Netflix announces slate of 70 films for 2021

Netflix Inc said on Tuesday it will release more than 70 movies this year to its USA customers across comedy, drama, family and other genres, a lineup that underscores the streaming service's growing prominence in the film business. Ten of the movies are in languages other than English.

We don't know when theaters will be able to start screening movies as normal, but Netflix has plenty of big releases coming our way this year which should more than fill the void. And Don't Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in a comedy from Anchorman and The Big Short's Adam McKay about "two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth".

Netflix is competing for viewers with a group of newer streaming services from Walt Disney Co, AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Apple Inc. Competition has intensified as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered movie theaters and left home-bound audiences searching for entertainment.

Directed by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda (his directorial debut, no less), a release date for the film is to be revealed - though Netflix has now confirmed it will be 2021.

While the major film studios have been hastily reassessing their release plans, the streaming service has enjoyed a string of hits, including films The Old Guard and Extraction and TV shows including Bridgerton. It also includes first looks at a ton of upcoming titles. Boom!, Halle Berry's Bruised, Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer's Thunder Force, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao's The White Tiger, Zack Snyder's zombie heist Army of the Dead, Joey King's The Kissing Booth 3 and Noah Centino and Lana Condor's To All the Boys: Always and Forever.