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Sony reverses course, The Interview will be released in theaters on Christmas Day

on December 23, 2014, 12:50pm

Sony has reversed course and will screen The Interview in theaters on Christmas Day as originally planned, according to The Wrap. Additionally, the film will be released simultaneously through video-on-demand.

Update – Wednesday, 10:30am: The film will also be streamed on YouTube, according to The Associated Press.

The film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, depicts a faux CIA operation to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Just a week ago, Sony canceled all planned screenings of the film in the wake of terroristic threats made by Guardians of the Peace, the same group believed to be responsible for the cyber hacking attack against Sony. US government officials concluded that North Korea was behind Guardians of the Peace, but said there was no credible evidence to suggest American movie theaters were under threat.

(Read: The Interview: It’s Not Only a Movie)

Many members of Hollywood, theater owners, even the President of the United States have encouraged Sony to proceed with the screening. President Obama called the decision to cancel the screenings a “mistake,” which threatened free speech.

North Korea’s Internet went down for several hours on Monday, and again earlier today. It’s unclear if America is behind the blackout, but President Obama has promised a “proportional response” against North Korea for its involvement in the cyberattack.

Watch the film’s trailer below.

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