Disney have been very busy recently, what with re-making some of their classic films and gearing up for the 10 confirmed releases this year alone. They’ve already kicked off the year in style with the release of Black Panther, and with the likes of The Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, Star Wars and more yet to come, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Disney. So get your calendar ready and mark these dates; we can’t wait for these films to hit the big screen…
In cinemas 27 November 2019
Just when we thought we’d got Let it go out of our heads, Frozen is officially back for a highly anticipated sequel after years of speculation. Details of the plot are being kept firmly under wraps, but what we do know so far is that Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad will all return to voice Anna, Elsa and Olaf. If this is anything like the first, it’s going to be huge.
In cinemas 24 May 2019
This is going to be good; Guy Ritchie will direct the live-action remake of the 1992 classic with Mena Massoud starring as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. The best news though has to be that none other than Will Smith will play the Genie; we’re picturing Hitch in a lamp and we can’t wait. The remake will keep many elements of the original film and its soundtrack, but it will have new songs written by the team behind The Greatest Showman.
The Lion King
In cinemas July 2019
We are beyond excited about this one – The Lion King is hands down our favourite Disney film ever, and Disney have just released the first official trailer! Eeek! The trailer shows the classic moment Simba is introduced to the Kingdom of Rafiki; it gave us all the feels. We can expect the same storyline as the original, (you can’t improve on perfection, right?) with a mixture of CGI and live-action – think The Jungle Book remake. But the thing that’s got us most excited is the cast; Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, will voice Simba while Beyoncé (!) will play Nala alongside an all-star cast including James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa from the 1994 original) Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa. Plus, Elton John is returning to remaster the music from the original. Should we camp outside the cinema already?
Ant-Man and The Wasp
In cinemas 6 July
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are back for a new adventure in the sequel to Ant-Man. Scott Lang/Ant-Man is struggling to balance his dual life as a father and Ant-Man when Dr. Pym presents him with a mission to uncover secrets from their past. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are joined by Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas and more in this superhero adventure.
The Incredibles 2
In cinemas 13 July
We’ve patiently waited 14 years for this sequel and we can’t wait to finally see it. The film takes place exactly where the original left off, with the Parr family struggling to maintain normal lives. Elastigirl is out fighting crime while Mr. Incredible stays home to watch the children, but together they must battle a new villain along with Frozone. The original cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson are set to return.
In cinemas 3 August
The Hundred Acre Wood gang are back and they’re getting the live-action treatment. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown-up Christopher Robin, a working-class family man who re-encounters his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, voiced by Jim Cummings, who helps him rediscover the joys in life. We’re not going to lie, we shed more than a few tears at the heartwarming trailer.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
In cinemas 2 November
This dark take on the classic Nutcracker ballet tells the story of a young girl transported to a magical world filled with gingerbread soldiers, fairies and even an army of mice; think classic Disney fairytale with a dark twist. It’s set to star Keira Knightly as the sugar plum fairy, Jack Whitehall, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mackenzie Foy, who you might remember as Bella and Edward’s daughter in Twilight.
Ralph Breaks the Internet:Wreck-it Ralph 2
In cinemas 21 November
Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope leave the world of video games behind in favour of the World Wide Web for the sequel to the 2012 hit animation. They must search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, but as expected, they get in way over their head and have to rely on the citizens, or netizens, of the internet for help. Plus, the film will also feature all of the Disney princesses, as Ralph and Vanellope encounter them online.
Mary Poppins Returns
In cinemas 21 December
Can you believe the original Mary Poppins came out in 1964! Over 50 years later the sequel is finally here, and we can’t wait. Set in 1930’s London, the film sees Mary Poppins revisiting Jane and Michael Banks after a family tragedy and helping them rediscover joy in their lives. The star-studded cast includes Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and more.
In cinemas 9 March 2019
The all-female Marvel superhero film has been a long time in the making and will finally hit screens on International Women’s Day – girl power! When Earth is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races, Carol Danvers become one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes. The film stars Brie Larson as Carol/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, head agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and a whole host of other amazing actors.
In cinemas 29 March 2019
Tim Burton is set to direct the upcoming remake of this classic Disney tearjerker, so we can probably expect some sort of dark twist. The plot is loosely based on the 1941 original: when former circus star Holt returns from war his world has been turned upside down. He is enlisted to care for Dumbo and when his children discover he can fly,he becomes a star. Apparently the film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, with Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito starring, but sadly no real elephants.
Avengers 4 (Untitled)
In cinemas 26 April 2019
The as yet untitled fourth installment of Avengers is set to follow on from the previous Avengers films centering around villain Thanos. Further details of the plot are being kept firmly under wraps, but we can expect the return of Infinity War survivors in the form of Black Widow, Okoye, Hulk, Iron man, Captain America, Thor and more.
Toy Story 4
In cinemas 21 June 2019
The iconic Toy Story franchise is back for a fourth installment, and it’s looking like a corker. The release date has already been pushed back from 2017 due to issues with writers and directors, but it’s firmly back on track for release next year. The new movie will focus on the romance between Woody and Bo Peep, and we can expect the return of all our favourite characters.
In cinemas 19 August 2019
Remember Artemis Fowl, the hit 00’s science fiction series? No, we didn’t either, but the upcoming film adaptation is set to be a hit. The plot follows young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl who kidnaps a fairy LEPrecon officer to help fund rescuing his father – they end up going on a hunt for an evil pixie and rush to save his father from the Arctic; yep, it sounds bonkers. No cast has been announced yet but Kenneth Branagh will direct, so we’ll give it a go.
Star Wars Episode IX
In cinemas 19 December 2019
Yep, another Star Wars is on the cards – the ninth to be precise. The release date was supposed to be next May, but in the style of previous Star Wars movies it has been pushed back to nearer Christmas. Unsurprisingly, Disney aren’t letting any plot details slip, but we can guess that it will follow on from the events in The Last Jedi. The entire cast is yet to be released, but we do know that Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac will make a comeback.
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