CinemaCon Studio Guide: Disney’s Cinderella & Guardians of the Galaxy

Since disney’s head of live action, Sean Bailey announced the live action recreation of the classic Cinderella at D23 Expo last year, we have heard little about the project. However, during todays Disney presentation at Cinema Con we have finally got our first look and image at the feature production which will be released on March 13th in 2015 and stars Downton Abbey’s Lily James. The project has also cast Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell and Helena Bonham Carter.

Given Disney’s recent D23 expo the studio did not have much to present, especially if you were holding your breath hoping for a Cinema Con unveiling of the first footage from Star Wars, then you might have to wait a little longer. As apart from retelling previously announced details about the film there was not much on the anticipated picture. Disney’s Alan Horn did attempt to calm the Vegas audience and exhibitors joking in his best Yoda voice “Patience, you must have.” While the presentation shifted quietly away from revealing any information or first looks at the upcoming Star Wars project, the event did give way to announcements from disney regarding Pixar and Marvels upcoming projects.

In the way of Marvel, Disney kicked off showing trailers and clips of two of their upcoming works, both set to be released this year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Horn also briefly talked about the Avengers sequel ‘Age of Ultron’ saying “I have the Avengers final draft in my briefcase, it’s just so great.”

Pixar wise the presentation welcomed footage unveiling Pixar’s next feature production ‘Inside Out’, they brought along an interesting package of incomplete footage that was actually amazing. The feature length animation, written and directed Pete Docter, tells a tale from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little 11-year-old girl, who is having trouble coping with her family’s move across the country. The film certainly looks very original and it seems like its is going to develop into a truly compeling film especially as Pixar has reportedly cast comedians Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black to voice the characters named after the emotions Joy, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Anger.

Also showboated at the Disney presentation was another live-action feature film The Million Dollar Arm. The complete film, which was introduced by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, was screened to attendees. The film follows a sports agent through the stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Hamm expressed just how “intensely proud” he is seeing this true story recreated on the silver screen which will be brought to cinemas on May 16th.


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