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Among Disney’s animated hits, “The Lion King” stands tallest for a lot of fans.

Given Disney’s success in live-action remakes it was little surprise when the company announced it was doing a live-action version of the animated classic.

Previously, Donald Glover was announced as Simba, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa and John Oliver as Zazu.

Now, a big star has joined. Disney announced that Hugh Jackman (“Logan”) will voice Scar.

“The Lion King’ is set to be released in 2019.

 

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Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming Disney film, “A Wrinkle In Time.”

The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

What do you think?

Disney gave audiences a look at a number of upcoming film projects at D23.

Among the news revealed included:

  • Taraji P. Henson will voice a character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
  • A clip from a possible “Planes” sequel.
  • John Lasseter will hand directing duties on “Toy Story 4” over to Josh Cooley.
  • A tease about “Frozen 2” and “The Incredibles 2.”
  • A clip from “Coco.”

D23 is just getting started so expect to see more news through the weekend.

A pair of new releases take aim at Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson.

Can either take over the top spot?

The short answer is no. “Beauty and the Beast” fell 48 percent in its second weekend. That mark is a pretty strong hold considering the size of its opening weekend.

A similar drop this weekend will put it in the $45 to 50 million range.

“The Boss Baby” will be the top newcomer in second. The animated film may not live up to past animated hits, including last year’s “Home” or even “The Croods” and may only get to $30 to 35 million.

Opening in third will be “Ghost in the Shell” with Scarlett Johansson. Pre-release tracking had it around the likes of “The Maze Runner” so expect this one to earn around $30 million.

With “Beauty and the Beast” setting the box office on fire, another Disney classic is getting the live action treatment. “Mulan” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018 and director Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) had some news to share.

In an interview with Moviefone, current plans for the film contain no songs. That’s right, “Mulan” may not be a musical. That means it may be making a man out of audiences in a different way than people remember.

 

“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

“Beauty and the Beast” earned a massive $63.78 million on Friday. That is a notch below “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the $81.5 million it earned on its opening Friday, but comic book films are almost always more front loaded.

The Disney film starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) should wind up around $160-170 million for the weekend.

 

The tale as old as time returns to theaters. There’s no question “Beauty and the Beast” will open above $100 million. How high will it soar?

Disney has had a lot of success bringing animated classics to live action. “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and “The Jungle Book” all enjoyed strong box office numbers but “Beauty and the Beast” stands in a class above them.

The animated film was released in 1991, meaning fans of that film are old enough to have nostalgia set in and many may have children of their own to bring. “Beauty and the Beast” stands tall as one of those revered films with music that people still sing today.

All that means anticipation is sky high. The movie earned $16.7 million during preview showings, much higher than other recent family hits like “Finding Dory” ($9.2 million). This film will light the box office on fire. Can it catch “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its $166 million March record? It’ll be close.

Opening weekend prediction: $160-170 million.

There will be no “Star Wars” news or panel of any kind from Comic-Con. Disney did confirm, however, that “Star Wars Episode VII” will have a “presence” at D23, which happens Aug. 9-11. People are expecting casting announcements, including the much rumored return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. No concrete details have been released but the J.J. Abrams directed film will begin production in early 2014 so news has to come soon.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

You’d think Disney would learn that some expensive projects (“John Carter”, “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp) just aren’t worth it. I mean, with Pixar, you’ve made “Toy Story”, “Up” and more. You have animated classics like “The Lion King” and “Cinderella”. For many, the animated “The Jungle Book” is on the list of their favorite animated films. Get ready for a new live action version of it. Now “The Jungle Book” was a live action film in 1994, but who remembers that one? Exactly. It seems to be a trend with Disney with “Maleficent” (“Sleeping Beauty”) and “Cinderella” also future live action films based on Disney’s animated classics. Don’t forget they made “Alice in Wonderland” from Tim Burton. Ugh. At least one of these films is going to flop…big time.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.