Upcoming Movies with Hispanic Representation in 2021

Now that we’re officially over halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s take a look ahead at movies coming out through the end of 2021 featuring Hispanic and Latine representation. 

Fever Dream 

A still from the Netflix film "Fever Dream" of a woman crying and holding her child
A mother holds her child close in “Fever Dream”

Coming to Netflix October 13, this mystery-horror is based on a novel of the same name. The premise is about two young mothers whose charged relationship reveals environmental and spiritual catastrophes. It features Spanish actress Maria Valverde Rodriguez and Argentine actress Dolores María Fonzi. 

No Time To Die 

A still from "No Time to Die" Of Ana de Armas dressed in a low-cut dress looking distressed
Ana de Armas as Paloma in “No Time To Die”

The latest in the Bond franchise, this movie arrives in theaters October 8. Rising star and Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas plays Paloma, a CIA agent. She is set to appear briefly in the movie, however she has already been named a stand-out within the cast and plays a very different kind of Bond girl. 


A still from "Madres" of the mother and father looking down, distressed
The mother and father look down in distress in “Madres”

Arriving on Amazon Prime on October 8, this horror is about a Mexican-American couple expecting their first child who move to a migrant farming community in 1970s California. When the expectant mother begins experiencing terrifying visions and symptoms, she wonders if it’s connected to a legendary curse or something else. 

The film stars Mexican-American actress Ariana Guerra and Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta as the main couple, as well as a primarily Latine cast. 

Read our review here.


A still of Oscar Isaac in "Dune"
Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides in “Dune”

This sci-fi blockbuster arrives in theaters October 22 and will be streaming simultaneously on HBO Max for one month. Dune is set in space where the House Atreides are about to conflict with dangerous forces over control of the most precious resource in the galaxy. 

The movie stars two Hispanic/Latino actors in main roles: Guatemalan-born actor Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, leader of the House Atreides; and Spanish actor Javier Bardem as Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen, the inhabitants of the planet House Atreides has been given control over. 

Read our review here.

Last Night in Soho 

A still from "Last Night in Soho" of Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie
Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie in “Last Night in Soho”

In theaters October 29, this psychological thriller is about Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer who is suddenly able to travel back in time to the 1960s where she meets aspiring singer, Sandie. However, the glamor is not all as it seems. 

This film features Latina actress Anya Taylor-Joy in the role of Sandie. Taylor-Joy’s ethnicity and race has been a controversial topic in the past, but she identifies as white Latina and her mother is of British and Spanish descent, while her father is of Scottish and Argentine descent. 


A still of Salma Hayek as Ajak in "Eternals"
Salma Hayek as Ajak in “Eternals”

Coming to theaters November 5, this Marvel movie follows the Eternals, a race of superpowered, immortal beings who have been secretly living among humanity for centuries. They must all reunite to defeat dark forces that could destroy the Earth. 

Praised for its diversity, this movie features a star-studded cast of characters who are very diverse. One of the Eternals — Ajak, the spiritual leader — is played by Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek. 


A still from "Encanto" of Mirabel smiling nervously
Mirabel in “Encanto”

This animated musical arrives in theaters on November 24 and will be streaming on DisneyPlus on December 24. The film is about the Madrigal family who are living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. Each family member has been blessed with a magical gift thanks to an Encanto, but when the magic is threatened, the sole family member without a magical gift — Mirabel — sets out to save it. 

This film features an entirely Hispanic/Latine cast, most of whom are descended from Colombia. You can read more about the film here

West Side Story 

A still from "West Side Story" of the Puerto Rican characters dancing
The Puerto Rican women and men dance in the streets in “West Side Story”

This film comes to theaters December 10. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie musical is based on the original movie and musical of the same name. Set in 1950s New York City, the film follows two star-crossed lovers: Tony, a former member of the the Jets, a white gang; and Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang. 

This movie features actress Rachel Zegler (who is of Colombian and white descent) as Maria. The cast is made up of many Hispanic/Latine actors who play members of the Sharks and the Puerto Rican community in NYC.

Parallel Mothers

A still from "Parallel Mothers" of the protagonists hugging each other
The protagonists hug in “Parallel Mothers”

Finally, this Spanish drama arrives in theaters December 24. It follows two women who meet in a hospital room as they are about to give birth. One is middle-aged and confident, the other young and afraid. The pair form a strong bond that changes their lives.

The film stars Spanish actresses Penélope Cruz Sánchez and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón.

Which of these movies are you most excited for?


Editor’s Note: This article was updated on Oct. 3, 2021 to include the film, “Parallel Mothers.”


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