Recent box office successes include Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, indicating that 2022 will be a big year for movies in Hollywood. With many more amazing projects yet to be launched, the year might get a lot better. Among the upcoming films, there are a handful with Black actors in leading roles.

While Black Adam and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are the most well-known films with predominantly Black casts, there are a few others that you might overlook. So, here are four upcoming Hollywood films starring Black actors that you should watch out for in 2022.

Nope

Genres: Thriller, Horror, and Science Fiction

The film will be released on July 22, 2022. Jordan Peele directed the film.

Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun star in the lead roles. Even though you could see this one coming a mile away, Nope is still a fantastic choice for this genre. This picture is generating a buzz unlike any other.

Jordan Peele, of course, is the main reason for the buzz. Peele’s creative paradox is remarkable — the actor is most known for Key & Peele, but all of his directorial projects have been thriller horrors — and it’s one of the reasons the film has sparked such excitement among audiences.

Nope is his third horror film, and it’s been in the works since October of this year. After the huge success of Peele’s 2017 film Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya is back for another film with him. In the film, he is joined by Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun as lead performers.

As unexplained events occur in their remote community, Kaluuya and Palmer’s characters try to gather evidence of a UFO.

If the level of Peele and the leading cast isn’t enough to pique your interest, the film’s epic-looking, ominous trailer will.

Beast

Genre: Thriller

The film will be released on August 19, 2022.

Baltasar Kormakur is the director.

Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, and Leah Sava Jeffries star in the film.

Idris Elba will begin filming Beast in September 2020, with the rest of the ensemble following a year later. Idris Elba portrays a newly bereaved father with two girls, Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries.
Elba is taking his girls to South Africa, where he met his wife for the first time. It’s intended to be a relaxing vacation to help the family heal from their loss. However, they face a new challenge when a bloodthirsty lion begins chasing them throughout their explorations. Following that is an action-packed escape attempt, at least according to the trailer.

Elba’s predilection for action, as well as the unique screenplay, make the film an interesting prospect.

The Woman King

The film will be released on September 16, 2022.

Gina Prince-Bythewood is the director.

Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Hero Fiennes Tiffin are among the cast members.

Nanisca, the commander of the Dahomey Amazons (played by Viola Davis), and her comrade, Nawi (played by Thuso Mbedu), battle adversaries who have dishonored them and their people in the historical drama The Woman King.

Davis and Lupita Nyong’o were among the initial cast of this picture, which began shooting in March 2018. Mbedu, on the other hand, took Nyong’o’s place after the latter’s departure in April 2021. Davis, who has been compared to a real-life Black Panther among other things, looks magnificent in the first images from The Woman King.

Day Shift

Genres: Fantasy, Action, and Comedy

The film will be released on August 12, 2022. (Netflix)

J. J. Perry directed the film.

Jamie Foxx, Tetiana Gaider, Steve Howey, and Snoop Dogg star in the film. Jamie Foxx, the multi-talented actor, is back (nearly) with Day Shift, a fantasy comedy. In the film, Foxx plays a father who appears to have only two goals: to accomplish his work as a pool cleaner and to provide for his kid.

But that’s not the only thing he’s dealing with. While pool cleaning is a day job, it is merely a cover for what he enjoys doing at night — hunting vampires.

Vampires, gunfights, and vehicle chases abound in the film, keeping you on the edge of your seat. And with J. J. Perry at the helm, you can know those action sequences will be well-executed.


By Meera