September 19, 2019
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Disney unveils new characters, fresh film projects at D23 Expo

By Javier Romualdo

Anaheim, United States, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- After a season characterized by remakes of some of its major classics, Disney on Saturday announced a flurry of projects for the next few years, which include a brand-new heroine, two animation films by Pixar and three Marvel flicks.

At the ongoing D23 Expo in California, Disney presented a large number of its upcoming projects to thousands of enthusiastic fans, ranging from releases scheduled for this autumn to some which would be available as late as 2022.

The upcoming Disney projects are a mix of new editions of its most popular franchises and a number of films based on completely new ideas.

The final film of the Star Wars series, set to be released on Dec. 20, was the main attraction of the presentation for the current season, with the company releasing the final poster and fresh footage of one of the most anticipated releases of this year.

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," directed by JJ Brams, aims to bring a glorious end to the galactic saga this Christmas, originally started in 1977 by George Lucas.

The sequels of two of the most popular Disney movies in recent times are also set to be released.

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," will hit theaters on Oct. 18, continuing the adventures on display in the 2014 original, and starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

"Frozen II" will be released on Nov. 22 and explore a little about the past of the lead characters Elsa and Anna, while introducing their mother, a new characters who will be voiced by Evan Rachel Wood.

Disney's animation subsidiary Pixar is set to release two new films with fresh storylines in 2020, with “Onward”, starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, hitting the screens in March, and “Soul”, featuring Jamie Foxx as a high school music teacher, will be released in June.

"Raya and the Last Dragon," which introduces a new Disney heroine, and "Jungle Cruise," a live-action picture, are the other main Disney attractions scheduled for next year.

Another Disney subsidiary Marvel Studio released the details of three of its upcoming projects.

"The Eternals," based on a group of superheroes introduced in a comic book 1976, will star Angelina Jolie and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

Marvel chief Kevin Feige released the trailer of "Black Widow," to be released in May 2020, and confirmed that a sequel to "Black Panther" was in the pipeline but not expected before the second half of 2022. EFE-EPA


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