In case you missed it, we just released “4 New Series Streaming in May You Won’t Want To Miss,” so we couldn’t leave out our top picks of the movies bowing on streamers then, too. And while our choices normally come from a variety of streaming platforms, this month’s edition stands out from the rest, thanks to Netflix’s stacked roster of upcoming features. Keep reading for four titles arriving soon on the streaming giant that we think should be up for your watchlist consideration, along with the performances to watch in each.
Lupin fans should look no further than the upcoming Omar Sy-led feature that reunites him with Louis Leterrier, who directed episodes of the French-language series. The latter told Deadline that The Takedown was the “logical continuation” of his close relationship with the Lupin star and shared which titles inspired their film collaboration. “We wanted to position ourselves between the buddy movies of Francis Veber and the sum of American action cinema of the 80s and 90s — the film pays homage to Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys, [and] 48 Hours, but also the French film La Chèvre,” he noted. The film also sees Sy reuniting with his On the Other Side of the Tracks co-star Laurent Lafitte. The Takedown is a follow-up to that 2012 feature, bringing back their characters of Ousmane Diakité (Sy) and François Monge (Lafitte), two cops with very different lifestyles and backgrounds who are forced to work together again for a new investigation in France. “What seemed to be a simple drug deal turns out to be a high scale criminal case wrapped in danger and unexpected comedy,” the official synopsis promises. The trailer for the French-language film teases how the reunited duo will be serving up some laughs, and you can catch all the antics when Netflix releases The Takedown on May 6, as well as performances from names like Izïa Higelin and Dimitri Storoge.
Along for the Ride
If there’s one thing the streaming giant has really seemed to corner the market on, it’s coming-of-age rom coms, so we would be remiss not to include one on this list. From the screenwriter of one of its most popular films in the genre, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, comes this new onscreen adaptation centered on a young insomniac named Auden (Emma Pasarow). After years of hitting the books, focusing on getting into college, and impressing her mom (Andie MacDowell), the recent high school grad travels to the small seaside town of Colby to spend time with her father (Dermot Mulroney) and stepmom (Kate Bosworth). Once there, she experiences “the YA summer you never had” — according to Netflix — complete with “midnight excursions, mysterious boys, beach parties, and spontaneous food fights.” The upcoming feature is adapted from Sarah Dessen’s best-selling 2009 novel of the same name and also stars Belmont Cameli as the enigmatic Eli, who helps Auden experience life in a new way. Considering its stacked cast of established actors like MacDowell and Mulroney, along with a trailer that suggests the young-adult film hits all the right notes while avoiding the more cloying pitfalls of its genre, don’t let this one slip under your radar. Coming-of-age tales might not normally make your watchlist, but you may want to consider shaking things up with Along for the Ride when Netflix releases it on May 6.
Making an “about-face” here, Netflix will also be dropping a war-time period drama starring Colin Firth in May. Operation Mincemeat covers the incredible story of the British intelligence officers who came up with the plan to release into the sea a corpse with falsified documents planted on it in an attempt to distract Nazis from the Allied forces’ real military plans. Netflix references its upcoming feature as “a war drama with the pacing of a heist film,” and its trailer also teases some moments of levity. Plus, for the Jane Austen fans, the star-studded cast includes two actors who’ve played Mr. Darcy in different onscreen iterations of Pride and Prejudice — Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. You can also catch the likes of Jason Isaacs, Kelly Macdonald, Johnny Flynn, and Penelope Wilton when Operation Mincemeat drops on Netflix come May 11.
Rebel Wilson leads a new comedy that gives us some serious 22 Jump Street-meets-Mean Girls vibes, and we’re here for it. In Senior Year, she plays Stephanie, a cheerleading captain at the top of her high school’s social hierarchy back in 2002. The 17-year-old is poised to become prom queen until a cheer stunt lands her in a coma. It takes 20 years for Stephanie to regain consciousness, and she “awakens” in 2022 as a 37-year-old who has a lot of catching up to do. But that doesn’t deter Stephanie from her goal of finishing senior year and finally achieving prom queen status. The film’s trailer displays a few high jinks that ensue in the fish-out-of-water tale, which may just have you nostalgic for the days of wearing puka shell necklaces and butterfly clips in earnest, as well as embracing the adult human you’ve become since. You can watch Wilson lead the comedy when Netflix releases it on May 13, alongside a strong supporting cast that includes names like Zoë Chao, Sam Richardson, Mary Holland, Justin Hartley, Chris Parnell, and Brandon Scott Jones.
Whether you go for The Takedown, Along for the Ride, Operation Mincemeat, Senior Year, or all four, the month of May comes with an extraordinary amount of new Netflix titles with stacked casts for your viewing pleasure.