There’s no shortage of new Disney movies headed our way through 2022 and beyond. The next movie to hit our screens will be Pixar’s animated tale Turning Red which will be ready to watch on Disney+ in March 2022. And that’s only the beginning, too! The rest of this year brings with it Toy Story spin-off Lightyear, as well as Strange World, a live-action Pinocchio starring Tom Hanks, Disenchanted, and the much-anticipated Hocus Pocus 2.
Beyond 2022, Disney has another instalment of the Indiana Jones series, several live-action remakes including The Little Mermaid and The Aristocats, a Haunted Mansion reboot, Cruella 2, Peter Pan and Wendy, a Tower of Terror movie, and much, much more in the works. Get set for plenty of fantastic family movie viewing!
New Disney Movies in 2022
Release Date: March 11, 2022
Releasing on Disney Plus this March, Pixar’s Turning Red features a decidedly unique premise. As per Disney’s press release, “Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited she “poofs” into a giant red panda.”
Turning Red will be directed by Bao‘s Domee Shi, so we have high hopes for this one. Bring tissues.
Cheaper By the Dozen
Release Date: March 18, 2022
This funny and heartwarming reboot sees “a multiracial, blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life while managing their family business”.
The movie stars Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union, and will premiere exclusively on Disney+.
Chip ‘N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
Release Date: May 20, 2022
A comeback 30 years in the making!
Chip and Dale are back in a hybrid live-action and animated feature coming to Disney+ and featuring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg as the squeaky chipmunks, with Seth Rogen, Eric Bana and Will Arnett also starring. Directed by Akiva Schaffer.
Release Date: June 17, 2022
Lightyear is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear – the hero who inspired the toy – and follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure.
Chris Evans (Captain America) lends his voice to Buzz, and will join Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino – who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for the original score in Up – is on board to score Lightyear. His other Pixar credits include The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, and Coco among others.
Hocus Pocus 2
Release Date: Autumn 2022
The Hocus Pocus sequel will see Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reprise their witchy roles as the Sanderson sisters from the 1993 original.
Coming to Disney+ in time for Halloween, Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Hairspray’s Adam Shankman.
Release Date: Late 2022
One of Disney’s all-time classics is coming to Disney+ with the new live-action retelling of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Jiminy Cricket, Luke Evans the nefarious Coachman and Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy.
Release Date: November 23, 2022
An animated movie directed by Don Hall (Big Hero 6 and Raya and the Last Dragon), Strange World follows the Clades family who journey deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await.
Release Date: Late 2022
Disenchanted, a sequel to the hit film Enchanted, will stream exclusively on Disney+ with Amy Adams returning for more fun as Giselle. Also returning is Patrick Dempsey as Giselle’s husband Robert, Gabriella Baldacchino playing Robert’s daughter Morgan, James Marsden as Prince Edward, and Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine. The villain Malvina will be played by Maya Rudolph.
The sequel takes place 15 years after the original movie, with Giselle, Robert and Morgan living in the suburbs. Giselle must juggle the challenges that come with a new home and discover what happily ever after truly means to her and her new family.
Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again
Release Date: Late 2022
Night at the Museum is coming back as an animated film exclusive to Disney+ in late 2022. The original director, Shawn Levy, is attached as producer.
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New Disney Movies in 2023
The Little Mermaid
Release Date: May 2023
There’s still no trailer for the live action The Little Mermaid remake, but there are casting details and a first look. US singer Halle Bailey will be playing Ariel, while Lin Manuel Miranda pens new music to add to the original soundtrack and Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kingsman) writes the script.
Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay have also been cast as Scuttle and Flounder respectively, alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.
Indiana Jones 5
Release Date: June 2023
Indy’s back! Harrison Ford will return as the adventurer for a fifth (and presumably final) time in 2023, with the new movie currently in production.
Ford vs. Ferrari director James Mangold will helm the project and, in addition to Harrison Ford, the movie will star Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, and Shaunette Renée Wilson.
More New Disney Movies in the Pipeline
A Haunted Mansion movie starring Eddie Murphy already exists, but Disney is rebooting the franchise with a brand new take on their famous theme park ride.
Plot details are yet to be released, but we do know that the new film will star Lakeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, and, reportedly, Owen Wilson.
The live-action hit is being primed for an original follow-up. Not only is Guy Ritchie set to return as director, but stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are also expected to reprise their roles as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. No word yet on whether Will Smith will be involved.
Not much is known about the sequel to Cruella yet, but Emma Stone is expected back and it may bring us closer to the events of 101 Dalmatians.
The Lion King Prequel
A prequel to the live-action The Lion King is in development from Barry Jenkins, the director of Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams will provide the music.
Peter Pan and Wendy
Disney is making a brand new live-action version of the 1953 animated film for Disney+, starring Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell and Jude Law as Captain Hook.
Sister Act 3
Everyone’s favourite showgirl is back in the habit for Sister Act 3, a follow on from the much-loved movies in 1992 and 1993.
Whoopi Goldberg will return to star in the third instalment, also producing alongside Tyler Perry.
- Three Men and a Baby, remake with Zac Efron
- Tron 3
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a live-action remake with Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen and Rachel Zegler as Snow White
- The Aristocats, a live-action remake