The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix
UPDATE: Jennifer Aniston’s new film Dumplin’ has been added to our list of the best upcoming movies on Netflix, along with a trailer and release date. Watch it and find out more about the film on the next slide!
Netflix has changed the way we engage with television shows and movies forever, giving us the most convenient way to experience both from the comfort of our living rooms, laptop screens or smartphones.
With a rapidly growing library of shows on the service and a huge lineup of projects in the works, we’ve put together a list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix for 2018 and beyond.
The shows and films on this list have been hand-picked based on how excited we are for them, meaning that it’s not intended to be a complete release schedule. Instead, consider it our curated list of the coolest looking Netflix Originals currently in the works.
We’ve also included upcoming seasons of already established shows which we’re really eager to see. So without further ado, these are the best TV shows and movies coming soon to Netflix.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
A rare film about a heinous serial killer that’s told from a survivor’s point of view, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is guaranteed to cause a stir when it’s released later in the year. Picked up by Netflix with an eye on awards contention, the film stars the handsome and charismatic Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, the disgusting and reprehensible real-life serial killer who raped and murdered at least 30 women in the mid-to-late seventies. With Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, director Joe Berlinger (The Ted Bundy Tapes) attempts to show how a man like Bundy could possibly have convinced his girlfriend (Lily Collins) of his innocence despite the overwhelming evidence against him. Check out the film’s first trailer below.
Release date: Late 2019
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund, Triple Frontier is set to be one of Netflix’s most action-packed films of the year. Looking a bit like Narcos meets Sicario, the film sees a group of former US Special Forces operatives attempt to pull a heist one one of the most dangerous drug cartels in South America. Needless to say, things do not go according to plan, and the crew find themselves vastly outnumbered and in a fight for their lives. Find out more about Triple Frontier and check out its trailer right here.
Ghost in the Shell
From Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) comes the brand new Netflix Original animated GitS series, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Not much else is known about the new series, other than it marks the return of Major Motoko Kusanagi (whose new look for the show can be seen above) and that it will debut sometime in 2020.
Release date: 2020
Saddle up, space cowboys, because Spike Spiegel and crew will return in a brand new, live action Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix! We don’t know much about it as yet, though it has been confirmed that series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be involved as a consultant on the show. The original show followed a band of misfit bounty hunters, each haunted by their own past, as they travelled the galaxy trying to keep food in their bellies. Packed with incredibly action, amazing style and lovable characters, Cowboy Bebop is ripe for further adventures – provided Netflix can stick the landing. Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the new series, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will act as showrunners.
Release date: TBA
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Jim Henson’s classic family film The Dark Crystal is getting an official follow up from Netflix, and not only that, it will forgo CGI and feature puppets exclusively – just as Henson would’ve intended. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will see a returns to the world of Thra, and will follow three Gelfling as they start a rebellion against the evil Skeksis in an effort to save their home. You can watch the first behind the scenes teaser below.
Release date: TBA
Arguably the hottest actor in martial arts cinema right now thanks to his starring turns in The Raid films, not to mention his supporting turn in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg actioner Mile 22, Iko Uwais has signed with Netflix for a 10-part series that takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown district. Uwais plays an aspiring chef who becomes an assassin tasked with restoring balance among the ancient triads that rule city. In case you need more convincing, Uwais will also act as the lead fight choreographer and stunt co-ordinator on the show, which also stars Byron Mann (Altered Carbon), with John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) acting as showrunner.
Release date: TBA
Exciting news for fans of Martin Scorsese’s classic gangster films – the director is bringing The Irishman to Netflix in 2018, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino (working with the filmmaker for the very first time) are all along for the ride. The Irishman follows a mob hitman (De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and is based on the best-selling book by Charles Brandt. If you’re a film buff and aren’t excited about this, you may need to check your pulse.
Release date: 2019