- Walt Disney Studios will release 14 movies theatrically in 2023 and many more on Disney+ and Hulu.
- Three more Marvel sequels are on the way and a live-action “Peter Pan” will debut on Disney+.
- Disney’s long-awaited live-action “The Little Mermaid” hits theaters in May.
The following list contains Walt Disney Studios’ theatrical film slate as of February 21, 2023, Searchlight Pictures’ slate as of December 12, and major movies heading straight to Disney+ and Hulu.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” — February 17
Directed by Peyton Reed, the third “Ant-Man” movie will kick off the year and the next phase of Marvel films and TV shows.
Saving the world has gone to Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) head after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” He loves reminding his family of his role in defeating Thanos and got a book deal out of it.
Life is going OK until Scott’s daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton), accidentally sends Scott, Hope (Evangeline Lily), and her parents, Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), into the Quantum Realm, where they run into the dangerous Kang (Jonathan Majors) who was first introduced in “Loki.” Bill Murray will also appear in the sequel.
You can watch the trailer here.
“Chang Can Dunk” — March 10 on Disney+
Chang bets the school’s basketball star that he can dunk by Homecoming in order to impress his crush and gain the respect of his classmates.
That might be a little tough as Chang is part of the school’s marching band.
“Boston Strangler” — March 17 on Hulu
Matt Ruskin (“Crown Heights”) wrote and directed the true-crime thriller based on the Boston Strangler murders of the 1960s.
Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon star as reporters investigating the killer.
“Rye Lane” — March 31 on Hulu
After experiencing bad break-ups, Yas (Vivian Oparah) and Dom (David Jonsson) bump into each other and help each other with their exes.
The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is directed by Raine Allen Miller.
“Prom Pact” — March 31 on Disney+
As every other teen seems focused on prom season, high-school senior Mandy (Elizabeth Lee), is focused on getting into Harvard no matter the cost.
When she’s waitlisted, she starts tutoring a jock, Graham (Milo Manheim from Disney’s “Zombies” franchise) she despises, hoping his Harvard alum father will recommend her.
Mandy starts to realize there may be more to life than Harvard — and Graham — than she previously thought. Deadline reported the film will be out in the spring of 2023.
“Chevalier” — April 7
The biographical drama from director Stephen Williams (“Lost”) is based on the life of violinist and composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a slave and plantation owner.
A gifted musician, who was sometimes referred to by the derogatory name Black Mozart, the film explores the racism Chevalier faced, a love affair, and a falling out with Marie Antoinette.
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, and Minnie Driver star.
You can watch the trailer here.
“Quasi” — April 20 on Hulu
The satirical adaptation of “Hunchback of Notre Dame” follows Quasimodo (aka Quasi) caught in a feud between the king of France and the Pope.
Kevin Heffernan writes, directs, and stars in the Searchlight Pictures film alongside Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Adrianne Palicki.
The film will be available internationally on Disney+ and on Star+ in Latin America.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” — May 5
The final film in James Gunn’s “Guardians” trilogy will follow a heartbroken Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), still grappling with the loss of Gamora in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and processing that the Gamora who exists isn’t the woman he loved.
Peter needs to pull it together as the Guardians face a new threat to the universe that could spell their doom if he’s not focused.
The first official trailer made it look like any and all of the Guardians are in danger. We expect the third movie to largely focus on Rocket Raccoon while introducing Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) and the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji).
Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldaña, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Vin Diesel all return. Maria Bakalova voices Cosmo the Spacedog.
You can watch the first trailer here.
“White Men Can’t Jump” — May 19
20th Century Studios’ remake of the 1992 film starring Wesley Snipes features Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls.
The sports comedy is written by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Doug Hall.
“The Little Mermaid” — May 26
Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1989 Oscar winner follows Ariel (Halle Bailey) and her quest for more than life under the sea once she meets and falls in love with a human, Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King).
“The Little Mermaid” will star Bailey, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. It will include original songs and new ones from Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
You can watch the trailer here.
“The Boogeyman” — June 2
Originally set to debut on Hulu, the Stephen King adaptation will now get a summer theatrical release. The short story follows two sisters who are haunted by a mysterious presence in their house following the death of their mother.
Madison Hu, Vivien Lyra Blair (“Obi-Wan Kenobi”), David Dastmalchian, and Chris Messina star.
“Elemental” — June 16
Directed by Peter Sohn (“The Good Dinosaur”), Pixar’s next movie follows the bond between anthropomorphic fire and water elements who can’t touch.
In development for seven years, Sohn told The Hollywood Reporter the film is inspired by his relationship with his parents who both died during the making of the film.
The film stars Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” — June 30
Harrison Ford returns one final time in the long-awaited fifth “Indiana Jones” film.
The sequel seems to ditch some of the characters from the fourth film, following Indy and his goddaughter, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), as they go up against ex-Nazis who are working for NASA to help in the space race.
James Mangold (“Logan”) directs “Dial of Destiny,” the first film in the franchise that isn’t directed or written by Steven Spielberg or George Lucas.
Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, and Mads Mikkelsen also star.
“Haunted Mansion” — July 28
Based on the Disney parks’ attraction, the reboot of the 2003 film follows a single mom who hires experts to rid of spirits from her new home.
The film has a pretty big cast, including Danny DeVito, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, and Dan Levy.
Jared Leto will play the beloved Disney attraction icon The Hatbox Ghost.
“World’s Best” — Summer on Disney+
The coming-of-age musical comedy follows 12-year-old math genius Prem Patel (Manny Magnus) as he sets out to become a rap star after learning his late father was a famous rapper.
Directed by Roshan Sethi, the film also stars Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Never Have I Ever”), Punam Patel, and Jake Choi.
“A Haunting in Venice” — September 15
In 20th Century Studios’ third film based on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery series, the retired super sleuth “reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo” on All Hallows’ Eve.
The detective is forced back into action when a guest is murdered.
Kenneth Branagh returns to direct and star as the detective alongside a new cast consisting of Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh, and Kyle Allen.
“Next Goal Wins” — September 22
Based on a true story, Taika Waititi’s (“Thor: Love and Thunder”) sports comedy follows coach Thomas Rongen’s (Michael Fassbender) attempt to lead the American Samoa soccer team, considered the world’s worst soccer team, into a World Cup qualifier.
Rhys Darby, Elisabeth Moss, and Will Arnett also star.
“Peter Pan & Wendy” — TBD on Disney+
David Lowry, who directed “Pete’s Dragon,” reimagines the remake of Disney’s 1953 animated film, “Peter Pan.”
At 2022’s D23 Expo, which Insider attended, fans were told the film will put a bigger focus on Wendy’s (Ever Anderson) story as she joins Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) in Neverland.
“Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi will play Tinker Bell.
The film will also show more of the history of Peter’s rivalry with Captain Hook.
“We got to mine their backstory a little more. You understand a little more about their past, and a past where they were possibly once friends,” Law said at D23. “There’s still, as I said, a great rivalry.”
“True Love” — October 6
Directed and written by Gareth Edwards (“Rogue One”), the sci-fi crime comedy stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, and Ken Watanabe.
The plot is currently unknown.
“The Marvels” — November 10, 2023
The “Captain Marvel” sequel finds Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) powers tangled with those of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who Marvel refers to as Carol’s “estranged niece.”
The three team up to save the universe. Samuel L. Jackson and Zawe Ashton also star.
Nia DeCosta (“Candyman”) directs the sequel.
“Wish” — November 22
Disney’s next big animated film will focus on the origin story of the wishing star seen across many Disney classics.
The film will follow Asha (Ariana DeBose) in the kingdom of Rosas as she sets out to save her home with a tiny cosmic sidekick named Star.
Alan Tudyk also stars.
“Crater” — TBD on Disney+
The coming-of-age sci-fi adventure follows Caleb Channing (Isaiah Russell-Bailey) who, after the death of his father on their lunar home, explores a mysterious crater with four friends before he’s sent to live on a faraway planet.
Mckenna Grace and Kid Cudi also star.
“Stan Lee” — Disney+
Announced on what would’ve been the Marvel creator’s 100th birthday, Disney will release a documentary on the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics this year on Disney+.
Untitled Sandra Oh and Awkwafina comedy — TBD on Hulu
The comedy follows sisters Anne (Awkwafina) and Jenny (Oh) as they work together to pay off their mother’s gambling debts.
The pair use Anne’s love for game shows to focus on making her a game-show champ.
The film also stars Jason Schwartzman and Tony Hale.
The Hulu original will premiere in Latin America on Disney-owned Star+ and on Disney+ in other territories.
“Flamin’ Hot” — TBD
The Searchlight biopic, directed by Eva Longoria, explores the Frito-Lay janitor, Richard Montañez, who claims he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
A Frito-Lay statement calls Montañez’s story “urban legend.“
“Poor Things” — TBD
Based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, an eccentric doctor (Willem Dafoe) brings his daughter (Emma Stone) back to life using the brain of her unborn child.
Also starring Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef, the movie is currently in post-production.
“Nightbitch” — TBD on Hulu
The adaptation of Rachel Yoder’s 2021 novel follows a stay-at-home mom (Amy Adams) who believes she may be turning into a dog.
“Dust” — TBD on Hulu
Sarah Paulson stars in the 1930s’ set psychological horror thriller where a woman becomes convinced there’s a sinister force in the area’s dust storms threatening her family.
“Dashing Through the Snow”: Holiday season on Disney+
The comedy follows a social worker who hates Christmas and crosses paths with a man who helps restore his belief in the magic of the holiday.
Lil Rel Howery, Ludacris, and Teyonah Parris star.
Deadline reported the film will be out next holiday season.
There are a few other upcoming Searchlight Pictures, Hulu, and Disney+ films currently without release dates that will likely be released in 2023.
“Young Woman and the Sea” (Disney+): The Daisy Ridley-led biopic focuses on competitive swimmer Gertrude Ederle, who won gold at the 1924 Olympics and later became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
“Out of My Mind” (Disney+): An adaptation of Sharon M. Draper’s first-person novel about a girl living with cerebral palsy.
“Suncoast” (Searchlight Pictures): Inspired by director Laura Chinn’s life, a teen (Nico Parker) takes her brother to live at a special facility and forms a friendship with an activist (Woody Harrelson). Currently in post-production, the film will stream on Hulu in the US, Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in other countries.
“Strangers” (Searchlight Pictures): — Adam (Andrew Scott) discovers his dead parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell) alive in his childhood home after an encounter with his neighbor. Currently in post-production, the film is set to premiere on Hulu, Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in other countries.
“The Greatest Hits” (Searchlight Pictures): The Ned Bronson-directed rom-com that focuses on the connection between music and memory. The film, currently in post-production, stars Lucy Boynton and Justin H. Min.
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat (Searchlight Pictures): Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the drama follows three best friends, The Supremes, whose friendship is tested. Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”) stars.
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