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Disney unveils first trailer for new movie Raya and the Dragon

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:24

by Daniel Megarry

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Disney has shared the first look trailer for upcoming animation Raya and the Last Dragon, and it looks stunning.

The movie, which was announced back in August 2019, features Star Wars alum Kelly Marie Tran in the titular role of Raya, a warrior who teams up with her animal sidekick Tuk Tuk to find the Last Dragon in the fantasy land of Kumandra.

Kelly is joined by fellow cast member Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Farewell) who voices Sisu, a water dragon inhabiting a human form who needs Raya’s help to get her powers back to save the kingdom.

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Raya and the Last Dragon is due for release in 2021

The movie will be Disney’s first Southeast Asian-inspired story, and voice actress Kelly Marie Tran has promised that her character will be a “badass, gritty warrior” – certainly not the classic image of a Disney princess.

“Raya is totally a warrior,” Kelly told Entertainment Weekly. “When she was a kid, she was excited to get her sword. And she grows up to be a really badass, gritty warrior and can really take care of herself.”

The first trailer, unveiled on Good Morning America, gives us a better idea of what we can expect from the upcoming movie: tomb exploring, warring tribes, an epic folklore-inspired quest, and of course that classic Disney charm.

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The movie is directed by Don Hall (Big Hero 6) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting), with a screenplay from Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians) and Qui Nguyen (The Society), so there’s a solid team behind it.

Raya and the Last Dragon is scheduled for release on 12 March 2021. Unlike the company’s live-action Mulan remake which recently premiered on the Disney+ streaming service, this one is expected to debut on the big screen in cinemas.

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WandaVision boss reveals The Office & Modern Family episode coming soon

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:27 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:49

by Daniel Megarry

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As if we weren’t excited enough for WandaVision, it’s now been revealed that one episode of the Disney+ show will take inspiration from hit sitcom The Office.

There’s not long to go until Marvel’s latest TV series WandaVision hits our screens on January 15, 2021, and while we still don’t know quite what the storyline is going to be, there are plenty of teasers from those involved about what we can expect.

The new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will follow Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda and Paul Bettany’s Vision as they live ideal suburban lives – but soon realize that not everything is as it seems.

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WandaVision will take inspiration from various sitcoms through the ages

The latest hint about what to expect from the new series comes from Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who spoke to Empire about the inspiration behind the unique sitcom-style approach the show will take.

We already know that one episode of the show – most likely the premiere – will take the form of a 1950s sitcom, complete with black-and-white visuals and a live studio audience, who no doubt had to sign some hefty NDAs to make sure nothing leaked.

Now, Feige has teased that the show will gradually progress through the decades, ending up with an episode inspired by none other than hit mockumentary series The Office. And yes, there will be fourth-wall-breaking confessionals from Wanda and Vision.

“I loved TV, and watched far too much The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy and Bewitched and everything,” Feige said of the shows that inspired WandaVision. “We go up to the Modern Family and The Office style. The talk-to-the-camera, shaky-camera, documentary style.”

It certainly seems like WandaVision will be different from anything Marvel have done before, and the news of an episode inspired by The Office has got fans pitching their dream scenarios of what could happen.

“Will it have a cameo from Michael Houdini?” joked one Reddit user, while another added: “I’m going to love this show so much. It’s such an odd and creative idea that completely breaks away from the Marvel formula.”

As for the show’s impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was recently revealed that WandaVision will “directly set up” Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which comes out in 2022, with Wanda/Scarlet Witch playing “a key role” in the sequel movie.

While we wait for the new Marvel show to hit Disney+ on January 15, 2021, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about WandaVision including casting, plot rumors, and how it will tie into the wider MCU.