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Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Snow White’ Teased at D23

Trailers, key art, imagery, and title treatments for remakes of the two famed Disney animated films, along with ‘Hocus Pocus 2,’ ‘Disenchanted,’ ‘Peter Pan & Wendy,’ ‘Haunted Mansion,’ and ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ were unveiled this past weekend to the delight of fans.

Fans from all over the globe swarmed to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for D23, where a mind-bending amount of incredible content was unveiled. On the Disney live-action side, trailers were revealed for Hocus Pocus 2 and Disenchanted, while a teaser trailer was dropped for the beautiful remake of the famed Disney animated tale, The Little Mermaid. Key art, imagery, and title treatments were also revealed for Peter Pan & Wendy, Haunted Mansion, Mufasa: The Lion King, and the remake of an even more legendary Disney animated tale, Snow White.

There is so much to discuss!

Hocus Pocus 2 debuts exclusively on Disney+ September 30, 2022.

It’s been 29 years since the 17th-century sisters have been resurrected and they are looking for revenge. It’s up to three high-school students (Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham) to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. Directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Lynn Harris, Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Sam Richardson, Tony Hale and Hannah Waddingham.

Disenchanted streams on Disney+ beginning November 24, 2022.

The musical comedy picks up 15 years after Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) get married, when their family heads to suburbia in search of happily ever after. Directed by Adam Shankman, produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnefeld and Adams, the Enchanted sequel showcases an all-star cast, also including Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays, with music from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

The Little Mermaid swims onto the big screen Summer 2023

The new teaser trailer for the live-action remake of one of Disney’s most beloved animated features was revealed by director Rob Marshall, revealing Halle Bailey’s Ariel for the first time. Featuring fan-favorite songs plus four new songs penned by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the feature film also stars Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Javier Bardem as Triton.

Peter Pan & Wendy begins streaming on Disney+ in 2023.

This new iteration of the 1953 classic tale dives deeper into Wendy’s story as she joins Peter on a magical journey to Neverland, as well as reveals the history behind Peter’s rivalry with Captain Hook. The cast, including Alexander Molony (Peter Pan), Ever Anderson (Wendy), Alyssa Wapanâtahk (Tiger Lily) and Jude Law (Captain Hook) took the stage to discuss what fans can expect from the new film, and to reveal an exclusive first look for the D23 audience. The film is directed by David Lowery and produced by Jim Whitaker.

Haunted Mansion is set to release 2023.

Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion follows a woman and her son who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters. A sneak peek of the film was shared exclusively with the D23 Expo crowd, then Jamie Lee Curtis made an unforgettable entrance aboard a Haunted Mansion doom buggy. Curtis plays Madame Leota in the film, which which is directed by Justin Simien.

Mufasa: The Lion King will release in 2024.

Told in flashbacks, Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa share the story of Mufasa to a young lion cub. Mufasa reveals the rise of one of the greatest kings of the Pride Lands. Barry Jenkins, director on this prequel to The Lion King, showed the audience a never-before-seen sneak peek of the film, which is currently in production.

Snow White will release in 2024.

The classic (and first) Disney film about a sweet princess with skin as white as snow is reimagined in live-action, starring Rachel Zegler in the title role and Gal Gadot as Snow White’s Stepmother, The Queen. The film’s two stars shared a very early glimpse at the iconic characters with the audience at D23. The film is directed by Marc Webb, produced by Marc Platt, and features new songs by Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning songwriters Pasek and Paul.

Of the upcoming streaming titles, Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production (Disney Live Action) said, “We love making movies for the big screen and we have some incredible ones coming up.” He continued, “But what’s so exciting about Disney+ is that it gives us a lot of freedom to tell an even bigger range of stories. We continue to explore reimaginings that honor our Disney legacy, and we can also create the next generation of Disney original stories. And of course, we have the chance to explore new chapters of stories we all know and love.”

Crossing fingers for more reveals soon!

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