Cinema-goers have another reason to hate the pandemic with all the much-awaited films delayed. In this list, you’ll find some exciting films with trailers and new release dates. Let us know your most expected ones in the comments.
A Quiet Place Part 2
A surprise hit from 2018 has a much-anticipated sequel. Emily Blunt has reprised her lead role with Cillian Murphy joining the cast. Part 2 will reveal how the blind aliens with super hearing came to invade the world. Judging by the tagline, the apocalypse survivors are expected to face more challenges rather than having to stay quiet.
Original release date: March 20
New release date: September 4
A Mulan film without Mushu. But there’s a witchy villain played by Gong Li no one asked for. Following the style of Disney live-action remakes before, Mulan will be much darker than the animated one. Much of the story line is the same, too.
Original release date: March 27
New release date: July 24
No Time to Die
Daniel Craig’s last (yes, this time for real) performance as Bond. In this 25th Bond film, we got Rami Malek playing as the main antagonist Safin. Bet he is the main reason for most people to go to cinema.
Original release date: April 2
New release date: Nov 25
It’s unlikely we’re gonna see this indie flick in Yangon’s cinemas since they mostly screen blockbusters. But something to look up on online stores or pirate sites (we don’t judge). It tells the story of a hospice nurse who tries to save her patient’s life while fighting the demons inside and outside her body. Its production company A24 brought to you unnerving horror films like Midsommar and Hereditary. Saint Maud was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 but the global release is still unknown.
Singer Janelle Monae’s character is time-travelled back to the pre-American Civil War era to face her ancestors suffering under slavery of the Southern US. How would she find a way to return to her time? What is the whole purpose of this freaky time travel? You find out yourself on the silver screen.
Original release date: April 24
New release date: August 21
As we’ve seen Black Widow’s fate in Avengers: Endgame, it’s intriguing to have a look at the spy’s past. The film is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War when Natasha Romanov is running from the hands of SHIELD and US authorities for helping Captain America and Becky Barnes escape. The film is likely to reveal secrets of the femme fatale and Operation Budapest, which was mentioned time and again in the past MCU movies. Robert Downey Jr will have a cameo.
Original release date: May 1
New release date: November 6
The New Mutants
Finally came out of the production hell, The New Mutants, an X-Men spin-off, is gonna hit the cinema. After Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the company reportedly did some re-shoots to make it “scarier”. The trailer shows five youths with gifts (or, curses?) languished in a creepy mansion. But after the last two X-Men films, the franchise is kinda lost steam. Hope the producers could come up with a fresh look this time.
Original release date: May 15
New release date: August 28
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
The first SpongeBob SquarePants movie to be fully animated in stylized CGI instead of the regular traditional 2D animation. The story will explore how SpongeBob and his pet Gary meet.
Original release date: May 22
New release date: August 7
For those who still love Fast & Furious films, bad news! The ninth installment (and 10th full-length film in the saga) is delayed almost a year. In F9, Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his team will face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob (John Cena), a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron), and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic. It will also feature a familiar character who was presumed dead.
Original release date: May 22
New release date: April 2, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984
Speaking of dead characters making a comeback, the sequel of the 2017 Wonder Woman has had fans excited with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine)’s appearance in the official trailer. We also saw Diana (Gal Gadot) still trying to make peace with Trevor’s demise when she isn’t kicking bad guys’ ass. The Orwellian name has fans discuss that it has something to do with the widespread of CCTVs in the late 20th century.
Original release date: June 5
New release date: August 14
Another journey with Tom Hanks! This time Hanks’ character Commander Ernest Krause will lead 37 Allied ships across the North Atlantic. They are also being tailed by a pack of German U-boats. Although it was first scheduled to hit the cinemas on June 12, now it will be aired on Apple TV+.
Pixar’s latest animated offering follows a teacher with a passion for jazz music. As he’s sent to afterlife (described as The Great Beyond in the film) after an accident, he learns what it means to have a soul. What if souls have feelings?
Original release date: June 19
New release date: November 20
Top Gun: Maverick
Ever awesome Tom Cruise proves he’s still one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood after all these years. Thirty-one years later the first Top Gun, the sequel shows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell struggling to come to terms with the past while training a new squad of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice.
Original release date: June 24
New release date: December 23
Minions: The Rise of Gru
The Despicable Me films are where you forget the story but remember the characters. And that character is Minions! The latest installment explores the early days in Felonius Gru (Steve Carell)’s villain career. He’s come across an established group of villains, Vicious 6, as trying to make a name for himself with the help of Minions. Michelle Yeoh, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, and Lucy Lawless lend their voices to the essential characters.
Original release date: July 3
New release date: July 2, 2021
Ryan Reynolds’ Guy is a side character in an open-world video game where Grand Theft Auto meets Fortnite. While working as a bank teller, Guy comes to realise that he is in a game thanks to an erroneous code. With his newfound knowledge, Guy tries to become the hero of the game.
Original release date: July 3
New release date: December 11
The French Dispatch
The fans of Wes Anderson might already know about this film. Set in the 20th century, it shows the life of staff at an American newspaper outpost in a fictional French city. The film is inspired by Anderson’s love of The New Yorker, and some characters and events in the film are based on real-life equivalents from the paper.
Original release date: July 24
New release date: October 16
The King’s Man
The story is loosely based on some real-life events from the early 1900s. As tyrants and transnational crime syndicates try to cook up a world war, a secret British intelligence bureau, Kingsman, will counter them. More actions and sharp suits guaranteed! The release date was first set for February 2020, and then moved to September.
In Marvel’s universe, Eternals are the first creations of the god-like cosmic beings Celestials on Earth. While tasked with the duty to protect humanity, they also have to deal with their evil cousins, Deviants. The film has a star-studded cast with the likes of Angelina Jolie၊ Salma Hayek၊ Richard Madden၊ Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani, Ma Dong-seok, etc. Trailer is not available yet.
Original release date: November 6, 2020
New release date: February 12, 2021