Upcoming Disney Movies From 2021 to 2025 | Screen Rant
At the moment, Disney has several movies on the way – animated and live-action – that will be released over the course of the next few years. In recent years, they’ve seen considerable success with their live-action remakes, such as Cruella, as well as animated properties, like Frozen II, and they’re continuing to push the envelope into the 2020s with Encanto and Jungle Cruise.
While Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a big piece of the Disney pie, the company still has plenty of upcoming movies that fall under the brand of family-friendly fairytales and adventures and, with the acquisition of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), Disney has a lot more psychological thrillers and horrors on its plate as well.
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Movies released by Disney no longer adhere to such a close definition as they once did, given all the studios that operate under the entertainment giant’s purview. But the upcoming release slate certainly includes a number of films that fit that category, as well as a range that challenge it directly. Here’s a rundown of every upcoming non-Marvel/Star Wars Disney movie releasing from 2021 through to 2025.
Originally slated to release in October 2019 before being pushed back to the summer of 2020, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, an adaptation of their iconic Disneyland ride from director Jaume Collet-Serra, is now scheduled for release in July 2021. It was delayed the third time around due to the pandemic. Emily Blunt (Disney’s new Mary Poppins) and Dwayne Johnson (one of the most popular actors in the world) are headlining the film, which appears to be billed as Disney’s next Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Another leftover film from 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), Free Guy is a sci-fi comedy written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn. Directed by Shawn Levy, the film stars Ryan Reynolds and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer. Free Guy is about an open world video game where Reynolds’ Guy is a bank teller who becomes aware that he is, in fact, a video game character and not a real person. The film will be released in theaters August 13, 2021.
The Night House is a horror film starring Rebecca Hall, who plays a widow named Beth. After her husband’s death, Beth begins to see visions that lead her to uncover unexpected secrets. Directed by David Bruckner, the film initially made its debut during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will finally be released theatrically in August.
John Cena stars in Vacation Friends, about a couple whose vacation friends disrupt their nuptials, alongside Yvonne Orji, Lil Rel Howery, and Meredith Hagner. The film will be available to stream in August on Hulu.
Directed by Peter Jackson, this documentary will focus on the making of The Beatles album Let It Be, which was released in 1970. Jackson’s film will also include footage from the 1970 documentary about the album and will showcase the friendship between the bandmates during the time of the recording.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye will follow the rise and fall of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband Jim Bakker. Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield star as the lead characters, with Vincent D’Onofrio, Cherry Jones, and more in supporting roles.
Starring Max Harwood and Richard E. Grant, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a musical film adaptation based on the stage play of the same name. Directed by Jonathan Butterell, the film, which will be released on Amazon Prime, follows 16-year-old Jamie as he pursues his dreams of becoming a drag queen.
Based on the book by Eric Jager, The Last Duel is set in the 14th century and follows the story of two best friends who duel each other after one is accused of sexually assaulting the other’s wife. The film — directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener — stars Damon and Affleck opposite Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.
An animated feature from 20th Century Studios that is set in the future, Ron’s Gone Wrong follows Barney and his friendship with Ron, a malfunctioning bot. The film is directed by Jean-Phillippe Vine and Sarah Smith, with the voice cast including Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, and Justice Smith.
Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch was originally scheduled to make its debut at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, but was delayed due to COVID-19. The film, which follows an American journalist based in France, will officially debut during the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in July before opening theatrically in October. The film stars Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Owen Wilson, and many more.
Horror is on the horizon with Antlers. The film, which was originally set for an April 2020 release, will now be hit theaters on October 29, 2021. Antlers, a Searchlight Pictures production (now owned by Disney), stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, and is directed by Scott Cooper.
Encanto is a Walt Disney animation set in Colombia and follows the Madrigals family. Encanto gifts children, except Mirabel, the main character, with different abilities. Mirabel sets off to protect Encanto’s power before all is lost. Encanto’s music will be written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is the first Disney animation set in Colombia and sounds quite, well, magical.
Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, and Toni Collette. The film was in the midst of production when it had to be shut down due to COVID-19 last year. However, it was able to resume and wrap filming successfully at the end of 2020 and is now scheduled for release in December.
Maria! He just met a girl named Maria! Steven Spielberg set his sights on the 1957 musical West Side Story as his next project. Starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria, respectively, West Side Story was scheduled for release in December 2020 before being moved to December 2021.
The third film in Kingsman: The Secret Service, The King’s Man will see another set of criminals looking to wipe out millions of people and will be stopped by the secret organization of gentlemen spies. Directed and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Bruhl, and Djimon Honsou.
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’ high-profile psychological thriller has a release date. Deep Water, from 20th Century Studios, is based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and follows a married couple who is no longer as in love with each other as they used to be and have resorted to playing mind games that ultimately lead to tragedy. The film also stars Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Finn Wittrock, and is directed by Adrian Lyne.
This film has a large ensemble cast which includes Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Rose Leslie, and Sophie Okonedo. Based on the Agatha Christie novel, Death of the Nile was originally scheduled for an October 2020 release before being delayed due to the pandemic. After a few changes, Disney settled on releasing this 20th Century Studios film in February 2022.
Turning Red is Pixar’s next animated film, which follows a 13-year-old Mei Lee as she navigates her life as a teenager who finds herself becoming a giant red panda whenever she gets excited about anything. That’s rough. The film will be directed by Domee Shi. No cast has been announced for the film just yet, but it’s set to be Disney’s first release in 2022.
Fans who can’t get enough of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear are in luck because Pixar is making a whole film that will tell the origin story of the human movie character who actually inspired the toy astronaut from the 1995 film. However, don’t expect Tim Allen to be back as this version of Buzz, with Chris Evans set to voice the titular character. No other cast members have yet been announced for Lightyear. The film is set to bow in 2022 and is directed by Angus MacLane.
Even though the Indiana Jones franchise is a Lucasfilm production, it’s not a Star Wars film, which is why it’s on this list. It was long believed that Indiana Jones 5 would happen at some point after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, and that belief came true when the studio announced in 2016 plans to produce another Indiana Jones movie. Unfortunately, it’s been delayed multiple times since then – first from 2019 to 2020, and then again to 2021. Indiana Jones 5, which sees James Mangold writing and directing and Harrison Ford returning in the title role.
The release date for James Cameron’s long, long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Avatar has been moved around so much that it’s almost hard to keep track. What was once one sequel expanded to three, with the film being delayed several years to accommodate filming and, now, the pandemic-related production delays. However, filming on Avatar 2 finally wrapped in September 2020 and will be released December 2022. Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri and Sam Worthington’s Jake and host of other characters will return for Avatar 2, with the film being set 13 years after the original.
Walt Disney Pictures is one of the biggest movie studios in the world, so it makes sense for them to plan out their release schedule for the next four years, from now through 2025. Things were constantly in a state of flux due to the pandemic and the delays it has caused. The studio also has a number of projects in development and production, including the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. It’s nearly impossible to establish which movies will release when until their release dates are officially confirmed, and that doesn’t even include all the ones that are releasing from Lucasfilm (Rogue Squadron) and Marvel Studios (Blade, among many oothers), or the ones that might still be delayed or have a release date change.
However, there are a few confirmed release dates as the studio looks farther into the future. Avatar 3 is slated for a December 20, 2024 release, with Avatar 4 set for two years after in 2026. That may seem like a long time from now, but it’s good to have on the movie schedule radar. Hocus Pocus 2 and Disenchanted, the sequel to 2007’s Enchanted, have been announced, and will land in theaters at some point in 2022, though no official release date has been confirmed. Sister Act 3, National Treasure 3, and Kingsman: The Blue Blood have all been announced, but have no release dates scheduled.
Elsewhere at Disney, Mouse House didn’t have any other Star Wars movie on the schedule. In fact, the first feature Star Wars film to be released after The Rise of Skywalker will be Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, flying into theaters on December 22, 2023, four years after Episode IX. Another, still untitled, Star Wars movie is scheduled for December 19, 2025. And, of course, Marvel Studios has their own release dates carved out for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4, which has also been pushed back and rearranged a bit due to the pandemic. Black Widow will still kick off Phase 4 of the MCU films, but the premiere date has shifted from May 2020 to July 9, 2021.
Considering that release dates are in a constant state of flux, especially with rival studios like Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. continuing to solidify their plans and the pandemic still ongoing, some, if not all of these dates may still change down the line. For now, it looks like Disney is preparing to release several live-action movies, a few Pixar movies, and some Disney Animation movies to kick off the next few years.
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