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Film Releases To Look Out For in 2021

2020 was certainly a challenging year for the film industry. The coronavirus pandemic caused many film releases to be delayed and the production to halt on many of the expected releases. Nevertheless, film and TV have continued to delight audiences through streaming services, cinemas, where safe to open, and virtual award ceremonies. Film offers much needed escapism for many.

The new release dates for many blockbusters have been slated for 2021 and it is hopeful that these will continue to take place. With this in mind, here we take a look at some of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2021.

The story of Cinderella is one that has delighted audiences across the world for generations and it is now getting a modern reboot in the form of a musical romantic comedy that is scheduled to be released on 5th February 2021 in the UK, entitled “Cinderella”. The film stars “Havana” singer Camila Cabello as the title role, “Pose” actor Billy Porter as the Fairy Godmother, “Good Will Hunting” actress Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice and James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan as The King. The film is directed by Kay Cannon and James Corden is one of the producers, and also stars. Some of the production was suspended in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however filming resumed and it still set for release in February 2021.

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No Time To Die
One anticipated release that has been delayed on multiple occasions is Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond in “No Time To Die”. The film was initially due to be released in April 2020, but this was then moved to November 2020 due to the effects of the pandemic. The film was subsequently delayed again to 2nd April 2021 with the statement saying this was “in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience”. This is the 25th film in the James Bond franchise and the theme song has been recorded by Billie Eilish, which has already been released along with the trailer. In addition to Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz stars as Blofeld and Rami Malek as Safin.

Black Widow
Marvel and The Avengers franchise have been entertaining audiences across the world throughout the 21st Century, drawing on many loved Marvel characters. “Black Widow” is the first film focusing on Natasha Romanoff singularly and her alter-ego Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannson. Originally intended to be released May 2020, the film is now slated for a 7th May 2021 release date and will delve into the quests undertaken by Natasha Romanoff between the Civil War and Infinity War Avengers films where she confronts her past. The film will also star Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz.

Ghostbusters: After Life
Exactly 37 years after the original film, “Ghostbusters: After Life” is set for release on 11th June 2021. The original release date for the film was actually July 2020, before it was moved to March 2021, but it has now been moved to summer 2021 instead, as reported in Variety. Fan favorite actors from the original film will be returning to their roles, such as Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Sigourney Weaver, but with the addition of new cast members such as Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard and the film is directed by Jason Reitman. Set 30 years after the previous films, a family moves to a small town where they uncover how they are connected to Ghostbusters.

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Top Gun: Maverick
After delays and a previous slated release in December 2020, “Top Gun: Maverick” is now scheduled to be released 2nd July 2021 in the US. Variety reported that part of the reason for the date move was so that Tom Cruise would be able to promote the Top Gun movie, as the December release date would conflict with the Mission: Impossible movies that Cruise was filming. Variety also reported that “Top Gun: Maverick” has cost over $150 million to make. Within the new, exciting installment, Cruise is resuming his loved role of pilot Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and will star alongside Jennifer Connelly.

“Candyman” is the hotly anticipated next release written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta. The film is also directed by Nia DaCosta and is set to be a direct sequel to the original 1992 “Candyman” film but considers the now gentrified Chicago neighborhood. Peele’s previous hit films are “Get Out”, starring Daniel Kaluuya, and “Us” starring Lupita NYong’o. The film will star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarret. “Candyman” was originally scheduled for release in June 2020 by Universal Pictures, however it was then pushed to September 2020 and then moved again to the current release date of 27th August 2021. The film looks set to both entertain and terrify audiences.

Many fantastic films are set to be released in 2021 that will delight their audiences across the world and offer some much needed relief from the continued challenges.

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