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7. Moana – November 23, 2016
You could consider Moana‘s inclusion on this list as cheating due to it being attached to the “Disney Fairytale” label. However, it’s not directly inspired by prior source material so we say it counts. Either way, we have Aladdin, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog directors John Musker and Ron Clements working on the first Disney script from Taika Waititi (director of Thor: Ragnarok) telling a story inspired by South Pacific fables.
Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho is making her film debut voicing Princess Moana. The only person capable of being an actual god on this planet, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is voicing demi-god Maui. Not much is known about the plot and even a recent teaser trailer didn’t give us much to work with, but expect quality from Disney and this proven creative team.
8. La La Land – December 2nd 2016
Writer/Director Damien Chazelle’s directorial debut Whiplash became the talk of tinsel-town after the micro-budget indie-flick managed to net 5 Oscar Nominations, winning 3. All eyes are on what Chazelle would be doing next and it seems that he’s returning to the music-scene with this dark-romance-comedy-musical La La Land. It follows an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a hopeful jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) as they fall in love. But as their success mounts, the pressures of fame and balancing a creative career over romance starts to tear the couple apart.
We got a hypnotic teaser trailer a couple of weeks ago that has already sold us on the movie. If you’re not excited for La La Land… then you clearly didn’t watch Whiplash. That’s how cut-and-dry this is.