2018 was the year we finally grasped the purpose of a Netflix movie. They're there to create unforgettable internet moments, experienced together.
and To All the Boys I Loved Before reminded us, after a long drought, that Set It Up we do indeed love the romantic comedy. Bandersnatch had us waking up at seven in the morning to try out all the different possible endings before work. After a flurry of memes, Bird Box eventually inspired an ill-advised real world challenge. And that's not even touching on Netflix's award show hopefuls, like and Roma The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
If all of that happened in 2018, then what does 2019 hold for the Netflix Original Films front? At least two romantic comedies are on the lineup. We'll also see new movies from
Dee Rees, Michael Bay, and Martin Scorsese, and a movie starring all your favourite Saturday Night Live women.
Here are the originals coming to an account near you.
IO 18th January
Sam Walden (Margaret Qualley) is one of humanity's few survivors — and she's the only one who might be able to fix the planet. But can she do it before everyone boards the next space shuttle out of there?
Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Velvet Buzzsaw 1st February
We can't tell you what
Velvet Buzzsaw means, but we can tell you what it's about: It's a supernatural thriller set in the contemporary art world scene in Los Angeles, where buyers drop millions on cutting-edge art. After seeing the cast, it'll come as no surprise that Velvet Buzzsaw is going to get a theatrical release. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, and Tom Sturridge. Velvet Buzzsaw will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. High Flying Bird 8th February
Steven Soderbergh keeps saying he's
retiring, and then keeps making movies and shows. His latest? High Flying Bird, a basketball movie starring Andre Holland of Moonlight. The twist? Like the movie Tangerine, High Flying Bird is shot an iPhone. Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 1st March The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind tells the remarkable true story of a 13-year-old boy (played by Maxwell Simba) from Malawi who saves his village from famine. Chiwetel Ejiofor wrote the screenplay and also stars as the boy's father. Ejiofor also starred in last year's Netflix movie Come Sunday. James Gourley/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock The Dirt 22nd March
With the release of the Mötley Crüe biopic, Netflix is about to get sexier, druggier, and rock and rollier. And you know who's excited? Motley Crue. After leaving a screening,
frontman Vince Neil tweeted: “Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw The Dirt movie!! Fuckin’ awesome!! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!” Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock Someone Great 19th April
You want it, you got it. Netflix is bringing us another romantic comedy — this time, starring Gina Rodriguez. She plays a newly single woman who decides to go on one last New York adventure before moving for her dream job. The movie is produced by Rodriguez and
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Otherhood 2nd August
What happens when you combine Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, and Patricia Arquette? You get
Otherhood, a movie about three mothers tired of their lazy adult sons (played by Jake Lacy, Jake Hoffman, and Sinqua Walls). John Salangsang/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock The Perfection 24th May
If we had to guess which Netflix thriller would turn into a viral sensation, our bet would be on
The Perfection. The movie's synopsis is admittedly opaque: Two cello prodigies reunite in Shanghai. But the cast (Logan Browning and Allison Williams) combined with the movie's hype has us hopeful. Murder Mystery 14th June
Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, has an exclusive deal with the streaming service. With
Murder Mystery, Sandler is bringing Jennifer Aniston aboard the Happy Madison train. Murder Mystery is about a couple (Sandler and Aniston) who take a long-awaited European vacation. On their way, they somehow become embroiled with a mysterious billionaire and his shady dealings. Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock Always Be My Maybe 31st May
Keep the romantic comedies coming, Netflix, keep 'em coming. Nahnatchka Khan directs this movie about two childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults. The spark is still there, but circumstances aren't conducive for an easy relationship. Sasha (Ali Wong) is a celebrity chef. Marcus (Randall Park) is a struggling musician who lives at home. What's next?
John Salangsang/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Sextuplets 16th August
There's no easy way to say this, but Marlon Wayons is playing sextuplets in this upcoming Netflix movie, which seems like a comedy version of
Three Identical Strangers. In Sextuplets, Alan discovers he's one of six and goes on a road trip to track down his brothers. Looks like The Princess Switch has just been blown out of the competition in the "actors playing more than one character" category. Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock Dolemite Is My Name! TBA
Eddie Murphy stars in this
biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, a 1970s comedian best known for his Blaxploitation films. The King TBA
Timothée Chalamet fans and English majors, get excited for this one: Chalamet stars as
King Henry V — known to his friends as Hal — in this Netflix period drama. After his brother is unexpectedly killed, Hal ends up on the throne in his early 20s. He faces a tough transition from wayward prince to king. Chalamet is joined by an exciting cast: Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp. Earthquake Bird TBA
If you're desperate to know what an "earthquake bird" is before the Netflix movie comes out,
check out the novel o n which it's based. In Japan, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is suspected of murder after her friend (Riley Keough) goes missing following her affair with a local photographer (Naoki Kobayashi). REX/Shutterstock Tigertail TBA
Alan Yang wrote, directed, and produced this movie, which is
based on his own family's experiences emigrating from Taiwan to the U.S. John Cho will star. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock The Laundromat TBA
Remember what we said about Steven Soderbergh retiring? Forget it. He's directing
another Netflix movie that comes out this year. The Laundromat looks into the Panamanian law firm that allowed wealthy individuals and corporations to launder money in tax havens around the world. It starts Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas. The Last Thing He Wanted TBA
High-brow alert — Dee Rees of
Mudbound directs this adaptation of a Joan Didion novel. Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway) quits her job as a reporter covering the 1984 presidential election to care for her ailing father. Xavier Collin/PictureGroup/REX/Shutterstock All Day and a Night TBA
This wrenching movie looks at three phases in an incarcerated man's (Ashton Sanders) life: His childhood, his time in prison, and how he got to prison in the first place.
All Day and a Night was written by Black Panther 's writer, Joe Robert Coe. Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock The Last Days of American Crime TBA
This thriller seems like the opposite of
The Purge. The American government plans to transmit a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to commit crime. Just before a signal is sent out, a group of criminals bands together for one last heist. The movie stars Edgar Ramirez, Michael Pitt, Anna Brewster, and Sharlto Copley. Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock The Irishman TBA
It's happening: The ninth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, 10 years in the making. And it's happening on Netflix. De Niro plays Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a labor union official with mafia connections. On his deathbed, he claims responsibility for the death of labour organiser Jim Hoffa (Al Pacino).
Todd Williamson/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock 6 Underground TBA
was big? Think again. Bright 6 Underground is a high-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds. It's about six billionaires who form their own vigilante squad. Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? If You Watch One Movie To Branch Out Of Your Rom-Com Rut, Let It Be Parasite A Fan Theory May Have Given Away The Big (Disturbing) Twist Of Last Christmas Bella Thorne Is Making Her Directorial Debut With A Romeo & Juliet-Inspired Porn Film