When it comes to Netflix, there is no shortage of reasons to be a huge fan. Not only do they offer some of your favorite old shows (like Friends!) but their original programming is also considered to be some of the best and most exciting content.
This year Netflix is pushing their own platform more than ever with countless Netflix original series or movies making their way to the streaming service.
Below we have some of their most intriguing projects and the major actors that are either going to bring a winner to the screen or in some cases, perhaps their next dud.
There is no denying that you’ll recognize the powerhouse actors who have signed on Netflix. Whether it’s the gorgeous Alison Brie, the captivating Jake Gyllenhaal or the…older Robert De Niro, there is no shortage of actors who are buying into Netflix as being a huge platform going forward. And when you consider De Niro is teaming up with Pacino and Scorsese, you may find yourself more excited about his project than any other on our list!
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15. Excited – Jason Bateman In Ozark
Jason Bateman is an outstanding comedic actor. Nobody can take away roles like Arrested Development away from him (which he can also give some credit to Netflix for), but you would also be doing your disservice if you ignore his dramatic roles; such as The Gift which earned critical acclaim.
Bateman is hopefully going to blow you away with Ozark in which he plays a character forced to try and pay off a Mexican drug lord.
The principle cast consists of only 5 actors, meaning that you can expect to see plenty of him on the screen. Here’s hoping he has the ability to pull it off, especially because if he does it could start out a whole new half of his career for him.
14. Not – Kathy Bates In Disjointed
When it comes to creating a successful television series around marijuana, there is no shortage of examples where it has gone well. But we don’t know if you’re going to be able to buy into the idea of Kathy Bates stepping into the lead role of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a “Cannabis legend.” Granted it probably doesn’t help that I’m used to either seeing her on American Horror Story or The Office!
Releasing in August, Bates also takes on a large responsibility as being perhaps the only actor that you’ll recognize with Elizabeth Alderfer, Tone Bell and Elizabeth Ho stepping into the other leading roles.
13. Excited – Ben Stiller In The Meyerowitz Stories
And while Sandler himself has faltered with past Netflix originals, it seems like The Meyerowitz Stories may turn it around as it currently holds a respectable 88% on RottenTomatoes, including one critic writing
“It is Ben Stiller who really steals it, with his big speech about his dad. Halfway through, I myself choked up, wondering if Stiller was thinking about his own dad, the great and much-loved comic Jerry Stiller, famous for his appearance in Seinfeld.”
12. Not – Naomi Watts In Gypsy
Naomi Watts is no stranger to bringing her A-Game to the movie set, including being nominated for several Academy Awards in her past. But early critical reviews which call her newest series Gypsy “Impossibly dull”, you may start to become more hesitant about her latest project.
Especially considering Watts last two ventures were The Book of Henry and 3 Generations, neither of which earned any critical acclaim with critics (including TBOH garnering a score of 25%).
11. Excited – Robert De Niro In The Irishman
When it comes to the biggest reason to be excited for The Irishman, it isn’t perhaps the actors in front of the camera but the director, Martin Scorsese, that should really get you excited.
Especially when you learn that Scorsese is taking on the gangster genre once again, something he helped make famous due in part to the talents of Robert De Niro.
While De Niro has taken some serious missteps over the past years, including Dirty Grandpa (yuck), we’re sure he’ll feel right at home. Especially when you consider his long-term buddies Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are also gearing up for the ride.
10. Not – Will Smith In Bright
Will Smith will be teaming up with director David Ayer yet again for the upcoming Netflix movie Bright.
The two had previously worked together on Suicide Squad, which may help explain some of the hesitancy with their new project. Set in a world that promises to combine both mythical creatures, as well as humans, it’s hard to completely get on board.
Smith has faltered as of late, including a big miss with Collateral Beauty (garnering only 13% on RT) making people perhaps all the more reluctant to buy into his new project.
9. Excited – Adam Devine In Game Over, Man
When it comes to successful comedy trios, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson have to come to your mind almost immediately.
After finding huge success with their series Workaholics, the gang teamed up with Seth Rogen (who works as a producer) for Game Over, Man which sees the three men attempting to get their video game financed, only for their benefactor to then get taken hostage!
Honestly, the idea and concept might not be the strongest but we’re sure all 3 will bring their A-Game and while we could pick any 3 of the men, perhaps you will agree with us in saying that you’re the most excited to see more Adam Devine.
8. Not – Danny Rand In The Defenders
You may be over the moon in anticipation of the latest Netflix Marvel adaptation The Defenders, but it probably isn’t so you can see more of Danny Rand as Iron Fist.
Rand and his series Iron Fist was heavily criticized by critics and remains as perhaps their biggest miss in the superhero genre. You’re going to have other strong powerhouses like Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter, but that may also just make you wish that Rand gets even less screen time.
7. Excited – Jake Gyllenhaal In Okja
If we’re going to get something out of the way right from the star, Okja is probably going to make you cry.
The movie which debuts on June 28th follows a young girl who has aspirations of saving her best friend, who just happens to be an endangered animal that a multi-national company has their eyes on.
While the movie is bringing in several powerhouse actors, including Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano, perhaps the most exciting is Jake Gyllenhaal who steps into one of the leading roles (thankfully not as the little girl, but we’re sure he’ll have a great role).
6. Not – Paul Rudd In MUTE
Now if I’m being completely honest, I don’t actually hate it when Paul Rudd takes on a more dramatic role. But I definitely also realize I may not be in the majority there, which may be why you are hesitant to hear he is stepping into the lead antagonist role in MUTE.
Rudd will play a black-market surgeon with connections to the mafia. The film will be set 40 years in the future and is placed in Berlin. At least his moustache is super bitching!
Alexander Skarsgard is stepping into the lead role that will see him attempting to discover the secrets and dangers of the town.
5. Excited – Jeff Daniels In Godless
Jeff Daniels has found critical success no matter which platform he tackles, whether it’s winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, or even taking to the stage where he has been nominated for a Tony. And for his sake, we’ll just forget that they made a sequel to Dumb and Dumber in 2014.
Daniels is going to get a chance to meet an even wider audience when he slips into the lead role in the upcoming series Godless.
4. Not – Nat Wolff In Deathnote
One of the riskiest things that Hollywood can do is take a traditional Japanese product, and whitewash the lead roles when you transfer it to North America.
Such is the case with their upcoming film Deathnote which is receiving criticism for the lead role of Nat Wolff, who now plays “Light Turner” instead of “Light Yagami”.
Included in the controversy is the fact that fellow actor, Edward Zo, outright came and stated that the casting team refused to look at Asian actors for the lead role.
3. Excited – Alison Brie In GLOW
How do you not love Alison Brie? Not only is she outstanding whenever you throw on old episodes of Community but she is also easily one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.
But you’re also going to see her layeth the smackdown in her upcoming Netflix series GLOW which is centered around a women’s wrestling organization in Los Angeles.
With an almost predominantly female cast, we’re sure Netflix is hoping to jump off of the success of Orange is the New Black.
2. Not – Adam Sandler In The Meyerowitz Stories
You may be able to sell me on Ben Stiller in a supporting role for The Meyerowitz Stories, but getting behind Adam Sandler is going to take a little bit more work. Especially when you consider he has no shortage of failures when it comes to Netflix movies like The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over.
Not to mention Sandy Wexler. We need to give Sandler credit for at least deviating from a more standard comedic role, but when you turn on The Meyerowitz Stories, you wouldn’t be the only one if you’re doing it in spite of, and not in support of Sandler.
1. Excited – The Entire Cast Of Wet Hot American Summer
The original Wet Hot American Summer which came out in 2001 created a big enough following that in 2015, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp was created for Netflix.
While this list is full of specific entries, the sheer number of great actors coming back for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is enough for it to earn some positive praise.
Set in 1991, we’re sure the cast will have a blast taking on some of the best elements of the 90s.
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