What is new on Amazon Prime: January 2023, movies, series

What is new on Amazon Prime: January 2023, movies, series

The Amazon Prime catalog is loaded with exciting new stuff for the month of January! This article discusses some of the releases that will keep you entertained for hours.

The Rig

Release date: January 6

The Rig follows the crew of the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, stationed off the coast of Scotland, in the dangerous waters of the North Sea. As the crew must return to land, a mysterious, enveloping mist descends upon them and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the outside world. As they struggle to discover what motivates this force, bonds will be broken among the crew, while other build new relationships.The Bravo crew will be pushed to the limits of their loyalty and endurance, in a showdown with forces beyond their imagination.

The Rig is the first Amazon original series to be filmed exclusively in Scotland, on a remote oil rig. Created by David Macpherson, this six-part supernatural thriller, stars Iaian Glen, the renowned actor from the popular Game of Thrones series, as well as Line of Duty's lead actor Martin Compston.

DirectorJohn Strickland, Alex Holmes.

Cast: Iain Glen, Emily Hampshire, Martin Compston, Mark Bonnar, Emun Elliott, Abraham Popoola, Rochenda Sandall, Owen Teale, Calvin Demba, Stuart McQuarrie.

Duration: 6 episodes of 45 minutes

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley is the latest collaboration between director Edward Drake and Bruce Willis, who previously worked together on Cosmic Sin, American Siege, and Breach. If you've seen the movies mentioned, then you know a little bit about what to expect from Gasoline Alley.

The story is about tattoo artist Jimmy who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of four women. Detectives Freeman and Vargas consider Jimmy the prime suspect after meeting one of the victims the night before the murders.To prove his innocence, Jimmy decides to go back to the underworld of Los Angeles. When more and more murders take place, he becomes increasingly entangled in this underworld.

Admitedly, with an IMDB rating as low as 3.8 out of 10, Gasoline Alley may not be everyone's cup of tea. Nonetheless, if you are looking for some crazy action you can't go wrong with this film.

Release date: January 6

DirectorEdward John Drake

Cast: Devon Sawa, Bruce Willis, Luke WIlson

Duration: 100 minutes

Shotgun Wedding

Release date: January 27

It seems that Jennifer Lopez's real-life life with Ben Affleck and the one on the big screen with Owen Wilson in the movie Marry Me weren't enough for her, as in Shotgun Wedding she is yet to receive another ring on her finger. In this action-packed romantic comedy, Jennifer Lopez is not only the co-star in the cast, as she is also one of the producers.

The story goes like this: everything is ready for Darcy (Jennnifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) to marry peacefully in a heavenly location on the beach, surrounded by their family and relatives. At least that is what they had hoped for. Because in addition to the fact that they begin to have doubts about the commitment, Darcy and Tom will have to deal with the reluctance of their future political families.

As if those obstructions weren't enough, the wedding ceremony is abruptly interrupted by a group of criminals who take the guests hostage. Far from being intimidated, Darcy and Tom decide to confront those who have dared to put the lives of their families and friends at risk, ultimately leading them to verify that their love indeed is bulletproof. Among the other members in the cast we find the hilarious and super fashionable Jennifer Coolidge and the multifaceted and sexy Lenny Kravitz.

Director: Jason Moore

CastJennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Coolidge, D'Arcy Carden, Alex Mallari Jr., Sônia Braga, Cheech Marin, Lenny Kravitz, Desmin Borges, Selena Tan, José Guillermo Cortines.

Duration128 minutes

What are the most anticipated 2023 releases on Amazon Prime Video?

Harlem Season 2

Created, written and executively produced by Tracy Oliver, Harlem is a comedy that follows the lives of four stylish and ambitious friends in Harlem, America's mecca of black culture. As for the main characters, we have Camille, a young and popular anthropology professor at Columbia University, who knows the dating rules of many cultures, but has a terrible time managing her own love life. Tye is the successful creator of a gay dating app, but personally she prefers to keep the vulnerability of love -and romantic partners- at arm's length. Quinn is a hopelessly romantic fashion designer with a guilt-ridden trust fund trying to give some of her luck back to the world. Finally, we have Angie, she is a self-assured, vibrant, and unfiltered singer-actress who lives rent-free and fabulously thanks to Quinn. The four friends are in the process of transitioning from their early 20s to the next phase of their careers, relationships, and big-city dreams. Like the first season, the second run will also star Meagan Good as Camille, Grace Byers as Quinn, Shoniqua Shandai as Angie, and Jerrie Johnson as Tye.

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Good Omens Season 2

This is indeed a surprise since Good Omens was originally meant to be a one-time miniseries. Despite not revealing too much, the first synopsis we have of the second season is the following: after having managed to avoid the Apocalypse, we will see Aziraphale and Crowley trying to lead a quiet life between mortals in London's Soho, when an unexpected messenger shows up with a startling mystery...

We don't have any further details on what Amazon Prime's most well-known angel and demon have in store. But it surely promises to be just as absurd and interesting as the first season. As for the cast, both Martin Sheen and David Tennant will return for season 2. The rest of the cast is almost fully confirmed with Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Maggie Service, Nina Sosanya, Doon Mackichan, Gloria Obianyo, Liz Carr, Quelin Sepulveda and Shelley Conn, among others. Although the filming of season 2 began last October 2022 and the final clapperboard has already been given, we will have to wait until the summer of 2023 to delight ourselves with six new Good Omens episodes.

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Saltburn

Emerald Fennell, the actress who played the young Camilla Parker Bowles in the series The Crown, and directed the brilliant film Promising Young Woman, will premiere her new creation Saltburn in 2023. Little is known about the plot so far, but according to multiple sources the story will be about obsession within a large aristocratic family in England. Fennell will have the pleasure of working with Rosamund Pike, Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, and Richard E. Grant as members of the cast. After her movie Promising Young Woman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2021, besides being one of only eight women nominated for Best Director in the whole 94 years history of the Academy, Fennell wrote the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cinderella. Saltburn however, has been directed, written, and produced by the young and talented British female.  

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Space Cadet

Space Cadet was first announced in 2022. It is a romantic comedy movie starring and produced by Emma Roberts. The filming of this project has concluded in November and the final product is expected to reach Amazon Prime's streaming service in the first half of 2023. Space Cadet was directed by Liz W. Garcia (The Lifeguard, One Percent More Humid, etc.), who also wrote the original script. The movie tells the story of a party-loving Florida girl called Rex (Roberts) who becomes the only hope for NASA's space program. She then enters a training program with several other candidates who, despite having a better track record, lack her level of cunning, heart, and courage.

Along with Emma Roberts, Space Cadet features an international cast consisting of Poppy Liu (Hacks), Gabrielle Union (The Inspection, Bad Boys II), Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy), Colombian pop star Sebastián Yatra, David Foley (The Kids in the Hall), Desi Lydic (Awkward), and many more.

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