Empire Issue Preview: Empire 30, Alita Battle Angel, James Cameron, Stan Lee, Aquaman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roma

2019 is a big year for Empire – our 30th birthday year, marking three decades of bringing you the very best that the big screen has to offer. And to kick it all off, our January 2019 issue is packed with goodness, with an exclusive personal essay from James Cameron and massive access to Alita: Battle Angel , his latest sci-fi epic created alongside director Robert Rodriguez. And then, just a few days before going to print, the pop culture legend that is Stan Lee passed away – a man who changed comics, cinema and storytelling forever. Here’s a look at what you’ll find inside the new issue when it hits newsstands on Thursday 29 November.

Empire – January 2019 cover – Alita Battle Angel

Empire 30: James Cameron

Empire – James Cameron – January 2019

Marking the start of Empire 30, James Cameron – the man behind the biggest box office hit of all time in Avatar , as well as Titanic , Terminator and Aliens – delivered a personal essay exclusively for Empire about the past, present and future of cinema. Plus, we asked him questions from you, our readers, in The People Vs. James Cameron.

Alita: Battle Angel

Empire – January 2019

Our cover feature delves deep on Cameron’s latest project – a long-awaited manga adaptation he’s written and produced, with fellow visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on directing duties. Read all about its 20 year journey to the screen.

Stan Lee: The Empire Tribute

Empire – January 2019

In the days following Stan Lee’s death, the Empire team pulled together a 22-page tribute to the man himself – featuring his final Empire interview, an exclusive remembrance by Thor director Kenneth Branagh, his life story, and much more. Excelsior.


Empire – January 2019

Alfonso Cuarón tells Empire about the childhood memories that inform his new masterpiece, and how he brought them to the screen.

"Anna Karenina." One of Alicia Vikander's favorite experiences from the production was the filming that took place in the countryside outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. The temperatures soared below -40 °C, and she stayed in a cabin for five days that didn't have hot water and only featured benches instead of beds. Meanwhile, Russian security guards protected her and co-star Domhnall Gleeson from wild wolves and bears that dominated the deserted area

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Empire – January 2019

Fresh from changing the face of Broadway, the creator of Hamilton is heading to cinemas in Mary Poppins Returns . We spoke to him about his journey from stage to screen.


Empire – January 2019

We go on set of the DCEU’s most colourful movie yet, as director James Wan immerses himself in an all-new kind of superhero movie.

The Front Runner

Empire – January 2019

Director Jason Reitman talks about making his political drama about the Gary Hart scandal as the era of Trump’s presidency began.

The Favourite

Empire – January 2019

The director of The Lobster , Dogtooth and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer has made a period drama like no other. Empire tells the story of his most radical film yet.

…and that’s not all – there are tons of reviews, exclusive images, a Christmas movies ranking, a breakdown of the Mission: Impossible – Fallout bathroom fight, and plenty more inside. It truly is a jam-packed issue.

Pick it up on newsstands on Thursday 29 November – and if you want every issue of Empire delivered straight to your door with exclusive cover designs, sign up for a subscription here .

Empire – January 2019 – 30th anniversary