It’s understandable that fans are interested in a sequel to Disney’s “Zootopia,” given the film’s critical and commercial success. The 2016 buddy-cop picture won fans over with its easy comedy and profound and approachable message on prejudice (via Slate). Since its premiere, fans have speculated about what a sequel would look like, who might return, and when it might be produced.
Those hypotheses could also be more grounded in reality than most people think. “It would be lovely to revisit it again,” director Byron Howard told Collider in 2016. On the r/Zootopia subreddit, a fan survey revealed that dozens of people would be ready to wait up to five years for a sequel that is better than the first. It’s a tall order, but everything is possible.
So, when can Disney fans expect to see the enormous animal metropolis where everyone can be anyone again?
When can you see Zootopia 2 in cinemas or on Netflix?
As a result of the epidemic, Disney+ is continuing to experiment with streaming film releases, so it’s reasonable to speculate how a “Zootopia 2” release would look. Disney skipped the theatres and moved straight to streaming with flicks like “Luca” and “Turning Red.” However, with the success of the original film already built-in and a ready audience of eager fans, “Zootopia 2” could do well.
Disney has a lot on its plate right now, from Marvel projects to live-action remakes of classic tales to reboots of fan favorites. We don’t yet know when the sequel will be released, but based on the online buzz, fans are hopeful it will be released sooner rather than later to join the ranks of other long-awaited sequels. Because “Zootopia” took two years to develop, patience is essential.
It’s also likely that “Zootopia+,” a Disney+ anthology series, will function as a direct sequel to the film rather than a traditional sequel. In 2022, the series will premiere.
However, without confirmation from Disney, it’s impossible to say whether or not “Zootopia 2” will be added to the developing franchise.
What will the Zootopia 2 cast be like?
While no formal casting has been announced at this time, two members of the cast have already expressed interest in returning for a sequel. In a 2017 interview with The Sun, Mark Smith, who played grouchy Officer McHorn, said he will return in the sequel. He rose from poor origins to become a “Gladiator” competitor and then an actor, earning him the moniker “Rhino.”
“I can tell you for sure I’m doing another ‘Zootopia’ with Disney,” the late Tommy Lister, who played the rambunctious fox Finnick, stated during a meet-and-greet in 2019, leaking information to fans. He also said the sequel would have a $300 million budget. It’s unclear whether he’ll be replaced by another actor after his death in 2020.
Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, played by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, are expected to return in their respective primary roles.
Byron Howard stated his affection for Officer Clawhauser (Nate Torrence), the exuberant, overweight cheetah, in a 2016 interview with Collider, and discussed the many various paths a sequel to “Zootopia” could go. This could be a hint at a sequel (or trilogy), or something explored in “Zootopia+.”
What can we expect from Zootopia 2?
The possibilities for a sequel are limitless because “Zootopia” didn’t finish on a cliffhanger. Goodwin told CinemaBlend that she’d “want to see Nick have to be the one to convince Judy that the planet is worth fighting for” in the sequel.
In contrast, Bateman stated that he would want to see, “We’re kicking a$$ out there, the two of us. Street cleaning We’re just a couple of rookie cops. Be warned, nasty folks.” Building on the issues of diversity, racial profiling, and acceptance from the first film, it’ll be intriguing to see how the sequel portrays Judy and Nick’s police in a good light without going too far in terms of political and social progress since 2016.
Perhaps Judy and Nick will continue to improve their community, or perhaps they will venture further out to meet new animals with more complex social codes and consider how they might change their policy method. The short-form approach of “Zootopia+” could influence the course of a sequel because it would have multiple pre-existing stories to expand on.
Fans of “Zootopia” are ready to see what happens next, regardless of how things turn out.