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Netflix Announces 70 New Movies For 2021: Here Are The Highlights

By Kristy Puchko | Film | January 12, 2021 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | January 12, 2021 |


Yesterday, Netflix teased some big news with a star-studded video, tweeted by NetflixFilm. Today, they’ve revealed the big, big news: 70+ new movies are hitting this streaming service in 2021, meaning new movies EVERY week.

Here’s the teaser vid from yesterday.

Now, take a look at the official video announcement to see stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Majors, Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Berry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joey King, Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Amy Adams, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Garner, Jason Momoa, and Dave Bautista promote movies that are coming soon to Netflix.

Between the number of movies, the dazzling star power, and the heavy-hitting directors in the mix, there’s a LOT to take in with this promo. Let’s break out some of the highlights from Netflix’s 2021 slate.

Army of the Dead
Zack Snyder returns to his zombie movies with a cast that includes Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, and Tig Notaro. The film follows a group of mercenaries who venture into a quarantined zone in Las Vegas, battling the undead to pull off a major heist.

Halle Berry makes her directorial debut in a drama about a former MMA fighter struggling to regain custody of her son and reboot her athletic career. She also stars alongside Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Shamier Anderson.

Concrete Cowboy
Idris Elba astride a horse made this drama from co-writer/director Ricky Staub, a must-see out of TIFF. Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin stars as Elba’s estranged son, who is “caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture.”

Don’t Look Up
Comedy writer/director Adam McKay cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as “two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.”

Escape From Spiderhead
Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reunite for this drug-fueled adventure about convicts plotting to escape a bizarre laboratory. Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett star.

Fear Street Trilogy:
Fear Street: 1994, Fear Street 1978, and Fear Street 1666

Honeymoon helmer Leigh Janiak directs three horror movies inspired by the R.L. Stine YA novels, digging into Shadyside’s sinister past.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson headline this revenge thriller from Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Winstead goes on a rampage as “a ruthless criminal operative” who’s been poisoned, leaving her just 24 hours to complete a bloody bucket list.

As follow-up to Wine Country, Amy Poehler helms a coming-of-age comedy about a teen feminist whose rebellion is inspired by her mom’s long-forgotten zines. Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Poehler, Marcia Gay Harden star.

Red Notice
Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber helms this action flick, headlined by Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. In case that cast alone doesn’t sell you on it, here’s the premise: “An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gadot, Reynolds), there’s no telling what will happen.”

Skater Girl
Manjari Makijany co-writes and directs this coming-of-age drama about an Indian girl, who falls hard for skateboarding. Can she ride her dream to the national championship? Rachel Saanchita Gupta, Shafin Patel, Amrit Maghera, and Waheeda Rehman star.

The Power of The Dog
Jane Campion is back with a star-packed western that boasts Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, and Keith Carradine. The acclaimed filmmaker is adapting Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel. Here’s the synopsis: “Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Plemons) are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Dunst), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.”

Thunder Force
Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy team up for a superhero movie! What could go wrong? Uh. Ben Falcone writes and directs. Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, and Jason Bateman co-star.

Broadway icon Lin Manuel-Miranda makes his directorial debut, adapting this award-winning Broadway musical. The story follows a waiter/aspiring composer, who is overcome with anxiety as 30 approaches and his friends succeed while he is still waiting. Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens, Joshua Henry, Bradley Whitford, and Judith Light star.

Wish Dragon
In this animated adventure, Chris Appelhans brings together a cast that includes John Cho, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, Will Yun Lee, Jimmy O’Yang, Aaron Yoo, Bobby Lee, and Ronnie Chieng. Together they tell the story of a working-class college student, who goes on a wild adventure with “a cynical but all-powerful” wish-casting dragon.

Those are some standouts, but there’s much, much more. Here’s a full list, organized by genre:


Army of the Dead
Outside the Wire (January 15)
Red Notice
Sweet Girl

Fear Street Trilogy
No One Gets Out Alive
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Things Heard and Seen

Blood Red Sky
Escape from Spiderhead
Night Teeth
The Swarm
The Woman in the Window


A Castle For Christmas
Fuimos Canciones
Kissing Booth 3
Love Hard
The Last Letter from Your Lover
The Princess Switch 3
To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Untitled Alicia Keys Rom-Com

Bombay Rose
Concrete Cowboy
Fever Dream
Malcolm & Marie (February 5)
Penguin Bloom (January 27)
Pieces of a Woman (January 7)
The Dig (January 29)
The Guilty
The Hand of God
The Power of the Dog
The Starling
The White Tiger (January 22)
Unt. Alexandre Moratto Film
Unt. Graham King

The Harder They Fall

8 Rue de l’Humanité
Afterlife of the Party
Bad Trip
Don’t Look Up
Double Dad
I Care A Lot (February 19)
Moxie (March 3)
The Last Mercenary
Thunder Force

A Boy Called Christmas
A Winter’s Tale from Shaun the Sheep
Back to the Outback
Finding ‘Ohana (January 29)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Robin Robin
Skater Girl
The Loud House Movie
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
Wish Dragon
YES DAY (March 12)

A Week Away
tick, tick…BOOM

Which Netflix 2021 offering has you most excited?

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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