The five most highly-anticipated Netflix film releases in 2023
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The five most highly-anticipated Netflix film releases in 2023

Another year passes, and while it could be easy to lament the loss of time, we’re better off looking to the future. In 2023, Netflix looks set to provide yet another bumper year of film releases.

Netflix has released lots of new content over the years, delivering great work across all genres. However, after an economic meltdown in the beginning of 2022 – despite having a hugely successful 2021 – Netflix decided to change its model by introducing ad-supported content and barring password sharing, making the latter illegal in the United Kingdom.

Despite this crisis, the streamer has been consistently producing new Original films to keep us engaged. Grab some popcorn and show some excitement for the best that is yet to come.

With a very interesting line-up of Netflix Original films yet to arrive in 2023, here are five such titles that deserve your utmost attention.

The five most highly-anticipated Netflix film releases in 2023

Pamela, A love story (Ryan White)

According to the official synopsis, the upcoming documentary film is “an intimate and humanising portrait of one of the world’s most famous blonde bombshells. Pamela, a love story, follows the trajectory of Pamela Anderson’s life and career from small-town girl to international sex symbol, actress, activist and doting mother.”

Pamela Anderson is involved in the process and announced the film on her Instagram, unlike the Pam and Tommy series which featured Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the titular couple in the wake of the leak of their 1995 sex-tape leak. That series was met with criticism for running without Anderson’s explicit consent.

The film will begin streaming on January 31st, 2023.

Your Place or Mine (Aline Brosh McKenna) 

Hollywood’s certified rom-com actor, Ashton Kutcher, is set to join Reese Witherspoon in this upcoming Netflix film that will see the actors as two best friends who live on opposite coasts.

After they swap homes and realise their own struggles and obstacles, the week proved to be life-changing for them in terms of their evolving friendship. Kutcher will soon be seen in That ’90s Show while Witherspoon is currently working on Legally Blonde 3 with Mindy Kaling to make a comeback as the iconic Elle Woods.

The film will begin streaming on February 10th, 2023.

Luther: The Fallen Sun (Jamie Payne) 

Brilliant London detective John Luther sits behind bars as a deadly serial killer takes over the city. Unable to bear the torture, Luther decides to escape prison and take on the case on his own.

Sporting his iconic red tie and a grim expression, Idris Elba is back as Luther. He will be joined by an iconic ensemble cast, namely Cynthia Erivo, Paul McGann, Andy Serkis, among others, and the first-look images promise rising tension and mayhem.

The film will begin streaming sometime in March 2023.

Heart Of Stone (Tom Harper)

This upcoming espionage thriller will see a CIA agent called Rachel Stone who gets caught up in a dangerous deal. While not much has been revealed, the first look promises well-choreographed fast-paced action sequences.

Starring Gal Gadot as the titular Rachel Stone, the film will mark the Hollywood debut of acclaimed Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt. They will be joined by Jamie Dornan, Jing Lusi, Paul Ready, Matthias Schweighofer and Sophie Okonedo.

The film will begin streaming sometime in 2023, and the exact date has not yet been announced.

Shirley (John Ridley)

The upcoming Regina King Netflix film Shirley will focus on the real-life events of the iconic Shirley Chisholm, who was the first-ever Black Congresswoman and the first-ever Black woman to run for President in the United States. 

Based on real-life events, the film is made in agreement with the Chisholm Estate and will uphold conversations with daily friends that will present an intimate insight into the ground-breaking life and politics of this trailblazer. King will be joined by some other notable cast members, namely Lance Reddick, Andre Holland, Lucas Hedges and more. 

The film will begin streaming sometime in 2023, and the exact date has not yet been announced.

Maestro (Bradley Cooper)

Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper in the lead, the upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic has Cooper looking absolutely unrecognisable as the iconic  American conductor, composer and pianist who was the first-ever American conductor to gain international acclaim. Thrust into stardom at 25, Bernstein first took over for an ailing Bruno Walter to lead the New York Philharmonic with less than a day’s notice at Carnegie Hall. 

Blacklisted for a while by Hollywood and finally composing the score for Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront, the film will detail three decades of Bernstein’s life and will also see Carey Mulligan play his wife, Felicia Montealegre. The film is being produced by auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

The film will begin streaming sometime in 2023, and the exact date has not yet been announced.