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The most anticipated new Disney movies of 2019 and beyond

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Disney Plus may be bombarding us with literally hundreds of films, but there are still plenty of new Disney movies coming to cinema to get excited about over the next few years, and we're going to run through them all right now.

From the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise, to Frozen 2, and even all of Pixar's upcoming slate, we've updated everything so you're safe in the knowledge that all of the new info and trailers will be waiting for you down below. Believe me, you're not going to want to miss out on this.

Of course, the Disney umbrella is all-encompassing now. If you can't find what you're looking for here, we have different articles for new Star Wars movies and a comprehensive look at the all of the Marvel Phase 4 movies to cover you on the superhero side of things. 

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New Disney movies (2019)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Release date: October 18, 2019

It won't come as much of a surprise that the brilliant Maleficent is getting a follow-up. Although star Angelina Jolie hinted at the possibility of a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster just a week after the original film debuted, it wasn't until 2016 that Maleficent 2 was officially confirmed. 

Jolie will reprise her role as the eponymous Maleficent, and Elle Fanning will return as Princess Aurora. Michelle Pfeiffer is on board as Queen Ingris, although little is known about her character at this time. Interestingly, Chiwetel Ejiofor is also on the cast list, potentially playing a love interest for Maleficent, so let's hope she's a little luckier in love this time around. 

According to the official plot synopsis, the film will continue to explore Maleficent and Aurora's complex relationship as they "form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within". We've recently had the first teaser poster for the sequel which reveals the official title as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Lady and the Tramp

Release date: November 12, 2019

Say hello to the very first original Disney movie coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. Starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of the titular pair of canines, this live-action remake has a wholesome story lying at its core. And we're not just talking about the plot.

Every dog that stars in this movie is a rescue dog. Even better: after filming wrapped, each doggo was adopted by a member of either the cast or crew. D'aww. We also have our first image from November's release, as well as the world-first trailer from D23, which you can see above.

Plus, if you want more puppy power before the Disney Plus launch, there's a second trailer to watch just below.

Frozen 2

Release date: November 27, 2019

'Let It Go' probably still hasn't left your head, but it's time for the sequel to start burrowing some more earworms down into your very soul. Frozen 2 even has a trailer, too, which details Elsa's plight. Anna, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff will all attempt to help the Disney Princess as she struggles to come to terms with her power. Expect toe-tapping tunes, gorgeous animation and, if the trailer below is anything to go by, a story that will rival the very best Disney has to offer.

Plus, D23 showcased some of the new faces we can expect to see in the Frozen sequel. 

Evan Rachel Wood will voice Anna and Elsa's mother and she'll be appearing in a flashback scene, which was shown off at D23 but isn't yet available online. Elsewhere in the exclusive look, Kristoff attempts a proposal to Anna, which doesn't quite go to plan.

A second trailer has also recently launched, detailing more of Elsa's journey, as well as revealing new characters.

Alfred Molina will voice Elsa and Anna's father, King Agnarr; new clan the Northuldra have also been introduced, and can count Honeymaren (Rachel Matthews) and Ryder (Jason Ritter) among its members. Yelena is the group's leader and is played by Martha Plimpton. Watch the new trailer below.

New Disney movies (2020)

Onward

Release date: March 6, 2020

Pixar isn’t stopping with Toy Story 4. Their next animated adventure is Onward, a movie about a storybook world that’s rapidly losing its magic. Surreal sights such as unicorns and mermaids are being weighed down by the mundane nature of everyday life. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as a pair of elven brothers who are on the hunt for that lost fairytale feeling. The trailer shows Pixar hasn’t lost the magic touch when it comes to making vibrant worlds teeming with life and laugh-a-minute visual gags.

An extended look was shown at D23. In it, Holland and Pratt's characters (Ian and Barley) are given a staff as a present from their now-dead father for their 16th birthday. Ian, though, accidentally shrinks Barley in one of two clips.

Those holding out for that footage may have been disappointed, but Disney Pixar saved the day with a flick of their magic wand: a second Onward trailer is now out in the wild, featuring a look at Ian and Barley's quest to revive their dead dad. It's not as morbid as it sounds, promise.

Mulan

Release date: March 21, 2020

The all-singing, all-dancing aspect of Mulan is gone, and red dragon Mushu is MIA, but Mulan's trailer captures all the spirit of the original. Yifei Liu stars as Mulan, while the likes of Donnie Yen and Jet Li will also play a part in the Mulan live-action remake.

Yes. It's a remake, but not as you know it. Your memories of the 1998 animated movie will thankfully be left intact as Disney's 2020 take is going to take more than a few cues from the original source material, the Ballad of Mulan. Judging by the trailer, that means a more authentic look, plus vibrant colours that shimmer on the screen. In animation, everything is colourful as a rule; here, the rich reds and gorgeous greens pop in a way rarely seen in live-action cinema. This could be the sleeper hit of 2020, which is hilarious to think when it's pretty much nailed-on to make a billion dollars.

Soul

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Release date: June 19, 2020

With under a year until Soul releases, it was about time for one of Pixar's new movies to make its bow. So it proved at D23; Soul's premise was revealed, as was a cast. 

Soul will feature a struggling teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who has grand aspirations to play at New York's hottest jazz club. In a bizarre twist, however, his soul departs from his body (is he dead? It isn't clear) and must attend a You Seminar to help train the soul.

Along the way, Foxx's character meets 22, voiced by Tina Fey.

It all sounds delightfully dark and, if Pixar's involvement is any indication, it's sure to have a lot of heart and, yes, soul. One to watch for sure.

Jungle Cruise

Release date: July 24, 2020

Somehow not the first Disney movie based on a theme park ride (Pirates of the Caribbean got there well over 15 years ago now), Jungle Cruise recruits Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's comedic action chops and throws them in with Emily Blunt, who plays the swashbuckling scientist Lily. The pair embark on an adventure to find the Tree of Life. UK fans will also be pleased to know that comedian Jack Whitehall is also along for the trip, playing Lily's brother.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Release date: November 25, 2020

The last of 2020's new Disney movies, Raya and the Last Dragon was first announced at D23 2019.

Purporting to be an epic tale set in the fictional land of Lumandra, Raya and the Last Dragon will follow the titular Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) as she sets out in search of the last dragon. No trailers or images yet, but we also know that Awkafina will be voicing the Last Dragon. There's also a just-released concept art for you to feast your eyes on.

Continue to Page 2 for 2021's new Disney movies and those without confirmed release dates