Apple TV Plus Teases Upcoming Films Starring Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, Leonardo DiCaprio

Apple shared the upcoming slate at its iPhone SE event Tuesday, and it includes movies about Tetris and Beanie Babies.

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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell star in Spirited, a new take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.


Apple's "Peek Performance" event on Tuesday didn't just reveal new computers and phones. The company also shared a video teasing scenes from original films coming to streaming service Apple TV Plus.  Here's a look at some of what's coming. Only some specific release dates were given.

  • Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell star in Spirited, a musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which will come out around Christmas.
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth, starring writer-director Cooper Raiff as a recent college graduate who strikes up a friendship with a mom (Dakota Johnson) and her teen daughter. That film won the 2022 Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic Audience Award.
  • An animated feature called Luck, about the unluckiest girl in the world, will premiere Aug. 6, with voices including Whoopi Goldberg, John Ratzenberger, Simon Pegg and Jane Fonda.
  • A documentary about the life of late actor Sidney Poitier, executive-produced by Oprah Winfrey.
  • Another feature documentary, Black and Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong, looks at the life of the legendary jazz musician.
  • Emancipation, a film about a man escaping from slavery.
  • Raymond and Ray, which follows two half-brothers (Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke) who live in the shadow of a horrible father.
  • Peter Farrelly's The Greatest Beer Run Ever, starring Zac Efron and Russell Crowe, and based on the true story of John "Chickie" Donohue, who in 1968 left New York to share a few beers with his childhood buddies fighting in Vietnam. 
  • The documentary feature The Sound of 007, marking the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film series. 
  • Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons and John Lithgow. The film tells the story of the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation.
  • The spy thriller Argylle, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O'Hara, Dua Lipa and Ariana DeBose with John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Sharper, a suspense-thriller set in New York City starring Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, Briana Middleton and John Lithgow.
  • Tetris, starring Taron Egerton, which follows the extraordinary journey of one of the most iconic computer games in the world.

There wasn't a lot of information about some of the movies, but more films coming to the service include:

  • Ridley Scott's Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the French military leader and emperor alongside Vanessa Kirby as Josephine.
  • A pair of complementary documentaries called Number One on the Call Sheet, celebrating Black leading women and men in Hollywood.
  • Ghosted, a high-concept romantic action adventure film starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
  • Spellbound, which follows a young girl who sets out to break the spell that has divided her kingdom in two.
  • The Beanie Bubble, inspired by the 1990s Beanie Baby craze and starring Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Snook and Geraldine Viswanathan.
  • Adam McKay's Bad Blood, about the rise and fall of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, with Jennifer Lawrence producing and starring as Holmes.
  • The genre-bending film Bride, produced by and starring Scarlett Johansson.
  • Snow Blind with Jake Gyllenhaal starring.
  • A new Sue Mengers biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Dolly, a new feature film written by Vanessa Taylor and Drew Pearce with Florence Pugh attached to star.
  • An adaption of Judy Heumann's best-selling memoir Being Heumann from Siân Heder.
  • An Audrey Hepburn biopic.
  • A thriller with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, written and directed by Jon Watts, about two lone fixers who are assigned to the same job.

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