Get your popcorn ready; 2021 is going to be a good year
Get set for the biggest year for film EVER!
With a bumper crop of blockbusters held over from 2020 plus a delayed awards season, there’s more amazing movies than you can shake a stick at.
So in honour of the New Year, here are 21 films to look forward to in 2021.
1. The Father
Olivia Colman plays a woman struggling to deal with her father’s (Anthony Hopkins) progressive memory loss in this emotional family drama
Sir Antony Hopkins and Olivia Colman? Movie gold – guaranteed. A woman struggles to find a carer for her spirited 80-year-old father, who’s suffering from dementia, in Florian Zeller’s own adaptation of his West End hit.
2. Sound Of Metal
After revving up with Mogul Mowgli, Riz Ahmed smashes it out the park as a thrash metal drummer who goes suddenly deaf.
3. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Newcomer Max Harwood plays the teen who wants to be a drag queen
Or rather, everybody’s talking about the movie version of the stage show of the true story of a bullied 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a drag queen.
Acclaimed actress Frances McDormand stars in Oscar-bait Nomadland (Picture: AP)
Chloe Zhao’s award-winning poetic odyssey looks like the one to beat come Oscars night. Previous Best Actress winner Frances McDormand may well score a double as a woman who leaves her small town to travel across the American West.
5. Coming 2 America
30 years on, Eddie Murphy is finally coming back to America (Picture: Amazon Studios)
Long, long, looooong time coming sequel to 1988’s fish out of water comedy sees Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem Joffer return to the US to find his lost son.
This year’s Parasite. The semi-autobiographical tale of a South Korean immigrant family who try to make it in 1980s rural America.
Middle-aged fantasy casting sees Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci play a long-married gay couple grappling with early-onset dementia in this British indie.
8. Last Night In Soho
Anya Taylor Joy and Matt Smith sizzle in this 1960s horror
Dame Diana Rigg takes her final bow alongside The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy in this slowburn psychological horror from Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead).
9. No Time To Die
Bond is back… finally (Picture: Nicola Dove)
Too much time, more like. The 25th, long-delayed 007 movie, featuring Daniel Craig’s very last outing, is set to finally hit screens in April. We’ll see, eh?
10. A Quiet Place II
Shhh… The sequel to A Quiet Place is back, and scarier than ever (Picture: Hollywood Archive)
Emily Blunt is back with the second outing of this high-quality horror franchise, as a mum who has to be really, really quiet or aliens will eat her family.
11. Louis Wain/ tbc
Cumberbatch + cats? Sounds purrfect (Picture: PA)
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular Edwardian artist famed for his anthropomorphic portraits of big-eyed kittens. An intriguingly eccentric biopic from the co-creator of Black Pond.
12. Black Widow
The Marvel movie we’ve all been waiting for (Picture: AP)
ScarJo regenerates as Natasha Romanoff in what will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to hit cinemas in over a year. It’s gonna be B.I.G.
13. Top Gun: Maverick
It’s time for take off… (Picture: Scott Garfield)
In 1986, Tom Cruise achieved superstardom lift off as a maverick naval pilot called, err, Maverick. This unexpected sequel sees him take to the skies again, alongside his iconic frenemy, the ‘Ice Man’ (Val Kilmer).
14. In The Heights
(Picture: Macall Polay)
Could this be Hamilton #2? Similarly adapted from a multi-Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical, this one’s set across three days in the life of a New York City Latino neighbourhood.
15. The Souvenir Part II / tbc
Tilda Swinton, her daughter Honor and Tom Burke reteam for part deux of director Joanna Hogg’s bildungsroman. Sequels don’t get more highbrow.
16. Death On The Nile
The moustachioed detective (Kenneth Branagh) is back for another mystery, this time opposite Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer (Picture: Rob Youngson)
His Murder On The Orient Express was a tad disappointing, but we’re still mustard keen for another all-star Agatha Christie, helmed by Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot.
Can Jennifer Hudson truly sock it to us, sock to us, sock it to us as music legend Aretha Franklin in this glittery biopic? Let’s pray she’s got it.
An all-star cast features in this space epic (Picture: Chia Bella James)
Bladerunner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve tackles Frank Herbert’s daunting Sci-fi epic with the first of a two-part IMAX extravaganza fronted by Gen Z heartthrob, Timothée Chalamet.
19. Mission: Impossible 7
Hayley Atwell joins Tom Cruise in the latest installment (Picture: Piero Tenagli/IPA/REX)
Still currently shooting under Covid, it might just prove a mission: impossible to get this installment wrapped in cinemas before Christmas.
20. Untitled Elvis Film
Baz Luhrmann directs this tbc-titled biopic that will be a make or break showcase for Austin Butler as Elvis, with Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
21. West Side Story
Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler play star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria (Picture: Allstar/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)
Hitting cinemas a whole year later (thanks COVID), signs are Steven Spielberg’s all-singing, all-dancing remake spectacular will be worth the wait.