Disney Has So Many Movies Planned For 2022, Including a Buzz Lightyear Origin Story!

Jul 13 2021 - 8:43am

LIGHTYEAR, slated to open in theaters on June 17, 2022, is a sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy. The film reveals how a young test pilot became the Space Ranger that we all know him to be today. © 2020 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Although Disney's new-movie plans for 2022 [1] are pretty vague as of now (it hasn't even set dates for all of its 2021 releases [2] yet!), the company does have a general idea of what its film release calendar will look like next year. A couple of the films are still untitled as of now, but we are already giddy at the prospect of all the new Disney movies [3] coming in 2022.

From Pixar, we'll see two animated movies released — one called Turning Red [4] on March 11 and Lightyear, a Buzz Lightyear origin story [5], on June 17. As for Disney live-action films [6], there will be four, and they'll drop on April 8, May 27, Aug. 12, and Nov. 4. One of the spring releases will be the live-action/animated hybrid Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers; and two of the other three will be Disenchanted, a sequel to 2007's Enchanted, and The Jungle Book 2, a sequel to Jon Favreau [7]'s live-action remake of the animated classic. It's possible that the fourth will be the live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid [8], which wrapped filming in July [9]. And finally, an animated Disney flick is expected on Nov. 23.

Peter Pan & Wendy, which was originally supposed to hit Disney+ in 2021, has been pushed to 2022, but it's unclear whether it'll take one of the above live-action slots or if it is considered a separate release as a streaming original. The remake will star Yara Shahidi [11] as Tinker Bell and Jude Law [12] as Captain Hook.

For now, these small crumbs of information thrill us, but we of course can't wait to learn the names of all the upcoming movies — and find out whether any of them will be remakes of beloved films [13] — once they're announced. Stay tuned!

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