Last summer, The Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer reunited to start shooting a secret movie for Universal Pictures. All that was known at the time was that it was set in the music world, with Andy Samberg starring and co-writing the script with directors Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Earlier this month, the title was revealed as Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and today Universal Pictures has debuted the first red band trailer, which does feature nudity and adult language, and shouldn't be watched by fans under the age of 18.
Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all.
The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Superbad) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Co-directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, Popstar is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
Universal has set a June 3 release date for this comedy, which will go up against Warner Bros.' Me Before You and Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on TheLonelyIsland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL "Digital Shorts," which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
Some of the most notable shorts include their Emmy-winning "D**k in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake), "Lazy Sunday" (a rap about The Chronicles of Narnia) and "The Natalie Portman Rap," "YOLO (featuring Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)," "I Just Had Sex (featuring Akon)" and "I'm on a Boat (featuring T-Pain)." The Lonely Island's debut album, "Incredibad," was released by Universal Republic in February 2009 and is the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on iTunes. Take a look at the red band trailer, poster and photos below, and stay tuned for more on Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.