‘Avengers’ sequel, ‘Cinderella’ lead Disney’s 2015 film line-up

The long-awaited "Avengers: Age of Ultron" finally opens in April 2015.  (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

The long-awaited “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally opens in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Walt Disney Studios Philippines will release nine movies in 2015, led by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the live-action Cinderella, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first Star Wars installment since 2005.

INTO THE WOODS 

Disney’s opening film for the new year will be Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods, already a December blockbuster in the U.S. and stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story. Watch the trailer below.


CINDERELLA

In March, Cinderella will get the live-action treatment, the way Disney brought fantasy characters like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland to the big screen. Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh and features Lily James (Downton Abbey), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Cate Blanchett. Watch the trailer below. (Seriously, that dress.)


AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Avengers: Age of Ultron will start its box-office campaign in April. The sequel will once again feature the team-up of superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, with some new additions. The team must reassemble to defeat Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. The first Avengers earned $1.5 billion in 2012. Watch the trailer for the sequel below.


TOMORROWLAND

The month of May will see Disney’s riveting mystery adventure Tomorrowland, in which a jaded scientist (George Clooney) and an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson, Under the Dome) embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. Watch the trailer below.


INSIDE OUT

In June, Pixar will bow its original movie Inside Out, which will take audiences to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind, complete with anthromorphized emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Watch the trailer below.


ANT-MAN

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd will see action in July. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Watch Marvel president Kevin Feige and the Ant-Man cast talk about the movie at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con below.


THE JUNGLE BOOK

No official website, photo, and trailer yet.

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book will be a live-action retelling of another literary classic—and Disney animation—when it bows in October.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR 
No official website, photo, and trailer yet.

In November, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will ask the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film promises to be an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Disney ends the year with J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of new Star Wars films through the studio’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. The Force Awakens is expected to bolster the studio’s offerings through sequels and spinoffs the way Marvel launched a series of superhero franchises for the company, which benefitted the rest of Disney’s divisions. Watch the teaser trailer below.

Disney Studios generated around $3.4 billion at the worldwide box office ($1.37 billion domestic) in 2014 through the release of 13 movies. Its top earner was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at $772 million, followed by Maleficent with $758 million, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another hit for Marvel, at $714 million.

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