Best new releases on Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and Sky this May – Buzz.ie
There’s some big hitters out this month, including Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent, a dramatisation of true crime doc The Staircase and new Star War series Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Despite the fact it’s officially summer in Ireland now, the weather is still fairly unpredictable on an hourly basis.
So if you’re looking for some suitable drizzly day fare, here are our top recommendations for new releases on Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and Sky and NOW this May.
There’s some big hitters on the way this month, including new Apple TV period drama The Essex Serpent starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston.
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen will reunite in Star War series Obi-Wan Kenobi over on Disney Plus, while The Staircase dramatises the real-life events involving American novelist Michael Peterson and the death of his wife, Kathleen.
Here are our top picks for May on Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Sky and NOW.
Meanwhile, if you’re more interested in Netflix, we’ve got those May highlights too.
The Wilds (S2), 6 May
If you’ve seen YellowJackets, then the premise for The Wilds might give you a slight feeling of déjà vu.
A group of teenage girls survive a plane crash and find themselves stranded on a desert island.
Believe it or not, this series actually came first, and series two will see the girls grappling with the newfound knowledge that they are part of a social experiment, as another island of teenage boys arrives and fights to survive.
The Contractor, 6 May
Chris Pine stars in this action-packed thriller about a Special Forces soldier involuntarily discharged from the army without a pension to his name.
Desperate to provide for his family, Sergeant James Harper takes up a role with a private underground military force.
But when his first assignment doesn’t go to plan, Harper finds himself caught in a dangerous conspiracy and on the run for his life. Also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan.
Night Sky, 20 May
The inimitable Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons play an older couple who’ve discovered a chamber in their backyard that somehow leads to a strange, deserted planet in new sci-fi drama, Night Sky.
They’ve kept it a secret for years, but when a mysterious young man shows up, their quiet existence is suddenly shattered. This is very much giving X-Files vibes.
Life & Beth, 18 May
We really, really hope this is good. If not, we apologise profusely in advance.
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, I Feel Pretty, presenting the Oscars, etc) is Beth, a woman whose life appears fairly enviable on paper.
She is an affluent wine distributor, in a long-term relationship with her successful partner, and lives in well-to-do Manhattan in New York. But when a sudden incident forces her to look at her past, Beth’s life changes forever, as well as her whole perspective on it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, 27 May (weekly episodes)
May the force be with you, Star Wars fans.
Because the eagerly-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series arrives to Disney Plus this month.
Ewan McGregor is back again as Jedi Master Obi-Wan, in a new big budget series set 10 years after the final film of the early noughties prequel trilogy.
The ‘six-part event’ will also see the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, after both actors last appeared together in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Prepare for a serious good against evil battle with lightsabers.
Pistol, 31 May
Based on the memoir of Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones, new drama series Pistol charts the rise of his ground-breaking British punk band, who changed the face of music and popular culture forever.
There’s plenty of material and music to mine here of course, but frankly, we’re excited for the fashions and the ’70s backdrop, too.
Tehran (S2), 6 May
The second series of acclaimed drama series Tehran arrives to Apple TV Plus this month.
Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Glenn Close joins the cast for season two of the geopolitical thriller centred on female Mossad hacker-agent Tamar (Niv Sultan), who is on a mission to help destroy Iran’s nuclear reactor.
The Essex Serpent, 13 May
Highly anticipated new series The Essex Serpent stars Claire Danes as a Victorian widow with a love for science and nature who moves to southeast England to investigate reports of a mythical serpent.
While there, she forms an unexpected bond with the local pastor (Tom Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature to their village. Eek.
The Staircase, 5 May
New drama The Staircase is based on the same events as the true crime Netflix series from a few years back.
Colin Firth plays a fictionalised version of Michael Peterson, an American novelist accused of murdering his wife in the early 2000s after she was found lying dead at the bottom of their stairs.
The star-studded cast also features Toni Collette as Peterson’s wife Kathleen, Michael Stuhlbarg as Michael’s lawyer David Rudolf, Juliette Binoche, Rosemarie DeWitt, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Parker Posey.
The Time Traveller’s Wife, 16 May
A HBO adaptation of the 2003 novel of the same name, The Time Traveller’s Wife stars Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Theo James (Divergent) as married couple Clare and Henry, whose relationship is complicated by Henry’s ability to time travel.
The romantic drama series is the second time the bestselling book has been adapted, after a 2009 film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana received decidedly mixed reviews. Let’s hope this one is markedly better.
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May 14, 2022 at 10:56PM