Disney Shows Off “Pirates 5,” “Jungle & More

Disney used its D23 convention this morning to hold a presentation for several of its live-action films currently in production and due for release over the next two years. New footage and details were shown from five key films and included:

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The official logo art has been unveiled for the fifth film in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Johnny Depp appeared in character as Captain Jack Sparrow and Disney confirmed that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role as Will Turner in the new movie which also stars Javier Bardem as the villain Captain Salazar along with Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally, Stephen Graham, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, and Golshifteh Farahani.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Mia Wasikowska was on hand to talk about the sequel to the live-action “Alice in Wonderland” in which time travel will play a big factor. Footage from the film showed off Sacha Baron Cohen as the part clock creature ‘Time’ whose help she enlists to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).

We also get to see characters at different points in their lives which explains why the film has been referred to as both a sequel and prequel to the 2010 Tim Burton film. One surprise is after the CG overload of the first film, the second one seems to utilise more practical sets.

Beauty and the Beast
A video message with some of the cast members from Bill Condon’s live action “Beauty and the Beast” was screened for the crowd and had actors Luke Evans (Gaston) and Josh Gad (LeFou) breaking out into a few bars of the “Gaston” song from the original animated film.

Pete’s Dragon
Along with the official logo art revealed below, actress Bryce Dallas Howard spoke about Disney’s remake of the 1977 classic “Pete’s Dragon” saying: “I was incredibly moved, because there is a power in this story and there is something very universal that gets told in this. It’s a story about what it takes to find your family, and what a family can be when perhaps you’ve lost your own.”

Some footage was shown but only a tease of the dragon himself with a hand patting patting some brown fur. The clip suggests Pete (Oakes Fegley) survived in the forest alone for six years and Howard’s character asks Robert Redford’s character about him to which Redford replies “He wasn’t alone”. Karl Urban also stars in the film which opens August 12th 2016.

The Jungle Book
Filmmaker Jon Favreau along with actors Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and the film’s child star Neel Sethi were on hand to discuss the live-action take on the animated classic. The first footage showed Bill Murray’s Baloo humming his famous “Bear Necessities” number, a tiger chasing Mowgli off a small cliff, and Christopher Walken voicing an orangutan king.

Disney’s president of production Sean Bailey says the film could not have been done before now as every aspect of it needed to be done with photorealism. The plan wasn’t a straight adaptation of either Rudyard Kipling’s classic book or the 1967 animated version but rather a blending of the two. The film opens April 15th 2016 and check out the poster below.