This weekend, Disney’s bi-annual event, D23 is taking place at Anaheim Convention Center in the US. Dubbed ‘the ultimate fan event’, D23 is a showcase for all things that fall under the roof of the Mouse House, namely Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars etc.
The big focus of this year’s event? Disney+, the brand new streaming service from Disney.
The streaming service arrives in the US from November 12th and is of course a huge deal for the company. Not only will it transform the way content is produced and viewed, but it will also carry a huge amount of new shows and movies, alongside classics from the Disney portfolio.
To promote the new streaming service, Disney+ has released a trailer, which you can view below. This trailer gives a hint of what’s to come, but if D23 is anything to go by, there is so much more on the way.
In addition to this trailer, Disney is using D23 as a platform to announce new projects and showcase trailers and footage for new movies and television shows. I’ve included some of the highlights below.
One of the most anticipated snippets to come out of D23 so far (and the one Star Wars fans have been waiting for, for what seems like Forever, is confirmation that Ewan McGregor WILL be returning a galaxy far, far away!
It’s official – McGregor will reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a forthcoming Star Wars television series. The series will stream on Disney+ and will begin shooting in 2020.
But that’s not the only exciting Star Wars news – the first official trailer for The Mandalorian has landed. And here it is:
The Mandalorian will arrive on Disney+ from November 12th. The series is being overseen by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and will star Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers and Gina Carano.
Here’s the official blurb:
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
Looks and sounds pretty damn fine, right?
OK, so that’s some fun Star Wars news, how about some Marvel goodies? Well, what about these?
Disney/Marvel Studios has announced three new Marvel series for Disney+. The shows are She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel. No further details have been revealed about the shows – so no details on who will play the title characters – but they are on their way!
Walt Disney Classics
Along with Star Wars and Marvel news, Disney has released a trailer for its latest live-action remake of a Walt Disney Animated Classic – Lady and the Tramp. The film – which streams on Disney+ from November 12th – features the voice talents of Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, F. Murray Abraham and Sam Elliott.
Here’s the blurb and the trailer:
“In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home.”
Now for something I don’t think anyone expected, but gee whiz, everybody needs – The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
Produced by National Geographic, The World According to Jeff Goldblum will stream on Disney+ from November 12th. Here’s the trailer…
In additional news, Hillary Duff will return to the role of Lizzie McGuire for a new show, and Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Hans Zimmer and Ming-Na Wen are amongst the names who have been inducted into the ‘Disney Legends’ hall of fame.
Over the course of the weekend, Disney is expected to announce more projects and drop additional trailers. I will update this post accordingly.
And now for the footage/trailer everyone has been waiting for. It’s Monday and Lucasfilm/Disney has released a trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Is it December yet?