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Disney+ Lines Up More Premieres & Titles for the U.K. & Ireland


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Disney+ has added more titles that are set to premiere exclusively on the service in the U.K. and Ireland in 2022-23, including the psychological thriller The Patient, starring Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson.

The Patient is about a therapist, Alan Strauss (Carell), who is held prisoner by a patient, and Sam Fortner (Gleeson), who reveals himself to be a serial killer. The show is co-written by executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans).

Welcome to Wrexham is a docuseries tracking the dreams and people of Wrexham as two Hollywood stars (Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds) take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club.

The new drama series The Old Man lands exclusively on Disney+ in the fall. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat and centers on Dan Chase (Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since.

Exclusively joining Disney+ from FX, Fleishman is in Trouble has been adapted by Taffy Brodesser-Akner from her New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. The series stars Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes and Adam Brody, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks, Battle of the Sexes).

Also joining Disney+, the adult animation Little Demon stars Aubrey Plaza as the voice of Laura, who, after being impregnated by Satan (voiced by Danny DeVito), is attempting to live an ordinary life in Delaware with her Antichrist daughter but is constantly thwarted by monstrous forces.

A range of titles from Disney Television Studios will premiere on Disney+ in the coming months, including the limited series Mike from showrunner Karin Gist, creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and the team behind I, Tonya. The show tells the story of the dynamic and controversial life of boxing icon Mike Tyson, starring Trevante Rhodes.

Also coming to Disney+, produced by 20th Television, the romantic comedy series Maggie stars Rebecca Rittenhouse. There’s also Welcome to Chippendales, an eight-episode limited series starring Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales.

Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty, Star Trek: Lower Decks), the third season of Solar Opposites arrives on Disney+ on July 13.

New series and documentaries from National Geographic include Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, Dance the World with Derek Hough, Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper and Farming is Life with Indy Srinath. The new docuseries Science Fair: The Series, based on the Sundance Festival hit and SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary, follows the agony and ecstasy of the beloved and brainy teenage subculture of competitive science.

In the coming months, Disney+ will welcome a number of movies launching exclusively, including 20th Century Studios’ The Princess, starring Joey King as a beautiful, strong-willed princess who refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, and is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle.

Searchlight Pictures’ Not Okay launches on July 29, a satire that follows an aimless aspiring writer (Zoey Deutch) who fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris in the hopes of boosting her social media clout but unwittingly falls into a lie bigger than she ever imagined.

Plus, 20th Century Studios’ Prey on August 5, an all-new entry in the Predator franchise set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago directed by Dan Trachtenberg (The Boys, 10 Cloverfield Lane).

Rosaline is a fresh comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, with the classic love story now told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline, who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest. The film stars Kaitlyn Dever and is directed by Karen Maine.

Seven U.K. original series are coming to Disney+, including Wedding Season, a genre-busting action-thriller romance about two people who shouldn’t be together but who can’t stay away from one another, and the new comedy Extraordinary, from the production company behind Killing Eve, which tells the story of Jen, who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower—except her.

The Ballad of Renegade Nell comes from BAFTA Award-winning writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley), with Ben Taylor (Sex Education, Catastrophe) joining as director and executive producer for episodes one and two.

David Beckham will feature on Disney+ as he mentors a struggling young grassroots football side in the docuseries Save Our Squad.

There’s also the darkly comedic Culprits, about the aftermath of a heist, featuring an exciting ensemble cast that includes Gemma Arterton, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Niamh Algar, and Eddie Izzard.

The epic new action-adventure series Nautilus, starring Shazad Latif and Richard E. Grant, tells the origin story of Jules Verne’s most iconic character, Captain Nemo, and his legendary submarine.

The Full Monty will also return as a brand-new limited series from the makers of the original British hit comedy film, almost 25 years on.








About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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