Zootopia 2 release date speculation, cast list, plot, and more news

Ever since Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde burst onto screens in 2016, everyone has been waiting with bated breath for news about the Zootopia 2 release date.

Nick and Judy in Zootopia

What is the Zootopia 2 release date? Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are coming back! If, like us, you’ve been excited to see our fluffy buddy-cop pals return, you’ll be glad to hear there is some concrete information on the sequel.

When Zootopia was released in 2016, it went down in history as one of the best movies from Disney in recent years. The film ticked all the boxes: it was a critical, commercial, and awards season success. So, it’s no surprise there’s a sequel to one of the best Disney movies of its modern era on the way.

As we find out more about the potential for new movies and what exactly it entails, you can trust this guide to tell you everything you need to know about the Zootopia 2 release date, plot, cast, and more.

Zootopia 2 release date speculation

Zootopia 2 is in development, and we think the movie will be released before 2026 comes around.

The sequel was greenlit in February 2023, which is good news, but it also means it could be a while until we get the flick. The 2023 Writers Strike likely slowed production down. And since Disney Plus has pushed back its current release slate with even most of its Marvel series in limbo, Zootopia 2’s potential 2026 release feels more reasonable than 2025.

Zootopia: Hot Pursuit concept art

With the animated series Zootopia+ hitting the streaming service back in November 2022 and the Hot Pursuit ride at the new Zootopia land at Shanghai Disney, things do seem to be ramping up.

Zootopia 2 release date: Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde

Zootopia 2 cast speculation

We expect all the main players from the first movie will reprise their roles in the Zootopia 2 cast — with Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba likely to be back for more.

According to a speculative list on IMDb, we may see Shakira return as the popstar Gazelle and Maurice LaMarche back as Mr Big. But of course, we are still waiting for more information, such as who will be the new Disney villain in the upcoming movie.

Here’s the expected Zootopia 2 cast list:

  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps
  • Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde
  • Jenny Slate as Dawn Bellwether
  • Idris Elba as Chief Bogo
  • Nate Torrence as Benjamin Clawhauser
  • Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Hopps
  • Don Lake as Stu Hopps
  • Tommy Chong as Yax
  • J. K. Simmons as Mayor Lionheart
  • Octavia Spencer as Mrs Otterton
  • Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton
  • Shakira as Gazelle
  • Maurice LaMarche as Mr Big

Zootopia 2 release date: the cast of Zootopia

What will Zootopia 2 be about?

Zootopia 2 will likely follow Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde’s trials and tribulations as official partners on the police force.

The central plot of the film will probably focus on the pair being assigned another case to unravel and could feature either a new villain related to this case or the return of Mayor Lionheart and Bellwether, depending on the direction the story takes.

Alternatively, the movie could also follow up on one of the storylines from Zootopia+, as we know Disney loves to make the most out of its franchises. And for all you shippers out there, sorry, but nothing has been confirmed about a potential romance between Judy and Nick yet, either.

Zootopia 2 release date: Stu Hopps and Bonnie Hopps

Zootopia 2 trailer speculation

There is no trailer for Zootopia 2 at the moment, and it will be a while until we get one. 2025 is probably the earliest to expect the first footage.

The best bet for a teaser would be 2025. However, we’ll have a clearer idea for the clip once a release date is announced. For now, here’s the trailer for the TV series based on the movie, if you’ve not watched it.

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Where can I watch Zootopia 2?

We imagine Zootopia 2 will get a theatrical release, but there is a chance it could go straight to Disney Plus.

Given the success of the first film, it’s likely Disney would want a sequel in cinemas for at least 45 days before popping it online. But you never know. Still, judging from recent releases such as Elemental and the live-action The Little Mermaid, it’s likely that the cinema run will be exclusive, followed by a streaming release a few months later. For more on the latter, check out how to watch The Little Mermaid.

No matter the fate of Zootopia 2, the 2020s have been rich with fun animated stories. So, why not check out our guide on some of the best animated movies and the best Disney Plus shows out right now? We have also ranked all the Disney Princesses and have information on the Frozen 3 release date and Toy Story 5 release date as well.

Finally, here are our articles on everything new on Disney Plus this year and the best Frozen characters. We also have an Elemental review to convince you it’s worth seeking out.