The Matrix 4 trailer and title, released at the ongoing CinemaCon, have heightened the anticipation of filmgoers worldwide.
Couple this news with the recently debuted “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer, and you can tell that 2021 most anticipated movies will have a lot of work to do to please viewers.
Several months ago, we entered the year 2020 with so much enthusiasm and expectations. There was a lot to look forward to for film enthusiasts, as the year had an array of long-anticipated blockbusters lined up. COVID was in a corner looking at us all and probably shaking its head at our sheer ignorance like, “It’s the cluelessness for me!”.
Barely two months into the new year, the pandemic hit full force, clearing everything in its path, including the scheduled release of several films. It halted productions across the globe, and the release of already concluded projects was also postponed. Ultimately, many initial “2020 releases” automatically received 2021 dates.
Although 2021 has indeed seen several great theatrical releases such as “Wonder Woman 1984”, “A Quiet Place Part II”, “Cruella”, “F9”, “Black Widow”, “Jungle Cruise”, “The Suicide Squad”, and many others, there is yet a good deal of blockbusters to look forward to, some carryovers from 2020, and others new.
If you are an avid film lover, then just like others everywhere else in the world, you must know some of the yet to be released, most anticipated films of 2021. Keep reading to see what the rest of the year promises in terms of theatrical releases, and of course, the scheduled timelines.
Top Gun: Maverick
Almost four decades after Tony Scott’s 80s classic, “Top Gun”, comes this sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick”, from relative newcomer Joseph Kosinski. In this instalment, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell keeps pushing the envelope after years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators. He must soon confront the past while training a new squad of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice. Fans have been teased with behind the scene videos and teasers showing Tom Cruise pulling outrageous stunts in aviator sunglasses, and we simply can’t wait to gobble it all up. From an initial July 2019 release date, “Top Gun: Maverick” is now billed to fly out on 19 November 2021.
Arguably, the most anticipated film of 2020 was this star-studded Dennis Villeneuve-helmed remake of the 1984 film of the same title. It follows Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive. Glimpses of the film that has been shown to the public have done nothing short of upping the thirst for its release. It is expected to finally come through in October.
House of Gucci
“House of Gucci is” an upcoming crime thriller chronicling the events in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the Gucci family heir, by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Photos of this one have been released too, and they tickle the soul. On the one hand, you have the extravagance of Lake Como and the Italian Alps. On the other, there is a turtleneck-donned, moustached Adam Driver. A vibe! Come 24 November, we will troop out in numbers to witness it.
Last Night in Soho
Edgar Wright is back! And this time, with an upcoming British psychological horror film. It follows an aspiring fashion designer who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s. There, she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. However, glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. It features “The Queen’s Gambit” star Anya Taylor Joy in the main role. “Last Night in Soho” dawns in November 2021.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The third “Spider-Man” film in the MCU canon already has fans in an uproar over the continuous rumours of multi-Spidermen. We are expected to see familiar faces from previous Spider-Man iterations make an appearance, including the confirmed return of Alfred Molina (who played Doctor Octopus in Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man 2”) and Jamie Foxx (who played Electro in Andrew Garfield’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2”). The anticipation hit the roof with the recent trailer release, and fans can’t wait to see what Dr. Strange has done. The film finds its way to us this December, and the welcome will definitely be warm.
No Time To Die
Perhaps one of the most aggravating delayed releases has been that of the latest James Bond film. It didn’t help that this is reportedly the last edition of Daniel Craig’s James Bond, and the amazing Cary Joji Fukunaga helms it. In this edition, James Bond is recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist. The globe-trotting spy finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a dangerous new technology. The film stars Rami Malek and Lea Seydoux alongside usual cast members Naomi Harris, Daniel Craig and others. “No Time To Die” comes alive in theatres this October.
The French Dispatch
Videos of this colourful Wes Anderson offering were released last year, and they showed great promise. However, what was supposed to be a soon-to-be-released film became yet another subject of the waiting game. According to its premise, “A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch.'” Come October, this film will be dispatched across cinemas worldwide, much to the delight of eager film lovers.
The Matrix: Resurrections (The Matrix 4)
“The Matrix: Resurrections” is an upcoming American science fiction action film produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski. It is the fourth instalment in The Matrix film series. The first trailer has been shown to an exclusive audience at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, revealing early details about it. Until its trailer screening and title reveal, there had been no details regarding what the film is about.
The new trailer opens with Keanu Reeves, Neo, seemingly back in the fictional real world, just like he was in the first movie in 1999. He’s talking to a therapist, played by Neil Patrick Harris, and describes his dreams which sound a lot like moments from past Matrix movies. Neo then comes into contact with Trinity in a café, but they don’t recognize each other. Trinity is heard asking Neo: “Have we met?” There are other unexplained scenes in the trailer, but we won’t have to wait too long to see it all. 22 December is the new release date.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Tom Hardy is back as the classic Spider-Man villain and lethal protector, Venom, one of MARVEL’s most extraordinary and most complex characters. This time, he is ready to take on the superpowered serial killer, Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson. Andy Serkis directs the sequel, which fans speculate could be building up to more Marvel crossovers down the road. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on 15 October 2021.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” is an upcoming American black-and-white film written and directed by Joel Coen, and it is based on the tragedy of the same name by William Shakespeare. It will be the first film directed by one of the Coen brothers without the other. Set for a September 2021 screening at the New York film festival, the film will feature Denzel Washington in the title role. Frances McDormand will play Lady Macbeth, with Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan and Corey Hawkins as Macduff. There is, however, no specific date for the theatrical release yet.
You may also like to read our latest article, Funke Akindele speaks on why her first marriage failed.