It’s a great thing when a TV series finds new life on the big screen. After the success of the two Sex and the City movies, studios have found that bringing the cast of a hit series back together for a film is a lucrative idea. The next film to resurrect its characters from the television cemetery is Entourage. The HBO original series, which ran from 2004 to 2011, was a hugely popular look at the Hollywood lives of actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his entourage (played by Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara). The real break-out star of the show was Jeremy Piven as Vincent’s agent Ari Gold.
>The film, which began principal photography in Los Angeles on February 19, is being directed by series creator Doug Ellin, who also wrote the screenplay. Very little has been announced regarding the plot of the film, but more details should emerge in the coming months. Aside from the previously announced fact that the five principal actors would be reprising their roles in the film, the cast has expanded exponentially since the film was announced. The supporting cast includes Alice Eve, Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment, as well as returning series regulars Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Rhys Coiro. Superstar Liam Neeson has recently been spotted on set and is expected to make a cameo appearance in the film. It has also just been announced that actors Debi Mazar, Rex Lee, Constance Zimmer and Nora Dunn will also be reprising their roles from the original series.
The original series of Entourage was a massive success and it is likely that the film will continue on this track. If the film-makers litter the film with celebrity cameos like those in the series and release a killer trailer sometime this year, the film might also extend its reach by enticing casual viewers (or even Entourage newbies) to head to the theatre to see it. We’ll keep you posted as more details are announced!
Entourage will be released in Australia on June 11, 2015.