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Do you love the live action Disney Princess movies? Check out this list to see if you’ve missed any! Plus, find out what new Disney movies are filming now and get the dirt on the live-action remakes that are rumored to be next!
Disney princess movies have been around since Snow White debuted in 1937 and they’ve been pupular from the very beginning. How can you not love movies with lovable Disney princesses, handsome princes and of course villains that we all love to hate!
Until recently, these movies have always been animated but now that’s all changed. Disney tested the waters with Maleficent in 2014 and when Cinderella came out the next year, it was a big hit too. That’s when Disney really knew they were onto something with the live-action remakes!
Since then, they’ve released more live action Disney princess movies and have even more in the works. Keep reading to find out what’s been released so far, what’s coming and also which ones are rumored to be next in line. Just for fun, I’ve thrown in some trivia and fun facts too!
List Of Live Action Disney Princess Movies
In order of their release, here’s every Disney princess live-action remake we know about so far…
- Beauty And The Beast
- Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
- The Little Mermaid (2022)
- Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (TBD)
- Aladdin 2 (TBD)
- Rapunzel (rumored)
At the rate Disney’s going, I’m sure we can expect plenty more live-action movies! Keep reading to get the details on each of these movies, along with fun facts too.
This version of Sleeping Beauty paints Maleficent in a more sympathetic light and helps us understand why she became wicked. We discover that she wasn’t always evil but that she’d been betrayed by someone she trusted and it hardened her heart.
- Angelina Jolie’s daughter Vivienne played the young version of Princess Aurora. She was the only child on set that was not afraid of Jolie in her full Maleficent gear.
- To get the evil laugh, Jolie tried out several versions in front of her kids and let them choose the best one.
- The color of Maleficent’s magic changes color based on her intent. When she’s good, the magic is gold but it turns green when she has evil intentions.
This live-action version of Cinderella stays pretty true to the animated film. Lily James’ Cinderella is forced to live as a servant after her father dies and leaves her in the care of her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine.
There are ugly stepsisters, a fairy godmother, a ball with a handsome prince (VERY handsome if you ask me) and even some cute little mice. The casting couldn’t have been more perfect. With Cate Blanchett as the Lady Tremaine, Richard Madden as Prince Charming and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, you just couldn’t go wrong!
I might have added more music and singing but otherwise, I really loved this remake!
- Cinderella’s blue dress has almost 10,000 Swarovski crystals…along with a few extra crystals in Cinderella’s hair.
- Look closely at the other dresses during the ballroom scene. You’ll see dresses similar to the ones worn by Belle, Tiana, Aurora, Snow White, Mulan and Ariel.
- Emma Watson was originally in talks to play Cinderella but that fell through. She later got the chance to play a Disney princess in Beauty And The Beast.
Beauty And The Beast (2017)
When I heard that Beauty And The Beast movie was in the works, I was beyond excited. It’s my favorite Disney movie of all time and I couldn’t wait to see how they brought it to life.
Disney definitely did not disappoint! This movie was every bit as entertaining as the original film! I’ll admit, I wasn’t thrilled at first with the casting of Emma Watson because she was always Hermione to me. However, she totally pulled it off and made me forget that she was ever a wizard.
My absolute favorite casting was Luke Evens and Josh Gad as Gaston and Lefou. It was brilliant casting and the chemistry between them couldn’t have been better. The Gaston song at the tavern is one of my favorite scenes in the movie…SO entertaining!!!
I guess Disney thought the same thing because they’re creating a new show for Disney+ with the actors recreating their roles. It’ll be a prequel that tells the story of their lives before Belle and Beast came along.
- The role of the Beast was offered to Ryan Gosling but he turned it down to star in LaLa Land. Emma Watson was offered the lead in that movie, but turned it down to play Belle.
- For their auditions, director Bill Condon had the actors and actresses sing The Lion King’s Hakuna Matata. This was what he used to make his final choices.
- Ewan McGregor (Lumiere) had to reshoot his lines after filming ended because his accent sounded more Mexican than French. The irony is that his wife is French and his children also speak the language fluently.
Next up was Aladdin, telling the story of our favorite street urchin and the princess who falls in love with him.
At the time, it was hard to imagine anyone other than Robin Williams as the Genie. However, if anyone could do it, it was Will Smith. He put his own spin on the role and made it his own. Together with Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, the movie was a huge hit and (spoiler alert) Disney may not be finished telling this story.
- The Genie’s map of Ababwa shows Disney World locations. Look closely and you’ll see the Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
- One of the places that the carpet flies during A Whole New World is over the Pridelands from The Lion King.
- During the song “Arabian Nights”, the people of Agrabah launch lanterns similar to the ones launched in Tangled.
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (2019)
The first Maleficent film was such a huge success that Disney decided to try it again with Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. Angelina Jolie continues her role as Maleficent, with this film focusing on the upcoming wedding of Aurora and Prince Phillip. Though it should be a happy occasion, Maleficent clashes with Prince Phillip’s mother (played by Michelle Pfeiffer), who is not all that she would seem.
- Maleficent 2 was released on the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty.
- This was one of four live action Disney remakes to be released in 2019.
- This movie marks the first time we see Aurora in her signature pink dress from the animated films.
While Mulan may not be my favorite of the princess movies (I like my princess movies with lots of singing), I absolutely loved this live action version. Though there was still no singing, the story was beautifully told and the cinematography was gorgeous.
Because it was 2020, we had to stream this movie from home but I can only imagine how amazing it would have looked on the big screen.
- Though Mulan cuts her hair in the animated movie, she doesn’t do so in the live-action remake. During that time, it wasn’t unusual for men to have long hair so cutting it didn’t seem necessary for the plot.
- One of the soldiers in the movie is named Cricket. This is a reference to Cri-Kee, the cricket in the animated version.
- Ming-Na Wen, the voice of Mulan in the animated version, appears for a cameo. She plays an important guest who introduces the Emperor and Mulan.
The Little Mermaid (2022)
While Beauty And The Beast is my favorite, The Little Mermaid is definitely a close second. It’s also one of the most popular so it only makes sense that it would be the next live-action film coming down the line.
Halle Bailey and Jonah Hauer-King, playing the main characters, may be relative unknowns but the supporting characters are a star studded group. Casting Melissa McCarthy as Ursula is pure genius! Other casting includes Javier Bardem is King Triton, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab.
Rob Marshall directs, with Alan Menken composing the score and songs and Lin-Manuel Miranda (also a producer) co-writing brand new songs. With these two behind the music, you can’t possibly go wrong!
Because 2020 was such a crazy year, filming was delayed and the release date had to be pushed back. Now The Little Mermaid is expected to be released sometime in 2022. You better believe my girls and I will be first in line for this one!
- Harry Styles was in talks to play Prince Eric but had to pass due to the filming schedule. He couldn’t commit to the extensive shooting schedule because he wanted to focus on his music. I have to admit, I would’ve LOVED to see him as Prince Eric.
- Kathleen Turner was a fan favorite to play Ursula.
- Jacob Tremblay, who plays Flounder, also plays an aquatic part in the Disney animated movie Luca.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (2022)
There’s not a whole lot of information about this movie yet but I was able to dig up a few nuggets. The juiciest tidbit is that Rachel Zeglar, who we’ll see later this year in West Side Story, will star as Snow White. No other cast members have been announced yet but I will update this as soon as we find out more.
Aladdin Sequel (TBD)
The first live action Aladdin was such a success that there’s going to be a sequel. It’s still in the preliminary stages of planning but we do know that Guy Ritchie is back on board as the director and the stars have signed on too. This new story will be different from the animated sequel “The Return Of Jafar” though they haven’t ruled out borrowing a few elements from it.
Not much is known about this live-action adaptation but all signs point to this being the next remake from the house of mouse. Fans are already throwing out their opinions on who should play main characters. Florence Pugh and Sabrina Carpenter are popular choices for Rapunzel with Jordan Fisher suggested for Flynn’s part.
Keep checking back because I’ll be updating this page as new announcements are made. What iconic characters would you like to see in the next round of live action princess movies?