9 Original Movies Heading to Netflix in January, Including a Few Oscar Contenders
If you're a fan of drama, then you're going to have a great start to the new year, because Netflix is bringing all the drama in January. The streaming service is kicking off the year with a bunch of brand-new original movies, including a tearjerker starring Vanessa Kirby; a sci-fi thriller with Anthony Mackie; a Priyanka Chopra-led crime drama; a family melodrama starring Naomi Watts; and a period drama based on a true story with Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, and Lily James, among others films. Check out the gallery to learn more about first new movies you'll be able to stream on Netflix in 2021.
What Happened to Mr. Cha?
In this Korean comedy, a has-been actor named Cha In-Pyo tries to revive his once-promising career, though in his attempt to do so, he's forced to grapple with his past and who he's become.
When it's available: Jan. 1
Asphalt Burning: Børning 3
In the third installment of this Norwegian action-comedy film series, drag racer Roy takes on his nemesis on the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany in the hopes of winning back his runaway bride.
When it's available: Jan. 2
Pieces of a Woman
Vanessa Kirby (who you might recognize as Princess Margaret from seasons one and two of The Crown) stars in this drama as Martha, a woman who — after an unsuccessful home birth — must deal with the emotional fallout and face her midwife in court.
When it's available: Jan. 7
In this Turkish comedy, a man named Aziz attempts to keep it together while in the midst of a midlife crisis, though his sanity is challenged by his boring job, needy friends, and over-the-top family.
When it's available: Jan. 8
Outside the Wire
Anthony Mackie stars in this sci-fi thriller as Leo, an android officer who's paired up with a drone pilot (played by Damson Idris) and tasked with locating a doomsday device before the insurgents find it first.
When it's available: Jan. 15
So My Grandma’s a Lesbian!
In this Spanish comedy, a young Spanish lawyer marrying into an ultra-rich (and ultra-conservative) Scottish family finds her wedding plans in jeopardy after her grandmother decides to marry her best friend, who happens to be a woman.
When it's available: Jan. 22
The White Tiger
Starring Priyanka Chopra and based on the novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga, this drama tells the story of an impoverished village boy who works his way up from a chauffeur to a successful entrepreneur.
When it's available: Jan. 22
Adapted from Bradley Trevor Greive's book of the same name, this drama tells the true story of Sam Bloom (played by Naomi Watts), a mother of three who finds her life turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed.
When it's available: Jan. 27
Starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, and Lily James, this drama (which is based on the novel of the same name by John Preston) tells the real-life story of a widow and an amateur archeologist who uncovered a burial site on the widow's property in 1939.
When it's available: Jan. 29