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With most of the film industry on a hiatus during 2020 due to the pandemic closing down cinemas across the world, the schedule of film releases has shifted to this year in hopes of a cinema revival. Whether we’ll be enjoying these flicks on the big screen or in our own homes, here are our picks for the top anticipated films of 2021.
Dir: John Krasinski | Paramount Pictures
The long awaited sequel to the blockbuster A Quiet Place, Part II follows directly on from the aftermath of the first film. With her husband killed, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her children are forced to leave their home and face the dangers of the outside world, but this time it isn’t just the sound-hunting creatures that lurk out in the open. John Krasinski returns to write and direct, as well as star in some flashback sequences.
Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Universal Pictures
Now on it’s 25th instalment in the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die will mark the final Daniel Craig lead Bond film. Cary Joji Fukunaga directs the story starting 5 years after the events of Spectre, where 007 is out of active duty. However when a scientist is abducted Bond must confront the villain to prevent the deaths of millions. With an all-star cast, the latest addition if Rami Malek as the lead villain Safin.
Dir: Ridley Scott | 20th Century Studios
Ridley Scott directs this historical-drama based in 14th century France. After Jean de Carrouges accusing his best friend Jacque le Gris of raping his wife, King Charles VI declares that they must settle their dispute with a duel. The cast stars Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer of the BBC’s Killing Eve.
Dir: Jon Watts | Sony Pictures
In the third sequel to the third iteration of Spider-Man in film takes cues from the animation ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ film with an adventure through universes that’ll see the role reprisals of previous Spider-Man cast members such as Kirsten Dunst as MJ and Andrew Garfield as the second iteration of Spider-Man.
Dir: Ruben Fleischer | Sony Pictures
Based on the hugely successful video game franchise of the same name, Uncharted will star Tom Holland as a younger Nathan Drake in an adventure also starring Mark Wahlberg as Sully and Antonio Bandaras. Not much is known about the script, but judging by how the games lean of cinematics, we can expect some high octane action sequences.
Dir: Lana Wachowski | Warner Bros. Pictures
A whole 18 years since ‘The Matrix Revolutions”, The Matrix 4 brings back Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively with Lana Wachowski returning to direct and co-write. Nothing is known about the plot right now, but with almost two decades on technological enhancements, its bound to be a compelling visual experience.
Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman | Lionsgate
Taking place in the Saw universe, Spiral follows Detective Banks played by Chris Rock and his party as they uncover a grisly investigation into murders reminiscent of Jigsaw killings of the past. Hoping to breathe new life into the somewhat tired Saw franchise, Spiral is set to take a new perspective on the famous killer game master.
Dir: Denis Villeneuve | Warner Bros. Pictures
Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious remake of Dune has attracted an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebbeca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac. The remake promises incredible visuals and an iconic soundtrack from composer Hans Zimmer.
Dir: Steven Soderbergh | Warner Bros. Pictures
This crime-thriller from Steven Soderbergh follows the story of a group of criminals that are hired to work together under mysterious circumstances, after their job goes wrong they begin to unravel who hired them. Another incredible cast lineup including Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Jon Hamm.
Dir: Miguel Sapochnik | Universal Pictures
In a post-apocalypse drama from Miguel Sapochnik, Tom Hanks plays Finch, the last man on earth, who creates an android to keep him and his dog company as he journeys across the world, whilst teaching what it means to be human.
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