Disney has started production on “The One and Only Ivan,” the film will be an adaptation of the award-winning children’s book of the same name. The studio also confirmed the cast, which will bring the story of Ivan the gorilla to the big-screen in 2019.
The book itself won a Newberry Medal and was written by Katherine Applegate ($8 on Amazon). Disney announced that production on the CG film began this month at the famous Pinewood Studios, and the cast is pretty fantastic. The film will feature Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriguez, Arianna Greenblatt, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsuura. The voice-cast includes Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Brooklynn Prince, Helen Mirren, and Danny DeVito.
If you haven’t read the story, Ivan is a very talented gorilla that wants to escape his captivity. The story itself was inspired by the true story of Ivan, who was also a captive gorilla. The film adaptation will be directed by Thea Sharrock, working from a screenplay written by Mike White. Angelina Jolie, Allison Shearmur and Brigham Taylor produced the film. Disney hasn’t set a premiere date for the film, but it’s expected to release in 2019.
Disney fans have “Incredibles 2” to look forward to this June, that project was written and directed by Brad Bird, and features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, and Craig T. Nelson. If you prefer a bit of live-action in your Disney movies, you will want to see “Christopher Robin” in August. That film was directed by Marc Forster, and features Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, and Chris O’Dowd.
Other Disney films scheduled to release this year include “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” with Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, and Morgan Freeman; “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” with John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, and Jack McBrayer; and “Marry Poppins Returns” with Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury.