The biggest anticipated films revealed at Hollywood’s 2021 CinemaCon
If you have no idea what I mean when I say CinemaCon then let me give you a quick rundown- it’s a place where major Hollywood studios debut upcoming films to cinema owners by showing off clips and giving behind-the-scenes details.
This year, the studios have really pulled out all the stops movie-wise and some of the projects creating a buzz include everything from Spiderman: No Way Home to a resurrection of The Matrix to Kristen Stewart in a Princess Diana biopic.
Here are the highlights from Hollywood’s 2021 CinemaCon
Spiderman: No Way Home
The biggest moment to come out of this year’s CinemaCon was the highly anticipated release of the trailer for the new Spiderman film.
If you have any form of social media you’ve most likely seen hundreds of clips and comments after the trailer’s release, considering it smashed the record for the most global views in the first 24-hours, previously held by Avengers: Endgame.
The movie will be Tom Holland’s third portrayal of Spiderman and hints have been dropped that it could introduce the multiverse plotline from the Spiderman comics. Basically, the entire Marvel fan base is beside themselves with excitement marking it as the must-see movie of the year.
Release Date: 17/12/2021
The Matrix 4
Another anticipated reveal came from the first look at the fourth Matrix movie. It’s been in the works for a while now, but it’s all been very tight-lipped until a glimpse at CinemaCon.
The title has been revealed as The Matrix: Resurrections. Footage was shown hinting at the storyline with Keanu Reeves back as a new take on Neo and will take on a more slow-mo, stylized action style this time around. The trailer also begins by introducing a new face in Neil Patrick Harris, who appears to play Neo’s therapist.
The basics of the plot will follow a lot of the original Matrix trilogy and sees Neo and Trinity forgetting their past lives and questioning reality. Reeves slips right back into his role as the iconic Neo and the movie will bring back nostalgic appreciation from all its dedicated fans.
Release Date 22/12/2021
Look, when I first heard Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman in the upcoming film, I was a little unsure about it (as many were). But there’s no denying that after the first trailer and some hype at CinemaCon, this movie is going to be good and skepticism has been pushed aside.
Director Matt Reeves has promised that this one will be “radically different” from other batman movies with the “most personal” Batman story ever delivered.
They showed off the trailer plus some new footage and behind-the-scenes features with a fiery new Batmobile look, Batman facing off against Catwoman, Andy Serkis as the classy Alfred and plenty of explosions, action and chaos you’d only expect from such a movie.
Release Date: 04/03/2022
Jurassic World: Dominion
Although not too much was revealed, this is one we are definitely buzzing about: the next installment in our favourite dino franchise.
Director Colin Trevorrow said Jurassic World: Dominion would be a “celebration of the franchise” and “conclude a story that Stephen Spielberg started in 1993”. It will be a glorious reunion of the holy trinity (Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum) alongside newer cast members and will centre around the question: if dinosaurs lived among us, would you be safe?
I think we can all guess the answer to that one, with first look clips of a mosasaur eating a helicopter and a T-Rex stomping through a city.
Release date: June 2022
If you’re any kind of movie buff, you’ve heard of the new Dune movie set to be released in October.
The trailer itself has already received over 30 million views, and CinemaCon was offered even more exclusive footage showing off immersive costumes, the iconic sandworm moment from the book and of course the all-star cast featuring Timothee Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson.
It had everyone who was in attendance overly excited, and we can’t wait to watch the scene when it hits theatres.
Release Date: 22/10/2021
The Crown was a smash-hit introducing us to a whole new world of Royal cinema, and if you’re a fan of that, you’d be wise to keep your eye on the new movie Spencer.
Kristen Stewart is set to star as Princess Diana in her most challenging role yet. The historical drama directed by Pablo Larrain is an imagining of what might have happened during the last fateful days of Princess Diana, taking place over the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
The production looks on point, and Stewart looks set to shine in the role with the perfect portrayal of a beloved icon. The footage at Cinemacon was praised by critics for her absolute nailing of the accent and embodiment of Princess Diana, with whispers it could be her road to an Oscar nomination.
Release Date: 5/11/2021
Attendees of CinemaCon were treated to a viewing of the entire Ghostbusters: Afterlife film and first impressions were nothing but positive with a sequel worthy of the fans.
The film is set 30 years after the second movie and follows a single mother and her two children who move to a small town and discover a connection to the original Ghostbusters team. It’s set to be the perfect mix of nostalgia and a stand-alone story and is one to watch when it hits screens.
Release Date: 2/12/2021
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