Disney has officially started to promote Star, its new sixth brand, which will be available in the Disney+ app on February 23, 2021 in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and across Europe.
Star will become the sixth brand to launch on Disney+, joining entertainment favourites Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and Disney. Star promises more: more TV series, more movies, more originals.
Star becomes the home for general entertainment and will double the amount of content available to watch on Disney+. It will become home to thousands of hours of television and movies from Disney’s creative studios, including Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television.
The below titles are confirmed for Disney+ UK but are likely to appear in other regions too. Disney will reveal further titles as we get closer to the launch of Star.
We’ll update this list when new titles are confirmed.
STAR ORIGINALS ON DISNEY+
From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) comes Big Sky, an intense thriller that follows private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt as they join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to find the women before it’s too late.
Big Sky stars Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jade Pettyjohn as Grace Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt.
Set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon, the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.
SERIES AND FILMS AVAILABLE VIA STAR ON DISNEY+
Kiefer Sutherland stars in this precedent-setting television series where the entire season takes place in one day, with each of the 24 episodes covering one hour, told in real time.
Mysteries abound as the 48 survivors of Oceanic Air Flight 815 find themselves stranded on an unidentified island with little hope of rescue.
Looking down on her friends and family is a way of death for Mary Alice after she took her own life in her perfect house. Now, from beyond the grave, she takes us into the lives of her friends and neighbours: Susan is a divorcee and single mom who will go to any length for love; Lynette is an ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for boredom and mania as the mother of four unmanageable kids; Bree Van De Kamp is like Martha Stewart on steroids, with a family on the verge of mutiny; Gabrielle Solis is an ex-model with a rich husband and a big house, so what is she doing with the 17-year-old gardener? And serial divorcee Edie Britt’s conquests have everyone buzzing. Mary Alice sees more now than she ever did alive and she’s planning to share the secrets that hide behind every door in this seemingly perfect American suburb.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted’s best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), dropped the bombshell that he was going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, and now wife, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realized that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted met Robin (Cobie Smulders), it was love at first sight, but when things didn’t work out, Ted realized destiny must have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.
Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is a desperate man in a desperate situation. His brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), is on death row and scheduled to die in a few months for an assassination Michael is convinced Lincoln did not commit. With no other options and time winding down, Michael holds up a bank to get himself incarcerated alongside his brother in Fox River State Penitentiary. Prison Break combines the hope of The Shawshank Redemption, the camaraderie of The Longest Yard and the tense procedure and spectacle of The Great Escape. This intriguing series reveals additional pieces of the puzzle each episode as Michael carries out his daring plan to mastermind the ultimate prison break – and solve the far-reaching national-scale conspiracy that landed his brother there in the first place.
Unconventional FBI agent, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), takes it upon himself to investigate a group of unsolved cases, known as the “X-Files,” that he believes involve paranormal phenomena. To keep tabs on his work–and in the hopes of debunking his theories–the FBI teams him up with Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a young, skeptical agent who has a degree in medicine and a strong bias toward the scientific. As the pair works to solve these unexplained cases, Mulder’s strong belief in the forces of the unknown continues to challenge Scully’s rational mind. Their relationship grows more complex with each case, slowly emerging as a heady mix of professional competitiveness, witty repartee, and a mutual attraction that is heightened by the intensity of their tasks and the close proximity in which they work.
Atlanta revolves around Earnest “Earn” Marks (Donald Glover), a loner who returns to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia (The Peach State) after dropping out of Princeton. Upon his arrival, he discovers his cousin Alfred has become Atlanta’s hottest new rap act. The show follows the cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene, where their opposing views on art, commerce, success, and race will make their quest anything but easy. Earn is extremely smart, observant, and lost. As a disillusioned millennial, he struggles to find his calling or “brand” and feels that the game of life is fixed so that he can never win. He recognises that Alfred’s overnight YouTube popularity has the potential to become a life changing opportunity for them both – if he can reign in his cousin’s “act first, think later” attitude and get used to his drug-addled, possibly psychic (but definitely odd) sidekick Darius. As Alfred’s manager, Earn may finally find something to which it’s worth committing his energies.
Like any parents, Andre “Dre” (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring’s childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realize at least two things: There is a price to pay for giving their children more than what they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout. “Pops” (Laurence Fishburne), Dre’s dad, takes every opportunity to offer his old school opinion on family issues.
A selection of titles from the Die Hard franchise will be available at launch.
What Else Might Come To Star?
The below titles were previewed at the unveiling of Star at Disney’s investors day back in December 2020.
- Alien Covenant
- Alita: Battle Angel
- America Horror Story
- Bless the Harts
- Bob’s Burgers
- Brothers & Sisters
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Deadpool 2
- Family Guy
- Grey’s Anatomy
- JoJo Rabbit
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- Mayans MC
- Modern Family
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Murder on the Orient Express
- My Name is Earl
- Paper Towns
- Pretty Woman
- Quiz Show
- Solar Opposites
- Station 19
- Terminator: Dark Fate
- The Americans
- The Book Of Life
- The Devil Wears Prada
- The Favourite
- The Grand Budapest
- The Maze Runner
- The Resident
- The Shape Of Water
- The Sixth Sense
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- War For The Planet Of The Apes
- What We Do In The Shadows
We do want to highlight that the above titles aren’t guaranteed just yet, but it does give you some idea on what to expect from Star. It will feature a wide range of content, wirh many original Hulu shows and movies coming to the service too.
Each country, just like the current Disney+ library, will have its own licensing agreements with different networks and streaming services which could prevent some titles from coming to Star.
We know that Star will have over 1000 unique titles within the first year, but we’ll need to wait until a few weeks before launch to know exactly what will be on offer in each country.
HOW MUCH DOES DISNEY PLUS STAR COST?
Star is included with the cost of your Disney+ subscription. Subscription prices will be increasing.
Pricing for Disney+ as of February 23, 2021:
• UK: £7.99/month or £79.90/annual (Currently £5.99/month – £59.99/year)
DO I HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR DISNEY PLUS STAR?
Technically, no. As Star is fully integrated into Disney+, you don’t pay extra to watch Star content. However, Disney+ is raising subscriptions priced, as noted above, on the same day that Star is launched.
I ALREADY PAID FOR AN ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR DISNEY PLUS. DO I GET STAR?
If you’ve already paid for Disney+ annually, you’ll get access to Star when it launches on February 23, 2021. You will not pay anything additional until your subscription is due to be renewed.
CAN I JUST PAY FOR DISNEY PLUS AND NOT STAR?
No. Star is built directly into Disney+ so there’s no option to pay for one without the other.
IS THERE A GRACE PERIOD BEFORE THE PRICE INCREASE?
Yes. Disney has announced that existing subscribers will continue to get the old subscription prices until August 2021.
This means if your annual subscription ends in March for example, you’ll get the option to renew at the old pricing. If you’re paying monthly, you’ll start to see the new higher pricing after August.