The 6 coolest new movie and TV show announcements from Netflix Tudum 2023

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Netflix Tudum 2023 is a really big deal. The world's best streaming service's annual showcase is star-studded, thrill-packed and usually full of surprises. And this year's event was one of the best ever with loads of new trailers and extended clips, as well as lots of celebrity appearances to delight the fans.

Before the event had even started, big Netflix news was already breaking. The streamer revealed that Stranger Things 5 has added a major Terminator actor to its already starry cast, and it also released first-looks at its live-action takes of two hugely popular animeAvatar: The Last Airbender and One Piece. It dropped a bloody and brutal first clip for The Witcher season 3 and it also showed us 3 Body Problem, a new mind-bending sci-fi series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones

And that was just for starters. These are the announcements we're most excited about from Tudum 2023, which will likely be strong contenders for our best Netflix movies and best Netflix series lists. 

1. Squid Game season two adds more stars and the Squid Game reality show gets a new trailer

Netflix isn't saying too much about the second season of its mega-hit series Squid Game just yet, but it did deliver two much-wanted trailers. First of all, the new trailer for Squid Game season 2 promises to bring back Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-Hun, Wi Ha-jun and Gong Yoo alongside four new players: pop star and actor Yim Si-Wan, K-drama favorite Kang Ha-Neul, TV and movie star Park Sung-Hoon and rapper, singer-songwriter, breakdancer and record producer Yang Dong-Geun.  

There's no sign of a release date for season two of the drama yet, but the reality show spin off Squid Game: The Challenge is coming in November. It's had a troubled development, with reports of problems on set and even some contestants fainting during filming. With Squid Game season two not arriving until at least early 2024, Squid Game: The Challenge will fill that squid-shaped hole until it's here. 

2. Money Heist spin-off Berlin will be available to stream in December and it looks stunning

Money Heist's creator is making more Netflix shows, finally. Berlin is the tale of an attempt to blag $44 million in a single afternoon and the second spin-off from the superbly stylish, delightfully daft  heist hit. You can watch that one from December 2023 and it looks like it'll be worth waiting for – the trailer is a compelling mix of attractive actors, gorgeous cinematic visuals and of course, edge-of-the-seat thrills.

3. The first clip from Heartstopper season two is here and we're very, very excited

We were already pretty excited about the second season of romantic drama Heartstopper after Netflix set a summer lovin' launch date for it, and now the Netflix gods have gifted us the very first clip from the upcoming show. If the opening scene has you wanting for more, you'll be able to stream the rest from August 3. According to Netflix's synopsis: "Nick and Charlie navigate their new relationship; Tara and Darcy face unforeseen challenges, and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends." Alice Oseman returns as showrunner and there will be eight episodes to binge again and again.

4. All The Light We Cannot See looks spectacularly dazzling 

Advance word on this new WW2-set drama has been really positive, and the new trailer just adds to the anticipation. Based on the best-selling, award-winning book by Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See tells the tale of two teens who share a secret connection that – Netflix's synopsis of the show says – will become a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. It's available to stream from November 2.

5. Another Addams Family member is joining Wednesday for season two

We saw this one coming... While the cast of Wednesday took great delight in discussing fan theories about season two, they didn't really confirm any huge things – although Jenna Ortega did admit that, "it would be really interesting if Wednesday had a monster for a pet" and the cast did confirm that another Addams Family member would be joining the show this time around.

6. Everybody involved in Rebel Moon thinks it's "big"

After watching this new behind the scenes footage of Zack Snyder's sci-fi epic, Rebel Moon, I'm more intrigued than ever. If you play a drinking game and have a shot every time someone says how big the film is, you'll be in pretty poor shape by the end of the two and a half minute clip. But they're right. It looks really, really big. So big, in fact, that Snyder is reportedly planning two different movies with two different versions of each.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, is on sale now and her next book, about pop music, is out in 2025. She is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind.