A few good movies for your viewing pleasure – Some of the 2021 Movie Release Schedule looks like this.
The coronavirus pandemic halted the release and production of most films throughout 2020, delaying filming and release dates. Streaming services like Amazon and Hulu and Netflix provided some entertainment with an impressive backlog of titles that were never intended as theatrical releases. Many new blockbusters ranging from superhero, to thriller and fantasy, were pushed from 2020 to next year (or later) due to the pandemic.
But, as we hold out for a (hopeful!) vaccine as the coronavirus continues to surge in America, we can look ahead to 2021 as the year in entertainment that could be. The 2021 movie release schedule, looks to bring a very welcome surge of big titles back to the theaters. With releases from Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Marvel, and James Bond—2021 could be a massive year in movies.
The French Dispatch
When it comes to Oscar contenders, The French Dispatch was at the top of critics short list. Unfortunately, like everything else, it got the big push to 2021. The upcoming feature from Wes Anderson is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centers on three storylines.” In typical Anderson fashion, the cast includes an all-star ensemble lineup with Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and many of the director’s many other regular favorites. – Release date: January 28, 2021
A Quiet Place Part II
Emily Blunt will reprise her role as matriarch of her very quiet family hiding from creatures that hunt by sound in this sequel to the surprise 2018 hit. The second installment will show the family venturing out of their “safe zone,” quickly realizing these creatures aren’t the only threats that exist. – Release date: April 23, 2021
Fast & Furious 9
The Fast and the Furious franchise has stunningly morphed from a series about street racers into a group of near-superheroes saving the world. With nine films under its belt, this installment will follow Dominic and his family facing off with Dominic’s brother, Jakob, a deadly assassin working for their old enemy. We also saw Han make a reappearance in the trailer, which is BIG news for long-time fans. – Release date: May 28, 2021
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Finally. The ’90s classic is getting a sequel 25 years after the original hit theaters. In the new film, LeBron James will star as himself. The film will also feature cameos from other NBA and WNBA superstars like Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, and Diana Taurasi. Ryan Coogler and James, himself, serve as producers on the new story that will see James on the search for his son Bronny as he and the Looney Toons gang make their way through the Warner Bros. catalogue. Fingers crossed for a Harry Potter crossover. – Release date: July 16, 2021
After success with Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele is back again with another horror film. Directed by Nia DaCosta, this sequel to 1992’s Candyman is set in the same Chicago neighborhood as the first film. Visual artist Anthony McCoy and his art gallery director girlfriend move into the neighborhood, now heavily gentrified. When his career stalls, McCoy gets a chance encounter with an old-timer from the neighborhood and becomes exposed to the Candyman, bringing him back years after he first terrorized the community. – Release date: August 27, 2021
Mission: Impossible 7
Tom Cruise is having a great 2021, and it hasn’t even started. He will return to play one of his most iconic characters in the seventh installment of the spy franchise. Ethan Hunt is expected to top some of his most insane stunts (always worth noting: Cruise does most of his own stunts) as he faces off against a notoriously dangerous character played by Hayley Atwell. And don’t worry that this will be the final film—Mission: Impossible 8 is slated for November 2022. – Release date: November 19, 2021
The Matrix 4
Though we have to wait until 2022 for the next John Wick film, we’ll get to swoon over Keanu Reeves earlier than that with The Matrix 4. Unfortunately, the plot to the fourth installment of this film series is being kept secret for now, but it will be interesting to see the fresh take on the story after nearly 20 years. – Release date: December 22, 2021
Top Gun: Maverick
It’s been 34 years since Tom Cruise was in the cockpit, but don’t think that’s slowed him down. Maverick is just as confident as ever, testing the limits of physics and authority. But two major developments will shake him up a bit; a dangerous Top Gun mission, and the arrival of his late best friend Goose’s son. – Release date: July 2, 2021