The Kissing Booth 3 to Bob Ross: Netflix unveils summer movie slate
James R | On 28, Apr 2021
Netflix made a promise at the start of this year that it would be dropping a new film every week on subscribers’ screens, as it steps up its original film investments considerably.
The streaming giant has enjoyed awards success and critical acclaim in recent years, and has also been announcing viewing stats for its most popular original films as it looks to position itself as a heavyweight against new rivals such as Disney+. Its line-up of projects for 2021 is certainly an impressive one, with casts that include such names as Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Gal Gadot, Dave Bautista, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, John David Washington and Octavia Spencer. And two actors will also make their directorial debuts: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tick, tick… Boom! and Halle Berry’s Bruised.
This summer will see the debut of The Kissing Booth 3 on 11th August, a remake of She’s All That titled He’s All That on 27th August, Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hart, on 18th June and a biopic of Bob Ross called Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed.
Other titles include Baggio: the Divine Ponytail (out 26th May), Ghost Lab (26th May) and Blue Miracle (27th May), Carnaval (2nd June), Jagame Thandhiram (18th June), Good on Paper (23rd June), The Ice Road (25th June), America: The Motion Picture (30th June) and The House of Flowers: the Movie.
Here’s a teaser video previewing some of the films on the way to your screen – and read on below for more details on titles where we have them.
Army of the Dead, The Kissing Booth 3 and The Woman in the Window are just *SOME* of the films arriving between now and September. New movies, every week, all year? Cool. pic.twitter.com/3WQz2MWOIO
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 27, 2021
MONSTER – 7th May
Director: Anthony Mandler
Writers: Radha Blank, Colen C. Wiley, Janece Shaffer
Producers: Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, Aaron L. Gilbert, Mike Jackson, Edward Tyler
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer
Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington
Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
Oxygen – 12th May
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Christie Leblanc
Producers: Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua, Noëmie Devide, Alexandre Aja, Gregory
Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
A young woman wakes up in a medical cryo unit. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up sequestered in a box no larger than a coffin. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – 14th May
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Tracy Letts based on the novel by A.J. Finn
Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Anthony Katagas
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt
Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
ARMY OF THE DEAD – 21st May
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold based on a story by Zack Snyder
Producers: Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi,
Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro
Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
AWAKE – 9th June
Director: Mark Raso
Writers: Greg Poirier, Joseph Raso, Mark Raso
Producer: Paul Schiff
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Shamier Anderson, Finn
Jones, Lucius Hoyos, Gil Bellows, Barry Pepper, Jennifer Jason Leigh
After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill, an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is: can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind?
WISH DRAGON – 11th June
Director: Chris Appelhans
Writer: Chris Appelhans
Producers: Aron Warner, Chris Bremble, Jackie Chan
Voice Cast: John Cho, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, Will Yun
Lee, Jimmy O’Yang, Aaron Yoo, Bobby Lee, Ronnie Chieng
In Sony Pictures Animation’s Wish Dragon, Din, a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din’s long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Their journey forces them to answer some of life’s biggest questions – because when you can wish for anything, you have to decide what really matters.
SKATER GIRL – 11th June
Director: Manjari Makijany
Writers: Manjari Makijany, Vinati Makijany
Producers: Emmanuel Pappas, Vinati Makijany, Manjari Makijany
Cast: Rachel Saanchita Gupta, Shafin Patel, Amrit Maghera, Waheeda
Prerna, a teenager growing up in rural India, comes of age when she’s introduced to the sport of skateboarding. As a result, she has to fight the odds to follow her dreams and compete in the national championship.
TROLLHUNTERS: RISE OF THE TITANS – 21st July
Directors: Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt
Writers: Marc Guggenheim, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim, Chad Hammes, Dan Hageman, Kevin
Voice Cast: Emile Hirsch, Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton, Kelsey Grammer, Alfred
Molina, Steven Yeun, Nick Frost, Colin O’Donoghue, Diego Luna, Tatiana
Maslany, Cole Sand, Nick Offerman, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Blessed, Kay Bess,
Piotr Michael, James Hong, Tom Kenny, Angel Lin, Amy Landecker, Jonathan
Hyde, Bebe Wood, Laraine Newman, Grey Griffin, Cheryl Hines
In Dreamworks’ Trollhhunters: Rise of the Titans, Arcadia may look like an ordinary town but it lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that makes it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. Now the heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3Below and Wizards, team-up in their most epic adventure yet where they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.
THE LAST MERCENARY – 30th July
Director: David Charhon
Writers: David Charhon, Ismaël Sy Savané
Producers: Jean-Charles Levy, Nicolas Manuel, Olivier Albou, Laurence Schonberg, David
Charhon, Jakéma Charhon, Eponine Maillet, Olias Barco, Vlad Riashyn
Cast: Jean-Claude van Damme, Alban Ivanov, Assa Sylla, Samir Decazza,
Patrick Timsit, Eric Judor, Miou-Miou
A mysterious former secret service agent must urgently return to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government, following a blunder by an overzealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation.
BLOOD RED SKY – July TBC
Director: Peter Thorwarth
Writers: Peter Thorwarth, Stefan Holtz
Producer: Christian Becker
Cast: Peri Baumeister, Kais Setti, Alexander Scheer, Dominic Purcell
A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide.
THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER – July TBC
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Writers: Nick Payne, Esta Spalding, based onThe Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo
Producers: Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Cast: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe
Alwyn, Ncuti Gatwa
A pair of interwoven stories set in the present and past, THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) who helps her track down more letters. Based on the novel by JoJo Moyes and directed by Augustine Frizzell.
RESORT TO LOVE – 29th July
Director: Steven Tsuchida
Writers: Dana Schmalenberg, Rheeqrheeq Chainey
Producers: Alicia Keys, Maggie Malina, Jeremy Kipp Walker
Cast: Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, Sinqua Walls, Christiani Pitts, Karen Obliom,
Alexander Hodge, TJ Power, Sylvaine Strike, Jeryl Prescott, Tymberlee Hill
A romantic comedy about aspiring pop star Erica who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown. She tries to keep their past relationship a secret from his bride-to-be Beverly, but Erica rediscovers her feelings for her ex, Jason, despite his brother Caleb’s attempts to keep them from falling back in love. In this warm and funny romantic story that explores the bonds of love and family, the question soon becomes will Erica sing at Beverly’s wedding – or her own?
THE KISSING BOOTH 3 – 11th August
Director: Vince Marcello
Writers: Vince Marcello, Jay Arnold
Producers: Vince Marcello, Michele Weisler, Ed Glauser, Andrew Cole-Bulgi
Cast: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie
Richardson-Sellers, Meganne Young, Molly Ringwald
It’s the summer before Elle heads to college, and she has a secret: She got into both Harvard, where her dreamy boyfriend Noah goes, and Berkeley, where her BFF Lee is going. Which path will Elle choose?
SWEET GIRL – 20th August
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Writers: Gregg Hurwitz, Philip Eisner, Will Staples
Producers: Brad Peyton, Jeff Fierson, Jason Momoa, Brian Andrew Mendoza,
Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria
Arjona, Raza Jaffrey, Justin Bartha, Lex Scott Davis, Michael Raymond-James,
Dominic Fumusa, Nelson Franklin, Reggie Lee, Brian Howe
A devastated husband vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.
BECKETT – 27th August
Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Writer: Kevin Rice
Producers: Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Gabriele Moratti
Cast: John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps
A vacationing couple fall trap to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences.