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Best Netflix Films Coming Out in 2022

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This year's must-watch Netflix originals

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Netflix started out as a streaming platform predominantly for binge-worthy TV shows – but over the past few years it has upped its game on the original movie front. There are plenty of new additions to look forward to this year, from a new Jane Austen adaptation to the long-awaited Luther movie. Read on for the Netflix films you need on your radar for 2022.

Best Netflix Films of 2022

Knives Out 2

Knives Out

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Daniel Craig might have said goodbye to James Bond, but he’s not hanging up his acting boots just yet. This year he’ll be reprising his role as private detective Benoit Blanc in the Knives Out sequel, which Netflix bought the rights to in a whopping $450 million deal. The star-studded original – a meticulously plotted whodunnit about the death of a patriarch during a family gathering – was a roaring success, receiving an Oscar nomination alongside other awards. And with writer and director Rian Johnson back on board for the new film, no doubt this one will be another delight. Aside from Craig, we’ll be getting an all-new cast – that means no Ana de Armas or Chris Evans, but Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn and Dave Bautista. Date TBC

The Mother

J-Lo stars as a deadly assassin in The Mother, a new Netflix original from Niko Caro, the name behind Disney’s Mulan. The film will follow Lopez’s character as she comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she gave up years ago – while on the run from dangerous men. She’s not the only big name though: Gael García Bernal, Omari Hardwick and Joseph Fiennes are all set to feature, alongside newcomer Lucy Paez. Date TBC

Luther

Luther

Rumours of a spin-off Luther movie have been circulating since 2011, but it wasn’t until last September that fans got confirmation. Though a release date has not yet been revealed, Idris Elba teased the upcoming film in some behind-the-scenes filming snaps last September – and there’s hope it will hit the small screen this year. Elba – who plays detective John Luther in the hit crime drama – will be joined by Andy Serkis, expected to play the main villain, plus Cynthia Erivo as a rival detective. Out late 2022

The Adam Project

The wishing dust worked: 17 years after rom-com classic 13 Going On 30, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo will reunite on-screen. The pair are starring in new sci-fi film The Adam Project alongside Ryan Reynolds, who plays a man who travels back in time to get help from his former 13-year-old self and find his late father (Ruffalo). Out 11 March 2022

Persuasion

From the recent Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy to the iconic 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice, we’ll never tire of Jane Austen adaptations. The latest is a modern take on the last novel Austen wrote before her death, Persuasion, which tells the story of Anne Elliot, a 27-year-old woman who is still unmarried and living at home (a shocker in Regency era England). According to Netflix, the film will remain true to the novel, but offer a ‘modern, witty approach’, with 50 Shades of Grey alumni Dakota Johnson taking on the lead role alongside co-stars Henry Golding, Cosmo Jarvis and Nikki Amuka-Bird. Date TBC

Blonde

Based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde is a fictional portrait of Marilyn Monroe during the 50s and 60s, told through the modern lens of celebrity culture. The feature-length film has been ten years in the making, with lots of changes of producers and cast. Naomi Watts was initially announced as playing the lead, but she was replaced by Jessica Chastain in 2014. Then, in 2016, Netflix acquired the rights to the film, and Cuban actor Ana De Armas (No Time To Die) was revealed as the new Marilyn. Date TBC

White Noise

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Following the multi-award-winning Marriage Story, director Noah Baumbach will reunite with Adam Driver for White Noise, a new film based on Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name. The plot centres around Jack Gladney (Driver), a professor of Hitler Studies, and his family, which includes wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and their four children. Gladney is forced to confront an obsession with his own mortality when a cataclysmic chemical spill shakes up his hometown. Date TBC

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