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Entertainment Round-Up: Anticipated Films of 2021

The year is full of potential for many things, including new and exciting films. You can expect sequels to beloved oldies, reboots of childhood classics, packed alongside fresh stories in both animation and live action; ready for the big screen. 

Coming to America 2

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Thirty years after the original movie was released, the cast of “Coming to America” takes the stage once again for a sequel. This classic Eddie Murphy comedy will be released this year and is highly anticipated due the original movie’s popularity. The sequel will focus on the son of the king of Zamunda and features some of the old cast along with new faces to the story such as Leslie Jones, Luenell, Teyana Taylor and Tracy Morgan. 

Gozilla vs Kong

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

This live action monster of a film has already begun sparking debates: who would win the fight? It seems as though the result has already been decided before the movie has even been released, but there are still many exciting performances to look forward to with this film. This film stars “Stranger Things” Millie Bobby Brown and Danai Gurira from Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.”

Eternals

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Marvel fans have much to look forward to this year. “Eternals”, yet another continuation of the Marvel universe, is gearing up to be one of their most inclusive films since “Black Panther”. This movie focuses on a race of beings called the “eternals” and their enemies called the “deviants.” While there are many things that are true to the comics, there are also fresh and fascinating takes in this installment in the Marvel universe. 

The Suicide Squad 2

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This is meant to be a standalone sequel to “Suicide Squad” of 2016. It will again star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and the teaser for the movie’s release reveals that Pete Davidson will play the villain of the film, Blackguard.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Expect this release to play on the nostalgia that millennials hold for the original beloved 1996 film, “Space Jam”. Lebron James teams up with the animated Looney Tunes cast to take on a high stakes basketball game against some evil aliens. This sequel will also feature other NBA and WNBA stars such as Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike.

Raya and the Last Dragon

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Swords, dragons, epic journeys and a charming female protagonist with a small child as sidekick is what this recently debuted animated film has to offer. This story takes place in Kumandra, a fictional land based off of South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam. The title character, Raya, goes on a journey to unite her fractured community.

Respect

Photo Courtesy of MGM

Due to be released in August, this movie is centered around the legendary life of Aretha Franklin and her success. It’s been revealed that Jennifer Hudson will portray Aretha Franklin, and many other known actors and artists will star alongside her including Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, and Titus Burgess. The film is gearing up to be impactful and inspiring. 

Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage

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The iconic super villain, Venom, is set to be released in June. As the title suggests, it will be a carnage and gore filled movie as the slimy villain wreaks havoc. This is meant to be a sequel to the 2018 film, “Venom”, and will again cast Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson.

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