Books becoming movies in 2021, including ‘Last Letter from Your Lover’

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If you’re looking for your next beach read, you’ve come to the right place. 

Every year, tons of books are adapted for the big and small screen. And if you’re anything like us, you often prefer to read them first so you can moan about how the book was better. (Unless it’s Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” our go-to comfort movie and the rare film that improved on its source material.) 

Some of this year’s most hotly anticipated TV series are based on novels – Amazon’s “The Underground Railroad” and Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers,” among them – as are many of 2022’s potential Oscar contenders, including new dramas starring Lady Gaga, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. 

With the arrival of Jojo Moyes’ “The Last from Your Lover” on Netflix this weekend, here are 17 recent and upcoming adaptations that you can read right now:

Amanda Seyfried as Catherine Clare in Netflix's

Amanda Seyfried as Catherine Clare in Netflix’s “Things Heard & Seen.”
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Newly minted Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) stars with James Norton (“Little Women”) in this supernatural horror thriller, about a couple whose marriage unravels when they move into a haunted house in upstate New York. The movie, which also stars Natalia Dyer (“Stranger Things”), is based on Elizabeth Brundage’s 2017 novel “All Things Cease to Appear.” 

Streaming on Netflix now. 

2. ‘Without Remorse’ 

Michael B. Jordan takes on a Tom Clancy hero in ‘Without Remorse’

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Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed”) goes full action hero as John Clark, an ex-NavySEAL out for revenge, in this adaptation of Tom Clancy’s 1993 novel. The movie is a spinoff of the Jack Ryan film series focusing on Clark’s character, who has previously been played by Willem Dafoe (1994’s “Clear and Present Danger”) and Liev Schreiber (2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”). 

Streaming on Amazon Prime now. 

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3. ‘Monster’ 
Steve Harmon (Kevin Harrison Jr.) in a scene from

Steve Harmon (Kevin Harrison Jr.) in a scene from “Monster.”
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Three years after its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, “Monster” is finally arriving on Netflix. The legal drama is based on Walter Dean Myers’ 1999 youngadult novel about a high school honor student (played by Kelvin Harrison Jr.) whose life is turned upside down when he’s accused of murder. Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright and John David Washington co-star. 

Streaming on Netflix now.

4. ‘Finding You’ 
Jedidiah Goodacre, left, and Rose Reid fall in love in

Jedidiah Goodacre, left, and Rose Reid fall in love in “Finding You.”
Anthony Courtney / Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

An aspiring violinist (Rose Reid) studying abroad in Ireland falls in love with a heartthrob movie star in this adaptation of Jenny B. Jones’ 2011 young adult romance novel “There You’ll Find Me.” 

Available to rent or buy on VOD platforms starting July 26. 

5. ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ 
Connor (Finn Little, left) and Hannah (Angelina Jolie) fight to survive in

Connor (Finn Little, left) and Hannah (Angelina Jolie) fight to survive in “Those Who Wish Me Dead.”
Emerson Miller

Angelina Jolie plays a smokejumper tasked with protecting a young boy from assassins in this wilderness survival thriller, based on Michael Koryta’s 2016 novel and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone”). 

Now available to rent or buy on VOD platforms.. 

6. ‘The Woman in the Window’ 
Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is a paranoid agoraphobe in

Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is a paranoid agoraphobe in “The Woman in the Window.”
Melinda Sue Gordon / Netflix Inc.

Originally scheduled for a theatrical release in fall 2019, the long-delayed “Woman” is, at last, seeing the light of day on Netflix. Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”) and based on A.J. Finn’s 2018 bestseller, the pulpy thriller follows a recluse (Amy Adams) who thinks she witnesses a murder. Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Jennifer Jason Leigh round out the all-star cast. 

Streaming on Netflix now. 

7. ‘The Dry’
Eric Bana is haunted by his past in

Eric Bana is haunted by his past in “The Dry.”
Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release

A federal agent (Eric Bana) returns to his hometown to investigate a murder-suicide and is forced to confront his past in this Australian crime drama, based on Jane Harper’s 2017 novel. 

Now available to rent or buy on VOD platforms. 

8. ‘Fatherhood’ 
Kevin Hart, left, and Alfre Woodard co-star in

Kevin Hart, left, and Alfre Woodard co-star in “Fatherhood.”
PHILIPPE BOSSE/NETFLIX © 2021

Kevin Hart gets serious as a single dad raising his baby girl after his wife’s unexpected death. Backed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions, the drama is based on Matthew Logelin’s 2011 book “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.” 

Streaming on Netflix now. 

9. ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover’ 
Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley, left) and Anthony O'Hare (Callum Turner) fall in love in 1960s Europe in

Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley, left) and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) fall in love in 1960s Europe in “The Last Letter from Your Lover.”
STUDIOCANAL / NETFLIX

The latest screen adaptation of a Moyes romance novel (after 2018’s “Head Full of Honey” and 2016’s “Me Before You”), this time starring Felicity Jones as a young journalist who uncovers old love letters between a star-crossed pair (Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner) and becomes obsessed with finding the couple. 

Streaming on Netflix Friday.

10. ‘Dune’ 
Zendaya, left, and Timothée Chalamet in a scene from sci-fi epic

Zendaya, left, and Timothée Chalamet in a scene from sci-fi epic “Dune.”
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“Arrival” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve takes on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic, long-deemed an “impossible” novel to adapt for the big screen. Timothée Chalamet plays a brooding space prince caught between warring families, leading an A-list cast including Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa and Rebecca Ferguson. 

In theaters and streaming on HBO Max Oct. 22. 

11. ‘The Last Duel’ 
Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon together in 2015.

Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon together in 2015.
Paul A. Hebert, AP

Oscar-winning screenwriting duo Ben Affleck and Damon (“Good Will Hunting”) reunite to script this adaptation of Eric Jager’s 2004 book, about two best friends (Damon and Adam Driver) in 14th-century France who face off after one man is accused of rape. Ridley Scott directs and Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) co-stars. 

In theaters Oct. 15. 

12. ‘House of Gucci’
Adam Driver stars as Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga is Patrizia Reggiani in

Adam Driver stars as Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga is Patrizia Reggiani in “House of Gucci,” director Ridley Scott’s film
about the tumultuous Gucci family fashion dynasty.
FABIO LOVINO/MGM AND UNIVERSAL

Lady Gaga is back on screen after 2018’s “A Star is Born” in another awards-friendly drama, based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book and directed by Ridley Scott. The pop star plays the real-life Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of plotting the 1995 murder of her ex-husband, Gucci fashion house head Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). 

In theaters Nov. 24. 

13. ‘Nightmare Alley’ 

“Carol” co-stars Rooney Mara, left, and Cate Blanchett pictured in 2015 in Los Angeles. They reunite on screen in “Nightmare Alley.”
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“Carol” co-stars Blanchett and Rooney Mara reunite for this psychological thriller, set against the backdrop of sleazy traveling carnivals in the 1920s and ’30s. Adapted from William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel and directed by Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), the film features a star-studded ensemble including Bradley Cooper, Dafoe and Toni Collette. 

In theaters Dec. 3. 

real-life couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons star. 

Streaming on Netflix later this year. 

17. ‘Worth’ 
Michael Keaton in Los Angeles in 2020.

Michael Keaton in Los Angeles in 2020.
Willy Sanjuan, Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

A lawyer (Michael Keaton) is tasked with allocating funds to 9/11 victims’ families in this legal drama, adapted from Kenneth Feinberg’s 2006 memoir. The movie, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, also features Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan and Laura Benanti. 

Streaming on Netflix later this year. 

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