Dwayne Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio headline Netflix’s U.S. slate of 2021 films

A television camera focuses on the Netflix logo

A television camera focuses on the Netflix logo

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.

Also included in the line-up of films is the latest project from The Piano's Jane Campion, The Power Of The Dog, and The Young Pope's Paolo Sorrentino, The Hand of God, as well as Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder's new film - Army Of The Dead.

The political satire stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two astronomers tasked with alerting the planet to an impending asteroid.

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All but four of the films will be available to Netflix customers in the more than 190 countries it serves.

The slate from debt-fuelled service does not include non-English films and it is also expected to make surprise movie announcements later in the year.

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.

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One of the most imminent releases is Malcolm & Marie, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, which was filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

The Netflix 2021 schedule includes 18 dramas, nine thrillers, eight animated films and eight romances.

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Among the titles given teaser space in the clip are The Harder They Fall with Idris Elba and Zazie Beetz, Thunder Force with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy, the Halle Berry-directed Bruised, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tick Tick...

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