John Cena Joins Zac Efron in 'Ricky Stanicky' Romp



by NOUMAN RASOOL

John Cena Joins Zac Efron in 'Ricky Stanicky' Romp
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In an exciting update from Prime Video, the first trailer for the much-anticipated comedy "Ricky Stanicky" has dropped, showcasing the dynamic duo of John Cena and Zac Efron in roles that fans have eagerly awaited. Directed by the acclaimed Peter Farrelly, the film is set to make its debut on the streaming platform on March 7, under the banner of Amazon MGM Studios.

"Ricky Stanicky" spins a humorous tale around Dean, portrayed by Zac Efron, and his two childhood friends who concoct a fictional character named Ricky Stanicky to evade blame for a prank that spiraled out of control. This imaginary friend becomes their go-to scapegoat for every misadventure that follows, up until their significant others demand to meet the elusive Ricky.

Enter "Rock Hard" Rod, a character brought to life by John Cena, a down-on-his-luck actor who seizes the opportunity to embody Ricky Stanicky. The plot thickens as Cena's character delves too deep into his role, much to the dismay of Efron's Dean, who insists, "Ricky Stanicky isn't real." Cena's heartfelt response, "My job sucked, I had no friends.

But now I have all those things," adds a layer of depth to the comedy, suggesting that the film will explore themes of friendship and identity.

"Ricky Stanicky" Unveiled

The ensemble cast features talents such as Jermaine Fowler, Andrew Santino, Lex Scott Davis, Anja Savcic, Jeff Ross, and William H.

Macy, promising a rich tapestry of performances. Farrelly, known for his work on "The Greatest Beer Run Ever" and the Oscar-winning "Green Book," directs from a script that boasts contributions from a team including Jeff Bushell, Brian Jarvis, James Lee Freeman, Pete Jones, and Mike Cerrone.

The journey of "Ricky Stanicky" to the screen has been a long one, with the original script by Bushell making the Black List in 2010 and attracting interest from stars like James Franco and Jim Carrey. Zac Efron returns fresh from the success of "The Iron Claw," while John Cena continues to build on a diverse filmography that includes "Fast X," "Barbie," and "Vacation Friends 2," with a role in the upcoming "Argylle" also on the horizon.

This blend of star power, comedic storytelling, and Farrelly's directorial touch is poised to make "Ricky Stanicky" a must-watch on Prime Video, promising laughter, unexpected friendships, and perhaps a few life lessons along the way.

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