If the latest trailer for Disney’s upcoming The Little Mermaid has you hankering for more live-action remakes of your childhood faves, then Disney+’s April line-up for UK subscribers has got you covered.
Yes, headlining this month’s release slate is David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy, the House of Mouse's latest adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s iconic fairytale, and also the auteur’s first film since A24 fantasy epic The Green Knight.
Switching to the TV side of things while keeping on the adaptation theme, Kathryn Hahn stars in Tiny Beautiful Things. Dropping all at once for prime binge-viewing, this original comedy drama is based on author Cheryl Strayed and the bestselling collection of essays that came from her time as an online advice columnist.
Read more: New on Netflix in April
Read more: New on Prime Video in April
Read more: New on Sky Cinema/NOW in April
Read more: New on Paramount+ in April
Elsewhere on the originals front, ‘based on true events’ Italian crime drama The Good Mothers will be landing on the streamer all in one go at the start of the month. And, for those who prefer a good old fashioned weekly drop, there’s police procedural Will Trent, adapted from Karin Slaughter’s series of books about a special agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
Read more: Everything leaving Netflix in April
Here’s everything we know is headed to Disney+ in April…
Movies coming to Disney+ UK in April 2023
Peter Pan and Wendy | 28 April
Having already helmed a live-action Disney remake once before, 2016’s criminally overlooked Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery returns to the beloved studio's directorial hotseat for family fantasy offering Peter Pan and Wendy.
Starring Jude Law as the villainous Captain Hook and Black-ish breakout Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell, this looks set to be a faithful, handsomely mounted adaptation of the tale of the boy who never grew up and his adventures in Neverland.
Watch a trailer for Peter Pan & Wendy
That being said, this is Lowery, so who knows? Maybe in this version Peter and Wendy will get on some shrooms with Captain Hook and Smee and start seeing giants emerging from Skull Rock. We can but dream...
TV shows coming to Disney+ UK in April 2023
The Good Mothers | All episodes available 5 April
Based on the true story of three women born into the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia family who joined forces with a female prosecutor to help bring down their own empire, crime drama The Good Mothers explores the well-documented world of Italian crime through a distinctive new lens.
A fascinating British-Italian collaboration, this story has been adapted for screen by The Last Kingdom scribe Stephen Butchard, with The Crown’s Julian Jarrold on lead directorial duties. To ensure this Calabrian crime saga holds true to its roots, The Young Pope production company Wildside and emerging Italian director Elisa Amoruso have also helped to bring the project - Disney+’s first original Italian language series - to life. Molto bene!
Tiny Beautiful Things | All episodes available 7 April
In 2010, struggling writer Cheryl Strayed took over from her friend as the advice columnist for an online literary publication, assuming the pseudonym 'Sugar'. What started as an unpaid, anonymous opportunity for Strayed to offer honest advice while bearing her own soul to her readers soon snowballed into a bestselling collection of essays entitled Tiny Beautiful Things.
In this adaptation, a half-hour comedy drama series, Kathryn Hahn stars as Clare Pierce, a struggling writer who just so happens to, like Strayed, take over from her friend as the advice columnist for an online literary publication. Shaping up to balance belly laughs with real moments of emotional poignance and truth, this Reese Witherspoon backed show looks set to be the next hit of the Hahnaissance, following both Wandavision and Glass Onion.
Will Trent | 2 episodes available 26 April, then weekly
In this police procedural based on Karin Slaughter’s same-named crime novels, Ramón Rodríguez plays Will Trent, a special agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Abandoned at birth and having coming of age in the brutal environment of Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system, maverick Trent uses his unique perspective to look at cases through a new lens.
Other movies and TV coming to Disney+ UK in April 2023
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields (2023)
Grown-ish S5 (Episodes 10-18)
The Pope Answers (Special, 2023)
Single Drunk Female (S2, Original)
Home Improvements (S1-8)
How I Met Your Father S2 (11 Episodes Available, Original)
True Lies (S1)
Life in Pieces (S1-4)
Sam - A Saxon (Mini-Series, Original)
Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures (S1, Original)