I’m sure by now we’ve all become used to watching movies on our TV screens. The film companies have made so much available to us over the months of lockdown. But whether you go to the cinema once a year, month or every week, you still can’t beat the experience of watching a new film right up there as it’s meant to be seen.

It may not be too long before the delights of our cinemas here become a reality once more, and according to our sources out of Hollywood, when it all returns, we have some real goodies to look out for.

We reckon we’ve picked some absolute crackers for you to enjoy. Everything from Bond to a proper reboot of Ghostbusters.

Obviously we don’t have many release dates as yet, a pandemic does that unsurprisingly. What we do have however, with a combined scream of ‘thank the…….” you know the rest, is yet another rescheduled date for Bond 25, an idea of when A Quiet Place II will be released and even what we can expect from Steven Spielberg this December.



The long-running, wildly popular animated series gets another big screen outing as the whole Spongebob Squarepants gang are back for another adventure. This time out, Spongebob and Patrick embark on a rescue mission to recover Gary, who has been taken by Poseidon, and find themselves in the mystical land of Atlantic City.

The movie features the voice talent of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence

Watch the trailer HERE.


The Fairy Godmother in this classic tale is Broadway legend and Pose star Billy Porter. The world may not need another Cinderella story, but with vocal legends like Idina Menzel and newcomers like Camila Cabello bringing a classic story to life, we definitely want one.


Writer-director Chloé Zhao really impressed the guys at Disney so much with her 2017 film The Rider that they handed her the movie Eternals, but before that film opens, she will release this drama based on the book by Jessica Bruder. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and embarks on a new, and very different life.

Watch the trailer HERE.


What a cast in this one. Two Oscar winners head up this drama based on the French play Le Père by the film’s director and co-writer, Florian Zeller. The story focuses on an ageing man (Anthony Hopkins) struggling with memory loss, whose daughter (Olivia Colman) moves into his flat to help care for him.

Watch the trailer HERE.


The classic cartoon television series gets a big-screen update in the form of a live-action/animated hybrid in which mischievous mouse Jerry moves into a hotel on the eve of a big wedding and forces the wedding planner to bring Tom into the picture to get rid of him. When an even bigger threat emerges, Tom and Jerry are forced to work together to save the day.

T & J stars the talents of Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost and Rob Delaney.

Watch the trailer HERE.



This is not the third episode in the KINGSMAN franchise but more of a spin-off. This is how the whole King’s Man thing came into being. Set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads and all star cast to show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the agency.

This Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel had a September release date, but by the end of the summer, the film was moved to this year.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Morbius was one of the first films to move into 2021 in the early days of the pandemic, with Sony saying that the end of March seemed like a good time for this Spider-Man spinoff, starring Jared Leto.

Watch the trailer HERE.


After over three decades, it looks like Prince Akeem, sorry we mean King Akeem and Semmi are returning to the States from their homeland of Zamunda. Much of the original cast are returning, including James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer and John Amos as Cleo McDowell, as Akeem learns that he has a long-lost son he never knew about who might be the heir to the throne.

Coming 2 America stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, John Amos, James Earl Jones, Garcelle Beauvais and Wesley Snipes, and will be released on Amazon Prime.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Whether you feel that the end of The Sopranos, remember, the fade to black moment was right, poignant or a bit of an anti-climax, you probably love the news that a Sopranos movie was in the works. With the late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini’s son himself, Michael.

Alan Taylor directs the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.

We hear this is getting a simultaneous streaming release too.


Another animated film from Disney. Kelly Marie Tran lends her voice to the title character, a young warrior in a fantastical land who embarks on a quest to find the last dragon. Awkwafina, will provide the voice of said dragon, but to be honest, we don’t know much else about the film.

Raya was set to open last November, but was pushed back to this March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Watch the trailer HERE.



As soon as you seen the name Edgar Wright attached to a movie, you know you’re in for something special. But add a cast of up and coming and established talent, and we really can’t wait for this one. Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, as well as legends like Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp are in this horror film inspired by both Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. Bring it on.


Ron’s Gone Wrong is a Disney animated adventure set in a world where every child’s best friend is a digitally connected robot. We follows one young boy who discovers his own robot pal doesn’t quite work the way it should.


For us movie fans, the first week of lockdown meant we lost out on the follow up of A QUIET PLACE making its way onto the big screen.

The first movie starred real life husband and wife team Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, as they are thrown into a world where they must fight for survival in utter silence. No spoilers, but the first movie didn’t end well for John, but he is back in number 2, not only as Director but plenty of flashbacks.

The Director and star 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.’

The movie was set for a release last march, and even had the full red-carpet premiere event in New York. Two days later however, the world went into pandemic meltdown and the film had its release scrapped.

Emily Blunt said…..

“Well, what happened with Quiet Place was so surreal. At some point, it became very clear that the writing was on the wall, and John insisted that we pull the movie. He called the studio saying, ‘You need to pull it right now. We’re not bringing this movie out.’ And then before too long, everyone was inside and I think it was surreal for everybody, not just for us.”

Watch the trailer HERE.


First the garden, then the world. The film producers are trying to keep plot for this sequel, loosely based on the work of Beatrix Potter under lock and key, but SOUTH WALES LIFE saw this movie at the start of 2020, prior to lockdown 1.0 and you can read our review HERE.

The usual cast return, James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo and Elizabeth Debicki.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Here we go gamers, another Mortal Kombat reboot. This promises everything you’d want in a fantasy martial arts action film. James Wan is the producer, so there’s bound to be some of the magic that made the Saw franchise so successful.

The movie stars – Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Mechad Brooks, Lewis Tan, Elissa Cadwell, Ng Chin Han, Max Huang, Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada and Sisi Stringer.

We hear this could be getting a simultaneous streaming release too.


Thanks goodness Tom Hanks is back on our big screens. He plays a sickly inventor, and the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth, who creates a robot to protect the life of his dog when he dies and keep them both company while he’s alive. We can only hope we’ll feel as much for the robot dog as we did for the ‘Wilson’ football in Castaway.

On the set of BIOS

Director Miguel Sapochnik has some mighty fine credits to his name, GOT fans will already know that he directed Game of Thrones’ “Battle of the Bastards” episode.



This is the first of Marvel’s Phase 4, with this prequel starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff. She’ll be joined by David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. There was talk that the movie would make it straight onto Disney+, but thank goodness that isn’t the case and it will now get a traditional theatrical release.

Watch the trailer HERE.


The Ryan Reynolds-led sci-fi action-comedy about a non-player character in a video game who becomes self-aware was initially set for a summer 2020 release before Disney’s 20th Century Studios moved it to December. By October, the Free Guy team moved the film to this year, and we are damn excited about this one.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Who doesn’t love a good Godzilla vs. Kong movie? This was going to be a big November release last year, and then it seemed a streaming service would snap it up. Netflix offered more than $200 million for the movie but Legendary Pictures, which financed 75 percent of the film, decided to sit it out for a cinema release.

Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Kyle Chandler.

Watch this teaser and you will see that something truly epic is heading our way.

Watch the trailer HERE.


I have to admit that I am one of those who absolutely devours the SAW franchise of movies, even the not so good ones. This Saw reboot starring Chris Rock saw its release date pushed a year last May.

The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella, as the latter’s rookie cop and Rock’s detective investigate murders reminiscent of a gruesome past, with Rock’s character at the centre of the killer’s deadly game. Chris Rock is also Executive Producer and as you’ll see from the trailer, a bit of serious is very him.

Watch the trailer HERE.

F9 (Fast and Furious)

There’s hardly a year goes by without a Fast & Furious film. The ninth, and penultimate changed all that when its release date was finally moved. F9‘s release is now planned for May, and let’s hope that happens so we can then look forward to the final instalment.

The film is directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin, with returning stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Helen Mirren. New additions include John Cena and Cardi B.

Watch the trailer HERE.



Jason Reitman directs the sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies and it has nothing nothing to do with the all-girl team from 2016. This one looks pretty creepy but has all the elements of the originals we loved so much. The trailer says it all.

We still don’t know much about what the story will be, but Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is also in the movie. There is talk that (thanks to Sigourney Weaver), the remaining original Ghostbusters will appear in the film.

Watch the trailer HERE.


This was supposed to be the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical everyone was talking going to be raving about last summer. Now we have to wait till later this year to see why.

In America The Warner Bros. title, like the rest of the studio’s 2021 releases, will stream on HBO Max the same day it hits the big screen. Maybe we’ll have similar access over here.

The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz and Dascha Polanco.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the chapter of the original Conjuring franchise, focusing on a real case they investigated in which a murder suspect invoked demonic possession as a defense for his crimes.

Michael Chaves, who directed the 2019 Conjuring spinoff The Curse of La Llorona, is director on this movie, with James Wan as a producer.

No trailer, but if you want to learn about the real story, you can do that HERE.


Here’s that man again, or should we say Manuel again? After the Oscar-nominated Moana and In The Heights, legend, and Hamilton God, Lin-Manuel Miranda goes back to his musical roots with a new animated musical.


This has been a challenge for all involved. The long-awaited Tom Cruise sequel flew from its June 2020 release date to the festive season and now lands right here in the summer.

In addition to Tom Cruise, the film stars Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Miles Teller and Jay Ellis. 

John Hamm, who had seen an early cut of the movie, said…..

“Obviously, there was no way it was going to come out this summer because this summer has been canceled, but when they moved it to Christmas, I thought it felt like it needs to be a summer release. It just has that amazing Tom Cruise, tentpole blockbuster, summertime thing.”

It’s so good. It rides the line so perfectly between the nostalgia of the first one and the newness of this next chapter in the story. Obviously, Tom knocks it out of the park and all the young kids are great in it. It’s just a really good story. It’s the movie equivalent of a fist pump. You’re just like, ‘Yes!’ It’s exactly what it’s meant to be.”

Watch the trailer HERE.


Emma Stone is starring in yet another Disney’s latest live-action remake of an old classic. In the vein of Maleficient, the movie is all about a young, and enigmatic Cruella (101 Dalmatians) and shows how she became obsessed with this doggu fur.

Add the brilliant Emma Thompson and Mark Strong to the mix, and it seems another Disney hit is on its way.



Just like Pirates of the Caribbean, this is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring. It was about to pull into port last year but has been sailing the seven seas since then ready for its release this year.

It’s set in the early 20th century, follows Dwayne Johnson’s riverboat captain and Emily Blunt’s scientist as they journey into the jungle to find the Tree of Life. Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons also star in the movie..

Watch the trailer HERE.


We last saw the minions in 1960s England before they met up with a young Gru. Whatever mischief the yellow ones get up to, expect them to be at it again for a long while yet. The first Minions movie made more than $1.5 billion globally and helped the Despicable Me franchise become the highest grossing animated franchise ever.

Watch the trailer HERE.


This was always set to be a 2021 movie, so not much of a change in the original release date. Shang-Chi will be the Marvel Universe’s first Asian-led film. Kim’s Conveince‘s Simu Liu is set to star, and The Farewell’s Awkwafina has also been cast in a role.


LeBron James‘ long-awaited Space Jam sequel will finally make it this summer. With Don Cheadle starring alongside the basketball legend and Ryan Coogler producing, there’s no telling how much fun the Malcolm D. Lee movie will provide.


This is the movie us PS4 gamers have been waiting for. Think Indiana Jones, with plenty of action. This is based on the popular video game series of the same name, and has actually been in development for around 10 years. Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland was confirmed to star in the film, and it officially went into production in early last year. Mark Wahlberg also signed on to co-star, and the movie got its director in Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer.

Here’s Tom Holland giving us a little insight into the script for the movie, with a sneak appearance from Chris Pratt….


As you would expect, a new movie from M. Night Shyamalan is shrouded in mystery, but it’s sure to be worth the wait. This is the first of two movies ‘Night’ is to direct for Universal in the coming years, and he never fails to deliver and surprise.



If you say his name often enough into a mirror, Candyman appears in the reflection and kills you. It seems that no matter how often his name was whispered, they simply couldn’t get him into the cinema.

This is a sequel to the 1992 supernatural horror film. The film takes place in the now-gentrified area surrounding Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, where in the original film a grad student was investigating an urban legend about a hook-handed killer.

Some movies have ended up on a streaming service, but the team behind Candyman is committed to a theatrical release. Some are saying this is the ‘most important’ horror film ever.

Posting on Twitter, the films team wrote…..

“We made Candyman to be seen in cinemas. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories – how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph and the stories we tell around it. We wanted the horror and humanity of Candyman to be experienced in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing Candyman to next year (2021), to ensure that everyone can see the film, in theatres, and share in that experience.”

Watch the trailer HERE.


Well, look who’s down to direct this one. Adam Sandler will make a lot of families happy to hear that he’ll be back for another go as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 4.


The first Suicide Squad may not be what we all wanted, but the follow up may redeem itself. Most of the cast is returning, with Idris Elba joining in a new role. They are also adding Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson and we hear Sylvester Stallone will be popping up too. James Gunn is down to direct before he returns to Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star Adrian Lyne’s (Director) thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a TrainThe Talented Mr. RipleyCarol), about a married couple at odds with each other who begin to play dangerous mind games, eventually leading to murder.


2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard didn’t exactly wow the critics, but it was a moderate hit at the box office, so why not give it another go? As indicated by the title, it’s Salma Hayek’s Sonia who now needs rescuing, so Michael (Ryan Reynolds) and Darius (Samuel L. Jackson) team up again to save her.

The main players are – Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Frank Grillo.


On the success of his acclaimed World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson now brings us a movie about the Fab Four. With some never-before-seen footage behind the scenes, the new documentary chronicles the Beatles as they record their 1970 album Let It Be, as well as their legendary performance on the rooftop of Apple Records in London.



This Kenneth Branagh-directed follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express, is based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name and finds Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) searching for a murderer while on vacation in Egypt.

It missed out on a release last year so was moved into 2021. The film stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French and Gal Gadot.

Watch the trailer HERE.


Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t seen the previous 3. Both Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O have said they’re keen to do more outrageous stunts and pranks on the big screen. All we know is that they have officially announced a release date, so let’s wait and see who jumps on (or off) board.


Not everyone loved the original The Boss Baby but the box office did, which means we are getting another helping of the little one. Alec Baldwin‘s fast talking baby in business will be back. The original director, Tom McGrath is also on board.

Watch the trailer HERE.



After all the will he, won’t he talk, Daniel Craig returning for his fifth and (possibly) final shot as 007. Back with him are favourites Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Best Actor-winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) is to play the villain.

No Time to Die was the first to move its release dates (many times) even before the pandemic had been labelled as such by the World Health Organisation. In the end, they settled on this year as the final go for Bond 25. 

Talking about the pandemic, Daniel Craig said…..

“This thing is just bigger than all of us. We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time. So fingers crossed, April 2 is going to be our date.”

Well that date didn’t quite work out, did it?

Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who’s armed with a dangerous new technology.

Watch the trailer HERE.


This is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel, and the film is everything the book is – an ambitious big-budget sci-fi film exploring fate, politics, religion, ecology and war amid the backdrop of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune.

There have been other versions of the book, but all have fallen short of the mark. This time however, it seems the team have nailed it. Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard.

Watch the trailer HERE.


The 2018 sequel was such a huge hit that there was no laying Michael to rest. Two more films close out a new trilogy. The second instalment sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her grown-up daughter (Judy Greer). It’ll be in our cinemas by, well, Halloween unsurprisingly. Jamie Lee couldn’t stop Michael but the pandemic did last year.

The team said on Twitter……

“If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year,”

An Imax run is planned, and the follow-up Halloween Ends is already in the works.

Watch the trailer HERE.

The Last Duel

It’s been two years since Ridley Scott reshot All The Money In The World just weeks before it hit the cinema. This time, he’s taking on history with this Edwardian tale of knights and maidens. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite, with Killing Eve‘s star Jodie Comer joining the cast.


We understand this could be a bit of an origin story for Snake Eyes, the mute ninja/commando in the live-action G.I. Joe film franchise will be out on his own. Snake Eyes’ was once close friends with enemy ninja Storm Shadow and the fact that an explosion not only severely disfigured his face but also destroyed his vocal cords. Which makes us think this will be a prequel, especially as they’ve got Henry Golding to play the role.



The star-studded Marvel film, directed by Chloé Zhao, moved from its November 2020 release date to February this year, it now seems November is the preferred option. Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden (yes the guy from Bodyguard and GOT), Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani.

Watch the trailer HERE.

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Austin Butler won the role of the King of Rock and Roll for this biopic from Warner Brothers. With Baz Lurhmann on board to write and direct, this will be an incredible cinematic experience. Tom Hanks is also in the movie too.


Demands are high from Mr Cruise, as you may have heard in the leaked on-set rant (go searching for it).Tom Cruise will be back in action for the seventh instalment in the franchise with him doing his own death-defying stunts. 

Christopher McQuarrie will also be back as writer and director after filling those roles in the last two movies.



Here in the SOUTH WALES LIFE office we are so excited about this one. Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake was delayed nearly a year, it was announced in September, then moving from last December to December 2021.

The musical stars Ansel Elgort, The Prom‘s Ariana DeBose and newcomer Rachel Zegler.

No trailer as yet but IMDB have put together a really nice feature about WSS, which you can see HERE.


For the third time Tom Holland will play Peter Parker, we understand there’ll be game-changing plot elements at play. And that, we’re afraid, is all we know.


Never in a million universes did we think we’d see another, but somehow, Neo and Trinity are set to return to the world of The Matrix, with another sci-fi action-adventure set in the world digital.

No Agent Smith or Morpheus this time around, but people like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Priyanka Chopra are joining the cast. The film was planned for 2022 but looks set to be our Christmas treat this year.


This should have been the Christmas movie last year, then it was moved to the summer, but finally it looks like it’ll be this December. The animated film is about a koala talent agent and will see most of the original cast return, with the addition of Idina Menzel and Selena Gomez.

The main players are – Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, John C. Reilly, Idina Menzel, Resse Witherspoon, Nick Kroll and Scarlett Johansson.


With Robert Downey Jr. no looking suiting up in Iron time for another long awaited Sherlock Holmes sequel. Unbelievably, it’s now 10 years since the last. Rachel McAdams is back as Irene Adler. Bohemian Rhapsody director (and child star) Dexter Fletcher is at the helm of this, so expect great things.


This is Writer-Director Damien Chazelle’s fifth film and like his Oscar-winning La La Land, is another tribute to old-school Hollywood. The story deals with that moment between silent films becoming the “talkies,” and both Emma Stone and Brad Pitt are rumoured to be starring in the film.

Also some time this year (maybe) Reese Witherspoon is back in LEGALLY BLONDE 3. It’s also be a case of – “She’s a Barbie girl, in her Barbie World” Yes, Margot Robbie stars as BARBIE.

Based on Amanda Brown’s novel of the same name, Legally Blonde emerged as a surprise critical and commercial hit, giving Reese one of her most memorable characters. The film grossed $141 million worldwide, and if the sequel didn’t quite live up to it, that was perhaps inevitable.

No new trailer as yet we’re afraid, so here’s the original.


Tommy, Chucky and the rest of the gang are back! This new live-action remake of the classic Nickelodeon cartoon is bound to be a box office hit.


Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this supernatural thriller about a small-town teacher and her sheriff brother who find themselves in a waking nightmare when they discover one of her students is harboring a terrifying secret in his attic.

Watch the trailer HERE.


We don’t know anything about this as yet, other than it’s a sequel to the surprise hit of 2019.


Thank heavens for this. We’ve been waiting forever for a movie adaption of Wicked, it seems this year we’ll finally get it. No cast details have been announced yet, but with the likes of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to live up to, the main star has big shoes to fill.


Dwayne Johnson has had his name on this project for 8 years now. He’ll finally hit the big screen as the all-powerful antihero. As the nemesis to Zachary Levi‘s Shazam.


Originally planned for release 4 years ago, the star-studded animated feature will finally make it this year. Inspired by Mel Brooks‘ classic western Blazing Saddles, the cast includes Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.


This has been one of Guillermo del Toro’s passion projects, and it will also be his first dip into animation. Del Toro calls it a “brutalist fable.” This was picked up by Netflix and given a 2021 release date; whether it’ll make into our cinemas remains to be seen.

To see the full list of release dates, just go here. MOVIE INSIDER.


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