An animated musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a story from George Lucas is headed to theaters this coming January, Disney announced Tuesday.
Touchstone Pictures will release Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic Jan. 23, 2015. The film’s musical qualities are Moulin Rouge-like, as it features pop songs from the “past six decades,” and features the voices of some musical theater heavyweights like Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Evan Rachel Wood, Maya Rudolph, and Alfred Molina are among the others in the cast.
Though Lucas conceived the story, the movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom, who wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum of Elf and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote The Lion King and Brave. Lucas serves as executive producer.
When Disney registered domain names that alluded to Strange Magic, the internet rumor mill jumped on the possibility that the film was a Frozen sequel. Tough luck, Elsa-heads.