Several months after striking a groundbreaking deal with Netflix, Adam Sandler has started planning his first movie for the streaming service. The actor has reportedly already lined up a huge, star-studded ensemble cast for the upcoming film Ridiculous 6.
The western comedy is described as putting a satirical spin on ensemble films within the genre like The Magnificent Seven. Sandler has actually been trying to get the movie to the big screen since 2012, with studios like Sony, Paramount, and Warner Bros. all expressing interest at some point before eventually deciding against it. With Netflix now having hold over his next four movies, Ridiculous 6 is finally moving forward — and it seems the actor is bringing an entire slew of oddly mismatched stars along with him for the ride.
Per The Wrap, the movie will feature the actor alongside Happy Madison vets like Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz, Vanilla Ice, and Taylor Lautner (who played the leader of the frat boys that Sandler’s character battled against in Grown Ups 2). But that’s far from the end of the list.
Aside from the Sandler movie regulars, Ridiculous 6 will feature some pretty unexpected names as well, including Nick Nolte, Whitney Cummings, and The Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton. As if those aren’t enough famous faces for one film, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, SNL alum Chris Parnell, and Breaking Bad’s Lavell Crawford have all also reportedly been cast.
According to The Wrap, Sandler will star as a man who grew up as an orphan among an Indian tribe. Lautner, Schneider, Wilson, Crews, and yet another actor still to be announced will play Sandler’s half-brothers, while Nolte will play his long-lost father. Parnell is set to portray a bank manager while Lovitz will play a wealthy industrialist, and Cummings, his flirtatious wife.
Buscemi will be a local jack-of-all-trades, while Forte and Trejo will play the leaders of rival gangs that the five aforementioned brothers will square off against. Meanwhile, Vanilla Ice — in casting that you could only find in a Sandler movie — has been tapped to play Mark Twain, and Shelton, perhaps the most unexpected of the many names on the movie’s long roster, is in line to play old West lawman Wyatt Earp.
So far, Netflix has declined to comment on the casting, although it did confirm that Ridiculous 6, co-written by Sandler and frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy, will be the first of the actor’s four features for the company. All of the films will skip a theatrical release and instead be released directly to Netflix.
The movie is part of Netflix’s recent move into producing original feature films, starting with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, due out in August. Aside from its contract with Sandler, the streaming service also recently closed a four-picture deal with the Duplass brothers. Unlike the Sandler films, though, the Duplass projects will be small-budget indie features and will hit theaters for a short period before becoming available for streaming.
Production for Ridiculous 6 will start in February. Sandler is next set to star in Sony’s Pixels, out in July, and will also reprise his role as Dracula in the animated Hotel Transylvania 2, due to hit theaters in September.