2020 Walt Disney Company Movie Preview

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2019 was a record-breaking year for the Walt Disney Company at the box office. Between Disney Studios, animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm the company managed to gross an astounding $11 billion worldwide. Thanks to the efforts of Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, all of which hit the billion-dollar mark, that’s even excluding other releases and the Fox division. The company also success with their original films on Disney+ including Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, and Togo.

Now, we are in a new decade, 2020, and its time to show you the films coming from the Walt Disney Company this year.

Theatrical

Underwater (20th Century Fox)

Release: January 10

Directed by: William Eubank (The Signal)

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, TJ Miller

An Underwater research crew must swim to safety after an earthquake destroys their subterranean laboratory.

Call of the Wild (20th Century Fox)

Release: February 21

Directed by: Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch)

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy

A domesticated St. Bernard/Scotch Collie dog named Buck is stolen from his Santa Clara, California home and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon.

Wendy (Fox Searchlight)

Release: February 28

Directed by: Ben Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Cast: Devin France, Tommie Lynn Milazzo, Shay Walker

Re-imagining of the classic tale of Peter Pan told from the point of view of Wendy, where she is stranded on a mysterious island where aging and time have become unstuck. She must fight to save her and her family.

Onward (Pixar)

Release: March 6

Directed by: Dan Scanlon (Monsters University)

Cast: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

Mulan (Disney Studios)

Release: March 27

Directed by: Niki Caro (McFarland USA)

Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jimmy Wong, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee

To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China. A re-imagining of the 1998 animated film and the classic poem.

The New Mutants (20th Century Fox)

Release: April 3

Directed by: Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars)

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Antonio Banderas

Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility.

Antlers (Fox Searchlight)

Release: April 17

Directed by: Scott Cooper (Black Mass)

Cast: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze

A mysterious creature escapes from its confines to wreak bloody havoc in a small Oregon town.

Black Widow (Marvel Studios)

Release: May 1

Directed by: Cate Shortland (Lore)

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

Plot details are being kept under wraps but the film takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

The Woman in the Window (20th Century Fox)

Release: May 15

Directed by: Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice)

Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Julianne Moore

Agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox witnesses something she shouldn’t while keeping tabs on the Russell family, the seemingly picture-perfect clan that lives across the way.

Artemis Fowl (Disney Studios)

Release: May 29

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella)

Cast: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, Judi Dench

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
Soul (Pixar)

Release: June 19

Directed by: Pete Docter (Inside Out)

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove

A middle-school music teacher dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note.

Fear Street (20th Century Fox)

Release: June TBD

Directed by: Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon)

Cast: Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Julia Rehwald

In 1994, a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their town of Shadyside, Ohio may be connected to each other, and that they may be the next targets.

Free Guy (20th Century Fox)

Release: July 3

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodi Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi

A bank teller called Guy realizes he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline.

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (20th Century Fox)

Release: July 17

Directed by: Loren Bouchard (Creator)

Cast: Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts

Plot unknown. Feature film based on the animated TV series.

Jungle Cruise (Disney Studios)

Release: July 24

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows)

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

Set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.

The Empty Man (20th Century Fox)

Release: August 7

Directed by: David Prior (AM1200)

Cast: Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Aaron Poole

On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.

The One and Only Ivan (Disney Studios)

Release: August 14

Directed by: Thea Sharrock (Me Before You)

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, Arianna Greenblatt, Brooklyn Prince

Based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall, The One and Only Ivan is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home.

The King’s Man (20th Century Fox)

Release: September 18

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman)

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou

One man must race against time to stop history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they get together to plot a war that could wipe out millions of people and destroy humanity.

Death on the Nile (20th Century Fox)

Release: October 9

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh (Artemis Fowl)

Cast: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Russell Brand, Jodi Comer, Annette Benning

Detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship on the Nile River.

Eternals (Marvel Studios)

Release: November 6

Directed by: Chloe Zhao (The Rider)

Cast: Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Ma-Dong Seok, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Gemma Chan, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie.

The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Deep Water (20th Century Fox)

Release: November 13

Directed by: Adrian Lyne (Flashdance)

Cast: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Finn Wittrock, Lil Rey Howrey

A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.

Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney Animation)

Release: November 25

Directed by: Dean Wellins and Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Princess and The Frog)

Cast: Cassie Steele, Awkwafina

This film takes place in a reimagined Earth with five distinct lands. Together, they form the land of the dragon, but actual dragons are long gone. It’s been invaded by a dark force, and Raya is on a quest to find the last dragon, which she thinks will save them. The first footage showed a lush planet with a foggy sky.

West Side Story (20th Century Fox)

Release: December 18

Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park)

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Rita Moreno

Two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds fall in love in 1950s New York City.

The Last Duel (20th Century Fox)

Release: December 25

Directed by: Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Cast: Matt Damon, Jodi Comer, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver

Set in 14th Century France and tells the story of a man who goes off to war, and when he returns he learns that his friend had done bad things to his wife. No one will believe the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France and says he wants to fight a duel to the death to decide the man’s fate, becoming the last legally sanctioned duel in France.

Disney+

Stargirl

Release: March 13

Directed by: Julia Hart (Miss Stevens)

Cast: Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Giancarlo Esposito, Karan Brar, Darby Stanchfield, Maximiliano Hernández

A quirky, homeschooled teenager shakes things up at her uptight high school in Arizona.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Cast: Ophelia Lovibond, Craig Robinson, Kyle Bornheimer, Chloe Coleman

An 11-year old boy who believes that he is the best detective in town runs the agency Total Failures with his best friend, an imaginary 1,200-pound polar bear.

Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Candace Against The Universe

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by: Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh

Cast: Vincent Martella, Dee Bradley Baker, Ashley Tisdale, Alyson Stoner, Caroline Rhea

The famed stepbrother inventors know what they’re gonna do today. They’re gonna rescue their sister from an alien abduction.

Secret Society of Second Born Royal

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by: Anna Mastro (Shameless)

Cast: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Skylar Astin, Greg Bryk, Elodie Yung

It follows Sam’s adventures at a top-secret training program for a new class of second-born royals tasked with saving the world.

Magic Camp

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by: Mark Waters (Mean Girls)

Cast: Aldis Hodge, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Devine, Jeffery Tambor

Follows Andy, who, at the urging of his former mentor and Magic Camp owner Roy Preston, returns as a counselor to the camp of his youth hoping to reignite his career.

Flora & Ulysses 

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by: Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter)

Cast: Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Benjamin Evans Ainsworth, Matilda Lawler, Dani Pudi

The adventures of a young girl and a squirrel with superpowers.

Safety

Release: 2020 TBD

Directed by:  Reginald Hudlin (Marshall)

Cast: Jay Reeves, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Corinne Foxx, Amanda Warren

The story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player for Clemson University, who secretly raised his younger brother on campus after his home life became too unsteady.


Well, there you have it. As you can see, 2020 is going to be a huge year for the Walt Disney Company at the box office again, as well as Disney+. We want to know what you are looking forward to in 2020. Let us know in the comments or on our various social media channels. For more information and/or to sign-up Disney+ for, visit disneyplus.com.

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