One of this year’s biggest film releases is 20th Century Studios “West Side Story”, which is directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg and features a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner.

“West Side Story,” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.)


Check out the “West Side Story” trailer below:


When Is “West Side Story” Released On Disney+?

Before the pandemic, films would have a much longer time exclusively in cinemas. Earlier this year, Disney announced that all of its theatrical releases for the rest of 2021 would have a 45-day exclusive window for theatres.


“West Side Story” is released in cinemas on Friday 10th December 2021.

Since it’s a 20th Century Studios film, in the United States, it will also be released on HBO Max because of a pre-existing 10-year contract made before Disney purchased 20th Century Fox that expires at the end of 2022.   Disney recently signed a new temporarily deal with WarnerMedia to share access to select titles on either Hulu or Disney+.   If “West Side Story” is one of those select films, we could see it added to Disney+ in 2022 once the 45-day theatrical exclusive window ends.

While internationally, things are a little different as the film will be coming Disney+.  If “West Side Story” follows the exact same schedule that previous 20th Century Studios films like “Free Guy” and “The Last Duel” took to arrive on Disney+, the earliest the film could be released on Disney+ internationally, such as in the UK, Canada and Australia, along with other digital platforms would be from Monday 24th January 2022.  But it’s likely the film’s Disney+ will be delayed to align with a Wednesday or Friday release.


However, it’s important to note that Disney hasn’t officially confirmed when “West Side Story” will be coming to Disney+ and won’t do so until the film has been in cinemas for a while, to help with the box office numbers.


Is “West Side Story” Coming To Disney+ Premier Access?

Disney has announced that “West Side Story” would be released in cinemas first, with a 45-day exclusive window, so it won’t be getting a Disney+ Premier Access release as Disney has decided to discontinue with Premier Access as an option.


Are you looking forward to the release of “West Side Story” on Disney+?











Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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