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Blockbuster Movies, Hit Dramas & More! Check Out The Local Shows Coming To Disney+ Hotstar

Some of these titles will be exclusively available on Disney+ Hotstar!

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Reminder, guys! Disney+ Hotstar is finally coming to Malaysia on 1 June, woohooooo!

The subscription service costs RM54.90 for three months. Alternatively, there are also special packages available for Astro Movies Pack customers. Besides the website, the Disney+ Hotstar app can be downloaded on mobile and tablet on both Android and iOS devices.

Featuring over 800 films and 18,000 episodes, including Marvel blockbusters and series, iconic Disney favourites, Disney+ Originals, and top local and Asian movies and drama series, there's gonna be so much content for you to watch on Disney+ Hotstar, yaaaas! There's even a dedicated Kids section with age-appropriate content.

With Disney+ Hotstar, you can enjoy commercial-free viewing, up to two concurrent streams, and the ability to download most of the films and shows available on the platform.

In addition, there's gonna be tonnes of local content on the platform too, including highly-anticipated blockbusters, top-rated drama series, critically-acclaimed Malaysian films, and star-studded series

Ahmad Izham Omar, Executive Director of Content & Creative of Disney+ SEA, chats with host Nazrudin Rahman at the virtual press junket.

Image via Disney+ Hotstar (provided to SAYS)

In a virtual press junket on 27 May, it was announced that some local blockbuster movies, such as J2: J Retribusi, Zombitopia, and Ada Hantu, will be skipping theatre releases and coming directly and exclusively to Disney+ Hotstar.

Meanwhile, various top-rated local Primetime drama series will premiere first on Disney+ Hotstar, at 7am on the same day as the linear telecast, up to 15 hours before anywhere else.

During the press junket, Malaysian talents such as Zul Ariffin, Amelia Henderson, Bront Palare, Shaheizy Sam, Sharifah Rose, Ungku Ismail Aziz, and more chatted about their shows, including the filming process and some behind-the-scenes insights.

Ahmad Izham Omar, Executive Director of Content & Creative of Disney+ SEA, also shared his thoughts on putting the spotlight on Malaysian stories on the platform.

Check out some of the Malaysian content that you've absolutely must watch on Disney+ Hotstar:

1. J2: J Retribusi

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 1 June 2021

Starring: Zul Ariffin, Ashraf Sinclair, Chen Yiming, Amelia Henderson, Ainin Batrisya, and Rosyam Nor

Synopsis: Bodyguard Jay Zulkarnain races against time to rescue two people from a hostage situation. Not only does he have to save his boss, businessman Dato' Hashim, Jay also has to save his very own daughter, Nadi.

According to lead actor Zul Ariffin, three words to describe the movie are "action-packed, family entertainment, and definitely aggresive". Returning to play the character Jay Zulkarnain once again, Zul said that people will be able to see a different, darker side of Jay.

2. Zombitopia

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 2 July 2021

Starring: Shaheizy Sam, Bront Palare, Elvina Mohamad, Azman Hassan, and Sharifah Amani

Synopsis: Amidst a zombie outbreak, Zidik gets taken prisoner by Dr. Rahman, a disgraced scientist who previously managed to contain the virus that's causing the outbreak. It dawns on Zidik that he is the only one immune to the virus, and he must now do whatever it takes to save the world.

Bront Palare shared that he's excited to share the movie with his daughter, as it's more of a family entertainment movie compared to other zombie flicks. He also thinks that he'd survive a real zombie outbreak, because he'd run really fast and use Shaheizy Sam as bait by telling the zombies that Shaheizy is more sedap, hahahaha!

3. Ada Hantu

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 13 August 2021

Starring: Hairul Azreen, Zahiril Adzim, Shiqin Kamal, and Elvina Chua

Synopsis: A YouTuber who doesn't believe in the paranormal embarks on a life-changing, ghost hunting adventure with his friends in an old bungalow left abandoned by the Japanese Army during World War II.

Hairul Azreen and Zahiril Adzim shared a creepy behind-the-scenes incident. While filming a scene in which Zahiril had to kick a door and rush into the room, he ended up spraining his ankle but brushed it off and continued filming.

It wasn't until they were all back in the hotel later that night that Zahiril revealed he had actually felt a huge force pushing him from behind when he kicked the door! Yerrrr, scarryyyy.

4. Semanis Senyumanmu

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 1 June 2021

Starring: Daiyan Trisha and Aiman Hakim Ridza

Synopsis: A cynical chef and a pastry chef find themselves at odds over their different tastes and end up taking the term ‘love/hate relationship’ to a new level.

Though he plays a head chef in the drama, Aiman Hakim Ridza says that he can't cook in real life, but "tolong potong-potong tu can lah" (I can help to cut ingredients), hehehe. Thankfully, there was a coach and assistant to help out on set. Thanks to their help, Aiman felt like a real chef.

5. Wifi Sebelah Rumah

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 25 June 2021

Starring: Zul Ariffin, Ruhainies, Keith Foo, Nurin Afiqah, Fadlan Hazim, Asha Zainul, Ridzuan Hashim, Fazlina Ahmad, and Ziana Zain

Synopsis: Ghaz frequents a local cafe to use their Wi-Fi until he bumps into his beautiful neighbour, Mira. She offers to share her home Wi-Fi password so he can do his work at home. He now wants to win her heart, but the catch is that her dad is a rugged tough biker.

Lead actress Ruhainies didn't know if Zul Ariffin could pull off his more gentle character in this drama, because he always plays ganas characters. But according to her, he performed so well and was so funny that he even had the whole crew cracking up in some scenes.

6. Single Terlalu Lama

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 1 June 2021

Starring: Ungku Ismail Aziz, Julia Farhana Marin, and Riz Amin

Synopsis: About to turn 40, Andy wants to end his bachelorhood now that he's successful in his career. Just as he's about to give up on finding his dream girl, he meets Jasmine at a school reunion, and the two quickly get engaged. But, trials and tribulations test the couple, especially when Andy finds out that Jasmine has a secret.

Ungku Ismail Aziz urges viewers to watch every single episode, because if you miss even one, you won't know what's happening in the drama. Plus, there are lots of exciting cameos to look forward to as well.

7. Kekasih Hati Mr. Bodyguard

Release date on Disney+ Hotstar: 1 June 2021

Starring: Redza Rosli, Sharifah Rose, Ungku Hariz, and Fadlan Hazim

Synopsis: To unravel a mission from her father, Hana Aralyn tracks down former bodyguard Hadif Akashah, who is now a goat farmer. As Aralyn tries to dig up the secret Hadif is hiding, the bickering pair start to fall in love.

As this drama marks Sharifah Rose's first leading role, she was incredibly nervous to act opposite the popular Redza Rosli. Though she wasn't sure if they could build chemistry at first, Sharifah was thankful that Redza was so supportive and made for a great partner.

In addition to that exciting lineup, check out the other renowned Malaysian hits you'll get to enjoy:

- J Revolusi
- Tombiruo
- KL Special Force
- Munafik
- Istanbul Aku Datang!
- Ejen Ali The Movie
- Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal (starts streaming mid-June)
- The Rock movies (Rock, Rock Oo!, Rock Bro!, and Rock 4: Rockers Never Dai)
- Talentime
- Mukhsin
- The Kid From The Big Apple 2
- Vedigundu Pasangge
- Evolusi KL Drift 1 & 2
- KL Gangster 1 & 2
- Gol & Gincu 1 & 2
- Guang
- Redha
- Roh

Mark your calendars, guys, 'cause you'll be able to watch all this and more when Disney+ Hotstar officially launches in Malaysia on 1 June, yaaaay!

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