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
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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
Scarlett Johansson 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
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
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
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.
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
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
Hitting cinemas a whole year later (thanks COVID), signs are Steven Spielberg’s all-singing, all-dancing remake spectacular will be worth the wait.