The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan” is an adventure/drama/comedy film. It is based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The film director is Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White.


It is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a.

Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.


Bryan Cranston as Mack
Ramón Rodríguez as George
Ariana Greenblatt as Julia
Owain Arthur as Castello
Hannah Bourne as Helen
Eleanor Matsuura as Candace Taylor


Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan
Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant
Danny DeVito as Bob the dog
Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle
Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken
Mike White as Frankie the seal
Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant
Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit
Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot


A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Director Thea Sharrock discusses “The One and Only Ivan”

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. 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.

Release date

The movie will be available on August 21, 2020.

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