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Disney's Film Lineup Leans Heavy on Remakes, Villains, Rides

Walt Disney Co. revealed casting information and titles for nine new pictures, underscoring a strategy that relies heavily on the company’s existing intellectual property, including villains and theme-park rides.

The films, some already in development, include “Cruella,” starring Emma Stone as the villain from the company’s 1961 hit “101 Dalmatians,” and a sequel to 1964’s “Mary Poppins,” featuring Emily Blunt, Disney said Monday in a statement. Dwayne Johnson will star in “Jungle Cruise,” based on the ride that opened along with the Disneyland park in 1955.

Disney’s film studio had record sales and profits last year in part due to its strategy of mining its own past hits and deep bench of characters. The pictures included “Cinderella,” a live-action remake of the company’s 1950 animated...


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