Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

The Lion King (Live Action):  July 2019

We took my younger sister to see the original animated Lion King in 1994.  It’s such a beautiful film but it always makes me sob.  The “live action” film looks even  more sumptuous and I can’t wait to take the kids to see it (but will definitely need lots of tissues).

Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Apple’s Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s Hairspray Live, Broadway’s The Lion King) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

 

Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (Coriolanus, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Neighbors) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, FX’s American Horror Story) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

 

THE LION KING IS RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS JULY 2019

Watch the trailer below:

Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Artemis Fowl:  August 2019

Danny and Caitlyn enjoy the Artemis Fowl books so are very happy to see it’s being made into a movie.  I used to read the books along with Danny when he was younger but never fully got into them as I wasn’t hearing the whole story.  Therefore I’m looking forward to watching the film to understand more of what Artemis Fowl is about.

Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Based on the first book of Eoin Colfer’s best-selling series of the same name, and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Disney’s Artemis Fowl has begun principal photography and will film in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson. Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Lara McDonnell (Love, Rosie) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold. In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award®-winner Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) plays Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf, who attempts to help rescue Holly. Above ground, Nonso Anozie (Cinderella) plays the Fowl family bodyguard, named Butler, and Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch) plays Butler’s niece Juliet.  Miranda Raison (Murder on the Orient Express) plays Artemis’ mother Angeline.

 

Other members of the cast include Josh McGuire (About Time), Hong Chau (Downsizing), Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen), Michael  Abubakar (Trust Me), Jake Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind), Rachel Denning (Doctor Who), Matt Jessup (Dread), Simone Kirby (Alice Through the Looking Glass), Sally Messham (Allied) and Adrian Scarborough (Les Misérables). Branagh brings back several members of his creative team, including Haris Zambarloukos, director of photography; Jim Clay, production designer; Patrick Doyle, composer; and Carol Hemming, hair and makeup designer—all of whom worked on Branagh’s 2017 directorial project, Murder on the Orient Express. The costume designer is Sammy Sheldon Differ (Assassin’s Creed), and the film will be edited by Martin Walsh (Wonder Woman).

 

The film is produced by Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund, with Matthew Jenkins and Angus More Gordon serving as executive producers.

 

ARTEMIS FOWL IS RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS AUGUST 2019

I’m a little bit sad that there isn’t a new Star Wars film out this Christmas time as it had become one of our traditions!  But the best things come to those who wait and Star Wars: Episode IX will be out in December 2019…

Which Disney movies are your favourite?  Which upcoming Disney films are you most looking forward to?

Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Disney Movies, Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!  5 Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See

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