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COVID-19: Space Jam, Top Gun and Bond

Written by on 30 May 2021

It’s been a long time for many of us since we last stepped foot inside a cinema.

The COVID-19-enforced shutdowns has meant that dozens of movies have seen their debuts on the big screen delayed, pushing back cinema releases by up to two years.

Major studios are now tentatively releasing films into cinemas, in the hope that movie-goers will start heading back to screens around the world.

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Below is a list of upcoming cinema releases in the UK that span the rest of 2021.

A Quiet Place II

When: Out now

Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy

Plot: A sequel to the 2018 film, it follows a family who live a world inhabited by monsters who have hypersensitive hearing – so must live their lives as quietly as possible.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Emily Blunt in a scene from Image: Emily Blunt is back for more silent survival in A Quiet Place II. Pic: Paramount Pictures via AP

Cruella

When: Out now

Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry

Plot: An origin story that follows Cruella de Vil from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians in 1970s punk London, as we learn what triggered her to start skinning dogs for their fur.

This image released by Disney shows Paul Walter Hauser, from left, Emma Stone and Joel Fry in a scene from Image: Emma Stone takes on the iconic Disney villain Cruella de Vil. Pic: Disney via AP

In The Heights

When: 11 June

Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Stephanie Beatriz

Plot: Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the musical In The Heights – about an immigrant community in a New York who are pining for a better life.

Anthony Ramos leads an ensemble cast for In The Heights. Pic: Macall Polay Image: Anthony Ramos leads an ensemble cast for In The Heights. Pic: Macall Polay

F9

When: 24 June

Cast: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Helen Mirren

Plot: The ninth film in the Fast & Furious franchise in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) must face his younger brother, Jakob (John Cena), an assassin, who is working with old enemy Cipher.

Cena (R) was doing promo for the next instalment in the Fast And Furious franchise. Pic: 2021 Universal Studios Image: Vin Diesel and John Cena face off in the latest Fast and Furious movie. Pic: 2021 Universal Studios

Black Widow

When: 9 July

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour

Plot: We’ve already seen her in the Avengers films, but now the Black Widow gets her movie, which follows the events of Captain America: Civil War and sees Natasha Romanov forced to confront a conspiracy about her past.

This image released by Disney shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from Image: Scarlett Johansson reprises her Avengers role for Black Widow. Pic: Marvel Studios via AP

Space Jam: A New Legacy

When: 16 July

Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Bugs Bunny

Plot: Some 25 years after the original, we get the sequel, which sees basketball royalty LeBron James zapped into cyberspace and forced to play the most important game of this life – with the Looney Tunes.

LeBron James and Bugs Bunny are both in the next Space Jam movie. Pic: Warner Bros Pictures Image: LeBron James and Bugs Bunny are both in the next Space Jam movie. Pic: Warner Bros Pictures

Jungle Cruise

When: 30 July

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall

Plot: Based on the classic Disneyland Ride and set in the early 1900s, a scientist takes her brother on a journey into the jungle to find the Tree of Life – but must outwit a rival German expedition.

This image released by Disney shows Dwayne Johnson, left, and Emily Blunt in Image: The Rock and Emily Blunt take on the Jungle Cruise. Pic: Disney via AP

Respect

When: 13 August

Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Marlon Wayans, Forest Whittaker

Plot: Aretha Franklin is the latest star to get a biopic, with Respect following the life of the singer and civil rights activist.

Jennifer Hudson in Respect. Pic: Quantrell D Colbert Image: Jennifer Hudson will play Aretha Franklin in Respect. Pic: Quantrell D Colbert

People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan

When: 18 August

Cast: Asim Chaudhry, Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin

Plot: From Hounslow to Tokyo – the Kurupt FM crew travel to Japan after learning one of its tracks has been used on a game show.

Focus Features Image: The Kurupt FM boys head out to Japan for their latest adventure. Pic: Focus Features

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The 10 Rings

When: 3 September

Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung

Plot: Another entrant into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Shang-Chi, who was trained to be an assassin during young age, is drawn into the secret Ten Rings organisation and forced to confront his past.

Destin Daniel Cretton, left, and Simu Liu speaks during the Image: Shang-Chi writer Destin Daniel Cretton and Simu Liu , who plays the titular character. Pic: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Dear Evan Hansen

When: 24 September

Cast: Ben Platt, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore

Plot: A Broadway and West End smash, the film looks at the unravelling of a lie told by the lead character who is battling anxiety and trying to fit in.

(from left) Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan) and Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) in Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen Chbosky. Image: Ben Platt (right) will reprise the role he debuted on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen. Pic: 2021 Universal Studios

James Bond: No Time To Die

When: 30 September

Cast: Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek

Plot: In Daniel Craig’s last trip out as 007, he is sent out to find a missing scientist – but is confronted with a villain who has a plan to kill millions.

In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo, actor Daniel Craig, second from left, is seen on the set of the latest James Bond movie 'No time to die' in Matera, southern Italy. The film is due out in spring 2020. (AP Photo/Fabio Dell'Aquila) Image: Daniel Craig will play Bond once last time in No Time To Die. Pic: AP

Dune

When: 1 October

Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac

Plot: Based on the 1960s novel, Dune is a sci-fi epic which sees a battle for a life-extending substance on the planet Arrakis.

Dune. Pic: Chiabella James Image: Man in-demand Timothee Chalamet is in the sci-fi epic Dune. Pic: Chiabella James

Last Night In Soho

When: 29 October

Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith

Plot: In this new psychological horror from Edgar Wright, a young woman is transported back to the 1960s in the body of her celeb idol, but the dark, shady world around her begins to fall apart.

Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie in Last Night In Soho. Pic: Parisa Taghizadeh/Focus Features Image: Anya Taylor-Joy appears in Last Night In Soho. Pic: Parisa Taghizadeh/Focus Features

Eternals

When: 5 November

Cast: Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden

Plot: Yet another inception into the MCU – the Eternals are a race of immortals who have overseen Earth for thousands of years, and now must protect the planet from the Deviants – their evil counterparts.

Still from Eternals trailer Image: Angelina Jolie and Gemma Chan lead an ensemble cast for Eternals. Pic: Marvel Studios

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When: 11 November

Cast: Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Sigourney Weaver

Plot: A mother and her two children are forced to move to a farm they inherit from their late grandfather – where they discover their link to the original Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters Afterlife. Pic: Colombia Tristar Image: Ghostbusters Afterlife will see a family connect with the franchise’s history. Pic: Colombia Tristar

Top Gun: Maverick

When: 19 November

Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm

Plot: Maverick and Iceman are back – but this time as flight trainers, as the new breed of aviators take to the skies.

Top Gun: Maverick. Pic: Paramount Pictures Image: Top Gun: Maverick will fly onto screens later this year. Pic: Paramount Pictures

West Side Story

When: 10 December

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

Plot: Steven Spielberg is at the helm for the latest retelling of this classic musical, which sees teenagers from rival gangs in 1950s New York, fall in love.

West Side Story Image: Steven Spielberg directs the latest reboot of West Side Story. Pic: Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Studios

Matrix 4

When: 22 December

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith

Plot: Well – we’re not sure, but the return of original cast members is exciting fans around the world.

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