Disney D23: Live Action, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Presentation

Disney D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event

On Saturday, the live-action films from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm were showcased at Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  The presentation was hosted by Sean Bailey (President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production), Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios), and Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios).

The films being showcased on Saturday included Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Mary Poppins Returns, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War, and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the still untitled A Star Wars Story focusing on Han Solo’s adventures before A New Hope.

The biggest news came with the official announcement the cast of the live-action Aladdin movie.  After the news this week of the trouble with finding a suitable actor who could act and sing, Disney has announced that the film will star Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith.  Nobody has been announced for the role of Jafar.  Scott was previously announced as one of the few actresses being considered to play Jasmine.  Massoud was one of the newcomers being considered for Aladdin.

The presentation today featured never-before-seen footage, star appearances (including surprises), and behind-the-scenes footage.

The following tweet pretty much sums up the panel:

 

OPRAH WINFREY, MINDY KALING, REESE WITHERSPOON, CHRIS PINE, STORM REID, AVA DUVERNAY, SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION) (Disney/Image Group LA)
SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION) (Disney/Image Group LA)
CHARLES ÒLIL BUCKÓ RILEY (Disney/Image Group LA)
SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION) (Disney/Image Group LA)
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE, JOHN BOYEGA, DAISY RIDLEY, MARK HAMILL, RIAN JOHNSON, KELLY MARIE TRAN, LAURA DERN, BENICIO DEL TORO (Disney/Image Group LA)
ALAN HORN (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS) (Disney/Image Group LA)
SEBASTIAN STAN, DAVE BAUTISTA, KAREN GILLAN, POM KLEMENTIEFF, BENEDICT CUMBERCATCH, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, JOSH BROLIN, KEVIN FEIGE (PRESIDENT OF MARVEL STUDIOS), ROBERT DOWNEY JR., MARK RUFFALO, TOM HOLLAND, ELIZABETH OLSEN, PAUL BETTANY, DON CHEADLE, ANTHONY MACKIE (Disney/Image Group LA)

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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