New films to be released in January 2022
2022 is almost here and with it come new movie releases. With productions resuming in 2021, many exciting cinematic prospects are on the way and some of them have been in the pipeline for some time. In January, some films had their release delayed multiple times, some are productions that have been planned for a while, and others have come out of nowhere.
Historically, January is not a month that sees many huge releases with just one or two big name movies traditionally coming out. The big releases of the past years have been Promising young woman, Bad boys for life, and Escape room. While January isn’t exactly blockbuster season, this year offers some exciting perspectives that are both original and based on existing properties. Here’s a look at the biggest releases for January 2022.
Taking her title from Agent 355, a Patriots spy during the American Revolution, The 355 sees an all-female team of spies from around the world band together to retrieve a top secret weapon. Directed by Simon Kinberg and starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita N’yongo, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz and Bingbing Fan, the premise of the film was actually presented to Kinberg by Chastain while they were doing Dark phoenix together.
Originally slated for release on January 15, 2021, The 355 feels like a more serious take on the female spy flick as opposed to films like charlie’s angels Where To spy.
Set 25 years after the events of the first film, Scream reunites the old cast in Woodsboro to take on a new masked killer. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox and Roger L. Jackson return to reprise their original roles. Rounding out the cast are Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega and Jack Quaid, Woodsboro’s new teen target team.
Presented as a reboot, Scream appears to be more of a mix of sequel and passing the torch as Melissa Barrera’s character Sam becomes the target of the new Ghostface and enlists Dewey’s help, bringing the original cast members back to Woodsboro to face off at again the killer. It also looks like Ghostface has a shiny new look and it’ll be interesting to see where that comes from.
Belle was first released in July 2021 in Japan but receives its North American release in January. Turning around Suzu Naito, Belle follows her as she creates an online avatar on an online platform called U, which becomes a singing sensation, performs virtual concerts, and gains popularity around the world.
During one of his concerts, a Dragon avatar appears, triggering a chain of events that lead Suzu to travel the world of U to discover the identity of the Dragon before a group of rogue users do. Belle is a beautifully animated film that is all about heartbreak, abuse, and reuniting, and hopefully it can find the fans it deserves in the West.
With Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV and directed by Sean McNamara, The king’s daughter is the story of King Louis’ quest for immortality and his plan to steal a mermaid’s life force, performed by Bingbing Fan. Things get complicated when Marie-Jospèhe, hidden and illegitimate daughter of the king, played by Kaya Scodelario, discovers the mermaid and her intentions. A fight ensues between Marie-Jospèhe and her father to save the mermaid.
Based on what the trailer looks like, Scodelario will also face off against Brosnan’s interesting accent choice. The king’s daughter has the potential to be a great fantasy romance or an over the top flop.
Finally seeing its release in January 2022 is the long-awaited Marvel movie starring Jared Leto Morbius. In the comics, Morbius’ character is known as The Living Vampire, after a failed biochemical experiment to cure a rare blood disease that backfired and endowed him with vampiric abilities. . As for the big-screen version, it seems to follow pretty much the same storyline, with the trailer showing Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, a frail, dying man transformed after his experiences with bats.
With the release of Morbius, Marvel sees another entry in the more horror-tinged stories of the comics, joining Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and the next one Blade to restart. The potential for Morbius to appear in other Marvel properties is exciting, with Leto hinting at potential sinister crossovers in the Spider-verse and the possibility of igniting the character’s famous rivalry with Blade. The most recent trailer even gave a glimpse of Morbius’ encounter with Michael Keaton’s Vulture, which plays a larger role in the MCU villainous verse with hints of The Sinister Six coming together plaguing fans. .
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