A Complete Look at the Disney Films Coming Your Way in 2019
As we reported earlier this month, 2018 was an incredible year when it came to Disney movies with the company grossing over $7 billion in global box office sales! We here at MickeyBlog are delighted to report that 2019 is shaping up to be more of the same with some pretty impressive Disney releases. To help you plan out your moviegoing year, here’s a look at the Disney films that will hit the theaters in 2019.
1. Captain Marvel – March 8th
Disney kicks off the year with the latest superhero to be given a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel played by Brie Larson swoops into theatres on March 8th. Captain Marvel is the first female superhero in the franchise and also stars Samuel L. Jackson Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. The film is set in the 1990s and follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the Universe as she finds herself thrust into a galactic battle between two alien races that could have dreadful consequences for Earth.
2. Dumbo – March 29th
In this live-action remake of the original 1941 animated classic, struggling circus owner Max Medici (played by Danni DeVito) tasks Holt Farrier (Colin Farell) with caring for a baby elephant Dumbo whose oversized ears give him the ability to fly. When a greedy entrepreneur played by Michael Keaten recruits Dumbo to appear in his new Dreamland endeavour, Farrier and his family quickly learn about his malicious intentions.
3. DisneyNature’s Penguins – April 19th
Released just in advance of Earth Day 2019, Penguins tells the coming-of-age story of an Adelie penguin named Steve who joins millions of male penguins on a Spring march to find his life partner and start a family. However, the journey is anything but easy as the penguins have hairy encounters with both killer whales and leopard seals. This is the 8th theatrical release from Disneynature and a follow up to 2016’s widely acclaimed Born in China. The film is narrated by Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and is directed by Alastair Fothergill and co-directed by Mark Linfield and Jeff Wilson.
4. Avengers: Endgame – April 26th
Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, this sequel to Avenger’s Infinity War will see Earth’s mightiest heroes attempt to rise from defeat to defend the Galaxy from Thanos who is now in possession of the Infinity Stones that wiped out 50% of all life in the universe. Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain American and Bruce Banner must come up with a way to bring back their missing allies to go toe-to-toe with Thanos.
5. Aladdin – May 24th
Aladdin marks the second of Disney’s live-action remakes slated to hit the theatres in 2019. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and will star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Mena Moussoud in the title role. Will Smith has been cast in the role of the genie with Marwan Kenzari recruited to play the villainous Jafar. The story is largely the same as the original animated classic as Street Rat Aladdin gets chosen by Jafar to enter the Cave of Wonders to retrieve a magic lamp. Instead, Aladdin takes the lamp and uses it to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.
6. Toy Story 4 – June 21st
Summer movie-goers won’t want to miss the latest instalment in the Toy Story franchise. After Bonnie adds a new toy Forky (voiced by Arrested Development’s Tony Hale) into the mix, Buzz, Woody and friends embark on a road trip with friends both old and new and learn just how big the world can be if you’re a toy. Toy Story 4 will be directed by Josh Cooley and will feature a returning cast that includes Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Wallace Shawn (Rex), Blake Clark (Slinky Dog), Estelle Harris (Mrs. Potato Head, Kristen Schaal (Trixie), Bonnie Hunt (Dolly), Timothy Dalton (Mr Pricklepants) and Jeff Garlin (Buttercup.) New to the series are Patricia Arquette and Keanu Reeves as well as comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in the role of carnival toys Bunny and Ducky.
7. The Lion King – July 19th
When it comes to Summer blockbusters, this CG-Animated remake of the classic animated film is sure to be a front-runner. Directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where Simba, a future king is born. But as everyone in the animal kingdom celebrates Simba’s arrival, Scar (Simba’s uncle) has plans to take over leadership of the pride. The battle for a kingdom is filled with betrayal, tragedy and drama and results in Simba’s exile. With help from some newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to take back his rightful position on the throne. The film boasts an all-star cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Florence Kasumba, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Oliver.
8. Artemis Fowl – August 9th
Disney’s long-anticipated adaptation of the popular book by Eoin Colfer is set to hit theaters before Summer’s end. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it follows 12-year old genius Artemis Fowl who comes from a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis faces off against a powerful hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. The film will star Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench.
9. Frozen 2 – November 22nd
The moment Frozen fans of all ages have been waiting for! The sequel to the blockbuster 2013 film will hit theatres in the lead-in to Thanksgiving. The film will see the return of Anna (Kristen Bell, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), loveable snowman (Josh Gad), and Kristoff (Johnathan Groff) to the icy land of Arendelle. Though Disney is keeping most of the exciting details under wraps we do know that Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown have also been added to the all-star cast!
10. Star Wars: Episode IX – December 20th
Disney plans on ending 2019 with a bang as Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to premiere on December 20, 2019. Though details for the pilot are being closely guarded, what we do know is that J.J Abrams will be reclaiming his spot as direct and many cast members will be returning including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, and Anthony Daniels. New additions to the cast will be Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russel. In addition, Billy Dee Williams will be back to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and the role of Leia Organa will also once again be played by Carrie Fisher using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s shaping up to be another exceptional year for Disney filmmaking! Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest in movie news and updates!
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