Yes, I realize we're just days into 2013 but Disney's wasting no time in promoting their 2014 release schedule. The studio's moved a few upcoming films around, and they've sailed onto a July 10, 2015 release date for the fifth - but probably not final - film of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Here's the scoop on the just updated schedule, per Disney's official announcement:
- The Muppets 2 will open on March 21, 2014. James Bobin writes and directs the next Muppet film with a cast confirmed to include Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier will arrive on April 4, 2014. The plot: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up where Marvel's The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo."
- Maleficent has moved from March 14, 2014 to July 2, 2014. The plot: "Maleficent, the untold story of Disney's most beloved villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, reveals the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora." The film stars Angelina Jolie in the title role as well as Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
- Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters on August 1, 2014. James Gunn is directing the film which "features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions."
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