Disney gives fans an idea of what to expect through 2020 and Beyond.
Today in Anaheim, California at the D23 Expo, Disney gave fans a peek of all of their upcoming movies. While they didn’t show anything from their Fox slate of films, there was still plenty to see.
Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker
Disney started by bringing up Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams. They talked about the film “Being a wrap up to a saga that began over 40 years ago.” From there they brought the rest of the cast, including, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, the droids of course, and newcomer to the Star Wars franchise Keri Russell.
Keri Russell described her character as “Shady. Kind of a criminal. And sort of this old friend of Poe’s.”
Anthony Daniels tells the fans that he can’t believe the Skywalker Saga is Ending, “But what an ending. I can’t wait for you to all see what we’ve been working on. You’ll love it.”
Next, the crowd saw the poster for the upcoming film. It highlights Rey and Kylo battling on what appears to be a part of a ship, behind them the face of Emperor Palpatine.
According to Twitter the footage was something special.
According to many sources, we should expect to see the footage shown at D23 this coming Monday. We will have to sit back and wait, because I cannot wait!
Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker will release December 20th, 2019.
Black Panther II
Ryan Coogler came on stage with Kevin Feige, who has had a bit of a rough week, to officially announce Black Panther II. Two things have been confirmed from the announcements. The first treatment of the script has been completed. The official title has not yet been finalized. It is probably safe to assume that Chadwick Boseman will return to star. The film is set to release May 6, 2022.
Next up Marvel brought out the cast of The Eternals, the next movie on the cosmic side of the MCU.
They officially announced Gemma Chan to be playing Sersi, another member of the Eternals. Sersi has been a member of the Avengers in the comics. This isn’t Gemma’s first time in the MCU. She previously played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.
They also announced that Kit Harrington famous for his role as Jon Snow (or was it Aegon Targaryen?) will be playing Dane Whitman who is also known as the Black Knight. Barry Keoghan who was previously seen in Dunkirk, and is about to star in Y: The Last Man on FX as Yorick Brown was also announced to be playing Druig.
The Eternals will also Star Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff and Dong-seok Ma. The Eternals is set to release November 6, 2020.
Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, and Florence Pugh were unable to attend the expo as they are busy filming the movie, however, they did send a video from the set. They showed the San Diego Comic-Con footage again but showed a couple of new bits as well. The most notable is a short scene between Florence Pugh‘s Yelena and Johansson‘s Natasha.
Dwayne Johnson made his entrance on a full-sized Jungle Cruise boat in order to show some footage of the new movie. Of course, there is a reference to the backside of water. Nothing has been officially released yet, but Dwayne Johnson explained the movie by saying “Big action, big comedy, big romance, but most of all… it has me!” and that it is inspired by films like Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone.
Emily Blunt also came out, this time in an old-timey car, and showed another cut of the trailer with her character as the main hero. While neither is the final trailer, fan reactions seem to be positive.
Jungle Cruise releases on July 24, 2020.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Angelina Jolie came on stage again with Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Chiwetel Ejiofor to show some footage from the upcoming movie. A small clip of a conversation between Pfeiffers and Jolie’s character was shown. The movie releases soon, so its possible Disney didn’t want to share too much.
The film will release on October 18, 2019.
Director Niki Caro came on stage to show some new footage from the film. A couple of snippets from different scenes were shown.
We’ll see how the non-musical remake turns out when it releases on March 27, 2020.
We got our first look at Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil from the upcoming film. A video from set was sent in and not too much information was shared. The film was described as ‘Punk Rock’ and seems to be set in the 1970’s London. The Film will also star Emma Thompson, Pual Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry. It will release on May 28, 2021.
A new film was announced coming from Pixar named Soul. Pete Docter introduced the film by asking “Why am I here? where did I come from? And what am I here for?”
The footage shown shows the main character Joe played by Jamie Foxx getting his chance at his dream gig, playing at the Club of Dreams. From there, he falls into an open manhole and possibly dies? His Soul then goes through a ‘Soul Seminar’ where souls are trained. The film is about Joe getting back to earth to play his jazz set.
Jon Batiste is writing original jazz songs, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are producing the score.
The film also stars Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Tina Fey.
Soul will release on June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth!)
Pixar’s other movie in 2020 Onward was shown next. Stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus showed 8 minutes of new footage from the movie.
The plot is definitely a bit different than what we’ve seen from Pixar in the past. Reportedly, its about the two elf brothers Ian and Barley resurrecting their deceased father for a day with a magic spell. However, only the bottom half is resurrected. They then go on an adventure to find a gem to bring him back fully.
You can watch the previously released teaser trailer below.
Tom Holland also addressed the Spider-Man controversy to the crowd after the footage.
“Listen guys, it’s been a crazy week, but I want to let you know I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart. I love you 3000!” Dont worry, we’re already over here crying.
Onward will release on March 6, 2020.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Walt Disney Animation Studios came out to close the show and debuted a new film.
Raya is a mix between classic Disney animation and Hong Kong action films according to writer Adele Lim. It takes from Southeast Asian culture and folk tales. The film is set in a realm called Lumandra, described as “a reimagined earth inhabited by an ancient civilization.” Five clans form the land of the dragon, and Raya is determined to find the last dragon.
Cassie Steele will voice the lead character Raya, and Akwafina voices Sisu, the Dragon in the movie. An official logo and concept art have been released and can be seen below. The film will release in November, 2020.
To finish out the show, clips of Frozen II was shown. Sterling K. Brown as Lieutenant Matthias and Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Iduna were announced to join the cast.
The film was described as a completion of the story from the first. Director Chris Buck said …
Why does Elsa have powers. Why does Anna NOT have powers? Where were their parents going when their ship went down? And is there such a thing as Happily Ever After?Chris Buck at D23
Footage of Queen Iduna singing a lullaby to young Anna and Elsa was shown in a flashback.
Footage of one of Elsa’s new song which seems to be called “Into the Unknown” was shown as well. A moment was shown of Kristoff unsuccessfully attempting to propose to Anna because of her being distracted worrying about Elsa.
After the footage was shown, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff (With a Sven Plush) came out to sing a new song from the film together live on stage.
We don’t have to wait too long to see the next installment in the Frozen story, the film releases November 22, 2019.
Words: Garry Hormann | Featured Photo: Disney Studios