Every New Disney Movie To Get Excited About In 2019
From Toy Story 4 to Frozen 2, there’s plenty of Disney magic to get excited about in 2019…
Disney fans, rejoice; there’s not one, but 10 new movies coming out from the House of Mouse in 2019. And, with Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies included in that figure, you can bet there’s a blockbuster for every kind of Disney fan.
Here’s everything we know about 2019’s big 10 so far...
Captain Marvel (March 8th)
Starting the year off strong, Captain Marvel is released on International Women’s Day, with Oscar winner Brie Larson in the titular role. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel sees former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers join Starforce, after an accident has her DNA fused with the DNA of a member of the Kree alien race.
As the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is the first to be female-led, so needless to say it’s a huge deal and will no doubt be a box office smash. Also starring Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva and Sabrina’s McKenna Grace as Young Carol Danvers, there are more than a few good reasons to see this prequel, especially with Avengers: Endgame launching in April (more on that below).
Dumbo (March 29th)
Grab your hankies, because the first of Disney’s 2019 live-action remakes is Dumbo, which sees former circus performer Holt (Colin Farrell) and his children enlisted to care for the baby elephant whose ears are just too big.
Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo also stars Danny DeVito as the circus owner Max Medici, Michael Keaton as entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere and Eva Green as trapeze artist Colette Marchant.
Can't wait? A collection of Dumbo-themed merchandise is also set to hit the Disney Store on January 19th, including a stuffed toy, journal, mug and enamel pin badges. They’ll all be emblazoned with a quote from Dumbo’s friend Timothy Q. Mouse: “The very things that held you down are going to carry you up, up, up!”
Penguins (April 17th)
Set for release on Earth Day 2019, Disneynature documentary Penguins tells the story of an Adélie penguin named Steve, who’s looking for a mate to start a family with. It is narrated by Dane DeHaan, who you’ll know as the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Valerian in Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.
Following previous Disneynature releases Bears and Chimpanzee, Penguins could just be their biggest nature docufilm yet – because who doesn’t love a penguin love story?
Avengers: Endgame (April 26th)
Apparently Avengers: Endgame will have a shocking ending – at least according to a German press release from Disney. The translation for the release, which surfaced online in December 2018, reads:
“It is the most expected trailer of the year. What started with Iron Man in 2008, is going to end with a bombastic bang. After lots of adventures and the most dramatic final in the recent movie history of Avengers: Infinity War, all threads of the Marvel Cinematic Universe converge to the ultimate, game-changing showdown.”
There are fan theories aplenty, but as we all know, the best way to find out what happens in an Avengers movie is to watch it.
Aladdin (May 24th)
It’s A Whole New World as Will Smith takes on the role of the Genie, made iconic by the late and much-loved Robin Williams, while Mena Massoud will play Aladdin and Naomi Scott is Princess Jasmine.
Directed by Guy Richie, the live-action remake is said to have been given a 2019 modernisation, with Naomi Scott telling The Hollywood Reporter, “[Jasmine]’s a multidimensional woman, and she doesn’t have to just be one thing. So in this movie, you see her go on such a roller coaster, as opposed to her one goal being to fall in love or get married.”
Jasmine is also blessed with a human friend in the movie, as opposed to just a pet tiger, with Nasim Pedrad stepping in to play a handmaiden named Dalia. Billy Magnussen will play another new character, Prince Anders, who is said to be a potential husband for Princess Jasmine. Girl is going to be busy with all these additions to her circle…
As well as some of the original score, expect new songs on the soundtrack, including a Jasmine solo and another Aladdin and Jasmine duet. We can hardly wait.
Toy Story 4 (June 21st)
With two teaser trailers released so far, we know the gang’s back: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Slinky and the Potato Heads. However, as with previous movies, there are some new characters being introduced – AND ONE OF THEM ISN’T EVEN A TOY.
The spork, named Forky, is voiced by Tony Hale. Turned into a craft project by Bonnie (note the pipe cleaners), Forky knows he doesn’t belong, but he finds himself on a road trip with your faves anyway.
Then there’s Ducky and Bunny, voiced by comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, two carnival prizes who Woody meets during his latest adventure.
Keanu Reeves will also be voicing a character in Toy Story 4, which – according to Tim Allen – might be a little like Buzz Lightyear in attitude, but not in stature. Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor said they’ve “calmed him down a little bit,” so as not to have the character sound too much like Buzz. Intriguing.
One toy thus far notable by her absence is Bo Peep, though she was featured in Pixar’s official holiday card this year, so we still have hope that she and Woody may be reunited. Old rumours surrounding the plot of Toy Story 4 had suggested it would be a love story between the two toys, after Bo failed to appear in Toy Story 3, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The Lion King (July 19th)
There wasn’t enough Beyoncé in the teaser trailer, but what else do we know about The Lion King remake? Well, the cast really is all-star, with Donald Glover playing Simba, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Pumba and Timon, and the previously mentioned Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala.
Jon Favreau directs, which bodes well considering what a great job he did on The Jungle Book remake back in 2016, while Elton John has returned to rework his musical compositions from the 1994 animated version of The Lion King. Four original songs are reportedly being included; Hakuna Matata, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Circle Of Life and Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
In addition, Elton and original Lion King collaborator Tim Rice are said to be working on a track for the end credits with Queen Bey. Yep, we just screamed.
Artemis Fowl (August 9th)
Based on the first book from Eoin Colfer’s series of the same name, Artemis Fowl looks set to be a magical, mystical adventure, with newcomer Ferdia Shaw taking on the title character.
The 12-year-old genius slash criminal mastermind discovers a fairy universe and promptly decides to rob it, hoping to rescue his criminal father and restore his family’s fortune. Artemis does so with the help of Butler, his servant, played by Nonso Anozie.
Dame Judi Dench and Josh Gad also star, as Commander Root and Mulch Diggums respectively.
Frozen 2 (November 22nd)
Don’t Let It Go yet; Frozen 2 is on the way! With no official trailer yet and too much gossip circulating to know what to believe, we only have a few facts to go on.
Original cast Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Josh Gad (Olaf) are all returning, while Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are said to be joining the fun this time around.
Co-director Jennifer Lee told Variety that there are four new songs in Frozen 2 and one might just give Let It Go a run for its money. “We have a new song that I think is an evolution. It’s its own song…Bobby [Lopez] and Kristen [Anderson-Lopez] just delivered it three weeks ago. We’ve been working with them for two years and this song just came in and I love it.”
In a tiny plot tease, Jennifer also revealed what Elsa and Anna will be getting up to this time around: “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle.”
Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20th)
No trailer yet for Star Wars: Episode IX (though rumour has it that it’s coming veeery soon) and, with it being the conclusion of the whole damn thing, we’re on tenterhooks.
Perhaps the most exciting news about Episode IX so far is that Billy Dee Williams, who hasn’t played Lando Calrissian since 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, will be reprising his role this time around. Donald Glover played the younger version of him in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Keri Russell, Matt Smith and Dominic Monaghan are said to have joined the cast, but who they’ll be playing still remains to be seen.