Disney+ promises to upend the future of streaming. In addition to all the classic films and television series that will be available on the service, the Walt Disney Company has a slate of new shows and movies that will debut on Disney+. With properties like The Mandalorian, Lady & the Tramp and the upcoming Marvel Studios series, there's still plenty for Disney to reveal. At D23 Expo in Anaheim, the studio offered a first look at the future of the service during a major showcase.
The show began with stars of the new High School Musical: The Musical television series taking the stage, delivering a live performance of songs from the film series of the same name. Drum players moved through the aisles of the audience while the cast danced and sang with one another. A new version of the musical is coming to Disney+ as a full series, focusing on a group of high school students in the modern-day that are starring in an in-universe production of High School Musical. The series will premiere with Disney+ on November 12.
Yvette Nicole Brown next came on to the stage as the host of the panel. She introduced Kevin Mayer, the chairman of direct-to-consumer content for Disney. Speaking towards the upcoming release of the streaming service, Mayer said "we have the brands that matter the most to the audience." Mayer confirmed that by the end of the year, the entire Pixar and animated Disney film catalogs will be available on the service, along with the host of original series.
Gary Marsh, the President and Chief Creative Officer for Disney Channel, next walked on stage. Marsh revealed that on November 12, over 5000 thousand episodes and over a hundred of original Disney Channel movies will be brought to the streaming service. There will also be an original Phineas & Ferb animated film exclusive to Disney+, Phineas & Ferb: Candance Against The Universe. Marsh also announced a brand new Lizzie McGuire series. The original creator, Terri Minsky, will helm the show. The show will also feature the return of Hilary Duff as Lizze McGuire. Duff revealed that in the show, McGuire is preparing to celebrate her thirtieth birthday while leading her dream life, but still contending with the animated 13-year old version of herself in her head.
Yvette Nicole Brown came back to the stage to introduce Forky Asks A Question, a new collection of Pixar shorts that centers on the character introduced in Toy Story 4. Tony Hale, who plays Forky, joined her on stage to pose his own questions for the world. Hale and Brown introduced an exclusive short from the collection for the audience at D23 that showed Forky and Ham talking about the definition of money. Brown then came back on stage to announce Monsters at Work. Two stars of the series, Aisha Tyler and Ben Feldman, joined Yvette to talk about the series. Feldman will play the main character, a new employee of Monsters Inc who's prepared to join the scare-floor, only to discover that scares have been replaced with laughter as an energy source. Tyler will play his mother, being supportive as her son tries to learn how to be funny instead of scary.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige next came on to speak about the Marvel slate for the streaming service. Feige recalled premiering footage from Avengers: Infinity War two years previously at D23. Feige brought up the first animated Marvel series, What If?. Each episode will tweak a previously released Marvel film, changing the outcome of the narrative. Almost the entire MCU caast will bring their voices to What If? before Feige played a short clip from the series. The clip teased episodes exploring Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and a Marvel Zombies world, along with Peggy Carter as a super-soldier with Steve Rogers as Iron Man. Uatu is also confirmed to be the narrator of the series. Haley Atwell joined Feige on stage, speaking about getting to continue playing Peggy Carter.
Feige shifted gears to Loki, introducing the head writer and director of the series. The series will confirm where Loki went after the events of Avengers: Endgame, followed by a brief message from Tom Hiddleston over video. Feige moved over to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They were joined by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the stars of the series. Feige revealed that Sharon Carter will be returning to the MCU as a part of the series. Wyatt Russell will also join the MCU as John Walker, aka the future US Agent.
WandaVision became the next subject, with the writer and director showing a brief teaser to highlight the tone of the show before describing the series as a mix of a classic sitcom and a MCU adventure. Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen joined them on stage, with Olsen hinting that shooting for the "wacky" series is about to begin. "The writing is so extraordinary," Bettany added. Feige revealed a new cast member of the show, Kat Dennings. She will reprise her role as Darcy from the first two Thor films. Randall Park will also appear, reprising his role as Agent Woo. Katherine Hobb will play the "noisy neighbor" of Wanda and Vision, although her actual role wasn't revealed. Three new shows have formally announced for Disney+: Ms. Marvel will introduce the Ms. Marvel of the MCU before bringing her to the films. Moon Knight was the next series announced, followed by She-Hulk.
A slew of non-fiction shows associated with Disney, including Marvel Hero Project, One Day At A Time, Pixar in Real Life, Dolphin Reef, and Pick of the Litter will also be featured on the service. Game shows will also be introduced, including the family cooking show Be Our Chef. Dwayne Johnson, Brie Larson and Jeff Goldblum will be among the producers working with Disney+ for non-fiction shows. Jeff Goldblum then took the stage to introduce the first teaser for The World According To Jeff Goldblum, which will see a curious Goldblum explore various aspects of the world such as ice cream, sneakers and tattoos.
Walt Disney Studios President Sean Bailey came on stage to introduce some of the original movies coming to Disney+. These include Stargirl, based on the YA novel of the same name. Academy-Award winning director Tom McCarthy will helm Tim Failure, a parody of a noir story based on the YA novel of the same name. The first trailer for Lady and the Tramp was also premiered, along with the first clip of Togo, based on the true story of a dog-racer working alongside a puppy starring Willem Dafoe. Bailey also revealed Noelle, an upcoming live-action film centering around the daughter of Santa Claus trying to find her brother after he tries to abandon his responsibilities as the new Santa. Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader will star as the main siblings. Billy Eichner, Shirley McClane, and more will star in the new holiday film. Noelle will premiere on November 12, before revealing the trailer for the movie.
A new Muppets series will also be premiered, Muppets Now. Described as an unscripted comedy show, the announcement revealed that it will feature a new slew of shorts featuring both old and new Muppets as well as celebrity guests. The series will premiere sometime in 2020. Another show coming to Disney+ in 2020 is Diary of a Female President centering on a young woman as she goes from being an average middle school student into becoming the eventual President of the United States. The series will star Gina Rodriguez as the eventual president.
Brown then introduced Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to discuss the future of Star Wars on Disney+. All Star Wars films and shows will be made available on Disney+ by the end of 2019. Kennedy first spoke about the returning Clone Wars animated series, which will debut in February of 2020. Reprising their roles from Rogue One, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk took the stage to speak briefly about the upcoming Caspian prequel series, which is currently early in production. The series will shoot in London in 2020. Kennedy then moved to The Mandalorian, which will premiere November 12. Jon Favreau took the stage to speak about the series, along with Dave Filoni. Talking about the scripts Favreau put together for the series, Filoni said "it really does feel like Star Wars." The pair then brought out the cast, of the series: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Taika Waititi and Giancarlo Esposito.
A trailer for The Mandalorian was then screened, after which Kennedy invited a special guest to the stage for "something special." That guest was Ewan McGregor, the actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogies. McGregor's presence confirms what fans have long guessed -- that there is an Obi-Wan series in the works for Disney+. No additional details about the series were confirmed at that time.