Last year Netflix released over a hundred new films and TV shows. This year, the streaming giant continues that trajectory with a slate of Netflix Originals consisting of films, specials and series scheduled throughout 2021.
For subscribers, there certainly will not be a shortage of new shows to catch on the platform. From big films to original series, these are the new Netflix Originals you will want to stream this 2021.
Outside The Wire (15 January)
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris.
Anthony Mackie has made playing super hero types his calling card in recent years. In Outside the Wire, the actor portrays an android super soldier who is tasked with locating a doomsday device. The story takes place in the future, where America is a large peacekeeping force with human troops and robot combatants. Mackie stars as Captain Leo who takes drone pilot Lieutenant Harp (Damon Idris) under his wing. After being dispatched into a demilitarised zone to apprehend a warlord, they discover there is more to the mission than they were led to believe.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Rory Culkin, Krysta Rodriguez.
Producer Ryan Murphy brings us this biographical series based on the life of American fashion designer, Roy Halston Frowick. Known as Halston, the designer was renowned for his minimalist clean designs and his ties to Studio 54. The new Netflix Originals limited series sees Ewan McGregor star as the Iowa-born designer who rose to fame in the ’70s and ’80s. The story also chronicles a well-documented hostile takeover bid, which sees him battling for the control of his name.
Red Notice (TBA)
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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot.
Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds’ brief interaction in Hobbs & Shaw certainly left audiences wanting more. And the two biggest stars in the world were only too happy to comply. Johnson and Reynolds will bring their collective star power to the action-comedy Red Notice. The caper will see Johnson portray an FBI Agent tasked to hunt down Reynolds’ character who is a conman. Along for the ride is Gal Gadot who takes on the role of a highly skilled art thief.
Tick, Tick…Boom! (TBA)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Bradley Whitford, Alexandra Shipp.
Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical musical comes to life at the hands of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Incidentally, Tick, Tick…Boom! also marks the directorial debut for the Hamilton creator. Andrew Garfield stars as Jon, an aspiring theatre composer who questions his life choices as he awaits his big break. Waiting tables in New York, he sets out to write what he hopes will be the next great American musical.
Army of the Dead (TBA)
Starring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell.
Zack Snyder has been a busy man in recent months. In addition to finishing the Snyder Cut of the Justice League, he is also wrapping up this horror-actioner. Army of the Dead is being described as a zombie heist film set in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. The story revolves around a group of mercenaries who must venture into a quarantine zone to pull off a major heist. Incidentally, this is Snyder’s first zombie film since he helmed the Dawn of the Dead reboot in 2004.
Cowboy Bebop (TBA)
Starring: John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda.
Anime fans have been waiting for years to see a live-action version of Cowboy Bebop. This year they get their wish with this new drama series starring John Cho. Based on the hit anime from the late ’90s, the science-fiction series centres on a group of intergalactic bounty hunters. Their mission — to hunt down the galaxy’s most feared criminals, all for the right price, naturally.