Apr 01, 2021
HOLLYWOOD, CA – While podcasts burst onto the scene several years ago, it was the current coronavirus pandemic that led to an explosion of content, launching shows, careers, and a new breed of celebrity who is cut out more for an auditory experience than a visual one. But as podcasts move across mobile platforms and websites, one is making the jump to a cineplex near you.
A deal between USA Rice and Studio Six has just been announced that will result in The Rice Stuff Podcast: The Movie.
“The podcast always presents a wealth of information about U.S.-grown rice, and listening on your phone is fine, but we felt to really do justice to it, people needed to experience the podcast on the big screen with big sound and big stars,” said Lester Siegel who is producing for Studio Six.
While show hosts Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon have offered to play themselves, Siegel says the two will be played by Vince Vaughn and Kirsten Dunst. Sir Ian McKellen is signed on to portray co-host Dr. Steve Linscombe and Reese Witherspoon will round out the main cast as co-host Lydia Holmes. Dunst will direct from her own script.
The film is expected to go into production later this year and the studio is eyeing a Memorial Day 2022 release where it will go head-to-head with the Chris Pine-Hugh Grant vehicle “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Thor: Love and Thunder,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale.
“We’re going to own Memorial Day,” Siegel said. “It’s enough already with the punching and the hitting and the fire and the explosions. People are hungry to watch people sit around a table and record a podcast.”