Nora Lum a.k.a Awkwafina shot to fame in 2012 with her hit song ‘My Vag.’ The song catapulted the lesser-known teen singer from NYC as a social media sensation. The immense popularity of the song, which picked up more than two million YouTube views, helped her to launch her career. She emerged as a popular actor with films like ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,’ ‘Dude,’ ‘Ocean’s 8,’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’ Her major works in television include ‘Girl Code Live,’ ‘Future Man‘ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’ So now you must be wondering what is the next Awkwafina movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Awkwafina films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Awkwafina movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
7. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is a sequel to the 2016 animated blockbuster ‘Angry Birds Movie’ and the second installment of the ‘Angry Birds’ film franchise. The upcoming movie features a star-studded voice cast that includes returning cast members Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage. Awkwafina joins the new cast along with Leslie Jones, Brooklynn Prince, Rachel Bloom, Eugenio Derbez, and Sterling K. Brown, among others.
Based on the characters of the popular game of the same name, the plot centers on an island inhabited by a flock of flightless birds that include the short-tempered Red (Sudeikis), Chuck (Gad) and Bomb (McBride). The trio embarks on an adventure when a villainous purple bird Zeta (Leslie Jones) threatens the Birds and their arch-rivals, the Pigs. Awkwafina reportedly lends her voice to Courtney the Pig, who is the new entrant as well as the second female pig in the franchise after Zam Wessel. ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is directed by Thurop Van Orman from Peter Ackerman’s script. The movie hits theaters on August 14, 2019.
6. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019 – )
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ is an upcoming remake of the cult film ‘The Dark Crystal’ of 1982. The Netflix series is a prequel to the original movie with the plot following Gelfings, Rian (Taron Egerton), Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel) who hit the road while danger lurks in every corner. Their mission is to save the world of Thra which is reeling under the the threat of the villainous Skeksis and a deadly epidemic that spreads across the land. The trio wants to discover the truth behind the unmatched power of Skeksis in order to destroy him once and for all, reports, Deadline.
The movie features an ensemble voice cast of Keegan-Michael Key, Alicia Vikander, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Awkwafina recently joined the lineup as the character of The Collector along with new cast members Benedict Wong, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen, and Dave Goelz. Created by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ will be released on Netflix on August 30, 2019.
5. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is the forthcoming sequel to the 2017 film ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.’ The plot picks up the eponymous board game with new players taking up the challenge of rescuing Jumanji while conquering dangers and threats. The movie also offers the characteristic body swap of the players. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black return to the cast while Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover join as new cast members. Nick Jonas, Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, and Morgan Turner also star in the film. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ director Jake Kasdan returns to direct the movie from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The film will be released in theaters on December 13, 2019.
4. The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge (2020)
The third installment in the ‘SpongeBob’ film franchise, ‘The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge’ is touted as a prequel film to the series. Based on the animated television series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ the movie follows SpongeBob who sets out for a trip to Kamp Koral. He befriends some new characters on the way. Everything goes in perfect harmony until his pet snail Gary gets abducted by Poseidon. SpongeBob has to rescue Gary at any cost. He joins forces with the new friends and embarks on a rescue mission that includes penetrating Poseidon’s stronghold, the forbidden “Atlantic City.”
The voice cast includes Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Roger Bumpass as Squidward, Jill Talley as Karen, Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy. Awkwafina and Reggie Watts are the new additions to the voice cast, according to CB. ‘The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge’ is directed by Tim Hill from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Michael Kvamme. The animated adventure will come to theaters on May 22, 2020.
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3. Breaking News in Yuba County (2020)
‘Breaking News in Yuba County’ is an upcoming comedy-drama featuring a desperate female clerk who is reeling under boredom. But when she catches her husband and his lover in a “caught-in-the-act” situation, her boring life turns upside down. The man dies of a massive heart attack in the midst of the brawl. The wife decides to bury the news of her husband’s death along with the dead body. Instead, she circulates an empathetic story in which the husband leaves her for another woman. For a couple of weeks, she becomes the talk of the town as a pathetic woman who is cheated by her lecherous man. But soon, she is haunted by her nosy sister, an overzealous press reporter and a shrewd detective. The cast includes Ellen Barkin, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley, and Bridget Everett, among others. Awkwafina reportedly plays the character of Kavi in the movie, which is directed by Tate Taylor from a screenplay by Amanda Idoko. ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’ is expected to hit the screens in 2020.
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2. The Prom (2020)
‘The Prom’ is Netflix’s feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical of the same name. Meryl Streep leads an ensemble cast that includes James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande. Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells join the project to play supporting roles. The movie adaptation is a part of the five-year deal between the streaming giant and creator Ryan Murphy, who serves as the producer and director. The plot follows Dee Dee Allen (Streep), a washed-out Broadway star who tries to hold on to the limelight with the help of her friend Barry Glickman (Cordon). When they chance upon Emma who has been banned to take her girlfriend to the school prom, Dee Allen and Glickman sense a cause to rejuvenate their dying careers. Awkwafina plays the character of Sra. Sheldon in the film. ‘The Prom’ will hit theaters in 2020.
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1. The Little Mermaid (TBA)
Awkwafina joins the highly anticipated live-action reboot of Disney’s 1989 animated musical ‘The Little Mermaid.’ According to reports, the actress will lend her voice to Scuttle, a seagull Ariel the little mermaid befriends during her adventure on dry land. The plot depicts the love story between the little mermaid and a human prince. In order to live with the love of her life, the Princess seeks the help of the sea witch Ursula. But the witch demands her hypnotic singing voice in return for a pair of human legs. Halle Bailey, who is best known for her character in the drama series ‘Grown-ish,’ has been cast as Ariel. While Melissa McCarthy plays the role of Ursula, Jacob Tremblay voices Ariel’s best friend Flounder the fish. ‘The Little Mermaid’ reboot is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee. No release date has been attached to the movie.
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