D23: Disney Teases Upcoming Movie Slate

The D23 Expo occurred over the weekend with new announcements of what's to come over the next few years.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

D23 Expo - "Onward"

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

To thousands of fans' delight, Disney rolled out the red carpet at this past weekend's biennial D23 expo event, revealing all kinds of details on their upcoming projects. The studio went through a ton of new original shows that will premiere on their new streaming service, Disney+, currently set to be available on November 12, 2019. But, more importantly, they walked us through their powerful slate of films that will be hitting theaters over the next few years. Here's what to expect.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."

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    To kick off the Lucasfilm panel, filmmakers Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams hit the stage alongside Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.

    Also joining them on the crowded podium...R2-D2, BB-8, and new droid D-O.

    Finally, the audience was shown a brand-new poster and video that summarizes the legacy of the franchise, and teases a couple of clips for the upcoming film, which will be the end of the incredible saga.

  • Black Panther 2

    Logo for "Black Panther II"

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    Next up was news of the superhero MCU films, with beloved ringleader Kevin Feige on hand to get everyone excited.

    Seemingly at a loss for what to say (but not really), Feige invited "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler out to help him with some updates.

    The main announcement was that the official release date for "Black Panther 2" will be May 6, 2022.

  • The Eternals

    Angelina Jolie at MALEFICENT Premiere.

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    As Feige transitioned to the next film, he began to talk about some immortals that the audience might be interested in.

    "You want to meet the Eternals?"

    He acknowledged that there was a massive cast, and then brought out Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Ma Dong-Seok, Barry Keoghan and of course, Angelina Jolie.

    Also, he announced some members who couldn't make it, one being another Eternal Gemma Chan, and one non-Eternal cast member, "Game of Thrones'" Kit Harington.

  • Black Widow

    "Avengers: Endgame character poster, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow.

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    The fans also got a chance to see a sneak peek of David Harbour in his "Red Guardian" costume as well as even more scenes from "Black Widow" than those showcased at Comic-Con.

  • Jungle Cruise

    Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt on set of "Jungle Cruise."

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    For this one, Disney brought out the star power by introducing Dwayne Johnson, who will be playing the skipper, and Emily Blunt, who's been cast as a scientist looking for a magical tree.

    Both co-stars brought their own "mock" trailers to make it a little more interesting.

    The Rock's video put the emphasis on his character, basically implying that he was the main (and only) star of the film.

    Blunt's was a much more honest, humble depiction of the film highlighting the two actors as equals in the movie.

    The crowd got a good laugh, and a glimpse of the chemistry between these two.

  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Character posters for "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil."

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    The panel started with some footage from the film, followed by Angelina Jolie making another appearance.

    The announcer began running through some details with Jolie, followed by the question, "How does all of this change the dynamic?"

    She responded, "I would never want to speak for them, so I think they should speak for themselves." Then, the studio invited Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Chiwetel Ejiofor onto the stage.

  • Mulan

    LIU Yifei as Mulan.

    © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Director Niki Caro came on to talk about the long-awaited Disney remake.

    Also, there was some footage revealed, including a scene in which Mulan is getting ready to meet with the Matchmaker, and another scene showing soldiers asking for the man of each house to help by joining the army.

  • Cruella

    Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil

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    Disney gave the audience a first look at the live-action rebooted 101 Dalmatians character Cruella de Vil (being played by Oscar winner Emma Stone). The rest of the talented cast includes Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, and another Oscar winner named Emma...Emma Thompson.

  • Soul

    22 (voice: Tina Fey), in "Soul."

    © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Director Pete Docter talked about the theme of his film, which asks, "Why am I here? Where did I come from? What am I here for?"

    He proceeded to bring out producer Dana Murray, co-director Ken Powers and writer Mike Jones.

    After Pixar gave the audience a first look at the film, they also welcomed on stage voice actors Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Jamie Foxx, and Tina Fey.

  • Onward

    Ian Lightfoot (voice: Tom Holland), Barley Lightfoot (voice: Chris Pratt) in "Onward."

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    The film's producer Cory Ray and director Dan Scanlon gave a little summary of the plot to begin the panel.

    That was followed by the awesome entrance of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

    Tom Holland also took a moment to address his fans about the Disney-Sony debacle saying, “It’s been a crazy week but I want you to know that I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3000."

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    A scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon."

    © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The film is the newest addition to the Disney slate, being announced for the first time at D23, with a theatrical release date set for Thanksgiving 2020.

    The cast includes Cassie Steele as Raya, and Sisu the Dragon voiced by "Crazy Rich Asians" star Awkwafina.

  • Frozen 2

    A scene from "Frozen 2."

    © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee introduced Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown to the stage followed by a statement from Buck that "nothing will ever be the same."

    Lee followed with, "But luckily some things never change," which preceded the arrival onstage of "Frozen" cast superstars Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad.

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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