We are here to talk and know about all the upcoming shows for which HBO Max is gearing up, which gives English shows’ lovers and fans an awesome and extremely busy 2021, a back-to-back show schedule, and it is full of new movies and TV shows. Let’s look at each of them!!
Launched in May 2020, the WarnerMedia streaming service didn’t yet celebrate its first anniversary, but they are prepared to make movies to give competition to industry leaders.
Just after making their debut, HBO Max depended on acquired content rather than original ones. That changed when more Max Originals were released over the rest of 2020. These included notable TV titles like Raised By Wolves and The Flight Attendant. HBO Max presented great hits like An American Pickle, Unpregnant, The Witches, and Superintelligence among most movies.
Due to the delays and lags in work for the pandemic, Warner Bros. decided to stream all their scheduled 2021 films on HBO Max together with their theatrical release. The films would be available to HBO Max subscribers for one month after the title drops; the first to carry out was Wonder Woman 1984. Here we will give you an idea of what’s currently about to debut in 2021 through HBO Max!
Locked Down – January 2021
Locked Down is the first major Max Original film to debut in 2021. It is a rom-com by director Doug Liman about a couple, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who planned to separate, incidentally just when the mandatory lockdown began. They are brought closer, as they are forced to live together when a heist emerges. Ben Stiller, Stephen Merchant, Ben Kingsley, Mindy Kaling, and Lucy Boynton are part of the film’s remaining cast.
The Little Things – January 29 (WB)
The Little Things is the first major Warner Bros. title to hit HBO Max in 2021 along with a theatre release. John Lee Hancock’s crime-thriller centers around a Deputy Sheriff named Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) who clashes with an L.A. detective, Sergeant Jim “Jimmy” Baxter (Rami Malek) during an investigation into a serial killer. Jared Leto and Natalie Morales are the leads for the feature film.
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Judas and the Black Messiah: February 12 (WB)
Starting on February 12, Judas and the Black Messiah by Shaka King will stream on HBO Max for one month. It is based on the life of Fred Hampton and is set in the 1960s. It centers on petty criminal William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), who agrees to serve as an FBI informant to take down the well-known Black Panther Party chairman. Daniel Kaluuya will portray Hampton. The cast also includes Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Martin Sheen, Algee Smith, and Lil Rel Howery
Tom & Jerry – February 26 (WB)
Tom & Jerry, the all-time favorite cast and mouse duo, made popular by Hanna-Barbera, will reunite for a new WB film. It is set to release on HBO Max in late February.
The film will have a blend of live-action instead of full animation, which focuses on a hotel employee having the task to get Jerry out of the building, getting assistance from Tom. The rest of the live-action cast includes Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong.
The Many Saints Of Newark – March 12 (WB)
The Many Saints of Newark is a much-awaited prequel to The Sopranos and will be heading to HBO Max this spring alongside running in the theatres. In the ’60s and ’70s, the film concerns itself with Newark, New Jersey, between the Italian-American and African-American communities.
Michael Gandolfini acts as young Tony Soprano, originally acted by his late father, James. Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Corey Stoll, John Magaro, Jon Bernthal, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga are among the others
Zack Snyder’s Justice League – March 2021
Zack Snyder’s 2017 movie, Justice League, is a much-awaited one and will make a debut on HBO Max in the spring of 2021. The film is getting released by the streamer in a four-part miniseries, instead of a typical film.
The alternate version is known as the “Snyder Cut,” followed by a single cut of the film, and it will combine each episode. The Snyder Cut features Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher in their DCEU roles, while Ray Porter, Jared Leto, and Joe Manganiello are in the reshoot version.
Mortal Kombat – April 16 (WB)
Mortal Kombat is set to arrive on HBO Max in mid-April, which marks the directorial debut of Simon McQuoid.The new film is a reboot based on the popular video games while being the third installment of the franchise. The cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, and Joe Taslim Sub-Zero.
Godzilla Vs. Kong – May 21 (WB)
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth installment of the MonsterVerse, with Adam Wingard at the helm. It will serve as a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming one focuses on both monsters’ face-off in an epic battle as all creatures of the planet are under the threat of vanishing.
Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler will come back in their original roles. The others in the cast are Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, and Jessica Henwick.
Friends Reunion Special – Mid 2021
The One Where They Got Back Together was a provisional title of a Friends reunion, and HBO Max advertised its possible before launching it.
It was previously meant to release in May 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused delays. The original cast and writers from the beloved sitcom are about to reunite for the film in March 2021, meant to air just a few months later.
Also referred to as The Conjuring 3 is one of the upcoming horror movies that will release on HBO Max. The film will bring back Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in their famous roles, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film will be the eighth installment in The Conjuring Universe. The new film will mostly focus on an eerie case based on the murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson from the year 1981. Ruairi O’Connor and Ronnie Gene Blevins also have major roles in the horror movie.
In The Heights – June 18 (WB)
Based on the stage musical of the same name by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights is one of the movies set to get the release on both HBO Max and theaters in mid-June 2021.
The film’s plot will mainly focus on the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City, which belongs to bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos). The film includes some stellar casts, including Corey Hawkins, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits, and Marc Anthony.
Space Jam: A New Legacy – July 16 (WB)
One of the highly anticipated sequel of 1996’s Space Jam. The film will be hitting HBO Max and theaters this summer. Space Jam: A New Legacy will shift the focus from Michael Jordan to LeBron James when the star basketball player and his young son get caught into the digital space by a rogue AI (Don Cheadle). Now James must lead Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes in a victory over the AI’s digitized basketball team, the fellow basketball players are all set to appear in the upcoming film, and the supporting casts include Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Nneka Ogwumike and Diana Taurasi.
The Suicide Squad – August 6 (WB)
While taking a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, We will witness James Gunn moved to WB to develop The Suicide Squad: The DCEU’s next installment will serve as the soft reboot & standalone sequel of 2016’s first Suicide Squad film.
New and old members of the antihero team are now will be sent to a South American island to destroy a Nazi-era prison lab that is known as Jotunheim. The Cast for the films will include names like Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis will also be reprising her role. There will be some newcomers in the cast as well, like Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, the WWE Superstar John Cena, and Our favorite Sylvester Stallone.
Dune – October 1 (WB)
Despite the early pushback from director Denis Villeneuve regarding the WB’s wish on streaming films on HBO Max and theaters. Dune is still one of the most anticipated films of 2021, which is set to release in the fall of 2021.
The film is based on the first half of the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert; the plot will follow Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet: Who is a gifted young man tasked with traveling across the dangerous planet of Arrakis to protect his family and his future. The supporting cast includes the likes of Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, who will play Paul’s parents. There are also some additional casts as well in the film they are: Josh Brolin, Stellan, Dave Bautista, Skarsgård, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa.
King Richard – November 19 (WB)
WB’s forthcoming biographical film, King Richard, will mainly focus on Richard Williams: the father of star tennis players named Venus and Serena Williams. The movie will mainly focus on the detail of the lives of the girls after they received coaching from their father and became successful in their careers.
The Father’s role will be portrayed by none other than Will Smith. The project will be directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. In the cast, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton will be playing the characters of Venus and Serena, respectively. Additionally, the cast also includes Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott.
The Matrix 4 – December 22 (WB)
After co-creating the first three installments of the Matrix franchise. Lana Wachowski will be back with the brand new installment of The Matrix 4. The film is all set to release on HBO Max and theaters by the fall of 2021.
Although not much about the film has been revealed yet, the plot of The Matrix will feature returning cast members such as Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lambert Wilson, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Daniel Bernhardt.
No Sudden Move – TBA
No Sudden Move is another major Hbo Max Original movie expected to arrive by the fall of 2021. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film is a crime thriller genre that is set in the year 1955 as a group of small-time criminals from Detroit who are attempting to steal a specific document before they fell into a trap. The movies include some stellar casts such as Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Amy Seimetz, Kieran Culkin & Brendan Fraser. The filming has already been wrapped up, and the movie is currently in the pre-production stage, but it is still on track to get release soon.
Gossip Girl – TBA
The popular series used to air on The CW back in 2007 to 2012. HBO Max’s new forthcoming film Gossip Girl will be serving as the soft reboot and sequel. It almost took eight years after the original, following a new group of some Manhattan private school teens that are being watched by “Gossip Girl.” With social media much more prominent than it was nearly a decade ago, the reboot will also be going to feature some of the major changes as this time, it will have much more adult content as well. Kristen Bell will be reprising her role as the narrator with a cast that includes Emily Alyn Lind, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Tavi Gevinson, and Thomas Doherty.
The Boondocks – TBA
HBO Max will be debuting The Boondocks, a CN original series based on Aaron McGruder’s comic strip, as a part of their adult animated shows. The series is about a Black family, the Freemans, who are settled into an overall white suburb of Woodcrest.
The Prince – TBA
Apart from The Boondocks, another adult animated comedy that premiered in HBO Max is The Prince. It is a political satire series developed by Gary Janetti and about six-year-old Prince George and how he makes life difficult for his royal family. Janetti is acting in the titular character in a cast that has names like Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashād, Alan Cumming, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, and Dan Stevens.
Aquaman: King Of Atlantis – TBA
Aquaman is coming to HBO Max in a tripartite animated series. Aquaman: King of Atlantis is produced by James Wan and starts with Aquaman’s first day as the leader of the underwater kingdom. Vulko and Mera will advise the king in face of the threats faced by him including his half-brother.
Young Justice Season 4 – TBA
Young Justice was originally showed on Cartoon Network before acquired by DC Universe from season 3. The series will move to HBO Max for the upcoming fourth season. Season 4 of Young Justice is subtitled Phantoms and about DC superheroes of all ages. Though the time of arrival of the new season is not known, developments are on from 2019.
Young Love – TBA
The award-winning short film Hair Love with its sequel, Young Love is about to come in HBO Max. It will have Matthew A. Cherry is as the showrunner for the animated series, and millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri, and the family’s pet cat Rocky. The show will show struggles of parenthood, marriage, careers, along with socially relevant issues and generational dynamics.
Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai – TBA
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is set to debut sometime in 2021, but was first announced in 2019.
It is an animated series by Tze Chun and a prequel to 1984’s Gremlins, they share the story of Sam Wing meeting Gizmo.
There are no updates about the vast except for Howie Mandel not being the voice of Gizmo.
Jellystone! – TBA
When Jellystone! arrives on HBO Max Yogi Bear will focus on a TV series for the first time after 1991’s Yo Yogi! The series will probably come by the end of 2021.
It is an animated series by C. H. Greenblatt which features Yogi Bear and other Hanna-Barbera characters like Cindy Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Boo-Boo Bear, and Snagglepuss, living in the town of Jellystone. Jeff Bergman will be the voice of Yogi Bear.
Station Eleven – TBA
Station Eleven is based on the 2014 novel by Emily St. John Mandel and is expected to debut on HBO Max before 2021 end. Written by Patrick Somerville, it is about the aftermath of a flu-like pandemic in which much of the world’s population is finished.
Mackenzie Davis has been roped in for the lead role and the remaining cast has names like Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Gael García Bernal, and Danielle Deadwyler.
Tokyo Vice – TBA
Based on a book by Jake Adelstein, with the same title, Tokyo Vice is an upcoming crime drama set in the 1990s, expected to arrive at some time in 2021. Ansel Elgort will be cast as Jake Adelstein, in the role of an American journalist who falls into the depths of the Tokyo underworld where the character relocates. Tokyo Vice features a cast made of Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, and Rinko Kikuchi.
Everything Else Coming To HBO Max In 2021
Though there are several other major titles to be expected to arrive in 2021, a few of those projects kept their announcements secret. Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern series has the possibility of arriving in 2021. The same goes for J.J. Abrams’ Justice League Dark drama.
As regards WB’s releases, few films are expected to arrive on HBO Max in 2021, but not all details have been received. The list has Clint Eastwood’s western drama, Cry Macho, James Wan’s thriller Malignant, Reminiscence, a sci-fi drama starring Hugh Jackman, and an action film by Angelina Jolie titled Those Who Wish Me Dead. Stay tuned for more information!!
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