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8 Exciting New Shows and Movies That Are Coming to Netflix Soon

Meet your new Netflix obsessions.

In the two years that Netflix has been in the Philippines, it has almost single-handedly changed the way Filipinos, as with the rest of the world, consume films and television shows. In recent years, the streaming platform has one-upped the competition by also producing its own original content. 

On November 8 and 9, Netflix Asia presented its slate of upcoming movies and shows for the holiday season, as well as a few titles for next year, during a media event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here are a few titles we’re most excited to see:


House of Cards Season 6

Robin Wright with Netflix's Tom Serandos

Robin Wright, who has taken over the starring role in House of Cards, expressed how she felt about filming the final season. “It’s a family that you form. It’s a six-year-long movie,” she told Netflix chief content officer Ted Serandos. Of the show, she says, “It’s the art of war, which is how politics works in every country.” Wright, who directed the final episode of House of Cards, said that the finale will “shock you beyond belief.”



Narcos: Mexico Mano a Mano

Eric Newman, Michael Peña and Diego Luna

Instead of renewing a fourth installation of the hit Narcos, showrunner Eric Newman saw the opportunity to expand the franchise and focus its attention on the illegal drug trade in Mexico. Diego Luna and Michael Peña, who were announced to star in the new series, were present at the panel discussion. Luna comments on the birth of Mexico’s drug war, saying, “It’s not just about Mexico. We’re talking about the world’s biggest issue today—an issue that involves everyone on the planet.”

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy stars David Castaneda and Robert Sheehan

The most exciting ideas come from the most unconventional minds. The Umbrella Academy is based on a comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. One day, 43 superpowered infants were born to different women around the world and one powerful businessman adopts seven of these babies and eventually raises them to be a band of dysfunctional superheroes later known as the Umbrella Academy.



Television’s fixation with zombies is not over yet, and with Korean period drama Kingdom, we see a different spin to that subject. The series is set during the country’s Joseon Dynasty. When a zombie outbreak afflicts a small town and something suspicious appears to have happened to the king, the crown prince and a physician work together to keep the plague from spreading.



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Trese is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo. It’s set in an alternative Manila, where creatures from Philippine folklore living alongside humans, and it centers on a heroine named Alexandra Trese, a detective who investigates crime in this fantasy universe. To make the animated series even more interesting, Jay Oliva, who was behind Wonder Woman and Legend of Korra, is onboard as executive producer.



Bird Box

It’s the year of movies based on books, with Netflix’s Bird Box slated to the next best hit. The film, which was inspired by a novel by Josh Malerman, stars Sandra Bullock in a post-apocalyptic world, where she must guide her two young children to safety by embarking in a two-day journey while blindfolded.


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Martin Scorsese is at the helm of this crime film, which is based on the book Heard You Paint Houses by Steven Zaillian. Robert De Nior, Al Pacino, and Frank Sheeran bring life to the lead characters in this mob man story that retells how one mobster was involved in the slaying of a labor union leader. Interestingly enough, the collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro was announced in 2008 but will only see its big movie premiere in 2019.


6 Underground

From director Michael Bay comes this American thriller, which is said to be Netflix’s biggest production yet with a budget of $150 million. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Dave Franco, among others. It tells the story of six billionaires who fake their deaths to secretly form a crime-fighting team.

Always Be My Maybe

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Asian comedians are a rare sight in Hollywood, which is what makes this Netflix original so special. This rom-com stars Ali Wong, best known for her two Netflix comedy specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, and Randall Park, who has starred in Fresh Off the Boat. The two share a distinction of being extremely funny people, but together, they have a dynamic that will have you laughing the entire movie.

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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