Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios told an audience of nearly 7,000 at D23 Expo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim: “You’re not just fans, you’re family, It’s because of you that we keep working so hard to make great movies, and we love D23 Expo because it’s where we can share them with you first.”
Alan Horn, was joined by Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Disney live action’s Sean Bailey, Pixar’s Pete Docter, and Disney Animation’s Jennifer Lee to let us take a look at Disney’s upcoming film slate, including never-before-seen footage for some upcoming movies and even let us enjoy an amazing performance from “Frozen 2” voice cast members Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.
So, what is coming from Walt Disney Studios to the big screen? There are so many cool movies happening, but here are a few of the highlights of the presentation
From Marvel Studios
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, kicked off his presentation with a surprise visit from “Black Panther” director and co-writer Ryan Coogler. Together, they revealed that “Black Panther 2” (working title) will hit U.S. theaters on May 6, 2022.
It was also announced “The Eternals,” and the cast members from the much-anticipated film were invited to the stage: Richard Madden, who portrays the all-powerful Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani, who plays cosmic-powered Kingo; Lauren Ridloff, who portrays the super-fast Makkari, the first deaf hero in the MCU; Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the intelligent inventor Phastos; Salma Hayek, who plays the wise and spiritual leader Ajak; Lia McHugh, who portrays the eternally young, old-soul Sprite; Don Lee, who plays the powerful Gilgamesh; and Angelina Jolie, who stars as the fierce warrior Thena. “The Eternals” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.
Then we were treated to an exclusive look at the upcoming “Black Widow" film, which hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams showcased the riveting conclusion to the Skywalker saga. They were joined on stage by nine stars from the film—many of whom marked this as their first D23 Expo appearance: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams, plus special appearances from R2-D2, BB-8 and the new droid D-O. They also showed us the new poster for the film.
From Disney Live Action
Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, took the audience through upcoming releases for the studio, including next summer’s “Jungle Cruise,” that hits U.S. theaters on July 24, 2020.
Angelina Jolie came back to the stage to present exclusive footage and details about Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” In theaters Oct. 18, 2019.
We also got to watch several minutes of footage from the epic adventure inspired by one of China’s fiercest warriors. “Mulan,” which opens in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020. The Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders. So, the eldest daughter of an honored but ailing warrior masquerades as a man, transforming into a heroic warrior to ultimately earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father.
From Pixar Animation
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From Walt Disney Animation Studios