Lorne Michaels saw something in the musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, and helped turn them and their digital short videos into a sensation on Saturday Night Live. The group has created a number of memorable music videos for the late-night sketch show, and have even gone on to release three full albums as well.
Consisting of SNL alumni Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, the group has been relatively quiet since the 2013 release of The Wack Album. That changed this year, though, as The Lonely Island will not only executive produce the new FOX sketch-comedy show Party Over Here, but will also release their first movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. While the group’s history and the title of the movie give a good indication of what to expect, a new trailer spells it out even clearer.
The trailer above comes courtesy of Universal, and features Samberg as Conner4Real, a musician who is something like a cross between Lonely Island collaborator Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber. Schaffer and Taccone make appearances as well, and will be co-directing the movie. As one might expect from a movie mocking the music industry, there are also a number of cameos from people in the biz, including Usher, American Idol‘s Simon Cowell, and a hologram of The Voice‘s Adam Levine.
The film is being produced by Judd Apatow, who has been increasingly prolific as of late with his involvement in TV series such as Girls and Love, and movies such as Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and the upcoming Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. This is a departure from the usual route for Samberg and other SNL alumni, who typically get production help on their movies from Lorne Michaels (as was the case with Samberg’s previous movie Hot Rod). Whereas everything Apatow touches seems to turn into box office gold, the same cannot be said for other Michaels-produced fare (including Hot Rod, which only made $14.3 million on a $25 million budget). With that being the case, it is easy to see why they wanted Apatow on board.
With the combination of Apatow’s guidance and the seemingly can’t-lose premise that is essentially a This Is Spinal Tap for the current pop landscape, Popstar seems like a movie with a solid chance of being a hit. If The Lonely Island can deliver a soundtrack that is on par with their previous records and audiences aren’t tired of the now well-worn field of making fun of the inflated egos of various pop stars, then it is a safe bet that Samberg and company will continue to never stop never stopping in the future.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping will open in U.S. theaters on June 3, 2016.