If you’re a Disney fan, this one’s for you! Recently, Disney’s announced many upcoming reboots, with the live-action ones taking the front seat. From classics like Mary Poppins to iconic 90s favorites, the world’s most famous studio plans to release some exciting movies by 2020, and we’re here to spill the tea about them.
Mary Poppins Returns – December 21, 2018
We all grew up with the original 1964 Mary Poppins, starring the one and only Julie Andrews. Tough to beat, right? Well, get ready, as one of our favorites, Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place), takes on the role of Poppins in a reboot coming this Christmas. There will be singing, dancing, and we hope some supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fun!
There’s no doubt it’s hard to top the original film. But hopefully, with Blunt’s acting skills and Disney’s CGI superpowers, the team will be able to recapture the magic of the titular nanny’s magnificent adventures!
Dumbo – March 29, 2019
We were all understandably confused when we heard a live-action remake of Dumbo was coming out. It’s one of many classic Disney films, like Bambi or Snow White, which features intense scenes, arguably not appropriate for children. (The scene where circus workers separate Dumbo from his mother scarred this writer at the age of four). However, this hasn’t stopped good old Mickey Mouse from moving ahead with a retelling!
The reboot features iconic stars like Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Colin Farrell; and will be directed by – drum roll, please – none other than Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas)! In March the world got a sneak preview of the film at Cinemacon, when the trailer debuted. “The original ends with the elephant flying,” DeVito said at the industry convention. “This one begins with that and goes even further.” Like everything Burton makes, Dumbo will likely be visually both beautiful and strange.
Aladdin – May 24, 2019
A whole new world will be introduced to us next year when a live-action reboot of the 1992 classic Aladdin will be released in theaters. Disney has confirmed Naomi Scott will take on the role of Jasmine, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and fan-favorite Will Smith as Genie.
When announced earlier this year, there was some controversy in response to casting Scott as Jasmine. While her mother is Gujarati-Indian, Scott’s father is English, and she has achieved most of her success in America. Some were disappointed Disney didn’t take the opportunity to cast a Bollywood actress, as Aladdin‘s plot takes place in the fictional country of “Agraba,” which borrows heavily from Mediterranean cultures. Disney often lacks cultural representation, as most of their heroes are white or feature American accents. In response, Disney cast Mena Massoud, an up-and-coming Egyptian actor, in the role of Aladdin.
PSA – if you recognize Naomi Scott’s face from somewhere, it’s because she portrayed the pink Power Ranger in the 2017 film. Go go Naomi Scott!
Mulan – March 27, 2020
Mulan is one of the best Disney movies ever! It’s smart, funny, and features a fantastic female protagonist who is not a girly princess but rather a fierce, cunning fighter. This time executives got the casting right: Chinese actress Liu Yifei will portray Mulan. Opposite Yifei, playing Mulan’s hunky commander Li, will be Yoson An, a Chinese actor raised in New Zealand. Even though many are not fans of reboots, the Mulan reimaging has certainly peaked our interest! We’re all waiting to get to business and defeat the Huns!