Disney Sets Release Dates for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, INDIANA JONES 5, THE LION KING, FROZEN 2 and More
The Walt Disney Company officially announced the release dates for some of their biggest movies of 2019 on Tuesday, marking dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, Indiana Jones 5, The Lion King and Frozen 2.
Star Wars: Episode IX, the ninth film of the episodic Star Wars saga and the conclusion of the Sequel Trilogy (launched with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will open May 23rd, 2019. Episode VII, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was originally set to open May 2017 until it was pushed back to December 2017, keeping the newly established tradition of Star Wars movies in December (aka around Christmas time, perfect for big box office and even bigger merchandise sales). Rogue One, the first Star Wars standalone, also opened last December. With Episode IX’s May release date, it seems Disney is going for May / December releases for their Lucasfilm productions (the Young Han Solo movie opens May 2018).
The Lion King, Disney’s live-action re-imagining of the animated masterpiece, has been set for a July 19th, 2019 release, taking a release date previously staked out (also by Disney) by Indiana Jones 5. The fifth Indiana Jones movie, which will reunite director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford, will now arrive a year later on July 10, 2020.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will now open November 21st, 2018 instead of its March 9th, 2018 release, with Disney setting Frozen 2 for November 27th, 2019. Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time has shifted from April 6th, 2018 to March 9th, 2018, while Gigantic — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film about giants — has moved back a whole two years from November 21st, 2018 to November 25th, 2020.
An untitled Marvel Studios film — possibly Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — has moved from July 10th, 2020 (Indiana Jones 5‘s new release date) to August 7th, 2020. An unknown Pixar Animation Studios film has been set for June 18th, 2021, with an untitled Walt Disney Animation Studios film moving from November 25th, 2020 to November 24th, 2021.
Disney, who broke records recently for having the biggest box office year ever, are set to have a monstrous 2019. Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel will open March 8th, 2019, lending way to Avengers 4 — followup to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, which will unite nearly all of the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man — which opens May 3rd, 2019. Star Wars: Episode IX will open weeks later on May 23rd, with Pixar’s Toy Story 4 hitting theaters June 21st, 2019. The Lion King follows just a month later on July 19th, 2019, with Frozen 2 capping off the year on November 27th, 2019. (And there’s a chance The Jungle Cruise, starring A-list superstar Dwayne Johnson, releases in 2019 — adding another major hit to Disney’s slate.)
With the exception of Captain Marvel (which could easily do Doctor Strange numbers, grossing at least $670 million plus worldwide), those are all billion dollar hits waiting to happen (provided the movies are quality, of course, and considering Disney’s recent streak, there’s little reason to believe these movies won’t continue the trend and be critical and financial successes). A summer filled with an Avengers movie (confirmed to also feature the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man), the third part of the newest Star Wars trilogy, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, and a new Toy Story movie?
Start saving now — you just might be spending all of summer 2019 at the movies. We can’t wait.