'Free Guy,' 'Thor 4' and 'Lightyear' Get Release Dates Amid New Disney Plan
Disney is shifting some of its release calendar following a lengthy investor day presentation Thursday that laid out the company's streaming and theatrical plans for the next few years.
The King's Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman series, is moving back one month to March 12, 2021. Searchlight's Antlers has been taken off its February 2021 spot and is undated. The animated Raya and the Last Dragon, which will now debut on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously, is moving up slightly to March 5, 2021.
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Ryan Reynolds' gaming movie Free Guy has set a new date of May 21, 2021, while 20th Century and Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile is dated for Sept. 17, 2021. The newly announced animated movie Encanto will open Nov. 24, 2021.
On the Marvel front, Thor: Love and Thunder is moving back a few months to May 6, 2022, while Black Panther II departs that May date and will move to July 8, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 moves from July to Nov. 11, 2022.
The Pixar movie Turning Red is set for March 11, 2022, while Lightyear, a take on Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise and starring Chris Evans, will open June 17, 2022.
Rogue Squadron, a newly announced Star Wars movie from filmmaker Patty Jenkins, opens Dec. 22, 2023.
The theatrical moves come one week after Warner Bros. announced plans to send its entire 2021 slate to HBO Max and theaters day-and-date, drawing criticism from theater chain AMC and filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan.
While Disney announced several films were going to Disney+ during its investor day, the company also signaled that it intends to continue sending its biggest features — including those from Stars Wars and Marvel — to theaters.
Dec. 11, 11:15 a.m.: A previous version misstated the release date for Death on the Nile. THR regrets the error.
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