The unveiling of the 13th Doctor wasn’t the only big announcement this weekend; Disney also held its annual D23 expo in Anaheim, CA, and as usual there was lots of news about their upcoming slate of movies.
Most poignant of all was a new behind-the-scenes video of the next installment of the final Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson, wearing a rather fetching lobster sweater, was shown on set with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and — in footage shot a few months before her untimely death in December — the late, great Carrie Fisher.
Lucky attendees had already been shown footage from Jon Favreau‘s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, and, though there’s no sign of it online, some people who saw it reported back on Twitter:
They just showed the shot for shot opening of Lion King, The Circle of Life, in live-action. And I can't stop crying. #D23Expo
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 15, 2017
Then the cast for Guy Ritchie‘s Aladdin had been announced, with relative newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) playing Aladdin and Princess Jasmine respectively, and Will Smith‘s casting as the Genie confirmed.
Director Tim Burton then appeared in a short video to announce the start of production on Dumbo, and confirmed the film’s cast, which features Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and Michael Keaton.
Not only that, but a motion poster of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins was released, meaning we got to see her somewhat haughty (albeit practically perfect in every way) expression in action:
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) July 15, 2017
And then (phew!) fans were treated to a teaser of A Wrinkle in Time, director Ava DuVernay‘s technicolor adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s young adult novel, with Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling in some very glittery make-up, and a glimpse of Doctor Who‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dr. Kate Murry.
But it was the footage of Carrie Fisher, who passed away last year shortly after filming her scenes as General Leia Organa, that gripped audiences at the event.
Thankfully this particular video was made available online, meaning the rest of us can see it too:
Aww. That Oscar is a cutie, isn’t he? There’s also a glimpse of a mauve-haired Laura Dern, who plays the mysterious Admiral Hondo, and Benicio del Toro as a shady character known only as “DJ.”
All in all, this new clip gives us more of an insight than the official teaser released in April, which, let’s face it, offered little more than we already knew by the end of The Force Awakens. It also underlined that whatever happens with the rebellion, and whatever fate awaits Leia and the Jedi order, this penultimate outing for the Star Wars story is already bound to be a tearjerker.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15, 2017.
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