Walt Disney Studios @ CinemaCon 2022

This week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Disney gave a massive presentation filled with announcements on their 2022 theatrical line-up. They unveiled some exclusive previews of their latest titles from Marvel Studios, 20th Century Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

To really kick off the list of announcements let’s look at 20th Century Studios as they provided a first look at David O. Russell’s (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) new film “Amsterdam” an original romantic crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the centre of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history. Starring an all-star cast with Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Timothy Olyphant, Zoe Saldana, with Rami Malek and the great Robert De Niro. It arrives in cinemas on November 3rd and is sure looking to be an epic feature.Then continuing on with another highly anticipated announcement they unveiled the title for James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Being set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. Directed by the legendary James Cameron the film stars oe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Winslet. 

The teaser trailer was screened at CinemaCon for the very first time in 3D with some very enthusiastic responses from the audience. But for those who weren’t there the trailer will officially debut exclusively in cinemas with Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” on May 5th next week. 

 The highly anticipated sequel is arriving in cinemas December 15th. And as a special bonus, the studio will be re-releasing the first “Avatar” in Australian Cinemas on September 22nd.

Then the Studio also screened the first 6 minutes of the upcoming “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” which opens in Aussie cinemas May 26th. The big screen, animated comedy-adventure film is based on the long-running hit animated show Bob’s Burgers which features the voices of  H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, along with Zach Galifianakis, and Kevin Kline.

Next up is Marvel Studios as they dived into the Multiverse as they screened the first 20 minutes of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” The film plans to unleash the Multiverse as it pushes the boundaries further than ever before upon the MCU. Fans will journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” the film is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. It will open in Aussie cinemas next week on May 5th. 

From Pixar CinemaCon attendees were treated with footage from Pixar’s latest upcoming feature “Lightyear,” a Sci-fi action-adventure that is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear the hero who inspired the classic toy. 

“Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne, and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison, and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. It’s directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and features a score from the magnificent award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“The Batman,” “Up”). 

You can expect to see “Lightyear in Aussie cinemas June 16th.

With loads of movies scheduled to come out later this year, Disney looks to have a pretty exciting slate of movies for 2022 that we can’t wait to see.

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