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It’s been a while since Amazon Prime Video had multiple high-profile launches in a single month, but the streaming service is ready to kick off the warmer months with three new original series and two original films, both of which happen to be documentaries about ultra-famous pop stars in J Balvin and Pink. Other films headed to the streaming service in May include a few double features: both Nanny McPhee movies, three Alien sequels (Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection), Resident Evil and sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and more.
Television-wise, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Ta Nehisi Coates’ The Underground Railroad finally debuts. South African actress Thuso Mbedu stars as Cora, a young woman who escapes from a plantation in Georgia and embarks on a harrowing journey to freedom. There’s also Solos, a star-studded anthology series that explores the deeper meaning of human connection and features Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Morgan Freeman, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu. At the end of the month comes Panic, an adaptation created by Lauren Oliver (and based on her own bestselling novel) about recent high school graduates who compete in a series of challenges in their small Texas town, facing their darkest fears with the hope of improving their circumstances.
Amazon Prime Video’s listings also include what’s headed to sister streaming service IMDbTV, which features a selection of free movies and television series (with ads). Keep reading to find out what else is new on Amazon Prime Video in May, with some highlights noted at the top.
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The Boy from Medellín (2021)
Description: From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts, A Private War) comes an astonishingly intimate portrait of one of the biggest international music superstars of our time. The Boy From Medellín follows J Balvin as he prepares for the most important concert of his career — a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia.
Premiere Date: May 7, 2021
Description: From Academy Award–winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad is a new limited series that chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the Antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad beneath the Southern soil.
Premiere Date: May 14, 2021
Solos: Limited Series (2021)
Description: Solos is a seven-part anthology series that explores the strange, beautiful, heart-breaking, hilarious, wondrous truths of what it means to be human. Performed by eight of the finest actors of our time, this anthology series spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience.
Premiere Date: May 21, 2021
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P!NK: All I Know So Far (2021)
Description: Join award-winning musician P!nk as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour in P!nk: All I Know So Far, welcoming audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that she calls life.
Premiere Date: May 21, 2021
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Panic: Season 1 (2021)
Description: No one knows who invented Panic or when it first began. But in the forgotten rural town of Carp, Texas, the game is the only way out. Every summer the graduating seniors risk their lives competing in a series of challenges that force them to confront their deepest fears for the chance to win life-changing money. Anyone can play. Only one will win. Let the games begin.
Premiere Date: May 28, 2021
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