Complete List of Disney Theatrical Movies Releasing in 2023
In celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary, the Mouse House has just announced its full theatrical release schedule for 2023 from April onwards. With a lineup spanning from Marvel’s action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the studio has put together a veritable smorgasbord of movies for all tastes. And for those who like a good scare, The Boogeyman, based on Stephen King’s spine-tingling short story, is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. So grab some popcorn, indulge in some trailers and mark your calendars for a night at the ol’ pictures.
2023 Disney Theatrical Movie Release Schedule
The official list of every Disney Theatrical Movie Release for April onwards, meaning those that are entered into the theatre distribution system for public viewing.
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 4
- The Little Mermaid – May 25
- The Boogeyman – June 1
- Elemental – June 15
- Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny – June 28
- Haunted Mansion – July 27
- Chevalier – August 10
- A Haunting In Venice – September 14
- Next Goal Wins – September 21
- The Marvels – November 9
- Wish – November 23
Now we’ve rounded up the top titles, let’s check out the complete list.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 4
The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, directed and written by James Gunn, promises another thrilling adventure with the fan-favourite cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. The story follows the Guardians settling into life on Knowhere, only to have Rocket’s past threaten their future. Kevin Feige produces with an executive production team that includes Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nikolas Korda, Simon Hatt, and Sara Smith.
Director: James Gunn
Producer: Kevin Feige
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Maria Bakalova
2. The Little Mermaid – May 25
Get ready to be whisked away to a magical underwater world with visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall’s highly anticipated live-action retelling of the classic Oscar-winning animated musical, The Little Mermaid. Starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, the film tells the beloved story of Ariel, a young mermaid who dreams of adventure and falls in love with Prince Eric. Produced by Marc Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John DeLuca, and Rob Marshall, the movie features music from the legendary Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, with Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy
Music: Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
3. The Boogeyman – June 1
Disney goes spooky with the upcoming horror-thriller, The Boogeyman, brought to you by 20th Century Studios and based on the classic short story by best-selling author Stephen King. The film follows high school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer, who are struggling to cope with the recent loss of their mother, while their therapist father, Will, grapples with his own pain. When a troubled patient unexpectedly appears at their home seeking help, he unwittingly unleashes an evil supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on their suffering. Directed by Rob Savage, known for his work on the hit film Host, penned by Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, who co-wrote A Quiet Place, and Mark Heyman, who wrote Black Swan, The Boogeyman stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu, LisaGay Hamilton, and David Dastmalchian.
Director: Rob Savage
Short Story: Stephen King
Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu, LisaGay Hamilton, and David Dastmalchian
Studio: 20th Century Studios
4. Elemental – June 15
You can’t help but get captivated by the stunning visuals of Disney and Pixar’s latest animated feature film, Elemental. In a move that’s sure to speak to OG Captain Planet fans, this original story takes place in a world where fire, water, land, and air residents coexist. Ember, a fiery and determined young woman, finds herself questioning her long-held beliefs when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Wade, a laid-back and easygoing guy. Directed by Peter Sohn, who also directed The Good Dinosaur and Partly Cloudy short, and produced by Denise Ream, known for her work on The Good Dinosaur and Cars 2, the flick promises to be an exciting and heartwarming adventure for audiences of all ages.
Director: Peter Sohn
Cast: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie del Carmen, Bernie; Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara, Mason Wertheimer and Joe Pera
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
5. Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny – June 28
Legendary hero Indiana Jones returns to the big screen in this beloved franchise’s fifth and final instalment. Harrison Ford reprises his iconic role as the fearless archaeologist in a new era, facing retirement and struggling to fit into a world that seems to have left him behind. However, when an old rival threatens to obtain an ancient and powerful artefact, Indy is forced to pick up his whip and don his hat once again to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Directed by James Mangold, known for his work on Ford v Ferrari and Logan, and featuring a star-studded cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen, this highly anticipated film looks set to be a big, globe-trotting cinematic adventure.
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Oliver Richters, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen
Studio: Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm
6. Haunted Mansion – July 27
In Haunted Mansion, a woman and her son enlist the help of a group of eccentric spiritual experts to exorcise their home of supernatural squatters. Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, the film boasts an impressive cast, including LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto as The Hatbox Ghost. Directed by Justin Simien, this mysterious comedic adventure promises to offer a healthy mixture of spooks and laughs.
Director: Justin Simien
Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
7. Chevalier – August 10
Chevalier is a film based on the true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. He was the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who defied societal norms and rose to prominence as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer in French society. Based on the preview, Kelvin Harrison Jr. delivers a tour de force performance as Bologne, alongside a talented cast including Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Minnie Driver, Sian Clifford, Alex Fitzalan, and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. Directed by Stephen Williams and written by Stefani Robinson, the film is produced by a team of seasoned professionals, including Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Stefani Robinson, and Dianne McGunigle.
Director: Stephen Williams
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Minnie Driver, Sian Clifford, Alex Fitzalan and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo
Studio: Searchlight Pictures
8. A Haunting in Venice – September 14
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in A Haunting in Venice, a spine-chilling mystery based on Agatha Christie’s novel, Hallowe’en Party. Set in post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, the story follows the retired detective as he reluctantly attends a séance at a haunted palazzo, only for one of the guests to be murdered. Poirot is then thrust into a world of shadows and secrets. The talented ensemble cast includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michelle Yeoh
Studio: 20th Century Studios
9. Next Goal Wins – September 21
Next Goal Wins is an upcoming comedy/drama directed by Taika Waititi that tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team. The squad became the laughing stock of the soccer world after their infamous 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup Qualifiers looming, the team hires a down-on-his-luck coach, played by Michael Fassbender, to help turn their fortunes around. This hilarious underdog tale promises to have audiences both laughing and cheering for the ultimate soccer underdogs.
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenplay: Iain Morris, Taika Waititi
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, Kaimana, Will Arnett, Elisabeth Moss
Studio: Searchlight Pictures
10. The Marvels – November 9
The Marvels is the latest addition to the Marvel superhero universe, directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Kevin Feige. As expected the film boasts a powerhouse cast, including Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, and Park Seo-Joon. The story follows Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, who must save the universe after her powers are thrown into overdrive by a wormhole connected to a Kree revolutionary. To achieve this, she teams up with Jersey City’s Ms. Marvel and her estranged niece, Captain Monica Rambeau.
Director: Nia DaCosta
Producer: Kevin Feige
Cast: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton and Park Seo-joon
Studio: Marvel Studios
11. Wish – November 23
Disney Animation Studios has reached a major milestone as it celebrates its centennial anniversary. To mark this special occasion, the team there has produced a new original feature film called Wish, which delves into the origin story of the iconic wishing star that many beloved Disney characters have wished upon. The film features an all-star voice cast, including Academy Award-winning actress Ariana DeBose as Asha and Alan Tudyk as Valentino, a pyjama-wearing goat. Directed by Chris Buck (Frozen, Frozen 2) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Raya and the Last Dragon), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Frozen, Frozen 2) and co-produced by Juan Pablo Reyes (Encanto), this animated musical is set to delight audiences of all ages.
Directors: Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
Voice Cast: Ariana DeBose, Alan Tudyk
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
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