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The 10 2020 Movies Streaming Online Early Due to the Coronavirus

Since the  Trolls: World Tour animation movie first changed the game, we’ve seen a ton of other studios follow suit, and we’ve had the early release of several other films that were originally planned for a theatrical release.
For better or worse, when the neon fluffballs broke streaming records as one of our first coronavirus-forced direct-to-digital hits, it caused a ripple effect that might change how Hollywood gameplans its big releases going forward. Here are the 2020 year movies that come early…


Artemis Fowl

Original Release Date: May 29

Digital Release Date: June 12

Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father. This adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s bestselling kiddie fantasy series was scheduled to have a theatrical run this spring but is now headed directly to Disney+ in June.


Big Time Adolescence

Original Release Date: January 28

Digital Release Date: March 20

A suburban teenager comes of age under the destructive guidance of his best friend, an aimless college dropout. Pete Davidson stars in this coming of age film as a charming mid-twenties slacker (shocking!) who good-naturedly encourages his ex-girlfriend’s teenage brother to make a series of truly awful decisions.


The Hunt

Original Release Date: March 13

Digital Release Date:
 March 20

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt. This satirical horror film already had its original September release delayed after its premise—a cabal of champagne-swilling liberal elites kidnap a bunch of working-class red-staters and hunt them for sport.


The King of Staten Island

Original Release Date: June 19

Digital Release Date: June 12

Scott has been a case of arrested development since his firefighter dad died. He spends his days smoking weed and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until events force him to grapple with his grief and take his first steps forward in life.



Original Release Date: May 12

Digital Release Date: May 12

Tom Hardy plays the 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past. this film headed straight to home streaming.


Endings, Beginnings

Original Release Date: May 1

Digital Release Date: May 1

A 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places. Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan-starring movie romance skipped theaters and headed directly to digital streaming.


How to Build a Girl

Original Release Date: May 20

Digital Release Date: May 20

A teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton, England, grows up to become a popular but conflicted music journalist. Beanie Feldstein stars in this adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel about a teenage music critic.


Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Original Release Date: March 13

Digital Release Date: April 3

An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City.

This acclaimed indie picked up awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and the teen abortion drama will now be available for digital rental just a few weeks after its theatrical debut.


The Lovebirds

Original Release Date: In theaters April 3

Digital Release Date: On Netflix April 3

A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – a circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Paramount’s Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani action-comedy was slated to premiere in theaters early next month but now will head directly to Netflix.



Original Release Date: February 14

Digital Release Date: March 27

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Downhill is a remake of the acclaimed 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as a married couple.


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