As mentioned, Bert Kreischer will star in “The Machine” as a fictionalized version of himself, while Jimmy Tatro of the ABC sitcom “Home Economics” and award-winning Netflix mockumentary “American Vandal” plays the younger Bert. Their father will be played by the legendary Mark Hamill, who appeared to be “marginally excited about this project” when his casting was announced on Twitter in April 2021. Croatian actor Iva Babić takes on the role of the mobster that kidnaps the Kreischers. And these principal players will be joined by Robert Maaser, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jessica Gabor, Rita Bernard Shaw, Nikola Đuričko, Oleg Taktarov, Amelie Villers, and Mercedes de la Cruz.
Behind the scenes, this movie is helmed by “Key and Peele” and “Keanu” director Peter Atencio, which works out great as the film described as “The Hangover” meets “Midnight Run” seems to be exactly in his wheelhouse. The filmmaker is working from a script based on Kreischer’s stand-up and penned by Scotty Landes, who is known for writing episodes of “Workaholics,” “The Misery Index,” and the Octavia Spencer thriller “Ma,” and “Cougar Town” creator Kevin Biegel (who was also involved in the unreleased Marvel Television series “New Warriors,” which would have starred fan-favorite hero Squirrel Girl).