Sounds about right indeed. With the kind of material Mike Flanagan shared on Twitter, it’s highly unlikely Doctor Sleep could have gotten away with a PG-13 rating. Few film adaptations of Stephen King’s work do (the most recent one was The Dark Tower, and King believes that was a reason it suffered at the box office). An R rating is a better fit.
So the younger moviegoers will need a parent to accompany them or wait for Doctor Sleep on home media. For everyone else, you won’t have to worry about the movie shying away from the intensity and frightening imagery included in the original book. And Doctor Sleep shouldn’t have any trouble drawing crowds, as it’s arguably the biggest movie in a domestic opening weekend that includes Playing with Fire, Last Christmas and Honey Boy.
Published in 2013, Doctor Sleep is the sequel to Stephen King 1977 novel The Shining, which followed writer Jack Torrance and his family moving into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack subsequently falls into madness due to the supernatural forces that occupy the building and his son Danny displays his own psychic abilities.
The R-rated Doctor Sleep picks back up with Danny Torrance approximately four decades after being traumatized as a child during his time at the Overlook Hotel. Danny has finally managed to find some semblance of peace, but his life is thrown for a loop again when he meets a young girl named Abra who has powers similar to his and must protect her from The True Knot, a group led by the merciless Rose the Hat who want to use Abra for their nefarious goals.
Along with Ewan McGregor bringing the adult Danny Torrance to life, Doctor Sleep’s cast includes Kyliegh Curran as Abra, Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat and Carl Lumbly as Dick Halloran, the former cook of the Overlook Hotel who was played by Scotsman Crothers in The Shining.
Doctor Sleep opens in theaters on November 8, so keep checking back at CinemaBlend for more coverage. In the meantime, don’t forget to browse through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are opening later this year.
Walt Disney Studios loves its remakes. Re-imaginings of classic animated films have become a major segment of Disney’s box office, right up there with Marvel movies and Star Wars movies. This year alone, we’ve seen Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King, and two of those three have made a billion dollars at the box office. It’s no wonder that Disney is already fast-tracking another Disney Renaissance animated film with The Little Mermaid. However, I think there is one potential issue with the Little Mermaid remake that nobody has quite considered. Two of the film’s characters, Sebastian and Flounder, could be problematic.
Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book was a massive hit. The movie used CGI animation to create photo-realistic animals for the human character Mowgli to interact with. We saw bears, panthers, orangutans and snakes, and for the most part, they looked like the real thing except that they talked.
The Lion King took that to another level. This movie had no human characters whatever, and while the movie had some issues, pretty much everybody agreed that it was a visually stunning spectacle.
The thing is that all of these animals have something in common. They have faces that more or less approximate a human face. Most importantly, they have front-facing eyes. If you look at a classic Disney animated film, you’ll see that the eyes are incredibly important. They are the things that we connect with that allow us to feel for the characters that we’re watching on screen.
In an animated Disney movies, animals get stylized so that even animals that don’t have human-like faces end up with something fairly similar to that. When your main animal characters are bears or lions, you don’t have to do a great deal to make humans empathize, but that’s not going to be the case with The Little Mermaid.
Just what are Sebastian and Flounder going to look like as photo-realistic animated characters?
The two major animal characters in The Little Mermaid are a flounder and a crab. If we assume that the plan is for these characters to look like actual animals, then we’re going to get something very different than what we’re used to after watching The Lion King. Is Flounder going to look like an actual flounder because, to be honest, flounders are not a particularly attractive looking animal even among fish. The same goes for crabs; these animals don’t have eyes or mouths that are anywhere close to something humans could relate to.
A Sebastian the crab who looks like an actual crab doesn’t have eyes that a human viewer is going to be able to even see. A flounder that looks like a flounder is going to have the same problem with Moana had when she met Tamatoa: “Pick an eye, babe.”
While The Lion King was widely praised, and rightly so, for its photo-realistic visuals because of how truly real those animals did appear, the movie also took some heat because those visuals were so realistic that the animals were largely unable to emote in any way. If anything, those problems are somewhat reduced by the fact that lions have faces that are constructed in a similar design to that of a human face. If a lack of emotional connection In The Lion King was a problem, it’s going to be that much bigger of a problem when you are dealing with animals that look nothing like humans.
The alternative would be to make something that’s a little more stylized, but at that point, we’re dealing even less with a live-action remake. If Flounder and Sebastian don’t look like their real-life counterparts, then the movie doesn’t feel like it’s real, which is the whole point of making these live-action remakes in the first place.
We have yet to see any significant sea creatures done in this photo-realistic style of The Jungle Book or The Lion King. Sea life just looks different than mammals or birds. If Scuttle is a character, he will probably be fine since Zazu worked out well enough in The Lion King. Flounder and Sebastian are something else.
Of course, that assumes that these characters even appear in the movie. An early rumor indicated that Jacob Trembly was in talks to voice Flounder for the live action Little Mermaid remake, but we haven’t heard much about that since. And nothing has been said about a voice actor playing Sebastian. It’s possible that Disney’s way around this issue is to remove the characters from the film. Or alternatively, change them drastically. Iago was technically a character in the Aladdin remake, but he was a bit more bird and a bit less human than he was in the animated original.
Of course, removing them causes problems of its own. Sebastian is a major musical force in The Little Mermaid. He sings two of the movies biggest songs, “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” The movie could probably get away with not having Flounder in it, but not having Sebastian seems essentially impossible. Every indication is that The Little Mermaid is going to be a full musical remake in the vein of Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin, and you simply can’t do that without Sebastian.
And speaking of “Under the Sea,” just how do you make this happen using CGI fish that look like actual fish?
Clearly if The Little Mermaidis in the casting stages, these questions have already been dealt with by Disney. It’s either figured out a way for the story to work without these characters or figured out a way for these characters to work. It will probably be sometime before we hear anything about that, but rest assured, there are probably digital effects artists whose entire job is going to be figuring this out.
I for one am certainly very curious to see what the solution to this is. If somehow Disney can make these animals look like their real life counterparts and still make them feel like characters in a Disney movie, it’s going to take that photo-realistic CGI of The Lion King to a whole new level. I’m sure in the end Disney will find some way that works well enough that those people looking forward to seeing the magic of The Little Mermaid in live-action won’t be terribly disappointed.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about The Little Mermaid remake, including when it will be released in theaters.
Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir isn’t just a weapon of immense power, it’s also a good, if imperfect judge of character. To date, only a few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have proven capable of wielding it, Thor, Odin, the Goddess of Death Hela, who was its original wielder, and in a crowd-pleasing moment in Avengers: Endgame, Captain America. Now one of the Avengers’ heaviest hitters Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson has lifted Thor’s hammer. Check it out:
Man, Mjolnir is really getting around these days. It seems that Captain Marvel is worthy to lift the dwarf-forged, enchanted war hammer, even if she’s so powerful she doesn’t really need it most of the time. Still, Brie Larson seems quite pleased with herself for having lifted what so many other Avengers failed to in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If this picture is any indication, lifting Mjolnir didn’t require much effort either.
Although she doesn’t want to be that person, the Captain Marvel actress can’t help but deliver an ‘I told you so’ to whoever the naysayers were that thought she couldn’t lift it. My guess is it was probably Rocket who doubted her, or maybe Thor himself, the two of them did have a bit of a standoff at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame.
Brie Larson’s expression in her Instagram picture is perfect too, and very much what we would expect from Carol Danvers. She is simultaneously smug that she lifted Mjolnir, but is also giving it a look of skepticism and almost disappointment, like ‘That’s it?’
The actress better be careful though, just because she’s worthy doesn’t mean that Mjolnir belongs to her. The hammer belongs to Thor, or to be more specific, Mighty Thor Jane Foster who will take up the mantle in the Phase 4 film Thor: Love and Thunder (Will she wield Mjolnir or Stormbreaker?). Jane Foster herself Natalie Portman took notice of Brie Larson’s post and had the perfect response:
Natalie Portman respects the physique of her MCU co-star, but she’s putting Captain Marvel on notice that Mjolnir has an owner so she better be careful with it and show it the proper respect. The future Mighty Thor held Mjolnir at Comic-Con when Thor: Love and Thunder and her return as Jane Foster were announced and she said to remember that image for when she gets jacked. So Brie Larson won’t be the only one rocking superhero muscles before long.
Now the question is, will we ever see these two onscreen together? It seems unlikely to happen in Thor: Love and Thunder but we don’t know for sure what Phase 4 and Phase 5 will build to. Presuming it’s some sort of crossover/team-up film, maybe these two will get to meet onscreen at some point.
Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on November 5, 2021. Assuming you want to see some movies before then, you can check out the rest of what’s coming out this year in our premiere guide.
No reason was provided for why for why Dan Trachtenberg is no longer working on Uncharted, but according to Deadline, Sony is moving quickly to find his replacement for the adaptation of the same-named video game property by summer’s end. The outlet also noted that filming is still scheduled to begin early next year, and that the Uncharted movie is now set to be the first feature production under Sony Playstation Productions, which makes sense given its roots.
Dan Trachtenberg, whose directorial credits include 10 Cloverfield Lane and the pilot episode of Amazon’s The Boys, is just the latest director to walk away from Uncharted. Shawn Levy was Trachtenberg’s predecessor on the project, and before him, folks like David O. Russell and Neil Burger were being primed to sit in the director’s chair. Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker penned the latest draft of the script.
With all the setbacks Uncharted has dealt with, I’m reminded of The Crow reboot, which has also been repeatedly delated and which Sony acquired in 2017. There’s been no major updates on The Crow since May 2018, when director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa exited, so I’ll be curious to see if Sony has better luck getting Uncharted off the ground or if it will also keep languishing in development hell.
Rather than directly adapt the first Uncharted game, the Uncharted movie will depict its protagonist, Nathan Drake, as a younger man and how he grows into the treasure hunter fans know him best as, hence why Tom Holland was cast. No other casting announcements have been made yet (Holland was announced in 2017), but assuming Sony’s able to find a new director and stick to the schedule, we should hear about other actors in the coming months.
Uncharted is Tom Holland’s fourth movie scheduled to come out next year. He’ll kick off 2020 with Dolittle (previously known as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle), then we’ll hear his voice a couple months later in Pixar’s Onward, and then the long-awaited Chaos Walking is set to arrive sometime later that year. Holland is also starring in Antônio Campos’ The Devil All the Time alongside fellow MCU vet Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, though it hasn’t been dated yet.
As things stand now, Uncharted is still scheduled for release on December 18, 2020, the same weekend that Dune, the West Side Story remake and Coming 2 America are coming out. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on Uncharted, and be sure to keep track of what else is coming out for the rest of this year in our 2019 release schedule.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is said to be a conclusive wrap on the first nine episodes of the franchise, also known as the Skywalker Saga. There’s been a lot of speculation about what may or may not appear, and while we have no idea what elements will return for sure, there are signs that indicate Force Ghosts will return. After all, it’d be a little hard to end the Skywalker Saga without a Skywalker, right?
Well, since Mark Hamill is returning, it’s most likely going to be as an advising Force Ghost to Rey. One would hope anyway because the Emperor may be back, and that’s a whole other bag of tricks that could imply Force Ghosts have a bigger presence in this movie than some may think. Is your head already spinning? Don’t worry, here’s some of the major things we know in canon continuity about Force Ghosts, and how they may be used in Episode IX.
The New Force Ghost Rules
Canon continuity currently states that the Force Ghost ability started with Qui-Gon Jinn, who first learned of the technique, but died before completing the training. Though he can’t take physical form, Qui-Gon can reach out to Jedi via his voice. Eventually Yoda and Obi-Wan developed the same technique and figured out how to retain their physical forms as well.
Now, the assumption is that Luke Skywalker also has that ability, although there may be some doubt from Star Wars fans seeing as Luke admittedly closed himself off from the Force for quite a while. With that said an excerpt from the upcoming Star Wars: The Secrets of The Jedi (which is “written” by Luke) has confirmed that Luke had kept in contact with the spirits a long while before shutting of the Force.
We also saw Luke re-connect with them not long after Rey arrived in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so chances are he learned the secret to becoming a Force Ghost, or Force Spirit as the new canon calls it, as well. The basic rules of Force Ghosts still apply from classic or Legends canon, in that Force Ghosts can speak to Force-sensitives who can see them, but cannot affect the world in a physical manner.
Can Sith Turn Into Force Ghosts?
Classic Star Wars fans may be surprised to learn that, in the transition to new canon, Sith, or “Dark Jedi” as they were called before the prequels, can no longer become Force Ghosts. As current canon states, Sith are unable to achieve the type of transcendence Jedi’s of the Light Side have achieved, which is why they’re self-consumed with obtaining as much physical power as possible.
With that said, there have been ways in new canon that Sith have managed to retain some sort of physical presence after their death. For example, The Presence and Lord Momin were both able to retain their consciousness by implanting themselves within a physical object. This tethered them to the world and allowed them to interact with the living, though in an entirely different way than the Force Ghosts we’re familiar with.
It is worth mentioning that while it’s explicitly stated this is impossible, there is an instance of a Sith Force Ghost in new canon. Anakin Skywalker was able to appear and retain his presence as a Force Ghost long after his death, and he was among the most powerful and evil of the Sith. With that said, the primary argument for Anakin’s transformation is that his heroic sacrifice redeemed him and allowed for Obi-Wan and Yoda to manifest him. That’s what we’re told anyway, but one could argue Vader’s strength in the Force could also have been a large part as to why he survived.
How Force Ghosts May Be Used In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended with the notion that Rey was going to take the Jedi texts and somehow help bolster the Resistance along the way. The assumption is that she’s going to build the core of what will be a new Jedi Order, which is where Force Ghosts would come in real handy. Who better than the guide her in the success and failures of the Jedi than Luke, Yoda, Anakin and maybe even Obi-Wan?
Even if all of those characters don’t appear, it does seem like at least one (probably Luke) will be around to guide Rey on what may the final leg of her journey. It could be something like establishing a new Jedi/Skywalker/Force Sensitive order, or it could be just him bopping in and out of her adventure to offer his guidance when he can.
Then, on the Sith side, we have Emperor Palpatine, who was heavily teased to have some role in the upcoming story. Remember how the second Death Star was broken up on that planet, and the whole bit from earlier about how Sith can keep their essence within objects? Well, Palpatine may have been a flip-flopper and a bit of a coward, but make no mistake, he’s one of the most powerful Force wielders of this era.
My point, of course, is that it would not be the least bit surprising if some of the Emperor’s essence is contained within a portion of the Death Star. It was his final resting place after all, and while I’m not entirely sure how much time a Sith needs to complete that essence transference, Palpatine’s paranoia and tendency to have contingency plans was legendary. Chances are he would’ve had the process hammered out long before he landed on the Death Star to begin with.
Unfortunately, new Force Ghost/Spirit rules seem to ensure that Luke, Anakin or any other dead Jedi wouldn’t have a ghost showdown with Palpatine. Of course, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could be the first film to show something like that happen, but beyond the fact that Anakin was about as Sith as one could be before his redemption, there’s little evidence to support Palpatine could manifest into a Force Ghost. Who knows though, maybe all the rumors floating around the web are right and there will be some massive Force Ghost fight!
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For those unfamiliar, Miley Cyrus was originally cast to play Mavis, daughter of Adam Sandler’s Dracula, for the first Hotel Transylvania movie back in November 2011. At this point, Cyrus already had some animated movie experience under her belt with Disney’s Bolt, so getting to participate in this Sony feature would have expanded that portion of her resume.
However, just four months later, Miley Cyrus left Hotel Transylvania and Selena Gomez was tapped as the new Mavis, a role she kept for the following two sequels and will presumably reprise for Hotel Transylvania 4. At the time, Cyrus attributed her exit to wanting to work on her music, but seven years later, she revealed the real reason: evidently some higher-ups weren’t pleased that she bought her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth a birthday cake that looked like a penis and then licked it.
I’m curious about the sequence of events that led to Miley Cyrus’ dismissal from Hotel Transylvania. Did the people who kicked her off the movie just hear about what she did? Did they see pictures of her activity around the penis cake? Or were they at the party where this happened and shocked by what they saw? Whatever the specifics were, it resulted in Cyrus losing out on an animated hit that, while met with mixed reviews, would make over $358 million worldwide.
Miley Cyrus used the thread to show how she’s transparent with her fans and the public. Among the other things she shared were that she “fucked up and cheated in relationships” when she was young, lost a deal with Walmart when she was 17 years old for “ripping a bong,” swung on a wrecking ball fully nude and claimed that there are more “nudes” of her on the internet than “maybe any woman in history.”
She capped off the thread by denying once again that she cheated on Liam Hemsworth, adding that she’s the “healthiest and happiest” she’s been in a long time and is in a different place from when she was younger, and that while you can call her many things, a liar’s not one of them.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news concerning Miley Cyrus’ film and television work, including if there’s another penis cake incident that complicates her involvement in a project. For now, keep up to date with the rest of this year’s movies by looking through our 2019 release schedule.
Not many women can say they’ve kissed Brad Pitt, and I’d imagine if you have, it’d be something to boast about. Not for Kirsten Dunst. The actress gave him a peck on the lips for 1994’s Interview With a Vampire in one of her first big-screen roles ever. Now that it has been 25 years since the gothic romantic horror film was released, she still stands by her original reaction on shooting the scene. In her words:
At the recent Los Angeles premiere of her new Showtime series Becoming A God In Central Florida, Kirsten Dunst defended calling that one kiss from Interview With a Vampire “gross” because it actually was to her at the time. She was eleven and he was 30. They have almost a 20-year age gap! Do we blame her? Check out her words to ET back in 1994 when she was asked about the kiss at the time:
The actress certainly had early luck in her career working opposite Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview With a Vampire. Not to mention the actress’ first movie was Bonfire of the Vanities, which starred Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. She’d also go on to star in the original Jumanji in 1995 with the great Robin Williams, all before 15! When it comes to fond kissing scenes with A-list actors, Brad Pitt doesn’t make the cut, and for a valid reason!
Of course, Kirsten Dunst does have another famous movie kissing scene that will stick with her for a long time: the upside-down kiss in 2002’s Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire! The moment is one of the most iconic make-out moments Hollywood has ever seen. So why even linger on that underaged kiss with a vampire?
During the LA premiere for her series, Kirsten Dunst shared how positive her experience was on the set of Interview With a Vampire. She said Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were both so sweet to her and to this day is nothing like she’d ever experienced. “They just don’t make movies like that anymore,” she commented about the scale of the vampire epic which was given a $60 million budget and became one of the highest grossing films of 1994, just behind Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction at spot No. 10.
The end of this month will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company buying Marvel Entertainment, and to say that time has been stellar would be an understatement. Even without discussing comics, merchandise, and theme park influences, the brand has been a massive acquisition for the company for the big screen – turning the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the most popular franchise in the world.
As bright as the past has been, the future has a chance to potentially be even brighter – and that’s where this weekend’s D23 Expo comes in. Between the Disney+ and live-action/animation presentations planned for the event, fans around the world should prepare to hear some big news come out of the event. And while we aren’t sure yet exactly what we’re going to see (especially after the Phase 4 reveal at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer), here are a few big things we’re hoping to see from Marvel at the convention.
Showrunners For Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ Series
The integration of serialized television series into the big screen action of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most significant unique aspects of the franchise’s future plans. There are a total of five of them coming out between the beginning and the end of Phase 4, with Loki, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye, and What If…? all set to be released on Disney+ amidst adventures playing in cinemas. What we currently don’t know officially, though, are the identities of the filmmakers that will be bringing the respective stories to life. That could change at D23 Expo 2019.
Whether it’s because deals weren’t in place just yet, or because they were withholding information, Marvel Studios didn’t disclose the identities of any of their Disney+ showrunners at San Diego Comic-Con, but that was more than a month ago, and the Disney+ presentation on Friday could be the perfect stage to reveal that new news. Marvel definitely has a knack for getting talented filmmakers involved with their projects, and surely the D23 Expo crowd would love to see them.
Specific Release Dates For MCU Disney+ Shows
While a release date or two has been shifted over the years, Marvel Studios has a solid track record when it comes to announcing release dates and sticking to them. That, however, is one reason why their Phase 4 slate announcement raised some eyebrows – particularly in the Disney+ streaming shows arena. While the seasons in which each of the shows would be released were revealed (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, etc.), what Marvel didn’t do was announce anything specific.
This information could get more detailed this weekend with the events at D23 Expo. The Disney+ presentation is likely going to have Disney announce a full host of shows and where they land on the release schedule, and it’s possible that within that audiences could get new information about exactly where the Marvel programs fit in. And while it may be too much to ask for all of the release dates, given that some of the material is more than two years away, we can perhaps at least cross our fingers and hope we will learn about the first two that are set to arrive: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, and WandaVision.
More Disney+/Film Crossover News
Marvel Cinematic Universe television shows have been in existence for nearly six years at this point, but the connections between the material have mostly been mono-directional – which is to say that the shows have referenced the movies, but the movies have never referenced the shows. That is a big thing that is changing with the programing slate that is coming to Disney+ in the coming years, though, as crossing over storylines is very much part of the plan. That being said, the only legitimate crossover we’ve actually heard about so far is between WandaVision and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which is confirmed to include Scarlet Witch in its adventure.
It’s entirely plausible that won’t be the case after this coming weekend. Whether it’s the news that particular events from Black Widow will reverberate in TheFalcon And The Winter Soldier, or that Loki will play directly into the plans for Thor: Love And Thunder, the more integration news we hear, the more excited diehards are going to be about everything that’s coming out.
More Eternals Casting
During the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige invited an absolutely incredible ensemble of actors on stage while discussing Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals. This is a group that included Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Dong-seok Ma, Lauren Ridloff, and Richard Madden. What’s funny, however, is that Marvel still needs a lot more actors to tell the story of the characters, and D23 Expo 2019 might be the perfect time to reveal members of the extended cast.
With production gearing up to start in the fall, The Eternals is very much still in the casting stages, and just looking at the roster so far you’ll notice an issue: there are no antagonists. The titular god-like heroes regularly oppose their ancient genetic cousins, The Deviants, in the comics, and yet the blockbuster has yet to announce any actors for those parts. We have hopes that information is shared with the world this weekend.
More Black Widow Plot Details
We learned quite a lot about Cate Shortland’s Black Widow last month during San Diego Comic-Con, with first look footage not only revealing that the story is set shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but also that the feature will bring to life the first ever live-action version of Taskmaster. But that’s right about where the information flow stopped. There’s still a hell of a lot that we don’t know about the project, and haven’t seen yet, but with any luck the Live Action/Animation D23 Expo 2019 presentation will quench our thirst for knowledge.
Why is Black Widow’s first stop during her time as a fugitive Budapest? What is her relationship with Yelena Belova, played by Florence Pugh? Who is Taskmaster to the titular hero? How does David Harbour’s Red Guardian factor into the action? These are just some of the questions we are currently asking about Black Widow, and there exists a likelihood that Marvel will spill some more beans in the next few days.
What are you hoping to see from Marvel at D23 Expo 2019 this weekend? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the matter, and definitely be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend through this weekend as we will be on the ground in Anaheim, California attending presentations, watching footage, interviewing performers and filmmakers, and more.
Walt Disney said that as long as there is imagination, his theme parks would never be finished. Disney’s Parks division, encompassing both Disney World and Disneyland, has never been short of imagination, and as such, the parks are always in a constant state of flux. There are always new things being added to the likes of Magic Kingdom, Epcot and others, some of which we know about through leaks and rumors, although we often don’t hear about many of them until D23 and other big events.
In fact, often the major announcements regarding what’s coming to the Disney theme parks happen at Disney’s big D23 Expo. On Sunday, the Parks division will take center stage at D23 and here’s everything we’re hoping to hear about.
Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Story Details
Disney’s ability to use Marvel characters at Walt Disney World is severely limited, which means that the previously announced Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster may be one of the only Marvel attractions we see in the resort for a very long time. However, beyond the fact that it will exist, and the sort of ride vehicles it will use, we know essentially nothing about it.
The plan is for this attraction to open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, but it will certainly open earlier if possible. It would be great to get a more precise window for opening if nothing else. Also, an official name would likely give us an indication of the sort of story the ride will tell. There were rumors of the story a couple years ago, but so much has happened with this franchise since then, I wouldn’t count on any of that still being accurate. We’re assuming the MCU actors will return as they did for Mission: Breakout at Disney California Adventure. Could we see other members of the cosmic MCU making an appearance as well?
Play Pavilion Details
Epcot’s Wonders of Life Pavilion is currently being renovated to make room for something new. It’s being called a play pavilion and has been rumored to include attractions and/or meet-and-greets associated with Zootopia and Wreck-It Ralph among, potentially, more.
An official name for the pavilion, as well as confirmation of what sorts of things will be inside it, would be very welcome. The various Epcot pavilions are popular with diehard fans, so the loss of Wonders of Life is still felt by many. But if it’s replaced by something equally impressive, all will likely be forgiven.
I’m very curious if we’ll get any news detailing the Spider-Man attraction. Last week I would have guessed that Tom Holland would have been part of it, just as the Guardians of the Galaxy actors are part of the Mission: Breakout ride, but with the recent Marvel/Sony news, that might not be the case anymore. It will be interesting to see how the dealings on the movie side might be impacting the theme parks.
Star Wars Hotel Details
One of the more nebulous Walt Disney World items on the slate for the future is the Star Wars-themed hotel attached to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. A new rumor has indicated how much it might honestly cost to stay there, and while I certainly don’t expect to get that confirmed, some new information, would be useful. We have already learned that the ship is called the Halcyon and is a Galactic Starcruiser that is part of the Chandrila Star Line.
A little tease as to the adventure that guests will be going on during their two-night stay wouldn’t hurt either. Will this be a canon adventure in the Star Wars universe? If so, how will it tie into the movies? I’m not expecting a great deal of detail yet, but if rooms are going to cost as much as is rumored, giving people a reason to want to spend that kind of money isn’t a bad move.
The First Fox Ideas For The Parks
It’s only been a few months since Disney officially took ownership of 21st Century Fox, which means it’s going to be a long time before we see any Fox properties really take hold in the parks. It was three years after Disney bought Lucasfilm that what would become Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was even announced, after all. But that doesn’t mean we won’t get some sort of confirmation that something related to the Fox brands will be happening in the parks.
Most of this stuff is likely still very much in the “blue sky” phase, but we might still get an idea of what properties are being considered for potential attractions. Also, something like a walk-around character being added to an existing land would be a simple enough thing to do quickly, thus providing a hint of what’s to come.
Something We Don’t Expect
All too often, Disney parks news gets leaked prior to the official Disney reveal. We knew that a Marvel land was coming to the Disneyland Resort years before it was confirmed. Sometimes, however, something is truly kept behind close doors and fans get blown away when something they never suspected happens.
For the most part, we know everything that’s coming to the Disney World and Disneyland in North America, but it would be awesome if the company announced something that hasn’t been rumored. I’m not expecting a third gate at Anaheim or anything (though I wouldn’t turn it down), but anything that we don’t see coming would be exciting simply because it was unexpected.
I fully expect most or all of these items to be touched on in some way. The ones that we all know are on the way will be given some sort of update, but hopefully it won’t just be concept art and teases, but some real confirmations of what we’re going to get and when we’re going to get it.
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for Hobbs & Shaw. If you have not yet seen the film, read on at your own risk!
Movie-goers love a good cameo, and this was a department in which David Leitch’s Hobbs & Shaw excels. It’s not more than a few minutes into the blockbuster that Ryan Reynolds shows up in a suprise role – and it actually turns out to be a fairly important part given that he’s the one who gives Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs. It’s a great little bit, but now we have learned not only that Reynolds’ role could have potentially been bigger, but could have included a pretty sweet ride.
Apparently the reason it didn’t happen, though, is because the Canadian actor didn’t fall in love with the design of the car.
This little bit of behind-the-scenes trivia (and it’s entirely possible that he’s joking), comes to us directly from Dwayne Johnson’s Twitter feed. It started when Ryan Reynolds followed-up to a response that Johnson gave to one of his fans, posting a picture of a classic red and white Chevy Camaro with Luke Hobbs’ face on it. This prompted another comment from Johnson, who revealed the origin of the vehicle:
Did Ryan Reynolds really not love the white stripes, or was he perhaps not enamored with the giant face on the hood? It’s possible that he was just sparing the feelings of his massic, muscular, A-lister friend, but that’s a truth that lies only with the Deadpool star.
It is worth noting that it would actually make all kinds of sense that Ryan Reynolds’ Hobbs & Shaw character would drive the car in question here. Agent Locke is a skilled and talented agent, but he is also totally obsessed with Hobbs – to the extent that he actually got a matching shoulder tattoo. The reveal that he also drives a car with his wannabe best friend’s visage on the front would have been an interesting escalation of that joke.
Furthermore, the possibility of us one day seeing this car in the future of the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t totally off the table. As we learned from our HeroBlend interview with David Leitch, part of the impetus for the cameos by Ryan Reynolds, Rob Delaney, and Kevin Hart in Hobbs & Shaw is opening the door for them to have even more significant roles in a sequel (which will almost surely happen now that the hit is coming up on making $450 million globally). Could the Hobbs Camaro possibly resurface – perhaps without the white stripes – in Hobbs & Shaw 2? We’ll have to just wait and see.