Here is a look at some of the “Star Originals” that are coming to Disney+ in April 2023 which includes the premieres of “Tiny Beautiful Things” starring Kathryn Hahn, the documentary “The Pope: Answers,” the psychological drama series “Saint X,” the film “Quasi,” and so much more.
Keep in mind that certain “Star Originals” are only available in select regions. Most of these shows are generally available on Hulu in the United States.
Take a look at the “Star Originals” coming to Disney+ in April 2023 below:
The Pope: Answers – (UK/IRE/Canada/AUS/NZ)
Filmed in Rome, the special focuses on the meeting between the current head of the Catholic Church and ten young adults of different ages, backgrounds and with very different lives and experiences.
The special features upfront and honest conversations between one of the most influential people in the world and ten Spanish-speaking young adults between 20 and 25 years old who raise questions and concerns on a wide variety of topics, including: feminism, the role of women in the Church, reproductive rights, loss of faith, the migration crisis, LGBTQIA+ rights, abuse within the Church, racism and mental health. The meeting between the Pope and the ten young adults took place in June 2022 in the Pigneto, one of Rome’s most eclectic neighborhoods. The Pope speaks unreservedly and the result is an intense and dynamic conversation, founded on empathy, curiosity, respect and mutual learning.
“The Pope: Answers” releases on Disney+ on Wednesday, April 5th.
You can watch a trailer for the special below:
Tiny Beautiful Things – (UK/IRE/Canada/AUS/NZ)
Based on the best-selling collection by Cheryl Strayed, “Tiny Beautiful Things” follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a floundering writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart.
When we first meet Clare, her marriage to her husband Danny is barely limping along; her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away; and her once-promising writing career is non-existent. So when an old writing pal asks her to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice. After reluctantly taking on the mantle of Sugar however, Clare’s life unfurls in a complex fabric of memory, exploring her most pivotal moments from childhood through present day, and excavating the beauty, struggle, and humor in her unhealed wounds. Through Sugar, Clare forms a salve for her readers – and for herself – to show us that we are not beyond rescue, that our stories can ultimately save us. And, perhaps, bring us back home.
All 8 episodes of the series will release on Friday, April 7th.
You can watch the trailer below:
Single Drunk Female – Season 2 (AUS/NZ)
In season two, with a year and a half of sobriety under her belt, Samantha Fink finally feels like she has a life worth celebrating. However, Sam quickly learns that sometimes life has other plans for her. Sam must figure out how to effect change where she can, sit in her discomfort when she can’t, and maybe even enjoy the ride.
Season 2 of “Single Drunk Female” will release on Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday, April 12th. Disney has confirmed that “Single Drunk Female” Season 2 will now launch on May 31, 2023 on Disney+ in the UK instead of the previously announced date of April 12, 2023.
How I Met You Father – Season 2 (UK/IRE)
In “How I Met Your Father,” Hilary Duff stars as Sophie, who is telling her son the story of how she met his father, much like Josh Radnor (and Bob Saget’s) Ted Mosby did in the original series. The story starts in 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, and Suraj Sharma also star in the series; Kim Cattrall, Daniel Augustin, Ashley Reyes, and Josh Peck recur.
You can watch a trailer for Season 2 below:
Episodes 1-11 from Season 2 of “How I Met Your Father” will release on Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Wednesday, April 19th.
The Good Mothers – (UK/IRE/Canada/AUS/NZ)
House Productions and Fremantle-owned Wildside produce this six-part series, which tells the true story of how three courageous women inside the notorious Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia worked with newly-minted female prosecutor, Alessandra Cerreti, to bring down the criminal empire.
The cast includes Gaia Girace (“My Brilliant Friend”); Valentina Bellè (“Catch-22”, “Medici”); Barbara Chichiarelli (“Suburra – The series”, “Bad Tales”); Francesco Colella (“ZeroZeroZero”, “Trust”); Simona Distefano (“The Traitor”); Andrea Dodero (“Thou Shalt Not Hate”); and Micaela Ramazzotti (“Like Crazy”, “The First Beautiful Thing”).
The story tells of a young pm, Anna Colace (Chichiarelli), who has the intuition to attack the ‘ndrangheta by leveraging its women, the wives and mothers of the bosses. The story begins with the disappearance of Lea Garofalo (Ramazzotti), the one who had testified against her husband Carlo Cosco (Colella) to escape his grip and ensure his daughter Denise (Girace) a life away from that environment. The story extends to the stories of Giuseppina Pesce (Bellè) and Concetta Cacciola (Distefano).
“The Good Mothers” will release on Wednesday, April 5th.
The 1619 Project – (Canada, AUS/NZ)
The six-part docuseries is an expansion of “The 1619 Project” created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine.
In keeping with the original project, the series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. The episodes — “Democracy,” “Race,” “Music,” “Capitalism,” “Fear” and “Justice” — are adapted from essays from The New York Times No. 1 bestselling “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” and examine how the legacy of slavery shapes different aspects of contemporary American life.
The series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, is a Lionsgate Production in association with One Story Up Productions, Harpo Films and The New York Times. It was executive produced by Nikole Hannah-Jones; Academy Award®-winning director Roger Ross Williams; Caitlin Roper, an editor of The 1619 Project and The New York Times’ executive producer for film and television; Kathleen Lingo, The New York Times’ editorial director for film and television; and Oprah Winfrey. Peabody Award-winning executive producer Shoshana Guy served as the showrunner.
You can watch a trailer for the series below:
“The 1619 Project” will release on Disney+ in Canada, Australia and New Zealand on April 26th.
Quasi – (UK/IRE/Canada/AUS/NZ)
A hapless hunchback yearns for love, but finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the king of France when each orders the hunchback to kill the other.
Cast includes Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Adrianne Palicki, Adrianne Palicki, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Erik Stolhanske.
Quasi will begin streaming on April 20th.
You can watch a trailer for the movie below.
Sam – A Saxon – (UK/IRE/Canada/AUS/NZ)
“Sam – A Saxon” is based on the incredible true story of Samuel “Sam” Njankouo Meffire, East Germany’s first Black police officer. The gripping series follows Sam on his journey to find a place to call home and his fight for justice against an overpowering system. It shows his childhood as an outsider, marked by the murder of his father; his rapid rise as a symbolic figure and media sensation of a new Germany, and Sam’s downfall becoming an internationally wanted public enemy. The highly emotional and thrilling series shows a captivating and new perspective on Germany.
All 7 episodes will release on April 26th.
Saint X – (Canada/AUS/NZ)
The series is described as a psychological drama told in multiple timelines and perspectives. It is about a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation and how it creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.
Cast includes Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead), Josh Bonzie (The Politician), West Duchovny (Linoleum), Jayden Elijah (School’s Out Forever), Betsy Brandt and Michael Park.
The series will begin streaming on Disney+ in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on April 26th.
Clock – (Canada/AUS/NZ)
“Clock” is the story of a woman who enlists in a clinical trial to try and fix her seemingly broken biological clock after friends, family, and society pressures her to have children.
Dianna Agron (Glee, Shiva Baby) plays Ella, with Jay Ali (Carnival Row, Daredevil) as her husband. Melora Hardin (The Office, The Bold Type) features as the pioneering doctor managing Ella’s treatment.
The film will arrive on Disney+ in Canada, Australia and New Zealand on April 30th.