This paper presents a numerical investigation of the film-cooling performance of a novel film-cooling hole in comparison with a fan-shaped hole. The novel shaped hole is designed to increase the lateral spreading of coolant on the cooling surface. The film-cooling performance of the novel shaped hole is evaluated at a density ratio of 1.75 and the range of the blowing ratio of 0.5–2.5. The simulations were performed using three-dimensional Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes analysis with the SST k-ω model. The numerical results for the fan-shaped hole show very good agreement with the experimental data. For the blowing ratio of 0.5, the novel shaped film-cooling hole shows a similar cooling performance as the fan-shaped hole. However, as the blowing ratio increases, the novel shaped hole shows greatly improved lateral spreading of the coolant and the cooling performance in terms of the film-cooling effectiveness in comparison with the fan-shaped hole.