Today brought plenty of live action news at D23 as Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slate for this year and onward.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange was introduced by Kevin Feige with a video greeting by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), and a pre-production piece.
Doctor Strange opens October 26, 2016.Captain America: Civil War
Chris Evans and Anthony Makie came to the stage with producer Kevin Feige to show some new movie footage. There is a special D23 Easter Egg hidden somewhere in the moive.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
The movie stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serve as executive producers and the screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016.The Finest Hours
Sean Bailey introduced Disney’s The Finest Hours ” and was joined by Chris Pine, who plays Bernie Webber, captain of the rescue boat.
The Finest Hours “is based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard”
The Finest Hours opens on January 29, 2016.The Jungle Book
Jon Favreau, the movies director, introduced newcomer Neel Sethi, who will play Mowgli. Also present were Ben Kingsley, who helps bring to life, and Lupita Nyong’o, who voices the mother wolf, Raksha.
The Jungle Book opens on April 15, 2016.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice) provided a preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass which furthers the story begun in Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland . In this movie
Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. The film, which once again features Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall, introduces several new characters as well: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father, and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Through the Looking Glass opens on May 27, 2016.Pete’s Dragon
Bryce Dallas Howard joined Bailey on stage to talk about her starring role in “Pete’s Dragon,” a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film. The heartwarming adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon, “Pete’s Dragon” is directed by David Lowery, produced by Jim Whitaker, and executive-produced by Barrie Osborne, and also stars Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford.
Pete’s Dragon opens in U.S. on August 12, 2016.
Queen of Katwe
Is an upcoming film based on the true story of a girl from the slums of rural Uganda who dreams of becoming a champion chess player.
Beauty and the Beast
The introduction to Beauty and the Beast came in the form of a musical greeting from stars Emma Watson, Josh Gad and Luke Evans sent from the London set..
The live-action musical, a retelling of the studio’s animated classic, stars Watson, Dan Stevens, Evans, Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald and newcomer Nathan Mack. The film is directed by Bill Condon. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated classic, provides the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Tim Rice, as well as several new songs.
Beauty and the Beast comes out on March 17, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp came dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to help present The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out on July 7, 2017.Rogue One
Rogue One, the first of the standalone Star Wars has commenced principal photography
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award® for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar®-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy® for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”
Rogue One is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.Star Wars: The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams introduced stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o. The crowd cheered when John Boyega announced that everyone there would get a Drew Struzan D23 EXPO commemorative poster to take home. Then, in a bringing-down-the house surprise moment, Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as Han Solo, joined Abrams on stage to wild applause.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on December 18, 2015.