From the unexpected return of an acclaimed comedy to gripping true crime and the long-delayed debut of the film adaptation of bestselling novel The Woman in the Window, there’s plenty to look forward to on Netflix’s May schedule.
These are our highlights from the streaming service’s extensive line-up of new films, original TV series and documentaries…
Master of None - date TBC
Here’s some Netflix news we weren’t expecting. After a four-year hiatus, Aziz Ansari’s Emmy-winning comedy series will return for a third outing (the second season was released in 2017; the following year, sexual misconduct allegations, which Ansari has denied, were levelled at the show’s writer-star). This time, it’s thought the show will focus on protagonist Dev’s friend Denise, played by Lena Waithe. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Naomi Ackie is slated to join the cast.
Halston - date TBC
If you’ve entirely lost track of super-producer Ryan Murphy’s sprawling slate of upcoming Netflix projects, you’re not alone. The latest is Halston, a series exploring the life of the American designer born Roy Halston Frowick, whose style defined the disco era. Ewan McGregor stars as the titan of 70s fashion.
Selena: The Series Part Two - May 4
The tragic story of Tejano megastar Selena Quintanilla-Perez - who was shot dead by the president of her fan club weeks before her 24th birthday, just after she had topped the Latin charts and won a Grammy - was first brought to the big screen in the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez - now it’s getting the Netflix miniseries treatment. Part one, which debuted on the streamer in December, explored the early days of her career; part two is expected to show the singer at the peak of her fame.
The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness - May 5
In the late 1970s, a series of shootings terrorised New York City, leaving six people dead and seven wounded. After the biggest manhunt in the city’s history, the NYPD finally tracked down serial killer David Berkowitz, who called himself ‘Son of Sam.’ He was eventually served with six life sentences, but later changed his testimony to claim that he had been a member of a violent Satanic cult that encouraged him to carry out ritual killings. This docuseries follows the investigations of journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that Berkowitz did not act alone.
Jupiter’s Legacy - May 7
Based on a graphic novel from Mark Millar, the comic book author whose work includes Kick-Ass and the Kingsman series, this new series asks what happens when superheroes have kids - and those kids aren’t quite sold on the idea of dedicating their lives to saving the world...
Monster - May 7
This indie drama, which first debuted at Sundance Film Festival all the way back in 2018, has finally been picked up by the streaming service. Rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr stars as a student whose life begins to unravel when he is accused of felony murder (causing a death, with or without intent, as a result of committing another serious crime). He leads an impressive cast that also includes Jennifer Hudson, John David Washington, Jennifer Ehle, Jeffrey Wright and A$AP Rocky.
Dance of the Forty One - May 12
On November 17 1901, Mexican police raided a house where a group of men were attending a dance, with 19 of them wearing women’s clothing. The partygoers were from the upper echelons of Mexico City society, with the president’s son-in-law rumoured to be among the attendees, prompting a media storm that marked the first time homosexuality was spoken about in the Mexican press. This film explores the events leading up to the night of November 17, and the ensuing fall out.
Oxygen - May 12
The latest film from French horror director Alexandre Aja is truly the stuff of nightmares: award-winning French actress Mélanie Laurent stars as a scientist who wakes up to find herself trapped in a cryogenic pod, with precisely zero idea of how she got there. As she starts to run out of oxygen, she must race to piece her memories together and find a way out.
The Woman in the Window - May 14
Joe Wright’s adaptation of this hit novel, starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, was shaping up to be a Gone Girl-sized hit - until a scandal surrounding author Dan Mallory, prompted by a New Yorker investigation, threatened to engulf it. The release was postponed and postponed again - now it’s finally arriving on Netflix. We’re intrigued, to say the least.
Army of the Dead - May 21
Zach Snyder’s latest zombie extravaganza follows a group of mercenaries, led by Dave Bautista’s Scott, who attempt to pull off a heist on a Las Vegas casino that just happens to be overrun by a marauding undead army. There’s even a CGI zombie tiger, which, in an ambitious Netflix crossover event, was modelled on one of Carole Baskin’s big cats (Snyder’s VFX team spent a week at her animal sanctuary to study its movements)...
Nail Bomber: Manhunt - May 26
Over the course of three weekends in 1999, neo-Nazi David Copeland detonated improvised bombs in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. Killing three people and injuring 140, his attacks were targeted at London’s Black, Bengali and LGBT communities. This feature-length film charts how Londoners came together to take action after the bombings, eventually helping to bring Copeland to justice.