The D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California is the holy grail for breaking news on anything and everything Disney related. So naturally, upcoming Disney film plot, cast info, posters and concept art were all on full display. Here’s what we know so far and what we can expect from the magical world of Disney films:
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2: Opening November 21, 2018, will see Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) racing through the Internet to save a piece of the game Vanellope comes from, Sugar Rush. A major addition to the film that was revealed at D23 is a cameo appearance from all Disney princesses, voiced by the original actresses themselves!
Stepping in to assist Princess Vanellope (that’s right, plot details reveal she is a downright princess), audiences will be graced by the talents of Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast) Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine from Aladdin), and Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid) Mandy Moore (Rapunzel from Tangled), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna from Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida from Brave), and Anika Noni Rose (Tiana from The Princess and the Frog).
Other Disney princesses that will be on hand in the film including Aurora, Snow White, and Elsa as well. This film will feature many iconic characters from the Disney universe including Star Wars and Marvel. This will be a movie that’ll appeal to all audiences no doubt and we are certainly looking forward to our favorite oversized “bad guy”!
Here’s a quick clip of our two main characters getting sucked through a high-speed ethernet cable as they enter (or break?) the Internet!
Incredibles 2: Our favorite superhero family returns to theaters June 15, 2018. Expect all your favorite characters to make a return and some new ones too.
What we’ve learned from D23 is this, Jack-Jack has a multitude of powers (already revealed at the end of the first Incredibles) including elastic skin, laser beams that can be shot from his eyes, walking through walls and a few more surprises. This certainly raises the skill level of the Parr family. Expect to see exceptional super hero suit designer Edna Mode (hooray) and more action scenes from Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as she takes center stage while Mr. Incredible has his hands full back home. The plot of Incredibles 2 picks up right where Incredibles 1 left off, so if you haven’t seen it yet you might want to treat yourself to the cinematic adventure.
Coco: The upcoming Pixar movie that will arrive in theaters November 22, 2017 heavily features music, not just in the soundtrack but it is weaved into the plot so it’s no surprise that Disney featured a live music performance during its presentation at the D23 Expo.
A Wrinkle In Time: Based on the 1962 novel of the same title, A Wrinkle In Time will be released April 6, 2018. The film stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Mindy Kaling (to name a few). We particularly love that this film features the first black female to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million (Ava Du Vernay) and that the screenplay is written by Jennifer Lee (writer for Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia, Frozen Fever). This science fiction / fantasy adventure follows the journey of Margaret “Meg” Murry’s (Storm Reid) as she comes into contact with three mysterious beings who help her wrinkle time and space in a search to save her scientist father Dr. Alexander “Alex” Murry (Chris Pine).
Mary Poppins Returns: In theaters December 2018, D23 revealed a new movie poster featuring Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins).
Mulan: This live-action film from female director Niki Caro had a previously-announced November 2, 2018 release date but it was just announced at the D23 Expo that it has been pushed back to 2019. No further cast details were revealed, but Disney has already promised that it will feature an all-Asian cast.
Dumbo: The live-action film directored by Tim Burton is set to be released March 29, 2019. The cast will feature Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins. Production is now officially underway on this highly anticipated film, with a new photo of Burton on set revealed.
Aladdin: No release date has been announced, but Disney announced the cast for the upcoming live-action film that will feature Will Smith as Genie as well Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
For a great recap of what went down during the Pixar – Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films presentation featuring John Lasseter, check out this video: