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D23, Disney’s annual expo, may have passed us by almost five months ago, but once again we’ve found ourselves with a Disney focused news week, with new revelations from Mulan, The Avengers and Star Wars. And on top of all that, a potential acquisition that may turn Disney into an even bigger industry titan than it already is!
Read on to find out what’s going down:
Daisy Ridley done with that Galaxy far, far away…
We’re under a fortnight away from The Last Jedi, and anticipation is high, but Star Wars star Daisy Ridley is already looking ahead to the post-Episode IX world.
In a Last Jedi-focused feature by Rolling Stone (which, incidentally, is a fun read, so check it out), Daisy Ridley delved a little bit into her future, and admitted that it, unfortunately, does not include Star Wars:
“For me, I didn’t really know what I was signing on to. I hadn’t read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, ‘Awesome.’ Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now.”
She goes on to clarify that, despite giving a yes-seeming answer, it’s definitely a no:
“No, no, no. I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”
She does, however, concede that she could pull a ‘Luke’, and return in thirty years time:
“Who knows? I honestly feel like the world may end in the next 30 years, so, if in 30 years we are not living underground in a series of interconnected cells … then sure. Maybe. But again, it’s like, who knows. Because the thing I thought was so amazing, was people really wanted it. And it was done by people who really love it.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into cinemas on December 15th 2017.
Disney finds it’s Mulan in The Forbidden Kingdom
Speaking of strong, female heroes, Disney has finally cast it’s Mulan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The search has reportedly taken them an entire year, but after sifting through various candidates, they have finally settled on Liu Yifei. Yifei has appeared in several feature films and television series, the most famous of which (to western viewers, anyway) being the IP Man franchise and Forbidden Kingdom.
According to THR, the casting process saw ‘A team of casting directors [visit] five continents and [see] nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which require[d] credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in 5th century China.’
Sounds like a pretty arduous process, but one that should no doubt have heralded favourable results. Mulan will be one of several live-action reboots Disney is undergoing, including the already released Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as the upcoming Lion King and Aladdin.
Mulan swings into cinemas in 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War trailer promises a mahoossive superhero movie
As you probably noticed, the trailer for the next Avengers film dropped on Wednesday, showcasing just a fraction of the masses of action that are coming to cinemas in May.
The film will feature a wealth of Marvel heroes, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther (I mean seriously, just look at all those credits under that photo!). It is thought to be the culmination of ten years of Marvel Studios storytelling, and is perhaps a landmark occasion not just for comic-book movies, but for cinema in general, as Marvel Studios is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the successful shared movie universe that film studios are now clamouring for.
Unfortunately, the trailer is not the same as the one released at San Diego Comic-Con, and is less cosmic in nature, instead focusing on the goings on of our heroes on Earth and their reaction to the arrival of the Mad Titan Thanos.
Still, it’s a pretty nifty trailer. Take a look:
Avengers: Infinity War blasts into cinemas on May 4th 2018.
Disney may still buy 20th Century Fox after all
Rounding out our Disney bonanza is the news that despite talks of Disney potentially buying out parts of movie studio 20th Century Fox having come to an end a few weeks ago, the purchase may still go ahead.
While the negotiations are centred around the film studio itself, an acquisition of Fox by Disney would also give them access to Fox’s television studios, the National Geographic cable group, the FX Networks, their 30% stake in Hulu and international television platforms like Star India and parts of Sky.
This announcement is especially interesting for anyone whose interested in the aforementioned Marvel films, as Fox currently hold the film rights to prominent comic-book characters such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, meaning a Disney acquisition would lead to Marvel Studios finally having access to (almost) all of their own characters.
Furthermore, this news comes just months after the various articles speculating that Disney CEO Bob Iger could very well be an upcoming presidential candidate, which means that…