Well, considering we’ll be stuck inside for a while yet, we’ve put together a list of movies you can look forward to this year.
There are some pretty huge releases coming in 2021, including The Matrix 4, No Time To Die, A Quiet Place Part II, and more.
Check out the most anticipated movies of 2021 below.
One Night in Miami
January 8th (theatres) | January 15th (Amazon Prime Video)
The highly anticipated One Night in Miami is about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in February 1964. The group gathers in a hotel room to celebrate Ali’s surprise win over Sonny Liston, and it marks Regina King’s first time directing a feature flick. Although it premiered at Venice Film Festival in September 2020, the flick gets a wide release on January 15th.
Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, despite being released in 2020, is set to get its official release in February. This film is a classic immigrant story that comes with some meticulously sprinkled moments of intricacy and unique new details. The film follows a Korean American family, whose father Jacob (Steven Yeun) and mother Monica (Yeri Han) immigrated from Korea in the 1980s, and initially lived in California as chicken sexers, where they separated baby chicks by gender. In the film, they have moved with their two American-born children, hoping to open up a large farm in small-town Arkansas.
Judas and the Messiah
February 12th (theatres and HBO Max)
The forthcoming biographical drama Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton during the late 1960s in Illinois. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, it sees petty criminal William O’Neal, as he agrees to work as an informant for the FBI as they try to stop Hampton.
Nomadland is another film that, while technically going to festivals in 2020, is getting its officially release this year. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland is based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book. The movie stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a woman who leaves her small town in Nevada to travel around western America, as she grieves a life that haas been ripped away from her. The film’s greatest strength is in the way that it’s able to find the poetry in the tale of a seemingly average American woman.
The Many Saints of Newark
March 12th (theatres and HBO Max)
Crime drama The Many Saints of Newark serves as a prequel to David Chase’s HBO crime drama series The Sopranos. The flick, which stars Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, and more, is set to take place in Newark, New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s.
The upcoming American superhero film Morbius is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The movie, which is the second film in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, sees Morbius’ attempt to cure a rare blood disease going awry after he turns himself into a vampire.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent sees Nicolas Cage playing himself, as he begrudgingly accepts a $1 million offer to attend a billionaire super fan’s birthday. Eventually, things take a crazy turn, and Cage has to play some of his most iconic characters to save his wife and daughter in this action-comedy flick.
No Time to Die
No Time To Die, the latest instalment in the Bond franchise is set for release on April 2nd. The 25th film in the series will mark Daniel Craig’s final turn as the series’ titular character. No Time To Die features Rami Malek as the film’s villain, as well as Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris.
A Quiet Place Part II
A Quiet Place Part II is set for release in April. “Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence,” a synopsis for the film reads. “Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”
Last Night in Soho
Edgar Wright’s psychological horror film Last Night in Soho is set to star Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, and Terence Stamp. Last Night in Soho follows an aspiring fashion desire who mysteriously time travels to the 1960s to encounter her idol.
Black Widow gets its release in 2021, and it’s set to see Scarlett Johansson facing off against a new villain. The film is set to take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, as Johansson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff confronts her dark past as an assassin. Romanoff must gather her family to fight off a trio of villains, Red Guardian, Iron Maiden, and Taskmaster.
Chris Rock’s Saw reboot, Spiral, is set for release on May 21st, 2021. The film seems to be a hybrid between a cop movie and a classic Saw flick. The trailer features Rock and Samuel L. Jackson try to discover who’s behind a series of murders. “You wanna play games motherfucker,” Jackson yells in the clip.
Godzilla vs Kong
May 21st (theatres and HBO Max)
Adam Wingard’s highly anticipated American monster film Godzilla vs. Kong is set to get its release this year. The film, which serves as the sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and more.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
June 4th (theatres and HBO Max)
Michael Chaves’ supernatural horror flick The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (also known as The Conjuring 3) will serve as a sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring and 2016’s The Conjuring 2.Marking the eighth overall instalment in The Conjuring universe, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Jason Reitman’s forthcoming flick Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to serve as a direct follow-up to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The film takes place in a small town in Oklahoma that is riddled by a new force, and as the movie progresses, a group of kids become ghostbusters, just like their grandfather. “Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it karma,” we hear in the trailer. “I believe that everything happens for a reason.”
In the Heights
June 18th (theatres and HBO Max)
In the Heights is an American musical drama based on Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical of the same name. The film is set to star Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and more. “Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community,” Warner Bros. Pictures explains. “At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a a better life.”
Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick is set for release on July 2nd, 2021. The latest installment in the series, which takes place 34 years after the original film, sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is now a training instructor preparing a new batch of pilots. Maverick, alongside Lt. Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw,” embark on a “specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel's Master of Kung Fu is set to make his MCU debut in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Starring Simu Liu as Shang-Chi and Hong Kong super star Tony Leung as the Mandarin, Shang-Chi is Marvel's first foray into the martial arts genre. pic.twitter.com/KoU23XsieM
— Comic Con Manchester (@comconmanc) January 9, 2021
The highly anticipated Shang-Chi Marvel film is set for release this year, and it marks Marvel’s first Chinese superhero. Played by Toronto’s Simu Liu, Shang-Chi is known as the Master of Kung Fu in the Marvel Comics, and the character is a half-Chinese, half-American hero that writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin created in 1973. The forthcoming film is set to be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
July 16th (theatres and HBO Max)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16)
LeBron James will take over in the upcoming ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy‘, a sequel to 1996’s Space Jam which featured Looney Tunes characters along with Michael Jordan
— YOMZANSI (@YOMZANSI) January 8, 2021
The highly anticipated follow-up to Space Jam is on the way this year! Malcolm D. Lee’s Space Jam: A New Legacy serves as a sequel to the 1996 film, and will star LeBron James alongside Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, and, of course, the Looney Tunes crew.
The Suicide Squad
August 6th (theatres and HBO Max)
James Gunn speaks to Empire about how #TheSuicideSquad relates to David Ayer's 2016 film, and why it's different from Guardians Of The Galaxy. Read more and see world-exclusive images here: https://t.co/INlsht60i9 pic.twitter.com/1AIR1PIZrz
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 26, 2020
The Suicide Squad is set to arrive in 2021, and it sees director James Gunn looking to the 1980s Suicide Squad comics for the story, rather than continuing the 2016 film’s narrative. The antihero flick is set to star an ensemble cast that features Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, John Cena, and Joel Kinnaman.
Jennifer Hudson has made her return in what may be her most difficult role yet, Aretha Franklin. The teasers for Respect show the return of Marlon Wayans as Franklin’s manager and husband Ted White, and Marc Maron playing the role of Jerry Wexler. Hudson absolutely kills it in the previews, delivering a stunning rendition of Franklin’s catchy hit, “Respect.”
Supernatural slasher film Candyman is set to serve as a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name, and the fourth cilm in the Candyman film series. The movie, which is directed by Nia DaVosta and written by Jordan Peele, stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Steward-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo. Additionally, Tony Todd and Vanessa Estelle Williams will be reprising their roles from the original flick.
October 1st (theatres and HBO Max)
The first trailer for director Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel Dune arrived last year, and whoa baby does it look like everything you’d want. The story is set to be broken up into two films, with the first scheduled to hit theatres on October 1st, 2021. The cast features Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem.
The latest instalment in the Halloween franchise gets its release this year.The American slasher film serves as the twelfth instalment in the franchise, and will see Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Lauri Strode and Michael Myers. The first trailer for the sequel to 2018’s Halloween would appear to indicate that the forthcoming film picks up where the last one left off. In the short trailer for Halloween Kills, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter and granddaughter can been seen fleeing the scene of the massive house fire at the end of the last film. Strode is screaming for firefighters to “let it burn,” so to destroy infamous murderer Michael Myers. We’re gonna go out on a ledge here and predict that they did not, in fact, let it burn.
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) March 1, 2019
The Eternals, which is set for release on November 5th, will feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first openly LGBTQ+ superhero. The Eternals are a team of superheroes, composed of characters like Ikaris, Piper, and Sersi, but the identity of the gay character has not yet been revealed. It is yet to be announced whether this will be a completely new character, or one that has been seen in the comic books in previous years.
Mission: Impossible 7
Although Mission: Impossible 7 has faced a few problems filming during COVID-19 after production was postponed and then Tom Cruise had to reprimand crew for not following COVID-19 safety measures, the film is set to finally arrive in November of this year. Details on the next instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise are scarce at the moment, but it appears as though we can expect the same commitment to living unafraid of death as we’ve come to expect from Cruise.
West Side Story
The West Side Story remake is set for release this year. The musical film, which was directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, serves as an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the movie is anticipated to stay closer to the Broadway scrips than the 1961 film adaptation.
The Matrix 4
December 22nd (theatres and HBO Max)
sooooo they’re filming the Matrix 4 ? omg omg omg omg omg pic.twitter.com/O9J380dUDG
— Computa (@computamusic) January 11, 2021
The latest instalment of The Matrix is in the works for this December. The forthcoming flick is set to see Jada Pinkett Smith reprising her role as Niobe alongside Keanu Reeves, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Carrie-Ann Moss. “It’s very ambitious,” Reeves explains in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “As it should be!”