San Diego Comic-Con may traditionally get all the attention every July, but Disney's annual D23 Expo is quickly becoming a Mouse House exclusive rival event brought with it a whole host of news regarding its upcoming release slate. From sizzle reels to trailers to casting announcements and release date changes, it seems as though pretty much every movie was covered, with the exception of the Han Solo movie. Below, we've rounded up all the best bits and the most important news you need to know.
Disney's live-action remake of its classic movie, Dumbo, about the lovable Elephant has long been 'in the works' at the House of Mouse, but no release date was set until D23. The Tim Burton directed feature is now set to arrive in theaters on March 29, 2019. Casting for the movie was also announced; Colin Farrell is in the central role, as a former circus star who struggles to return to everyday life when he returns after the war. He is hired by Max Medici, played by Danny DeVito, to take care of the baby Dumbo, and in turn, his children discover Dumbo can fly. Michael Keaton and Eva Green also round out the cast as a persuasive entrepreneur and an aerial artist, respectively, who make it their mission to set Dumbo on the global stage. Production has already started on Dumbo, and the above photo of Burton was release, in the circus train, Casey Jr., which featured in the original animated version.
Wreck-It Ralph 2
Its full title being Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the movie previewed some footage at D23, which showed Ralph and Vanellope journeying into cyberspace together. In one scene, Vanellope is seen giving a makeover to the Disney Princesses when they visit Oh My Disney. As well as the Princesses, other Disney favorites will also appear, including Star Wars and Marvel characters, and even though those glimpses might only be brief, they'll still be thoroughly enjoyed by fans when the movie arrives. Disney also announced the casting of Taraji P. Henson, as a spam character named Yesss, who is an expert on the internet and how it works.
The Incredibles 2
Set to arrive in just under a year, D23 revealed that the long-awaited Incredibles 2 will focus on Elastigirl. In a surprising move, given it will be a gap of 14 years until the sequel, The Incredibles 2 picks up right after the events of the first movie. Footage shown at the Expo showed Jack Jack testing out his powers, and proud dad Bob being ecstatic to see him doing so. It looks as though Elastigirl is now the family's full-time superhero, while Mr. Incredible focuses on raising the baby. Director Brad Bird confirmed that there would be a lot of new faces, too, and previewed glimpses of around 25 new superheroes for fans to look forward to. Think of the merchandise possibilities! While not all of them will be major players in The Incredibles 2, it's likely that at least some will be, and possibly as a rival superhero team to The Incredibles and Frozone. Finally, Pixar also released a new Edna Mode focused short that's well worth a look.
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018
- Dumbo (2019) release date: Mar 29, 2019
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
- Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018
- A Wrinkle In Time (2018) release date: Mar 09, 2018
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019
- Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018