This weekend Disney lifted the lid on a whole load of its projects. From new sequels to exciting information about those we already know we’re getting, here’s a taster of the sort of things we can expect in the coming years…
We’re inching closer to the arrival of Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, which we now know will see forgetful Dory try and find her family, whom she remembers are in Monterey, California – or at least she thinks she remembers. She’s not sure she remembers what she remembers… hey, something shiny…
Anyway, the gang will be back together of course – Marlin (Albert Brooks) knows his way across an ocean after all, or at least, he knows a guy. Nemo will be on fin to help out, as well as a host of new characters, including Hank the Octopus (voiced by Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill), who’s actually a Septopus because he only has seven legs…
“I wanted to know that if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK, that she would find her way home,” director Andrew Stanton told press at the expo of embarking on the sequel. “And at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”
Ellen DeGeneres will be back to voice the title character, while Diane Keaton (Something’s Gotta Give, Father of the Bride, The Godfather), Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family) join the ranks too. The action is set six months after Nemo was found in the 2003 hit and is expected to be released June 2016.
Toy Story 4
There’s romance on the cards for Toy Story 4 as cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) will be reunited with Bo Peep (Annie Potts).
“It’s something we’ve never done with Toy Story before,” Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter said during the conference, reports the BBC. And this isn’t a case of just dragging the toys out for the sake of it.
“At Pixar and at Disney we only do a sequel if we have come up with something that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule.
“We don’t do things just to print money. It’s about great stories, that’s what we do.”
Expect to get a bit teary-eyed (again), with the storyline inspired by Lasseter’s own wife. The film is expected in June 2017.
A poster for the film was on display at the event.
And, as if a Star Wars-themed land wasn’t enough to get excited about at the Disney theme parks, there’s a Toy Story one coming as well.
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There’s to be a Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation called Gigantic.
It will see Jack, who in this version hails from 15th-century Spain, meet a 60ft 11-year-old girl called Inma at the top of the beanstalk.
“She gets her hands on a grown man Jack, and she thinks he’s a toy,” said director Nathan Greno (Tangled), Time reports. The character was inspired by a young girl they met while scouting locations in Spain.
The duo who wrote Frozen smash Let It Go – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – are writing all the songs, which means we’ll basically be singing them all happily ever after.
Due to his Hamlet commitments, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t make it over for D23, but he did record a message. In glimpses of the footage Cumberbatch is shown jokingly greeting fans with the Vulcan salute before laughing, “Wrong film”. He added he’s “lucky” and “excited” to be taking on the title role in the film.
Fans have also been given a glimpse of his costume according to IGN, which included the red cloak and what appears to be a trench coat.
In a special message to #D23EXPO, Benedict Cumberbatch promises to bring dimension to his character, #DoctorStrange. pic.twitter.com/MgTUzSzKMg
As expected, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton have joined the cast of Doctor Strange as Karl Mordo and the Ancient One, respectively.
The first official trailer for Captain: America was shown over the weekend too and according to Hollywood Reporter, the crowd went into a “frenzy” after seeing it. Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Chris Evans (Captain America) were on hand to present it and the latter was just as excited by all accounts.
The clip shows an epic battle between the Avengers including Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Mackie’s Falcon up against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Don Cheadle’s War Machine.
According to Variety its full of great one-liners too with Tony Stark (Iron Man) quipping to Steve Rogers (Captain America): “Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth.”
The footage isn’t said to have revealed any of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. The film is slated for a May 2016 release.