Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, and More to Star in Upcoming Films

By Giovanna Brasolin

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses suffered, including the entertainment industry. Due to restrictions, movie theaters were closed and film shoots were halted. In 2021, that situation slightly shifted and spectators are now allowed to experience movies the way they did in pre-pandemic times. Among many great productions, movie fans can expect a lot of thrillers, horrors, romantic comedies, dramas and fantasy movies to be released this year. 

So, let’s take a look at what’s to come.

September 

The Woman King (Sept. 16)

Genre: Historical drama

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Inspired by what happened in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, The Woman King follows the Agoji, an all-female military unit who are fighting their enemies for the end of their slavery and their violated honor. This gruesome historical movie directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood stars Viola Davis and co-stars Lashana Lynch, John Boyega and Adrienne Warren.

Pearl (Sept. 16) 

Genre: Horror/Slasher

Distributed by: A24

Horror fans are in for a surprise as Ti West’s X, which came out in March 2022, is getting a prequel, Pearl. Mia Goth stars as Pearl, a young girl who dreams of a fascinating life but is trapped on a farm and has to take care of her father under the bitter eyes of her mother. The supporting cast consists of David Corenswet, Tandi Wright and Matthew Sutherland.

Don’t Worry, Darling (Sept. 23)

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Don’t Worry, Darling stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as an almost perfect 1950s couple who have some skeletons in the closet. This psychological thriller also stars Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine as the supporting cast. 

Blonde (Sept. 23)

Genre: Drama

Distributed by: Netflix

The adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Blonde, which took a decade to take form, was directed by Andrew Dominik and will star Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. 

According to a Movieweb article: “[The film] boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe.” 

Due to its sexual content, the movie is rated NC-17 and will find its home in the Netflix catalog. 

Hocus Pocus 2 (Sept. 30) 

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy/Horror

Distributed by: Disney+ 

Anna Fletcher directed the sequel to the famous Halloween favorite, Hocus Pocus, starring the original cast, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. Similar to its predecessor, Hocus Pocus 2 follows three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to life in modern Salem, and now, they have to stop the three witches from causing trouble.

Bros (Sept. 30)

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

From Nicholas Stoller, the same director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors, comes the first gay rom-com with a full LGBTQ cast from a major studio. Bros stars Billy Eicher as the main character and co-stars Luke Macfarlane as his love interest. Stoller and Eichner also wrote the screenplay that the movie is based on.

October 

Halloween Ends (Oct. 14)

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

The final installment of David Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy, Halloween Ends, stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode), a mother who is seeking revenge after Michael Myers killed her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) in Halloween Kills. The movie co-stars Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Nick Castle, and James Jude Courtney.

Black Adam (Oct. 21)

Genre: Action/Fantasy

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

In his first superhero role. Dwayne Johnson stars as the antihero, Black Adam, who received powers from the Egyptian Gods and was imprisoned for nearly 5,000 years. When he is freed, all he wants is to fight for justice his way. DC Comics fans will be introduced to the Justice Society of America and its members, including  Doctor Light (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell). 

Ticket to Paradise (Oct. 21)

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

After learning that their daughter is about to marry a man she met in Bali, a divorced couple travels to Indonesia and finds themselves working together to prevent her from making the same mistake they made 25 years ago. Directed by OI Parker, this romantic comedy stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Maxime Bouttier, Lucas Bravo and Billie Lourd.

My Policeman (Oct. 21)

Genre: Romance/Drama

Distributed by: Amazon Studios

This adaption of Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel directed by Michael Grandage is a gay romance following a closeted policeman in the 1950s as he gets entangled in a love triangle. Harry Styles, David Dawson and Emma Corrin star in this time-jumping film that will enter the Amazon Prime Video catalog on Nov. 4, two weeks after its release. 

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