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D23 Expo 2019: 5 Films We Can’t Wait See

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Disney’s D23 Expo went down over the weekend and as expected it was EPIC!

For three days straight, the Walt Disney Company flexed its muscles, showing off everything it has coming out for the next few years (and reminding us how much it owns).

HipHollywood hit the red carpet to talk to the A-LIST talent and found out even more scoop on the studios upcoming projects. Here are 5 films we can’t wait to see!

BLACK PANTHER 2

Yep, it’s official. The film that proved how epic, awesome and fabulous black folks are is getting a well deserved sequel. Ryan Coogler—director and co-writer of the only Marvel Studios film to be nominated for an Oscar® for Best Picture—joined made the announcement to a rousing round of applause. Coogler said it was too early to share a title… or the opening scene… or a description of the film’s villain. But what could they share? A release date! Mark May 6, 2022 on your calendar.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Yes it’s the end of an era (for now) , but it’s surely going out with a bang. We gasped when the trailer for  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer dropped back in March. Now more deets have us on the edge of our seats.

J.J. Abrams returns to direct the epic saga which will close the chapter some 40 years later. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and the legendary Billy Dee Williams will return while Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell join the franchise.

Ackie couldn’t tell us much about her character but we get the feeling she may be Lando Calrissien’s daughter.

Meanwhile, Boyega dished on working alongside Williams and keeping up with his eternal swag.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019.

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Angelina Jolie is making her triumphant return to the big screen in not one but two Disney films. First up is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Jolie, who stars in the title role, shared that she loved the character she first embodied in the 2014 film so much she couldn’t wait to return for the sequel.

In the new film, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and new dark forces at play, like Connal played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits theaters October 19, 2019.

JUNGLE CRUISE

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt have got Jungle Fever … literally. In the new Disney flick, Jungle Cruise based on the Disneyland ride of the same name.Johnson will play a boat skipper named Frank who takes Blunt’s character Lily and her brother McGregor – on a mission to find a tree that has magical healing powers. The duo told us all about their new flick as well as their comedic chemistry.

Jungle Cruise releases on July 24, 2020.

SOUL

If you didn’t know Disney’s got soul. Disney debuted a first look at upcoming Pixar film “Soul” at the D23 expo and announced its star-studded voice cast — Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad. We didn’t get a chance to chat with the stars on the carpet but here’s what we know so far.

Jamie Foxx (who is Pixar’s first black lead) will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe slips back into his soul form back in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig. Naturely the Oscar winner will be singing some original songs, and we can’t wait! Soul will be released on June 19, 2020.

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