As Hollywood reopens, we’re gearing up for all the upcoming movie releases in theaters and streaming services. From action, sci-fi, horror, animation, and musicals, there is an extensive selection of films to choose from.
Of course, we can’t forget about the romantic comedy genre! There’s something special about the classic trope where lovers meet amidst a backdrop of humor, tears, and unforgettable one-liners.
To celebrate the power of good rom-coms, here are some upcoming romantic-comedy movie releases to look forward to. And if you just can’t wait for these movies to drop, here’s a list of our favorite rom-coms of all time and where to watch them to whet your appetite while you wait.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: West-Side Story (2021)
One of the most anticipated movie musicals of 2021, West Side Story is set to premiere later this year. Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler star as Tony and Maria, two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds and rival gangs who fall in love in 1950s New York City. The cast also includes Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1961 film.
Director Steven Spielberg adapted the film from the 1957 Broadway musical created by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. The first trailer for the upcoming movie musical premiered during the 2021 Oscars.
Rita Moreno spoke about the remake at the TCM Classic Film Festival in May. “You’re in for some surprises,” she said, “because there are things that are done in this movie that weren’t in the original, that should have.”
Watch West Side Story in movie theaters on Friday, December 10, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: Resort to Love (2021)
Summer just got hotter with Netflix’s upcoming beach romantic comedy Resort to Love. Directed by Steven Tschudia and produced by Alicia Keys, the movie follows aspiring singer Erica (Christina Milian) who lands a gig at her ex-fiancé’s wedding on an island resort. Christina stars alongside Jay Pharoah, Sinqua Walls, and Christiani Pitts.
Christina Milian expressed her love for the project with Bustle, saying, “It’s funny, it has heart, and it’s different from any rom-com that I’ve seen. It has such a diverse cast and showcases a place that some people may have never even heard of.”
Watch Resort to Love on Netflix starting Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: He’s All That (2021)
She’s All That gets a gender-swapped reboot in the teen flick He’s All That. TikTok star Addison Rae plays influencer queen bee Padgett Sawyer as she attempts to help turn her school’s least popular student Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan), into prom king.
Rachel Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard from the original ‘90s film will return in the reboot as different characters. Madison Pettis and Peyton Meyer also star while Kourtney Kardashian has a cameo appearance.
Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan gave audiences a sneak peek at the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards when they kissed on stage while presenting an award.
— MTV (@MTV) May 17, 2021
That’s definitely one way to promote a movie.
Since Rachel Leigh Cook is playing Addison Rae’s mother in the reboot, the two came together on Instagram to spoof the original film.
Watch He’s All That on Netflix on Friday, August 27, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: The Kissing Booth 3 (2021)
Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi return for the third installment of The Kissing Booth series. Based on the books by Beth Reekles, the third film will pick up where the second ended, as Joey King’s character Elle must decide what college she will attend in the fall. Elle must choose whether to go to Berkeley with her best friend Lee or head to Harvard, where her boyfriend Noah currently studies.
In the Netflix teaser, fans get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming movie release. Watch the video below:
In Netflix’s summer movie preview, Joel Courtney and Joey King sneakily revealed the release date for the film. Watch the clip below:
Molly Ringwald, Taylor Zakhar, Meganne Young, and Maisie Richardson-Sellers will also appear in the third film.
Watch The Kissing Booth 3 on Netflix starting Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: The French Dispatch (2021)
Wes Anderson sends a love letter to journalists in the upcoming comedy-drama The French Dispatch. Set in a 20th-century French city, the film follows three different storylines about an American newspaper creating their final issue. The movie features a large ensemble cast including Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Saoirse Ronan, and William Dafoe.
“The story is not easy to explain. [It’s about an] American journalist based in France [who] creates his magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It’s not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what’s going on in the real world.”
The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July 2021 and then will screen at the New York Film Festival.
Watch The French Dispatch in movie theaters on Friday, October 22, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: Cinderella (2021)
The Cinderella remake starring Camilla Cabello will head to streaming services towards the end of 2021. Produced by James Corden and directed by Kay Cannon, the film offers a fresh and modern spin-off of the classic tale.
While Broadway legend and Frozen star Idina Menzel will play the role of the evil stepmother, Pose actor Billy Porter will take on an interpretation of a genderless fairy godmother called “Fab G.” Nicholas Galitzine, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Maddie Baillio, and Charlotte Spencer are also a part of the cast.
While there’s no trailer for the movie yet, the film shared a first look at the new adaptation on social media.
Cinderella will drop on Amazon Prime in early September.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: Falling for Figaro (2021)
In Falling for Figaro, a young fund manager Mille (Danielle MacDonald), leaves her boyfriend and job to pursue her dreams of becoming an opera singer in the Scottish Highlands. However, when she begins vocal lessons with the famous but frightening opera singer Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop (Joanna Lumley), she must compete with one of Meghan’s students, Max (played by Hugh Skinner), for the “Singer of Renown” contest. While the two are competitors at first, Mille and Max’s relationship develops into something more.
Watch Falling for Figaro in movie theaters on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: Princess Switch 3 (2021)
The third time’s the charm in the upcoming third installment of The Princess Switch series. Vanessa Hudgens takes on the roles of American baker Stacy, Duchess Margaret, and Margaret’s cousin Fiona. The Princess Switch 3 will probably follow a similar premise to the first and second film, where Stacy and Margaret switched places to see how the other half lived while balancing romances with Prince Edward (Sam Palladio) and single father Kevin (Nick Sagar).
Vanessa Hudgens spoke to Popsugar about her excitement over the new film. “We’ve been working on the script, continuing to elevate the franchise because it’s always scary doing sequels.” she says, “But it’s going to be fun. There’s going to be great ‘fits. I’m really excited.”
According to Vanessa’s Instagram, filming finished in March of 2021.
“And that’s a wrap on Princess Switch 3,” she captioned in her Instagram post. “What a whirlwind. Man everyone worked their asses off. AND stayed safe. BIG thanks to @netflix for taking the extra precautions to keep us on track and bring that new new to your screens.”
The Princess Switch 3 will drop on Netflix near the end of 2021.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: The Making Of (TBA)
Starring Richard Gere and Diane Keaton, The Making Of follows married filmmakers who cast a couple (Blake Lively and Lin-Manuel Miranda) to play younger versions of themselves for their movie about their love story. Unfortunately, the filmmakers’ relationship is falling apart, and both couples argue on the best way to tell the story.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 26, 2020
While there hasn’t been much more information on the project, Deadline reports that the movie will premiere at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival on September 9.
Upcoming rom-com movie releases: Lindsay Lohan holiday movie (2022)
Lindsay Lohan makes her triumphant return to film in an upcoming Netflix holiday romantic comedy. Netflix announced in May 2021 that the actress would star in a film about “a newly engaged and spoiled hotel heiress” who meets an attractive lodge owner and his daughter after she loses her memory from a skiing accident.
Variety announced that filming would not begin until November 2021, so we won’t be able to watch this movie until most likely 2022.
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) May 25, 2021
For more information on the upcoming movie and fan reactions, check out Cassandra’s piece on Lindsay Lohan’s return to acting.
Until these rom-coms hit movie theaters and streaming services, check out all of the hottest upcoming movie releases out now to find movie showtimes near you and buy your movie tickets.
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