Last year, when Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was filming in Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. At the time, the film was shrouded in mystery, and we were all curious about the story and music. However, as a big fan of The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone), I knew whatever they were making would be funny and original. After watching Andy Samberg perform on stage as Conner4Real and talking with a number of the cast and the filmmakers about what they were trying to make, I left the set confident the finished film would be extremely funny.
If you haven’t seen any if the trailers, Samberg stars in the comedy as a rapper who, after his latest album bombs, re-forms his old boy band. Taking aim at the recent pop star documentary trend, directors Schaffer and Taccone blend behind-the-scenes shots with concert footage and a ton of celebrity cameos and the film looks hilarious. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping also stars Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Joan Cusack, Tim Meadows, Imogen Poots, and Maya Rudolph.
With the film hitting theaters June 3rd, Universal has provided us with a few new images and the new poster. Check them out below and look for a number of on set interviews on Collider over the next week.
Here’s the official synopsis for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping:
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 (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, Knocked Up) 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 Schaffer and 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 Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.