Are you a binge-watcher? Then you need to know about the newest streaming service, Star by Disney +.
Come this Tuesday 23 February 2021, Australian Disney + subscribers will be able to unlock all of the latest, the hottest and the must-watch content there is to offer all thanks to their newest and upcoming streaming hub, Star. Intended for an adult-based audience, Star will be home to some of Australia’s favourite films and TV series.
From sci-fi to romance, drama, action, comedy and everything in between, we’re helping you save time on deciding on what to watch first with this guide to the 10 blockbusters you must watch on Disney + Star in 2021. So cuddle up on the couch and pour yourself a glass of one of your favourite Australian wines and settle in for the night (or day). Better yet, why not get one of these Australian grazing and charcuterie platters delivered straight to your door. Thank us later!
How do I connect to Disney + Star?
From Tuesday 23 February 2021, Star will be available for Australians to access. To connect, streamers will need to either have an existing Disney + subscription and upgrade to Star (from $3.00). Otherwise, new customers can simply start up with Star from $8.99 a month. For more information, head to Star’s website.
Big Sky (2020)
Originally available only to US Hulu watchers, but now, with the launch of Australia’s Star, the 2020 ABC drama-crime series, Big Sky, will be hitting screens nation-wide. Written by Big Little Lies‘ David E. Kelley, Big Sky follows the story of private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt as they join forces with estranged wife and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt to search for two young sisters who have been kidnapped in Montana. Based on the book series by American author C.J. Box, Star’s Big Sky will feature Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty (Boardwalk Empire), Dedee Pfeiffer, Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham) and Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) to name a few.
“They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” Despite its near three-hour running time, the 1995 biography-drama, Braveheart, is not one to miss as it storms onto screens this 2021 thanks to Star. Directed by and featuring Hollywood’s Mel Gibson, Braveheart retells how Scottish rebel warrior, William Wallace, leads his countrymen to fight for the freedom of his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England. Joined by the likes of French actress Sophie Marceau, Gladiator’s Tommy Flanagan and Angus Macfadyen as Robert the Bruce; from start to finish, Braveheart will have viewers captivated.
The Fly (1986)
“I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man”. Starring the ever-so-young Jeff Goldblum as Seth Bundle and Beetlejuice’s Geena Davis as Veronica Quaife, the 1986 horror sci-fi film The Fly will have you buzzing on the edge of your seat until the moment that you just might tick. Directed by David Cronenberg, The Fly follows the story of Seth (Goldblum) a brilliant scientist who donates himself as a tester for his newest invention, a transportation machine. But, unknown throughout the experiment, Seth isn’t alone in the teleporting machine and undergoes a transformation that goes well beyond the nuisance of a much-hated house fly.
Despite being cancelled by Hulu after just one season, this year Disney + takes on Helstrom to Star for a gripping 10-episode drama meets action and adventure storyline. Joined by Velvet Buzzsaw’s Sydney Lemmon, The Bold Type’s Tom Austen and House of Cards’ Elizabeth Marvel to name a few; Helstrom is a revolutionary cross between sci-fi and serial. Over the 10 episodes, watchers are bewitched by Daimon and Ana Helstrom – the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer – who, although complicated in themselves, need to track down the terrorizing worst of humanity. Confusing and equally captivating, this is one TV series to add to your 2021 watchlist.
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
For nearly 10 years, this award-winning American sitcom stole the hearts of watchers worldwide. But, are you one of those lucky viewers who can boast that they’ve watched every one of the 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother in chronological order? Well, now thanks to Star, you can! Following the story of Ted Mosby, an architect, and his four friends Lily, Marshall, Robin and Barney; Ted, recounts to his two children the events that led him to meet their mother – but the big mystery is that no one knows how she is. The journey eventful and charismatic to say the least, will have you hooked until the moment you finally found out.
Love, Victor (2020)
Coming to screens this February 2021, this American teen drama will make Australians fall in love all over again. Set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon, this 2020 sequel follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School. Much like most teens, Victor embarks on a journey of self-discovery and faces all the challenges that go with it, not just at home but as he adjusts to a new city, and asks questions about his sexual orientation too. Continuing on from the original rendition of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Victor will have the audience feeling like they are set in the scene thanks to the top-notch casting with Nick Robinson (Love, Simon and Jurassic World), Michael Cimino (Annabelle Comes Home) and Mason Gooding (Scream).
Moulin Rouge (2001)
When we think of a romance meets musical film that doesn’t overkill, there’s no other choice than the 2001 award-winning Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge. Starring Australian actress extraordinaire Nicole Kidman as Satine, Ewan McGregor as Christian and supported by John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Kylie Minogue to name a few; regardless if you’ve never seen Moulin Rouge or if you can self-admittedly recite every line word for word, thanks to Star, your obsession with this cult-classic bohemian masterpiece can finally be reignited. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
Solar Opposites (2020)
Created by dream duo Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), the 2020 made sci-fi cartoon follows a family of aliens – from a better world – who must take refuge in middle America. Along the current two-season-part adventure, the family of four are still arguing on whether Earth is awful, awesome or amazingly a combination of both. With voice-overs from Justin Roiland himself, Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs), Christina Hendricks (Good Girls), Alfred Molina (Spider Man 2) and American actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish, Solar Opposites will have you transported to an out-of-this-world experience. A must-add to your 2021 binge-watch list.
If choosing what to watch first on Disney + Star makes you feel like “a woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets,” then let us enlighten you with the classic, blockbuster romantic drama film Titanic. Directed by James Cameron who managed to score over $2,000,000,000 at the box office, the 1997 film features some of Hollywood’s favourite actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. Following the story of 17-year-old Rose (Winslet) who, hailing from a seamlessly wealthy family, sets onboard the Titanic to be married. Here, just as the film reaches the tip of the iceberg, Rose meets and falls with love with adventure-chasing artist Jack Dawson (DiCaprio).
The X-Files (1993)
For nine years Chris Carter’s The X-Files has captivated sci-fi and action lovers alike. This year, thanks to Disney + Star, your passion for an invigorating, edge-of-your-seat investigative TV series can finally be rediscovered. Starring Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, these two conspiracy theorists and FBI special agents uncover the truth as they investigate a series of inexplicable paranormal cases. With 209 episodes to settle down with, this February 2021, streamers to Star will be able to do more than just tune-in with this gripping production.
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