Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther’s Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

Variety | 5/6/2020 | Matt Donnelly
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Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday.

The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and villain cosplay lined the halls and clamored for glimpses at everyone from Angelina Jolie to Dwayne Johnson.

Fans - Family - Studio - Chief - Officer

“We mean it when we say you’re not fans, you’re family,” said studio chief creative officer and co-chair Alan Horn, in introducing the lineup.

Here are some key takeaways:

Star - Wars - Rise - Skywalker - Saga

We’ve heard before that “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” would end the saga kicked off in 2015 by “The Force Awakens.” The former’s director J.J. Abrams, flanked by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, went as far as to say it would complete the arc of franchise films put forth since the 1977 original.

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Studio - Hype - Rabid - Fan - Base

It might sound like classic studio hype that serves to invoke nostalgia in a rabid fan base, but something about Abrams’ sentiment felt definitive — especially in light of the overall mega-deal he just signed at Warner Bros.

Kennedy promised fans the film would be “incredibly fun.” Abrams took a sentimental route, and said the film was a love letter to the late Carrie Fisher.

Infinity - Saga - Bidding - Farewell - Robert

After completing the historic Infinity Saga and bidding farewell to Robert Downey Jr., the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not short of stars to fill its many roles. Hotly rumored for a day prior, “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington joined the cast of “The Eternals,” a relatively unknown Marvel property about aliens who have lived thousands of years on earth.

Harington will not star as one of the ancient creatures, which include Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Richard Madden...
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