The Biggest Films of 2021


Harrison Zuritsky, Business Editor

Although COVID-19 has taken its toll on Hollywood, movies are returning at full throttle this year. Viewers will be able to see many mega movies this year that have been in the making for a very long time.


Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki
Release Date: January 15, 2021



Director: Kay Cannon
Starring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Sure, we might not need another Cinderella story, but what could be better than vocal legends like Idina Menzel and newcomers like Camila Cabello bringing a classic story to life?

The King’s Man
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Djimon Hounsou
Release Date: February 12, 2021 (formerly September 18, 2020)
Set in the early 1900s, Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency.


Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, unrelated to the all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig in 2016. Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is in the film in an undisclosed role.

Tom and Jerry
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney
Release Date: March 5, 2021 (formerly December 23, 2020), with a simultaneous release on HBO Max
The classic animated 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.

Jackass 4
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Both Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O doing more outrageous stunts and pranks on the big screen.

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson
Release Date: March 19, 2021
The first true test of Sony’s break with Marvel over Spider-Man and the various characters related to him will come in the form of Morbius, based on the Spidey villain who suffers from a rare blood disease and inadvertently turns himself into a vampire in a misguided attempt to cure himself.

The Boss Baby: Family Business
Director: Tom McGrath
Starring: TBD
Release Date: March 26, 2021
The Boss Baby might be rotten, but its monster box office take shows the audience is hungry for more. Fans of Alec Baldwin‘s fast-talking baby in business will be pleased to know he’ll be back to reprise his role in 2021.


F9 (The Fast and The Furious)
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Lucas Black
Release Date: April 2, 2021
It’s full-throttle and pedal to the metal for the Toretto crime/adventure/anti-terrorism/what-even-are-they family yet again. The new entry will bring the family back together to face off against a new villain played by John Cen, who happens to be Dom Toretto’s brother.

No Time To Die (James Bond)
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch
Release Date: April 2, 2021 (formerly November 25, 2020)
Recent Best Actor-winner Rami Malek is reported to play the villain, Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when he comes out of retirement.

A Quiet Place Part II (2021)
Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou
Release Date: April 23, 2021
Director John Krasinski returns to helm this sequel, which he also wrote, starring his real-life wife Emily Blunt, as it follows up with the Abbott family after the events of the first film.


Black Widow
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Release Date: May 7, 2021 (formerly November 6, 2020)
The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. We do know that she’ll be joined by David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and rising star Florence Pugh, and maybe Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will make an appearance.

Godzilla Vs. Kong
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry
Release Date: May 21, 2021 (formerly November 20, 2020), with simultaneous release on HBO Max.
It’s the showdown we’ve been waiting for since 2014’s Godzilla. Director Adam Wingard directs this climactic entry in Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse series, which continued in 2019 with Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols
Release Date: May 21, 2021 (formerly May 15, 2020)
Cops Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson will investigate a series of gruesome murders and find themselves at the mercy of a killer reminiscent of the past.


Sesame Street (2021)
Director: Jonathan Krisel
Starring: Anne Hathaway
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Details are scarce but the new live-action film is bound to feature all the favorite characters you remember. And with Anne Hathaway as the star, it’s bound to be delightful.

Minions: The Rise of Gru
Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson
Starring: Pierre Coffin
Release Date: July 2, 2021
We last saw the minions wreaking havoc in 1960s England before they met up with a young Gru. Perhaps their next adventure will be their first with him.

Top Gun: Maverick
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Filmmakers have recruited a cast of some of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood – including Miles Teller, who will play Goose’s son – and that Val Kilmer is officially back as Iceman.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina
Release Date: July 9, 2021 (formerly May 7, 2021)
Shang-Chi will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Asian-led film.

Space Jam 2 (2021)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle
Release Date: July 16, 2021, with a simultaneous release on HBO Max
LeBron James‘ long-awaited Space Jam sequel will finally arrive in 2021. With Don Cheadle starring alongside the basketball legend and Ryan Coogler producing,

Jungle Cruise (2021)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Following the path that Pirates of the Caribbean charted so successfully, this new film is based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star, respectively, as a riverboat captain and a scientist on a hunt for a magical cure in this Depression-era action-adventure.

The Suicide Squad (2021)
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney
Release Date: August 6, 2021, with a simultaneous release on HBO Max
The 2016 Suicide Squad may be rotten, but the 2021 follow-up might just redeem the series. Most of the primary cast is returning, with Idris Elba joining in a new role. The star-studded cast is also adding Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, and Pete Davidson.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)
Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank Grillo
Release Date: August 20, 2021 (formerly August 28, 2020)
The 2017 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?

The Beatles: Get Back (2021)
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: The Beatles
Release Date: August 27, 2021 (formerly September 4, 2020)
Utilizing never-before-seen footage, 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.


Uncharted (2021)
Director: TBD (Ruben Flesicher wanted by Sony)
Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg
Release Date: October 8, 2021
This Indiana Jones-styled action-adventure film, based on the popular video game series of the same name, has been floating around in development for more than a decade.


Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks
Release Date: November 5, 2021

Eternals (2021)
Director: Chloé Zhao
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Brian Tyree Henry
Release Date: November 5, 2021 (formerly February 12, 2021)
The second film of Marvel’s Phase 4 goes cosmic again with the Eternals. Most of the cast were announced in bits and pieces, with a big reveal at Comic-Con 2019 and another announcement in August 2020.

Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland
Release Date: November 5, 2021
After a tense stalemate between Sony and Disney, Spider-Man will be back for a third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the intense cliffhanger of the last film’s ending, we can’t wait to see what’s next for the friendly neighborhood hero.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (2020)
Director: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston
Release Date: November 12, 2021
The second Fantastic Beasts film didn’t manage to find its audience, but with a world as big as the Harry Potter universe, there’s bound to be something to draw them back in. J.K. Rowling is back as the screenwriter in this original franchise and Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as the enigmatic Newt Scamander.

Mission: Impossible 7 (2021)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Tom Cruise will be back in action for the seventh installment in the franchise that showcased his willingness to engage in death-defying stunts. Christopher McQuarrie will also be back as writer and director after serving those roles in the last two films.


West Side Story (2020)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Rita Moreno, Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler
Release Date: December 10, 2021 (formerly December 18, 2020)
Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name, which is itself an alternative take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is finally seeing the light of day in late 2021.

The Matrix 4 (2022)
Director: Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nei Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra
Release Date: December 22, 2021 (formerly April 1, 2022), with a simultaneous release on HBO Max
Somehow, someway, Neo and Trinity are set to return to the world of The Matrix, as Lana Wachowski is set to bring us another sci-fi action-adventure set in the digital world she helped create way back in 1999. We won’t get Agent Smith or Morpheus this time around, but actors like Abdul-Mateen II, Harris, Henwick, and Chopra are joining the cast.

Hotel Transylvania 4 (2021)
Director: TBD
Starring: Adam Sandler
Release Date: December 22, 2021
Adam Sandler might be busy raking in critical raves for Uncut Gems (Certified Fresh at 92%), but families will be happy to hear that he’ll be back for another go as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 4, just in time for a Christmas release.

Sing 2 (2021)
Director: TBD
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, John C. Reilly, Idina Menzel, Resse Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: December 22, 2021
Originally slated for Christmas 2020, Universal’s Sing 2 will release in summer 2021 instead. The animated feature about a koala talent agent will see most of the principal cast return, with the addition of Menzel and Gomez. Chances are it’ll be another family-friendly hit.

Sherlock Holmes 3
Director: TBD
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Release Date: December 22, 2021
With Robert Downey Jr. free from the MCU, it’s finally time for the long-awaited Sherlock Holmes sequel. By 2021, it’ll have been a decade since RDJ and Jude Law last brought their mischievous friendship to Victorian England. Rachel McAdams is back as Irene Adler, with a script from Chris Brancato, best known for his work in television on Hannibal and Narcos.