One of Disney’s classic films is finally getting the sequel fans have been waiting so long to see. But this won’t just be any sequel—Disney is tackling it from a new perspective.
The Hollywood Reporter says the studio’s upcoming reboot will feature an African-American woman in the lead role, set six years after the original movie. The first Rocketeer film featured Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket suit that soon embroils him in a battle with Nazi operatives.
The original wasn’t that well received at the box office but it gained a second-life thanks to a fervent cult following. You’ve no doubt seen a Rocketeer costume at some point, even if you haven’t seen the film. Think of him as the distant cousin of Tony Stark.
The Hollywood Reporter provides some details about the movie’s plot:
Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
The movie is in the early development stages, so no actors are attached just yet. Considering the movie’s fervent fanbase, and Hollywood’s love for heroes, now’s as good a time as any to reboot the franchise. Below is the trailer for the original.