Each year, Netflix compiles a new series of films designed to get subscribers excited about what’s to come and convince those who haven’t already signed up to the streamer that they need to be. While this year looks like things are about to get interesting for Netflix, a new teaser for all of the platform’s upcoming features also makes it look like the platform will cool down a bit in 2023. Here are some highlights:
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Luther: The Fallen Sun
When a new spate of murders suggests a serial killer is on the loose, all of London is on edge, afraid no one can stop the murderous rampage. But the spate of gruesome murders is just the inspiration disgraced detective John Luther (Idris Elba) needs to break out of prison, track down the deranged psychopath stalking him, and catch the person terrorizing his town. The film also stars Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis and Dermot Crowley and debuts March 10.
In “The Mother,” from director Niki Caro and co-writers Misha Green and Peter Craig, Jennifer Lopez plays a former assassin who eventually decides to come out of hiding to find and protect the daughter she was originally born to had given up their safety from harm. The film also stars Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick, Gael García Bernal, Paul Raci and Lucy Paez and will premiere on May 12.
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Chris Hemsworth returns as Australian black ops mercenary Tyler Rake in director Sam Hargrave’s follow-up to Russo Brothers production company AGBO’s first “Extraction.” When the innocent family of a ruthless Georgian gangster ends up in jail, it’s up to Tyler to get them to safety. The film also stars Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Daniel Bernhardt and Tinatin Dalakishvili and debuts June 16.
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They cloned Tyrone
Although Netflix originally gave the impression that director Juel Taylor’s They Cloned Tyrone premiered last year, it’s now set to release in July. While Fontaine (John Boyega), Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris) and Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx) usually disagree, the trio teams up to uncover a massive government cloning cover-up and put the public on high alert about what is going. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland and J. Alphonse Nicholson and is set to premiere on July 21.
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In director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Virgin, Millie Bobby Brown plays a young damsel who is mostly comfortable with the idea of being married to a handsome prince, until realizing the whole arrangement is not what it seems . While the young girl would be cool with marriage, she finds herself trapped in a cave when she realizes the royal family plans to sacrifice her to a dragon, and forced to use her wits if she wants to get out alive. The film also stars Angela Bassett, Robin Wright, Ray Winstone, Nick Robinson, Brooke Carter and Shohreh Aghdashloo and will premiere on October 13.
After a long life as a classroom pet, 74-year-old Leo the lizard (Adam Sandler) just wishes he had some time outside his tank and away from his turtle roommate (Bill Burr) before he dies of old age. But when Leo finally puts his escape plan into action, he is immediately caught up in the chaotic lives of the school kids who have loved him for years. The film also stars Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Rob Schneider, Jo Koy and Stephanie Hsu and premieres on November 22nd.
Leave the world behind
“Leave the World Behind,” from writer/director Sam Esmail, tells the story of two families vacationing on Long Island whose fun is interrupted by a massive, sudden power outage that seemingly leaves much of the island without power. As the families try to figure out what’s going on, two mysterious figures emerge who warn them that there’s more to the power outages than meets the eye. The film stars Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la Herrold, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans and Kevin Bacon and debuts December 8th.
Life is peaceful for those who call the colonies at the far edges of the galaxy home, but when the destructive armies of the tyrannical regent Balisarius threaten the colonies’ way of life, a young woman named Kora steps in to raise an army of her own to defend herself . The film stars Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Bae Doona, Ray Fisher, Charlie Hunnam, Anthony Hopkins, Corey Stoll and Jena Malone and premieres on December 22nd.