Sony Pictures’ controversial movie The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, is now available for rent on Google Play and YouTube.
Initially reported by website Re/code, it was revealed that the Interview would be made available on Christmas Day on YouTube, Google Play and also Sony’s website. Sony then also confirmed that it would be available on Crackle and Xbox live later on.
To rent the film costs $5.99 and can be purchased for $14.99, becoming available much earlier than expected on the various websites.
The movie is also being shown in several independent cinemas in the U.S. on the original premier date, after Sony caved in and decided to release the film after all. It was originally cancelled by Sony Pictures Entertainment after cinemas that were planning to show it changed their made after a wave of threats from hackers.
Unfortunately, the movie is not yet available on iTunes, but the rumours say that Apple and Sony were considering an exclusive deal that would have made the film available to millions of users, but couldn’t settle in time.
The movie has come under a lot of scrutiny lately, after the hack attack on Sony Pictures – hackers which the FBI says come from North Korea. Sony was hacked and details of emails, documents and even movies were released onto the Internet.
Apparently, the North Korean regime is unhappy about the film, in which Franco and Rogen play journalists who intend to assassinate the ‘dear leader’ Kim Jong-Un.
Google Play already lists the Interview in the store, but at least from Thailand, there doesn’t appear to be a way to rent the movie without a U.S. account and credit card. Let’s hope that Sony Pictures sees fit to release the movie worldwide at some point in the near future, as it will then might be available to watch officially from Thailand.