News culture Disney+: Films, series, releases not to be missed in April 2023
Published on 01/04/2023 at 15:35
What does the Disney+ streaming platform have in store for us for the month of April? As The Mandalorian season 3 episodes continue to keep Star Wars fans awake every Wednesday, more surprises are on the way, starting with the anime Tengoku Daimakyō and the live-action film Peter Pan & Wendy. Here is the program.
Too rare in the Disney + catalog, animated series of Japanese origin are however beginning to arrive slowly but surely, rushing into the breach opened by Bleach and Tokyo Revengers. From April 1st, the anime Tengoku Daimakyô is about to debut exclusively on Disney+. Inspired by the eponymous manga published in France by Pika under the title A Journey beyond Heaven, this adaptation has been entrusted to the studio Production IG (Ao Ashi, Fena: Pirate Princess, Psycho-Pass season 3) and will be reserved for an informed public. The series will air one new episode per week, out of a total of 13 episodes for the first season. The original manga is signed Masakazu Ishiguro and tells the incredible journey of two young people who survived the apocalypse following a huge cataclysm.
The anime should delight sci-fi fans and takes place in a dystopian near future in which civilization has given way to man-eating creatures. The duo will then try to reach “paradise”, an idyllic place cut off from the world where children who know nothing of what is happening outside are entrenched.. This is a very welcome addition to the platform’s April releases, as this manga landed the “Best Manga of the Year 2019” award in the benchmark mook Kono Manga ga Sugoi!.
Available from April 1 on Disney+
Peter Pan & Wendy
Propelled into the heart of Never Land, young Wendy Darling finds refuge with lost children, guided by a Peter Pan who is more real and dashing than ever. It must be said that the feature film Peter Pan & Wendy is a live action adaptation of the famous Disney animated film, itself inspired by JM Barrie’s book. On April 28, it is directly on the Disney+ streaming platform that you will have to go to discover this new film in live action whose production was entrusted to David Lowery (The Green Knight, Peter and Elliott the Dragon). The refusal to grow up will always be at the center of this poetic story re-imagined with new actors. We will find in particular a Captain Hook played by Jude Law, a Tinkerbell revisited by Yara Shahidi (the Grown-ish series), with in the main roles: Alexander Molony (The Reluctant Landlord) for Peter and Ever Anderson (Resident Evil: Chapter final) for Wendy.
Like The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Dumbo, The Lion King, Pinocchio and many more, this new live action remake should be inspired by the original cartoon while offering completely new scenes. We can expect a more pronounced epic blast and a version that removes all the racial stereotypes inherent in the era of the first film. The trailer in French version is to be discovered right here! A good way to wait while waiting for the release of the remake of The Little Mermaid which will have the honors of a cinema release on May 24.
Available April 28 on Disney+
Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Hungry (Antlers in VO) is a horror film adapted from a short story by Nick Antosca entitled The Quiet Boy. Directed by Scott Cooper (The Pale Blue Eye, Hostiles, Crazy Heart), this fantastic film will try to find a place in the Disney+ catalog on April 21. This story takes place in a small mining town in Oregon, United States, and revolves around the troubled personality of a young schoolboy who seems to be hiding a dark secret. His teacher will then get involved in his story by investigating this mysterious child with the support of his policeman brother, without knowing that their actions could have serious consequences. Bathed in a realistic atmosphere brutally immersed in horror, the film Hungry demonstrates once again that the Disney + catalog also contains its share of black experiences intended for an informed public. It is the actress Keri Russell (Felicity, The Americans) who takes on the role of the teacher alongside the young Jeremy T. Thomas.
Available April 21 on Disney+
Amnesia, illusions, revenge… This is in a nutshell the starting point of the Korean series Fatal Memory, the latest thriller from famous creator Kim Sunok (The Penthouse: War in Life and Return). Directed by Choi Younghoon (One the Women, Good Casting), this series is announced for April 12 in the Disney+ catalog. It recounts the plunge into hell of a young woman with amnesia who suddenly finds memories of her past. Her perfect and envied life then appears to her as a lie that she decides to shatter. swapping her evening dress for a gun and a bloodstained leather jacket. The time has come for Hong Taera to regain control of her destiny to protect her family, even if it means getting her hands dirty. The main role was given to actress Lee Jiah (The Penthouse: War in Life, My Mister) alongside other renowned Korean actors. Season 1 will have no less than 16 episodes.
Available April 12 on Disney+
The Good Mothers
Italian original series expected for April 5, The Good Mothers tells us “the true story of the women who challenged the mafia”. Through six episodes that will be available to stream simultaneously on Disney+, The Good Mothers series presents the intersecting destinies of five women who have truly contributed to stopping the machine of the criminal empire. The story is based on real events and directly inspired by the eponymous book written by journalist Alex Perry. In the main roles, we find the actresses Gaia Girace (The Prodigious Friend), Valentina Bellè (The Medici: Masters of Florence), Barbara Chichiarelli (Suburra), Simona Distefano (The Traitor), Andrea Dodero (Non odiare) and Micaela Ramazzotti (La Prima Cosa bella).
Noted and awarded in the “Berlinale Series” section at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, this series shows how a handful of women will serve as a secret instrument to trap the ‘Ndrangheta mafia from within, like a Trojan horse. Refusing to leave the future in the hands of the deadliest of Italian mafia clans, these real-world heroines will do everything to free themselves from the yoke of the criminal organization, for the good of their country and their children.
Available April 5 on Disney+
Other programs to follow
Ralph & Kate – April 2 on Disney+Week-end Family – April 5 on Disney+Conversation with the Pope – April 5 on Disney+Brothers – April 5 on Disney+For Life – April 5 on Disney+Mickey’s Magical House – April 5 on Disney+Will Trent – April 5 on Disney+Tiny Beautiful Things – April 7 on Disney+The lost treasures of Rome – April 7 on Disney+Bespoke renovations with Jeremy Renner – April 12 on Disney+PJ Masks – April 12 on Disney+Spider-Man : Far from Home – April 14 on Disney+Inside: The Boston Marathon Bombing – April 14 on Disney+The great forgiveness – April 14 on Disney+True lies: for better and for worse – April 19 on Disney+Mrs. America – April 19 on Disney+Quasi – April 20 on Disney+The secrets of elephants – April 22 on Disney+HPI: High Intellectual Potential (season 2) – April 26 on Disney+Elizabeth II: one life, one reign – April 28 on Disney+
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