8 New Disney Movies Coming in 2017
There are plenty of great movies to look forward to in 2017, including several notable titles from Disney. The company has several high-profile flicks set to hit theaters in the coming months, from the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast remake to the latest superhero flicks from Marvel. Need help keeping track of them all? Break out your calendars and check out this rundown of all the new Disney movies premiering this year.
1. Beauty and the Beast, March 17
Emma Watson stars in this live-action Disney adaptation as the iconic princess Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in a castle. Despite her initial fears, she ends up befriending the castle’s enchanted staff and eventually learns to recognize the kind heart of the beast, hidden underneath his monstrous exterior.
Luke Evans and Kevin Kline co-star, while Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson lend their voices to the beloved characters.
2. Born in China, April 21
This Disneynature film follows the adventures of three animal families: the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey, and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning visuals, the nature documentary takes a look at the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty that is unique to China, including rare footage of these three animals. The film hits theaters just in time for Earth Day 2017.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5
The whole Guardians gang will reunite in this highly anticipated superhero sequel, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. This time around, the eccentric team will continue their adventures while also working to unravel the mystery of Quill’s father’s identity.
The movie — directed by James Gunn — will introduce a slew of new characters, played by Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Tommy Flanagan, Nathan Fillion, and Kurt Russell (who is set to play Quill’s enigmatic father).
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, May 26
The latest installment in Disney’s hit action-adventure franchise features Johnny Depp reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. As he’s pursued by his old rival, Captain Salazar, Captain Jack sets out to find the Trident of Poseidon — a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, and the only thing that will help him defeat Salazar and his followers.
Javier Bardem will co-star as Salazar, while Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom round out the cast.
5. Cars 3, June 16
The Pixar sequel follows the legendary Lightning McQueen as he is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves, in favor of a new generation of racers. To get back in the game, he recruits the help of a young female technician Cruz Ramirez. Together, they work to take on his new rival, Jackson Storm, in a race that takes place on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage. Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer are featured in the voice cast, as are Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, and Cheech Marin.
6. Thor: Ragnarok, November 3
Chris Hemsworth is back as Marvel’s god of thunder in the third installment of the Norse myth inspired franchise. After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor, imprisoned on another world without his hammer, must outlive a gladiatorial duel against his old friend — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). He must race against time in order to return to Asgard to stop the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett) and the impending Ragnarök, a series of events that may result in many deaths and the eventual submersion of his world in water.
7. Coco, November 22
Pixar will add to its roster with this upcoming animated flick, conceptualized and directed by Lee Unkrich. The movie follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, which leads to an extraordinary family reunion. The film will feature an all-Latin cast, including Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Renee Victor.
8. Star Wars: Episode VIII, December 15
The second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy resumes immediately after the events of The Force Awakens, although specific plot details are being kept closely guarded. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o are set to reprise their roles, while Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran will join the cast in still-unconfirmed roles. The movie will mark Fisher’s final film role and her last turn as Princess Leia, following her tragic death in December 2016.
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