Disney’s 2017 Lineup Looks Incredible

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While you’ve likely heard about these upcoming films from Disney individually, when you put them together the 2017 lineup finally gives us something to celebrate. Here’s a look at what Disney is bringing to the big screen this year:

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Belle (Emma Watson) comes to realize that underneath the hideous exterior of the Beast (Dan Stevens) there is the kind heart of a Prince in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon. © 2016 Disney Enterprises inc. All Rights Reserved.

Emma Watson is a queen when it comes to our rights, and now she’s a princess in the Disney realm. The upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast has already stunned us with gorgeous posters and trailers, but we’re now down to the few short months before we get to see the whole thing. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan mcGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Audrai McDonald as the wardrobe, Gugu Mbacha-Raw as the feather duster (Plumette), Hattie Morahan as the Enchantress, Nathan Mack as Chip, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Any way you look at it, the cast is ridiculously incredible.

Beauty and the Beast (FINALLY) comes to theaters March 17,2017.

Born in China

BORN IN CHINA. Photo by: Ben Wallis. ©2016 Disneynature. All Rights Reserved.

PANDAS! Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, Disney’s new film Born in China is part of the True Life Adventures series and focuses on three animal families. These include a family of golden monkeys, a snow leopard, and Pandas! The film is narrated by John Krasinski and features footage from some very difficult parts of the world to access. It opens in theaters for Earth Day on April 21, 2017.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

We’ve already adored the wicked cuteness of Groot with a red button of doom, now on to the full film. The story focuses on a new adventure as the Guardians keep themselves together as their new found family. This family is challenged when Peter Quill discovers his true parentage. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Hillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock and Kurt Russell. Keep an eye out for the Awesome Mixtape #2 accompanying the film.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes to theaters May 5, 2017.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon…©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Javier Bardem is making it really hard for me to stick to my guns about not falling back in love with this franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales brings Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow. This time, he comes across terrifying ghost sailors lead by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardeem). They’ve escaped the Devil’s Triangle and their chief focus is to destroy all pirates at sea. Jack has to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon to survive. The only way to do that is to form an alliance with Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario) and a sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites). Geoffrey Rush is back as Barbossa, as is Kevin R. McNally as Gibbs.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes to theaters May 26, 2017.

 

Cars 3

REAR VIEW — The legendary #95 may be leading the pack, but the high-tech Next Gen racers are closing in fast. Directed by Brian Fee and produced by Kevin Reher, “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

I think we were all a little worried when watching the recent teaser trailer for this one. Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves and it happens pretty violently. In Cars 3, he will have to team up with an eager young race technician named Cruz Ramierez, to get him rolling again and back on the racetrack. Cars 3 comes to theaters June 16, 2017.

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok – (L-R) Director Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth. Photo by: Jasin Boland. ©2016 Marvel Studios.

Man, I haven’t seen Chris Hemworth’s abs Thor in a long time. If you’ve been missing the hero of Asgard as much as we have, prepare for Thor: Ragnarok. Thor is imprioned on the otherside of the universe with only his hammer to guide him. He has to race back to Asgard to stop the destruction of his homeworld and the Asgardian civilization. Cate Blanchett plays Hela, the cause of all this destruction. Yessssss. Want to know what happened to the Hulk? Turns out in order to get back to Asgard, Thor will have to defeat the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest. Marvel and Disney, you have our attention.  The film is directed by Taika Waititi, the director of What We Do in the Shadows. I have serious hopes for this film.  Keep an eye out for Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tess Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins…and  maybe Benedict Cumberbatch.

We have to wait until November 3, 2017 for Thor: Ragnarok. Let’s go watch Captain America: Civil War for the 8 millionth time.

Coco

Progression Image 3 of 3: Final Frame..ASPIRING MUSICIAN — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like the celebrated Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). But when he strums his idol’s guitar, he sets off a mysterious chain of events. Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, “Coco” opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2017.

I’m interested in the new film Coco, but a little worried about how much the synopsis sounds like 2014’s Book of Life (which you should to watch immediately if you haven’t). The film follows Miguel, a young man desperately wanting to become an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. There’s just one problem; his family has a ban on music that has lasted generations. Miguel finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead, meeting a trickster named Hector, and along the path to discovering the true history of his family.  The film is released a little late for Dia de Los Muertos, November 22, 2017.

 

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