At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Fandango asked the voice actresses behind some of Disney's most beloved princesses if they'd be opened to the idea of a team-up flick in the style of The Avengers.
The actresses responses were overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed flick.
"That's such a great idea," said Auli'i Cravalho (Moana, Moana). "We're all different, but we all have similarities at the same time. And I think we're all on the pursuit of good.
"I could see the audience getting their minds blown with every introduction," said Jodi Benson (Ariel, The Little Mermaid).
Some of the actresses even leaned into the superhero aspects of the proposal and said they want to see their animated counterparts fight crime and save the world.
"If it's Avengers-style, then we get to have like super powers and I'm gonna get to whip out my knives Ginsu-style and fly," said Anika Noni Rose (Tiana, The Princess and the Frog) "Are you kidding? Yes!"
"I would totally be down for the princesses coming together to save the world," said Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Pocahontas). "It might just happen, too."
The actresses are set to make cameos in the upcoming internet-focused Wreck-It-Ralph sequel in a scene were Ralph visits Disney's website. The princesses have also crossed over on the Disney animated series House of Mouse, but have never had a full-blown team-up adventure together.
Disney Reveals All Its Movies Through 2019
In addition to this film, Disney has unveiled its slate of films through 2019 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The slate features the next films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars franchise and numerous Pixar and Disney favorites.
Later this year, fans will be getting Thor: Ragnarok, Pixar's Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In 2018, Disney is planning nine releases: Black Panther, the Star Wars Han Solo film, A Wrinkle in Time, Wreck-It Ralph 2, The Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney will match that in 2019 with nine more films: Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, an Avengers film, Frozen 2, Mulan, Star Wars: Episode IX and another untitled animated feature.
Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Delayed Until 2019
The remake was originally set to be released on Nov. 2, 2018. However, that date has been pushed back and is now set for some time in 2019.
While that move could worry some fans, executives on stage at the convention confirmed they "are indeed in pre-production on a live-action Mulan." It was also reassured that Zookeeper's Wife director Nikki Cairo is still leading the production.
Wen, who now appears in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., says she's too old to star, but she would like a role of some sort in the film.
"I would love to have a part in it in some way," she previously said. "I know the fans really want it and love it. And some of them even go, 'Well, why don’t you just play Mulan?' And I'm like, 'Yeah if it's Mulan: The Later Years."
She also stressed one of the most important aspects of casting a live-action Mulan: the heritage.
"(Mulan)'s Chinese in her heritage," Wen said. "Even though we're Pan-Asian, it is specifically a Chinese folklore and I really think that someone with that ethnic background [would] really just add more to the story."
Pixar Reveals Details About Its Next Original Film
Pixar unvieled details about Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2 and other upcoming projects at the Disney D23 Expo over the weekend. With all those beloved franchises, many overlooked the reveal of an upcoming original film in development at the studio.
Codenamed "Suburban Fantasy World," the untitled film is set to take place in a mystical world where elves, trolls, sprites and unicorns live. Based on the placeholder title, it's presumed they'll live in a world not unlike our own, but populated with mythical beings and creatures.
That presumption is strengthen by the film's concept art, which you can see above. The art shows a typical suburban town with a giant dragon flying above.
At the heart of the film, there's a ton of emotion, as you'd expect from Pixar.
“In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him," said director Dan Scanlon. "But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.”
The story is personal for Scanlon, who also directed Monsters University and worked on Toy Story 3, Inside Out and more. His father died when he was a kid, so he always wanted to know more about what he was like.
He and his brother got a glimpse of their father through an audio recording sent to them by a relative. In the tape, their father said one word. That moment is one of the inspirations behind the upcoming film.
“I have always wondered who my father was and how I’m like him—that question became the blue print for this movie," he said.
There's no release date currently set for the film, but it's not on Disney's release slate through 2019.
Will Smith Confirmed To Play Genie In Disney's 'Aladdin'
Disney just dropped a bombshell for one of their live-action remakes of an animated classic, as production details begin to release for Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Aladdin.
Sean Bailey announced at D23 that Will Smith is confirmed to play Genie in the live-action movie, joined by Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
The news comes after reports that Disney and Ritchie were having trouble finding actors to cast in the now iconic roles, but it seems like those troubles have subsided.
Smith was first reported by THR last week, but has now been confirmed. He will be playing the role made famous by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Aladdin and the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Scott recently starred in the Power Rangers movie, while Massoud will star in the Jack Ryan television show.
Bailey said Ritchie’s film will contain elements from the 1992 animated classic as well as the original source of inspiration, Arabian Nights, AKA One Thousand And One Nights.
'Mary Poppins Returns' Footage Debuts At D23
Disney unveiled a slew of details concerning Mary Poppins Returns at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Saturday.
Sean Bailey, Head of Production from Disney's live action studio, started off the the presentation by complimenting the music of Disney films and goes on to highlight the Sherman Brothers, the musicians behind the original Mary Poppins.
Rob Marshall directs Mary Poppins with John DeLucas and Marc Platt producing, with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman composing the music.
"Two dozen years beyond the events of the original films," he said. "As we know it here in the States, the Great Depressions."
The heartless Bank Manager, Mr. Wilkins played by Colin Firth, wreaks havoc on their life. "Dame Andrews is a very, very tough act to follow but I think we can agree that, in Emily Blunt, we have found the perfect actress to fill those shoes."
Bailey runs through images of the cast and crew, including Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick van Dyke. Emily BLunt and director Rob Marshall take the stage. Marshall is excited to make the film about Mary Poppins as others as older characters.
"We both and the entire company and the creative time feel very protective of the original film because we love it so much," Marshall said. "That's that and will always be that. This is living in that world with a foot in the past and a foot in the future and telling that story."
"I watched about 15 minutes of the original and then just stopped watching it," Blunt said. "I had to do my version of her. I think we were very loyal to the books." She says they went in a direction of the books which see Poppins as a sarcastic, often rude yet fun character.
"It's a dream cast," Marshall said. "Every person we approached said yes immediately." He goes on to call this film "a gift to the world" while it needs something of the sort before telling a story about Dick van Dyke coming on set. "He said, 'It feels exactly the same. The same feeling of joy in making the film.' And that was the highest compliment."
"Poppins is a big ole musical," Blunt said.
Marshall points out that the new film uses set items and props from the original film. He was ecstatic to point out they got the original table with the phone on it.
Marshal says the composers "bring a new joyous humor to it," calling their work "clever" and "smart," before introducing a bit of new footage, calling it "a taste of what's to come," teasing a "wonderful surprise." The Disney orchestra and Mark Shaiman score the trailer as it plays.
Footage of the iconic house starts. Various characters flash by. A kite is taken from the ground and into the wind before a boy plays with it and the screen reads, "A new story to tell." A storm catches the kite until the clouds clear and Mary Poppins is hanging from it. Later, she enters the house. The music becomes more upbeat. A captain fires a cannon. Poppins pulls her umbrella from a sink's drain. More extravagant shots of characters amd dance numbers. Men dance on lamp posts, swing form ladders. The cast are introduced with names, right up to Dick van Dyke dancing on a table. Poppins slides up a railing to end the trailer.
Cast Confirmed for Tim Burton's 'Reimagining' of 'Dumbo,' Production Started
It's been announced that filming for Disney's live-action Dumbo film, directed by Tim Burton, is underway, a cast has been revealed, and a premiere date has been set.
The film from the Alice in Wonderland director will land in theaters on March 29, 2019.
Disney tweeted out the details, writing, "Production is underway for the live-action reimagining of Disney's Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton. In theaters March 29, 2019."
Additionally, we also now know that the cast of the film will include Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Nico Parker, and Finley Hobbins.
Disney's official synopsis of the film is as follows:
"Holt Farrier (Farrell) is a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Parker and Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star."
This live action remake of Disney's 1941 classic joins other impending new live-action adaptations such as Aladdin and The Lion King.
Watch 'A Wrinkle in Time' Official Trailer
The time has finally arrived!
Disney’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time has released its first trailer.
The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, has a star-studded cast, featuring, Chris Pine as Mr. Murry, Storm Reid as Meg, Levi Miller as Calvin, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, and Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which.
A Wrinkle in Time is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel of the same name.
The upcoming fantasy is about an ordinary teenager named Meg who is whisked away on a cosmic adventure to find her missing science teacher, played by Pine. She receives guidance from three chimerical celestial beings who help her “wrinkle” time and space.
The film opens in theaters on March 9, 2018.
'Toy Story 4' Gets a Major Director Change
During Disney's D23 Expo animation panel, fans got a look at the first details of Toy Story 4 - including an answer to the big question: who will direct the film?
It was revealed by Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter that Josh Cooley will director Toy Story 4 - alone. It was previously announced that Laseter would be working with Cooley in a co-direction capacity, but that has now changed, apparently.
Cooley has worked in the Disney-Pixar art department on several films (The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up) and even voiced the character of Jangles the Clown in Inside Out.
Having the relatively unknown Cooley directing this flagship Pixar franchise without the help of the much more experienced Lasseter is going to be a big deal for Toy Story fans. At the same time, Disney/Pixar clearly must have confidence in Cooley to hand him the keys.
In a show of confidence and support, Disney/Pixar posted the official director change announcement from Lasseter on its official Twitter page. See below.
Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21, 2019.
"Josh Cooley is now the director of #ToyStory4." - John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer.— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) July 14, 2017