The coming year brings good fortunes and even better movies.
Egypt is often labelled the Hollywood of the Arab world, not only because many Egyptian actors have made it big in Hollywood but because Egyptian films are some of the best in the region. It has been that way since the Golden Age, and it probably won’t be stopping anytime soon. And with the new year right around the corner, here are some of the movies we’re most excited to see in 2020:
Set for release in April 2020, Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek is the next Bond villain set to take the big screen in the 25th Bond film, 'No Time to Die'. The upcoming movie will be Malek’s next huge role after his Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, wherein he played legendary musician Freddie Mercury.
Egypt’s very first 3D film, '2050: Hell Siege', will star Dorra Zarrouk and Hassan El Raddad. Not many details have been revealed about the film other than that it will be a sci-fi flick set in the future about the end of the world and will be produced by Mohamed El Komy. The official release date has not yet been released.
Jackie Chan’s newest film, 'Vanguard;, is set for release on February 2020 and will feature Egyptian-American actor El Sayed Badreya. Speaking to Egypt Today, Badreya said, "We have already shot some scenes in a number of countries such as Dubai, London and China. We are currently shooting in India.’’ You may remember the actor from his role in 'Iron Man' or 'Hamam fi Amsterdam' as Hamam’s uncle.
4. Ashbah Europa (January 8)
Set to release in the very beginning of 2020, Ahmad ElFishawy and Haifa Wehbe’s newest film titled 'Ashbah Europa' is hitting the box office on January 8th. This will be the first cinematic work for Wehbe since 'Halawet Rouh' and will also feature the likes of Mostafa Khater, Arwa Gouda and Bassem Samra.
5. Death on the Nile (October 8)
Set for release in October 2020, this Hollywood sequel to Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' has been partly filmed in Egypt. The thrilling murder-mystery features a star-studded cast including Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright.
6. El Ankabout
The 2020 film stars Mona Zaki alongside Ahmed El Sakka once again as an onscreen duo. This amazing pair will be joined by Yosra El Lozy, Dhafer L'Abidine, and Reem Moustafa. The film's story centres around a drug cartel that has concocted a new substance, and follows their plot to try and sell it.
7. Banat Sanawy (January 7)
Set to release on Coptic Christmas, January 7th, 'Banat Sanawy' follows the story of five teenage girls during high school as they face a series of challenges while trying to discover themselves. The film will feature Jamila Awad, Mai El Gheity, Hanady Mehanna, Huda El Mufti, Mayan El Sayed and Mohamed El Sharnouby, among other acclaimed actors.
8. Liss Baghdad (January 22)
The highly anticipated film will be released on January 22nd of the new year, and will feature the leading actor Mohamed Emam alongside Yasmin Raeis, Fathy Abdelwahab, and Amina Khalil. The movie is rumoured to have one of the highest budgets thus far in Egyptian cinema and will follow the tale of a common thief in search of a treasure.
9. The Furnace
Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek stars in the upcoming Australian film 'The Furnace'. The movie is set in 1890s Australia and follows a Muslim Afghan who forms an unlikely friendship with a bushman and will explore the "forgotten multi-cultural history of Australia."
10. Youm 13
Our favourite on-screen couple, Dina El Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawood, are once again teaming up for one of Egypt’s first 3D films entitled 'Youm 13'. The film is set to release in 2020 and will see the likes of Arwa Gouda, Mohamed Chahine, Joumana Mourad, Mahmoud Hafez and Nesreen Amin. El Sherbiny and Dawood have previously collaborated on multiple works including last Ramadan's television series 'Zay El Shams', as well as 'Grand Hotel' and 'Hepta: The Last Lecture'.