At the moment, Disney more than two dozen movies on the way - animated and live-action - that will release over the next five years. In recent years, they've seen considerable success with their live-action remakes, such as Beauty and the Beast, as well as animated properties like Moana, and they're continuing to push the envelope into the 2020s.
While Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a big piece of the Disney pie, the company still has plenty of upcoming movies that fall under the brand of family-friendly fairy tales and adventures, many of which make up the bulk of their release slate. Here's a rundown of every upcoming non-Marvel/Star Wars Disney movie releasing from 2018 to 2023.
- This Page: Disney's Upcoming 2018 & 2019 Movies
- Page 2: Disney's Upcoming 2020 Movies
- Page 3: Disney's Upcoming 2021 Movies
- Page: 4: Disney's Upcoming 2022 & 2023 Movies
Mary Poppins Returns - December 25, 2018
Disney will round out 2018 with perhaps the most star-studded movie of them all (Marvel offerings excluded). A sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns is releasing with Emily Blunt playing the titular nanny. Opposite her is Lin-Manuel Miranda as lamplighter Jack, his first major film role. Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, and Emily Mortimer co-star. Best of all, though, Mary Poppins Returns sees Angela Lansbury appearing as a balloon seller, and Dick van Dyke singing and dancing as George Dawes Jr. - one of the roles he played in Mary Poppins, 54 years prior.
Naturally, this is a full musical, and it’s set to be huge. Anticipation is high, along with a healthy dose of curiosity over whether anyone can really play Mary Poppins other than Julie Andrews. Trailers and photos look fantastic; the depression-era London setting standing out as scenes were filmed in St James’ Park with Miranda and Blunt on bikes. The movie is directed by Rob Marshall, who also helmed Into the Woods for Disney.
Dumbo - March 29, 2019
Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo movie is the first non-Marvel and non-Star Wars Disney movie to release in 2019. It's something that has been in development for quite some time, and its star-studded cast - which consists of the likes of Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, among others - aims to retell the iconic story for a new generation. While it's technically a live-action remake of Disney's movie, it's very much an original story that takes inspiration from the animated film as well as Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl's novel of the same name.
Aladdin - May 24, 2019
Guy Ritchie is bringing his unique filmmaking style to Disney's doors with his live-action remake of Aladdin, starring Mena Massoud as the eponymous character, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, and Marwan Kenzari as the villain Jafar. It's a high-profile release for the Mouse House, which is why they're giving the film a prime summer release date, which is just a few weeks after Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers 4 hits theaters.
Toy Story 4 - June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 is finally releasing in June 2019 after receiving multiple delays, and it’s claimed the spot that was originally taken by The Incredibles 2. While Toy Story 4 is a movie Pixar has been pushing in recent years, it underwent numerous changes behind the scenes; everything from its director - John Lasseter was replaced by Josh Cooley - to its script was practically changed, but that's perhaps for the better.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen back as Woody and Buzz, respectively, with some new toys joining the lineup as well. Toy Story 4 is a standalone movie rather than a continuation of the previous trilogy. And while the movie was originally supposed to focus on Woody's relationship with Bo Peep, the story has shifted in development - but it's gone in a direction that Allen believes will be very emotional for audiences.
The Lion King - July 19, 2019
Another Disney classic getting the live-action treatment is The Lion King, which has assembled an all-star voice cast. Donald Glover plays the adult Simba, and to the delight of everyone, James Earl Jones voices Mufasa (there couldn’t be anyone else). Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner team up to deliver all the wit and wisdom of Timon and Pumbaa. The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau; a safe pair of hands after his success with The Jungle Book. While fans of The Lion King animated movie were hoping for Jeremy Irons to return as the voice of Scar, Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast in that role and is an exceptional choice for the iconic character.
Artemis Fowl - August 9, 2019
Kenneth Branagh is returning to Disney after helming 2015's Cinderella live-action remake to direct their long-awaited adaptation of Eoin Colfer's novel Artemis Fowl. After spending several years stuck in development hell, Artemis Fowl finally entered production in 2017, with newcomer Ferdia Shaw starring as the eponymous character. Nonso Anozie, Judi Dench, and Josh Gad are among the many other actors and actresses on the cast list.
Frozen 2 - November 22, 2019
This is going to be huge, make no mistake. Disney will be aiming for a repeat performance of Frozen that captured the whole world back in 2013. The question is, will that ever happen, or has Frozen’s original fanbase (namely those under 10) moved on? The curse of the sequel is a hard thing to evade, even for Disney, and six years is a long time to wait for more adventures with Olaf, Elsa, and Anna in Frozen 2. Then again, it comes with several new songs for fans to get attached to and... not let go.
Page 3 of 5: Disney's Upcoming 2020 Movies
- Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
- Frozen 2 (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019
- Indiana Jones 5 (2021) release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Dumbo (2019) release date: Mar 29, 2019
- Aladdin (2019) release date: May 24, 2019
- Artemis Fowl (2019) release date: Aug 09, 2019
- Jungle Cruise (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020