If 2020 unexpectedly called the future of the film industry into question, 2021 is set to be a similarly strange (but hopefully less tumultuous) year for cinema. The FDA issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, providing hope that life can proceed more normally in the following year (including moviegoing).
There’s hope that we’ll be able to crowd into movie theaters again in some capacity in 2021; but even then, the release schedule for upcoming films promises to be packed. Numerous blockbusters like Black Widow and Dune that were initially slated for 2020 were pushed back, meaning the release of new films like The Power of the Dog and Sherlock Holmes 3 could be similarly delayed to accommodate them.
Fans are also wondering whether some new releases will continue to debut on streaming services instead of exclusively in theaters as people begin transitioning out of quarantine situations. For instance, HBO Max and Warner Bros. made the controversial decision to simultaneously release their big-budget movies on the streaming site and in theaters. However, there are plenty of exciting streaming exclusives coming in 2021 anyway, like The Dig and Red Dot .
If that’s not enough, a healthy dose of nostalgia is sure to entice viewers back into theaters when it’s safer. Plenty of beloved properties will have reboots featuring beloved characters. There’s Tom and Jerry and Space Jam: A New Legacy on the semi-animated front, while films such as Uncharted and Snake Eyes will delve into the backstories of beloved franchise characters.
To help you decide which 2021 films to prioritize, Stacker combed through 2021 release calendars, IMDb’s most popular upcoming releases, and editorial lists to alphabetically list 100 of the most highly anticipated films set to debut in 2021.
So sit back, peruse the list, and cross your fingers that moviegoing will be back in full force sometime in 2021.
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‘The Addams Family 2’
– Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon, Laura Brousseau, Kevin Pavlovic
After 2019’s The Addams Family put an animated spin on its beloved kooky, spooky family, a sequel is officially in the works. The movie will feature many returning cast members, namely Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac as Morticia and Gomez Addams, respectively. In late 2020, MGM even started the Addams Family Voice Challenge , in which fans around the globe could attempt to win a voiceover role in the movie.
– Director: Scott Cooper
Produced by iconic director Guillermo del Toro, Antlers stars Keri Russell as a small-town Oregon teacher who becomes fixated on the horrific creature that her student’s family might possess. The film is based on Nick Antosca’s short story, “The Quiet Boy.”
– Director: Leos Carax
Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star in this musical about a famous singer and comedian whose life of luxury is changed forever when their daughter Annette is born with a special talent. Annette is French filmmaker Leos Carax’s first film in English and the music is provided by iconic oddball duo Sparks.
‘Army of the Dead’
– Director: Zack Snyder
Justice League director Zack Snyder is taking on both the heist and zombie genres in his latest film, Army of the Dead . In the movie, several mercenaries attempt to pull a heist on a Las Vegas casino after a zombie apocalypse breaks out.
– Director: Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle is set to direct another Hollywood-centric film post- La La Land with Babylon . The movie’s plot will reportedly unfold during the early 20th century as the film industry transitions from silent films to “talkies.” Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt are reportedly starring in the movie.
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– Director: Paul Verhoeven
Originally set to debut at the 2020 Cannes International Film Festival, this period drama stars Virginie Efira as 17th-century nun Benedetta, who embarks on a lesbian romance after joining an Italian convent. The movie is based on Judith C. Brown’s 1986 book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy .
– Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Tom Hanks leads BIOS as Finch, an inventor who is one of the only people left on Earth after a cataclysmic disaster kills most of humanity. Now terminally ill, the protagonist designs a robot (played by Caleb Landry Jones) to watch over his dog Goodyear after he dies.
– Director: Cate Shortland
Eleven years after Scarlet Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow was first introduced in Iron Man 2 , fans will finally see the iconic female Marvel heroine lead her own film. Set after 2016’s Captain America: Civil War , the movie sees Natasha returning to Russia and confronting her complicated past. It will also mark the first film within “Phase Four” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
– Director: Andrew Dominik
In Blonde , breakout Knives Out actress Ana de Armas portrays iconic actress and celebrity Marilyn Monroe. Director Andrew Dominik’s movie is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 work of the same name, which dramatizes Monroe’s personal life as a rising starlet.
‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’
– Director: Tom McGrath
When The Boss Baby: Family Business begins, brothers Tim (James Marsden) and Ted Templeton (Alec Baldwin) are now adults and relative strangers to one another. However, when a new boss baby (Amy Sedaris) emerges, the two must band together again as the future of their family is forever altered.
– Director: Nia DaCosta
Nia DaCosta is putting her own spin on this well-known urban legend, serving up a direct sequel to Bernard Rose’s 1992 movie of the same name. This iteration is based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden” and features the same titular slasher.
‘The Card Counter’
– Director: Paul Schrader
Oscar Isaac stars in the First Reformed filmmaker’s latest project as a gambler who attempts to redeem himself by mentoring a young man (Tye Sheridan) who has the same military colonel enemy (Willem Dafoe) as him. To do so, they go on a casino road trip and attempt to make it to the poker World Series.
– Director: Doug Liman
Star Wars lead Daisy Ridley and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland lead this adaptation of Patrick Ness’ young adult book series of the same name. The sci-fi adventure unfolds in a futuristic world of only men, who can all hear each other’s thoughts due to “the Noise.” However, their world is called into question when a girl named Viola (Ridley) crash-lands on the planet.
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– Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
In Cherry, Tom Holland teams up with the Russo brothers for a role very different from his turn as Peter Parker. Adapted from writer Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical book of the same name, the upcoming film features Holland as an army veteran who starts robbing banks to fund his opioid addiction.
– Director: Kay Cannon
Singer Camila Cabello plays the lead role in the umpteenth remake of the classic princess tale. Notably, Billy Porter will appear in the film as Cinderella’s genderless fairy godparent, who in this case is called the Fab G.
‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’
– Director: Walt Becker
Viewers who grew up with the beloved children’s character Clifford the Big Red Dog will get a chance to see the character on the big screen in 2021. The live-action movie follows a young girl named Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) who has to protect her giant dog from a nefarious genetics company.
‘Coming 2 America’
– Director: Craig Brewer
Years after Eddie Murphy played African prince Akeem in the 1988 comedy Coming to America , the franchise is officially back. In Coming 2 America , Akeem suddenly discovers that he has an adult American son named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). A battle of wills soon ensues as Akeem attempts to convince his son to accept his role as a future king.
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’
– Director: Michael Chaves
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the third Conjuring installment. Like the previous two films, this one is also based on a true story—in this case, that of Arne Johnson who claimed in 1981 that a demon possessed him and committed the murder Johnson was charged with.
– Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
The animated comedy Connected opens as young aspiring filmmaker Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is accepted to her dream film school, and her entire family sets out to move her there. But when an unexpected tech uprising occurs during their road trip, it’s up to them to save the planet.
– Director: Craig Gillespie
This live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel stars Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil in 1970s London. In this story, she’s a fashion designer who soon becomes obsessed with using Dalmatian skins to bring her dream creations to fruition.
– Director: Adrian Lyne
Real-life couple Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas lead Deep Water as married couple Vic and Melinda, whose relationship has grown loveless and twisted. Although Vic allows Melinda to pursue affairs in order to keep up the front of a successful marriage, he soon becomes involved in a criminal case after his wife’s lovers vanish.
‘Die in a Gunfight’
– Director: Collin Schiffli
West Side Story isn’t the only New York City-based Romeo and Juliet adaptation that’s set to hit theaters in 2021. Die in a Gunfight follows Ben (Diego Boneta) and Mary (Alexandra Daddario), two young people from rival families who begin a forbidden love affair.
– Director: Simon Stone
Based on John Preston’s 2007 period novel, The Dig centers on a widow (Carey Mulligan) and archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) who excavate the former’s British estate in hopes of finding a buried ship at Sutton Hoo. The film will be one of Netflix ‘s first major 2021 movie releases, set to debut on the streaming platform on January 29.
– Director: Robert Connolly
In this Australia-set crime thriller, policeman Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) comes back to his rural farming town to attend his best friend’s funeral as the community deals with a devastating drought. However, he’s soon forced to reinvestigate the unsolved death of a teen girl from his youth.
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– Director: Denis Villeneuve
Dune features Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a young nobleman and potential savior of his people who accompanies his family to the dangerous planet of Arrakis as a growing intergalactic feud builds. The film is the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel and is set to be released in two parts.
– Director: Chloé Zhao
After directing a series of poignant, critically acclaimed indie films, director Chloé Zhao is taking on the Marvel Comics Universe with The Eternals . The movie, starring A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington, centers on a race of ancient eternal beings who have shaped Earth’s fate.
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
– Director: Jonathan Butterell
Adapted from the musical of the same name, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of a 16-year-old outcast (Max Harwood) who dreams of becoming a drag queen. Both the film and the musical were inspired by Jenny Popplewell’s 2011 documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 .
– Director: Justin Lin
In the latest installment of this long-running action series, protagonist Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his street racing group must contend with Dominic’s formidable younger brother, an assassin named Jakob (John Cena). Jakob has been working with the crew’s former enemy, criminal cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron), to wage a personal vendetta against his sibling.
– Director: Megan Park
You and Stuck in the Middle rising star Jenna Ortega stars in actress-turned-director Megan Park’s new teen drama, The Fallout . Ortega plays Vada, a high schooler struggling to adjust after a personal tragedy befalls her high school.
‘The French Dispatch’
– Director: Wes Anderson
Described as “a love letter to journalists,” eclectic director Wes Anderson’s latest film follows several storylines revolving around 20th-century writers at the French outpost of an American newspaper. Anderson admitted the film was directly inspired by his own fondness for The New Yorker .
– Director: Jason Reitman
Set decades after the original Ghostbusters film, the latest installment opens as a single mom (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) start over in a small town. However, they soon uncover their family ties to the original Ghostbusters’ legacy.
‘Godzilla vs. Kong’
– Director: Adam Wingard
The latest addition to Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise chronicles a massive battle between giant earth-roaming monsters Godzilla and Kong. Alexander Skarsgård, Milie Bobby Brown, and Brian Tyree Henry round out the movie’s ensemble as human survivors of a world ravaged by the creatures.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
– Director: James Gunn
After the major Marvel Cinematic Universe changes that occurred in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , the third Guardians of the Galaxy film will finally catch up with its titular rag-tag space crew (led by Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord). One major change is that Zoe Saldana’s Gamora has been brought back to life following her death in Avengers: Infinity War , but it’s a past version of her that does not have a history with the Guardians.
– Director: Ridley Scott
Lady Gaga returns to the big screen following in Ridley Scott’s new drama Gucci . The film follows the true story of Patrizia Reggiani, who plotted to murder her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in the 1990s.
– Director: Navot Papushado
In Gunpowder Milkshake , three generations of female assassins team up to save their skins over the course of one bloody night. Karen Gillan leads the cast, which is made up of other A-list stars like Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, and Michelle Yeoh.
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– Director: David Gordon Green
Iconic scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis once again plays Laurie Strode in the 12th Halloween movie, Halloween Kills . A direct sequel to 2018’s “Halloween,” the movie follows Laurie and her family as they once again go up against murderous slasher Michael Myers (played by Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney).
‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’
– Director: Patrick Hughes
While 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard focused on the unlikely friendship that grew between bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), the upcoming sequel’s title features a nod to Darius’ wife, Sonia (Salma Hayek). When Sonia finds herself in danger, the two men must team up again to help her.
‘In the Heights’
– Director: Jon M. Chu
This adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2007 Broadway show revolves around a Latino community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood whose struggles and dreams are recounted with the help of a bodega owner named Usnavi (Anthony Ramos). Fun fact: Miranda originated the role of Usnavi, and Ramos (who’s playing him in the film) played Miranda’s son in the musical Hamilton .
– Director: Antoine Fuqua
Adapted from the D. Eric Maikranz book The Reincarnationist Papers , Infinite follows a schizophrenic man (Mark Wahlberg) who realizes that he is actually having visions from past lives, which has helped him develop special skills. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the film’s villain, who is able to stop this reincarnation.
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
– Director: Shaka King
Judas and the Black Messiah tells the true story of the work and fall of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). It details how he was betrayed by petty criminal William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who became an FBI informant.
– Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Disney is continuing its trend of turning Walt Disney theme park attractions into feature-length films with Jungle Cruise . Loosely inspired by the ride of the same name, Jungle Cruise stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson as the respective scientist and steamboat captain who embark on an action-packed Amazonian voyage to locate a tree with magical healing powers.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
– Director: Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman follow-up adapts David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction novel of the same name, which details how the F.B.I. and J. Edgar Hoover got involved after several Osage tribe members were strangely killed. Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to star, while the movie will largely film in Oklahoma’s Osage Nation.
– Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Although sisters Venus and Serena Williams are iconic tennis athletes, King Richard will spotlight their father and longtime coach Richard Williams (played by Will Smith). Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton will play Venus and Serena, respectively, in the biopic.
‘The King’s Man’
– Director: Matthew Vaughn
In this 20th-century Kingsman prequel, one man (Ralph Fiennes) and his protegé (Harris Dickinson) set out to stop a war that could kill millions, forming the spy agency around which the rest of the films revolve. The franchise as a whole was inspired by the Kingsman comic series.
‘The Last Duel’
– Director: Ridley Scott
For his latest film, legendary director Ridley Scott took inspiration from Eric Jager’s novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France . Matt Damon stars as Jean de Carrogues (Matt Damon), who prepares for a deadly duel after accusing his best friend Jacques (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer).
‘Last Letter from Your Lover’
– Director: Augustine Frizzell
In Last Letter from Your Lover , a 21st-century journalist named Ellie (Felicity Jones) discovers love letters written over the course of the 1960s between a couple named Jennifer (Shailene Woodley) and Anthony (Callum Turner). As the story flits back-and-forth between the past and the present, she attempts to piece together what happened to their romance.
‘Last Night in Soho’
– Director: Edgar Wright
After previously working on acclaimed comedies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead , director Edgar Wright is pivoting to psychological horror with Last Night in Soho . Anya Taylor-Joy stars as a 1960s Londoner who becomes dangerously embroiled with an aspiring singer (Matt Smith).
‘The Little Things’
– Director: John Lee Hancock
The Little Things centers on the unlikely pairing of veteran sheriff Deke (Denzel Washington) and a more freewheeling Los Angeles policeman, Baxter (Rami Malek). The two team up to take down a serial killer (Jared Leto) on the loose as Deke wrestles with his complex past.
‘The Lost Daughter’
– Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal
In this film version of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter , a middle-aged woman named Leda (Olivia Colman) on vacation is forced to reckon with painful memories of motherhood when she meets a young family also staying there. Director Maggie Gyllenhaal described the story as full of secret truths “about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire.”
– Director: Joel Coen
Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play as Lord and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth will also be the first film directed by just Joel Coen, who has been working with brother Ethan as a filmmaking duo thus far.
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– Director: Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born follow-up will be a musical biopic about conductor Leonard Bernstein (played by Cooper), who had a long-term marriage with his wife, Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan), despite being a gay man. Succession actor Jeremy Strong will play Bernstein’s lover, John Gruen.
‘Malcolm & Marie’
– Director: Sam Levinson
Sam Levinson teamed up once again with his Euphoria star Zendaya to make the romantic drama Malcolm & Marie in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In the movie, a filmmaker (John David Washington) and his wife (Zendaya) see their relationship unravel after he returns from his latest film’s premiere.
– Director: James Wan
Actresses Annabelle Wallis and Mckenna Grace star in this horror film, which was originally meant to hit theaters in August 2020 before being pulled due to COVID-19. Although plot details are unknown, director James Wan has a solid horror pedigree after helming the movies The Conjuring and Insidious .
‘The Man from Toronto’
– Director: Patrick Hughes
This new comedy opens as a deadly assassin called the Man from Toronto (Woody Harrelson) and an ordinary man named Teddy (Kevin Hart) are mistaken for one another at an Airbnb . Soon, what was meant to be an innocent stay becomes a fight for survival as Teddy is forced to contend with the killer’s dangerous lifestyle.
‘The Many Saints of Newark’
– Director: Alan Taylor
Around 14 years after HBO’s iconic drama The Sopranos ended, a new prequel installment is coming courtesy of The Many Saints of Newark . The film stars James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as a teenage Tony Soprano in the 1960s and ’70s as tensions rise between Black and Italian American communities in New Jersey.
– Director: Robert Lorenz
Although The Marksman ‘s lonely Arizona rancher protagonist Jim (Liam Neeson) has grown distrustful of people, he’s forced to change his ways when he encounters Miguel (Jacob Perez), a young Mexican boy fleeing from a murderous drug cartel. As they continue to come after Miguel, Jim becomes his mentor and protector.
– Director: Kat Coiro
Jennifer Lopez is returning to the rom-com genre with Marry Me , which begins as music stars Kat Valdez (Lopez) and Bastian (singer Maluma) prepare to get married live with fans all over the globe watching. However, when Kat finds out that Bastian is cheating on her, she decides to marry a random man (Owen Wilson) in the crowd holding a “Will you marry me?” sign.
‘The Matrix 4’
– Director: Lana Wachowski
Viewers can start getting excited for another journey into the AI and action-packed world of the classic Matrix films. The latest installment in the cyberpunk film series will see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their original roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
– Director: Kevin Macdonald
The Mauritanian tells the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man detained at Guantanamo Bay without charges or a hearing for over a decade. As he loses hope, defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) takes on his case in the face of formidable legal obstacles.
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’
– Directors: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val
In this Despicable Me prequel, 12-year-old Gru (Steve Carell) and the Minions attempt to join their heroes, villainous super group Vicious 6. After Gru is rejected and steals from them, he teams up with the group’s ex-leader (Alan Arkin) for help.
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‘Mission: Impossible 7’
– Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Tom Cruise reprises his role as spy Ethan Hunt in the long-running Mission Impossible action franchise. Although most plot details are still unknown, other cast members including Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett will round out the Impossible Missions Force once again.
– Director: Daniel Espinosa
Based on the titular Marvel villain of the same name, Morbius opens as scientist Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) attempts to cure his rare blood disease by using a serum drawn from bats. However, the experiment backfires, and he becomes a blood-thirsty vampire.
– Director: Simon McQuoid
Although original attempts to turn the popular Mortal Kombat video game into a film franchise were largely dashed with the unsuccessful 1997 movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation , Hollywood is giving it another shot. Ludi Lin leads the film as Liu Kang, a monk who takes part in an intergalactic martial arts competition.
– Director: Eva Husson
Mothering Sunday takes place over the course of one day in 1920s England. During that day, a maid (Odessa Young) discovers that her wealthier longtime lover Paul (Josh O’Connor) is set to marry another woman.
‘A Mouthful of Air’
– Director: Amy Koppelman
Filmmaker Amy Koppelman adapts her 2003 book in this film, which stars Amanda Seyfried as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author. While grappling with postpartum depression and the realities of new motherhood, she uses the colorful world of her books as an escape.
– Director: Sia
Inspired by a short-story idea that Sia had 15 years ago , the musician’s feature directorial debut stars Kate Hudson as Zu, a recovering addict who suddenly becomes the sole guardian of her autistic younger sister Music (Maddie Ziegler). The musical film and Sia faced some backlash for casting Ziegler, who is not autistic, in the titular role.
– Director: Mélanie Laurent
Real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning star in The Nightingale playing sisters struggling to survive during Nazi Germany’s occupation of France. The story was inspired by a real woman, Andrée de Jongh, who helped Allied pilots during World War II.
‘No Time to Die’
– Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
No Time to Die will be actor Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007, as the MI6 agent rushes to rescue missing scientist Valdo Obruchev (David Dencik), who has been abducted by the mysterious terrorist Safin (Rami Malek).
– Director: Ilya Naishuller
In Nobody , everyday dad Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) struggles with PTSD while living an otherwise idyllic life with his family in the suburbs. However, when he helps a woman being harassed by several men, he unwittingly becomes the new target of a local drug lord.
– Director: M. Night Shyamalan
After releasing successful Universal thrillers like Glass and Split , director M. Night Shyamalan is creating another for the studio. His latest is called Old, and although plot details are unknown, it’s set to feature an ensemble cast including Eliza Scanlen, Gael García Bernal, and Thomasin McKenzie.
– Director: Mark Neveldine
Cole Hauser stars in Panama as a rugged ex-marine who’s drawn back into the fold when his former commander (Mel Gibson) recruits him for a Panamanian arms deal. However, his political affiliations come into question when he gets involved with the American invasion of the country.
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– Directors: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
Horror and fantasy director Guillermo del Toro is putting his own darkly fantastical spin on Carlo Collodi’s classic Italian fable. The stop-motion animated musical retells the story of Geppetto (David Bradley) and Pinocchio (Gregory Mann), this time in fascist, Mussolini-era Italy.
‘The Power of the Dog’
– Director: Jane Campion
Jane Campion is one of only five women to ever be nominated for the Oscar for Best Director, and she’s finally back with a new drama called The Power of the Dog . Based on Thomas Savage’s novel, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Phil, a man who develops a vendetta against his brother’s (Jesse Plemons) new wife (Kirsten Dunst).
‘Raya and the Last Dragon’
– Directors: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa
This new Disney adventure takes place in the fictional land of Kumandra, where monsters have killed all but one of the dragons who used to coexist alongside humanity. Now it’s up to young warrior Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) to find the dragon Sisu (Awkwafina) and save the world.
– Director: Alain Darborg
Red Dot opens as married couple Nadja (Nanna Blondell) and David (Anastasios Soulis) take a hiking trip to Northern Sweden in an attempt to reconnect after discovering that Nadja is pregnant. However, their lives are soon thrown into peril when a mysterious shooter begins pursuing them.
– Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
In Red Notice , an Interpol agent is tasked with hunting down a wanted art thief across the world. A-list actors Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds are set to star.
– Director: Lisa Joy
Reminiscence takes place in a near-future Florida plagued by climate-change problems, as a scientist (Hugh Jackman) makes a living by allowing clients to relive their beloved memories. He soon falls in love with a mysterious woman (Rebecca Ferguson), but when she becomes implicated in a crime, he’s forced to delve into her complicated past.
– Director: Johannes Roberts
This reboot movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise is set to be a prequel exploring events of the first two game releases. Director Johannes Roberts told Screen Rant that the movie would be “super scary” and more closely based on the Resident Evil games themselves.
– Director: Hamish Grieve
Rumble takes place in a world where humans coach monsters who take place in super-sized sporting competitions around the globe. It’s ultimately up to teenager Winnie McEvoy to help monster wrestler Steve (Will Arnett) make it in the big leagues.
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– Director: Julius Avery
Although Marvel and DC films are a big part of the annual superhero film releases, Samaritan aims to offer something different. In Julius Avery’s movie, a young boy (played by Euphoria star Javon “Wanna” Walton) discovers that a long-lost superhero (Sylvester Stallone) is still alive.
‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’
– Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to have its first Asian lead in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings . Actor Simu Liu will portray the title character, who’s forced to deal with his tumultuous past when he gets involved with the Ten Rings (the same group that kidnapped Tony Stark in “Iron Man”).
‘Sherlock Holmes 3’
– Director: Dexter Fletcher
Remember the Robert Downey Jr.-fronted Sherlock Holmes movies? Now that Downey Jr. is done with Marvel, he’s starring as the famous detective once again in Sherlock Holmes 3 , the first film in the series since 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows . Back in 2018, Jude Law (who plays John Watson) told Entertainment Weekly , “Since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them, we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time either.”
‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins’
– Director: Robert Schwentke
This G.I. Joe film delves into the origin story of the ninja-turned-agent Snake Eyes (now played by Henry Golding rather than Ray Park), who has long been part of the franchise’s core team. It will largely act as a reboot of the film series, which previously consisted of 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation .
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’
– Director: Malcolm D. Lee
The Looney Tunes gang is finally back on the big screen in Space Jam: A New Legacy , which marks the group’s first movie appearance since the 2003 adventure Looney Tunes: Back in Action . In a direct sequel to the 1996 comedy “Space Jam,” basketball player LeBron James will once again get help from the beloved animated characters.
– Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
The latest entry in the Saw franchise begins as cops Marcus (Samuel L. Jackson), Zeke Banks (Chris Rock), and William (Max Minghella) investigate a series of gruesome murders that may hint at the serial killer Jigsaw’s return. Rock reportedly came up with the idea while running into the head of Lionsgate at a wedding—and pitched the idea of adding more comedy to the sequel.
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– Director: Joe Penna
In Stowaway , a space crew’s voyage to Mars is thrown into jeopardy when an unexpected traveler is discovered on the spacecraft. While many want to expel the new traveler into space due to dwindling resources, medical researcher Levenson (Anna Kendrick) speaks out against the dark plan.
‘The Suicide Squad’
– Director: James Gunn
Described by Empire magazine as a not-quiet-sequel, not-quite-reboot of the critically panned 2016 film Suicide Squad , James Gunn’s film once again follows a group of Gotham big bads who team up for a high-stakes mission. Several characters from the first film like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) are set to return.
‘Tom and Jerry’
– Director: Tim Story
The year 2021 marks the first time that the iconic cat-and-mouse duo will get its very own theatrical feature. Although the exact plot is largely unknown beyond familiar chase sequences, it’s set to include traditional animation and live-action filming .
‘The Tomorrow War’
– Director: Chris McKay
The Tomorrow War begins in the near future, when an alien invasion threatens to take over Earth from humans. With things looking grim, the future of humanity lies with one man (Chris Pratt), who is able to draft soldiers who fought wars in the past.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’
– Director: Joseph Kosinski
Decades after the popular 1986 action film Top Gun , a sequel will finally explore what Maverick (Tom Cruise) and his buddies have been up to in the following years. As Top Gun: Maverick begins, the longtime Navy pilot is sent back to test-piloting.
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“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”
– Director: Tom Gormican
Nicholas Cage takes on what may be his most meta role yet: playing himself. In The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent , the actor is down on his luck after failing to get new high-profile gigs and agrees to appear at Mexican billionaire fan Javi’s (Pedro Pascal) birthday party while attempting to get into Quentin Tarantino’s newest film. However, when the government finds out that Javi is really the kingpin of a drug cartel, the CIA recruits Cage to get information about him.
– Director: Ruben Fleischer
The long-running video game series Uncharted follows a globe-trotting treasure hunter named Nathan Drake, and an upcoming movie of the same name will delve into how he became the man he is in the games. Tom Holland will play a young Nathan, who meets and first begins working with his close mentor, Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg).
‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’
– Director: Lee Daniels
The United States vs. Billie Holliday explores the real-life conflict between singer Billie Holiday (played by Andra Day) and the Federal Department of Narcotics, which attempted to keep her from singing her 1939 protest song “Strange Fruit.” Trevante Rhodes also stars in the movie as Jimmy Fletcher, a Federal Agent with whom Holiday has a secret affair.
Untitled Elvis Presley Project
– Director: Baz Luhrmann
Baz Lurhmann’s first feature project after 2013’s The Great Gatsby will shine new light on the backstory of famous musician Elvis Presley (played by Austin Butler). This biopic will set itself apart by exploring the relationship between Presley and his influential manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project
– Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Filmed under the working title Soggy Bottom , Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie follows a number of storylines tied back to a high school boy (played by Cooper Hoffman) who doubles as a child actor in 1970s Los Angeles. Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, and Alana Haim will also appear in the movie.
Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
– Director: Jon Watts
Tom Holland will reprise his web-slinging lead role in the third iteration of the current Marvel Spider-Man franchise, which picks up after the events of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home . Because a number of actors from former Spider-Man iterations (such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who previously portrayed the character) will reportedly appear in the movie, the new installment may incorporate various universes or timelines, as did Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse .
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’
– Director: Andy Serkis
The original 2018 Venom film teased a future conflict when a post-credits scene showed actor Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, a serial killer from the Marvel comics. Now, it seems that journalist Eddie Brock and his symbiote Venom (both played by Tom Hardy) will have to take on the villain in Venom: Let There Be Carnage .
‘West Side Story’
– Director: Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is putting his own spin on the classic musical West Side Story, which retells Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of two 1950s teenagers (Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler) from rival New New York City street gangs. According to Spielberg , the movie will hew more closely to the stage version than the 1961 film adaptation.
– Director: Stefano Sollima
Based on Tom Clancy’s novel of the same name, Without Remorse stars Michael B. Jordan as John Clark, who according to Deadline is “a Navy SEAL who goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.” The new movie will also function as a spinoff of the Jack Ryan franchise.
‘Wrath of Man’
– Director: Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie’s latest release will be a heist movie ominously titled, The Wrath of Man . In the movie, Jason Statham plays the driver of an armored cash truck who is attacked while transporting millions of dollars around the Los Angeles area.
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