A New Film Every Week—Netflix’s 2021 Movie Slate is Absolutely Massive

While we’ve been dealing with an absolute blizzard of news from Disney (new Star Wars films, upcoming Marvel series, etc.) and WarnerMedia (Wonder Woman 2, the Sex and the City spinoff, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, etcetera), it’s now Netflix’s time to shine.

To be fair, Netflix also had a fairly robust final month of 2020—Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Mank were two big December releases—but their 2021 movie slate looks even bigger. Why? Well, you can’t get much bigger than The Rock—unless you want to add Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Idris Elba, Regina King, and many, many more stars. A new video highlights Netflix’s massive upcoming film slate. Folks—they’re releasing a new movie every single week. That’s no joke.

What’s more, Netflix’s 2021 release schedule includes movies for literally everybody’s tastes. Looking for some sci-fi? How about Adam McKay’s A-list ensemble flick Don’t Look Up, which stars DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans, and Cate Blanchett. Wait, hold on, there’s another person in McKay’s film—Meryl Streep (she plays the president). Looking for a different kind of western? The Harder They Fall stars Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, and LaKeith Stanfield in writer/director Jeymes Samuel’s groundbreaking flick, the first western to feature an all-Black cast, producers, and director. You’re a zombie fan? Zack Snyder isn’t just working on films for Warner, he’s got his zombie movie Army of the Dead coming to Netflix. Want a lushly made foreign language film? Can’t do much better than The Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, set in Naples.

There’s more. A lot more. Sandra Bullock’s got a new movie coming to Netflix. So do Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer—a superhero film called Thunder Force. There’s also Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller, The Guilty, from director Antoine Fuqua. Oh, and two of Hollywood’s brightest stars, John David Washington and Zendaya, have the drama Malcolm & Marie coming out.

We’re still not done. Remember Johnson, Reynolds, and Gadot? The trio star in the action-adventure film Red Notice. So in case you were wondering what kind of year 2021 was going to be for film, it seems a safe bet (if such a thing exists anymore) that it will be much bigger, brighter, and robust than 2020.

Check out Netflix’s film preview here:

For more on big titles on Netflix, check these out:

Vanessa Kirby & Ellen Burstyn on Their Poignant New Film “Pieces of a Woman”

Screenwriter Kata Wéber on Grief and Healing in “Pieces of a Woman”

Producer Monica Levinson on “Borat 2” & “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Translating the Untranslatable: The Impossible Art of Subtitling “Taco Chronicles”

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen on Creating a Modern Regency Romance in “Bridgerton”

David Oyelowo & Demián Bichir on George Clooney’s Timely Sci-Fi Film “Midnight Sky”

Production Designer Mark Ricker on Creating the Sumptuous “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”



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