I loved Beauty and the Beast. The undertaking of an 80% green screen production like Jungle Book has no comparison. Not only was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story amazing, but I was fortunate to visit the Skywalker Ranch and Interview cast members like Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. Disney live action movies truly are incredible. Beyond that, this fan girl’s heart beats faster at anything marvel. I just about flipped for 5 minutes as name after name was announced and I before I knew it I was Swooning at the Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm Live Action Panelat the D23 Expo.
Swooning At Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm Live Action Panel at the D23 Expo
This was EPIC! I have to start with A never before assembly of super heroes: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff.
Say what?????? Yes, all in the flesh up on stage and giant screens All I kept saying was No! After each name was announced. Oh my Thor, what a TREAT!!! They all one by one was invited on stage to watch with us the video for Infinity War which incidentally is brutally amazing.
Now that that little piece of Avenger coolness is out of the way, let’s review the Live Action movie slate ahead for us.
Disney, Marvel and LucasFilm Live Action Movie Slate
A Wrinkle In Time
Cast members Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine along with newcomer Storm Reid and director Ava DuVernay introduced the new teaser trailer
Isn’t that a movie you can’t wait to see? In theaters everywhere on March 9, 2018
When Oprah pulls an Oprah the crowd goes wild. She was the one announcing we would all get a poster of the movie in her iconic style. So much fun!
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
I was pulled in right away when I heard in the movie clip: ” when a story you know has a dark side….”. Yes, it’s a different version to the classic starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, newcomer Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as godfather Drosselmeyer, and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland. It is the first time that a prima ballerina is included in such a production!
In this version, it all takes place in a strange and mysterious parallel world—home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. But it’s the ominous Fourth Realm where Clara must take on a tyrant called Mother Ginger as well as a gang of mice who’ve stolen a coveted key from Clara. By the way, the mice are a cutting-edge CG creation that you HAVE to see. Incidentally, Los Angeles-based dancer Lil Buck hit the stage at D23 Expo 2017 to demonstrate the kind of street dancing—called jookin—that informed the way his character moves in the film. The performance earned a standing ovation. November 2nd, 2018!
Mary Poppins Returns
If the cheering of the crowd is any indication, Emily Blunt will forever be remembered as Mary Poppins as she pays homage to Julie Andrews (she told us that was her objective). This sequel is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books, and it includes the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack a lamplighter. For the nostalgic, Dick Van Dyke returns to the participate in the Mary Poppins sequel. The movie director shared that Van Dyke remarked that being on set gave him all the happy vibes from the past. It opens in theaters on December 25th, 2018.
Tim Burton is now working on Dumbo!!! He sent a video message to say hi and tell us that Dumbo is one of his all time favorite movies, and he is trying to give it the same heart, feeling and emotion that we all loved about the original which includes working with state of the art visual effects. As Burton delivered his message an adorable and gigantic Dumbo was rolled on to stage and did indeed earn all the awwwwwws from the crowd. Dumbo flies into theaters everywhere on March 29th, 2019!
The Lion King
I am a huge Jon Favreau fan and so I was elated when he shared he is directing the live-action movie for the beloved The Lion King. Having him at the helm means that we will have the best and latest technology available for this film. Watching the video that was prepared for D23 Expo gave me goosebumps of how AH- MaZIng. The powerful Circle of Life song, an utterly adorable cub and superb imagery shared definitively gives me much to look forward to on July 19th, 2019 when it will be available in theaters everywhere.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, the writer and director of The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro all took to the stage to share a preview behind the scenes footage for the movie. Being in the same room as Luke Skywalker is, well, something only the magic of Disney could deliver. The passion of the cast for the movie was returned by the love of the crowd. And, when at the end of the footage Carrie Fisher says Star Wars is all about family, and that is why it is so powerful truly left everyone raving and in agreement. In theaters everywhere on December 15th!
Avengers: Infinity War
After Star Wars bringing everyone to their feet, how could it be topped? Well, by the little invitation of all the superheroes to the stage like I told you. Talk about raving, hooting and cheering!!! Director Joe Russo was the one who introduced the early look at the movie’s footage
The footage is explosive and strong. Countdown mode is set for May 4th, 2018!!!
More Live-Action Announcements
- “Mulan,” which will be in the hands of by Niki Caro.
- Dwayne Johnson will star “Jungle Cruise” related to the popular theme park ride.
- Need a genie? In “Aladdin” That will be Will Smith! In turn, he will be directed by Guy Ritchie, and joined by Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
Would you have gone crazy with the Avengrs on stage like I did?
Get all the details on Disney-Pixar Animation announcements at D23 Expo here