From the Gossip Girl reboot, to Sally Rooney’s new book, here’s what you’re going to be watching and reading in 2021…
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016),Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Black Widow was due for release in 2020, but we all know how that went. Fingers crossed we will finally get to see this movie on 7 May.
Promising Young Woman
Another movie we were supposed to see in 2020 was Promising Young Woman.
Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.
Fun fact: Promising Young Woman was written and directed by Emerald Fennell, who stars in The Crown as Camilla Shand.
Promising Young Woman will be available on video on demand on January 15, 2021.
The French Dispatch
The staff of a European publication decides to publish a memorial edition highlighting the three best stories from the last decade: an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.
It is currently planned for a May 2021 release.
To All The Boys: Always And Forever
The final movie in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series is finally here!
As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips lead her to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation.
To All The Boys: Always And Forever will be released on Netflix February 12th.
The Kissing Booth 3
The Kissing Booth 3 is scheduled to be released by Netflix in 2021.
The highly anticipated Gossip Girl reboot is set to drop in 2021 and we can barely contain our excitement. Expect this to be huge.
Sex Education Season 3
Sex Education season 3 is currently in production after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were some false rumours that it would be released in January 2021, but sadly that’s not true.
No release date has been set for Sex Education at this point but it will be worth the wait.
Frank of Ireland
Frank Marron is a 32-year-old catastrophe. A misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist in arrested development who thinks the world owes him something. But, nonetheless, he’s our hero. They don’t all wear capes, okay?!
Frank lives in Dublin with his mother Mary, and that’s fine. He is single and his pocket money hasn’t increased in a decade or more, but you know what?! That’s fine too. Frank is a musician, understood? He hasn’t written a song or played a gig in seven years and five months, but that is totally, 100% fine. His ex-girlfriend Aine has a new boyfriend Peter-Brian for the first time since they split, and Frank may be finding that a tad difficult, alright? When did they part, you ask? About seven years and five months ago, give or take a day, but that’s a total coincidence, just in case you’re wondering. It’s all absolutely fine. Frank is fine.
Frank of Ireland is described as “a physical and ridiculous brand of humour with an original twist“.
The show’s stars include Brian and Domhnall Gleeson, who also co-wrote the series, and Sarah Greene and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
Frank of Ireland will air in 2021 on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime.
After the success of The Mandalorian Disney+ is hoping for another hit with WandaVision.
WandaVision is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The series takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame.
After the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living the ideal suburban life in the town of Westview, trying to conceal their powers. As they begin to enter new decades and encounter television tropes, the couple suspects that things are not as they seem.
WandaVision is scheduled to premiere with its first two episodes on January 15, 2021, and will run for nine episodes until March 5.
Snowflake by Louise Nealon
Snowflake is the debut novel by Irish author, Louise Nealon.
Eighteen-year-old Debbie lives on a dairy farm in Kildare with her mother and her uncle Billy who lives in a caravan in the garden. Who knows what happened to Billy’s dreams, but now his company is a bottle of whiskey and the stars that hang overhead. Debbie’s mum Maeve’s grip on reality is increasingly tenuous, and she spends her days recording her dreams, which are more real than her daylight hours.
This world is Debbie’s normal, but she is about to step into life as a student at Trinity College, in Dublin. There she meets Xanthe and a new gang of friends, finding it increasingly difficult to navigate between the world of home, and her new life, coming to see that sometimes even the maddest of families are our real places of safety. A startling, honest, laugh and cry novel about growing up and leaving home, only to find that you’ve taken it with you, Snowflake is a novel for a generation, and for everyone who’s taken those first, terrifying steps towards adulthood.
Snowflake will be released 13 May 2021.
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney’s highly anticipated book after the success of Normal People is finally on its way.
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
Beautiful World, Where Are You will be released 7 September 2021.
Tokyo Ever After
by Emiko Jean
Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries in this irresistible story about Izumi, a Japanese-American girl who discovers her senior year of high school that she’s really a princess of Japan.
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.
In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
Tokyo Ever After will be released May 25, 2021.
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.
Malibu Rising will be released May 25, 2021.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating
Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.
Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.
Release Date: 25 May
What are you looking forward to watching and reading in 2021?