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14th Jan 2023

Netflix’s new show is equal parts Ghostbusters and Harry Potter

Stephen Porzio


From the creator of Attack the Block, it arrives on the streamer very soon.

Netflix has unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming fantasy series Lockwood & Co which, based on the show’s premise and teasers, should be an intriguing blend of Ghostbusters and Harry Potter.

Adapted from the young adult book series of the same name by Jonathan Shroud, its story takes place in a world plagued by ghosts and where giant corporations employ psychic teens to battle the supernatural entities.

That said, only one company operates without adult supervision – a London-based small startup by the name of Lockwood & Co.

“Run by Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman), a rebellious young entrepreneur haunted by his mysterious past, his brilliant but eccentric sidekick George (Ali Hadji-Heshmati) and a newly arrived, supremely gifted girl called Lucy (Ruby Stokes), this renegade trio are about to unravel a terrifying mystery that will change the course of history,” the Netflix plot synopsis reads.

Along with its unique premise, another exciting element of Lockwood & Co is that Joe Cornish – who made the 2011 comedy sci-fi horror cult classic Attack the Block – will serve as a director and writer on the series, along with being its showrunner.

And Netflix subscribers do not have to wait long to see the eight-episode show as it will land on the streamer on 27 January.

You can check out its latest trailer below.

Clip via Netflix

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, JOE covered the trailers for MCU entry Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the horror film Skinamarink and Netflix’s Pamela Anderson documentary Pamela, a Love Story in separate articles.

To check out some of the other big teasers released in the past seven days in the world of film and TV, see below.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Clip via Lionsgate Movies

Starting with movies, Judy Blume’s acclaimed novel about a girl’s quest to discover her religious identity gets the big screen treatment, with the film arriving in Irish cinemas on 28 April.

Baby Ruby

Clip via Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing

In this horror, the world of a vlogger and influencer (Noémie Merlant) unravels after she becomes a mother.

Co-starring Kit Harrington, Baby Ruby will arrive in Ireland sometime after its US release in February.

Beau is Afraid

Clip via A24

Hereditary and Midsommar director Ari Aster returns with this surrealist comedy horror about an incredibly neurotic man (Joaquin Phoenix) who must embark on a bizarre journey home to visit his mother.

Beau is Afraid does not have an Irish release date yet but will be out in the US in April.


Clip via Apple UK

John Lithgow, Julianne Moore, Justice Smith and Sebastian Stan are among the cast of this con artist thriller arriving on Apple TV+ on 17 February.

Somebody I Used to Know

Clip via Prime Video

Dave Franco (The Rental) directs this romantic comedy about a woman (Alison Brie) who reconnects with her ex-boyfriend (Jay Ellis) which will land on Prime Video on 10 February.

Your Place or Mine

Clip via Netflix

Another romcom, this time starring Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon as long-time friends, one of which begins to develop romantic feelings for the other.

It comes to Netflix also on 10 February.

Clip via Paramount+ UK & Ireland

Moving onto TV, this prequel series to the first two Grease films will premiere on Paramount+ on 7 April.

Wolf Pack

Clip via Paramount+ UK & Ireland

Sarah Michelle Gellar swaps vampires for werewolves in this new series out on Paramount+ on 27 January.

Yellowjackets Season 2

Clip via Showtime

One of the best shows of recent years, this horror/mystery thriller focusing around a group of teenagers involved in a plane crash in 1996 returns for its sophomore season in the US on 24 March.

You can expect an Irish release sometime after.

You Season 4

Clip via Netflix

The first part of the final season of Netflix’s hit stalker thriller series You premieres on 9 February.

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