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What’s coming soon to Disney+ in December 2021?

Staff Writer

Disney’s Netflix rival is here, serving up Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar originals, along with a post-modern revamp of High School Musical and every episode of The Simpsons.

This Christmas is all about the debut of Boba Fett’s solo outing, but there’s more than just Star Wars to unwrap on Disney+, including the release of new animations Encanto and Ron’s Gone Wrong. Coming to the adult-friendly Star are not only the thrilling BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings and Fox’s iconic sitcom Malcolm in the Middle but also Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, fresh from cinemas, and Thai cave documentary The Rescue. And there’s the added bonus of both Paddington films arriving to see in the new year.

Here’s what’s coming soon to Disney+ UK in December 2021:

The Last Duel (Star) – 1st December

Jodie Comer gives a stunning performance in this thought-provoking drama set against the brutality of 14th century France from Ridley Scott. Based on actual events, the film centres on the accusation by Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer) that she was brutally assaulted by Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), the friend of her husband, Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon). In order to protect his pride and prove his wife’s claim, de Carrouges requests to fight Le Gris to the death. Now, all three lives hang in the balance in this society that holds that the victor of this grisly duel will be determined by God. Moreover, if de Carrouges dies in this fight, Marguerite will be put to death.

The Big Leap: Season 1 – 1st December

From 20th Television and Fox Entertainment comes this big-hearted, rowdy dramedy which follows a group of diverse, down-on their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining, reality dance show. Episodes arrive weekly.

Devs: Season 1 (Star) – 1st December

The future is fixed. Everything is determined. Or is it? Those are the kind of questions that Alex “Ex Machina” Garland asks in his latest project, following young Sergei, a programmer who is recruited by the mysterious digital firm Amya – led by Nick Offerman, who plays its CEO with lots of hair and even more mystery and tragedy.

Die Hard (Star) – 3rd December

One of the most iconic Christmas films of all time comes home just in time for the holidays.

The Rescue (Star) – 3rd December

Documentary film The Rescue chronicles the 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of a community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – 3rd December

Greg Heffley is a scrawny but ambitious kid with an active imagination and big plans to be rich and famous – he just has to survive middle school first. To make matters worse, Greg’s lovable best friend Rowley seems to coast through life and succeed at everything without even trying! As details of his hilarious – and often disastrous – attempts to fit in fill the pages of his journal, Greg learns to appreciate true friends and the satisfaction that comes from standing up for what is right.

Welcome to Earth: Season 1 – 8th December

It might seem humans have mapped every inch of our planet’s surface, but look closer and you’ll discover that there is still so much more to uncover and the age of exploration is far from over. Welcome to Earth, a six-part series from National Geographic, follows Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. Episodes arrive weekly.

Ron’s Gone Wrong (Star) – 15th December

20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation’s Ron’s Gone Wrong is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

Malcolm in the Middle Season 1 to 7 – 15th December

Frankie Muniz stars in this definitive 2000s sitcom about Malcolm, a bright and intelligent boy who lives with his dysfunctional family while dealing with the troubles of being the middle child and a teenager. The show is stolen by Bryan Cranston as his hyperactive, desperate father.

The Wonder Years: Season 1 – 22nd December

A coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama through the eyes of imaginative 12-year-old, Dean. Episodes arrive weekly.

Encanto – 24th December

Disney’s latest animated adventure follows an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Book of Boba Fett – 29th December

This thrilling new Star Wars adventure finds legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett, and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the Galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. Starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen and executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez, The Book of Boba Fett is set within the timeline of The Mandalorian. New episodes arrive weekly.

The Choe Show (Star) – 29th December

In The Choe Show, world-renowned artist David Choe turns his eccentric, compassionate and disruptive worldview into a lens for an audience to experience a radical empathy for others. From the walls of his childhood home, Choe takes his guests on a journey where he is a motivational interviewer and compassionate listener. He uses the acts of art and play as Choe and his guests depart on a journey of shared emotional experience. It is through their bonded and authentic connection that Choe is able to bring forth an of-the-moment honesty.

The Salisbury Poisonings (Star) – 29th December

This riveting retelling of the 2018 Novichok poisonings is a moving, gripping tale of bravery and resilience.

Paddington 1 and 2 – 29th December

The charming, funny screen adaptations look after Michael Bond’s bear with as much care and warmth as possible – resulting in a family-friendly franchise that embraces everyone in the audience, regardless of age or origin.

A Hidden Life (Star) – 31st December

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II in Terrence Malick’s drama.

Other releases coming to Disney+ UK in December 2021:

1st December Hawkeye E3 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir S4 E10 Gigantosaurus E47-52 Gabby Duran and the Unsittables S2 Drain the Oceans S3 India From Above S1 Dopesick S1 E5 (Star) American Horror Story: Double Feature S10 E7 (Star) The Great North S1 E11 – Finale (Star) Last Man Standing S9 E19 (Star) Bless the Harts S2 E17 (Star) American Dad Yr 17 E22 – Finale (Star) Family Guy S20 E5 (Star) Mixed-ish S1 E16 (Star) Da Vinci’s Demons S1-3 (Star) Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi S1 (Star)

3rd December Christmas…Again?! Mickey & Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas The Day After Tomorrow (Star)

5th December The First Wave

8th December Hawkeye E4 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir S4 E11 Spidey and His Amazing Friends S1 E8-12 American Horror Story: Double Feature S10 E8 (Star) Dopesick S1 E6 (Star) The Big Leap E2 (Star) Last Man Standing S9 E20 (Star) Bless the Harts S2 E18 (Star) Mixed-ish S1 E17 (Star) Family Guy S20 E6 (Star) Brickleberry S1-3 (Star) Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi S2 (Star) Black-ish S7 (Star)

10th December Disney Holiday Magic Quest Calling All Monsters (Music Video) The Last Ice From The Ashes Juno (Star) No Sleep Til Christmas (Star) The Heat (Star) What A Man (Star)

15th December Foodtastic Hawkeye E5 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir S4 E12 Gigantosaurus S3 E1-10 Disney Magic Bake-off S1 E10-12 Sonny with a Chance S1-S2 Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted S2 Atlas of Cursed Places S1 American Horror Story: Double Feature S10 E9 (Star) Dopesick S1 E7 (Star) The Big Leap S1 E3 (Star) Bless the Harts S2 E19 (Star) Last Man Standing S9 E21 – Finale (Star) Mixed-ish S1 E18 (Star) Family Guy S20 E7 (Star)

17th December Arendelle Castle Yule Log: Cut Paper Edition Being The Queen Eyewitness D-Day JoJo Rabbit (Star) King Arthur (Star) Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas(Star) The Joy Luck Club (Star)

22nd December Hawkeye E6 – Finale Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir S4 E13 Chicken Squad S1 E14-20 Made in a Day S1 Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist S1 Dog With a Blog S1-3 American Horror Story: Double Feature S10 E10 – Finale (Star) Dopesick S1 E8 – Finale (Star) The Con (Star) The Big Leap S1 E4 (Star) Bless the Harts S2 E20 (Star) Mixed-ish S1 E19 (Star) Family Guy S20 E8 (Star) American Housewife S1-5 (Star)

24th December Far From The Tree (short) Life and Death in Paradise: Crocs in the Caribbean Star on Disney+ | Library Downhill (Star) Life Of Pi (Star) The Man with One Red Shoe (Star) Same Time Next Christmas (Star) Fantastic Lies (Star) Silly Little Game (Star) This Magic Moment (Star) Al Davis vs The NFL (Star) Big Shot (Star) Bryan and the Boz (Star) Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (Star)

29th December Club Mickey Mouse S4 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir S4 E14 The Ghost and Molly McGee S1 E1-10 TOTS S3 E1-10 Ice Road Rescue S5 Airport Security: Brazil S5 The Wonder Years E2 (Star) The Big Leap S1 E5 (Star) Bless the Harts S2 E21 (Star) Mixed-ish S1 E20 (Star) Family Guy S20 E9 Part 1 – Finale (Star) Bless this Mess S1 & 2 (Star)

31st December Surviving the Mount St Helens Disaster Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself (2020) Paddington (Star) Paddington 2 (Star) No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (Star) The Best That Never Was (Star) Run Ricky Run (Star) Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL (Star) The Band That Wouldn’t Die (Star) Slaying The Badger (Star) Angry Sky (Star) Broke (Star)

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