A24 Sets 2024 Release Dates For New Movies Starring Andrew Garfield, Florence Pugh, Nicole Kidman, And Many Others

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Movie nerds, break out your calendars, A24 just announced a slew of major release dates for the final four months of the year. This barrage of new dates doesn't just suggest potential sleeper hits for in months like November and December. They also offer a window into motion pictures A24 is positioning as a potential award-season juggernauts. What motion pictures have been assigned dates? Let's dive in and see!

Per an exclusive piece from Deadline, the first of these newly-announced dates belongs to The Front Room, a motion picture hailing from The Eggers Brothers (Max and Sam Eggers) concerning a woman who becomes an excruciating houseguest to her daughter-in-law. The project (hailing from the two brothers of The VVitch director Robert Eggers) is now set for a September 6, 2024, wide release. Competing against Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, The Front Room will now occupy the post-Labor Day weekend slot recent horrors like Barbarian, The Nun, and the two It movies employed great box office success.

Next up is A Different Man, a feature directed by Aaron Schimberg concerning Edward (Sebastian Stan) and his obsession with an actor, Oswalt (Adam Pearson), playing him in a stage play. This psychological thriller also stars The Worst Person in the World leading lady Renate Reinsve and premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, A Different Man has garnered widespread acclaim and even secured Stan a Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2024. Following those film festival victories and the securing of this prime September date, A24 clearly has big award-season plans for this motion picture.

Another likely award season hopeful from A24 will arrive in limited release on October 11 in the form of We Live in Time. This romantic drama comes courtesy of filmmaker John Crowley, who previously helmed Brooklyn (which scored three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture) and The Goldfinch (which scored zero Oscar nominations). The plot for We Live in Time is being kept closely-guarded but it reportedly involves Florence Pugh as a chef who falls for a newly-minted divorcee played by Andrew Garfield. Their ensuing romance spans multiple decades, hence the title.

On November 15, 2024, Heretic arrives in wide release competing against the Dwayne Johnson Christmas blockbuster Red One. Heretic is directed by A Quiet Place screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Wood and concerns a pair of missionaries encountering something evil after one fateful knock on an ill-fated door. Chloe East, Sophie Thatcher, and Hugh Grant star in this attempt to deliver something eerie for Thanksgiving moviegoers.

The last of these newly-announced release dates belongs to a December 20, 2024 date for Babygirl, the latest motion picture from Bodies Bodies Bodies director Halina Reijn. This steamy erotic thriller sees Nicole Kidman as a bigwig CEO who begins an affair with an intern played by Harris Dickinson. Opening the same day as Mufasa: The Lion King, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and the faith-based movie Homestead, Babygirl is clearly trying to be this year's darker counterprogramming for Christmastime. The December cinema landscape usually delivers at least one of those a year, with titles like The Wolf of Wall Street, Babylon, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo hinging their marketing campaigns on being "the feel-bad movie of Christmas." Emphasizing that unique tone (among December 2024 releases at least) could lead to Babygirl being one of the last sleeper box office hits of the year.

This Deadline piece concludes with reassurance from A24 that late 2024 release dates are eventually coming for On Becoming a Guinea Fowl and Parthenope, a pair of titles that just screened at the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Even with so many A24 titles newly scheduled for the rest of the year, it is worth mentioning that a few other A24 movies previously set for 2024 bows still have no dates. The horror movie Y2K, which premiered at the 2024 edition of the South by Southwest film festival, was previously said by IndieWire to be aiming for a summer 2024 theatrical bow. That now seems to be in doubt. The documentary Look Into My Eyes, which debuted at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in January, is also still without a release date.

Meanwhile, it's unclear if David Lowery's Mother Mary, starring Anne Hathaway and Michaela Coel, is still on track for its previously projected 2024 debut. A project with Hathaway and Coel in the lead roles would automatically be considered a potential Oscar juggernaut. We'll have to wait and see if Mother Mary is still in the cards for A24's 2024 plans. It also doesn't appear likely that the Spike Lee/Denzel Washington collaboration High and Low will make its way into 2024 now given how crowded A24's slate for the year is. Finally, there's also no word on a release date for Isaiah Saxon's fantasy family movie The Legend of Ochi, which began and completed shooting nearly three years ago.

Even with release dates for those upcoming A24 movies up in the air, today's newly announced slew of A24 release dates still gives a clear look into the distributors ambitions for the end of the year. A Different Man, The Front Room, We Live in Time, and even Babygirl seem well positioned to be potential award season players. Meanwhile, the big Thanksgiving and Christmas dates handed off to Heretic and Babygirl suggest A24 is eager to market its wares as grim counterprogramming to big family-friendly holiday season tentpoles like Wicked and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Mark your calendars now folks, there's lots of new challenging cinema on the horizon.

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