New ‘Star Wars’ & ‘Avatar’ Films To Alternate Release Dates Starting 2021

Walt Disney Studios announced new Star Wars and Avatar films will alternate pre-Christmas weekend release dates starting in December 2021.

The main Star Wars saga is set to conclude with the release of The Rise of Skywalker this December, but Disney has already begun developing new entries in the beloved franchise and release dates for future installments have been set on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. These new Star Wars films will alternate release dates with the four upcoming Avatar sequels from director James Cameron, which will also release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021.

Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios, made the following statement on the upcoming slate of projects, including the next chapters of the Star Wars and Avatar franchises:

“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world. With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”

Directed by J. J. Abrams, the film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Directed by James Cameron, the Avatar sequels star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder, Cliff Curtis, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, and David Thewlis.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019, and the first Avatar sequel is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on December 17, 2021.

Source: Walt Disney Studios

‘The Lion King’ Photos Offer New Look At Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Scar

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The Lion King Scar Chiwetel Ejiofor DisneyEntertainment Weekly has unveiled new photos from Disney's The Lion King remake that offer another look at several characters, including Chiwetel Ejiofor's Scar.

Disney's line-up of live-action remakes continues with 2019's The Lion King and now a new set of photos offers fans another look at the photo-realistic versions of several beloved characters from the animated classic. In addition to a new photo of Chiwetel Ejiofor's Scar, the villainous brother of King Mufasa and uncle of future king Simba, the latest collection of images reveal new looks at Rafiki, a classic scene in which Mufasa teaches his son about the kingdom, Timon and Pumba with an adult Simba, young Simba and Nala being lectured by Zazu, and the famous Pride Rock.

Fans can also see a behind-the-scenes look at Donald Glover recording dialogue with the guidance of director Jon Favreau.

You can check out the photo of Chiwetel Ejiofor's Scar below and click "next" to view the rest of the gallery!

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Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Directed by Jon Favreau from a script written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion King stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

The Lion King will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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