This week cinephiles were treated to an awesome trailer for the upcoming Austen reimagining Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, alongside a big reveal from Disney listing their upcoming releases over the next few years. Read about these announcements and more in our movie news roundup.
Disney Announce 19 Upcoming Movies
— Disney (@Disney) October 8, 2015
This week the Walt Disney Company revealed release dates and further information on 19 of their upcoming movies. The company detail six upcoming Marvel movies, including Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to the Paul Rudd-lead movie from this summer, as well as Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, will play the Black Panther and will premiere the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Following on from the success of reimagined cartoon fairy-tales Tangled and Frozen, Disney will present a new spin on Jack and the Beanstalk, entitled Gigantic, due for release in March 2018.
Disney also confirmed several other, as-yet-untitled, live action fairytales due for release over the next five years. Meanwhile there’s mixed news for fans hoping to see more of their favourite characters. Cars 3 is released in 2017, but Rashida Jones and Will McCormack‘s Toy Story 4 won’t be released in 2018.
June 2019 heralds the arrival of The Incredibles 2 in June 2019, a full fifteen years after the release of the original movie back in 2004. Disney now owns three of the most profitable companies in the movie business: Pixar, Marvel Studios and Star Wars, so we can expect this list to only increase as time goes on.
14-Year-Old Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho Is The Latest Disney Princess
Upcoming Disney cartoon Moana is set in the South Pacific 2000 years ago and will follow the fortunes of its titular heroine: a young girl who sets out on an impossible mission to find a fabled island.
Disney announced some time ago that Moana’s demi-god sidekick Maui will be played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but this week it was confirmed that the voice of Moana had been found.
14-year-old high school sophomore Auli’i Cravalho, of Oahu in Hawaii, has bagged the role. Cravalho sings in glee clubs at school, where she was spotted by a talent agent and recommended to Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker.
For Cravalho it truly is a dream come true: “From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress,” she told PEOPLE magazine.
“I didn’t think I would have a chance,” Cravalho said of the audition “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.”
Moana is due for release on 23 November 2016.
Teaser Trailer And Poster Released For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
February 2016 will see the release of classic-novel-come-zombie-mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the hit 2009 parody book, which combined Jane Austen’s novel with elements of modern zombie fiction.
The trailer playfully subverts expectations: ‘To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things: kind, well-read, and accomplished,’ narrates Elizabeth Bennet, as the trailer begins amidst shots of horseback rides through green English fields, dazzling balls, Regency dresses and men diving into lakes wearing white shirts. Thirty seconds in, though, and things take an unexpected turn: ‘To survive in the world as we know it,’ concedes Elizabeth ‘She’ll need … other qualities.’
Cue the guitar hooks of Sleigh Bells’ ‘A/B Machines’ and the first sight of one of the titular zombies, with the remainder of the teaser showing us a glimpse of the Bennet sisters in action, sleighing zombies and fighting evil. It’s all pretty entertaining, although how successfully the movie will work as a whole remains to be seen. Austen was a well-known satirist of polite society herself: if the movie can succeed in adding to, rather than ignoring, Austen’s original irony alongside a rollicking and entertaining storyline, it should be a pretty universal hit.
The cast works as a who’s who of upcoming British actors: Cinderella star Lily James plays a zombie slaying incarnation of beloved literary heroine Elizabeth Bennet, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith is unappealing suitor Mr Collins, Douglas Booth is Mr Bingley, Bella Heathcote is Jane Bennet, Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston is devious Mr Wickham and Sam Riley (Suite Francaise, On the Road) is Mr Darcy.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be released on 12 February.