Disney, an American media and entertainment conglomerate, has unveiled a slew of new projects.
At the firm’s Investor Day presentation on Thursday, Disney announced that 10 new Marvel series; 10 new Star Wars series; and 15 new Disney live-action, Disney animation, and Pixar series will debut in the next few years.
According to LA Times, 15 Disney+ original films from Disney and Pixar have been slated to debut during that period. This is as several other new National Geographic shows exclusive to the platform were announced as well.
Speaking at the event, Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said ‘Rogue Squadron’, a new Star Wars film, will be directed by Patty Jenkins. This makes it the first time a female director will take charge of one of the franchise’s films.
He added that Taika Waititi, a New Zealand director, who won an Oscar this year for his ‘Jojo Rabbit’ screenplay, will still be writing the screenplay for another yet-to-be-titled film in the franchise that Disney announced in May.
Kennedy also noted that Hayden Christensen, an actor who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars prequels, will return to act Darth Vader in the upcoming Obi-Wan miniseries starring Ewan McGregor.
Donald Glover, an American actor-rapper, is expected to reprise his role as space smuggler ‘Lando Calrissian’ for TV series ‘Lando’, having appeared opposite Alden Ehrenreich in a 2018 origin movie ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.
For ‘The Mandalorian’, Harrison Ford, a 78-year-old Star Wars veteran, will return as Indiana Jones for a fifth and final installment in the series, which Kennedy said would be directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote ‘Logan’.
“Chadwick Boseman’s character in ‘Black Panther’ won’t be recast”
Kevin Feige, Marvel boss, who also spoke at the event, said the role of late Chadwick Boseman, who played the central character in ‘Black Panther’, won’t be recast. He said a sequel will explore the stories of the supporting cast.
He said ‘Black Panther II’, which will debut in July 2022, will not digitally recreate Boseman, who died of cancer.
In the same vein, Christian Bale is expected to exit the DC world, wherein he had once played Batman, to co-star as the chief villain Gorr the God Butcher in Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, a movie due for release in May 2022.
Nia DaCosta, a US screenwriter, is in on ‘Captain Marvel 2’, a second outing for Brie Larson’s superhero ringleader while Jon Watts, a director behind the current ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, is expected to direct a new Fantastic Four film.
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