Star, the latest content tile added to Disney+‘s home screen, is definitely appropriately named. The entertainment brand has announced a slate of awesome Star Originals, infested with huge celebrities and buzz-worthy concepts deserving of a twinkly spot in the night sky.
So far, Disney+‘s most grown-up library is mostly beloved for its movies, with around 500 classic films we outlined in full right here. But the new shows below make Star a true force to be reckoned with in the streaming game, after the success of existing shows such as Love, Victor, M.O.D.O.K., and Solar Opposites.
Arguably the most anticipated title is Pam & Tommy, a biographical drama exposing the untold story behind one of the most famous celebrity sex tapes of all time. Lily James and Sebastian Stan have already been unveiled in their transformative makeup as Pamela Anderson and Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. And with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie back behind the camera for another pop culture expose, it’ll be an unmissable miniseries event.
Selena Gomez joins best buds Martin Short and Steve Martin in Only Murders In The Building, a comedy series about some true-crime-obsessed neighbours joining up to solve a case. And Kumail Nanjiani stars in Immigrant, a series about the Indian-American entrepreneur who started the male strip revue Chippendales.
Beyond the world of fiction, Star is also introducing the Tupac docuseries Dear Mama, David Choe’s paint-and-chat interview series The Choe Show, and Dopesick, an eight-part investigation into the centre of America’s opioid crisis.
The announcement also features two titles that are pretty reminiscent of existing streaming successes. In the vein of Girls5Eva, Queens follows an estranged nineties hip-hop group trying to recapture the magic. Then there’s the non-fictional Welcome to Wrexham, starring Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds as they try to revitalise a struggling Welsh football team. If you loved Ted Lasso, I guess it’s time to get ready for an IRL, celeb-ified take.
For my money, there’s can’t be too much Girls5Eva or Ted Lasso in the world, so go ahead, Star: make the streaming world a better place.