Summer is here and blockbusters are back.
When the summer of 2020 was engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, the film industry was plunged into disarray with no way out of multi-million dollar blockbusters.
As confirmed cases appear to be declining and the number of vaccines administered increases, theaters have been allowed to reopen and welcome audiences again.
Summer is full of high-profile, big-budget movies to keep even the casual moviegoer entertained for months.
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Here are some of the most anticipated films of the summer:
“In the heights” (June 11)
Adapted from the Broadway musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “In the Heights” tells the story of a young bodega owner in New York who dreams of closing the store and moving on. However, once the family tragedy strikes, he begins to struggle.
Although it is not as well known as Miranda’s “Hamilton, “In the Heights” did well, winning four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical.
“In the Heights” is one of the films that will air for 30 days on HBO Max starting the same day the film hits theaters: June 11.
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Jimmy Smits, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Melissa Barrera, Marc Anthony and more.
“F9” (June 25)
The “Fast and Furious” franchise will be back with “F9” this year.
The film will follow the Daredevil team as they take on Dominic’s younger brother (Vin Diesel), a deadly assassin with a serious grudge.
Originally slated for release in May 2020, “F9” was among the films of the year to be gracefully retired until 2021 without much ado. The film will now hit theaters on June 25.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Helen Mirren and more.
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“Black Widow” (July 9)
One of the many Marvel entries coming up this year is “Black Widow,” which will follow Avenger fan favorite Natasha Romanoff in the time between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War. “
The story will see the super-spy go back to her roots and team up with former allies to face her past and defeat a new threat.
“Black Widow” is currently slated for a July 9 release in theaters and on Disney + for an additional fee.
Discard: Scarlett johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbor, Rachel Weisz, William Hurt and more.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (July 9)
In the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s “Space Jam,” “A New Legacy” will see basketball pro LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Toons characters in order to save his son.
The hybrid live-action and animated film will also feature appearances from favorite cartoons like Lola Bunny, The Iron Giant, Daffy Duck and more.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on July 9.
Cast: Zendaya, LeBron James, Don Cheadle and more,
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“The suicide squad” (August 6)
“The Suicide Squad” follows on from 2016’s “Suicide Squad” and will see DC’s fan favorite group of villains team up once again on an unlikely adventure to save the world.
The film saw cast reshuffles when it was announced that Will Smith would not be reprising his role from the first film, but stars like Pete Davidson and Sylvester Stallone were added to the set.
The DC movie hits theaters on August 6.
Cast: Margot Robbie, John Cena, Idris Elba, Sylvester Stallone, Pete Davidson and more.
“Free boy” (August 13)
The long-delayed “Free Guy” will see Ryan Reynolds play a bank teller who realizes he’s a secondary character in a violent but predictable video game.
When he takes matters into his own hands during a routine bank heist, he teams up with Jodie Comer’s Milly to be the good guy everyone needs him.
“Free Guy” will play in theaters from August 13th.
Rated: to be determined
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi.
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“Respect” (August 13)
Shortly after her death, Aretha Franklin’s story is told on the big screen.
Not to be confused with National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha”, “Respect” will star Jennifer Hudson as Franklin on his rise to stardom.
The film, which also stars Mary J. Blige as jazz icon Dinah Washington and Forest Whitaker as famous Reverend CL Franklin, hits theaters on August 13.
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald and more.
“Paw Patrol: The Movie” (August 20)
Based on the popular children’s cartoon, “Paw Patrol: The Movie” will see young Ryder and his helpful team of talented dogs attempt to stop an evil mayor from letting his town fall into chaos.
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“Paw Patrol: The Movie” hits theaters August 20.
Cast: Kim Kardashian, Dax Shepard, Tyler Perry, Jimmy Kimmel and more.
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