As the ‘best of 2014’ roundups make their way around blogs and social media, we’re looking forward to what’s in store for 2015. Specifically, the Disney movies we all have to look forward to in the coming year.
2015 already looks like it’s going to be a banner year for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. We have a list (as well as posters and official trailers) of what’s coming to theaters this year — and these are only what we know of so far!
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies, and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
“Strange Magic” stars (the voices of) Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, and Sam Palladio. It debuts in theaters everywhere January 23.
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White, a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
“McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higaredo, and Michael Aguero. It releases in theaters February 20.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
“Cinderella” stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Stellan Skarsgard, and will be released March 13, 2015.
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities — and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resourced amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
“Monkey Kingdom” also features a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards, and monitor lizards.
“Monkey Kingdom” is swinging into theaters April 17.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner. You can catch it in theaters starting May 1.
In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth he secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.
“Tomorrowland” stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, and Judy Greer. It will be released in theaters everywhere May 22.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. These emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
“Inside Out” features (the voices of) Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith. It will be released in theaters June 19.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of “The Avengers” to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
“Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, and Michael Douglas. It debuts in theaters July 17.
The Jungle Book
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
“The Jungle Book” will star newcomer to the screen Neel Sethi as Mowgli, as well as Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. It is slated to release in theaters on October 9.
Untitled Stephen Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller
The true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
This currently untitled movie stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda.
Speaking about the movie, Stephen Spielberg said, “This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom Hanks made him so completely accessible. I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie and this is that and then some!”
We will get this never-before-seen look at the Cold War on October 16.
The Good Dinosaur
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way — a human boy. “The Good Dinosaur” is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters, and poignant heart.
“The Good Dinosaur” is due out in theaters November 25.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
This installment of the “Star Wars” franchise brings back actors Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and also stars Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, and Lupita Nyong’o. It will be released in theaters on December 18.
Which of these Disney movies are you excited to see in 2015?