The cry of ‘lights, camera, action’ can once again be heard in Hollywood as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
Here are six blockbusters which, all being well, should hit the silver screen next year.
1 Avatar 2The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster was able to re-start filming in New Zealand because the country is almost coronavirus free.It’s set under water and will also bring some more big names including Kate Winslet and Vin Diesel to add to returning original stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington.Due to be released in December 2021.
2 Jurassic World: DominionStars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are reportedly due to arrive back in London, where they will have to self-isolate for two weeks.Stars of the original Jurassic Park film Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will reprise their roles as giant lizard-chasing academics for a final time.However, it is CGI dinosaurs that usually steal the film even if they don’t win the day.Due to be released June 2021.
3 Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis film starring Tom HanksBack Down Under, but this time in Australia, director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic is expected to restart soon too.Filming came to a halt after star Tom Hanks, and his wife, the actor Rita Wilson, tested positive for COVID-19, but both later recovered.The currently-untitled movie will see Hanks portray Presley’s long-standing and famously tough manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Austin Butler will play the young king of rock ‘n’ roll.Due to be released November 2021.
4 Mission: Impossible 7Tom Cruise is set to star once again in the seventh film in the Mission: Impossible series.The latest in a long line of delays and difficulties for the Tom Cruise-starring spy action thriller occurred in late February in Italy, which was decimated by the virus early on.Filming was then moved back to the UK before being halted altogether.However, first assistant director Tommy Gormley told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that they hoped to go again from September and to still “visit all the countries we planned to”.Actor Simon Pegg plays Benji Dunn in the franchise.Due to be released November 2021.
5 The Little MermaidHalle Bailey will take on the role of Ariel, voiced in the animated 1990 film by Jodi Benson.
Disney’s live-action remake of the classic animation, starring Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, had to cancel its London filming plans just a week before it was due to start in March.Bailey, who went home to isolate in Los Angeles, has said she’s excited about the prospect of filming again.
She told Entertainment Tonight: “It’s just really coming together. I just feel honoured every day to even think about it or talk about, I’m like, ‘What the heck? That’s really happening?’”Due to be released November 2021.
6 The BatmanFilming for the new Batman movie initially began in Glasgow in February with the caped crusader seen riding a motorbike in the city.Robert Pattinson replaced Ben Affleck, after he hung up his cape, and the lengthy filming delay gave him chance to work on his fitness regime for the role.Zoe Kravitz will play the hero’s complex love interest Catwoman.Due to be released in October 2021.