From ‘Aladdin’ to ‘Mulan,’ Here’s a Guide to the Upcoming Disney Live-Action Remakes

From Emma Watson as Belle to Lily James as Cinderella, we’ve seen some of Hollywood’s biggest stars portray classic Disney characters. This next year is no different — Walt Disney Studios has a string of live-action remakes lined up. Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Peter Pan, and more, here is a list of upcoming live-action reboots.

Aladdin Cast
Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney


Disney remade it’s 1992 classic animated film Aladdin with live actors and a lot of magic. This new movie features a unique cast of actors and many colorful dance numbers.

Mena Massoud portrays the title character, Aladdin, in this live-action production. Lemonade Mouth’s Naomi Scott will play Princess Jasmine. The role of the genie, originally voiced by comedian and actor Robin Williams, will be portrayed by I Am Legend’s Will Smith.

The live-action Aladdin premieres May 24, 2019.

Simba in The Lion King 2019
Simba in The Lion King 2019 | Disney

‘Lion King’

The King of Pride Rock is returning to the silver screen. Disney’s adapted The Lion King features a number of CGI effects to make these characters come to life.

Disney live-action version of The Lion King also holds an impressive cast of actors and actresses. Portraying the lead role of Simba is Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Donald Glover. Portraying the role of Nala is singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, Simba’s father.

Disney’s The Lion King premieres July 19, 2019.

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’

She’s back, and she’s as bad as ever. The teaser trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiered on May 13, 2019, featuring Maleficent, the antagonist from Sleeping Beauty. As the sequel to the original live-action Maleficent, this film is a continuation of her story, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. The trailer already has over 4 million views on YouTube.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premieres in the United States on October 18, 2019.

Liu Yifei
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The fiercest warrior in China is getting a movie remake, but some warn it won’t be the same as the cartoon. According to the director, Niki Caro, this remake is a mixture of the Disney animated movie and the original Chinese ballad.

“In all my work that is centered in cultures not my own, I hope that comes through because that is incredibly important to me,” said Caro in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “… As the projects get bigger, the more certain I am that cultural authenticity and specificity is the only way to approach my work.”

Disney’s Mulan premieres March 27, 2020.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon | Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018

A few other Disney live-action movies are in the works

Disney announced few other live-action reboots, although they don’t have release dates. Some of those movies are adaptations of their original stories, while others focus on an entirely new set of characters.

Among the new movies is a film about Cruella, the villain from 101 Dalmatians. Pinocchio and The Sword in the Stone are also getting rebooted, live-action productions.

In addition to a live-action Peter Pan remake, Disney announced a movie about Tinker Bell. According to Time Magazine, Reese Witherspoon will reportedly portray Tink, the fairy. Finding Dory co-writer, Victoria Strouse, will pen the script for this Tinker Bell movie.

Bet you didn’t know Snow White had a sister. There’s a Snow White spin-off movie in the works, about the princess’s redheaded sister named Rose Red.