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Netflix announces 29 new films to be released in 2020

It's going to be another busy year for the streaming site, it seems

Coming to Netflix in 2020: a movie produced by Barack Obama; a Taylor Swift biopic and the sequel to 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'
Coming to Netflix in 2020: a movie produced by Barack Obama; a Taylor Swift biopic and the sequel to 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Netflix has published a list of all the films it has scheduled for release in 2020 ... so far.

The streaming company is heading into awards season on a high, with no fewer than 17 nods in the Golden Globes. The ceremony takes place on Monday, January 6, and kicks off six weeks of awards ceremony glitz and glamour in the UK and US.

On Saturday, January 4, Netflix released synopses for all 29 films it has announced for the year ahead. The list includes Will Ferrell comedies, a Taylor Swift biopic, a Spike Lee drama and a movie produced by former US president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Plus, there will be sequels of some of their biggest hits from 2018 and 2019, including To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Kissing Booth.

Netflix Film ended its thread of movie news with a tweet that said: "Oh and this is just a taste of what's coming in 2020!"

Read about all 29 of the scheduled 2020 Netflix movie releases here:

1. 'The Old Guard'

Release date: TBC

From director Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film has Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne lead a covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their team together when they discover the existence of a new immortal and their extraordinary abilities are exposed. It also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Harry Melling.

2. 'Taylor Swift: Miss Americana'

Release date: January

From director Lana Wilson, it's a raw and emotionally revealing look at Swift. The documentary follows one of the most famous artists of our time as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

3. 'Mank'

Release date: TBC

From director David Fincher, the story centres on the writing of 1941 movie Citizen Kane. Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance and Lily Collins star.

4. 'Uncorked'

Release date: TBC

Mamoudou Athie, Courtney Vance and Niecy Nash star in Prentice Penny’s feature directorial debut. Elijah (Athie) must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father's expectations that he take over the family’s Memphis barbecue joint.

5. 'Rebecca'

Release date: TBC

Director Ben Wheatley's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel of the same name (the book was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940). The film follows a newly married young woman (Lily James), who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. Armie Hammer also stars.

6. 'Hillbilly Elegy'

Release date: TBC

Amy Adams, Glenn Close and Gabriel Basso star in director Ron Howard's adaptation of J D Vance's 2016 memoir of the same name, a modern exploration of the American dream as the story follows three generations of an Appalachian family.

7. 'Da 5 Bloods'

Release date: TBC

The latest Spike Lee film follows four African-American war veterans who return to Vietnam in search of the remains of their dead squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser, Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors star.

8. 'The Boys in the Band'

Release date: TBC

From producer Ryan Murphy, Joe Mantello's adaptation of the 1968 play follows a group of friends who reunite to celebrate one of their birthdays. When the host’s college roommate shows up uninvited, the evening is thrown into turmoil.

9. 'To All The Boys: PS I Still love You'

Release date: February 12

Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) have just taken their romance from pretend to real when another recipient of one of her love letters (Jordan Fisher) enters the picture.

10. 'Eurovision'

Release date: TBC

When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they have a chance to prove that any dream is worth fighting for.

11. 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things'

Release date: TBC

A road trip becomes a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty and sheer terror in the latest film from director Charlie Kaufman. It stars Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette and David Thewlis.

12. 'All The Bright Places'

Release date: February 28

Based on the 2015 novel by Jennifer Niven, Brett Haley's adaptation tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives for ever.

13. 'The Last Thing He Wanted'

Release date: TBC

In this adaptation of Joan Didion's 1996 novel from Dee Rees, a veteran US journalist (Anne Hathaway) loses the thread of her own story when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break. It stars Willem Dafoe, Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway.

14. 'A Fall From Grace'

Release date: TBC

In this thriller from Tyler Perry, Grace (Crystal Fox), a woman restored by a new romance, discovers her relationship is full of secrets and her vulnerable side quickly turns violent. Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb and Cicely Tyson also star.

15. 'Tigertail'

Release date: TBC

This film, written and directed by Alan Yang (Master of None), tells the story of a Taiwanese factory worker who leaves his homeland to seek a new opportunity in the US, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities.

16. 'The Willoughbys'

Release date: TBC

Convinced they would be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on holiday. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family. It stars Jane Krakowski, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.

17. 'The Kissing Booth 2'

Release date: TBC

Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elordi) had the most romantic summer ever, but as he heads off to Harvard University Elle juggles a long-distance relationship, college applications with her BFF Lee (Joel Courtney) and a friendship with new classmate Marco (Taylor Perez).

18. 'The Half of It'

Release date: TBC

Shy, straight-A pupil Ellie is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul, who needs help wooing the most popular girl in school. But their new and unlikely friendship soon becomes tricky. From writer and director Alice Wu.

19. 'Dick Johnson is Dead'

Release date: January

In this inventive portrait, director Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) seeks a way to keep her 86-year-old father alive for ever by staging fantasies of death and beyond. Together, father and daughter confront the great inevitability awaiting us all.

20. 'The Platform'

Release date: TBC

In a dystopian future, prisoners held in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above, feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalised.

21. 'Crip Camp'

Release date: January

Down the road from Woodstock in the 1970s, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a movement. Directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht and produced by Barack and Michelle Obama.

22. 'Spenser Confidential'

Release date: TBC

Mark Wahlberg teams up with director Peter Berg again to play a former police officer, Spenser, who moves in with Hawk (Winston Duke), an aspiring MMA fighter with his own rap sheet. Between gym rounds, the duo’s taunts turn to trust and they team up to solve a double homicide.

23. 'Sergio'

Release date: January 28

Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas star in this sweeping drama from director Greg Barker. Set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.

24. 'Over The Moon'

Release date: TBC

Renowned animator Glen Keane makes his feature directorial debut in this musical adventure about a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the Moon to prove to her father that a Moon goddess really exists.

25. 'Coffee and Kareem'

Release date: TBC

A Detroit police officer reluctantly teams up with his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son to clear his name and take down the city’s most ruthless criminal. Ed Helms and Taraji Henson star.

26. 'The Prom'

Release date: TBC

Ryan Murphy directs this story of a teenager who's banned from attending the big dance with her partner. The injustice prompts a cast of Broadway eccentrics to descend on the small Indiana town to fight back. Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman star.

27. 'Out of the Fire'

Release date: TBC

Also known as Dhaka, Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. The action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller is directed by Sam Hargrave.

28. 'Lost Girls'

Release date: January 28

Inspired by true events and directed by Liz Garbus. Police inaction drives Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan) to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Shannan. A search of the gated community where Shannan was last seen uncovers more than a dozen murdered young women.

29. 'Jingle Jangle'

Release date: TBC

From writer and director David Talbert, this holiday musical tale is about an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter and a magical invention. Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key and Madalen Mills star.

Updated: January 5, 2020 01:32 PM

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