Lionsgate has acquired the distribution rights to “The SMOSH Movie,” the studio announced Thursday.
A co-production of AwesomenessTV and DEFY Media, the film stars YouTube sensations Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, who combine to form SMOSH, which is now the largest content brand for 13-17 year olds. The brand’s collective networks boast over 30 million combined YouTube subscribers, 19 million social followers, and 12 million monthly unique website visitors.
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The film will draw on even more digital star-power, with YouTube stars Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Shane Dawson, Mark Fischback (Markiplier) and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval all featuring in the project.
Actresses Jillian Nelson and Brittany Ross co-star, along with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black.
The synopsis: A high-concept Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure for 2014, The SMOSH Movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that resurfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion, leading the SMOSH duo into a headlong race to remove the clip before it ruins Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with high school crush Anna. Anthony and Ian leap through a portal onto YouTube, and what follows is the adventure of a lifetime as SMOSH encounters one YouTube celebrity after another in their quest to alter a video and hopefully change their lives.