Disney+ in Europe has revealed the first titles to launch next month on its Star brand, the studio’s new international online home for mature content with additional parental controls. According to The Walt Disney Company, the Star lineup will double the amount of content available to watch on Disney+ overseas, including shows and films from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios, and 20th Television.
The brand, which is the sixth to join Disney+ alongside Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Disney and National Geographic, will host the first two Star Originals: “Big Sky” and “Love Victor,” which is set in the world of the original 2018 film “Love, Simon”. The former is a 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. Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty and Ryan Phillippe star.
Also showing on the channel will be hit series “24,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Prison Break,” “The X-Files,” “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” and some of the “Die Hard” movies. The lineup announced is UK specific, so local rights restrictions may apply in other markets.
At its investor day last year, Disney announced that Star was going to launch in two different ways: Latin America is getting its own stand-alone app - due to it including sports - in June 2021, while Star will be integrated with Disney+ in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore from February 23. The network will not be available in the United States.
Subscription pricing will increase in most overseas markets at the launch of Star. For example, in the United Kingdom, a Disney+ subscription will increase to £7.99 per month or £79.90 per year, from its current £5.99/month or £59.99/year.