The first trailer for Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” movie was released on March 14, 2017, and since then, fans have been going crazy trying to figure out everything they can about the movie. It’s been almost 20 years since we last saw the Van Helsings in theaters with the release of the hit animated film “Anastasia,” and needless to say, the time has come for the “Renaissance” of the franchise. There have been many changes in the movie from the original script to the casting to the production design, and we’ve compiled everything so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you go see it. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” movie.
The movie is not set in Russia
One of the biggest changes from the original script was that it was set in Russia. It turns out, the production team decided to make the movie set in Italy instead. This decision is probably for the best as Italy is a much more recognizable place name than Russia.
The production design has also changed significantly from what we saw in “Anastasia.” There are new sets, new costumes, and new locations, which not only tells us that this won’t feel like a rehash of the original but also establishes a completely new version of these characters.
The casting has seen some changes as well and it’s not just because Disney tries to expand their audience with these types of movies. The initial castings were different than what we’ve seen so far and includes stars like Keira Knightley and “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. But, as always, things change on set and now we have such stars as “Paper Towns'” Dakota Johnson and “Hercules” star Dwayne Johnson playing Anya alongside newcomer Tatum O’Neal playing Princess Tatiana.
Don’t get too excited about the fact that there are two young girls playing the lead role though because Anastasia doesn’t come back until she’s an old woman in this adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel.
It looks like Disney is going all out on this one!
Helena and Anya are aged-up while no one is aged-down
Anastasia’s mother, Maria Nikolaevna is played by Meryl Streep, who is now in her 90s. The other characters are aged-up as well.
The movie has been reported to be set in Russia and Paris during the early 1900s and will feature a new twist on the classic tale of Anastasia and the curse that binds her to misery with a prince from the Russian Revolution. Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” will also feature a “modern day” storyline where Olivia Wilde plays Anya, taking over for Meg Ryan’s Rosemont Institute headmistress role from the original film. Fans of the movie have expressed their disappointment that no one was aged-down as they were when originally released.
The movie will not revolve around the three Grand Dames
The first and most obvious change is that the live-action “Anastasia” movie will not revolve around three Grand Dames as in the original animated film. Instead, we meet a young girl named Anya who is recruited to go on a mission of sorts to find the lost daughter of Russia’s last czar, but she ends up finding much more than that.
Additionally, some characters have been changed drastically from what they were in the original animation. For example, Constantine Dimitri (also known as Dimitri) is now a handsome and charming conman who doesn’t know anything about being a Russian royal or even wanting to be one. Other characters involved in the story have also changed quite a bit–but this could just be because they are a different breed altogether of their original counterparts.
Finally, there are many changes you’ll notice when you watch the trailer for Disney’s live- action “Anastasia.” The cast has been changed because there weren’t enough actors available to portray all the parts in such a short time frame–for example, Josh Gad was originally cast as Dr. Drosselmeyer and Matthew Lintz was originally cast as Yanko Sakharov and Marius von Mayenburg was originally cast as Rasputin–but now these parts have been filled by Derek Jacobi and Nonso Anozie respectively.
While it may seem like Disney has gone overboard with changing things so drastically, there are many reasons why they made
Meg Ryan has been cast as the Mother Empress
Meg Ryan, who is best-known for her roles in “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail” has been cast as the Mother Empress of Russia. Many fans were skeptical of this casting decision at first because Ryan’s role was originally written as male but was quickly changed to female, which some thought would be a huge mistake. But, with more and more details coming out about the film, it seems that Ryan will be perfect in the role.
The original script had Anastasia attending school in America
Another major change from the original script is that Anastasia attends school in America and doesn’t return to Russia for long periods of time. This caused many fans to speculate if this was due to Meg Ryan’s age or lack of Russian language skills since she’s American. However, Disney confirmed that “Anastasia” will take place entirely in Russia including her time spent living out of the imperial palace and attending school there.
Ewan McGregor will play the lead role of Dimitri
1. The movie is going to be released on March 28, 2018
2. The movie will also feature a cast of actors who were all specifically chosen for their unique looks and acting abilities
3. Ewan McGregor plays the lead role of Dimitri, while Mia Farrow plays Anastasia’s mother, Empress Maria. It was announced that Disney brought in “Finding Neverland” director Peter Safran to direct the film. He has worked with many other Disney films such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “Cinderella.”
4. Sofia Coppola was originally slated to write and direct the film, but she was forced to step down due to her commitments with another project: producing the Netflix series “The Crown.”
5. Filming for the movie began in January 2017, which made it into one of the most expensive production movies ever produced by Disney Studios at $150 million
6. The soundtrack for this film features many classical pieces from musical composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Mozart that were hand-picked by composer Philip Glass
The movie will be rated PG
The first thing you should know is that the movie will be rated PG. This means that it will be suitable for all ages, so it’s a good idea to bring the whole family.
The release date has not been announced
The release date for Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” has not been announced yet, but it is set to come out in 2018.
Final Word: Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” is set to release on July 27, 2017.
Disney’s live-action “Anastasia” is set to release on July 27, 2017. The movie has had a lot of changes from the original script and casting to the production design. In order to prepare for the movie, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before watching it in theaters.