Upcoming Movie Releases: Disney Live-Action Edition

Dwayne Johnson as Frank and Emily Blunt as Lily in JUNGLE CRUISE.
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Hey Hollywooders! Are you a big Disney fan? If so, get ready for all of the new upcoming Disney live-action adaptations coming soon to theaters and Disney+!

From Jungle Cruise, Pinnochio, and The Little Mermaid, there is sure to be a special film for you and your family to enjoy!

Without further ado, here is a list of the eight best upcoming Disney live-action movies.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Jungle Cruise (2021) 

Based on the famous Disney park ride of the same name, Jungle Cruise follows a group of travelers (Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, and Jack Whitehall) who journey on a small riverboat amidst the dangers of the jungle to find the magical Tree of Life.

While the movie finished production in 2018, the film had to be delayed for a 2021 release because of the pandemic. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson sat down with Good Morning America to discuss their excitement about the upcoming adventure story. “This movie really captured our hearts,” Emily Blunt says, “so for it to be seen finally is so awesome.”

Watch the trailer:

Watch West Side Story in movie theaters and on Disney+ with Premiere Access on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: The Little Mermaid (2022)

Halle Bailey grows her own mermaid tail starring as Princess Ariel in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The movie has a similar synopsis to the original Disney animation, where a young mermaid, Ariel, trades her voice for legs to discover the world on land.

The cast includes Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.

In an Instagram post, Halle Bailey gave us a first-hand look into the film while announcing that the production had finished filming.

“i feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory..” she wrote in her Instagram caption, “it has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone i’ve ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as i’ve reached the end.”


 
 
 
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The Little Mermaid is set to release in movie theaters in 2022.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Snow White (TBA)

On June 22, reports announced that West Side Story star Rachel Zegler would play Snow White in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation. Marc Webb will direct, and Marc Platt will produce. Marc Webb spoke to Deadline about their decision to cast Rachel Zegler in the title role.

Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts,” he says. “Her strength, intelligence, and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.”

Rachel Zegler took to Twitter to share her excitement about entering Disney princess territory.

We think so too.

Movie Snow White meeting Disney World Park Snow White? How adorable!

Snow White will start production in 2022.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Peter Pan & Wendy (2022)

Get ready to fly to Neverland with David Lowery’s new adventure fantasy film Peter Pan & Wendy. Adapted from Disney’s 1953 animated film, the live-action follows Wendy Darling (Ever Anderson) and her two brothers John (Joshua Pickering) and Michael (Jacobi Jupe), as they follow Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) to Neverland. The movie also stars Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell, Jude Law as Captain Hook, and Jim Gaffigan as Mr. Smee.

In an interview with Collider, Jim Gaffigan explains how influential this new adaptation is.

“It’s so ambitious to try and do this because it’s not just a time period or a fantasy or this classic story that we’re dealing with,” he says. “It’s almost a classic Greek story that’s part of our character. What David has done and what I’ve witnessed is that he’s grounded it but also made it live a little bit. So he’s not just doing a rehash.”

Peter Pan & Wendy is set to release on Disney+ in 2022.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Pinocchio (TBA) 

Pinocchio will come to life again in the upcoming CGI/live-action adaption from the 1940 animated film of the same name. The movie follows Italian woodcarver Geppetto (Tom Hanks) as he creates a wooden puppet named Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth). When Pinnochio is turned into a living puppet by the Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo), he must prove that he can be a good boy to stay alive. Along the way, he runs into Jiminy Cricket (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the coachmen (Luke Evans), and “Honest” John Worthington Foulfellow (Keegan-Michael Key).

Pinnochio is set to release on Disney+ in 2022, with Robert Zemeckis set to direct.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Disenchanted (2022)

After almost 15 years since Enchanted, an upcoming sequel, Disenchanted, is in the works. Amy Adams returns as Giselle, now living in the suburbs with her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and step-daughter Morgan (newcomer Gabriella Baldacchino). When Giselle starts to question her “happily ever after,” she turns the real world and fantasy world of Andalasia upside down.

While James Marsden and Idina Menzel will come back as Prince Edward and Nancy Tremaine, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays join the cast as the new villains.  Speaking with Variety, Maya Rudolph shared her willingness to step up to the challenge of playing a villain:

“If this had been 15 years ago and someone asked if I wanted to be the bad guy, I might’ve been like, ‘geez, I don’t know,’ but I’ve come to learn in my many years that the most fun thing to get to do is when you get to play The Most.”

Check out Disney’s announcement on Twitter:

Disenchanted is set to release on Disney+ in 2022.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

The Sanderson sisters return to wreak havoc in present-day Salem in the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker reprise their roles from the 1993 film as the sister witch trio. When three young women resurrect the witches, they devise a plan to stay immortal forever.

According to The DisInsider, the movie will start production in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Los Angeles this fall. Thora Birch, who played Max’s young sister Dani, teased her involvement on Twitter with a cryptic post.

In the caption, Thora writes that “2022 will be ‘MAH-VELOUS!’” in a reference to the original film.

Hocus Pocus 2 is set to release on Disney+ in the fall of 2022.

Upcoming Disney movie releases: Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022)

John Mulaney and Andy Samberg will voice the lovable chipmunk duo Chip N’ Dale in the new Disney CGI/live-action adaptation. The movie follows the two chipmunks years after their crime fighting from the original TV series Rescue Rangers. Chip N’ Dale must team up again to save their friend from video piracy in the film.

Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers is set to release on Disney+ in 2022, with Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island collaborator Akiva Schaffer reportedly set to direct the film.

Until these Disney live-action adaptations hit movie theaters and streaming services, check out all of the hottest upcoming movie releases out now to find movie showtimes near you and buy your movie tickets.

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