The South African media in Cape Town gathered last week for all things Disney with the Walt Disney Company Africa's annual showcase.
We were treated to an exclusive rundown of what's to come from the Mouse House in the next few months, from animation to Star Wars to Marvel.
Here are some of the highlights...
- Live Action -
Beauty and the Beast
(A scene from 'Beauty and the Beast' Credit: Disney)
Beauty and the Beast is Disney's next live-action film taken from their animated classics catalogue; and the Mouse House couldn't help but give us a little tease.
What we got was some test footage showing in action a CGI Chip (Nathan Mack) and Mrs Potts – voiced by Emma Thompson, who sounds exactly like Angela Lansbury's version from the 1991 animated version.
Queen of Katwe
(A scene from 'Queen of Katwe' Credit: Disney)
Based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, Queen of Katwe is the story of a Ugandan chess player from the slums who beat the odds and made a success of herself. Why should you go and see it? Well, it stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Golden Globe-nominated actor David Oyelowo (Selma). Plus, it's an inspirational story which takes place in Africa.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5
The Walt Disney Company Africa's Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Christine Service, explained to the media that with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the studio is attempting to recapture the magic of the first film.
What we got to see was concept art featuring the film's eerie-looking ghost villain, Captain Salazar - played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem.
The diabolical ghoul apparently shares a past with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), and is intent on wiping out all pirates. Cut to the legendary Trident of Poseidon – a weapon which most of the characters in the film seek. Why? Because it gives the bearer control over the seas.
The Trident of Poseidon is also the reason Orlando Bloom's Will Turner factors into the plot...
- Star Wars -
(A still from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" featuring the Death Troopers. Credit: Lucasfilm)
Once again, the Mouse House was a little skimpy with the Star Wars material, and maybe that's a good thing.
One of the many highlights of watching The Force Awakens last year was the surprises it had in store, as Disney left out quite a bit in the marketing materials.
In any case, Disney showed us the recent Rogue One trailer – a big reminder that Darth Vader is returning to the big screen.
- Disney Animation -
('Moana' poster. Credit: Disney)
Disney is giving us a double dose from their animated studio this year. First we had the critically acclaimed Zootropolis back in March. Later this year, audiences will feast their eyes on Moana – a gorgeous-looking adventure film set in Oceania.
- Disney Channel -
(Disney Channel logo. Credit: Disney)
To celebrate Disney Channel's (DStv Channel 303) 10th anniversary this year, DStv is giving Compact and Extra subscribers the chance to catch the magical kids channel from September 5, 2016 for a limited time.
- Marvel -
Marvel's Doctor Strange drops into cinemas later this year, and the second trailer should give you an idea of what to expect.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
('Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Concept Art. Credit: Marvel)
We got a nice behind-the-scenes reel with filmmakers explaining what audiences can expect from this highly anticipated sequel. Non-spoilerish concept art featuring various locations in the film also surfaced on screen during the reel.
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) will meet his father, played by Kurt Russell, in this sequel.
- Pixar -
('Cars 3' logo. Credit: Pixar/ Disney)
Cars 2 is deemed by many as the least favourite film from Pixar Animation Studios; so the fact that a sequel is even seeing the light of day is a little surprising. However; judging by what we learned from the showcase, it seems Pixar has heard our concerns and plans on redeeming this franchise.
In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen is at the lowest point of his racing career – he's not the champion he used to be, and he is quickly fading. To get back on top, he enlists the aid of race technician Cruz Ramirez and also goes on a journey of self-discovery. Sounds like an emotional and complex journey – a formula that has worked wonders for Pixar over the years.
Can Cars 3 redeem the franchise and possibly make its mark as the top entry in the film series?
- Television -
Taking place after the events of Romeo and Juliet, the Montague and Capulet feud rages on in Still Star-Crossed.
Based on the novel of the same name, Still Star-Crossed follows Juliet's cousin Rosaline of Capulet (Lashana Lynch) who is forcibly betrothed to Benvolio of Montague (Wade Briggs) in a bid to end the feud between the two families.
Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) is sadly the town's black sheep housewife as she's not thin, skinny, rich or snobbish like her fellow counterparts.
Find out how Katie deals with all of this in the trailer below...