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Muddled amongst the binge-worthy Netflix flicks and rewatching your favourite 90s TV shows, it’s been a slow year on the blockbuster front, undoubtedly thanks to the rifling pandemic forcing the closure of our favourite pastimes: cinemas.  

But not all is lost! Cinemas can reopen from 17th May and this summer and beyond, we’re set to see some of the biggest postponed blockbusters hit the big screens once and for all, and for that, we cannot wait. 

From John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II to Marvel’s Black Widow, here’s what to look out for from May onwards. 

Disclaimer: All of the following release dates are subject to last minute changes. Please do double check nearer the dates.

Black Widow

Loving Wandavision and want another Marvel female lead to fill the void? Enter Black Widow, the new Marvel film dedicated to the master assassin. 

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.

Release dates for this are a little up in the air as it’s been postponed several times already, but Marvel are still hoping this film will hit the big screens rather than just getting released on Disney+ but time will tell…

Anticipated Release Date: May 2021

A Quiet Place Part II

For film buffs across the UK, the first week of lockdown 1.0 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.

Scheduled to arrive mid September 2021, over 18 months after the original release date, director and star, Krasinski has 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 2020, we’re excited to finally see the follow up to one of the biggest horror films of the last few years.

Krasinski has 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.

Anticipated Release Date: 17th September 2021

In the Heights

Originally scheduled to arrive on the big screen in late June 2020, catch In The Heights in cinemas this summer and be transported to New York City in an instant.

Created by the musical legend Linuel Miranda, the man behind his starring role and script in HAMILTON, watch as this big feel good movie unravels over just three days in the New York City Dominican-American neighbourhood.

The release was originally delayed as Miranda had said he wanted the musical to be seen and experienced in the summer in the hub of a big crowd, so we’re certainly excited to see it come to life finally (well, providing it doesn’t get pushed back again) this June. 

Expect catchy lyrics and memorable one liners, just like HAMILTON.

Anticipated Release Date: 18th June 2021

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.

Set in modern day, Ghostbusters: Afterlife 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.

Anticipated Release Date: November 2021

Jungle Cruise

Bizarrely based on the roller coaster ride at the Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida – don’t let that put you off, the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise was also based on one and look how epic that turned out – Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock alongside A Quiet Place star, Emily Blunt. 

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…

Anticipated Release Date: 29th July 2021

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.

Humorously, I read recently that they’ve had to refilm and edit in some of the product placement shots due to the products now being out of date.

Anticipated Release Date: 30th September 2021

Dune 

The Sci-Fi epic that they said could never be adapted to film. Although we have the David Lynch version, literature fans have been clamouring for a more authentic depiction of the 1965 story that has captured imaginations for generations. With Denis Villeneuve, of Bladerunner 2049 & Arrival fame directing, we are certain this new version will be spectacular. Not only this, but the cast is absolutely stacked with stars! 

Timothée Chalamet stars as the lead, Paul Atreides whilst Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem star alongside him. With Hans Zimmer in charge of the score, an amazing cast, classic story and esteemed director, Dune is certain to be one of the biggest films of the year.

Anticipated Release Date: October 2021

The King’s Man

If you were a fan of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, get ready as Matthew Vaughn transports you back in time to the World War I prequel, The King’s Man. 

Originally slated to be released in March 2020, The King’s Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode and Gemma Arterton, and takes us back to the origins of the original Kingsman. We see the Duke of Oxford (Fiennes) as he tries to stop criminal masterminds as they plot together to wipe out humanity.

Anticipated Release Date:  20th August 2021

Godzilla vs Kong

They are finally about to fight! The film that we have been leading up to for years is finally approaching. 

After bringing us new iterations of Godzilla and King Kong in the last few years, this film will see the two iconic monsters battling it out. Directed by Adam Wingard, famous for the indie cult hit The Guest and starring such favourites as Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame and Alexander Skarsgård, this blockbuster will certainly give us all cathartic, giant, massive action that will have to be seen on the big screen.

Anticipated Release Date:  May 2021


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