The Walt Disney Studios has made significant changes to its release schedule today. The changes include three anticipated Marvel Studios movies – Black Widow, Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The first change is 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man, which is moving up from December 4, 2020 to October 23, 2020. Based on the graphic novel, the film is directed by David Prior and stars James Badge Dale as a troubled ex-cop searching for a missing girl who discovers a secretive group.
Next up is Death on the Nile (20th Century Studios), which was previously on that October 23 date and will now open in theaters on December 18, 2020. The tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy is directed by and stars five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, reprising his role from Murder on the Orient Express.
In the film, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.
Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
The cast also includes Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.
In addition to those two films, the other remaining Disney theatrical releases for 2020 are Pixar’s Soul (November 20), as well as 20th Century Studios’ Nomadland (December 4) and Free Guy (December 11).
Moving into 2021, The King’s Man (20th Century Studios) has been brought forward two weeks from February 26, 2021 to February 12, 2021. The King’s Man is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.
That brings us to the first one of the 2021 Marvel Studios movies. Previously scheduled for a November 6, 2020 release, Black Widow will now open in theaters on May 7, 2021.
In director Cate Shortland’s action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Ray Winstone, William Hurt and O-T Fagbenle also star.
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is moving from May 7, 2021 to July 9, 2021. Simu Liu stars in the titular role as Shang-Chi, alongside Awkwafina and Tony Leung in a film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Moved back from November 13, 2020 to August 13, 2021 is the psychological thriller Deep Water (20th Century Studios), directed by Adrian Lyne and based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. The film stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Lil Rel Howery, Finn Wittrock, Jacob Elordi, Kristen Connolly and Dash Mihok.
Disney has also moved back Eternals from February 12, 2021 to November 5, 2021. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, and Kit Harington.
One of the most anticipated Marvel Studios movies, Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces the Eternals out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
And last but certainly not least, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (20th Century Studios) has been pushed back almost a year, from December 18, 2020 to December 10, 2021.An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.
In the film, the Jets characters and actors include Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler).
Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo is played by David Alvarez, and the rest of the Sharks are Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).
The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita), Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke), and Curtiss Cook (Abe).