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Coronavirus has completely transformed our lifestyle and daily routines. The pandemic has caused national lockdowns in several countries, meaning a lot more time available for many people at home. It’s easy for boredom to set in from being at home, having nothing to do or look forward to as the future looks uncertain.
One of the few industries thriving amid the pandemic has been the streaming industry. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ have transformed the way audiences watch movies and TV shows. Movies that were supposed to be released in theaters are now aiming for an “over-the-top” (OTT) release. Cable network shows that would normally release an episode a week are now dropping entire seasons for viewers to binge-watch at home. Here are 10 movies and TV shows to look out for in the next three months.
“Lucifer” – Season 5, Part 1 (Netflix)
The devil is back for a fifth season! Or is he? Netflix released the trailer for the fifth season of “Lucifer” two weeks ago, in which we see Lucifer, or at least someone who looks exactly like him, returning to Earth.
Fans who already watched the trailer know that the first to escape from hell is in fact Michael, Lucifer’s twin brother, who has come to Earth with not-so-great intentions. Although the trailer reveals Lucifer’s eventual return to Earth, this season promises to give more of everything that the Lucifans loved from season four.
“Lucifer” was initially canceled by FOX after three seasons back in 2018. Following a massive fan campaign to save the show, Netflix picked up the show for a fourth season consisting of 10 episodes, which came out last year in May.
This season was supposed to be the show’s final season, which was why the show was split into two halves – 5A and 5B – consisting of eight episodes each. However, Netflix recently renewed the show for an extra sixth and final season, which meant the writers had to alter their original ending to allow for a season six to take place.
Season 5A of “Lucifer” drops on Netflix worldwide on August 21.
“Project Power” (Netflix)
Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback, this upcoming American superhero film tells the story of a former soldier that teams up with a cop to track down the source behind a dangerous pill that temporarily provides superpowers to anyone.
The trailer has already generated hype for the film, amassing more than two million views in two weeks. Other well-known stars appearing in the film include rapper Machine Gun Kelly, actor Courtney B. Vance and popular YouTuber Casey Neistat.
This R-rated superhero action film drops worldwide on Netflix on August 14.
“The Boys” – Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
Staying with the superhero genre, the upcoming season of “The Boys” is one to look out for. Based on the comic book of the same name, “The Boys” presents a world in which superheroes are recognized as A-list celebrities and owned by powerful corporation Vought International. The corporation markets and monetizes these individuals to the general public as godlike figures.
The only problem is that outside of their heroic personalities, most of these individuals are arrogant, selfish and corrupt. The show focuses on primarily two groups – The Seven, Vought International’s best superheroes, and The Boys, vigilantes who are on the lookout to hunt down the corrupted heroes.
Season one offered some of the bloodiest, violent and high-octane action seen in any superhero television show. There is not a single moment to breathe on this show. From the opening scene, viewers are locked in for a ride that constantly shocks you throughout the entire eight episodes.
Amazon announced a second season even before the first season was aired last July. A teaser trailer for the second season released on July 8, promising fans a more intense, more desperate and bloodier season of “The Boys.” Although season two is not available for streaming yet, Amazon has already renewed the show for a third season, leaving fans desperate to see the upcoming eight episodes.
Showrunner Eric Kripke has said that the first three episodes will premiere worldwide on Amazon Prime on September 4, while the remaining five episodes will drop on a weekly basis.
“Biohackers” – Season 1 (Netflix)
This promising new German television series tells the story of a medical student who enters a top German university, but is on a secret mission to solve the cause of her brother’s death, which involves a biology professor at the university.
After the success of German Netflix originals like “Dark” and “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast),” this sci-fi thriller seems to follow the method that has worked so well for these predecessors. The six-episode sci-fi thriller will offer viewers an intense and gripping show filled with emotion, drama and college romance. The trailer released just a week ago has already surpassed one million views and stirred up plenty of interest from viewers.
Season 1 drops worldwide on August 20 on Netflix.
“Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl” (Netflix)
Bollywood has been releasing content on OTT platforms almost every week since the pandemic started. Initially scheduled to release theatrically on March 13th 2020, this film is now being released digitally due to COVID-19. Netflix acquired distribution rights for the film for ₹70 crore (approximately US$9.35 million.)
Telling the story of the first-ever Indian female Air Force pilot in combat, the film’s trailer has reached almost one million views. The biographical film not only explores sexism within the Indian Army, but also tells an inspiring story of how to make your dreams become your reality. The film has a stellar cast including popular Bollywood actors Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl drops worldwide on August 12 on Netflix.
“Bandish Bandits” – Season 1 (Netflix)
The upcoming Indian web series “Bandish Bandits” is set to explore the themes of individualism versus traditionalism and whether a thing such as art for art’s sake exists. The musical rom-com has all of the things you want in a show – beautiful music and dances, great chemistry between the lead actors, stunning cinematography and an intriguing premise.
The ten-part series will feature original music composed by one of Bollywood’s most famous music groups, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Amassing more than 20 million views from its trailer in just a week, the show has already garnered significant interest from viewers for its impeccable cast, which includes legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah.
“Bandish Bandits” releases worldwide on August 4 on Amazon Prime.
“The One and Only Ivan” (Disney+)
After Disney’s latest mediocre live-action film “Dumbo," “The One and Only Ivan” hopes to redeem Disney’s catalog of live-action films. Based on a true story and a children’s novel of the same name, this film tells the story of a gorilla named Ivan trying to recollect memories of his past as he tries to escape from captivity.
Although the film’s plot seems quite dark, the trailer suggests it to be a lighthearted movie with some emotion and drama. Starring actors like Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren, this film is one to watch with the entire family when it releases.
“The One and Only Ivan” releases on August 12 on Disney+.
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
Anyone who is a fan of the Premier League has heard of the name Ted Lasso. The infamous character is portrayed by Jason Sudeikis in the promos of NBC’s Sports coverage of Premier League football. The character has become so famous among viewers that Sudeikis created an entire television series based on the character.
This upcoming American sports comedy series will tell the story of college football coach Ted Lasso, who has been recruited to coach an English football team despite knowing nothing about the sport itself. The series trailer shows Lasso in a fish-out-of-the-water situation as he struggles to fit in with English culture and his own coaching shortcomings.
Created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis, the series stars Sudeikis as Lasso, Brendan Hunt and Hannah Waddingham.
“Ted Lasso” is scheduled to premiere on August 14 on Apple TV+.
“The King’s Man” (Theaters)
Although this film will not be releasing on any streaming platform, it is set to release in theaters if the COVID-19 situation improves. The third film in the “Kingsman” film series, this film is a prequel to the first two films.
Starring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and many more, this film is one to be experienced on the big screen. Director Matthew Vaughn returns to direct, so fans can expect the film to be just as exciting and fun as the previous installments.
This upcoming spy comedy was originally intended to premiere on November 15, 2019, but it was pushed for a Valentine’s Day release instead. Then, it was pushed once again to finally release in the US on September 18.
If the situation in Hong Kong improves and theaters start opening up by September, the film will be available to view a day prior to its US release, on September 17.
Probably one of the most awaited films of the year was Christopher Nolan’s epic spy film “Tenet.” After Nolan’s masterpiece “Dunkirk,” fans were awaiting his next film for three years.
Originally scheduled for a worldwide IMAX release on July 17, the global pandemic has caused the film to be delayed three times so far. Now that the film is scheduled to release sometime in September, fans are eagerly waiting to view the film in IMAX once it is safe to do so.
Set to be Nolan’s most expensive film yet at a production budget between US$200-225 million, the film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan had been writing the screenplay for “Tenet” for more than five years after developing the central premise for more than a decade, which suggests that this film could be his most impressive and complex film so far. Actor John David Washington has publicly said that this film will dictate the next decade of filmmaking.
“Tenet” is set to start releasing from August 26, and Hong Kong is hopeful for a late September release if the COVID-19 situation improves.
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