Warner Bros. 2021 Movie Preview


Warner Bros. announced all of their 2021 movies would be released in theaters and on their streaming service HBO Max simultaneously. This has ruffled the feathers of a few of their partners and filmmakers. These films will debut on streaming for a limited time. Then after a 2-4 week period they will leave streaming and then follow a traditional rollout.

Dates are subject to change.

The Little Things – mini-review

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Release Date: January 29, 2021

Genre: Crime Thriller

Director/WriterJohn Lee Hancock (The Blindside, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder, The Highwaymen)

CastDenzel WashingtonRami MalekJared Leto, and Natalie Morales

Plot: Denzel plays a Sheriff who’s sent to L.A. and becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer. Could it be Jared Leto? How could it not be Jared Leto?

Judas and the Black Messiah

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Release Date: February 12, 2021

Genre: Biopic-Period-Crime-Drama

Director: Shaka King

WritersShaka King and Will Berson

CastDaniel KaluuyaLaKeith StanfieldJesse Plemons, and Martin Sheen

Plot: the true story of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI at the age of 21.

Tom & Jerry

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Release Date: February 26, 2021

Genre: Animation/Live-Action Family Film

DirectorTim Story (Fantastic Four franchise, Ride Along franchise, Barbershop Franchise)

WriterKevin Costello

CastChloe Grace MoretzMichael PeñaRob DelaneyBobby CannavaleLil Rel Howery, and Ken Jeong

Plot: Jerry moves to a New York City hotel on the eve of the “wedding of the century.” The event planner then hires Tom to get rid of him.

Godzilla vs. Kong

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Release Date: March 26, 2021

Genre: Monster Action Movie

DirectorAdam Wingard (The Guest, Blair Witch, Death Note)

Writer: Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Deja Vu)

CastAlexander SkarsgardMillie Bobby BrownRebecca HallBrian Tyree HenryEiza GonzálezKyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

Plot: It’s in the title.

Mortal Kombat

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Release Date: April 16, 2021

Genre: Action/Martial Arts

DirectorSimon McQuoid

WritersGreg Russo and Dave Callaham

CastJoe TaslimChin Han, and Lewis Tan

Plot: Based on the popular video game franchise. If you do not know, this might not be for you.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Release Date: June 4, 2021

Genre: Period Horror

DirectorMichael Chaves

WriterDavid Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

CastVera FarmigaPatrick Wilson

Plot: The third film in the Conjuring franchise, 8th including spinoffs, is a story about demonic possession wrapped in a courtroom drama as a murder suspect claims possession as his defense.

In the Heights

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Release Date: June 18, 2021

Genre: Musical

DirectorJon M. Chu (Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Crazy Rich Asians)

WriterQuiara Alegría Hudes

CastAnthony RamosCorey HawkinsStephanie Beatriz, and Jimmy Smits

Plot: Based on the smash- Broadway hit by Lin-Manuel MirandaIn the Heights about a bodega owner in Washington Heights who dreams of a better life.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Release Date: July 16, 2021

Genre: Family Sports Animated Comedy

DirectorMalcolm D. Lee (Scary Movie 5, Undercover Brother)

WritersSev Ohanian and Ryan Coogler

CastLeBron JamesSonequa Martin-Green, and Don Cheadle

Plot: LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes for a sequel to the original movie that starred Michael Jordan.

The Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 6, 2021

Genre: Superhero Action/Adventure

Director/Writer: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2)

CastMargot RobbieIdris ElbaJohn CenaJoel KinnamanPeter CapaldiViola DavisJai CourtneyAlice BragaPete DavidsonTaika WaititiNathan FillionStorm Reid

Plot: The Suicide Squad, goes on a new, dangerous mission to South America.

The Many Saints of Newark

Release Date: September 24, 2021

Genre: Period Crime Drama

DirectorAlan Taylor (Terminator Genisys, Thor 2)

WritersDavid Chase and Lawrence Konner

CastAlessandro NivolaLeslie Odom Jr.Jon BernthalCorey StollBilly MagnussenRay Liotta, and Vera Farmiga

Plot: 1960s riots, when African-American and Italian communities fought. A prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos and featuring younger versions of the characters.

Dune

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Release Date: October 1, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy Epic

DirectorDenis Villenueve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario)

WritersDenis VillenueveJon Spaihts, and Eric Roth

CastTimothee ChalametRebecca FergusonOscar IsaacStellan SkarsgardJosh BrolinDave BautistaZendayaJason Momoa, and Javier Bardem

Plot: Based on the novel by Frank HerbertDune tells the story of a gifted young man Paul Arteries born into a dynasty who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure his family’s future.

King Richard

Release Date: November 19, 2021

Genre: Biopic Drama

DirectorReinaldo Marcus Green

WriterZach Baylin

CastWill SmithJon BernthalDylan McDermottTony Goldwyn

Plot: You know those tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams? Well what about their DAD? How brilliant was he? Don’t know? Well you will, as we have found another age appropriate role for Will Smith to play (Good on him, following Gemini Man and Bad Boys For Life he is one of the few major Hollywood actors to play his age. He should have been in the suicide squad sequel though)

The Matrix 4

Release Date: December 22, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi

DirectorLana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending, Sense 8)

WritersLana WachowskiAleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell

CastKeanu ReevesCarrie-Anne MossYahya Abdul-Mateen IIPriyanka ChopraNeil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff

Plot: Top Secret.

Reminiscence

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Release Date: TBA 2021

Genre: Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller

Director/WriterLisa Joy

CastHugh JackmanRebecca Ferguson, and Thandie Newton

Plot: A scientist discovers a way to relive your past, which he then uses to search for his lost love.

Malignant

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Release Date: TBA 2021

Genre: Horror

DirectorJames Wan

WriterAkela Cooper

CastAnnabelle Wallis

Plot: Under wraps.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Release Date: TBA 2021

Genre: Thriller

DirectorTaylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Wind River)

WritersTaylor Sheridan and Michael Koryta

CastAngelina JolieJon Bernthal,Nicholas HoultTyler PerryAidan Gillan

Plot: A teenage murder witness is pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness while being protected by a survival expert.

Apparently this is not as many films as WB released last year. Is this due to their new owner AT&T? What do you think? Sound off below.

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