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In more bad news for theater owners, Disney announced on Friday that two of its biggest planned 2024 releases – the live-action reboot of “Snow White” and the Pixar film “Elio” – will now debut in 2025.
On the bright side, the studio did release a new photo from “Snow White,” which stars Rachel Zegler as the title character and also features Gal Gadot. The film is directed by Marc Webb and written by “Barbie” co-writer and director Greta Gerwig and “Secretary” writer Erin Cressida Wilson. Check out the photo above.
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“Snow White” was originally set to premiere on March 22, 2024. It will now open on March 21, 2025.
“Elio” is the latest Pixar movie following the studio’s leggy success with “Elemental.” It was set to debut on March 1, 2024, but will now open on June 13, 2025.
In addition to these scheduling tweaks, Disney announced that the Searchlight Pictures release “Magazine Dreams” had been removed from the calendar. That film was a sensation out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and had many awards pundits penciling in star Jonathan Majors for an Oscar nomination. But the actor was arrested in March and charged with assault. He has denied the claims, and the trial is set for November 29.
While Disney didn’t specifically cite the ongoing Screen Actors Guild strike, it was likely a factor in this decision. No studio productions have been allowed to continue since the actors went on strike over the summer. (Some independent productions have received waivers to continue.) It has been widely speculated that other 2024 blockbusters will be forced to move as well, perhaps even the Marvel film “Deadpool 3.” That feature is set to debut on May 3, 2024.
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