Disney Roundup: ‘Star Wars’ Stars and ‘Avengers’ Talk; Plus ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2,’ ‘The Lion King’ and More

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We heard many, many good things about upcoming releases from Disney’s D23 fan expo over the weekend. Let’s start with extra goodness from two highly-anticipated franchises.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

As this video interview with John Boyega reveals, fans aren’t the only ones eager to see Rey (Daisy Ridley) get back into action.

When Rey is off Kumbaya-ing with Luke Skywalker, and you’re stuck waiting for her return… #TheLastJedi#D23pic.twitter.com/KWgf6swz3H

— Fandango (@Fandango) July 16, 2017

Speaking of Daisy Ridley, here she talks about Rey’s relationship with her faithful companion BB-8.

Rey is missing her buddy in ‘The Last Jedi’, but Daisy Ridley promises the reunion with BB-8 will be “wonderful” pic.twitter.com/hgY1uXnMOJ

— Fandango (@Fandango) July 17, 2017

Mark Hamill talks about the possibility that he’ll pick up a lightsaber again.

Lightsaber battle confirmed?? ?? @HamillHimself#TheLastJedi

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— Fandango (@Fandango) July 16, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15.

Avengers: Infinity War

The first trailer debuted, but so far only fans who were in attendance have been able to see it. Of course, that includes a few cast members.

I love this. Watch the Avengers (and Guardians) react to the #AvengersInfinityWar trailer that debuted at #D23Expo , via @Fandangopic.twitter.com/LzrBIpkSWA

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 16, 2017

Looking ahead, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle talk about some huge changes.

“There’s a huge change for Hulk & for Banner & it doesn’t get resolved in the first #InfinityWar…” – @MarkRuffalo#D23Expo via @Fandangopic.twitter.com/LzbMtTlzZi

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 16, 2017

Ruffalo also clarified comments he made over the weekend about a solo Hulk movie.

I want a stand alone Hulk movie. I know I said there wouldn’t be one but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one. ?? https://t.co/lPKUDiKn07

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 15, 2017

Avengers: Infinity Wars will smash into theaters on May 4, 2018.

Toy Story 4

Sadly, John Lasseter has found it necessary to step away from codirecting Toy Story 4, but his codirector Josh Cooley will take over and shepherd the project to its planned release on June 16, 2019. Lasseter will remain on the movie as an executive producer and consultant.

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures, above) has joined the voice cast of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is set for release on November 21, 2018. Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly will be reprising their characters from the original animated smash hit. The movie will also feature a scene involving a number of past Disney and Pixar princesses.

The Lion King

Attendees had the opportunity to see footage from Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation that was reportedly “astounding,” recreating the famed “Circle of Life” sequence from the animated original. Donald Glover is voicing the adult Simba, with James Earl Jones once again voicing Mufasa. It’s due in 2019.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar), Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren are starring in Disney’s upcoming dramatization, which is based on the original 1816 story and will feature one dance sequence, all under the direction of Lasse Hallstrom. Misty Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, performs the lead ballerina role.

Now we’ve learned that the movie is set for release on November 2, 2018. The first trailer was screened at D23, but it’s not yet available for everyone else to see.


Actually, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms bumped the live-action version of Mulan from its release date, though we now know that Mulan is in pre-production. No other details have been released, however.

Untitled Pixar Movie

Get the Inside Scoop on Our Newest Feature Film from Director @MrDanScanlon (@ohmydisney) https://t.co/quMJoXFUtCpic.twitter.com/1dtquz4cQn

— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) July 15, 2017

Director Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) says that the movie reflects his personal story. He lost his father at a young age and says he “always wondered who my father was and how I’m like him — that question became the blueprint for this movie.” He also says it’s set in a “suburban fantasy world” where no humans exist. Only elves, trolls, sprites and unicorns live there.