Universal Pictures 2023 Movie Preview - FAST X, OPPENHEIMER, COCAINE BEAR, KNOCK AT THE CABIN & More!

Universal Pictures is next up on our docket and they might have the most diverse lineup of films for 2023, as they bring us everything from Fast X to Knock at the Cabin to Oppenheimer to Cocaine Bear!

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With 2022 on its way out, we're going to start looking ahead to next year with our epic 2023 movie preview, where we'll spotlight nearly every major upcoming release studio-by-studio. 

Universal Pictures is bringing the heat in 2023, kickstarting the year with the horror thriller M3GAN in the first week of January, before taking us inside M. Night Shyamalan's brain with Knock at the Cabin. We then have Elizabeth Banks' Cocaine Bear to wrap up February, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie around Easter! 

Then, get ready for a huge summer with the return of Vin Diesel and his family in Fast X and Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Oppenheimer

Check out our Universal Pictures 2023 movie preview by clicking the "Next" button below!


The James Wan/Jason Blum-produced M3GAN has been generating all kinds of buzz ever since its first trailer dropped earlier this year and the wait to meet her is nearly over. The early buzz has been solid and word on the street is that Universal is already eyeing a sequel, so this could be one of 2023's earliest success stories. 

Cast: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Arlo Green, and Michael Saccente

Release Date: January 6


Josh Gordon and Will Speck's sci-fi comedy Distant is set to open in theaters next month and we have yet to see a trailer or poster, so there's a chance this ends up getting delayed again or potentially pushed to streaming. Either way, it does have a likeable cast. 

Cast:  Anthony Ramos, Naomi Scott, Zachary Quinto, and Kristofer Hivju

Release Date: January 27

Knock at the Cabin

After Old grossed over $90 million at the box office last year, M. Night Shyamalan is back this February with another intriguing psychological horror thriller, Knock at the Cabin. The film will follow a family of three who get taken hostage by four strangers who demand they make the ultimate sacrifice to avert the apocalypse.  

Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint

Release Date: February 3

Cocaine Bear

If that name didn't sell you, I don't know what will. Elizabeth Banks directs this dark comedy, which is loosely based on the true story of a black bear that consumed a duffel bag full of cocaine, although this one is going on a murderous rampage for the record books!  

Cast: Keri Russell, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery-Jennings, Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Hoekstra, Aaron Holliday, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Matthew Rhys, Scott Seiss, Kahyun Kimm and Shane Connellan,

Release Date: February 24

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros. Movie will bring the adventures of Mario and Luigi to the big screen for the first time in thirty years and knowing Illumination's track record, expect this one to blow your socks off this coming Spring! 

Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet, Kevin Michael Richardson, Khary Payton, Eric Bauza, and Martinet

Release Date: April 7


Nicholas Hoult teams up with Nic Cage in the horror comedy Renfield, with the former playing the title character and Cage playing the legendary Count Dracula. Set photos have ensured plenty of spooky laughs as Renfield falls in love with a traffic cop. 

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Bess Rous as Caitlyn, James Moses Black, Caroline Williams, and Brandon Scott Jones

Release Date: April 14

Fast X

Fast X has faced a myriad of issues since production began, but we can't deny that this should be one of the most fun blockbsuters of the year, especially with pretty much the entiry family back together. A new adversary named Dante (Jason Momoa) will be teaming up with Cipher (Charlize Theron) to bring pain to Dom (Vin Diesel) and the Fast Family, who will bring their own reinforcements as Tess (Brie Larson) enters the fray.

Cast: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Scott Eastwood, Michael Rooker, Daniela Melchior, Alan Ritchson, Cardi B, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, and Charlize Theron

Release Date: May 19


Will Ferrell voices Reggie in the live-action adult animated comedy Strays, where a group of abandoned dogs will band together to get revenge on their former owners. It's also produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, which should only add to the excitement.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, and Randall Park

Release Date: June 9


Christopher Nolan's name alone should provide more than enough reason to buy a ticket for Oppenheimer, which will retell the true story of the Manhattan Project, but if you still need some convincing then just take a look at this insane cast list. 

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Dylan Arnold, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Michael Angarano, Kenneth Branagh, David Dastmalchian, Jason Clarke, Josh Peck, Devon Bostick, Alex Wolff, Tony Goldwyn, Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck, Scott Grimes, Josh Zuckerman, James D'Arcy, Matthias Schweighöfer, Christopher Denham, David Rysdahl, Guy Burnet, Danny Deferrari, Louise Lombard, Harrison Gilbertson, Emma Dumont, Gustaf Skarsgård, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Olli Haaskivi, and Olivia Thirlby

Release Date: July 21

The Last Voyage of the Demeter

2023 promises to be a big year for vampires, and for Dracula in particular, as this is the second film on this list to feature the most iconic vamp of them all. We saw a preview at CinemaCon last year, and would advise not sleeping on this one as the crew of a merchant ship find themselves in for the most frightful voyage of them all. 

Cast: Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Javier Botet, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapičić, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, Chris Walley, and Nicolo Pasetti

Release Date: August 11

Untitled Please Don't Destroy Film

The comedy group Please Don't Destroy, who are Saturday Night Live cast members, are getting their own movie and while we don't know anything else just yet, the synopsis reads, "Three childhood friends who live and work together, don't like where their lives are headed, and set off to find gold treasure rumored to be buried on a nearby mountain."

Cast: Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy

Release Date: August 18

Untitled The Exorcist Film

The Exorcist franchise returns next Fall with David Gordon Green (Halloween Ends) at the helm and Jason Blum producing, so expect some welcome scares! 

Cast: Leslie Odom Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd, and Nedim Jahić

Release Date: October 13

Trolls 3

The Trolls are returning to theaters for their third feature film and we'd imagine the box office receipts will be considerably better this time around as it won't have a pandemic to reckon with. 

Release Date: November 17


We don't know anything about Migration, but it's coming to us from Illumination with a potential synopsis reasing, "A family of ducks try to convince their overprotective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime."

Release Date: December 22

Early Look at 2024 

  • The Fall Guy (March 1)
  • Kung Fu Panda 4 (March 8)
  • Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Film (April 5)
  • Despicable Me 4 (July 3)
  • Wicked: Part One (December 25)
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