5 upcoming movies that have been delayed by Covid-19

Liu Yifei plays Mulan in the upcoming remake of the 1998 animated Disney classic. (Disney pic)

PETALING JAYA: It appears that cinephiles are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a new bucket of popcorn.

With silver screens shuttered nationwide due to the Movement Control Order, cinema-goers have to turn away from one of Malaysia’s favourite entertainment avenues.

Film studios have little choice but to delay the release of upcoming movies until the crisis abates.

The reopening of cinemas will certainly be a sign of a return to normalcy, so you will have to wait for the release of these delayed movies:

1. Mulan

Originally slated for release on March 26, this Disney live-action remake of the 1998 animated classic has now been rescheduled for late July.

Based on the legendary Chinese female warrior, the film stars Liu Yifei as the titular character who answers the call to arms in place of her father.

The film also stars Jet Li as the Emperor, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung and Gong Li as Xian Lang.

As with Disney live-action remakes, fans remain curious to see if the film will be a shot-by-shot remake of its animated counterpart or if it will stand on its own.

The film has been praised by Ming-Na Wen, the original voice actress of Mulan, as well as Tony Bancroft, who directed the 1998 film.

2. Black Widow

Black Widow is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four series. (Marvel pic)

The highly-anticipated debut film of Marvel’s Phase four series, Black Widow was supposed to be released on May 1, but has since been pushed to early November.

As the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie is a superhero spy thriller centred on Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow character.

In addition to being the first Marvel film to be outside the Infinity Saga, this film joins the rank of Captain Marvel for being fronted by a female lead.

Starring alongside Johansson are Rachael Weisz, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and William Hurt.

Interestingly enough, Weisz’s husband, Daniel Craig, is starring in another spy thriller expected to compete with Black Widow in the box office as they both hit cinemas in November.

3. No Time to Die

No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s last film playing British spy James Bond. (Universal pic)

The 25th film in the James Bond series, this is Daniel Craig’s last cinematic outing as the iconic British spy.

Directed by Cary Fukunaga of True Detective fame, the film is a direct sequel that takes place after the events of 2015’s Spectre.

Renowned film composer Hans Zimmer is taking the lead in scoring the film which revolves around Bond’s return to active service to uncover a mysterious plot behind a missing scientist.

4. Wonder Woman 1984

Gal Gadot reprises her Wonder Woman role in the sequel to the 2017 film. (DC Films pic)

Another superheroine film starring and directed by a woman, Wonder Woman 1984 (WW84) is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and is the ninth film in the DC Extended Universe.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the release date of WW84 had been pushed around since November 2019, before finally settling for August this year.

Gal Gadot dons the armour of the Amazonian princess once more in this flick helmed by returning director Patty Jenkins.

The film also stars Kristen Wiig as the villainous Cheetah and Pedro Pascal as the shady businessman Maxwell Lord.

Fans of the 2017 film who theorised that Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, may have survived the climax of the first movie have since been proven right as evidenced by the film’s trailer.

5. A Quiet Place Part II

Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott, who leads her family through an alien-infested world after her husband’s death. (Paramount pic)

The sequel to the 2018 horror film, a surprise hit for director John Krasinski, stars his wife Emily Blunt, who reprises her role of Evelyn Abbott.

The film’s trailer reveals that flashbacks to the day of the alien invasion are included, as are scenes with Krasinski reprising his role from the first movie.

Newcomers to the horror flick include Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, playing other survivors of the invasion.

The film was slated for release in March 2020 but has since been postponed to mid-May.

In an Instagram post, Krasinski writes that, as excited as he is to release his film, he is willing to withhold the release until the crisis abates.

“I’m gonna wait to release the film till we can all see it together. So, here’s to our group movie date. See you soon!”

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