Disney announced that the fantasy adventure The One and Only Ivan is the latest addition to Hollywood movies to bypass theaters and go directly to streaming. Previously dated 4 August 2020, the movie will instead debut exclusively on Disney+ on 21 August.
The One and Only Ivan, is an adaptation of the award-winning book about one very special gorilla, directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You). Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.
The voice cast include Sam Rockwell as Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant, Danny DeVito as Bob the dog, Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle, Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken, Mike White as Frankie the seal, Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant, Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit and Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot. Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston also star in the film.
Disney also announced that Peter Jackson’s documentary The Beatles: Get Back, which was initially set for 4 September of this year will now go close to a year later on 27 August 2021.