New on Netflix in April: Concrete Cowboy, Stowaway, and Thunder Force

Prank Encounters season 2, hosted by Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo, also premieres in April

New on Netflix in April: Concrete Cowboy, Stowaway, and Thunder Force 11

The full list of new titles coming to Netflix this coming April has been released, and it includes a number of exciting original movies of different genres.

Arriving on the streamer on April 2nd is the Western drama film Concrete Cowboy starring The Wire’s Idris Elba and Stranger ThingsCaleb McLaughlin. Based upon the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, the movie follows a rebellious 15-year-old boy (McLaughlin) from Detroit who is sent to live with his estranged father (Elba) in Philadelphia and learns about the local tight-knit community of Black cowboys.

Superhero comedy film Thunder Force, meanwhile, is set to premiere on Netflix on April 9th. Written and directed by Ben Falcone, the movie centers on two childhood best friends who become an unlikely crime-fighting duo. When scientist Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) accidentally imbues her estranged best friend Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) with incredible abilities, the two women must work together to save Chicago from super-powered villains.

A concert movie in honor of Dolly Parton will also be available to stream on Netflix starting April 7th. Titled Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute, the film features performances from some of the biggest stars in the music industry as they pay tribute to the titular country icon who was named the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2019.

Other Netflix original films debuting next month include the sci-fi movie Stowaway (April 22nd) and the horror flick Things Heard and Seen (April 29th).  Starring Anna Kendrick, Stowaway follows a Mars-bound spaceship crew who discovers an accidental stowaway shortly after takeoff. Too far from Earth to turn back and with resources quickly dwindling, the ship’s medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the group consensus that has already decided in favor of a grim outcome.

Things Heard and Seen, meanwhile, stars Amanda Seyfried and James Norton as a Manhattan couple who moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and come to discover that their marriage has sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home’s history. It is based on the acclaimed novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage.

New on Netflix in April: Concrete Cowboy, Stowaway, and Thunder Force 12
Amanda Seyfried and James Norton in Things Heard and Seen

On the series front, Netflix is dropping the sitcom Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! on April 14th. It stars Jamie Foxx as Brian Dixon who enlists the help of his father, sister, and best friend when his teenage daughter comes to live with him.

Additionally, the Italian sci-fi series Zero about a shy teen with extraordinary power to turn invisible will premiere on the streaming service on April 21st. Meanwhile, the fantasy series Shadow and Bone, which is based on the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, will arrive on the streamer on April 23rd.


A number of Netflix favorites are also returning to the streamer next month. Season 2 of Prank Encounters, the horror-themed hidden camera series hosted by Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo, is set to premiere on April 1st. And season 2 of The Circle USA is slated to debut on April 14th.

Check out the video below to find out more new titles coming to Netflix in April: