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The Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Will Hit Theaters Just In Time For Summer…But Obviously Not This Year

We will return to Pride Rock in 2019, so that should give Beyoncé plenty of time to sign on to play Nala in The Lion King.

Disney has just unleashed a series of release dates for some of their biggest forthcoming films. Fans who have been desperate to see Donald Glover become King as Simba in Jon Favreau’s live-action version of The Lion King will be pleased to know the film will drop July 19, 2019. Though we’re getting James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Mufasa, Indiana Jones fanatics probably won’t be too thrilled that Timone and Pumbaa’s return will be pushing the newest Indiana Jones movie back by a full year. Harrison Ford won’t swing his whip again until July 10, 2020.

The Lion King isn’t the only thing that will get Disney fans to roar. The kiddos will be belting out “Let It Go” around Thanksgiving when Elsa and Anna reemerge in Frozen 2 on November 27, 2019. Let’s cross our fingers that the new soundtrack isn’t quite as catchy.

Donald Glover will be starring in the Han Solo spin-off as Lando Calrissian (a role first made famous by Billy Dee Williams back in 1980 ) which is already set for May 25, 2018. After Hans Solo, Star Wars: Episode IX which is currently super hush-hush will drop May 24, 2019. Star Wars fanatics should be thrilled about this news. With The Last Jedi debuting on December 15th of this year, that’s a Star Wars flick every single year for three years.

But this isn’t the only good news. The release date for Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time just got pushed up a month. Instead of its April release date, we’ll get to see the $100 million budget film on March 9, 2018.

Disney has tons of magic up its sleeve and they’re only getting started.