2020/2021 Upcoming Film Releases

From Mulan to Top Gun: Maverick, here's a list of all the films being released in cinemas this year.

The cinema industry looked as though it was getting back on its feet, with the release of Tenet and Bill & Ted Face the Music in August, but it’s now facing another series of setbacks with the risk of a second COVID spike on the horizon. Over the last week, a number of highly-anticipated films have faced further delays, from Marvel’s Black Widow (originally slated for May 2020 release) and Eternals (originally February 2021), to The King’s Man and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake – which has been pushed back by a whole year. Not all hope is lost however – films like Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and James Bond’s No Time to Die are finally arriving in theatres later this year, along with Gal Gadot pictures Wonder Woman 1984 and Death on the Nile – Kenneth Branaugh’s second turn as iconic detective Hercule Poirot. Here’s everything you need to know about the remaining films set to release in 2020, and all those coming up next year.

October 2020

The War with Grandpa

Studio 101

Date of release: 9th October

Cast: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Christopher Walken, Oakes Fegley, Laura Marano, Cheech marin

Director: Tim Hill

In this upcoming family comedy, Peter Decker (Fegley) wages a prank war on his grandfather (De Niro) after he’s forced to let him stay in his room.


Focus Features

Date of release: 9th October

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins

Director: Miranda July

This crime comedy-drama follows Old Dolio Dyne (Wood), the 26-year-old daughter of two con artists who begins to question the criminal path she’s been brought up to take in life.

The French Dispatch

Date of release: 16th October

Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray

Director: Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s latest star-studded comedy-drama centres around an American newspaper named The French Dispatch located in a fictional French city. There are three storylines told throughout the film, inspired by various real-life events.


Date of release: 23rd October

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Colman, Eric Andre

Director: Mike Rianda

Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, Connected starx Abbi Jacobson as Katie Mitchell, a film school student whose plans to start afresh at university are dashed when her family plans to drive cross-country there together by car. However, after electronic devices around the world stage a tech uprising, the Mitchells are forced to work together to save the world.

The Empty Man


Date of release: 23rd October 2020

Cast: James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Marin Ireland, Aaron Poole

Director: David Prior

Based on the comic book series of the same name, this supernatural horror follows an ex-police officer who, whilst investigating the case of a missing girl, comes across a secretive group trying to summon a horrifying supernatural entity.

November 2020

No Time to Die

Date of release: 12th November

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris

Director: Cary Jojo Fukunaga

In Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond, No Time To Die, 007 is enlisted by CIA officer Felix Leiter who asks him to search for a missing scientist.


Date of release: 20th November

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, Angela Bassett

Director: Pete Docter

In this latest Pixar film, Jamie Foxx plays Joe Gardner, a school music teacher who has dreamed of performing jazz onstage, but before he gets the chance to, his soul is separated from his body after an unfortunate accident. Gardner must work with other souls to return to Earth before his body dies.

Happiest Season

Date of release: 25th November

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy

Director: Clea DuVall

In Happiest Season, Abby plans to propose to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party, but realises that her girlfriend hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents yet.