Disney movies in 2022: 'Turning Red,' Black Panther 2,' and more – Insider

The following list contains Walt Disney Studios’ theatrical film slate as of April 27, 2022 and major movies heading straight to Disney+ and Disney-owned Hulu.
 
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When Avery Hansen-White’s (Mika Abdalla) long-distance boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level, she enlists her friend, Larson, as a test subject to explore and master her sexuality. Paris Jackson also stars.
20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age” franchise is living on as a Disney+ original instead of getting a theatrical release, which seems to make sense since the film feels more like a spin-off to the $3.2 billion franchise.
The sixth installment in the saga follows the possum brothers Crash and Eddie who get trapped in a cave filled with dinos. The duo are rescued by a one-eyed weasel named Buck Wild who joins them on a mission to “save the Lost World from dinosaur domination.”
Simon Pegg reprises the voice of Buck in the animated film.
20th Century Studios’ remake has been delayed since October 2020. The adaptation, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, and Rose Leslie.
The film, based on the 1937 Agatha Christie novel, was quietly pushed back after rape allegations against Hammer in March 2021. The most recent trailer for the film tries to awkwardly keep as much of Hammer out of the film’s promotion as possible.
You can watch the newest trailer here.
The gender-flipped twist on “Cinderella” takes place in New York City and follows an aspiring sneaker designer named El who lives with his stepfather and two stepbrothers in Queens. 
El meets and hits it off with Kira King, the daughter of a famous basketball star who just happens to also be a sneaker tycoon. 
Watch the trailer here. 
The thriller follows a college student (Havana Rose Liu) stranded in a blizzard who is forced to take shelter at a rest stop with a group of strangers. Things take a turn when the group discovers a kidnapped child.  
The horror film stars Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) as she falls for a man who she meets at a grocery store, Steve (Sebastian Stan). When he whisks her away for a weekend, Noa frighteningly discovers that Steve isn’t the charming man he made himself out to be. 
It’s best to go into “Fresh” without knowing what it’s about for it’s unexpected twist.
Pixar’s next film revolves around Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang), a “confident, dorky” 13-year-old who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) voices her slightly overprotective mother, which probably isn’t too helpful when Mei is turning into a giant bear all the time.
The studio’s first all-female-led production is directed by Oscar-winner Domee Shi (Pixar’s “Bao”) and also stars the voice talents of Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Ava Morse, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and Hyein Park.
Another reason to be excited for this one? Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell teamed up to write songs for a fictional boy band, 4*Town, in the upcoming film, with O’Connell voicing one of the members of the band.
You can watch a trailer here and read about the film here.
The musical comedy, based on the book of the same name by Tim Federle, follows Nate (Rueby Wood) as he sneaks off to New York City with his best friend (Aria Brooks) to become a Broadway star. Lisa Kudrow also stars.
The comedy remake, produced by Kenya Barris (“Black-ish”), will focus on the Bakers, a blended family of 12, with Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff juggling the responsibilities of raising their brood while managing a family business.
You can watch the trailer here.
Marvel’s first movie of the year will kick off summer 2022. 
Coming six years after the first film, the “Doctor Strange” sequel will reunite Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong), the new Sorcerer Supreme, with Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as they face off against a more evil-looking version of Strange who may threaten to destroy the universe.
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who eventually becomes Miss America in the comics, will also join the sequel. We’re expecting some other possible surprises since it looks like they’re breaking the multiverse in this one. 
You can read our review here.
John Mulaney and Andy Samberg star as the rascally chipmunks in the hybrid live-action and CG animated film based on the three-season animated series “Rescue Rangers.”
The film is directed by Akiva Schaffer, who’s a part of the comedy trio The Lonely Island. 
Creator Loren Bouchard wrote, directed, and produced the musical comedy, which he said will “scratch every itch” fans of the show have had.
You can read our review here.
The Searchlight Pictures rom-com follows a group of friends who go on vacation to Fire Island. The film stars Bowen Yang, James Scully, and Margaret Cho and was directed by Andrew Ahn.
We’re being spoiled with two Pixar movies in 2022. 
“Lightyear” serves as an origin story for “Toy Story’s” Buzz Lightyear toy. There’s just one thing: It doesn’t star Tim Allen as the voice of Lightyear.
Instead of focusing on the toy, “Lightyear” is the story of the “real” human Buzz Lightyear who inspired the fictional toy in the “Toy Story” universe. The human Lightyear is voiced by Chris Evans.
You can read our review here.
The comedy drama follows a widow, Nancy (Emma Thompson), who hires a sex worker, Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack), to try and achieve her first orgasm.
The biopic follows the real-life journey of three brothers — Giannis, Thanasis, and Kostas Antetokounmpo — who became NBA stars. The film stars Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki. 
Directed by Le-Van Kiet, Joey King stars as a young royal who’d rather wield a sword than wear a tiara and faces off against mercenaries to protect her kingdom.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (who’s also the new king of Asgard).
The big surprise is that Natalie Portman will be back playing a female Thor straight out of the comics. Portman appeared on stage at SDCC 2019 wielding the hammer when the movie’s title was announced. 
“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is returning to direct. At Disney’s 2020 investor day, Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed that Christian Bale will play the film’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher.
You can read our review here.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), the film takes place in the “Predator” universe. (Disney has the rights to “Alien” and “Predator” via its Fox acquisition.)
The thriller goes back in time, set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, and follows Naru, a skilled warrior who protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator.
Zoey Deutch stars in the satirical black comedy that follows a young woman who becomes famous when she’s mistaken for a survivor of a terrorist attack in Paris.
Tom Hanks will star as Geppetto in the remake of Disney’s 1940 classic which will combine live action and visual effects.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future”), Cynthia Erivo and Luke Evans also star along with the voice talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, and Lorraine Bracco.
The horror film follows a young woman (Georgina Campbell) who arrives at her rental home only to discover a man is already there due to a double booking. The film also stars Justin Long and Bill Skarsgard.
The film from director-writer Ayan Mukerji is India’s first cinematic universe, called the Astraverse. According to Deadline, it’s one of the most expensive Bollywood films ever made.
“Shiva” is expected to be the first in a trilogy, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, and Mouni Roy.
The murder mystery movie set in the 1950s stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan.
Disney announced at CinemaCon 2022 that the studio will re-release James Cameron’s 2009  blockbuster “Avatar” in September in order to get fans excited for the long-awaited sequel in December.
“Avatar” was previously the highest-grossing movie of all time.
The twist on “Romeo & Juliet” tells the classic story from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline, who is Romeo’s ex-girlfriend. The film stars Kaitlyn Dever (“Booksmart”).
The Irish drama will reunite director Martin McDonagh with stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for the first time since “In Bruges.” Barry Keoghan will also star.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return as The Sanderson Sisters in a sequel to Disney’s 1993 Halloween classic. 
David O. Russell’s (“Silver Linings Playbook”) next film will feature John David Washington, Margot Robbie, and Christian Bale.
Feige confirmed at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is underway. Out of respect for Chadwick Boseman, Marvel won’t recast the role of T’Challa.
“To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the King of Wakanda, we will continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film,” Feige said.
Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman are set to reprise their roles.
You can watch the trailer here.
Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star as a couple who travel to an island to eat off the menu at an exclusive restaurant. Ralph Fiennes plays the chef. The film’s directed by Mark Mylod (“Succession”).
Previously titled “Searcher Clade,” Disney released a short synopsis for the film, which will journey “deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await.”
“Strange World,” directed by Don Hall and co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen, will be Disney Animation’s 61st movie.
Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey reprise their roles as Giselle and Robert in the sequel to the 2007 hit. The film picks up 15 years later, with Giselle and Robert’s family moving to the suburbs where she’ll face off against a new adversary, Malvina (Maya Rudolph). Yvette Nicole Brown also stars.
Here’s everything we know about the sequel so far.
Sam Mendes (“1917”) directs this romance starring Olivia Colman, Michael Ward, and Colin Firth.
The long-awaited sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time will finally be released next year.
In September 2020, director James Cameron said filming on the sequel to the 2009 original was complete. “Avatar 2,” originally scheduled for a 2014 release, is just one of at least four sequels planned for the “Avatar” franchise.
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington will reprise their roles in the sequel. Sigourney Weaver will be back in a new role. Kate Winslet, who starred in Cameron’s “Titanic,” will also join the franchise. In 2014, Cameron described the sequels to Empire Magazine as “bitchin’.”
The biographical film follows the rise and fall of violinist and composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges. It will premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
On Disney+ Day 2021, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney announced an animated sequel to the 2021 film will launch on Disney+ at some point in 2022. 
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