 27 years from the last chapter. Meet back up with the Losers Club as they continue on with their horror-filled lives when this movie comes out on September 6.
Set in Hell’s Kitchen, the comic series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle follows the wives of Irish mobsters and the adaptation stars the fabulous Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. These ladies start kicking ass and taking names on the big screen on September 20.
We’re excited about seeing Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Goldfinch brought to life. This silver screen adaptation stars Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Barbour, Sarah Paulson as Xandra, and Ansel Elgort as Theodore Decker. Readers can check out The Goldfinch on October 11.
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We’ve lost track of how many movie and television adaptations have been made of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel. This latest adaptation is directed by Greta Gerwig and features an all-star cast of Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. What a gift this film will be when it hits the screens on December 25.