The YouTube Stars Taking Over Hollywood Right Now
Watch out, Hollywood – YouTubers are taking over.
The latest web sensations securing a movie deal: Lionsgate bought the rights for Natural Born Pranksters, a film starring the people behind the Internet’s top pranking video channels, VitalyzdTV, Roman Atwood and Dennis Roady, who, collectively, have over 25 million subscribers and over three billion views.
The film, which will feature the YouTube pranksters bringing their antics to Hollywood, will be released in theaters in early 2016.
Here are some other big YouTubers making big movies.
1. The Janoskians
The comedy group, which consists of five guys (Beau, Luke and Jai Brooks, James Yammouni and Daniel Sahyounie), are this generation’s Jackass. They make absurd, funny and mostly gross videos that have gained them over 2 million subscribers. Their first feature film – a mockumentary called Janoskians: Untold and Untrue – is available on the iTunes store.
2. Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart
We love it when our friends are friends, which is why we love it that our Internet BFFs are making Dirty Thirty, a feature-length film that was purchased by Lionsgate.
3. Tyler Oakley
We love Tyler Oakley – like, a lot – which is why we’re beyond excited to see his smiling face on a super big screen. The 26-year-old YouTuber is the star of Snervous, a documentary about his raise to fame hitting theaters in December.
4. Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen and Jenn McAllister
Otherwise known as LoveLaurenElizabeth and jennxpenn, the two YouTubers starred in a goofy heist comedy, Bad Night, which aired on Vimeo this summer.
5. Lilly Singh
Known as Superwoman to her millions of fans, Singh is very excited about her big screen debut, A Trip to Unicorn Island, a documentary about her world tour. “It’s very close to my heart,” she told Entertainment Weekly at VidCon. “It’s a story about me going through the trials and tribulations of my life and really making the decision to be happy.”