The film follows a group of actors trapped together in a hotel bubble while they attempt to finish shooting a film. Apatow’s “The Bubble” will feature an A-List cast. According to Variety, the film will star Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, Pedro Pascal, and Keegan-Michael Key. Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann, and daughter, Iris Apatow will also star in the film.
“The Bubble” will be Apatow’s next directorial effort following “The King of Staten Island” in 2020. “The King of Staten Island” received mostly positive reviews. Critics praised Pete Davidson‘s semi-autobiographical performance. The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release but was instead released digitally due to the pandemic.
Apatow’s upcoming film will join Hollywood’s pandemic storyline trend. HBO Max’s “Locked Down” and Michael Bay’s “Songbird,” both based on the pandemic, received awful reviews. Meanwhile, the socially distant horror film “Host” was innovative and well received.
Apatow has worked with Netflix previously. In 2016 he co-created the series “Love,” which ran for three seasons. However, “The Bubble” will be his first feature film with the streaming giant. Netflix has yet to announce a release date.