5 queer films we can’t wait to see in 2024

“Love Lies Bleeding,” “Challengers” and “Wicked” highlight an exciting year ahead

We’re currently in the thick of Moira Rose’s favourite season (awards), which means cinema is the talk of the town. But whether you’re stumping for Julianne Moore or Lily Gladstone, Poor Things or Past Lives, Barbie or Oppenheimer, there’s one thing we can all agree on: there’s a lot more excellent queer cinema coming down the pipe in 2024. 

And while Sundance at the end of the month will certainly give us a preview of much of 2024’s expected wide-release slate, there are a few standout titles on the calendar that we’re already eagerly anticipating in the coming year.

Here are five queer films we can’t wait to see in 2024.

Love Lies Bleeding 

Love Lies Bleeding stars Kristen Stewart as a gym manager who falls in love with a bodybuilder played by Katy O’Brian. But this isn’t your straight-up romance. This romantic thriller involves plenty of blood, violence, crime and muscles. Director Rose Glass is best known for 2019’s psychological religious horror flick Saint Maud, so you know this one’s going to get weird. 

Wicked Part 1

The first of two Wicked films will finally drop this year, seeing Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo take on the legendary roles of Glinda and Elphaba—and it’s helmed by In the Heights director Jon M. Chu. An adaptation of the smash Broadway musical has been in the works for years, but will it live up to the hype? Many a gay theatre nerd (myself included) have literally been waiting their whole lives for this, so … no pressure. 

Drive-Away Dolls

Drive-Away Dolls is directed by Ethan Coen and written by Coen and his wife Tricia Cooke. The road-trip comedy follows a pair of friends driving south after one of them goes through a breakup with her girlfriend. The film’s cast is also stacked with stars including Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Bill Camp and Matt Damon.

 

Challengers

Challengers is the hotly anticipated new film from director Luca Guadagnigno of Call Me By Your Name fame. Starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, the film follows a sticky and messy bisexual love triangle set in the world of competitive tennis. We all know a legion of Twitter gays are prepping their “mother” tweets about Zendaya now. 

Queer

And Guadagnigno’s got another film on the docket too. Queer stars Daniel Craig and Drew Starkey. It’s set in the 1940s and follows an outcast American expat who becomes infatuated with a younger man in Mexico City. It’s based on a novel of the same name by William S. Burroughs that was originally written in the ’50s but published in 1985. 

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Senior editor Mel Woods is an English-speaking Vancouver-based writer and audio producer and a former associate editor with HuffPost Canada. A proud prairie queer and ranch dressing expert, their work has also appeared in Vice, Slate, the Tyee, the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Walrus.

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