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Going to the cinema has been off the cards so far for much of 2020 because of COVID19 making it’s way around the globe. As a result, studios have delayed not just movies but whole productions, leaving a bunch of must-see films pushed back for 2021 release. We wanted to get the calendar ready so you can keep track of the films you’re excited to see next year!

Here’s our list of 31 must-see movies that will hit theatres in 2021. There’s something here for everyone, date night, girls night, family night – we’ve got you covered.

1. Jurassic World 3
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Filming

The plot for this one is currently under wraps, but it’s prehistoric dinosaurs wreaking havoc on the world, what more could you want?

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Jeff Goldblum

2. The Matrix 4
Action, Sci-Fi | Announced

The fourth instalment of the Matrix. Stars Keanu Reeves… enough said!

Director: Lana Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra

3. Avatar 2
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Filming

avatar 2

The very (very!) long awaited sequel to Avatar.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Kate Winslet, Jemaine Clement

4. Fast & Furious 9
Action, Adventure, Crime | Post-production

Cypher enlists the help of Jakob, Dom’s younger brother to take revenge on Dom and his team. Fast cars, vroom vroom, etc etc!

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez

5. The Eternals
Action, Adventure, Drama | Post-production

The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani

6. The Suicide Squad
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. Intended as a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Margot Robbie, Taika Waititi, Pete Davidson, Joel Kinnaman

7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | Post-production

Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Venom, it is intended to be the third film in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters and the sequel to Venom (2018).

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris

8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Comedy | Post-production

ghostbusters afterlife

When a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray

9. The Batman
Action, Crime, Drama | Announced

The plot is currently totally unknown for this one, but it’s BATMAN! I mean, need we say more?

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell

10. Mortal Kombat
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Feature film based on the popular video game.

Director: Simon McQuoid | Stars: Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ludi Lin, Tadanobu Asano

11. Space Jam: A New Legacy
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

space jam 2

NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Don Cheadle, Martin Klebba, LeBron James

12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Pre-production

Plot unknown. Third installment of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

13. Mission: Impossible 7
Action, Adventure, Thriller | Announced

The seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell

14. Jungle Cruise
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

jungle cruise

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element. And… The Rock is in it!

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

15. Uncharted
Action, Adventure | Pre-production

The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle

16. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3
Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Pre-production

fantastic beasts 3

The third instalment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

17. Killers of the Flower Moon
Crime, Drama, History | Filming

Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920’s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

18. Minions: The Rise of Gru
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

rise of gru

The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest super villain.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val | Stars: Steve Carell, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Julie Andrews

19. In the Heights
Drama, Music, Musical | Post-production

A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits

20. Sherlock Holmes 3
Action, Adventure, Crime | Pre-production

sherlock holmes 3

The plot is unknown at this time, but Jude Law is in it, so I’m basically lining up outside the cinema already.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

21. Scream 5
Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Pre-production

A new instalment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette

22. Babylon
Drama | Pre-production

Plot unknown. Rumored to be set in period Hollywood. Brad Pitt, Emma Stone; no brainer!

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Brad Pitt, Emma Stone

23. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

Sequel to the 2017 action/comedy, and it stars Ryan Reynolds so sign me up!

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Salma Hayek

24. Cruella
Comedy, Crime | Post-production

Cruella

A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone as Cruella? It doesn’t get any better than that!

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Emma Stone, Mark Strong, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser

24. Rumble
Animation, Comedy, Family | Filming

In a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into a champion.

Director: Hamish Grieve | Stars: Ben Schwartz, Terry Crews, Will Arnett, Joe Anoa’i

25. Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Announced

A continuation of Spider-Man Far From Home.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Zendaya, Tom Holland

26. Raya and the Last Dragon
Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

Directors: Paul Briggs, Dean Wellins | Stars: Awkwafina, Cassie Steele

27. Pinocchio
Animation, Fantasy, Musical | Filming

A darker version of the classic children’s fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy.

Directors: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, David Bradley

28. Cinderella
Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Filming

A modern musical version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella”. Camila Cabello is cast as Cinderella so I have this one earmarked as my potential favourite family movie of 2021!

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine, Minnie Driver

29. Tomb Raider 2
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Sequel to the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kristin Scott Thomas

30. Monster Problems
Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

A young man learns how to survive a monster apocalypse with the help of an expert hunter.

Director: Michael Matthews | Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Ellen Hollman

31. The Boss Baby 2
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Announced

boss baby 2

No plot is currently known, but if Boss Baby was anything to go by, this one will be a hit!

Director: Tom McGrath | Stars: Alec Baldwin, John Flanagan, James McGrath