Disney's dozen: what we learnt at D23 movies panel

ANAHEIM, USA — Disney on Saturday, August 24 released plans for a dozen upcoming movies, ranging from Marvel superhero films and Star Wars blockbusters to Pixar and Disney animations. (LIST: Disney's big announcements at the D23 expo 2019)

Here is a run-through of everything newly announced at the D23 fan fest's movies panel in Anaheim, California:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

Lucasfilm is "hard at work" finishing an official new trailer, but unseen footage and a new poster showed Rey and Kylo Ren locked in a duel. The final seconds showed Rey wielding a red, double-sided lightsaber — immediately dubbed "Sith Rey" online. Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell join the cast.

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Black Panther 2 

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and returning Black Panther director Ryan Coogler would not even confirm the hotly anticipated sequel's title, but did set a release date — May 6, 2022.

BACK. Ryan Coogler of 'Black Panther 2' and President of Marvel Studios Kevin during the the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disneys D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney/AFP

BACK. Ryan Coogler of 'Black Panther 2' and President of Marvel Studios Kevin during the the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disneys D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, California.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney/AFP

 

The Eternals 

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan will join an ensemble cast already boasting Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. Harington will play a "non-eternal."

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Black Widow 

An extended version of last month's Comic-Con footage featuring Scarlett Johansson locked in a fight in a Budapest apartment was shown. New clips showed motorcycle chases, mountains and Rachel Weisz.

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Jungle Cruise  

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt rode into D23 on a riverboat and a vintage car to promote their live-action film based on Disney's theme park ride. In a good-humored takedown of alpha-male action heroes, Blunt introduced her own trailer telling the story from her character's perspective — with Johnson's name in comically tiny font.

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 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 

Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor join the cast for the sequel to the live-action 2014 hit centered on the villain from "Sleeping Beauty." A lengthy clip showed Aurora preparing to marry Prince Phillip — leading to an extremely frosty dinner between her godmother Maleficent and his parents which quickly descends into conflict.

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Mulan 

The panel for Disney's live-action remake was notable for the absence of Chinese-American star Liu Yifei, who triggered the #BoycottMulan movement with her criticism of Hong Kong protests. Film footage showed a young Mulan's disastrous meeting with a highly-strung matchmaker, before teasing fight scenes as she takes the place of her ailing father in the Imperial Army.

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 Cruella 

This live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel will be set in "punk rock" 1970s London. Emma Stone sent a video from the British capital, where filming has begun, and shared a first image of herself in character sporting a Vivienne Westwood-esque shock of black and white hair. Emma Thompson joins the cast.

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 Soul 

Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey were announced as the lead voices of metaphysical jazz adventure "Soul." Prominent musicians including Jon Batiste and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will feature in the film, where souls are trained at an otherworldly "You Seminar" before being dispatched to Earth.

SOUL. Writer Mike Jones, Co-Director Kemp Powers, Producer Dana Leigh Murray and Director Pete Docter of 'Soul' during the D23 discussion. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney/AFP

SOUL. Writer Mike Jones, Co-Director Kemp Powers, Producer Dana Leigh Murray and Director Pete Docter of 'Soul' during the D23 discussion.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney/AFP

Onward  

Julia-Louis Dreyfus was revealed as the mother of protagonists Ian and Barley. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt introduced footage setting out plot details of their characters' botched quest to bring back their dead father with a magical spell in a faded fantasy world.

 View this post on Instagram Check out this exclusive still from #PixarOnward featuring Ian Lightfoot (@tomholland2013) that just debuted at #D23Expo A post shared by Disney D23 (@disneyd23) on Aug 24, 2019 at 12:12pm PDT

Raya and the Last Dragon  

Cassie Steele and Awkwafina lead the voice cast in this animated fantasy featuring the search for dragons in a fictional, Southeast Asian-inspired world.

View this post on Instagram JUST ANNOUNCED: Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, staring @cassandrasteele (Raya) and @awkwafina (Sisu, the Last Dragon). Check out the all-new concept art, and see the film in theatres November 2020 #D23Expo A post shared by Disney D23 (@disneyd23) on Aug 24, 2019 at 1:05pm PDT 

Frozen 2  

The sequel will explore where Elsa got her powers, and a mysterious past involving her parents. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) join the cast, with original songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez returning. Footage showed flashbacks of sisters Elsa and Anna with their mother, an enchanted forest, and a new song for Elsa (Idina Menzel.)

View this post on Instagram JUST ANNOUNCED: @sterlingkbrown (Lieutenant Matthias) and @evanrachelwood (Queen Iduna) have joined the cast of #Frozen2, coming to theaters November 22. #D23Expo A post shared by Disney D23 (@disneyd23) on Aug 24, 2019 at 1:10pm PDT

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