Mirren, Chenoweth, Weaver, Garber, Malkovich, Baker, Murphy Appear in Fall Disney Studios Films

News   Mirren, Chenoweth, Weaver, Garber, Malkovich, Baker, Murphy Appear in Fall Disney Studios Films
 
Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films will release six films in the fall. The films tackle a variety of subject matter, from Shakespeare to Secretariat, and will all feature the talents of notable stage stars (and a few writers and directors).

Kristin Chenoweth
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"You Again," a Touchstone comedy set for a Sept. 24 release, will star Kristen Bell as a successful PR pro who discovers her older brother (Jimmie Wolk) is marrying her high school rival (Odette Yustman). Tony Award nominee Sigourney Weaver appears as the bride's stylish aunt, who turns out to have been a high school rival of Bell's mom (Jamie Lee Curtis). Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, Tony nominee Victor Garber and veteran comic actress Betty White also star in the film, which is directed by Andy Fickman ("Reefer Madness") from a screenplay by Moe Jelline.

Walt Disney Pictures will release "Secretariat" Oct. 8. The film is based on the true story of the horse who became the first Triple Crown champion in 25 years in 1973. Oscar nominee Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the housewife and mother who takes over her father's Virginia Stables and, with the help of trainer Lucien Laurin (Drama Desk winner and Oscar nominee John Malkovich), guides the horse to the championship. The film also stars Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell and Tony nominees Dylan Baker and Margo Martindale. Randall Wallace directs from a screenplay by Mike Rich suggested by the book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" by William Nack.

Disney gets into the 3D race with the animated feature "Tangled," an adaptation of the Rapunzel fairy tale that will be released Nov. 24. Mandy Moore is the voice of the golden-tressed heroine, who takes her kingdom's most wanted bandit ("Chuck" star Zachary Levi) hostage when he hides out in the tower she is longing to escape. Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy lends her voice to Mother Gothel, the witch who's been keeping Rapunzel locked away, and Tony nominee Jeffrey Tambor, Ron Perlman and Brad Garrett will also be heard. The Little Mermaid Broadway team of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater contribute songs to the film, which is directed by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno.

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor adapted and directed William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for Touchstone and Miramax, who will release the film Dec. 10 in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide Dec. 17. Oscar winner and Tony nominee Helen Mirren stars as Prospera, a deposed sorceress who rules over an isolated island. The starry cast also features Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw.

Disney will release "TRON: Legacy" in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D Dec. 17. The sequel to the acclaimed 1982 film stars Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, who is haunted by the disappearance of his father, video game developer Kevin Flynn (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges), and finds himself pulled into the digital world his father has been living in for years. Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain and Michael Sheen also star in the film, which is directed Joseph Kosinski from a screenplay by Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Helen Mirren returns to the screen in "The Debt," a Miramax release that will hit theatres Dec. 29. Mirren stars as a former Mossad agent who must return to Eastern Europe, the scene of a 30-year-old secret Israeli mission to capture a Nazi war criminal who appears to have resurfaced. Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Wilkinson also star in the intense drama, directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") from a screenplay by Matthew Vaughan, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan from the film "Ha-Hov."

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