Written by Keir Barradell
Have you been tempted back to the movies yet? In the age of Disney+ and Netflix-and-chill, many of us have forgotten the magic of the cinema. The excitement when the lights dim and the screen opens up, getting there early to catch the trailers and sneaking in sweets from Morrisons (we won’t tell)…Why not get yourself a ticket and catch some of these upcoming movies in 2021!
1. The Suicide Squad (August, R-rated)
Director James Gunn looks to erase the memory of 2016’s Suicide Squad with this soft quasi-reboot. A handful of the cast members from the first film return, while Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and more join in on the fun, as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) gathers the Squad for a secret mission involving a giant starfish.
2. Respect (August, PG-13)
Jennifer Hudson has some big shoes to fill, as she steps into the role of Aretha Franklin in Liesl Tommy’s biopic of the legendary singer in Respect. It was originally slated for a January release before, like a lot of other films, it was delayed by coronavirus-related shutdowns.
3. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (October, PG)
The final chapter in the Hotel Transylvania series will not, in fact, include Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, but will focus on Dracula’s human son-in-law Johnny (Andy Samberg), who is inadvertently transformed into a monster just as all his monster cohorts are turned into humans.
4. Dune (October, PG-13)
Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on the massive challenge of re-adapting Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi epic more than 30 years after David Lynch attempted the same and, according to many fans, fell short. At the very least, Villeneuve has assembled an impressive cast (just look at those names!) so it’s now up to him and his co-writers to fashion an engaging script from the daunting source material.
5. West Side Story (December)
Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name, which is itself an alternative take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is finally seeing the light of day in late 2020. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star as Tony and Maria, two teens in 1950s New York City who belong to rival gangs but fall in love with each other and must deal with the consequences.