At the D23 Expo, Disney provided an update to their theatrical release schedule, giving fans insight into what projects are on the horizon. The announcement included release dates as well as casting details for some of its new live-action remakes of various Disney classics like “Aladdin” and “Dumbo,” outlining the majority of what movie-goers can expect between now and 2020.
As reported by Insider, the roundup isn’t comprehensive as additional films that are in the works may ultimately be released during the period. However, it does give Disney fans plenty to look forward to over the next few years.
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
The third installment in the “Thor” series is scheduled to hit theaters this November. Fan-favorite characters like Loki and the Hulk will make a showing, as well as first appearances by Cate Blanchett as Hela and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster.
Coco – November 22, 2017
A Pixar film taking inspiration from Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration that means “Day of the Dead,” will feature a young musician by the name of Miguel who meets a trickster named Hector in the Land of the Dead.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – December 15, 2017
The eighth film in the “Star Wars” franchise will pick up where “The Force Awakens” left off. The studio confirmed Mark Hamill, playing Luke Skywalker, will have a significantly larger role in this film than the previous installment.
Black Panther – February 16, 2018
Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in his own standalone film which is anticipated to be predominately set in the fictional African country of Wakanda. Danai Gurira, of Walking Dead fame, is also a member of the cast along with Lupita Nyong’o
A Wrinkle in Time – March 9, 2018
Modeled after the Newbery Medal-winning novel, “A Wrinkle in Time” is the story about a girl searching for her father after his mysterious disappearance. The high-profile cast includes Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Pena as well as Storm Reid, who will play Meg.
Magic Camp – April 6, 2018
This previously announced comedy about magicians will hit theaters next April. Jeffrey Tambor and Adam Device will start in the film.
Dolphins – April 20, 2018
The next film from Disneynature is “Dolphins,” which follows the adventures of a dolphin named Echo.
Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
The next “Avengers” film is finally scheduled to release next May. The cast will include many of the fan-favorites from the previous films as well as members of the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Han Solo Prequel – May 25, 2018
While the film hasn’t been officially named, the Han Solo prequel does have an official release date. Alden Ehrenreich will assume the title role while Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian. Other stars in the film include Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton.
The Incredibles 2 – June 15, 2018
The sequel to “The Incredibles” is expected to start where the original, released on 2004, left off. This time, Mr. Incredible is a stay-at-home dad while his wife is a crime fighter. The Underminer villain, who was teased at the end of the first film, is expected to return.
Ant-Man and The Wasp – July 6, 2018
Another Marvel sequel scheduled to release is the second installment in the “Ant-Man” series. Both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their original roles.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – November 2, 2018
This update of the classic tale will feature Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy along with Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and Mackenzie Foy.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – November 21, 2018
Another animated sequel being released is the follow up to “Wreck-It Ralph.” The main characters, Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, hit the internet and encounter a variety of characters along the way.
Mary Poppins Returns – December 25, 2018
Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are set to hit the screen in this follow up to “Mary Poppins.” The title character visits Jane and Michael Banks, who are now grown, helping them get through a “personal loss.”
Captain Marvel – May 8, 2019
The first female-led Marvel superhero film from Disney will make its debut in May 2019. Brie Larson is in playing Carol Danvers.
Dumbo – March 29, 2019
This live-action remake is being directed by Tim Burton, the director behind the live-action version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, and Michael Keaton are all said to be involved in the film.
Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019
The official title of the fourth “Avengers” film is being kept under wraps since it is said to potentially spoil part of the “Avengers: Infinity Wars” plot, so expect a more formal discussion of the title once “Infinity Wars” hits theaters.
Star Wars: Episode IX – May 24, 2019
The final installment of the newest trilogy is set to hit theaters in May 2019.
Toy Story 4 – June 21, 2019
Set to be a love story, “Toy Story 4” will follow a romance between Woody and Bo Peep.
The Lion King – July 19, 2019
Another live-action adaptation of a beloved Disney film, “The Lion King” will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also handled “The Jungle Book” and is set to feature the voices of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner.
Frozen 2 – November 27, 2019
The sequel to “Frozen,” the highest grossing animated feature of all time, will come out near Thanksgiving in 2019.
Mulan – 2019
Originally scheduled to release on November 2, 2018, it has been confirmed this live-action adaptation has been pushed back. Exactly when it will release isn’t known.
Indiana Jones 5 – July 10, 2020
The untitled “Indiana Jones” sequel is set to release in summer 2020. Harrison Ford is expected to reprise his role as the title character, and Steven Spielberg is set to direct.
Gigantic – November 25, 2020
A feature based on of the classic story of Jack and the beanstalk, “Gigantic” follows the title character as he befriends an 11-year-old girl named Inma who just so happens to be 60-feet tall.
Other films have also been announced, like the live-action version of Aladdin and a movie featuring Dwayne Johnson based on the Jungle Cruise ride, but do not have formal release dates at this time.