Over the last few years, Netflix has doubled down on its original film content in a pretty big way. But in 2022, the streaming platform is shooting for the moon. At least, that’s what the first look at its film slate for the year indicates. Netflix just released a giant trailer—a first glimpse supercut, if you will—of what to expect from its roster of 2022 movies.
Sure, the talking to camera aspect is a little hokey, but there is just so much good footage here we’ll overlook it. Some of the footage is for films we’ve already gotten a brief look at. Like the Ryan Reynolds and Mark Ruffalo film The Adam Project. Plus a very brief shot at the Ewan McGregor-voiced Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. And then there’s the brand spanking new stuff.
There’s a first glimpse of Ryan Gosling and mustachioed Chris Evans in The Gray Man. And then, of course, our beloved Henry Cavill donning the pipe once more as Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes 2. And who is that but Benoit Blanc? Daniel Craig leads a new cast of suspects in a Greece-set sequel to Knives Out.
Just way too much to unpack! As such, here’s a breakdown of just a few of the movies we’re looking forward to from Netflix this year:
The Adam Project
Ryan Reynolds plays one of the titular Adams, who goes back in time to reunite with his younger self and his late father. Why? To save the future and come to terms with his past.
THE ADAM PROJECT directed by @ShawnLevyDirect stars @VancityReynolds as a time-traveling pilot that has to team up with his younger self and his late father (@MarkRuffalo) to come to terms with his past while saving the future. Also starring Jennifer Garner and @ZoeSaldana. pic.twitter.com/B20r5fscuM— Netflix Tudum (@NetflixTudum) February 3, 2022
Shawn Levy directs the sci-fi film. Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin wrote the script. Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, with Catherine Keener, and Zoe Saldaña.
Jamie Foxx as a vampire hunter and a union man? Say less! Our interest is already very, very piqued about this 2022 Netflix movie. According to the synopsis:
Jamie Foxx stars as a hard-working blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international Union of vampire hunters.
JJ Perry directs a script from Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten. The film also stars Dave Franco, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Snoop Dogg, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, and Zion Broadnax.
Enola Holmes 2
Enola Holmes is growing up! Millie Bobby Brown returns as the titular little sister who is now a private detective in her own right. Based on the books by Nancy Springer, Harry Bradbeer directs a script from Jack Thorne.
Millie Bobby Brown returns in ENOLA HOLMES 2. Now a detective-for-hire, Enola takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself (Henry Cavill) — to unravel. pic.twitter.com/MIs33EBkBA— Netflix Tudum (@NetflixTudum) February 3, 2022
Here’s the official logline:
Now a detective-for-hire like her infamous brother, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends—and Sherlock himself—to unravel.
The film also stars Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge, Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, Abbie Hern, Gabriel Tierney, and Serrana Su-Ling Bliss.
The Gray Man
The Russo brothers are officially back in the director’s chair for the first time since Avengers: Endgame in this spy action thriller based on the book by Mark Greaney. In addition to directing, Joe Russo wrote the script with Captain America alums, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Here’s a brief description of what to expect from the film:
When the CIA’s most skilled mercenary—whose true identity is known to none—accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.
When the CIA’s most skilled mercenary (Ryan Gosling)—whose true identity is known to none—accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague (@ChrisEvans) puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt. THE GRAY MAN is directed by @Russo_Brothers pic.twitter.com/E9A6hBH9so— Netflix Tudum (@NetflixTudum) February 3, 2022
In addition to Gosling and Evans, the film also stars Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor, and Scott Haze.
Knives Out 2
Another Rian Johnson whodunit is officially on the way! We still don’t know much about it at all, besides the fact that it’s set in Greece. But Benoit Blanc is officially back on the case. Joining Daniel Craig are Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, and Madelyn Cline.
As far as Netflix’s 2022 movies go, we are very excited about this one.
Another surely-emotional sci-fi adventure on the docket! Halle Berry and her kids are on the hunt for their missing father after discovering a strange object under their house. Written and directed by Matt Charman, the film also stars Omari Hardwick, Jaiden J. Smith, Quinn McPherson, Paul Guilfoyle, Sydney Lemmon, Molly Parker, John Ortiz.
Here’s a breakdown of the synopsis, per Netflix:
A sci-fi adventure that follows Sara Morse (Halle Berry) one year since her husband (Omari Hardwick) mysteriously vanished from their rural farm. When she discovers a strange, extraterrestrial object underneath their home, Sara and her kids (Jaiden J. Smith, Quinn McPherson) embark on a race to find their husband, father and most importantly—the truth.
The School for Good and Evil
Forget heroes and sidekicks; this school trains heroes and their villains. We love to see it, to be quite honest! Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron are the school’s matrons, and they are looking as fabulous as ever.
Here’s a brief description of the film:
Best friends Sophie and Agatha find themselves on opposing sides of a modern fairy tale when they’re swept away into an enchanted school where young heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance of good and evil.
Paul Feig directed and wrote the script with David Magee and Laura Solon. Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Kit Young, Sir Ben Kingsley, Patti LuPone, Rachel Bloom, Peter Serafinowicz, Rob Delaney, and Mark Heap also star.
In 2022, Netflix is bringing all these movies to life and so, so much more.
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