4 Upcoming Hollywood Movies with Black Leads That You Should Keep an Eye Out For
2022 is shaping out to be a big year in Hollywood for movies with recent releases such as Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness making big bucks at the box office.
The year could get a lot better with many other exciting projects yet to be released. Among all the upcoming movies, there are a few of them with Black actors as leads.
So, here are four upcoming Hollywood movies with Black actors as leads that you should keep an eye out for later in 2022.
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction
Release date: July 22, 2022
Directed by: Jordan Peele
You might have seen this one coming from a mile away, but Nope is still a great shout for this category of movies. The buzz this film has going on is like nothing else.
The main reason for the buzz is Jordan Peele, of course. Peele's dichotomy in his creative output is fascinating — the actor is mostly known for Key & Peele, but all of his directorial features have been thriller horrors — which is also the main reason the movie has generated such anticipation among the viewers.
Nope is the third of his horror features, and it has been in the works since October 2019. Daniel Kaluuya returns for yet another movie with Peele after the massive success of 2017's Get Out. Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun join him as the lead actors in the movie.
The film has Kaluuya and Palmer's characters looking to capture evidence of a UFO as unexplainable things happen in their isolated town.
If Peele and the lead cast's caliber alone don't get you excited for this one, the epic-looking, cryptic trailer for the movie surely will.
Genre: Survival Thriller
Release date: August 19, 2022
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Main Cast: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries
Idris Elba signed on to be a part of Beast in September 2020, with the rest of the cast getting together a year later. Elba plays a recently widowed father with two daughters, played by Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries.
The plot is that Elba is taking his daughters to South Africa, the place where he first met his wife. It is supposed to be a relaxing trip to help the family recover from the tragedy.
However, another problem befalls them as, during their explorations, a blood-thirsty lion starts stalking them. What ensues after is an action-packed escape attempt, or at least that's what the trailer suggests.
Elba's penchant for action and the original screenplay make the movie an exciting thing to wait for.
3. Day Shift
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Release date: August 12, 2022 (Netflix)
Directed by: J. J. Perry
The multi-talented Jamie Foxx is back with another movie (almost) with Day Shift, a fantasy comedy. In the movie, Foxx plays a dad who, at first sight, has only two things in mind — doing his job as a pool cleaner and providing for his daughter.
But that's not all he has going on. While the pool cleaning might be a day job, it is only a cover-up for what he does at night with passion — hunt vampires.
The movie is filled with vampires, gunfights, and car chases that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And with J. J. Perry directing, you can bet those action sequences are done nicely.
4. The Woman King
Genre: Historical Epic, Drama
Release date: September 16, 2022
Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
The Woman King is a historical drama that follows Nanisca, the general of the Dahomey Amazons (played by Viola Davis) and her compatriot, Nawi (played by Thuso Mbedu) tackle enemies who dishonored them and their people.
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This film has been in the works since March 2018 and had Davis and Lupita Nyong'o in the original cast. However, Mbedu replaced Nyong'o after the latter's departure in April 2021.