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With pushback after pushback on releases and filming in isolated bubbles, 2021 is set to be a jam-packed year filled with many blockbuster hits. Find out what's due to hit our screens.
James Bond: No Time To Die
The 25th movie in the James Bond franchise sees Daniel Craig return for what is likely to be his final outing as 007. True Detective director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins as Bond’s retirement in Jamaica is cut short by an old friend, Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who comes seeking help. 007’s mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist is disrupted by Safin (Rami Malek), a mysterious masked villain armed with dangerous technology. Release date: April 2.
The long-awaited re-adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic comes more than 30 years after David Lynch’s interpretation, that many fans felt fell short. This time from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve, the move is premiering on both HBO Max and in theatres and sees Timothée Chalamet as a young duke named Paul Atreides leading a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis. Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem round out the star-studded cast. Release date: October 1.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney’s latest animated feature is its first to focus on a Southeast Asian heroine; a young warrior on a quest to find the last dragon to restore peace in a mythical world. Starring Kelly Marie Tran as the title character and Awkwafina as said dragon, the movie will premiere both on Disney Plus and in theatres. Release date: March 5.
This upcoming supervillain movie is set to be the first true test of Sony’s break with Marvel over Spider-Man and the various characters related to him. The feature will introduce Dr. Michael Morbius, a classic Spider-Man antihero who inadvertently becomes a vampire while attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Starring Jared Leto, the film indicates a few connections to other Spider-Man villains, potentially hinting at a major crossover. Release date: March 19.
The King's Man
With both a third instalment of the Kingsman franchise and a Statesman spin-off on the way, audiences will get to see how the whole story began with this prequel, set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency. Release date: March 12.
Written, directed and producted by Chloé Zhao, the film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder, and stars Frances McDormand, who also produced the film, as a woman who leaves her small town to travel around the American West. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival back in September, where it won the Golden Lion. It also won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it the first film ever to win the top prize at both Venice and Toronto. Release date: February 19.
The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson’s latest film is a drama that brings to life a handful of stories from a magazine created by an American living in a fictional city in France. The film boasts a usual exciting cast from Anderson, including Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Elisabeth Moss, Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz and many more. The press has described it as a “love letter to journalists”. Release date: TBD.
After completing years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) returns 35 years after the original blockbuster. Maverick has to confront his past while training a new squad of graduates for a life-threatening mission. The Joseph Kosinksi-directed action-adventure co-stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jean Louisa Kelly and Val Kilmer. Release date: July 21.
The long-awaited, Scarlett Johansson standalone film comes as the first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4. The movie is set after 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and will see Natasha Romanoff on the run and forced to confront her past as a spy, long before she became an Avenger. Johansson will also appear alongside David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O. T. Fagbenle. Release date: May 7.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Coming to HBO Max and theatres next month, this 1960s-set docudrama stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. The movie is based on the FBI informant who betrayed Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and what lead to his assassination. Release date: February 12.
One Night in Miami
Regina King makes her directorial debut with her adaptation of a play by Kemp Powers. The film brings audiences in on one of the most legendary conversations that happened between Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) the night in 1964 after Clay beat Sonny Liston. As they celebrate the victory by Clay, soon to be Muhammad Ali, the four joke, bond, and debate how best to deal with the racism plaguing their country. Release date: January 15.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Director John Krasinski returns to helm this sequel and will again see the family members played by Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe stay silent and evade deadly monsters in a dystopian world. The trailer suggests some further insight into the beginning of the unknown invasion. Audiences should be in for a very tense ride once again. Release date: April 23.