Black Widow, No Time To Die and Ghostbusters Afterlife are three films expected for 2021 release
Black Widow, No Time To Die and Ghostbusters Afterlife are three films expected for 2021 release

Though 2020 may have felt like one of the slowest years of all time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, staying home at pretty much every possible opportunity, and a lack of socialising in-person, the end of the year still somehow seems to have come around much faster than anybody could have predicted.

With all of that in mind, we’ve been taking a look forward at what 2021 has to offer, with our fingers crossed it’s going to be a year to remember; but for all of the right reasons!

A whole slew of major motion pictures are set to hit the big screen over the next six months, so let’s hope they all stick to schedule and there are no delays. Here are 22 of the best major movies coming in the first half of 2021…

Stardust - Select cinemas and on demand from January 15th 2021

The late David Bowie is undoubtedly going to be talked about for centuries to come, and the year before his creation of Ziggy Stardust is to be told in this upcoming biopic. Gabriel Range directs from a screenplay by Christopher Bell, with Johnny Flynn as Bowie himself. Marc Maron and Jena Malone also star. It’s not had the best reviews to-date, but it’s still one that’s piqued our curiosity!

The White Tiger - Select cinemas in January and on Netflix from January 22nd 2021

Based on the book of the same name by Aravind Adiga, this darkly comic film tells the story of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), who rises from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) who have just returned from America, he makes himself indispensable to those he serves. After a night of betrayal however, he realises just how corrupt they are; and just how willing they are to trap him and save themselves from losing everything.

Promising Young Woman - Released February 12th 2021

Revenge thrillers have come and go across the years, but Promising Young Woman looks to bring a new slant to the genre. Emerald Fennell makes her feature directorial debut in the flick, which stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox and Connie Britton. An incredible cast of talented women!

Monster Hunter - Coming soon to UK cinemas

Milla Jovovich leads this video game adaptation as Captain Artemis, alongside her unit of soldiers who are transported to a new world by an unexpected sandstorm.There, they must battle terrifying beasts immune to their regular firepower, fighting for survival and against a threat that could destroy their entire world. Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman also star.

Nomadland - Released February 19th 2021

Frances McDormand has really used the past few years to showcase her acting chops, and we're sure that'll be no different in upcoming film Nomadland. Following the economic collapse of a town in rural Nevada, Fern (McDormand) packs her van, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. Taking on the American West, she finds mentors and friends along the way, in an exploration flick unlike any other we’ve seen.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - Released February 26th 2021

Inspired by true events and the stage musical of the same name, this musical extravaganza follows 16-year-old Jamie New (Max Harwood) who dreams of becoming a legendary drag queen. Uncertain about what the future holds, he's only sure of one thing: he's going to be a star. Supported by his mum (Sarah Lancashire) and friends, he beats the bullies, steps out of the darkness and into the spotlight.

Supernova - Released March 5th 2021

Partners of 20 years, Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places that all hold a special place in their heart. With Tusker diagnosed with young-onset dementia two years prior, their lives have had to change and they’re treating the time they have left together with a lot of love.

The King’s Man - Released March 12th 2021

Pushed back multiple times, The King's Man will (hopefully) finally hit the big screen in just a few months. Starring the likes of Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes and Rhys Ifans, the prequel to the ever-popular Kingsman series follows one man and his protégé as they race against time to stop a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminals from killing millions in an unnecessary war.

Antlers - Coming soon to UK cinemas

This supernatural horror was co-written and directed by Scott Cooper, starring the likes of Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons and Jeremy T. Thomas. It follows the story of a school teacher and her police officer brother, who become convinced a student is concealing a supernatural creature in his house. Expect some big scares and spooky moments!

Raya and the Last Dragon - Released March 12th 2021

Disney are to bring us another enchanting adventure with this release, with a voice cast led by the brilliant Kelly Marie Tran who sets out on a mission to find the last dragon in the land who she believes has the power to save the world. That white, pink and teal dragon (Awkwafina) is a quirky creature, who’s sure to bring some mischievous and fun antics to proceedings!

Morbius - Released March 19th 2021

Sony bring another Marvel character to life following the success of Venom, with Jared Leto in the lead role of the enigmatic titular antihero. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, he’s determined to to save the rest of the population from suffering the same fate. Though he at first seems to be successful, he could have actually brought about a worst result than the original disease would have, resulting in devastation.

No Time To Die - Released April 2nd 2021

Daniel Craig’s final Bond film is set to make its debut in April, as the spy is brought back out of retirement to face one of his deadliest foes of all time, played by Rami Malek. With humanity at stake, Bond must work harder than ever to ensure the CIA are able to stop this mysterious villain, before his plan to rid the world of those he deems undeserving of life is enacted.

Mortal Kombat - Released April 16th 2021

No trailer yet for Mortal Kombat, but we imagine the film is going to be a loyal adaptation of the brutally-violent video game series that has spawned countless sequels throughout the decades. Simon McQuoid makes his feature film directorial debut, with a cast including Joe Taslim and Mehcad Brooks.

A Quiet Place Part II - Released April 21st 2021

John Krasinski's horror makes its return, as our surviving family make their way through a world overrun by deadly creatures that react to even the quietest of sounds. Humans must live in silence and communicate with sign language and whilst little is known about the plot, we are hoping to learn some more about exactly why these creatures have made their way to Earth.

Black Widow - Released May 7th 2021

Scarlett Johansson finally gets the Black Widow solo film that fans have been asking for since the character made its Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Alone and forced to confront her past, Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) is left to deal with the relationships left in her path long before she became a part of the Avengers.

Spiral: From The Book Of Saw - Released May 21st 2021

Though the original Saw series came to a close, the universe will make its return with Spiral, led by Chris Rock who plays a cop on the trail of a serial killer who has left some grisly murders in their wake. Following his time in the director's chair in Saw II through to Saw IV, Darren Lynn Bousman returns to direct. Samuel L. Jackson, Marisol Nichols and Max Minghella all also star.

F9 - Released May 28th 2021

The ninth official film in the Fast & Furious series brings Vin Diesel back as the centre of attention, with Charlize Theron's villainous Cipher still at large. A new threat in the form of Dom's younger brother Jakob (John Cena) also makes his arrival, with Sung Kang's Han Seoul-Oh also back from the dead! It's going to be chaotic, to say the very least...

Cruella - Released May 28th 2021

Disney continue with their live-action slew of films, here giving an origin story to one of their most dastardly villains, played by Emma Stone. Cruella De Vil will eventually become a woman who wants to skin puppies for fur coats, but how did she get to that point? We’ll soon find out!

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - Released June 4th 2021

The universe of The Conjuring is an expansive one, but the core series has only had two previous instalments, making this the third! Director Michael Chaves brings back supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), as they look into the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (Ruairi O'Connor), who says he was possessed when he committed a murder.

Ghostbusters Afterlife - Released June 11th 2021

Director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman collaborate on the next official chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. A single mother and her two children arrive in a small town, quickly discovering their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy left behind by the children's grandfather.

Luca - Released June 18th 2021

This Disney Pixar original animation is the directorial feature debut of Enrico Casarosa. Introducing the titular young boy who fronts the film, the movie explores his unforgettable summer and a bond unlike any other with a friend, in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage - Released June 25th 2021

Sony bring their Spider-Man spinoff back for a sequel, with Tom Hardy returning as journalist Eddie Brock, along with Woody Harrelson as post-credits' scene serial killer Cletus Kasady. Andy Serkis directs in what could be one of the most stunning comic book films of the year.

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