With current events keeping theaters closed and movies being pushed back on a daily basis, the biggest update yet has come in from The Walt Disney Studios. We’ve got a dozen new Disney release dates and also news that Artemis Fowl will now head directly to the Disney+ streaming service.
Here’s a rundown of all the new Disney release dates, though there’s no updates yet on films such as Antlers, The New Mutants, The Personal History of David Copperfield and The Woman in the Window. It’s also surprising that Pixar’s Soul has not moved from its June 19, 2020 release date yet.
We’ve included the fully-updated Disney release dates list towards the end of this article!
Mulan (now dated July 24, 2020)
Mulan is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Jurassic World, In the Heart of the Sea) and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” The film stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, with Gong Li and Jet Li.
The fearless and spirited eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Mulan is the apple of her father’s eye. When the Emperor mobilizes his troops to fight the onslaught of invaders from the North, she masquerades as a man to take the place of her ailing father under the name Hua Jun, setting her on an adventure that will transform her into a legendary warrior.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.
Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation… and a proud father.
The French Dispatch (moved from 7/24/20 to 10/16/20)
Written and directed by Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
The cast also includes Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz, Cécile de France, Guillaume Gallienne, Jason Schwartzman, Tony Revolori, Rupert Friend, Henry Winkler, Bob Balaban, Hippolyte Girardot, and Anjelica Huston.
The movie brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.
The film is loosely inspired by The New Yorker. The editor and writers of the movie’s fictional magazine, and the stories it publishes — three of which are dramatized in the film — are also loosely inspired by The New Yorker.
Black Widow (now dated November 6, 2020)
In Marvel Studios’ 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.
The film is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. Written by Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson and Eric Pearson, the movie is executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Nigel Gostelow and Scarlett Johansson.
Free Guy (moved from 7/3/20 to 12/11/20)
To announce the release change, Ryan Reynolds shared the following statement and clip: “Free Guy is moving to Dec. 11. Here’s a clip that’s weirdly appropriate. We cut it a while ago (while there was still a Fox and before it was just 20th Century Pictures) and couldn’t finish it so ignore the watermarks.”
Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum films, Real Steel), Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool films), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
In Free Guy, a bank teller (Reynolds) who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story… one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way… before it is too late.
Written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, the film is executive produced by Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath. Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing alongside Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, Levy’s 21 Laps, and Adam Kolbrenner.
The Eternals (moved from 11/6/20 to 2/12/21)
Marvel Studios’ The 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.
Marvel Studios’ The Eternals stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.
The film is directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brothers Taught Me) and produced by Kevin Feige. The script was written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
Bob’s Burgers (moved from 7/17/20 to 4/9/21)
Directed by Loren Bouchard, the Bob’s Burgers movie features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher, Kristen Schaal as Louise Belcher, John Roberts as Linda Belcher, Dan Mintz as Tina Belcher, Larry Murphy as Teddy, and Eugene Mirman as Gene Belcher.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (moved from 2/12/21 to 5/7/21)
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung.
Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham wrote the script. Callaham is known for co-writing Wonder Woman 1984 with Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins. He’s also working on the recently-announced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
Jungle Cruise (moved from 7/24/20 to 7/30/21)
Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.
Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila – his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities – possessing the power to change the future of medicine.
Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate — and mankind’s — hangs in the balance.
Jaume Collet-Serra (The Commuter, The Shallows) directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. John Davis, John Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn are the producers, with Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (moved from 5/7/21 to 11/5/21)
Sam Raimi will direct Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also expected back, however Rachel McAdams will not reprise her role of Christine Palmer.
Elizabeth Olsen will also reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff, for a storyline that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has said will continue from Disney+ series WandaVision.
Thor: Love and Thunder (moved from 11/5/21 to 2/18/22)
Thor: Love and Thunder will be written and directed by Taika Waititi. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be back as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman will return to the franchise as Jane Foster, who will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.
Christian Bale is expected to play the villain, while Waititi will also be reprising the character Korg, who he played in both Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
Captain Marvel 2 (dated for July 8, 2022)
Megan McDonnell will writer the script for Captain Marvel 2. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who co-wrote and directed the first movie, will not return to helm the sequel. Marvel Studios is looking for a female director.
Story details are being kept under wraps, but it is expected the sequel will move the setting of the 1990s from the first movie to the present day.
Produced by Kevin Feige, the first film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Carol Danvers also made an appearance in Avengers: Endgame, which opened a month later in April of 2016.
Untitled Indiana Jones (moved from 7/9/21 to 7/29/22)
James Mangold will direct the fifth Indiana Jones movie, marking the first time that Steven Spielberg is not helming an installment. Spielberg will still produce, while Harrison Ford is still expected to star.
Jonathan Kasdan worked on the script after original screenwriter David Koepp left the project. The Indiana Jones character was created by George Lucas.
Harrison Ford has played Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr. in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Artemis Fowl (moved from 5/29/20 to a Disney+ release)
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that it will debut its new live-action feature film Artemis Fowl exclusively on Disney+. The release date will be announced soon.
Based on the best-selling young adult book by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw in the title role alongside Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.
“With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+,” said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+. “Director Kenneth Branagh and his spectacular cast take viewers right into the vibrant, fantasy world of the beloved book, which fans have been waiting to see brought to life onscreen for years. It’s great family entertainment that is the perfect addition to Disney+’s summer lineup.”
In this fantastical, spellbinding adventure, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl (Shaw), a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, embarks on a journey to find his father (Farrell), who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler (Anozie), Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.
Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay.
2020 Disney Release Dates
Soul (Disney and Pixar) – June 19, 2020
Mulan (Disney) – July 24, 2020
Empty Man (20th Century Studios) – August 7, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (Disney) – August 14, 2020
The Beatles: Get Back (Disney) – September 4, 2020
The King’s Man (20th Century Studios) – September 18, 2020
Death on the Nile (20th Century Studios) – October 9, 2020
The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) – October 16, 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (20th Century Studios) – October 23, 2020
Black Widow (Marvel Studios) – November 6, 2020
Deep Water (20th Century Studios) – November 13, 2020
Raya and the Last Dragon (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – November 25, 2020
Free Guy (20th Century Studios) – December 11, 2020
West Side Story (20th Century Studios) – December 18, 2020
The Last Duel (20th Century Studios) – December 25, 2020 (limited)
2021 Disney Release Dates
The Last Duel (20th Century Studios) – January 8, 2021 (Wide)
The Eternals (Marvel Studios) – February 12, 2021
Ron’s Gone Wrong (20th Century Studios) – February 26, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action – March 12, 2021
Bob’s Burgers (20th Century Studios) – April 9, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – April 23, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios) – May 7, 2021
Cruella (Disney) – May 28, 2021
Untitled Pixar Animation – June 18, 2021
Jungle Cruise (Disney) – July 30, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – August 13, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – September 10, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – October 1, 2021
Hamilton (Disney) – October 15, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – October 22, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios) – November 5, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action – November 19, 2021
Untitled Disney Animation – November 24, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – December 3, 2021
AVATAR 2 (20th Century Studios) – December 17, 2021
2022 Disney Release Dates
Untitled 20th Century – January 7, 2022
Nimona (20th Century Studios) – January 14, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios) – February 18, 2022
Untitled Pixar Animation – March 11, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – March 25, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – April 8, 2022
Black Panther 2 (Marvel Studios) – May 6, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – May 27, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – June 10, 2022
Untitled Pixar Animation – June 17, 2022
Captain Marvel 2 (Marvel Studios) – July 8, 2022
Untitled Indiana Jones (Disney) – July 22, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – August 12, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – September 16, 2022
Untitled Marvel – October 7, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – October 21, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – November 4, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – November 11, 2022
Untitled Disney Animation – November 23, 2022
Untitled Star Wars (Lucasfilm) – December 16, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – December 23, 2022