Top 25 Most Anticipated Films Of 2021

2020 is the year we’ve been pushed to the limit, mentality and physically, particularly within a global pandemic. We’ve been isolated from family, friends, and lost some during this emotionally draining year, which feels just as dire now as it did around March. Here’s hoping that we’ll get to that turning point in the new year of once again reuniting with people we haven’t seen face-to-face for a while. It’s a new year (Happy New Year everyone!) and it’s that time again to continue the tradition of typing up the twenty-five most anticipate films for the coming year. Like previous years, some of the films mentioned here might be considered 2020 releases, depending on what country you’re from, but this article is taking into consideration of UK/Ireland cinematic releases…of course pending on the periods in which we go into lockdown again after this current lockdown stint that we have in place until the start of February. Some of the films mentioned here may have appeared on the list last year but of course due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, they have been pushed back to this year. As this is based on the films I’m looking forward to this year, some might think there is a few noticeable absentees, but I caught a couple during film festival runs at the later half of 2020 and won’t be placing them on the list here, examples: Another Round, Nomadland and Supernova.

 

So here’s the rundown of the twenty-five films I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2021.

 

25. THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK

Release Date: 12th March 2021

Director: Alan Taylor

Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Leslie Odom Jr., Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Michela De Rossi, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga, Joey Diaz and Nick Vallelonga

 

From The Sopranos creator David Chase and director Alan Taylor comes the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, which will be set during the 1960’s when the African-Americans and Italian-Americans of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal. The film looks set to focus on Dickie Moltisanti, the father of Christopher (played by Michael Imperioli in The Sopranos), and Johnny Soprano, father of Tony (played by James Gandolfini in The Sopranos). It’s safe to assume as well that the film will examine live in the Soprano household to see what led Tony Soprano to follow in his fathers footsteps in the mob. While David Chase himself was skeptical on returning to this world that became one of the all-time greatest television series, I’m still interested in revisiting some of the characters we know, how they came to be who they are when we see them in The Sopranos. The film has a stellar ensemble, with Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, Jon Bernthal as Johnny Boy Soprano, and Michael Gandolfini is following his fathers footsteps playing the role of Tony Soprano.

 

24. GODZILLA VS KONG

Release Date: 21st May 2021

Director: Adam Wingard

Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Zhang Ziyi and Lance Reddick

 

As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the Earth forever, leading to humanity’s fight for its future setting Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. While the hype-train for this film may have died down due to several cinematic release delays due to the pandemic (was originally slated for May and then November 2020), I’m a sucker for a monster bash film and I’m very curious to seeing a big budget throwndown between the two. With a few returning characters from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, there is a noticeable absentee (unless he is being saved as a surprise) in Charles Dance’s Alan Jonah. It’ll be interesting to see how Adam Wingard directs the action and hopefully we’ll get a trailer soon.

 

23. MORTAL KOMBAT

Release Date: 16th April 2021

Director: Simon McQuoid

Cast: Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Tadanobu Asano, Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks, Josh Lawson, Chin Han, Hiroyuki Sanada, Max Huang, Sisi Stringer, Elissa Cadwell, Daniel Nelson, Matilda Kimber and Lewis Tan

 

With exception to who most of the cast will be portraying, we’ve still not been given much information about the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. The original film adaptation of the video game franchise is considered to be one of, if not, the best video game film adaptation out there and has a soft spot in peoples hearts that grew up in the 90’s. The film will mark the directorial feature debut for Simon McQuoid and with a solid ensemble that includes Joe Taslim, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada and Lewis Tan, I’m expecting the fighting choreography to be exciting to watch.

 

22. THE LAST DUEL

Release Date: 15th October 2021

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton and Alex Lawther

 

The Last Duel is a historical drama from director Ridley Scott based on the Eric Jager novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, with the screenplay adapted by stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and also Nicole Holofcener. Set in 14th century France, best friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris are ordered to fight to the death after Carrouges accuses Le Gris of raping his wife. The project has in development for some time, with Francis Lawrence originally attached to direct back in 2015. Ridley Scott and Matt Damon’s last film project was The Martian so I’m expecting great things from The Last Duel, especially with the ensemble including Adam Driver and Jodie Comer alongside Damon and Affleck.

 

21. THE MAURITANIAN 

Release Date: 26th February 2021

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi, Langley Kirkwood and Corey Johnson

 

Based on Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s best selling memoir, where he was captured by the U.S Government and languished in Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial. As he is losing all hope, Salahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan and together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. The film has a solid ensemble, with the talented (and underrated) Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Salahi, Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander, Shailene Woodley as Teri Duncan and Benedict Cumberbatch as Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, and usually with Kevin Macdonald directing true story based-dramas (e.g. The Last King of Scotland), they end up becoming riveting viewing.

 

20. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Release Date: 23rd April 2021

Director: Edgar Wright

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Rita Tushingham, Jessie Mei Li, Michael Ajao, Synnøve Karlsen, Lisa McGrills and Margaret Nolan

 

Last Night In Soho focuses on a young girl, who is passionate about fashion design, mysterious enters the 1960’s, where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960’s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences. The film sees director Edgar Wright, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, bring us a psychological horror project and I’m curious to see what he does in that genre after doing several genre hybrids before in Shaun of The Dead (horror-comedy), Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver (action-comedy) and of course Scott Pilgrim VS The World.

 

19. FAST & FURIOUS 9

Release Date: May 2021

Director: Justin Lin

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Jason Tobin, Cardi B, Anna Sawai, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, Vinnie Bennett, Ozuna and Francis Ngannou

 

After the events of The Fate of the Furious, Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic. Originally meant to come out last year, Fast & Furious 9 sees Justin Lin return to helm the franchise after he departed with Fast & Furious 6 and, with the footage shown in the official trailer last year, the action set-pieces looks set to be just as bonkers as you’d come to expect from the franchise.

 

18. THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Release Date: 6th August 2021

Director: James Gunn

Cast: Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Idris Elba, John Cena, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Pete Davidson, Peter Capaldi, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Julio Ruiz and Jennifer Holland

 

While the overall plot for The Suicide Squad hasn’t been officially been revealed yet, from the sneak peak that was shown last year at DC FanDome and from some of the rumour sites online, the film looks set to focus on Task Force X are sent to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experimentations. The film has a ridiculous ensemble, with Peter Capaldi playing the role of The Thinker (perfect casting on paper, hopefully also in execution), Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and I’m very intrigued as to how they’ll portray King Shark in this film, like his animated self in the Harley Quinn series is the big brute like the television series The Flash? With Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis also returning to reprise their roles, and with the film being written and directed by James Gunn, I’m curious to see Gunn’s vision of the Suicide Squad on the big screen.

 

17. THE LITTLE THINGS

Release Date: 12th February 2021

Director: John Lee Hancock

Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Natalie Morales, Sofia Vassilieva, Terry Kinney, Michael Hyatt, Jason James Richter, Chris Bauer and Kerry O’Malley

 

The Little Things is a neo-noir crime thriller written and directed by John Lee Hancock where Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should be a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead he becomes embroiled in a search for a killer who is terrorising the city. Leading the hunt is L.A Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter, who becomes so impressed with Deke’s cop instincts that he unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case. The trailer gave off Se7en vibes and with a ensemble that includes Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, I’m definitely going to be checking this one out.

 

16. PIECES OF A WOMAN

Release Date: 7th January 2021

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Ellen Burstyn and Domenic Di Rosa

 

Martha and Sean Carson are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably during a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife, who faces charges of criminal negligence. We follow a year-long odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband and her domineering mother, along with the publicly vilified midwie whom she must face in court. Written by Kata Wéber and directed by Kornél Mundruzó, the drama has received critical praise during its festival run, particularly Vanessa Kirby for her performance as the lead, which earned her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress award at Venice Film Festival. With the film set for release on Netflix next week, it’ll be first on my watchlist for films released this year to check out.

 

15. MATRIX 4

Release Date: 22nd December 2021

Director: Lana Wachowski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Bernhardt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, Ian Pirie, Lavish and Ellen Hollman

 

It’s been almost eighteen years since the final Matrix film, The Matrix Revolutions, with Lana Wachowski returning to the franchise her and sister Lilly created to direct as well as co-write the screenplay alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. The plotline for the fourth film still remains under wraps, though we see franchise regulars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson reprising the roles of Neo, Trinity, Niobe and The Merovingian, and they’re being joined by newcomers such as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. We’ll see if the film will maintain its end of year cinematic release.

 

14. SYNCHRONIC 

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Ally Ioannides, Katie Aselton, Bill Oberst Jr., Natasha Tina Liu, Martin Bats Bradford, Adam J. Yeend, Devyn A. Tyler, Betsy Holt and Shane Brady

 

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve and Dennis are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality and the flows of time itself. I’ve become a fan of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s with their films Spring, Resolution and The Endless, and judging by the trailer for Synchronic I’m expecting more of the same from the creative duo.

 

13. NO TIME TO DIE

Release Date: 2nd April 2021

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik and Christoph Waltz

 

Originally set to be released last year but pushed back due to the global pandemic, this year we shall finally, hopefully, see the final instalment of Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond in No Time To Die, be it on the big screen or on streaming service. With Fukunaga directing and with 007 regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw being joined by newcomers Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas, I’m looking forward to seeing how they conclude Daniel Craig’s run as well as move it forward.

 

12. THE FATHER

Release Date: 12th March 2021

Director: Florian Zeller

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Mark Gatiss and Olivia Williams

 

The Father focuses on Anthony, a mischievous eighty-year-old who is defiantly living alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Help is becoming a necessity for Anne however as she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unraveling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? The film has been critically praised, maintaining a perfect critical score on Rotten Tomatoes based on forty-five reviews and with a performance by Anthony Hopkins that’s deemed to be worthy of multiple Best Actor nominations this awards season, it’s definitely a reason to have it on my most anticipated list.

 

11. A QUIET PLACE PART II

Release Date: 23rd April 2021

Director: John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou

 

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realise that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Another casualty of the global pandemic last year, this year we will finally get to see John Krasinski’s sequel to the surprise horror film of 2018.

 

10. UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN SEQUEL

Release Date: 17th December 2021

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tony Revolori and Alfred Molina

 

While the plot line for the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel is being kept under wraps as its currently being filmed in New York and Atlanta, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the film in regards to its casting, as it looks set to bring us live-action Spider-Verse vibes with actors and characters from other iterations appearing in this film. Two officially confirmed have been Jamie Foxx as Electro and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, it’s still to be officially confirmed whether the likes of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone will be reprising their roles from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man films. Whether the film will meet its end of year cinematic release date also remains to be seen but if they manage to cast two previous Spider-Man and put the trio together on the big screen, how could you not feel a little bit hyped for that?

 

09. TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Release Date: 8th July 2021

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee and Jean Louisa Kelly

 

Taking place thirty-four years after the events of the original film, Top Gun: Maverick pits legendary Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, Goose’s son, who seeks to become a pilot much like his father was. Originally set for release last year but moved due to the global pandemic, we at least got a few trailers last year to show audiences what to expect and for the way it looks like the flight/action sequences have been shot, that’s more than enough reason that we have to see this film on the big screen.

 

08. CANDYMAN

Release Date: 27th August 2021

Director: Nia DaCosta

Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Rebecca Spence, Christiana Clark, Cassie Kramer, Brian King, Kyle Kaminsky, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Cedric Mays, Nancy Pender, Pam Jones and Tony Todd

 

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorised by a word-of-moth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile Millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny. Another film set for release last year, the hype hasn’t diminished for Nia DaCosta’s take on Candyman.

 

07. MINARI

Release Date: 19th March 2021

Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox and Esther Moon

 

A film that’s been in many critics best of the year lists for 2020, Minari will be making its UK cinematic release this coming March, following a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.

 

06. IN THE HEIGHTS

Release Date: 30th July 2021

Director: Jon M. Chu

Cast: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Noah Catala, Dascha Polanco, Marc Anthony and Lin Manuel-Miranda

 

Lights up on Washington Heights…the scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. A film adaptation based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage play of the same name, the trailer last year showed us the big scale production behind the musical numbers and with fellow Hamilton star Anthony Ramos as the lead, In The Heights might just be the perfect escapism audiences need this coming year.

 

05. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Release Date: 26th February 2021

Director: Shaka King

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Caleb Eberhardt and Amari Cheatom

 

In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to the police brutality and the slaughter of Black people. Chairman Fred was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the Chicago Police and the FBI. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside…and the inside. Facing prison, William O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on Hampton, he will walk free. Talking the deal O’Neal becomes a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party, living in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks. But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal. The trailer shown last year for the film was intense and with Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya as the leads of the film, William O’Neal and Fred Hampton respectively, I have high expectations for Judas and the Black Messiah.

 

04. DUNE

Release Date: 1st October 2021

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem

 

In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, ‘the spice’, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible. Though Leo knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Freman, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert. Dune is another film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, with the last one by David Lynch released in 1984. This iteration is directed by Denis Villeneuve and with the cast ensemble here, and judging by the last trailer, this will some spectacle on the big screen.

 

03. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Release Date: 12th February 2021

Director: Emerald Fennell

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, Clancy Brown, Angela Zhou, Alfred Molina and Chris Lovell

 

Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman…until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalisingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story. From Killing Eve writer and executive producer Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman also marks her directorial feature debut, which has been receiving critical praise across the festival circuit, with Carey Mulligan’s performance being touted as a contender for the Best Actress category this awards season.

 

02. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7

Release Date: 19th November 2021

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Shea Whigham, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales, Angela Bassett, Frederick Schmidt, Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff

 

Mission: Impossible – Fallout became a high point in the franchise, particularly in the way the action/chase sequences were filmed by Christopher McQuarrie and while we don’t know what the main plot of this seventh film will be, there is some curious casting additions to the franchise regulars. Why is Henry Czerny’s Eugene Kittridge returning as we haven’t seen him since…the first Mission: Impossible film? Though production has halted a few times due to covid-19, it remains to be seen whether the film will complete and be ready to meet its November cinematic release date.

 

01. SOUND OF METAL

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Director: Darius Marder

Cast: Abraham Marder, and stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff and Mathieu Amalric

 

Ruben is a drummer and one half of the duo Blackgammon alongside singer and girlfriend Lou. Ruben is also a former drug addict and has been sober for four years. Suddenly, he begins to lose his hearing and his sponsor makes him go meet Joe, who leads a deaf community. With the help from them, Ruben struggles to accept his situation. Following on from his other drama focused on a musician growing through a condition that not only could hamper his musical ambitions but way of life (Mogul Mowgli), it’s here in Sound of Metal that Riz Ahmed has been receiving such critical acclaim for his performance as Ruben that he’s been nominated at numerous guilds/association awards and that alone makes me very excited to see Darius Marder’s directorial feature debut.

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