Disney just announced the release date for upcoming sequel Frozen 2, as well as a bunch of other movies, including a live-action remake The Lion King that will star Seth Rogen.
Before you empty your bank account on theater tickets and popcorn, keep in mind that Frozen 2 is expected to be released in time for Thanksgiving, but not this turkey day, Thanksgiving – 2019.
A tweet by director Jon Favreau confirms that The Lion King, the latest in Disney’s efforts to turn classic animated musicals into live-action (or, in the case of The Lion King, eerily lifelike CGI) experiences, will hit theaters on July 19, 2019. It’s set to star Donald Glover as Simba, with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Beyoncé (!) reportedly considering voicing Nala. Two other major movies to get new release dates are the next Indiana Jones movie, which is now set for July 2020, and Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. The latter movie, which will debut March 9, 2018, is directed by Ava DuVernay, a distinction that makes DuVernay the first woman of color to direct a live-action movie with a budget of $100 million or more. DuVernay is also only the third woman overall to reach that milestone, after Kathryn Bigelow and Patty Jenkins did so for 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker and the upcoming Wonder Woman, respectively. h/t glamour
Also on the upcoming Disney calendar: Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, a mouthful of a title that may now be too real for these times, comes out November 21, 2018; a Tangled treatment of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” story, called Gigantic, comes out November 25, 2020; and Magic Camp, a comedy about rookie magicians, comes out April 6, 2018.