Disney’s ‘Cruella,’ ‘Black Widow’ Bowing Simultaneously on Premier Access and in Theaters; Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Going Straight to Disney+

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution March 23 announced new details for Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming slate of theatrical movies, including live-action Cruella, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, and Pixar’s Luca, among others.

Following the recent $29.99 Premier Access (PVOD) releases of Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon, both Cruella and Black Widow will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on May 28 and on July 9, respectively.

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Similarly to the Christmas Day launch of Academy Award-nominated Soul, Pixar’s Luca will stream directly in homes worldwide exclusively on Disney+ beginning Friday, June 18, as a special offering to kick-off the summer season.  In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement. “By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver [Disney movies].”

Additional shifted theatrical release dates include: Free Guy on Aug. 13; Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Sept. 3; The King’s Man on Dec. 22; Deep Water on Jan. 14, 2022; and Death on the Nile on Feb. 11, 2022.

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