Disney has a number of fan-favorite movie brands under it’s umbrella, and at the D23 Expo, they announced all we can look forward to over the next two years from Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar, and of course, from Disney itself.
The slate of films includes superheroes, reboots, animated movies and several trips to a galaxy that is far, far away. Here are all of the releases that we can look forward to from Disney through 2017.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A new poster was on display at the D23 Expo for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Only a few more months before this finally hits theaters!
The Finest Hours
This looks to be an excellent film that is based off a true story of a daring rescue attempt in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod following the destruction of two oil tankers. Chris Pine was on hand at the D23 Expo, and the film also stars Eric Bana and Casey Affleck.
Disney Animations next film, “Zootopia” had a prevention with Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore along with producer Clark Spencer. At D23, Shakira was introduced as the voice of the animated movie’s gazelle character. This will arrive in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War
Marvel president Kevin Feige and “Captain America” stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie were at the D23 Expo to introduce some new footage for “Captain America: Civil War.” Get ready for May 6, 2016!!!
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Fans got their first sneak peek at “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” a sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 version of the classic story. Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp are back from the original along with Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. In the new film, Alice must travel in time to save the Mad Hatter. This movie will be in theaters on May 27, 2016.
The Jungle Book (Live Action)
Disney has been bringing back many of its classic animated titles in live action, and Director Jon Favreau came out onstage to present a first look at Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.” The film will star Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken and will release on April 15, 2016.
Another first look was presented at the D23, this one from “Finding Dory,” the sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” Ellen DeGeneres is back as Dory and will be joined by Ed O’Neil and Ty Burrell in the animated film that will hit theaters on June 17, 2016.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic “The BFG,” will star Bill Hader as the giant alongside Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. The movie will be released July 1, 2016.
I promised a reboot at the beginning of the article, and we finally have it as Disney is set to remake their 1977 original. The movie is about a young orphan that seeks the help of a giant dragon.
Marvel introduced their upcoming “Doctor Strange,” scheduled for release in October of 2016, at the D23 Expo along with some concept art. There were not many details about the film yet, but in the comics, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), is a failed surgeon who is given a second chance after a sorcerer trains him to fight evil.
The first musical on the list, “Moana” will be centered on a teen who sets out on an adventure to find a fabled island in the South Pacific. Producer Osnat Shurer and Directors Ron Clements and John Musker were at at the D23 Expo to show some new footage of the upcoming film. “Moana” will hit theaters for the Thanksgiving holiday 2016.
The second “Star Wars” film on the list, and the first stand-alone “Star Wars” film, the cast of “Rogue One” was officially unveiled at the D23 Expo and includes Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”). They join already announced cast members Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn. Be sure to check it out on December 16, 2016!
Beauty and the Best (Live Action)
The second live-action adaptation on this list, Disney will bring us their remake of the animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast.” Starring Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad and Dan Stevens, the film will release in 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
There was no new information on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and details in general are pretty scarce for this one so far, but we do know that the “Guardians” sequel will be released on May 5, 2017, and we can’t WAIT to see it!!
Star Wars Episode VIII
At the D23 Expo, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, was on hand to mention the eighth installment of the “Star Wars” franchise. It currently has no title, but it will be directed by Rian Johnson.
Toy Story 4
Pixar announced another sequel for “Toy Story,” and also gave us a few details of about the new film. Co-director John Lasseter revealed that “Toy Story 4” would be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, and that the movie will make it’s way to theaters on June 16, 2017. It is fitting that 2015 is the 20th anniversary of the original “Toy Story” although it seems impossible that 20 years have gone by.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Using the famous line “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in the title, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) made a surprise appearance to promote the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The movie will see Jack Sparrow facing a terrifying ghost ship led by his old nemesis Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). It was announced that Orlando Bloom plans to return for “Dead Men Tell No Tales.” It will be released on July 7, 2017.
That’s quite a list of Disney films that should make nearly everyone happy for the next couple of years!