Disney’s Live-Action Movie Lineup

It’s now early March, and Disney fans are counting the days until the 17th and the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast.” The live-action remake of this Disney classic features a huge celebrity cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston.

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Reviews of the movie should start rolling in within the next week or so. Previous live action movies that recieved high ratings include Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” series (2010/2016), Jon Faverau’s “The Jungle Book” (2016), “Maleficent” (2014), starring Angelina Jolie, and most recently “Pete’s Dragon”  (2016) . Disney has proven to be masters of animation and live action, so I have no doubt that future works will continue to impress audiences worldwide.

Meanwhile, as we all anticipate our chance to be their guests on March 17, Disney continues to work avidly on its future live action movies.

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Recently, the live-action remake of “Mulan” was assigned its director, Niki Caro, and executive producer, William Kong. Caro is known for her films such as “Whale Rider” (2002), “North County” (2005) and “McFarland, U.S.A.” (2015). Kong is known for producing Eastern hits, such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Hero” (2002) and “House of Flying Daggers” (2004).

When the news that “Mulan” would become a live action movie first broke, Disney fans were both excited and worried. The worry turned into online riots when the original script, obtained sometime in 2015, was leaked, and revealed that the remake would not parallel the original animated film from 1998. Changes shown in the leaked script included a white male lead, who would play as the love interest for Mulan instead of General Shang. Thankfully, Disney quickly released a statement that revealed that the leaked script was not actually the script for the live-action movie, and promised fans that the film would contain an all Asian cast. This was also when controversy and outrage were spreading like wildfire over the cast changes in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.”

Although there has been no official cast list released for “Mulan,” the movie is set to premiere on Nov. 2, 2018.

Until then, here is a list of upcoming live action Disney films, and the featured actors/actresses who have been confirmed or rumored to be a part of said remakes.

 

1.”The Lion King”

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Disney was avid about bringing back Jon Favreau to direct “The Lion King” after his success with “The Jungle Book”. Since then, Favreau has cast Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. This is the fourth time Glover has been cast by Disney – he portrayed Miles Morales in Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spiderman” and is a part of Marvel’s “Spiderman: Homecoming,” set to premiere on July 7 of this year. Glover is also playing Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo “Solo” movie, which is currently in production and will be released sometime in 2018.

James Earl Jones is also no stranger to the Disney franchise, as he voiced Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series and Mufasa in the original animated “The Lion King.”

 

2.”Mary Poppins”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, known for his Broadway successes “In the Heights” and “Hamilton,” and his writing and producing (of music) for Disney’s “Moana,” will be joining actress Emily Blunt and director Rob Marshall to bring “Mary Poppins” to the silver screen once more. Miranda has been cast as Jack, who was originally portrayed by Dick Van Dyke (who is also rumored to be making a cameo in the film), while Blunt will star as Mary Poppins. There has been no confirmation that the great Julie Andrews will be making a cameo in the film with her old co-star (Van Dyke), but I’m keeping my hopes up. The film is currently in production and is set to premiere on Dec. 25, 2018.

 

Other films, such as “Aladdin,” “Dumbo” and “The Sword in the Stone,” all have yet to be cast, but do have directors and writers assigned to them.

Guy Ritchie, known for “Snatch” (2000) and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015), will be directing “Aladdin.” However, he has not been confirmed to direct the supposed spin-off movie about The Genie (Robin Williams will be and is missed). For “Dumbo,” the famous Tim Burton is responsible for bringing the adorable circus star to life. Bryan Cogman will be in charge of writing for “The Sword in the Stone” (Cogman has written for the infamous HBO series, “Game of Thrones”, so take that as you will).

Besides these movies, rumors about other live-action remakes are circulating. Emma Stone is rumored to be playing Cruella de Vil in a spin-off staring the villain and her rise to infamy, much like “Maleficent” (which is also rumored to make a second appearance in the live action arena). Other supposed remakes, such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Pinnochio” have yet to see actors or directors attached to them. This, however, hasn’t stopped Disney fans, as many have predicted and fan-cast the remakes of these classic films.

Are you anticipating the release of these live-action films? Do you prefer the original animated movies? Are there other Disney films you’re dying to have remade? Let us know via KCR’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Five not-so-basic costume ideas

Halloween is a time to get creative with what you’re going to wear, especially if you’re celebrating at SDSU– but we all know those guys who are going to dress up as a banana, a tourist, and a Greek God. Or for the ladies, a Risky Business tribute, a sexy cat, devil, or bee. Yes, somehow, a little busy bee has been morphed into a sexy costume. But I’m not judging! As a freshman, I threw on a tie-dye shirt, a flower headband, and some round sunnies and called myself a hippie along with half the girls in my dorm. Last minute plans call for last minute costumes!

Halloween is a week away, so there’s no excuse for the basics! Anything these days can be adorned as a costume, whether it’s a TV show, a popular or classic box-office flick, and even the trendiest Twitter memes. Still have no idea what you’re going to be? No problem! Check out my five quick but not-so-basic costumes for guys, girls, and groups.

1. Maleficent

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Bless Angelina Jolie and her rendition of the classic villainess. Why not pay her a tribute? This is an easy costume. Throw on a little black dress, a black cape, make or buy some trademark Maleficent horns, and swipe on some red lipstick. Pop in some electric green contacts and sculpt those cheekbones for the full effect!

2. The Brawny paper towel guy

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Guys, I have yet to see this one, and it’s super quick. Throw on a red flannel, some faded jeans, a brown leather belt, gel back that hair and flash your best commercial-ready smile. At first glance, one might think you’re a lumberjack, but that’s why you have the paper towel roll with the famous Brawny man on it! It also comes in handy for some quick, absorbent clean ups.

3 . The “But that’s none of my business” Twitter meme

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This meme took over Twitter for months, and I have to say I didn’t get tired of it. Kermit the Frog is a very popular character, so it will be easy to find a shirt or tank with him on it. To get more into the Halloween spirit, check out legitimate costumes with Kermit on it! It’s near Halloween so they should be on sale, and since this costume isn’t the most popular request, it shouldn’t be too expensive to begin with. After you find your frog attire of choice, buy a cheap mug and write, “But that’s none of my business” on it in permanent marker or puff paint! Get ready for some amazing photo bombing opportunities.

4. Bob’s Burgers Cast

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All riigggght! Let’s get started with the family that’s taking over FOX (or Netflix, if that’s how you found out about the Belcher’s like I did). Bobs, all you have to do is grow a mustache (or buy one), wear a white shirt, a white apron, and some jeans. Lindas, throw on a red shirt, jeans, and some red-frame glasses. Genes, a yellow shirt and some jean shorts will do. Louises, find a pink beanie (preferably with bunny ears, but I’m not picky), and a long green shirt. Finally, the Tinas: sport a classy yellow barrette, some black-frame glasses, a light blue shirt, dark blue skirt, and white knee high socks. Carry a tray of burger sliders for extra brownie points.

5. Characters from Frozen

As one of the top grossing films of 2014, along with a seemingly catchy song that we just can’t seem to let go, let’s face it: you knew this was going to be here. Go as just one character or go with your friends as the whole ensemble– either way they’re super easy costumes! There’s no need to buy an official coronation gown. Try Disneybound-ing it! For Elsa, an easy recognizable fix is to braid your hair into a french braid, find an icy-blue dress (or tank and skirt combo), buy a cheap tiara– and there you have it! For Anna, some low-pigtails, a black tank top, a blue skirt, a maroon accent and some boots will do the trick! For Kristoff, it’s even easier: a grey shirt, some jeans, brown shoes and a brown beanie. As for Hans, a blue shirt, a white jacket, dark jeans, and black shoes should do the trick. Lastly…Olaf! A white tee or tank with three large, black dots glued or painted on, along with a white beanie or headband with black pipe cleaners on the top is enough. Go the extra mile and wear a orange paper nose for maximum awesome points.

Have fun creating these costumes or your own! Happy Halloween, and remember to stay classy and safe, San Diego.


1. “Maleficent Film Poster” by Global Panorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

3. “Kermit The Frog” by Eva Rinaldi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

4. “Bob’s Burgers (Winter)” by Martinez Julian is licensed under CC BY 2.0

5. “Anna and Elsa introduce the movie” by Loren Javier is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0