With all the hype surrounding Marvel Studios and Lucasfilms, its hard to remember that Disney still has their own original content in production. Not to be outdone, the wonderful world of Disney looks to explode with new and amazing shows next year on Disney+.
The live-action slate for Disney+ includes “Hocus Pocus 2,” “Sister Act 3” and “Disenchanted,” a sequel to “Enchanted” starring Amy Adams. Walt Disney Animation also will be premiering Disney+ original series such as “Tiana,” based on the character from “The Princess and the Frog,” as well as “Moana, the Series.” Among Pixar’s offerings is “Win or Lose,” its first long-form animated series.
Disney is also sending two key films to Disney Plus. “Pinocchio” with Tom Hanks and “Peter Pan and Wendy” are skipping their planned theatrical releases and will instead debut on the streaming service.
Robert Zemeckis will direct the live-action adaptation of the 1940 Disney classic “Pinocchio.”
“Peter Pan and Wendy” stars Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell (the first black actress to play the pint sized character) and Jude Law as Captain Hook. David Lowery, who previously helmed Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” remake, will direct.
During the presentation, Disney also announced “Raya and the Last Dragon” will premiere on Disney Plus at the same time as it opens in theaters this spring. The animated fantasy film will be available to rent on Premier Access for a $30 rental fee.
Finally it was revealed that Chris Evans will take on the role of Buzz Lightyear!
The “Captain America” star will voice “the original Buzz Lightyear” in a new Pixar film, “Lightyear,” the studio announced on Twitter. The new film will explore the life of the “Toy Story” character, voiced by Tim Allen in the four “Toy Story” movies. Evans explained the role in a tweet, writing: “Just to be clear, this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on.”
And lastly it was revealed the price of Disney+ will be going up from 6.99 to 8.99, something we all knew was coming. But for all this amazing content, its well worth it.