One of the things I have really missed in 2020 is going to the cinema and watching a movie without simultaneously playing with my phone – you know that is impossible to do while you are at home.
But with cinemas sporadically closed, and lots of release dates pushed back, 2020 has been a bit of a bummer for movies.
While I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of Wonder Woman hitting cinemas (hopefully) on Christmas Day 2020, I’ve given up on this year. Let’s look forward to better times – 2021!
Below is a list of the 10 most anticipated movies currently scheduled to be released in 2021 (pandemic depending).
This compelling character from the Marvel cinematic universe is finally getting her own headline movie, with Scarlett Johansson returning in the titular role.
The film is set after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers; End Game. We will see the Russian superspy with a mysterious past on the run and forced to confront her past. Looking forward to seeing the roles that Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will bring to life as we learn about the training of female assassins.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Fans of the conjuring series (me!!) will be happy to say goodbye to Annabelle spin-offs for a while and get back on the road with Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
The film is a prequel, so we are looking forward to new storylines. The plot is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson for murder in 1981. It is a haunted house thriller, the defendant claims to have committed his crimes as a result of demonic possession, and calls in the Warrens to investigate.
How are the Fast and the Furious movies still going after nine installments, and why are we still queuing up to see them? Who knows, but we are.
Lots of our favorite cast members are back including Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. This time we will be meeting Dominic’s younger brother Jakob as the baddie, who joins forces with an old enemy of the team to wreak new havoc.
The French Dispatch
There is already a lot of Oscar buzz around this film with an all-star ensemble cast including Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet, and Bill Murray.
It is set in the outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional French city. It tells intertwining stories based on real-life experiences of reporters at the New Yorker. The film makes a strong case for supporting freedom of the press.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
The next installment in the Minions universe is also due to arrive in 2021, after abandoning a summer 2020 release date.
This is a prequel, as we go back to the 1970s when Gru was still aspiring to be an evil genius and fanboying on the evil heavy-hitters of his day. Gru, with the assistance of his minions, manages to do everything wrong and find himself on the wrong side of the axis of evil that he so admires.
Now that Jared Leto has been superseded by Joaquin Phoenix as the definitive Joker of the DC universe, he needs a new DC vehicle and this is it.
Leto will appear as Michale Moribus, a scientist who accidentally turns himself into a vampire as he tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease. We are also looking forward to seeing Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame, playing an important role.
No Time to Die
After failing to launch in November, we are expecting the next installment in the Bond machine in April 2021.
Daniel Craig is back, as an older Bond who has left active service. But when he is approached by American CIA friend Felix to help on a case, he finds himself drawn back into the life that he thought he had left behind.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
The live action-animation mix movie starring Michael Jordan alongside Bugs Bunny was an undeniable hit in 1996. Can they recreate the magic in 2021?
This time LeBron Hames will be entering the world of the Looney Tunes. While there will certainly be basketball, he is actually on a mission to save his son, which will take him through a variety of Warner Bros properties.
Top Gun: Maverick
Proving that he will never be too old or too famous to do anything, Tom Cruise is back in this squeal 25 years in the making. He is joined by a lot of the original cast, including Val Kilmer and Ed Harris.
How they are going to realistically justify putting these old pilots back in the saddle in a meaningful situation will be interesting, but we’ll certainly be getting a ticket to see.
What To Watch Now?
Can’t wait until 2021? If you are on Netflix, check out the top 5 Netflix film releases in November 2020. If you are looking beyond Netflix, why not check out our list of the 15 best movies on Redbox.