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Two of the most popular YouTube stars in the world are two months away from splashing into the film world. On September 26th, the film Laid In America, which stars Caspar Lee and Olajide “Ksi” Olatunji, will premiere in the UK. It will make its stateside debut the following day.
Laid in America, which we first heard about more than a year ago, follows its two stars as they descend upon Yankee shores and get into all sorts of trouble. The film is being billed as a raunchy teen comedy, and its plot, which can be summed up as “two guys try to lose their virginity on the night before they leave the United States,” is reminiscent of the enduring 1999 film American Pie.
Like many of the other so-called “influencer films” that star digital media personalities in feature-length productions, Laid in America will feature a supporting cast filled with Lee and Ksi’s colleagues. »
- Sam Gutelle
The feature-length movie will have back-to-back London and Hollywood premieres with simultaneous release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital download on day of the premieres. Universal Pictures is handling distribution for the film in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Latin America; the producers are handling distribution for the rest of the world.
“Laid In America,” aiming to appeal to the kind of audiences that flocked to teen comedies like “American Pie” and “Superbad,” is the latest vehicle featuring popular social “influencers” — a strategy designed to rally their fanbases to pay for the content. Ksi, a gamer-comedian-actor-rapper whose name is Olajide Olatunji, has more than 13.8 million YouTube subscribers, while vlogger-actor Caspar Lee has more than 6.5 million.
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- Todd Spangler
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