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All 27 2021 Netflix Movies Explained

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Netflix confirmed 27 movies are releasing in 2021, and here's every one of them. Hosted by three Red Notice stars - Ryan Reynolds, Gad Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson - Netflix's 2021 Film Preview video packs in a lot of information for curious streamers, which may feel both exciting and slightly overwhelming.

Netflix's preview video doesn't include all of their upcoming 2021 movies, but rather a select group of films across various genres - including their biggest releases. The sneak peek reveals that new movies will be released once per week throughout the year, which means that just over half are included in the clip. Several celebrities make brief appearances to hype up their upcoming projects, and Red Notice unsurprisingly receives the most attention during the the Netflix 2021 Film Preview.

With the streaming wars being more intense than ever, Netflix wisely enlisted some big names for their 2021 Film Preview. But while the star power and assortment of clips are indeed impressive, there's little information provided about details that audiences may be curious about.

Outside The Wire

Directed by Mikael Håfström, Outside the Wire follows a drone pilot named Harp (Damson Idris; Snowfall) who works in a militarized zone for android officer Leo (Anthony Mackie; the MCU's Falcon). Together, they seek out a device that could end the world. Outside the Wire co-stars Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) and Emily Beecham (Hail, Caesar!). Netflix's 2021 trailer features an aerial shot, along with Mackie's character doing a somersault and pointing his weapon. Outside the Wire released on January 15, 2021.

The White Tiger

As the latest feature from acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop), The White Tiger follows a poor man named Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav; Leila) who becomes a wealthy entrepreneur in India. The crime drama (release date TBA) co-stars Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and Rajkummar Rao (Shahid), and is based on Aravind Adiga's eponymous 2008 novel. The Netflix trailer features a close-up of Gourav, along with Chopra and Rao's characters embracing. The White Tiger releases on January 22, 2021.

Malcolm & Marie

Starring John David Washington (Tenet) and Zendaya (Dune) as the respective title characters, Malcolm & Marie follows a couple who celebrate their impending professional success but then argue about their relationship. The black-and-white drama was written and directed by Sam Levinson, with the Netflix trailer featuring close-ups of the primary leads. Malcolm & Marie will release on February 5, 2021.

To All The Boys: Always And Forever

In the third and final To All the Boys movie, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) finishes high school and imagines a possible life with Peter (Noah Centineo). Janel Parrish and Madeleine Arthur reprise their roles in the latest adaptation of Jenny Han's novel series. The first image in the Netflix teaser (above) shows Lara Jean with a content grin, while the second reveals that she's reacting to Peter - perhaps a "grand gesture" that's typical of rom-com films. To All The Boys: Always and Forever is scheduled to release on February 12.
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Yes Day

Based on the eponymous 2009 book by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld, Yes Day follows a couple who allows their children to set the family rules for 24 hours. In the Netflix teaser clip, Edgar Ramírez (Carlos) and Jennifer Garner (Alias) have fun with their children in Los Angeles. Yes Day co-stars Jenna Ortega (Iron Man 3) and Nat Faxon (The Way Way Back). Netflix will release Yes Day on March 21, 2021.

Army Of The Dead

Directed by Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead centers on a group of mercenaries who attempt to pull a heist during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. The main cast includes Dave Bautista (the MCU's Drax), Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), and Ana de la Reguera (Eastbound & Down). In the teaser, Netflix shows an aerial helicopter shot, an image of Bautista's character entering a room full of money, and visuals of the main characters engaging in battle. Army of the Dead will release in summer 2021.

Back To The Outback

Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) stars in an animated comedy about deadly Australian creatures who plan to escape from a zoo and relocate. The Netflix teaser includes a brief landscape shot and a character close-up (above). Back to the Outback co-stars Rachel House (Thor: Ragnorok) and Eric Bana (Star Trek).

Bad Trip

In Bad Trip, Eric André (The Eric André Show) and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) star as friends who travel cross-country to New York City. In the Netflix teaser, the main protagonists laugh together on the hood of a vehicle (above). Netflix hasn't announced a release date for Bad Trip.


Set in 1980s New Jersey and directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George), Beauty follows the titular character (Gracie Marie Bradley; The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders) who is on the verge of becoming a musical sensation. Written by Lena Waithe (Ready Player One), Beauty includes supporting performances from Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Sharon Stone (Casino). The preview clip includes a stylized character close-up (above), along with a complementary second shot of the two characters from a different angle. Beauty doesn't yet have an official release date.

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Bruised takes place in the world of mixed martial arts and marks the directorial debut of Halle Berry (Monster's Ball), who stars as a disgraced fighter named Jackie Justice. The Netflix preview shows Jackie walking through an arena, presumably before a big match, and the second visual shows her being hit by real-life UFC star Valentina Shevchenko. Bruised doesn't have an official release date yet.

Don't Look Up

Written and directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short), Don't Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) as astronauts who try to convince the public that a meteorite will soon destroy the Earth. The Netflix comedy features a star-studded supporting cast, including Timothée Chalamet (Dune), Chris Evans (the MCU's Captain America), Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street). The Netflix trailer includes six shots of DiCaprio and Lawrence preparing to depart from an airplane, with both characters appearing visibly nervous. Don't Look Up doesn't have an official release date.

Double Dad

A Brazilian film, Double Dad stars Maisa Silva (Carrossel) as an 18-year-old girl who flees from her hippie commune. The family comedy was directed by Cris D'Amato, who is best known for helming S.O.S.: Women to the Sea and S.O.S.: Women to the Sea 2. In the Netflix clip, Silva's character rides her bike and then smiles in a close-up visual (above). Double Dad is "Coming Soon."

Escape From Spiderhead

Based on George Saunders' eponymous short story, Escape from Spiderhead follows convicts who participate in a drug experiment program to shorten their sentences. Chris Hemsworth (the MCU's Thor), Miles Teller (Whiplash), and Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country) star as the primary leads, and the film was directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Top Gun: Maverick). The Netflix preview shows Hemsworth transporting Teller's character to an unknown destination. Escape from Spiderhead doesn't have an official release date.

Fear Street

Fear Street marks the first film of a trilogy based on R.L. Stine's eponymous book series. Set in 1994, the horror movie follows various teenagers in Shadyside, Ohio who believe that their bizarre experiences are intertwined, with Gillian Jacobs (Community) headlining the main cast. The Fear Street teaser includes a close-up of a scared female character, which is followed by a close-up of a masked character (above). A release date hasn't been announced.

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Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter's War), Kate follows a woman who gets poisoned and subsequently targets her enemies over the course of 24 hours. Meanwhile, she forms a bond with the daughter of a past victim. Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), and Woody Harrelson (True Detective). The teaser images shows close-ups of Harrelson (above) and Winstead, along with an overhead street shot. Kate will release sometime in 2021.


Set in Harlem, Monster follows a 17-year-old named Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.; Luce) who gets charged with murder. The character study co-stars Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), who appears with Harrison Jr. in the Netflix teaser. A premiere date hasn't been announced.


Directed by Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Moxie follows 16-year-old Vivian (Hadley Robinson), who publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose the questionable behavior of classmates. The protagonist then inadvertently creates a revolution, which was partially inspired by her mother, who is portrayed by Poehler (above in a close-up from the teaser). Moxie co-stars Josephine Langford (After) and will release on March 3. The teaser clip also includes a wide shot of teenagers leaving a building.

Night Teeth

In Night Teeth, a chauffeur picks up two mysterious women in Los Angeles and becomes immersed in a dangerous underworld. The Adam Randall thriller stars Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) and Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), along with Lucy Fry (Bright) and Debby Ryan (Insatiable) - both of whom appear in the above trailer visual. Night Teeth will release sometime in 2021.


Directed by the French filmmaker Alexandre Aja (High Tension), O2 stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) as a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no memories. The thriller co-stars Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace), and was written by Christie LeBlanc. Netflix's teaser includes a visual of Laurent's character who seems to be just waking up. O2 doesn't have a release date yet.

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Red Notice

In Red Notice, Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji) stars as an Interpol agent who tracks an art thief. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper), the Netflix blockbuster co-stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). Netflix's 2021 movie teaser includes various close-ups of Johnson, and shows Reynolds walking through a private plane. Gadot also displays her combat skills, and there's a comedic moment between the two male leads during a fight sequence. A final explosion visual teases the scope of production. Netflix hasn't announced a premiere date for Red Notice.

Sweet Girl

Sweet Girl stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman) as a man who seeks vengeance for the murder of his wife and attempts to protect his daughter, portrayed by Isabela Merced (Sicario: Day of the Soldado). The Netflix action film marks the feature directorial debut of Brian Andrew Mendoza, who previously produced the Momoa films Road to Paloma, Frontier, and Maven. The teaser clips show Momoa's character frantically running and later battling with someone. Also, Merced's character appears with a bruised eye (above). A release date hasn't been announced for Sweet Girl.

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall follows a man who seeks justice for the murder of his parents. Directed and co-written by Jeymes Samuel (They Die by Dawn), the Netflix western stars Idris Elba (Luther), Regina King (Watchmen), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), and Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country). In the first shot, King, Elba and Stanfield seem ready for a street confrontation, while the second shot shows an intimate chat between King and Majors. In the third and final shot (above), Majors and Beetz fire at unknown enemies. A premiere date hasn't been set for The Harder They Fall.

The Kissing Booth 3

In The Kissing Booth 3, Elle (Joey King; The Act) begins a new journey in college and must deal with the consequences of leaving someone behind. Vince Marcello directs the third franchise installment, which co-stars Joel Courtney as Lee Flynn and Taylor Zakhar Perez as Marco Peña. In the Netflix teaser, a wide coastline shot teases the "journey" premise, and the second clip show Elle embracing her long-time pal Lee. In the third and final clip (above), Elle and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi; Euphoria) have some fun in the sun, with Chloe Winthrop (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) right behind them. Netflix hasn't set an official premiere date for The Kissing Booth 3.

The Last Mercenary

The Last Mercenary stars iconic action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport) as a former secret service agent whose estranged son is falsely accused of drug trafficking by the French government. Directed by David Charhon, the Netflix film co-stars Eric Judor (Platane) and Miou-Miou (The Science of Sleep). The Last Mercenary teaser shows a stretched-out character (above), and also someone being smashed into a mirror. Netflix hasn't announced a release date yet.

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The Woman In The Window

Based on A.J. Finn's 2018 novel, The Woman in the Window stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as an agoraphobic character who spies on her neighbors in New York City. The Netflix thriller was directed by Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), and co-stars the aforementioned Anthony Mackie, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Julianne Moore (Magnolia), Bryan Tyree Henry (Atlanta), and Fred Hechinger (News of the World). In the Netflix teaser, three consecutive shots show Amy witnessing some type of crime, and then taking a picture. The Woman In The Window doesn't yet have an official release date.

Thunder Force

Starring Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Thunder Force follows two childhood best friends who gain superhero powers and protect their city. The Netflix comedy film was written and directed by McCarthy's husband and long-time collaborator, Ben Falcone. In the teaser clip, the main characters Lydia (McCarthy) and Emily (Spencer) share a knowing grin, and the second shot shows the former displaying her strength by throwing a vehicle, which is followed by the focal duo reacting to the moment. Thunder Force is "Coming Soon," per Netflix.

Tick, Tick... Boom!

Directed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, Tick... Boom! takes place in 1990 and follows an aspiring theater composer named Jon (Andrew Garfield; The Amazing Spider-Man) who seeks his big break. Tick, Tick... Boom! is based on Jonathan Larson's musical, and features supporting performances from Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men). In the teaser, a wide shot shows Jon at a piano in an empty building, while the second features a close-up of Garfield's character trying to avoid a library crowd. Tick, Tick... Boom! doesn't have an official premiere date.

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