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The Most Anticipated Movies Based on Books Premiering in 2021

Read the book or watch the movie first? If you’re an avid reader, you probably prefer the book. But for others, the movie’s more intense.

Either way, here’s our favorite list of upcoming big motion pictures based on books.

1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger is a Booker Prize–winning tale that uses clever social satire to explore class and privilege in India. Narrated by a poor villager, the story captures the reality of what it takes to climb the social ladder and become a savvy entrepreneur.

The White Tiger drama film, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, premiered in January 2021 with Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao in leading roles.

2. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune is a 1965 science-fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert. The story follows a young boy who leads nomadic tribes in a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis. It’s widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction novels of all time.

The film premieres October 1, 2021. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, it stars Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.

3. The Last Duel by Eric Jager

Based on true events from the last legally sanctioned duel in French history, The Last Duel revolves around the story of two best friends who duel after one accuses the other of raping his wife.

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film premieres October 15, 2021. Matt Damon stars in the lead role opposite Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, with Ben Affleck in a supporting role. Affleck, Damon and Nicole Holofcener wrote the screenplay.

4. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Starring Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman and Maggie Smith, A Boy Called Christmas is a fantasy film directed by Gil Kenan based on the book by Matt Haig. Expected this November, the film follows the boy Santa rising above the hardships of his youth to become a compassionate and loving icon.

5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is an unforgettable feminist World War II fiction novel by Kristin Hannah. The film shows two sisters in a story of survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, World War II France.

Real sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning co-star in the movie, now expected for release in 2022—which gives you plenty of time to read the book first.

Shafeeka Hafeez

Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.

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June 4, 2021

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