Disney’s recent Investor Day event was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it blitz of confirmed rumors and unexpected announcements, leaving fans with more than enough content to keep them talking for years to come.
It’s hard to narrow down the best of an evening full of bombshell announcements, but several projects undeniably stood out above the rest.
Here are the top 10 newly-announced projects in Disney’s lineup.
Set to debut in theaters in November of 2021, Encanto follows the story of a magical Columbian family that lives in a magical home. While much isn’t known about the film’s plot outside of its basic synopsis supplied by Disney, other details surrounding the next Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) film are cause for excitement.
The studio announced that Tangled director Bryon Howard and Moana screenplay writer Jared Bush are set to direct the feature film, which will be highlighted by music from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With a team at the helm that’s had a hand in arguably two of Disney’s greatest films of all time, topped off with an original soundtrack from Miranda, it’s hard to not be enthralled by Encanto’s presence in the studio’s lineup of classic films.
Starring the ever-charming (and Academy Award-deserving) Amy Adams as Giselle, Enchanted became an instant classic when it premiered in 2007. A sequel to the beloved hybrid film has been long-rumored, so Disenchanted’s official announcement was a moment long in the making for fans of its predecessor.
While it’s confirmed that Adams is set to return as Giselle, the return of other beloved cast members such as Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip and James Marsden as Prince Edward are unknown as of now, leaving room for some skepticism surrounding the sequel.
At the end of the day, though, any chance of seeing Adams in Giselle’s iconic white gown once again is enough to keep excitement surrounding the film, which is set to debut on Disney+, high for now.
8. Armor Wars
Disney+’s upcoming lineup of Marvel Studios projects is a dream come true for comic book fans everywhere, bringing beloved characters like Loki and even Nick Fury to the small screen.
One series that has flown under the radar, though, is Armor Wars, centered on James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) as he “faces Tony Stark’s worst fears.”
While Armor Wars is another project with only vague details up to this point, it’s exciting to see Cheadle get his chance to take center stage as Rhodey after years of appearing in and out of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, most notably Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Endgame. Considering the level of appreciation that Rhodey has reached among MCU fans, and the undeniable impact that the loss of Stark will have in his life, a show centered on the beloved hero feels long overdue.
It didn’t take long after the debut of The Princess and the Frog in 2009 for Princess Tiana to solidify herself as an iconic princess in Disney’s lineup, adored by fans for her determination and unwavering strength in pursuing her goals. In the 11 years that have followed since the film’s release, fans have begged for more of the New Orleans native and her restaurant dreams.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that the announcement of Tiana, a Disney+ series centered on the beloved princess, was met with a buzz of excitement from WDAS fans. As long as the show features a soundtrack on par with that of its big screen predecessor, and lot’s of New Orleans cooking, Tiana is sure to be a hit.
6. Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
The announcement of a hybrid film centered on Chip and Dale can feel gimmicky at face value. However, the reveal that its titular chipmunks are set to be voiced by comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg give the movie all the anticipation value it needs.
The pair feels almost too fitting for a film with such a bizarre premise to begin with. Given Samberg’s comedic brilliance in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mulaney’s star voice performance as Spider-Ham in Into the Spider-Verse, fans can likely expect a laugh-out-loud adventure for the whole family when Rescue Rangers lands on Disney+.
The Mandalorian has already solidified itself as a can’t-miss Star Wars project that seems to get better and better with each new episode. Add a live-action portrayal of Ahsoka (played by Rosario Dawson), the beloved Jedi who took the Star Wars fandom by storm in The Clone Wars, to the show, and you have fans hooked for life.
It comes as hardly a surprise, following the success of Ahsoka’s debut in the series, that Disney would go on to announce a live-action series centered on her. While there isn’t any information on the line of details surrounding the series, we’re certainly happy that the appearance of Dawson’s Ahsoka wasn’t a one-time ordeal.
After a pretty definitive ending to the Toy Story franchise in last year’s Toy Story 4, Disney is keeping the success of the beloved series alive with a Buzz Lightyear origin story set to debut in theaters in June of 2022.
Lightyear will follow the life of THE Buzz Lightyear (no, not the toy) as he becomes a beloved Space Ranger, immortalized forever in the toy that Disney fans know so well.
If the uniqueness of the film isn’t enough to excite audiences, Buzz Lightyear is set to be voiced by none other than Disney superfan and Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Sign us up!
3. Rogue Squadron
Narrowing down Disney’s seemingly-endless Star Wars announcements to just the best-of-the-best was a difficult task, with series centered on characters like Cassian Andor and Lando Calrissian in the works.
Attach Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins to any project, and it’s hard to leave that project off of any “most-anticipated” list. Attach her name to the Star Wars franchise’s next feature film, and it becomes impossible.
Rogue Squadron, debuting in December of 2023, pulls its title from the starfighter squadron established by none other than Luke Skywalker and is set to tell the story of pilots across the Star Wars universe.
Given the success of standalone Star Wars projects like Rogue One and The Mandalorian, as well as Patty Jenkins’ track record of success, there is hardly any doubt that Rogue Squadron won’t become an instant classic.
2. Fantastic 4
After years of begging for a Marvel Studios take on one of the most iconic superhero teams of all time, MCU fans are finally seeing their wish come true. A Fantastic 4 film has been rumoured for a while now, so its confirmation was the icing on the cake of an already-loaded Marvel lineup.
Perhaps the most anticipated part of Fantastic 4 is its cast announcement, which will likely be the defining factor of its success. While husband and wife duo John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are the favorites for Reed Richards and Sue Storm, with names like Dacre Montgomery and Zac Efron tossed around for Johnny Storm, it will be interesting to see which direction the studio chooses to take.
Regardless, though, the John Watts-directed MCU debut of Marvel’s First Family is a moment long-awaited by comic book fans.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
There isn’t much that even needs to be said about the excitement levels surrounding Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Star Wars fans have longed for a standalone Obi-Wan movie starring Ewan McGregor for what feels like a lifetime. A movie was rumored but squashed. The series seemed in jeopardy earlier this year as rumors about its cancellation circulated. Other outlets reported that the series was being put on hold so the script could be reworked.
Now, though, the series is definitive, with McGregor at the helm. To add to the anticipation. Disney confirmed that Hayden Christensen is set to return to the Star Wars universe, but this time as Darth Vader.
If there’s any project we want as soon as possible, it’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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