These blockbusters will rule the box office this year, from Disney’s “live action” The Lion King, to the Elton John biopic Rocketman, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and fan favorite Toy Story 4 these must-see films will definitely be trending topics.
The Lion King
Disney’s classic The Lion King has a star-studded lineup of voice actors for the “live-action” version of the film, Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, and film legend James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa. The new trailer has Twitter in an uproar in anticipation for the epic summer movie.
Release date: July 19.
Before he was Sir Elton John the piano playing rockstar, wearing extravagant costumes and writing unforgettable songs, he was Reginald Kenneth Dwight. Rocketman tells the story of Elton John’s rise to stardom, played by Taron Egerton. Elton originally wanted Justin Timberlake to play the role, who appeared in the 2001 video for “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore”as John.
Release date: May 31.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
In the X-Men: Dark Phoenix the mighty mutants fight a different type of foe, one of their own. In the trailer we see Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence ) get blown away by Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix (Sophie Turner).
“Well, the thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies. It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away. There’s a reality to this movie and a consequence to this movie. Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men,” director Simon Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly.
Release date: June 7.
Jordan (Regina Hall) is a take-no-prisoners mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant April (Issa Rae) and employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself, played by Black-ish star Marsai Martin.
Martin told Essence she was inspired to create Little after watching the 1988 movie “Big,” starring Tom Hanks. Little hits theaters this spring, directed by Tina Gordon, written by Tracy Oliver and produced by “Girls Trip” producer Will Packer, along with James Lopez and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.
Release date: April 12.
Toy Story 4
They’re baaack! Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and the gang are all here for Toy Story 4. The fourth installment of the Disney-Pixar series introduces new characters Ducky (Keegan Michael-Key), Bunny (Jordan Peele), Forky (Tony Hale) and Keanu Reeves mysterious character Duke Kaboom. The top secret Kaboom is not in the trailer, but there was a Toy Story 4 Easter egg in The Incredible’s 2, according to Uproxx, if you look closely in Baby Jack Jack’s crib.
Release date: June 21.
Tony Stark aka Iron Man is lost in space, while the remaining Avengers, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner, must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with the evil demigod, Thanos.
Release date: April 26.