D23 Expo is an exclusive opportunity for fans of the Mouse House to celebrate all things Disney, but it’s also a chance for Disney to reveal trailers and make a ton of film-related announcements.
Ralph Breaks The Internet
The sequel to Wreck It Ralph tells the story of the titular character moving beyond the world of video games and into the internet. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (Zootopia) took the opportunity to introduce a new character names Yesss, that will be voiced by Taraji P. Henson.
This new adventure through the World Wide Web will mean that characters like Darth Vader and Spider-Man could get cameos in the same movie, and it was also revealed that every single Disney Princess will share the screen at the same time.
Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It-Ralph), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) took the stage at the expo in Anaheim for a lovely moment, since all of them will reprise their characters for the fun sequel. Ralph Breaks the Internet is coming on November 21st, 2018.
First teaser for A Wrinkle in Time
Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon took the stage to present the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, the adaptation of the bestselling novel by author Madeleine L’Engle. The beautiful teaser was a great first look for the film, filled with big colors, elaborate costumes and mindblowing action pieces. The film will be released on March 9th, 2018.
A brand new world… of live action adaptations
Dumbo is among the different live action films in development over at Disney and at D23 there were some big announcements. The main cast is set and ready to go: Tim Burton recruited Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green to play the human characters in his Dumbo adaptation. The story follows Farrell’s character, who is put in charge of a big eared baby elephant at a struggling circus, only to discover that the elephant has one amazing ability. The film will be released in March of 2019.
Although it was previously reported that Disney was having trouble casting Guy Ritchie’s live action Aladdin movie, D23 was the perfect occasion to set the record straight. Disney officially announced that Mena Massoud will be Aladdin; Naomi Scott will be Princess Jasmine; and Will Smith will play the Genie.
The behind the scenes from a galaxy far, far away…
Director Rian Johnson took the stage with cast members including Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, and Laura Dern to talk about the anticipated new film. The main release was a behind-the-scenes reel that shows the making of one of the year’s biggest releases.