Disneys next direct OTT release date is here.

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Disneys next direct OTT release date is here.

The fantasy adventure The One and Only Ivan is the latest Hollywood studio movie skip theatrical release and go for a digital release. Disney announced Friday that the film, previously dated for Aug. 14, 2020, will instead debut exclusively on Disney+ Aug. 21.

Disney's announcement marks the latest changes made to Hollywood's release calendar for 2020 and 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and cinema closures. Several studio titles, including Disney's Artemis Fowl, have decided to bypass theatres and debut exclusively on premium VOD or a streaming service.

Directed by Thea Sharrock, The One and Only Ivan is an adaptation of Katherine Applegate's bestselling, award-winning book about a special gorilla, voiced by Sam Rockwell. Other stars in the live-action/CGI hybrid include Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Mike White, Brooklynn Prince, Ron Funches, Phillipa Soo, Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston.

“The world has changed in a heartbeat. People all over the globe have shared important, life-changing experiences in ways we have not seen for a century,” Sharrock said in a statement. “In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, The One and Only Ivan with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”

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