- Walt Disney Studios
- Walt Disney studios will release 19 movies in 2019.
- Disney made a huge update to its movie release schedule in May since its acquisition of Fox film studios. Previously, the Mouse House had a total of 11 films heading to theaters this year.
- Among the company’s anticipated releases for the rest of the year are “Toy Story 4” and a “Frozen” sequel. From Fox, there’s “Tolkien” and “Dark Phoenix.”
In May, Disney made a huge update to its theatrical release schedule. After acquiring Fox film studios, Walt Disney Studios has shifted around multiple release dates from Disney and Fox. The Mouse House now has a total of 19 movies coming out in 2019. Previously, Disney planned to release 11 movies.
In the shuffle, Disney pushed back the release of its “Artemis Fowl” movie to next summer. Fox’s X-Men spin-off “New Mutants” also got the boot to next spring.
What now? “Dark Phoenix,” “Toy Story 4” and “The Lion King” are among the big releases paving the way for the rest of the summer. The holidays are also Disney’s to win with “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.”
Keep reading to see the 19 movies Disney and Fox are releasing through 2019.
1. “Captain Marvel”
Release date: Friday, March 8, 2019 Studio: Marvel Studios
What it’s about: The Marvel superhero movie follows Carol Danvers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) as she’s reborn with super powers in the ’90s and becomes known as Captain Marvel.
Worldwide gross: $1.1 billion
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
You can read our review here.
Release date: Friday, March 29, 2019 Studio: Walt Disney Studios
What it’s about: The live-action remake of the 1941 animated movie follows the young elephant, Jumbo Jr., who gets made fun of for his oversized ears and nicknamed Dumbo.
Worldwide gross: $339 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Release date: Wednesday, April 17 Studio: Disneynature
What it’s about: Disney’s eighth theatrical release from Disneynature follows a penguin named Steve who searches for a partner to start a family in the Antarctic.
Worldwide gross: $6.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
4. “Avengers: Endgame”
- Marvel Studios
Release date: Friday, April 26 Studio: Marvel Studios
What it’s about: The “Avengers: Infinity War” sequel follows the remaining superheroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Ant-Man, as they try and reverse Thanos’ life-altering snap that decimated half of the universe.
The movie has been shattering box-office records since its debut. It took just 11 days to cross $2 billion worldwide.
Worldwide gross: $2.2 billion and counting
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
- Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date: Friday, May 10, 2019 Studio: Fox Searchlight
What it’s about: The movie follows J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) on his journey from orphan to author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
Release date: Friday, May 24 Studio: Walt Disney Studios
What it’s about: The live-action remake of the Disney classic follows Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a penniless teen, who falls for the princess of Agrabah, Jasmine (Naomi Scott). His luck changes when he finds a magic lamp holding a magic genie (Will Smith) who grants him three wishes.
Why you should see it: Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes”) is directing and we can’t wait to see how he interprets the bread-stealing scene with Aladdin as he runs through the Agrabah marketplace. Fans of the original will be happy to know the movie’s original composer Alan Menken will return for the score with new recordings of original songs along with two new ones.
7. “Dark Phoenix”
- 20th Century Fox
Release date: Friday, June 7, 2019 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: After a space mission gone wrong, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) absorbs a dark energy which has her grappling with a new Phoenix ability. The X-Men are put in danger as they try and get Jean’s new powers under control from causing irreparable damage.
Why we’re interested:“Dark Phoenix” is the final “X-Men” movie under Fox and we’re curious to see how two decades of mutants will come to an end before Disney inevitably reboots this franchise for its Marvel Cinematic Universe.
8. “Toy Story 4”
Release date: Friday, June 21 Studio: Pixar
What it’s about: According to Disney and Pixar, the fourth movie in the franchise will follow Woody and the rest of the toys as they welcome some new friends who join their new owner’s room. Among them is a fork who insists he’s not a toy.
Why we’re interested: After multiple delays and the departure of the film’s director from the studio, we’re wondering if the “Toy Story 4” we’ll see this summer is the same one the former Disney Animation and Pixar chief creative officer, John Lasseter, originally had in mind. The sequel will introduce several new characters, including a talking fork, but we’re holding out hope to see the return of a fan-favorite.
In 2015, Lasseter originally said the story was inspired by his wife and that the movie would be a love story between Woody his former flame, Bo Peep. Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear, said the film is so emotional that he had a tough time getting through the final scene. We’re ready to bust out the tissues.
- 20th Century Fox/Disney
Release date: Friday, July 12 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) just wants a five-star rating as an Uber driver but that’s put in jeopardy when he picks up a cop (Dave Bautista) who’s trying to catch a killer.
10. “The Lion King”
Release date: Friday, July 19 Studio: Walt Disney Studios
What it’s about: The CG reimagining of the Oscar-winning animated movie follows Simba who grapples with the decision to return home and take his place as king as his uncle Scar’s dictatorial leadership threatens to unravel the pride lands.
Why we’re excited for this: The first teaser trailer looks like a near recreation of the opening of the 1994 movie. We have a lot of faith in director Jon Favreau who brought the live-action version of “The Jungle Book” to the big screen. That movie earned nearly $1 billion at theaters.
If the trailer didn’t hit you right in the feels, the star-studded cast of Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and Chiwetel Ejiofor should get you excited. Plus, James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa. Get ready to cry all over again.
11. “The Art of Racing in the Rain”
Release date: Friday, July 12 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: The movie is supposed to be based on the New York Times’ bestseller from 2008 which follows a race car driver, Denny, and his dog, Enzo. Enzo tries to hold his family together during an ugly custody battle.
Why we’re interested: Dog movies are popular right now in Hollywood. “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia is supposed to play race car driver, Denny, while Kevin Costner will voice Enzo.
12. “Ready or Not”
- Fox Searchlight Pictures/Disney
Release date: Friday, August 23 Studio: Fox Searchlight
What it’s about: The horror movie is about a young bride who gets caught up in a game with her in-laws where everyone is fighting for their lives.
13. “Ad Astra”
- 20th Century Fox/Disney
Release date: Friday, September 20 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: According to Deadline, the plot will follow Brad Pitt’s character, Roy McBride, 20 years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence. McBride decides to go on an adventure to find him.
Why we’re interested: Do we need another space movie after “Interstellar,” “Gravity,” and “First Man”? Not really. But Brad Pitt stars in this one and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema also worked on “Interstellar,” so we’re expecting it to be shot beautifully.
14. “The Woman in the Window”
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Release date: Friday, October 4 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: The mystery thriller is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by A.J. Finn about a child psychologist who witnesses a crime while spying on her new neighbors.
Why we’re interested: Amy Adams will star in the film along with Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Brian Tyree Henry. This will be the final movie released under the Fox 2000 Pictures label. Disney is shuttering the label after its Fox acquisition.
15. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
Release date: Friday, October 18 Studio: Walt Disney Studios
What it’s about: The movie is supposed to follow Maleficent several years after the events of the first film. According to a synopsis released by Disney last May, the sequel will continue to ” explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.”
Angelina Jolie is returning to play the lead role along with Elle Fanning and Juno Temple. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor join the sequel. Filming on the sequel took place last summer. The movie is directed by Joachim Rønning (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”).
16. “Ford v. Ferrari”
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Release date: Friday, November 15 Studio: Fox
What it’s about: The biographical drama follows Ford’s quest to build a car to compete with the Ferrari at the Le Mans race in France. Ford’s determination led to the creation of the GT40.
Why we’re interested: The film stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon and is directed by James Mangold who brought us 2017’s Oscar-nominated Wolverine movie “Logan.”
17. “Frozen 2”
Release date: Friday, November 22 Studio: Disney Animation
What it’s about: We know that Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad will reprise their roles as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, respectively. The film will also include new songs about the sisters.
Why we’re interested: While the last “Frozen” short caused some backlash from fans, the sequel is in good hands with returning directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and the Oscar-winning songwriting team of husband and wife Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Disney must feel confident about the sequel as it moved its release date up one week.
Watch the teaser trailer for the movie here.
18. “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker”
Release date: Friday, December 20 Studio: Lucasfilm
What it’s about: “The Rise of Skywalker” will serve as a culmination of the Skywalker storyline and will include more of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia through previously unused footage.
Why you should see it: Say what you will about mixed reviews of “The Last Jedi,” but if you’ve invested years watching the “Star Wars” saga, don’t you want to see how it all ends for Kylo Ren and Rey? Maybe we’ll even learn who Rey’s parents are – or not!
If you were a fan of “The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s chair for “The Rise of Skywalker.” And he’s not just directing. Abrams also wrote the script for the ninth film so our fingers are crossed for a satisfying conclusion to the new trilogy.
Watch the first trailer for the movie here.
19. “Spies in Disguise”
- Blue Sky Studio
Release date: Wednesday, December 25 Studio: Blue Sky Studios
What it’s about: The world’s greatest super spy, Lance Sterling, teams up with a gadget inventor, Walter, to save the world. The catch? Sterling is disguised as a pigeon.
Why we’re intrigued: Will Smith and Tom Holland voice the two lead characters in the animated picture. Smith is playing the spy who becomes a pigeon. This will be a little “Avengers” reunion for Holland as Karen Gillan is also lending her voice to the film.
Watch a trailer for the movie here.