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It is well known that anticipation is the greatest joy - of course, this also applies to all film fans. That's why we're already looking at which blockbusters will hit theaters in 2021.

In the meantime it is unfortunately clear: The anticipation should last a little longer with some films, because because of the Corona pandemic Many films are shifting further back, some even until 2022. In addition, many distributors are switching to streaming: The last one, for example Netflix made a mega deal with Sony.

It is still not easy to see through: With all the chaos of postponements, new streaming deals and spontaneous publications on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney + even the biggest film nerds and cineastes get confused.

Important NOTE: The following dates refer to the US launches. In Germany, most films usually run the day before - in this country on Thursday, in the USA on Friday.

Nomad land

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Planned start: February 19, 2021
Director: Chloé Zhao
Script: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Frances McCormand, David Strathaim, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells

Venice was the first international film festival to take place as planned after the start of the pandemic - in real life, on location, in cinemas. In the end, women triumphed: The Golden Lion for the best film went to “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao.

Oscar winner Frances McDormand plays a woman who packs her belongings in a car after the economic collapse and drives through the USA as a nomad. At the Golden Globes, the film was and has already won the award for Best Drama at the Oscars in April good chances.

Godzilla vs. Kong

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Planned start: March 31, 2021
Director: Adam Wingard
Script: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri

Due to Corona, only a few people in the world were able to enjoy the theatrical version of "Godzilla vs. Kong". All the better that at least Americans were able to stream the film via HBO Max at the same time as the US cinema release on March 31. Despite Corona, the numbers can also be seen: With almost 70 million US dollars in box office sales, "Godzilla vs. Kong" has set a new record since the start of the pandemic.

In Germany you have to be patient for better or worse, because even in April 2021 there is still no talk of the movie theaters opening. With a little luck, “Godzilla vs. Kong” could also appear as a stream in this country - for example via Sky Ticket.

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Catweazle

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Planned start: April 22, 2021
Director: Cate Shortland
Screenplay: Eric Pearson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbor, Rachel Weisz, O.T. Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Robert Downey Jr.

A quirky magician from the 11th century ends up in the present through magic - this weird initial idea thrilled our television audience as a series in the 1970s. Maybe comedian Otto Waalkes was one of the fans back then. In any case, the 72-year-old recently slipped into the magician outfit and embarked on a journey through time in the lead role.

"Catweazle", in which Katja Riemann and "Der Junge muss auf die Fresh Air" star Julius Weckauf also play, is due to hit the cinemas in April 2021. In addition to the film “Der Boandlkramer and Eternal Love” with Hape Kerkeling and Michael “Bully” Herbig (postponed from Christmas to February 11th), it could be one of the first major German productions after the cinema restart.

Fast & Furious 9

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Planned start: June 25, 2021
Directed by Justin Lin
Script: Daniel Casey
Cast: Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena

"Fast & Furious 9" was originally supposed to appear in 2020, but those responsible were thwarted by the corona crisis. The new blockbuster is coming to the cinemas 20 years after the first film in the series.

There are changes in front of and behind the camera: For the first time since 2003, Chris Morgan is no longer responsible for a film in the series. In addition, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham are no longer there.

Otherwise, one can expect what has made the Fast and Furious films so successful for two decades now - lots of fast cars, lots of action and nonetheless one with Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron Star cast.

Filming for the film was completed in November 2019, with large parts filmed in the UK. It is planned that Fast & Furious 9 after a third postponement on June 25, 2021 appears in the United States.

The Forever Purge

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Planned start: July 2, 2021
Director: Everado Gout
Script: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, James DeMonaco
Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta

Of course, there has to be that too in the film year 2021: a film series that is coming to an end. In this case, it is the "The Purge" series, which is filmed in "The Forever Purge" for the fifth and final time.

All crimes in the United States are allowed again for twelve hours. This time Ana de la Reguera and Josh Lucas can be seen in the main roles. “The Forever Purge” is one of the few films that were brought forward in the corona chaos: The new date is this July 2, 2021.

Black Widow

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Planned start: July 8, 2021 (Germany)
Directed by Cate Shortland
Screenplay: Eric Pearson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbor, Rachel Weisz, O.T. Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Robert Downey Jr.

Actually, “Black Widow” should be in the cinemas in November 2020. But nothing came of it. Just like all other Marvel films, the launch date has been postponed to 2021. After the last postponement from May to July 8, 2021 it now finally seems to be concrete.

Even better: “Black Widow” will also be available in Germany from July 9th via the Disney + streaming service - of course only via VIP access (21.99 euros per film for unlimited access).

Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff aka "Black Widow" in the lead role. Shortly after her birth, she was handed over to the KGB and trained as an agent there. 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, she now lives in the USA. And suddenly her past catches up with her.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Planned start: July 16, 2021
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Script: Ryan Coogler, Sev Ohanian
Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Eric Bauza

Fans have had to wait a long time for this: during the period in which numerous fast-and-furious films were made, the desire for a sequel to the classic Space Jam has never faded. In July 2021, the time has finally come: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will hit the cinemas.

In 2014, Warner's first plans to shoot the second part with basketball legend LeBron James in the lead role were confirmed. The anticipation for the film was increased again by the success of The Last Dance, the Netflix documentary about Michael Jordan. Jordan was the star of the first Space Jam film in 1996.

While James plays the role of the most important human film character, the animated characters Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and Daffy Duck are again incorporated into the film.

Saw: Spiral

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Planned start: July 15, 2021
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Script: Oren Koules, Mark Burg
Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel J. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols

There has only been one film in the “Saw” series in the past eleven years. Four years after the "Jigsaw" film follows on July 15, 2021 now finally “Saw: Spiral” (in the original “Spiral: From the Book of Saw”), the ninth film in the series. Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson can be seen in the main roles.

For both of them it is the premiere in a "Saw" film. Rock said in advance of filming that he was particularly looking forward to it because it had been a big Saw film since the first film.

Filming began in July 2019 and was completed in less than two months. The film was originally supposed to be called “The Organ Donor”, ​​but the idea was discarded.

Besides that, the tenth part of "Saw" is already being worked on. With this number of films, the jigsaw killer would even overtake his old colleague with the scissorhands: Freddy Krueger has "only" made nine films (most recently: "A Nightmare on Elm Street" from 2010).

Jungle Cruise

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Planned start: July 29, 2021 (Germany)
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Script: John Davis, John Cox, Beau Flynn
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez

Many movie buffs would have expected Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson earlier on this list. The highest paid actor in the world was one of the stars of the "Fast and Furious" series for years.

However, Johnson is no longer there. Instead, he takes on the leading role in the Disney film "Jungle Cruise". At his side is no longer Vin Diesel, but Emily Blunt.

The trio, consisting of Johnson, Blunt and Jack Whitehall, who plays Blunt's little brother, have to assert themselves against wild animals and a rival expedition team on a boat. The film is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2021, and filming has been completed.

The Suicide Squad

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Planned start: August 6, 2021
Directed by James Gunn
Script: Charles Roven, Peter Safran, Simon Hatt
Cast: Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jal Courtney

"Suicide Squad" - there was something ?! Exactly, the film of the same name was released in 2016. Back then, the cast was tough - the star ensemble consisted of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Cara Delevigne, Margot Robbie and Robert Eastwood, among others. Only Robbie is there as Harley Quinn in the "new" Suicide Squad.

The film is not a classic sequel. Instead, the new director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) wants to give the plot a new touch - certainly also because many fans were extremely dissatisfied with the first attempt.

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According to Gunn, he didn't look so much at the 2016 film for the screenplay, but instead focused more on the comic books from the 80s. "The Suicide Squad" should appear in August 2021.

Bios

Planned start: August 20, 2021
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Script: Craig Luck, Ivor Powell
Cast: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Alexis Raben, Jon Donahue, Christopher Farrar, Kennedi Butler, Skeet Ulrich, Samira Wiley

"Bios" takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which a terminally ill inventor (Tom Hanks) is the last survivor to develop a robot with emotions that is supposed to protect and take care of his dog.

Originally, the film should have been released in October 2020, but was then postponed to 2021. Now the science fiction flick is not due to start until mid-August, as the Universal Studio announced.

Boss Baby 2 - It stays in the family

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Planned start: September 17, 2021
Directed by Tom McGrath
Script: Jeff Hermann
Cast: Alec Baldwin

As part of the first Baby Boss film in 2017, it was immediately announced that there would be a second part. Fans had to be patient, though, four years after the first film, the second part will follow on after another postponement September 17, 2021.

Tom McGrath will again act as director, the role of Boss Baby / Theodore Templeton will also be taken over by Alec Baldwin. Hans Zimmer will be responsible for the soundtrack.

A Quiet Place 2

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Planned start: September 17, 2021
Director: John Krasinski
Script: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
Cast: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds

Emily Blunt can not only be seen alongside Dwayne Johnson in 2021 - she also plays a leading role in the second part of the horror flick "A Quiet Place". At her side are Cillian Murphy and Millicent Simmonds.

For the first film, which was released in 2018, Paramount was able to raise twenty times the budget (around 15 million euros). Of course, those responsible want to build on this success.

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After we had to make the corona pandemic the subject of a few films, there is a special case with “A Quiet Place”: The premiere took place on March 8th in New York. Because the situation got worse afterwards, the release in the cinemas had to be canceled. After a few shifts, the September 17, 2021 in the appointment calendar.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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Planned start: September 24, 2021
Director: Andy Serkis
Script: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott

The Venom series goes into the second round in 2021, three years after the success of the Marvel film, "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" should come to the cinemas. Fans can finally look forward to a crashing showdown between Venom and Carnage.

Those responsible for the shooting of the film had a lucky hand - because they started work in November 2019 and were already finished in February 2020 - shortly before the Corona crisis in Europe.

The main role Venom is once again appropriately taken over by Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Reid Scott are also there again. The premiere of the film is due to be postponed several times on September 24, 2021 respectively.

James Bond: No Time To Die

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Planned start: September 30, 2021 (Germany)
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Script: Cary Joji Fukunaga, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Remi Malek

The 25th film in the "James Bond" series was originally due to be released in the cinemas in winter 2019. First due to a change in the position of director, then because of Corona, the release was postponed several times - so often that many prominent advertising deals have expired and entire scenes had to be re-shot. The official website for the film is now from September 30, 2021 the speech - already the sixth shift of the blockbuster.

In addition to Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz will again be seen in “No Time To Die” - or in the German version “No Time To Die”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek is also there.

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Dune

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Planned start: September 30, 2021
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Script: Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, Jon Spaiths
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rececca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista

Director Denis Vileneuve is responsible for the fact that the novel series "Dune" by Frank Herbert is once again adapted. However, there was also a shift in this film.

Because originally it was planned that the film would be released for the Christmas season 2020. However, that was changed in October, two months before the planned start. At the September 30, 2021 it should be ready now.

Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin and Dave Bautista will star in "Dune". The latter might still be known to one or the other as the wrestler Batista.

The Last Duel

Planned start: October 14, 2021
Directed by Ridley Scott
Script: Jennifer Scott, Kevin Walsh
Cast: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Corner

When a film has Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in the leading roles, it sounds like the highest ranks in Hollywood. The book "The Last Duel" has already had great success and is based on a true story.

The plot revolves around Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), who accuses squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) of raping her. Affleck plays King Charles IV and decides on a life and death duel. Her husband Jean (Matt Damon) competes for Marguerite de Carrouges.

The drama thriller was actually planned to be released in cinemas around Christmas 2020. However, these plans were discarded due to Corona and the premiere was postponed to autumn 2021.

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Top Gun: Maverick

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Planned start: November 19, 2021
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Script: Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm

If something can cause excitement at all for a long-established star like Tom Cruise, then his varied everyday life on future blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 7, Mission Impossible 8 and just that "Top Gun: Maverick". Not only does Cruise play the lead role, but he was also involved in the script. The director of the film is Joseph Kosinski, who was responsible for "Tron: Legacy" as early as 2010.

The shooting of the new "Top Gun" was completed in summer 2019. However, the premiere had to be postponed several times: first from July 2020 to December, then to July 2021 and finally to November 19, 2021, as the Paramount studio announced. After all, “Top Gun” is doing even better than Mission Impossible - Part 7 will not appear until 2022 and Part 8 is planned for 2023.

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The Eternals

Planned start: November 5, 2021
Director: Chloe Zhao
Script: Kevin Feige
Cast: Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek

Many high-profile Hollywood stars took part in the filming of "The Eternals". All the better that these could still be completed in February 2020 without any problems. There have not yet been any interruptions due to Corona.

The cast is impressive: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington are just a few names from Hollywood's premier league who were present at the Marvel film.

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"The Eternals" follows directly on from the plot of "Avengers: Endgame", the 2019 film hit. If you haven't watched it yet, you will surely find enough time until November to see the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe through.

Ghostbusters: Legacy

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Planned start: November 11, 2021
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenplay: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace

Five years after trying to remake "Ghostbusters" starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth and Leslie Jones, there is an attempt at a sequel without big Hollywood names.

The piquant thing is that the first project already posted a loss in the three-digit million range. Are expectations lower this time or is the new approach the key to success?

From November onwards, cinema-goers can see for themselves the achievements of Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, who play the leading roles in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.

West Side Story

Planned start: December 9, 2021
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Tony Bushner
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, Rita Moreno

The tragic love story between Maria and Tony, who belong to two rival gangs, captivated moviegoers around the world almost 60 years ago - with ten Academy Awards, “West Side Story” is one of the most awarded works in film history. Now the legendary director Steven Spielberg (“The Jaws”, “E.T.”, “Schindler's List”) takes on this classic again based on a musical with the music of Leonard Bernstein.

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The director cast the leading roles with young actor Ansel Elgort ("The Distelfink") and the previously unknown Rachel Zegler, who plays Maria, who comes from Puerto Rico. Nice footnote: Rita Moreno, who played Maria's friend Anita in the 1961 film and won an Oscar for best supporting actress, has a small appearance in the remake. “West Side Story” was supposed to be in theaters around Christmas 2020, but has now been postponed for a whole year.

Sing 2

Planned start: December 22, 2021
Directed by Garth Jennings
Script: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson

A little animation, a little comedy, a little music - that sounds like great entertainment for the whole family. It was the same with the first part of “Sing”, which was released in 2016.

Five years later, the second part follows and there is good news for all fans: Because the cast stayed together. The fans will be able to see for themselves in the cinemas from December 2021 whether the recipe for success works for the second time. Actually, the film was supposed to be released by Christmas 2020 - then Corona came.

Morbius (2022)

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Planned start: January 21, 2022
Directed by Daniél Espinosa
Script: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Corey Johnson, Michael Keaton

Even the gloomy Marvel hero “Morbius” will not see the light of our cinemas in 2021: With a little luck, the blockbuster can be released from the January 21, 2022 heat up.

The star of the film is Jared Leto, who plays the main character Michael Morbius, who suffers from a rare blood disease. Through a healing approach, he gets supernatural powers that make him resemble a vampire.

Some film journalists quickly agreed that the whole project was very reminiscent of Venom. Accordingly, it would also depend on whether Leto can attract as many viewers into the cinemas as Venom's lead actor Tom Hardy.

Mission: Impossible 7 (2022)

Planned start: May 27, 2022
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Script: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Benji Dunn, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson

Another project that should have celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021: "Mission Impossible". Unfortunately, it doesn't work out for the time being: Paramount shifted the blockbuster again, this time to the May 27, 2022, officially known. The shooting had to pause due to Corona, the crew had to move from Italy to Great Britain. The successor Mission Impossible 8, which is also planned, is targeting July 7, 2023 as the new start date.

In addition to Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt, his popular colleagues Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) are also there.

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Minions 2: In Search of the Mini-Boss (2022)

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Planned start: June 30, 2022
Director: Kyle Balda
Script: Brian Lynch
Dubbing: Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Jean-Claude van Damme, Russell Brand

The Minions are also getting big: Originally planned for a release in June / July 2021, the cute little creatures have to sit on the waiting bench for another year.

Of course, the focus this time is again on the little yellow Minion figures, which have been delighting children for around a decade. This time it's time to travel back in time to the 1970s. The twelve-year-old Felonius Gru wants to join an evil association, but it works - this should not come as a surprise - only for a short time.

In the original dubbing, the voices of Steve Carell, Jean-Claude van Damme, Pierre Coffin and Russell Brand will be heard.

Tomb Raider 2 (TBA)

Planned start: TBA
Directed by Misha Green
Script: Toby Gard, Misha Green
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kristin Scott Thomas

While Johansson gets her first own film as a Marvel heroine as “Black Widow” from director Cate Shortland, Alicia Vikander embodies the intrepid fighter Lara Croft from the computer game “Tomb Raider” for the second time. Already in autumn 2019, Warner gave the green light for the sequel, most recently director Ben Wheatley and author Amy Jump were replaced by Misha Green. When "Tomb Raider 2" starts is still unclear.

Sherlock Holmes 3 (TBA)

Planned start ... is on hold
Directed by Dexter Fletcher
Script: Chris Brancato
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Actually, the third part of “Sherlock Holmes” was supposed to be released around Christmas 2020, but due to the corona pandemic, the film was postponed by a year. Director Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) has now put the project on hold and wants to wait and see "how the world goes on". The first two films (2009 and 2011) were directed by Guy Ritchie.

After all, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are still available for their roles, and the matching script also exists. So you don't really have to write off a sequel.


Not to mention the multitude of sequels and new films, the cinema year 2021 will definitely be one of the most interesting. Does the corona pandemic even allow great cinema successes, or do the very high box-office results fail? We can be curious!

Source: with agency material (dpa)