51 Movies We Can't Wait To See in 2021

The movies are back—maybe?

2021 movie preview
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There's never been a more confusing time to look at a movie release calendar. After a chaotic year for the movies, where tentpoles bounced around the schedule and other projects skipped theatrical runs entirely on their way to VOD, 2021 is looking just as unpredictable. Even with the arrival of a vaccine, the pandemic will continue to upend the theatrical distribution business. At the same time, you might feel a little dĂ©jĂ  vu: Many of the big movies, like No Time to Die and Black Widow, were previously scheduled for 2020 and never actually came out. 

Here's what we're trying to say: It's hard to know if all the movies on this list, which range from superhero blockbusters to horror freak-outs to intimate Oscar hopefuls to star-studded musicals, will actually come out when they're planning to. (In most cases, the streaming release dates feel like locks.) Regardless of how the reality of the calendar pans out, these are 51 movies we're crossing our fingers that we'll get to see this next year.

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The Dig 

Release date: January 15 on Netflix
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn
Director: Simon Stone 
Why we're excited: Netflix is starting off the year with this period drama that stars the always great Carey Mulligan as a widower with a really old ship in her backyard, discovered by a timid archeologist played by Ralph Fiennes. WWII is on the way, so emotions are heightened in jolly old England. 
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Amazon Studios

One Night in Miami 

Release date: January 15 on Amazon Prime
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.
Director: Regina King
Why we're excited: Regina King, a woman responsible for putting incredible performances onto big and small screens, makes her directorial debut with a movie that features some of the best acting you'll see all year. King does not appear in One Night in Miami herself, but she coaxes out marvelous work from her cast as she documents a fictional account of one of the most legendary conversations in history. Adapted from a play by Kemp Powers, the film brings audiences in on the wide-ranging conversation that happened between Cassius Clay (Goree), Malcolm X (Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Hodge), and Sam Cooke (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 luminaries joke, bond, and debate how best to deal with the racism plaguing their country.
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Open Road Films

The Marksman

Release date: January 15 in theaters 
Cast: Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Teresa Ruiz
Director: Robert Lorenz (Trouble with the Curve)
Why we're excited: Shotgun-swinging Liam Neeson is the only thing standing between a terrified young Mexican boy and the cartel who pursued him across the border right to the steps of Neeson's ranch. Looks like another Neeson bloodfest and we couldn't be more in.
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Our Friend 

Release date: January 22 in theaters and on VOD
Cast: Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jake Owen
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish)
Why we're excited: Adapted from an Esquire article written by Matthew Teague about his wife's battle with cancer and the friend who moved in to help the family manage, this comedic-drama looks the type of poignantly funny tearjerker that's mostly migrated to TV these days. As an actor, Jason Segel has a knack for playing goofy guys who find humor in emotionally vulnerable situations, so expect him to be a stand-out here.
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Warner Bros.

The Little Things

Release date: January 29 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto
Director: John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen)
Why we're excited: Denzel Washington is inching back into Training Day mode with this cop thriller where his old, grizzled detective teams up with a young, fresh-faced officer played by Rami Malek to catch a serial killer. (Judging from the trailer, Jared Leto, sporting some long greasy hair, will be the main suspect.) Let's just face it, we're always excited to see Denzel on screen.
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Malcolm & Marie

Release date: February 5 on Netflix
Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington
Director: Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation)
Why we're excited: Euphoria creator Sam Levinson tapped Euphoria star Zendaya to embark on this quarantine project, a two-hander about a director (John David Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) on the night of a big premiere. Will this be navel gazey? Probably. Will Emmy-winner Zendaya impress us yet again? Also, probably.

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Release date: February 5 in theaters
Cast: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, John Mulaney
Director: Kay Cannon (Blockers)
Why we're excited: Camila Cabello playing a modern musical Cinderella with Pose breakout star Billy Porter as her Fairy Godmother? Not to mention Minnie Driver playing a queen and John Mulaney—yes, John Mulaney—as a mouse footman? Sounds absolutely bonkers. We love it.

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IFC Films

Little Fish

Release date: February 5 in theaters and VOD 
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Jack O'Connell, RaĂşl Castillo, Soko
Director: Chad Hartigan (Morris from America)
Why we're excited: With its characters wearing medical face-masks and its dialogue about the government having "the true cure," the trailer for Little Fish looks like a potential pandemic cash-in. But the movie, an Eternal Sunshine-like science-fiction romance about a couple—played by Olivia Cooke and Jack O'Connell—dealing with a contagious disease that causes memory loss, was filmed back in 2019 and the script appeared on the 2018 Blacklist. So, it's just a coincidence that might add a different resonance to the story. 
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Warner Bros.

Judas and the Black Messiah 

Release date: February 12 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback 
Director: Shaka King (Newlyweeds)
Why we're excited: Judas and the Black Messiah, a 1960s-set docudrama about the FBI informant (Stanfield) who betrayed Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), has one of those stylish, well-crafted trailers that makes you want to go see the movie right away. Seriously, just watch it. You'll be mad because you have to wait until February to see this movie.
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Release date: February 19 in theaters
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie
Director: Chloé Zhao (The Rider
Why we're excited: The most talked-about film out of the strange fall festivals of 2020 was director Chloé Zhao's portrait of Fern (Frances McDormand), a woman who has lost her husband and her home, who decides to embrace a life of wandering. Using non-actors—actual nomads—Zhao paints a picture of an America that's stunning in both beauty and compassion, which can only exist outside the capitalistic structures to which most of us are forced to adhere.
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Warner Bros.

Tom & Jerry

Release date: February 26 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost
Director: Tim Story (Shaft)
Why we're excited: The Hanna Barbera characters are back in this hybrid live action-animated adventure with a surprisingly stacked cast. We're not saying this game of cat-and-mouse is going to speak to the existential pain of our era, but, hey, it might be fun.
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Apple TV+


Release date: February 26 in theaters; March 12 on Apple TV+
Cast: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame)
Why we're excited: For their follow-up to their box-office conquering Avengers films, the Russo Brothers are taking on a darker story with this adaptation of Nico Walker's harrowing opioid addiction novel Cherry, which tells the story of an Army medic who starts robbing banks to fund his drug habit. The filmmaking duo is bringing Spider-Man along for the ride, casting Holland as the film's deeply troubled protagonist.  

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Universal Pictures


Release date: February 26 in theaters
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd
Director: Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry)
Why we're excited: "Bob Odenkirk goes full John Wick" is not a logline we ever expected to read, but that's what we're getting in this thriller from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad, where the Better Call Saul star plays a mild-mannered dad with a secret assassin past.
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The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Release date: February 26 in theaters
Cast: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne 
Director: Lee Daniels (The Butler)
Why we're excited: This story of singer Billie Holiday, with a focus on her legal battles with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, gets the biopic treatment here, with Grammy-winner Andra Day in the starring role, playwright and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks penning the script, and director Lee Daniels behind the camera. At the very least, the music will be incredible.

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Amazon Studios

Coming 2 America

Release date: March 5 on Amazon Prime
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones
Director: Craig Brewer (Dolemite Is My Name)
Why we're excited: Comedy sequels are always a dicey proposition, especially when a significant amount of time has passed since the original. (Remember, uh, Blues Brothers 2000?) But after Eddie Murphy's stellar performance in 2019's biopic Dolemite Is My Name and his triumphant return to SNL, which found him slipping back into old characters with ease in the host spot, we're cautiously optimistic about this project, where Murphy's Prince Akeem Joffer returns to America after he discovers he has a son (Jermaine Fowler). James Earl Jones and Shari Headley will be back, and Dolemite scene-stealer Wesley Snipes is along for the ride in a supporting role, too.
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Chaos Walking 

Release date: March 5 in theaters
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen
Director: Doug Liman (American Made)
Why we're excited: Long in development and based on a beloved young adult sci-fi novel, Chaos Walking looks like Annihilation meets Divergent as citizens of a planet in which everyone can not only hear, but see each other's thoughts must solve a mystery that threatens the few women left alive. At the very least, it will be fun to see Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in a movie that's not a Star Wars or Marvel property. 
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20th Century Studios

The King's Man

Release date: March 12 in theaters
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Harris Dickinson
Director: Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Why we're excited: With its cartoonish gunplay and blunt sense of humor, the world of the Kingsman series, drawn from the pages of the comic franchise created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, can be a little off-putting, and the last sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, felt a little overstuffed. This prequel will hopefully serve as a slightly pared-back return to form, with Ralph Fiennes stepping into the starring role.
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The Many Saints of Newark 

Release date: March 12 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Leslie Odom Jr.
Director: Alan Taylor (Terminator Genisys)
Why we're excited: The Many Saints of Newark is the long-awaited Sopranos prequel movie from writer David Chase, the creator of the original series, and it reportedly focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the father of Michael Imperioli's character Christopher. It's always a little dicey when a writer or director returns to a beloved set of characters years later—and, obviously, prequel stories can be hit or miss—but, come on, we can't wait to see this. Plus, it gives us an excuse to mention that Chase's last movie, 2012's Not Fade Away, remains an underrated gem.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent 

Release date: March 19 in theaters
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Haddish
Director: Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment)
Why we're excited: Nicolas Cage has spent the last few years wandering through the wilderness of the VOD genre world, with occasionally fascinating results. But this meta-comedy, which finds Cage playing himself as he battles a Cage-loving drug lord super-fan (Pedro Pascal) who kidnaps his family, should give the wildly expressive actor a chance to flex some new muscles. Even if it's totally ridiculous, Cage will find a way to make it watchable.

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No Time to Die

Release date: April 2 in theaters
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation)
Why we're excited: It's been a rough road to Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond. First Danny Boyle left the project, and then production had to be shut down midway through after Craig suffered an injury. Then the movie's release got delayed multiple times by a global pandemic. But Fukunaga, best known for the first season of True Detective, is an inspired choice of a director, and the franchise is adding some necessary new blood, like Lashana Lynch as a fellow super spy and foil for the main man. 
(Watch the trailer)

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Bob's Burgers: The Movie

Release date: April 9 in theaters
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy 
Director: Loren Bouchard 
Why we're excited: FOX's endlessly charming Bob's Burgers has been on TV for almost a decade now, so it makes sense for the series to get the big-screen movie treatment, like fellow animated classics The Simpsons and South Park also received. Creator Loren Bouchard has said the movie will be a musical, so expect some great songs and, of course, some great burger puns.

Mortal Kombat 

Release date: April 16 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano
Director: Simon McQuoid
Why we're excited: Mortal Kombat, one of the best and most popular video games ever made, has been adapted into feature films before, but it's been a while, and the people are clamoring to return to the eighteen realms in which citizens must duel in martial arts tournaments to conquer each other. Plus, the Sub-Zero and Scorpion masks are now very on trend. 


Release date: April 16 in theaters
Cast: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Samira Wiley, Laura Harrier
Director: Miguel Sapochnik (Repo Men)
Why we're excited: "Last man on Earth" narratives have grown a bit stale in the last decade, but here's a twist: What if the guy was played by Tom Hanks? Now you're on board, right? The Cast Away star plays an inventor who creates a robot to travel the country in this science-fiction tale, which comes from Miguel Sapochnik, the director behind some of the biggest and best episodes of Game of Thrones


Release date: April 16 
Cast: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Anthony Carrigan
Director: Paul Weitz (Bel Canto)
Why we're excited: Kevin Hart hasn't gotten too many chances to show off his serious side throughout his career, but this drama, an adaptation of a memoir by the writer Matthew Logelin, should give the actor a chance to show his range as a father dealing with a painful loss. Director Paul Weitz, who co-directed 2002's Hugh Grant coming-of-age story About A Boy and directed 2015's charming comedy Grandma, clearly knows his way around stories of familial struggle.

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Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place Part II

Release date: April 23 in theaters
Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy
Director: John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
Why we're excited: 2018's A Quiet Place was the type of slick, efficient horror movie with a satisfying ending that doesn't really demand a sequel. The bare-bones "mythology" of the premise could be summed up in the goofy "What is the weakness?" question scrawled on a whiteboard in the background of the first movie. Still, unnecessary horror sequels can surprise you, and Emily Blunt is returning along with director John Krasinski. Maybe this one will be less quiet?
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Focus Features

Last Night in Soho

Release date: April 23 in theaters 
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie
Director: Edgar Wright (Baby Driver)
Why we're excited: A time-travel romance between a fashion designer and a 1960s crooner directed by Edgar Wright? We love everything about that sentence.

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Marvel Studios

Black Widow

Release date: May 7 in theaters
Cast: Scarlett Johanssen, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour
Director: Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome)
Why we're excited: Nearly 10 years after the Internet began clamoring for a standalone film featuring the MCU's first female Avenger, we're finally getting one. Judging from the trailers, Black Widow looks like a lot of shooty, kicky, punchy, Russian spy fun. Not to mention the story takes place between Civil War and Infinity War, so you might want to watch out for a familiar face or two you may not expect.
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Godzilla Vs. Kong 

Release date: May 21 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Godzilla, King Kong, Alexander SkarsgĂĄrd, Millie Bobby Brown
Director: Adam Wingard (Death Note)
Why we're excited: The long-hyped matchup between Earth's Mightiest Kaiju is finally arriving in 2021, when the two greatest monsters in film history will go toe-to-toe while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Expect lots of roaring, stomping, and atomic breath. 

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20th Century Studios

Free Guy

Release date: May 21 in theaters
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery
Director: Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum
Why we're excited: This frenzied-looking action-comedy chronicles the existential challenges of an NPC (Ryan Reynolds) in an open-world video game called Free World. Will Grand Theft Auto and Zelda obsessives want to leave the house to see Deadpool wisecrack his way through a Ready Player One-like scenario they can't play themselves? It could be a tough sell. Still, the mix of snarky gags and goofy adventure worked for both the Jumanji movies in recent years, so it might work here.
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Release date: May 21 in theaters
Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IV)
Why we're excited: Chris Rock came up with the idea for the latest entry in the ever-growing Saw franchise, which spawned eight previous movies, so you can expect it to be slightly different from the stomach-churning nĂĽ-metal horror of the series' peak. At the same time, director Darren Lynn Bousman helmed three previous Saw movies, known for their convoluted mythology and terrifying traps, and the original producers are still involved. And Samuel L. Jackson is in it. This could be a wild one.
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Release date: May 28 in theaters
Cast: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Sung Kang
Director: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6)
Why we're excited: The director of the greatest run of Fast & Furious movies is back for another round, as Dom Torretto and his crew team up once again to face off against his one weakness: his own family. Yes, we are expected to believe Vin Diesel and John Cena are brothers in this. Importantly: HAN IS BACK.
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Release date: May 28 in theaters
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong
Director: Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya)
Why we're excited: We probably don't need a Cruella de Vil origin story. Still, we'll take Oscar-winner Emma Stone mugging about in fantastic costumes if that's what we're getting. This prequel set in the London 1970s punk scene is directed by I, Tonya's Craig Gillespie, adding a bunch more potentially intriguing question marks to the endeavor.


Release date: May 28 in theaters
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Chiwetel Ejiofor, JĂłhannes Haukur JĂłhannesson
Director: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer 2)
Why we're excited: Mark Wahlberg re-teams with Shooter director Antoine Fuqua for this action thriller about a troubled guy who discovers his hallucinations are actually "visions from his past life." The movie is based on a novel titled The Reincarnationist Papers, which would've made for a much less generic title than Infinite, but we won't hold the boring title against it.

The Conjuring: Devil Made Me Do It

Release date: June 4 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook
Director: Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona)
Why we're excited: First of all, you have to respect the third Conjuring movie for ditching the classier numbered titling of its previous sequel and going with the much more fun Devil Made Me Do It subtitle. (One can only imagine what the devil will make them do!) James Wan won't be handling directing duties here, but stars Vera Farminga and Patrick Wilson are back to do some more creepy sleuthing as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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Sony Pictures

Ghostbusters: Afterlife 

Release date: June 11 in theaters
Cast: Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon
Director: Jason Reitman (The Front Runner)
Why we're excited: To be honest, the idea of living through another Ghostbusers movie release press cycle is not terribly exciting. But, if the movie franchise gods insist that there must be another Ghostbusters movie for some reason, at least this one has Paul Rudd. Funny guy, right? Hopefully he gets to interact with Slimer. 
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Warner Bros.

In the Heights 

Release date: June 18 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director: Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians)
Why we're excited: Lin-Manuel Miranda made his mark before Hamilton with this musical ode to the neighborhood where he was raised. Now it comes to the screen with rising star Anthony Ramos as protagonist Usnavi, the character Miranda played on Broadway. We're most excited to see Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu back in Step Up mode, filming intricately choreographed, massive dance sequences on New York City streets.
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Venom: Let there Be Carnage 

Release date: June 25 in theaters
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson
Director: Andy Serkis
Why we're excited: Tom Hardy gave one of the most unhinged, wonderful performances in any superhero movie ever in the first Venom, so we can't wait to see him back as Eddie and his Symbiote pal in this installation with an objectively funny subtitle. Maybe he'll eat another live crustacean.

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Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick

Release date: July 2 in theaters
Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm
Director: Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion)
Why we're excited: Do you feel the need... the need for speed? After years of flying helicopters, racing motorcycles, and leaping off of buildings in the increasingly adrenaline-obsessed Mission: Impossible series, daredevil movie star Tom Cruise returns to the cockpit of a fighter jet for this long-rumored sequel to his 1986 Tony Scott flight school adventure. Miles Teller will play Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, the son of Anthony Edwards' Goose from the original, so expect lots of life lessons, barroom sing-alongs, and, yes, some beach volleyball. Take us back to the danger zone, ASAP.
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Release date: July 9 in theaters
Cast: Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy)
Why we're excited: It's about time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have its first Southeast Asian superhero on the silver screen, and there are few better heroes to pick than Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, who has the power to duplicate himself into multiple Shang-Chis, as well as the knowledge of nearly every martial art. The Avengers have no idea what's coming.

The Forever Purge

Release date: July 9 in theaters
Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Leven Rambin
Director: Everardo Gout
Why we're excited: The dystopian idea behind The Purge series is that there's one night a year where all crime, including murder, is legal. According to the title of the latest entry, the follow-up to 2018's brutal prequel The First Purge, the Purge now lasts… forever? That news does not sound good for the weary citizens for the Purge-verse, but it could make for a pretty intense movie.

Space Jam: A New Legacy 

Release date: July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Don Cheadle, Bugs Bunny
Director: Malcolm D. Lee (Night School)
Why we're excited: While we're not getting the version of a Space Jam sequel directed by avant-garde filmmaker Terence Nance, which sounded very cool, we're still ready to slam with this new saga of basketball starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes. Welcome to the jam, indeed.

Jungle Cruise

Release date: July 30 in theaters
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (The Commuter)
Why we're excited: Based on Disneyland's beloved river cruise theme park ride, the Jungle Cruise movie brings the tale to life, dumping Emily Blunt and The Rock in the middle of the Amazon, where they must fight off dangerous wild creatures and a supernatural threat. Intrigued to see how Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of tense thrillers like The Shallows and… Orphan… handles this. 
(Watch the trailer)

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Warner Bros.

The Suicide Squad

Release date: August 6 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman
Director: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Why we're excited: No, you're not experiencing superhero movie déjà vu. There was a movie from 2016 called Suicide Squad, which starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto as the Joker. Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, who she played in the recent Birds of Prey movie, but most of the rest of the original movie's cast is gone and writer/director David Ayer has been replaced with James Gunn, who will hopefully find a take on these characters that doesn't require another "soft reboot" in five years.
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Release date: August 27 in theaters
Cast: Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo
Director: Nia DaCosta (Little Woods)
Why we're excited: Nia DaCosta's spiritual sequel to the 1992 horror classic comes with a script co-written by Jordan Peele and a trailer that will definitely freak you out. (Don't say his name!) This is one of the most anticipated movies of last year that got bumped because of the pandemic, and we remain really pumped to see how DaCosta and company have translated this story about racism and gentrification for the 21st Century.
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20th Century Studios

Death on the Nile

Release date: September 17 in theaters
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright
Director: Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express)
Why we're excited: Hercule Poirot is BACK, BABY, and this time he's heading to Egypt to solve a murder linked to an intriguing love triangle. While Branagh's first outing as Poirot in 2017's Murder on the Orient Express wasn't exactly great, it's still a ton of fun to watch a bunch of today's most famous actors chew scenery pretending to be turn-of-the-century aristocrats with silly accents and motives to kill.
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Warner Bros.


Release date: October 1 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)
Why we're excited: One of the greatest space operas ever written is being adapted into a movie (again), and from what we've seen, it looks pretty cool—especially if you like big space worms. TimothĂ©e Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the son of a noble house ruling in the far future over the spice planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, where, after a catastrophe shakes his family, he must journey out into the sand to find his destiny. Oscar Isaac, sporting an impressive beard, plays Paul's dad and Rebecca Ferguson plays his mother, and pretty much every supporting role is filled by a famous face. 
(Watch the trailer)

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Universal Pictures

Halloween Kills

Release date: October 15 in theaters
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall 
Director: David Gordon Green (Halloween)
Why we're excited: The perpetually unkillable Michael Meyers returns in this sequel to 2018's Halloween, which served as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic. Jamie Lee Curtis will also return as Laurie Strode, who truly cannot catch a break. Hopefully this sequel is just about her taking a peaceful vacation—she's earned it.
(Watch the teaser)


Release date: November 5 in theaters
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington
Director: Chloé Zhao (The Rider)
Why we're excited: With one of the most stacked casts in Marvel history, and one of the coolest-sounding plots (a bunch of immortal beings who have influenced Earth's major events throughout history must reunite to save themselves from a bunch of people called deviants sounds sick), Eternals will very likely bring the heat to the movie theater next fall.

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20th Century Studios

West Side Story

Release date: December 10 in theaters
Cast: Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno 
Director: Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One)
Why we're excited: Remaking what is widely regarded as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time is a risky proposition, but West Side Story warrants an update. The original, albeit a classic, was filled with insensitive brown-face and actors who didn't sing. Now, Steven Spielberg is taking a stab at it, with an updated book written by Tony Kushner and new choreography from ballet star Justin Peck. We're ready to mambo.

Untitled Spider-Man Sequel 

Release date: December 17 in theaters
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina
Director: Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Why we're excited: It's going to be hard for this movie to be as entertaining as the casting rumors about this movie have been. Turns out the Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing back tons of players from past Spider-Man movies, like Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina in what appears to be an attempt to conjure the multiverse. Previous Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will most likely reprise their roles, too. Sounds wild.

Matrix 4 

Release date: December 22 in theaters and on HBO Max
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick
Director: Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending
Why we're excited: How could we NOT be excited to return to the Matrix after all these years?? We have no idea what the plot of this movie is going to be, but we suspect it may have something to do with a guy nicknamed "The One," and perhaps an evil computer program, and perhaps a lot of fight scenes where people lean really, really far backwards.

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