In October, Disney shared a list of dozens of movies from yesteryear that will be available to stream on the Disney+ streaming service. You had all of the big ones from Marvel, PIXAR, and classic Disney animations, but the company also reminded fans of classics like the original “Parent Trap” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Joining the list is “Avatar,” thanks to the acquisition of 20th Century FOX, and it should serve as an excellent prelude to the upcoming sequels. Disney+ officially announced that “Avatar” will be available on the platform on Friday afternoon, with a special presentation from the director. The movie will be part of the streaming service’s launch library in the U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands on November 12th, followed by Australia and New Zealand on November 19th.
The release will introduce the movie to a new generation of sci-fi fans, which Disney hopes will want to see the new movies over the next ten years. “Avatar 2” is currently scheduled to release on December 17, 2021, followed by “Avatar 3” in 2023, “Avatar 4” in 2025, and “Avatar 5” in 2027.
Disney+ will be the exclusive subscription streaming home of the award-winning film, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of its theatrical release on December 18th. The movie is from director James Cameron, and the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning epic is the second highest-grossing film of all time, recently topped by Disney’s own “The Avengers: Endgame.”
Written by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, “Avatar” takes viewers to the world of Pandora, where a man embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save both the people he learns to love and the place he now calls home. The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso. The story follows reluctant hero Jake Sully (Worthington) as he sets out on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a courageous battle to save a civilization.
In the announcement, Disney added, “Known for his ability to tell deeply human, relatable stories on an expansive, visually immersive canvas, Cameron pushes the boundaries of modern filmmaking with innovative techniques and universal human stories that make this film a must-see experience for audiences of all ages.”
“Avatar” will join the previously announced slate of original series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and more, in addition to the vast library of nearly 500 films and 7,500 television episodes. Disney+ is now available for pre-order in the U.S. for $6.99/month or $69.99/year. Disney stated that if you want to bundle Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ together, you should wait for launch day.
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