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Since the outbreak of Coronavirus film lovers have mourned the closing of the movie theatres and the rescheduling of every blockbuster set to premiere this summer. It’s been hard, incredibly hard.

2020 had high hopes of becoming a great film year and now with the Academy Awards and Baftas 2021 already rescheduled, it’s hard to know who will be lucky enough to walk away with an Oscar. That said, we still have some hit films making a beeline for cinemas post-lockdown.

From Disney’s Mulan to Wes Anderson’s latest endeavour The French Dispatch, here’s a list of the 10 best summer blockbusters and their rescheduled dates.

A Quiet Place Part II

For film buffs across the UK, the first week of lockdown was an incredibly mournful moment. We lost our freedom but they lost out on the follow up of A Quiet Place making its way onto the big screen. 

The film follows the Abbott family, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, as they are cast into a world where they must fight for survival in utter silence. The first film saw Krasinski die rather brutally, but don’t worry because A Quiet Place Part II is littered with flashbacks featuring The Office star.

Director and star, Krasinski even said in interviews he wouldn’t be putting it on streaming sites because the action, atmosphere and emotion needs to be experienced in a crowd. Despite the loss in March, we’re excited to finally see the follow up to one of the biggest horror films of the last few years.

Original Date: 20th March 2020

New Date: 4th September 2020

Black Widow

Marvel fans rejoice! Lovers of the master assassin were delighted when Marvel announced that Black Widow would finally be getting her own film and rightly so, it looks bloody epic! 

Starring Scarlett Johannson, we finally see where Black Widow mastered her craft. From her Russian assassin roots to the present day freelance operative, or badass, fans will get to see Johannson in all her glory. Other huge Hollywood names will also appear, including Little Women and Heredity star Florence Pugh, Stranger Things sheriff David Harbour and The Favourite star Rachel Weisz.

Original Date: 1st May 2020

New Date: 28th October 2020

The French Dispatch

A blockbuster in its own right, Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, was our most hotly anticipated film of the year and we were sad to see it pushed back, even if we do only have to wait an extra six more weeks. 

The French Dispatch sees the return of his cast regulars including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan, but we also get to see the dreamy Timothée Chamelet in all of his glory. The narrative follows the staff of a European newspaper who are set to release a tribute edition highlighting the best stories over the last decade, and in true Anderson style, they’re as odd as ever. Memorable stories include an artist facing life in prison, chaotic student riots and a kidnapping that was strangely found out by a chef.

Original Date: 28th August 2020

New Date: 16th October 2020

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

In honour of his father’s legendary film series, Jason Reitman is bringing the original Ghostbusters cast back together for one last haul. 

Reitman isn’t just the son of the renowned Ivan Reitman, he’s also directed the likes of Juno, Tully and The Front Runner, so we certainly know we’re in good hands here. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set in modern day, and follows a single mother and her two children who move to a new town. Not long after the move, they soon realise they are connected to the original Ghostbuster crew and uncover their grandfather’s hidden secret.

Original Date: 7th August 2020

New Date: 5th March 2021

In the Heights

This was one hell a push back, but rather than seeing the musical legend Linuel Miranda’s work, known for his starring role and script in HAMILTON, this summer, we’re going to have to wait until next year to see the theatrics come to life. 

Why such a delay? Miranda has said he wants the musical to be seen and experienced in the summer in the hub of a big crowd. It’s set to be a big feel good movie set over just three days in New York City Dominican-American neighbourhood.

Original Date: 26th June 2020

New Date: 30th July 2021

Jungle Cruise

The Rock fans are going to have to wait a while longer to see him star in the new Disney blockbuster, Jungle Cruise, because it’s been pushed back a whole 12 months. 

It’s actually on the roller coaster ride at the Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida but don’t let that put you off – the Pirates of the Caribbean was also based on one and look how epic that was. The narrative follows Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) as she asks for guidance from Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) on her journey along the Amazon river. It’s on this journey that they discover a tree that may just change the course of medicine forever…

Original Date: 24th July 2020

New Date: 30th July 2021

Mulan

Luckily we don’t have to wait long for the revival of Disney’s badass princess, Mulan. 

Following the original 1998 narrative, we see Mulan (Liu Yifei) head out on a journey to save her father from having to join the Imperial Army. We’re extremely excited to see Yifei take on the role as the Disney hero we know and love.

Original Date: 27th March 2020

New Date: 21st August 2020

No Time to Die

No Time to Die was one of the first movies that we saw get pushed back by the Coronavirus outbreak, although the news seems like so long ago. Either way, we’re excited to finally see Daniel Craig take on the role of James Bond once more, as rumour has it it’s his last outing as 007. 

With script help from none other than Fleabag creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, you know we’re in for a good’un.

Original Date: 10th April 2020

New Date: 20th November 2020

Tenet

Christhoper Nolan’s new film Tenet got away with the rescheduling lightly. It’s only been pushed a few weeks but it’ll be one of the first films making it back onto the big screen post-lockdown. 

Tenet will see BlacKkKlansman and Malcolm X star, John David Wasington and Twilight Saga’s Robert Pattinson take on leading roles. In terms of narrative, little is known about the film because the trailer doesn’t give too much away, but there’s been hints that it could be an Inception sequel in disguise.

Original Date: 17th July 2020

New Date: 12th August 2020

Wonder Woman 1984

Fear not Wonder Woman fans because she’s back and she’s fiercer, bolder and more independent than ever. 

Gal Gadot is set to star as the Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins’ 2020 Wonder Woman 1984. Expect epic chase scenes, superhuman strength and a revived badass superhero we’d certainly love to be friends with.

Original Date: 5th June 2020

New Date: 2nd October 2020

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