Disney+ Highlights More Series Coming To UK Inc. ‘Maggie’, ‘Little Demon’, ‘Mike’, ‘The Patient’ & More!

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23 Jun 22

Disney+ Highlights More Series Coming To UK Inc. ‘Maggie’, ‘Little Demon’, ‘Mike’, ‘The Patient’ & More!

In an announcement (which I’m sure has nothing to do with a certain other streaming service launching in the UK this week…) Disney+ has dropped some news about more exclusive upcoming shows and films landing on the streaming service. Here is a rundown of series and movies coming to Disney+ UK over the next 12 months or so.

US TV Series 2022/23

The Old Man (Autumn 2022)

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, ‘The Old Man’ stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat and centres on Dan Chase (Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future, he now must reconcile his past.

Welcome to Wrexham

A docuseries tracking the dreams and people of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club.

In 2020, Rob McElhenney (‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’) and Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’) teamed up to purchase the team in the hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for. The worry? Rob and Ryan have no experience in football or working with each other. That said, they are serious about their investment in Wrexham, improving the club and doing right by the townspeople.

Founded in 1864, the “Red Dragons” are one of the oldest football teams in the world and currently compete in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system.

From Hollywood to Wales, the pitch to the locker room, the front office to the pub, Welcome to Wrexham will track Rob and Ryan’s crash course in football club ownership and the inextricably connected fates of a team and a town counting on two actors to bring some serious hope and change to a community that could use it.

Fleishman is in Trouble

The story is centred on recently separated forty-something Toby Fleishman, who dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail-end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife, Rachel, disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends, a promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming, and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to Rachel until he can take a more honest look at what happened to their marriage in the first place.

The series is adapted by Taffy Brodesser-Akner from her New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, and Adam Brody, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘Ruby Sparks’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’).

Little Demon

Thirteen years after being impregnated by the Devil (Danny DeVito), a reluctant mother (Aubrey Plaza) and her Antichrist daughter (Lucy DeVito) attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware, but are constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul.

The series is created and Written by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner and Kieran Valla. It is executive produced by Aubrey Plaza, Fowler, Kirschner, Valla, Dan Harmon, Jersey Films 2nd Avenue’s Jake, Lucy and Danny DeVito, and ShadowMachine.

Mike

From creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and the team behind ‘I, Tonya’ and showrunner Karin Gist, executive producer of ‘Our Kind of People’, ‘Mike’ explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson. The 8-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again. Focusing the lens on Mike Tyson, the series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story. Trevante Rhodes and Russell Hornsby star, with guest stars Harvey Keitel, Laura Harrier, and Li Eubanks.

Welcome to Chippendales

‘Welcome to Chippendales’ is the true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales. The series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.

The drama is written by Robert Siegel and executive produced by Siegel, Nanjiani, Dylan Sellers and Emily V. Gordon as well as Rajiv Joseph and Mehar Sethi who also writes on the series.

The Patient

A psychological thriller from the minds of Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (‘The Americans’) about a therapist, Alan Strauss (Steve Carell), who’s held prisoner by a patient, Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), who reveals himself to be a serial killer. Sam has an unusual therapeutic demand for Alan: curb his homicidal urges.

In order to survive, Alan must unwind Sam’s disturbed mind and stop him from killing again… but Sam refuses to address critical topics, like his mother Candace (Linda Emond). Alone in captivity, Alan excavates his own past through memories of his old therapist, Charlie (David Alan Grier), and grapples with waves of his own repressed troubles – the recent death of his wife, Beth (Laura Niemi), and the painful estrangement from his religious son, Ezra (Andrew Leeds). Over the course of his imprisonment, Alan uncovers not only how deep Sam’s compulsion runs but also how much work he has to do to repair the rift in his own family. With time running out, Alan fights desperately to stop Sam before Alan becomes complicit in Sam’s murders or worse – becomes a target himself.

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg are executive producers and writers, with Steve Carell as an executive producer along with Caroline Moore, Victor Hsu and Chris Long. The 10-episode limited series is produced by FX Productions.

Maggie

Dating is hard enough – it’s even harder when you also happen to be a psychic. Maggie’s gift allows her to see into the future of her friends, parents, clients, and random people on the street. But when she begins to see glimpses of her own destiny after meeting an unexpected stranger, her romantic life suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Can you let yourself fall in love when you think you know how it ends? She probably should have seen this coming …

UK Original Series 2022/23

In addition to the US imports, Disney+ is working on a slate of UK Original series for subscribers to enjoy.

Wedding Season

A genre-busting escapist romance about two people who shouldn’t be together, but who can’t stay away from one another. The series follows Katie, a picture-perfect bride who we meet on her wedding day surrounded by the dead bodies of her new husband and every member of his family.

Rosa Salazar (‘Undone’, ‘Brand New Cherry Flavor’) stars as Katie, with Gavin Drea (‘Valhalla’, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’), Jade Harrison (‘Foundation’, ‘The Stranger’) and Jamie Michie (‘Back To Life’, ‘Game of Thrones’), Callie Cooke (‘The Stranger’, ‘Rules of the Game’), Bhav Joshi (‘Deadwater Fell’, ‘Vigil’), Ioanna Kimbook (‘Inside No. 9’) and Omar Baroud (‘Baptiste’, ‘The Innocents’). The series is written by Oliver Lyttelton (‘Cheaters’) and produced by Dancing Ledge Productions and Jax Media.

Extraordinary

‘Extraordinary’ is a comedy by actor, writer and comedian Emma Moran and production company Sid Gentle Films (‘Killing Eve’, ‘The Durrells’). The story follows Jen, a young, self-aware woman who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower… except her. It’s a comedy about being young and finding your feet in a confusing world when all you’ll ever be is “ordinary”. A celebration of the anti-superhero, giving people permission to embrace their general okay-ness.

The Ballad of Renegade Nell

The Ballad of Renegade Nell is a swashbuckling adventure series set in the 18th century, written by the BAFTA-winning Sally Wainwright (‘Gentleman Jack’, ‘Happy Valley’) and produced by Lookout Point (‘Gentleman Jack’, ‘A Suitable Boy’).

When she’s framed for murder, Nell Jackson is forced into a life of highway robbery, along with her two orphaned sisters Roxanne and George. Aided by a plucky little spirit called Billy Blind, Nell realises that fate has put her on the wrong side of the law for a reason, a reason much bigger than she could’ve ever imagined, a reason that goes right up to Queen Anne and beyond, to the struggle for power raging across the battlefields of Europe.

Executive produced by Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Will Johnston from BBC Studios-backed Lookout Point, it is described as a stylish, witty and surprising romp from one of the UK’s most acclaimed series creators.

Save Our Squad

David Beckham mentors a struggling young grassroots football side, taking these young players, their coach, and their community on an uplifting, transformative journey of a lifetime.

Culprits

Culprits is a dark and funny heist series from acclaimed film-maker J Blakeson (‘I Care A Lot’, ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’), The series follows what happens after a heist, when the crew have gone their separate ways, but are being targeted by a killer one by one.

Created and directed by Blakeson, the series is executive produced by Stephen Garrett (‘The Undoing’, ‘The Night Manager’), and produced by Morenike Williams (‘Killing Eve’). Character 7 produce.

Nautilus

Based on the Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the ten-part live-action adventure sees ‘Star Trek: Discovery’s Shazad Latif take the iconic role of Captain Nemo, the enigmatic Indian prince who steals a fantastical submarine from the East India Company and sets sail in search of adventure under the sea.

In this new iteration, Nemo is an Indian Prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Company and a man bent on revenge against the forces which have taken everything from him. But once he sets sail with his ragtag crew on board the awe-inspiring Nautilus, he not only battles with his enemy, he also discovers a magical underwater world.

The Full Monty

Almost twenty-five years on from the BAFTA-winning film, the limited series will follow the original band of brothers as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling healthcare, education and employment sectors. The series will explore the brighter, sillier and more humane way forward where communal effort can still triumph over adversity.

The new original series on Disney+ will see the original lead cast reprise their fan-favourite roles including Robert Carlyle (“Trainspotting”, “Once Upon A Time”) as Gaz, Mark Addy (“Game of Thrones”, “A Knight’s Tale”) as Dave, Lesley Sharp (“Before We Die”, “Scott and Bailey”) as Jean, Hugo Speer (“Britannia”, “Shadow and Bone”) as Guy, Paul Barber (“The Dumping Ground”, “Gloves Off”) as Horse, Steve Huison (“The Royle Family”, “The Navigators”) as Lomper, Wim Snape (“The Beaker Girls”, “Gentleman Jack”) as Nathan and Tom Wilkinson (“Batman Begins”, “Michael Clayton”) as Gerald in this heartfelt and fiercely funny world of working-class heroes in the North of England. The series will also introduce a whole new cast of children and grandchildren of the returning characters.

From NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

New ground-breaking series and documentaries from National Geographic include ‘Limitless with Chris Hemsworth’, ‘Dance the World with Derek Hough’, ‘Extraordinary Birder’ with Christian Cooper, and ‘Farming is Life’ with Indy Srinath. Plus, the new docuseries ‘Science Fair: The Series’, based on the Sundance Festival favourite and SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary, follows the agony and ecstasy of the beloved and brainy teenage subculture of competitive science.

Films

Prey (5th August 2022)

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, ‘Prey’ is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Rosaline (2022)

A fresh comedic twist on Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” in which the classic love story is told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline… who just happens to be Romeo’s ex-girlfriend. Starring Kaitlyn Dever and directed by Karen Maine, the movie premieres in 2022.

This is, of course, not an extensive list of everything coming to Disney+ UK, but some highlights of things to look out for in the next 12 months. For shows and tv series coming more imminently to the streaming service, check out our ‘Premieres Coming To Disney+ UK In July 2022‘ article.