On the one hand, we’re social distancing and planted in front of our television more than usual. And on the other, Hollywood just isn’t producing much – everything is at a standstill.
But don’t lose hope, dear Disney lover, because there are some good things looming on the horizon. Take a look at some of the Disney live-action films that are coming our way in the coming months.
We first met the character Cruella de Vil in Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which came out back in 1961. She was mean, she was cruel, and we hated her because she wanted to make fur coats out of our favorite Disney dogs. She was one heck of a villain. In 1996, a live-action film version was released.
Next year, if all goes well, we’ll get to sink our teeth into Cruella; a live-action prequel to the One Hundred and One Dalmatians story. As one writer described it, “a new film will tell the story of how the fur fanatic became the devil of a woman that we all love to hate.” As of now, the film is supposed to be released on January 1st, 2021. And guess who’s playing the villain-turned-fashion icon: Emma Stone!
If you’re anything like us, then you’re a massive fan of the 1998 Disney original. It tells the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to enlist in the Chinese army in the 6th century AD. During this time (in the movie and in real life), China was involved in an acrimonious conflict with the Huns – Mongolic invaders.
The live-action remake looks absolutely phenomenal. It was scheduled to be released a couple of times, but because of the virus, it had to be postponed. For the most part, it looks like it’s sticking to the original. But there are some novel elements there too. For example, in the bad-guys camp there seems to be some kind of powerful witch that fights alongside the notorious Atilla. Now the movie is scheduled to be released on July 24th. We can’t wait!
The Little Mermaid
Among the great things that the year 1989 brought us is The Little Mermaid. Ariel, the vivacious and curiosity-filled red-haired mermaid became a timeless Disney character. Even though she was a little mischief-prone, we sympathized with her and watched enthusiastically as she explored the world of two-legged mammals.
We’re all excited for the November 2021 release of The Little Mermaid in live-action. So far, the production is very hush-hush, so we don’t have too many juicy details or photos. All we know for sure is that Ariel will be played by Halle Bailey, one of the members of Chloe x Halle, the awesome R&B duo. Bailey has also appeared in movies and shows, such as Grown-Ish.