Ricky Stanicky Trailer: Zac Efron Hires John Cena to Be His Fake Friend
John Cena and Zac Efron Team Up for Prime Video Comedy
John Cena is the best friend that Zac Efron never had in the first trailer for Prime Video‘s comedy Ricky Stanicky.
Peter Farrelly directed the Amazon MGM Studios feature that begins streaming March 7. The movie follows Dean (Efron) and two lifelong friends who invent an imaginary pal named Ricky Stanicky as someone to blame for a childhood prank gone wrong.
The three buddies continue to attribute their mishaps over the years to the nonexistent friend until finally deciding to hire a struggling actor known as “Rock Hard” Rod (Cena) to portray Ricky when their partners want to meet him.
“Ricky Stanicky isn’t real,” Efron tells Cena, who appears to be taking the gig too far. This leads Cena to explain why he wants to continue playing the part: “My job sucked, I had no friends. But now I have all those things.”
A Long and Winding Road to the Screen
Ricky Stanicky has endured a long development process. The original script landed on the Black List back in 2010, and the project previously had such stars as James Franco and Jim Carrey attached for the titular role.
Efron earned acclaim for his role in last year’s movie The Iron Claw. Cena appeared in a wide variety of 2023 film titles including Fast X, Barbie and Vacation Friends 2, and he has a part in next month’s spy Comedy Argylle.
Peter Farrelly Returns to Comedy with Ricky Stanicky
Farrelly, whose recent directing credits include The Greatest Beer Run Ever and the Oscar-winning Green Book, helmed the Film from a script credited to Farrelly, Jeff Bushell, Brian Jarvis, James Lee Freeman, Pete Jones and Mike Cerrone.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “When three childhood best friends pull a prank gone wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble. Twenty years after creating this ‘friend,’ Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, and Jermaine Fowler) still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior.
When their spouses and partners get suspicious and demand to finally meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky, the guilty trio decide to hire washed-up actor and raunchy celebrity impersonator ‘Rock Hard‘ Rod (John Cena) to bring him to life. But when Rod takes his role of a lifetime too far, they begin to wish they’d never invented Ricky in the first place.”
Ricky Stanicky Trailer