Entourage was one of HBO's TV show mainstays throughout the 2000s, running for eight seasons total and picking up a number of awards and related accolades along the way. The series, which was (loosely?) inspired by executive producer Mark Wahlberg's early days as an actor, will live on in this year's movie release
The Entourage film picks up not long after the show's finale. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), it seems, accepted the offer that he received at the very end of the original television series' finale: to become the new CEO and chairman of Time Warner. Now, Ari is eager and willing to produce his first big, box office-crushing tentpole - Hyde, the movie-within-the-movie that was teased in the first Entourage trailer (and even received its own poster).
Air, ready to make his dreams a reality, reaches out to Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys - Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Johnny (Kevin Dillon) - to assist him in realizing this vision. But, shock of shocks, it turns out Vincent and his pals aren't necessarily the best men for the job - and soon enough, the gang finds themselves between a rock and a hard place.
Don't worry Entourage fans, the film's official synopsis assures that the bond between the boys "remains strong" - even in the face of new problems. (That's what hugging it out is for, after all.) There appear to be plenty of "problems" for the boys to handle too, judging by the developments teased in the newly released full-length Entourage trailer. Give it a watch, above.
Entourage creator Doug Ellin wrote and directed the movie version, based on a story that he concocted with Rob Weiss (a longtime executive producer/writer on the original series). It appears that Entourage will join Sex and the City (2008) and Veronica Mars (2014) on the list of TV shows-turned movies that continue to develop the over-arcing story threads and character relationships/dynamics from the series that inspired them. How much it will do, though, remains to be seen.
Those who never really watched the Entourage TV show - as we've mentioned before, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot here for you. Then again, the sheer number of celebrity cameos in the film (as teased in the new trailer) coupled with the general plot - a funny and satirical "inside baseball" look at life in Hollywood - might be enough to interest those of you out there who rarely (if ever) tuned into the original Entourage series.
Entourage opens in U.S. theaters on June 5th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures