From Aladdin to The Lion King, there are plenty of new Disney movies to get excited about this year and beyond
It’s not an understatement to say that there are a tonne of new Disney movies coming out over the next 18 months or so, and it’s not hard to see why. Live-action remakes like Cinderella, Mary Poppins Returns, and Beauty and the Beast have all proved immensely popular with fans (and at the box office), which has paved the way for live-action remakes for Aladdin, The Lion King, and Dumbo coming to a cinema near you this year alone, and even more on the cards in the years beyond.
You’ll find every new Disney movie confirmed for 2019 and beyond below, but we’ve kept this list strictly to classic Disney titles, so if you’re looking for all the new Star Wars movies coming in 2019 and beyond, or even every single new Marvel movie en route to your eyes via the silver screen, then we’ve got you covered there too.
New Disney movies 2019
Release date: March 29, 2019
I always found Dumbo an incredibly hard watch as a child, so even catching up with the trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake brings a tear to my eye. Unlike something like Mary Poppins Returns, this new Disney movie is a straight live action remake of the original 1942 animated classic. Danny DeVito stars as Circus owner Medici, who hires former star Holt Farrier (played by Colin Farrell) and his children to care for the newborn Dumbo, oversized ears and all. It’s being directed by Tim Burton, so expect there to be a touch of his classic madness and gothic eccentricities in this retelling, although from this trailer it seems like it’s all about making you deeply care for tiny little Dumbo. Pass the tissues, would you?
Although we’ve now had another sneak peak at the new Dumbo – watch the trailer above – and you’ll see that there is some hopefulness and joy to come from the little elephant who could fly.
Release date: May 24, 2019
For some, nothing will beat Robin Williams’ portrayal of the Genie in the original 1992 animated movie, but I for one am keen to see just what Will Smith can do with the role. Smith is joined by Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar in this upcoming live-action remake of the original story, where street rat Aladdin and Princess Jasmine fall head over heels in love, despite the fact her father wants her to marry a prince. Thankfully, despite months without a good look at the movie, we’ve had the first full trailer for the upcoming Aladdin live action movie, complete with Will Smith’s take on the genie singing Never Had a Friend Like Me. It’s looking like a very faithful live action remake so far, so it’ll be interesting to see exactly how it turns out.
Toy Story 4
Release date: June 20, 2019
The last time we saw Woody and co, Andy had donated them all to brand new owner, Bonnie. As far as we can tell, she looks after the beloved crew just as well as Andy did for all those years – thankfully there aren’t any Sid antics going on here – but it looks like something – or someone – has come along to mix things up a bit. Bonnie’s added what Disney is calling a “reluctant new toy” to the lineup. Forky, as he’s known, is basically a plastic spork with pipe cleaners for arms, lolly sticks for legs attached by some gum, and some sort of DIY craft face. But of course, he’s just as alive as Buzz Lightyear, so expect some awkward antics from this brand new ‘toy’ as Bonnie and our old pals go on a road trip adventure that, no doubt, none of them will ever forget.
The Lion King
Release date: July 19, 2019
The fact that the original trailer from the 1994 animated has been recreated almost frame-by-frame for this live-action remake of The Lion King shows you just how much love and attention to detail is going into its creation. Heck, even the original voice of Mufasa, James Earl Jones, is on board for this one, and that’s definitely going to make watching that scene even more heartbreaking. The rest of the cast for is equally as stellar too. Donald Glover is Simba, Beyonce is Nala, Seth Rogan is Pumbaa, Billy Eichner is Timon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is Scar. That should make for quite the powerful voice actor ensemble, and from everything we’ve seen so far, this live-action remake is going to do the original, beloved animated movie justice. And hey, with Simba looking ever so fuzzy in the trailer, you’re basically seeing it half for the cuteness factor anyway, right?
Release date: November 27, 2019
Although it’s been confirmed that Frozen 2 is definitely in development, we actually know very little about this particular new Disney movie. What we do know is that Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad are all set to reprise their roles of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, andwriter Jennifer Lee revealed during a press tour for Ralph Breaks the Internet that the sisters are “going far out from Arendelle” in the sequel. There’s also at least four brand new songs to come too, so prepare yourself for some serious karaoke sessions.
New Disney movies 2020
Release date: March 21, 2020
There’s a little uncertainty around exactly what kind of live-action remake Mulan is going to be. Apparently director Niki Caro has said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the team are “still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music”. What is exciting though is that she told MovieFone that her vision for the film is that it will be “a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.” Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who also goes by Crystal Liu, is on board to play Mulan, and interestingly this version of the story won’t feature the original romance interest of Li Shang, but instead a character called Chen Honghui, who will be played by New Zealand-based actor Yoson An. It’ll be interesting to see how this live-action remake pans out over the next year between now and its expected release date.
Release date: May 29, 2020
It won’t come as much of a surprise that the brilliant Maleficent is getting a follow-up. Although star Angelina Jolie hinted at the possibility of a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster just a week after the original film debuted, it wasn’t until 2016 that Maleficent 2 was officially confirmed. Jolie will reprise her role as the titular Maleficent, and Elle Fanning will also return as Princess Aurora, while Michelle Pfeiffer will come on board as the character known as Queen Ingris, although little is known about her character at this time. Interestingly Chiwetel Ejiofor is also on the cast list, potentially playing a love interest for Maleficent, so let’s hope she’s a little luckier in love this time around. According to the official plot synopsis, the film will continue to explore Maleficent and Aurora’s complex relationship as they “form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within”. Colour us green with intrigue.
New Disney movies TBC
Cruella (101 Dalmatians)
Release date: TBC
It’s been over three years since the rumours surfaced Disney is working on a Cruella movie that should serve as the origin story for the villain of 101 Dalmatians, but at the end of 2018, it was officially confirmed that a) it’s happening and b) Emma Stone is set to play the fur-crazed fashionista herself. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Craig Gillespie (of I, Tonya fame) and this origins story will be set in the 1980s “with a punk vibe”. Oh, I am so in.
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Another live-action remake is joining the ranks of the new Disney movies on the horizon, and it’s been confirmed that M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang is on board to direct this adaptation of the 1996 animated film, Hunchback of Notre Dame. According to a report from Deadline, Josh Gad may be in line to play the lead, but no solid casting decisions have been made just yet. In terms of how it’ll play out, the film – apparently simply called Hunchback – will pull from both the animated film and the original Victor Hugo novel, but apart from that details are light, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more about this particular Parisian adventure.
Mary Poppins Returns 2
Release date: TBC
Mary Poppins Returns only arrived at the end of 2018, but that hasn’t stopped it being a huge hit. It raked in over $260 million worldwide in its first month, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that there’s already a sequel in the works. According to director Rob Marshall, speaking to The Sun, the sequel is in the “early stages” of development. “It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine. That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L Travers. So, you know…” said Marshall. Looks like we’re going to see a lot more of Mary Poppins. Potentially seven movies more.
Release date: TBC
It turns out that there’s more of the Peter Pan story to tell, because Disney is making a brand new live-action version of the 1953 animated film. Director David Lowery though is confident that he can do something a little different with the remake, although it’s not clear exactly how. In an interview with Comicbook.com, producer Jim Whitaker said that “it’ll be a big, rollocking adventure”, which is kind of what you’d hope for with a Peter Pan movie. Apparently, it’s still very much in the script-writing stage though, so don’t expect an official release date anytime soon.
Release date: TBC
Another live-action new Disney movie in the works is Pinocchio. The story of the puppet-turned-real-boy is about to get a lot more real. This live-action remake has been in development for quite some time, with Paddington director Paul King taking over the film in 2018, which suggest that the timeline may be moving forwards at last. Filming is due to begin this year, but that’s basically all we know about the film so far. However, it’s not to be confused with another Pinocchio film that’s quite different. According to Variety, Guillermo del Toro is current producing, writing, and directing a stop-motion, musical version of Pinocchio exclusively for Netflix. Knowing del Toro’s penchant for combining childlike wonder with the macabre, you can bet that his adaptation will follow the darker elements of the original 1883 novel much more closely. It’s set in 1930s Italy for a start, during the rise of Mussolini’s fascism, which certainly doesn’t sound very Disney to me. Neither del Toro’s take nor Disney’s adaptation have release dates as yet.
Prince Charming (Cinderella)
Release date: TBC
Rather than the villain-led spin-offs like Maleficent or brand new Disney movie Cruella, Prince Charming is – you guessed it – all about the man in our princess’ life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this brand new live-action movie will actually follow Prince Charming’s brother, who “never quite lived up to the family name”. It’s not clear as yet which of the Prince Charming characters this is the brother of – after all we’ve had Prince Charmings in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves already – but it could turn out to be quite the different spin on your classic Disney fairytale.
Pirates of the Caribbean 6
Release date: TBC
Although it’s not expected until at least 2020, it’s looking likely we’re going to get another Pirates of the Caribbean film. According to reports, a script is being worked on, but we’re a long, long way from it being released. There are also questions as to whether Johnny Depp will be involved, due to recent controversies. However, speaking with Digital Spy in 2017, producer Jerry Bruckheimer says there is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Depp. “I just don’t see it,” he said. “The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.” However, just to throw a confusion spanner in the works, when asked about the new writers for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 – Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of Deadpool fame – Disney’s Film Prodution Chief, Sean Bailey, was also asked about Pirates of the Caribbean 6 existing without Depp, and this is what he said: “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.” Depp or no Depp, it seems that really is the question.
Rose Red (Snow White)
Release date: TBC
It turns out that there are technically two characters in the original Grimm’s Fairytales called Snow White, with each character taking the lead in their own story. There’s the classic Snow White story, but then there’s Snow White and Rose Red, where two young sisters live with their mother in a cabin in the mountains and they meet a mysterious dwarf and an enchanted bear. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is now planning to combine both stories into an inventive new live-action film simply entitled Rose Red. The titular sister will be added into the story as Snow White’s sibling, who seeks out and teams up with the seven dwarves when Snow White is indisposed by the Sleeping Death of the poison apple. It’s Rose Red that ends up undertaking a dangerous quest that could revive Snow White, which might nudge ol’ Prince Charming out of the picture entirely. This could well be the sisterhood Frozen story of the Snow White universe.
Release date: TBC
It’s been a while since we’ve had any news on this new Disney movie, but back in 2016 is was confirmed that a live-action Tinker Bell title was in production, with Reese Witherspoon taking on the titular role as well as producing the film. Victoria Strouse is on board as writer for the movie simply known as Tink, and seeing as she wrote the script for Finding Dory, Tinker Bell might well be a little bit wonderful. Any other details on Tink are being kept under wraps for now, but it will apparently offer a new perspective on the fairy and the goings on in Pixie Hollow.
The Sword in the Stone
Release date: TBC
Although not a lot is known about the upcoming live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone, it could well be something a lot, lot darker than the 1963 animated fantasy. Back in early 2018, it was confirmed that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would be directing the movie, from a script written by Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on Game of Thrones. Now, bare in mind that Fresnadillo is best known for directing one of the best zombie movies of all time, 28 Weeks Later, along with another horror movie, Intruders, and you’ve got quite the idea of what The Sword in the Stone could be, particularly with a writer well-versed in dragons and fantasy. But, unfortunately, that’s all we currently know about the new Disney movie, so for now just hold onto that hope of a horror remake.