Preview: Disney films
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
Disney took advantage of the opportunity to preview its upcoming slate of films for the foreseeable future at the bi annual D23 fan expo in California this past month.
In July of 2014, Disney will follow up on its successes in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” with “Malificent.” Presenting the events of Disney’s 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of the titular villain, this live action feature will star Angelina Jolie as the iconic villain and Elle Fanning (“Super 8”) as Sleeping Beauty.
The Walt Disney Animation Studios have been returning to their fairy tale roots recently, a practice that will continue this November in “Frozen,” a CGI (3D) animated adaptation based loosely upon the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale “The Snow Queen.”
PIXAR’s next animated film will release next May. Titled “The Good Dinosaur,” the film will explore the question, “What if the Dinosaur’s never went extinct?”
The sequel to 2011’s “Thor,” “Thor: The Dark World,” will release this November with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the God of Thunder, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
“Saving Mr. Banks,” arguably the film with the most Oscar potential, will open this December. The biographical drama will tell the story of Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) struggle to retrieve the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) “Mary Poppins” character.
The next “Muppet” movie, a caper titled “Muppets Most Wanted” will open next March, reuniting America’s favorite felt ensemble. Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais also co-star.
“Captain America: Winter Soldier” arrives next April, featuring returning Marvel actors including Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L Jackson as Director Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow, and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill. The sequel promises to address the questions related to Captain America’s arrival in the present day, issues not sufficiently addressed in “The Avengers.”
“Tommorrowland” is a mysterious sci-fi project from brilliant director Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”), supposedly based on the contents of a mysterious case found in the Walt Disney archives. Not much is known about this highly mysterious production, except that it will open in December of 2014, and will star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.
In summer of 2015, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to the third-highest grossing film of all time, will drop, with director Joss Whedon returning to helm.
Of course, the most intriguing upcoming release is easily “Star Wars Episode VII.” Releasing sometime in 2015, not much else is known about the picture. It will be directed by the brilliant J.J. Abrams, (“Star Trek,” ”LOST”), and maestro John Williams will return to provide the musical score. Beyond that, the picture is shrouded in absolute secrecy clouded by multiple rumors.Will it feature the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford? Most Likely. Will a character be played by Benedict Cumberbatch? Hopefully. Will a character be played by Zac Efron? Hopefully not.