Disney’s biennial fan expo D23 concluded on Sunday and several pieces of news emerged in the world of movies. From exclusive footage, concept art, plot details and full trailers, D23 broke some big news. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest pieces of news to come from the expo.
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Footage
Marvel Studios reportedly brought the house down on Saturday with a trailer for their much anticipated and biggest movie ever. In the trailer, fans got a look at their favorite heroes teaming up to fight the big bad Thanos. Reactions to the footage were overwhelmingly positive. Co-director Joe Russo said that fans can expect a teaser soon ahead of a full trailer expected to debut this fall as Thor: Ragnarok gets closer. Until then you can read a description of the footage here. Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters in May of 2018.
Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4 and more news from PIXAR
Set for a 2018 release, PIXAR Animation Studios gave us long awaited details for the anticipated sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles. Said to focus on Elastigirl, The Incredibles 2 will feature Mr. Incredible at home taking care of Jack Jack and will also feature a return of Frozone with Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role. Director Brad Bird is also set to return to the directors chair and stated the sequel will take place right after the events of the original.
Some news from the previously announced Toy Story 4 was also shared. Josh Cooley, who wrote Inside Out, is taking sole possession of the directors mantle for the sequel. PIXAR Chief Creative Executive John Lasseter, who directed the original two films, was previously named director. The film is due in 2019 for release.
Monsters University director Dan Scanlon also shared some info regarding a new project he is working out about two elf brothers whose father died when they were young and their journey to spend one more day with him.
Cast Members For Live Action Aladdin Remake Announced, Live-Action Lion King Teased, Dumbo gets a date
After a week of stories revolving around the casting of their latest animation to live action adaptations, it was finally revealed who would be playing the central characters of Aladdin. Actor Mena Massoud will play the title character. Massoud has a few TV credits but is a relative unknown. Power Rangers actor Naomi Scott will play Princess Jasmine. In addition, after a few weeks of rumors, it was confirmed that Will Smith will voice the genie, the roll made famous by the late Robin Williams.
After the wild success of their live-action reboot of The Jungle Book, Disney previously announced The Lion King would also be getting the live action treatment. Jon Favreau was recruited to direct the remake after the success of The Jungle Book. Some footage of the new film was shown that stars Donald Glover as Simba and also features James Earl Jones is set to reprise his role from the original film.
Disney also made more mention of their Mulan live-action adaptation and set the Tim Burton directed Dumbo for a 2019 release date.
Wreck It Ralph Sequel Will Feature Most of Disney’s Princess’s
Disney’s sequel to Wreck It Ralph will reunite most of the studios famed characters. Sarah Silverman’s character in the film is set to have scene that will have her interact with several of Disney’s princess’s who will all be voiced by their original voice actors. The list includes, Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in Brave), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid).
Trailer Unveiled For Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time Adaptation
The first trailer for Selma director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time debuted on July 14. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine highlight the cast of the film set for release on March 9, 2018. You can watch the trailer below.
The Last Jedi Gets Behind The Scenes Video
It was all quiet on the Star Wars front at D23. With Kathleen Kennedy seemingly still in damage control mode following the drama surrounding the production of the Han Solo film, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson showed a behind the scenes video. We get a look at the various filming techniques of Johnson as well as some of the stunts being performed. The film hits theaters on December 15 and a full trailer is expected this fall.
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