A Definitive List of All the Disney Live-Action Films


Disney has done the calculations, and their 2019 live-action remakes of childhood favorites Aladdin and The Lion King are timed perfectly to make grown adults—and a new generation of fans—cry. With so many of the animated originals getting a reboot, we put together a guide to every single one of their live-action remakes that’s out, forthcoming, or rumored. You won’t miss a thing.


Maleficent (2014)

Loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, Angelina Jolie’s wicked witch cosplay can be counted as one of Disney’s first live-action remakes. The story-behind-the-story retelling came out at a time when lots of evil queens were getting their own feature films. (Remember Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman and its follow-up The Huntsman: Winter’s War?) It was also a starlet-in-the-making turn for Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty). The film even launched a Maleficent makeup collaboration with M.A.C. Oscar-winner Jolie will break out her facial prosthetics, leather horns, and goat-eyes-inspired contact lenses once more for Maleficent 2, which is slated for a 2020 release.



Cinderella (2015)

Perhaps no Disney live-action remake was more perfectly cast; Cinderella had alabaster stunner Cate Blanchett portray the evil stepmother and recent “Bodyguard” Richard Madden as the Prince. When she landed the title role, Lily James’ most significant part had been as a rebellious cousin on Downton Abbey. Naturally, the fairy tale remake (the original came out in 1950) brought James worldwide recognition, and she went on to play young Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia 2 opposite Stellan Skarsgård, who also has a part in Cinderella as the Grand Duke.



The Jungle Book (2016)

The original Jungle Book is a delight and features some of the best music in Disney’s catalog, so director Jon Favreau’s 2016 live-action remake had a lot to live up to. Newcomer Neel Sethi masterfully took on the part of the boy trying to stay alive with a vengeful Shere Khan hunting him down. This isn’t the only live-action remake of Rudyard Kipling’s classic; Netflix recently released Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, directed by motion capture master Andy Serkis, and featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.



Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Before news broke about the live-action Lion King, few Disney remakes were more anticipated than Beauty and the Beast. It was lavish in its production, starring Emma Watson as an updated Belle and Dan Stevens as an all-too-human Beast. Supporting cast members like Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, and Ewan McGregor were lovely as the castle staff, so consider this a formal request for Disney to make a spin-off about their life at the castle before the curse.



Christopher Robin (2018)

Honestly, it feels like this movie came and went without anyone besides die-hard Winnie the Pooh fans paying much attention. It’s a shame, really, because Ewan McGregor is endearing in the grown-up title role and the Hundred Acre Woods’ animal pals are as warmly fuzzy as you’d hope.



The Lion King (2019)

The all-star remake of The Lion King might be the most important thing the house of the mouse has done since…well, the time they released the original Lion King in 1994. This live-action version cast none other than Queen Beyoncé herself as Nala. She’ll star alongside Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa. Come summer 2019, this new version will blow our minds in theaters. Until then, the teaser they dropped on Thanksgiving is nearly enough to tide us over.



Dumbo (2019)

I’m just going to go ahead and say that Dumbo is the most upsetting story in Disney’s roster (yes, even more than Bambi). Choosing to redo the 1941 tale of a young elephant separated from his mother, bullied into the circus life, and struggling to accept the size of his ears (which help him fly) over, say, Snow White or even Peter Pan proves that Disney just wants to make us bawl. Prepare the tissues for a live-action Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton and starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito, coming to theaters on March 29, 2019.



Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Just in time for Christmas 2018, Emily Blunt steps into Julie Andrews’ cape and hat ensemble and brings the magical nanny to life once more. By all accounts, the Devil Wears Prada darling has done a terrific job (she’s nominated for a Golden Globe) and anyone who grew up loving the cheerily psychedelic musical numbers is bound to appreciate Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda as lamplighter Jack. If you’re still not sold on seeing it come December 19, just know that Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Walters, and Angela Lansbury are also all in the film to really fill your magic quota for the holidays.



Aladdin (2019)

Much fuss was made over casting for the live-action Aladdin, no doubt partly because the original was so beloved and memorable. While the human iterations of “Prince Ali” and Princess Jasmine won’t hit the big screen until May 24, 2019, we do have a first teaser of Mena Massoud in the title role, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Will freaking Smith doing his very best to fill Robin Williams’ iconic lamp as Genie. Expect the film to be epic.



Mulan (2020)

As with the live-action Aladdin, Disney casting directors had their job cut out for them with Mulan, reportedly spending a year auditioning nearly 1,000 actresses for the lead. The part ultimately went to Chinese superstar Liu Yifei, who seems to have the required “martial arts skills” and “star quality.” Fans finally saw the 31-year-old in full character thanks to this arresting first image. And though director Niki Caro initially dashed fans’ dreams of musical numbers, there is still potential for a giant “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” scene. Caro told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.” We’ll see what happens when Mulan comes to theaters March 27, 2020.



Tink (TBC)

A release date for this is extremely TBC, but Reese Witherspoon is attached to star and produce. Exactly no one is more perfect for the role of Tinker Bell. It’s supposed to be similar to Maleficent‘s “real story you didn’t know about this iconic character” take, so we’ll definitely be finding out more about Peter Pan’s salty, loyal fairy friend.



Cruella (TBC)

Anyone else think Cruella was woefully misunderstood? In a similar vein to Tink, Cruella would tell the story of 101 Dalmatiansvillainous diva. Can anyone do it with more gumption than Glenn Close (twice)? Well, Emma Stone is game; the Favourite actress is reportedly on board for a 1980s “punk” version of her tale. No doubt the costumes will be worth the price of admission alone. Plus: so many puppies!



Lady and the Tramp (TBC)

1955’s canine couple du jour are getting a live-action/animation hybrid update—likely debuting on Disney’s own streaming service rather than in theaters. Justin Theroux will voice the scampy Tramp and Tessa Thompson will take on the elegant Lady in this animal romance. Thompson’s BFF Janelle Monae will play another canine character, Peg, and Kiersey Clemons has been cast as one of the film’s few human faces: Lady’s owner.



Pinocchio (TBC)

Tom Hanks as Geppetto? That’s all we need to know to be all in on this 80-years-later live-action remake. It’s early days for production on the puppet that comes to life, so it won’t become a real boy until 2020 at the earliest.



The Little Mermaid (TBC)

Ariel’s story of thirst-trapping Prince Eric, after selling her voice to that glorious diva Ursula in exchange for human legs, is ripe for a remake given the 1998 original’s fishy gender dynamics. There’s a rumor that Zendaya has been offered the lead part. This is a genius move because a) we already know Zendaya is a triple threat (see: The Greatest Showman) and b) she looks amazing with red hair. Fresh off their Mary Poppins Returns stint, Lin-Manuel Miranda will help out with the music—alongside Disney musical genius Alan Menken—and Rob Marshall has signed on to direct. More importantly, though, who will play Ursula?



Lilo and Stitch (TBC)

A live-action/CG hybrid remake of the supremely adorable 2002 film about a Hawaiian girl and the alien who befriends her was announced in October 2018 via The Hollywood Reporter. It is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who were also tasked with the Aladdin remake. Horror screenwriter Mike Van Waes is responsible for retooling the script. A release date is up in the air but it’s possible this will debut on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.



Possible forthcoming remakes

Oliver Twist: No release date, but Ice Cube was attached to play villain Fagin.

Prince Charming: Rather than focusing on Sleeping Beauty’s kissy BF, this movie would be told from the point of view of his not-so-charming brother.

James and the Giant Peach: Novelist Nick Hornby was reported to be working on a screenplay of Roald Dahl’s fruit-focused fantasy, and Sam Mendes was in talks to helm the project.


Rumored forthcoming remakes

Peter Pan, Sword in the Stone, Snow White: All rumored to get live-action adaptations, but so far, there isn’t much information to go on.


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