Jake Johnson, known for his role in the sitcom New Girl, is making his directorial debut with the film Self Reliance, which has secured a release date on Hulu. The streaming platform has set September 8 as the day for this thrilling comedy about human hunting. After a successful premiere at SXSW earlier this year, Hulu acquired the movie through a deal with MRC and Paramount Global Content Distribution.
In Self Reliance, Johnson portrays a man who is offered a million dollars to participate in a game where he becomes the prey, reminiscent of The Most Dangerous Game or Hard Target. The catch is that he can only be hunted when he is alone. Unfortunately, he faces a predicament as none of his friends or family believe his story. The film features a star-studded cast, including Anna Kendrick, Natalie Morales, Andy Samberg, GaTa, Emily Hampshire, Mary Holland, Boban Marjanović, Christopher Lloyd, and Wayne Brady.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jake Johnson gained recognition for his role as Nick Miller on the popular sitcom New Girl, which aired from 2011 to 2018. He has also appeared in notable films like 21 Jump Street, Jurassic World, The Mummy, and Tag. In addition to his acting career, Johnson has co-written and produced several independent comedies such as Digging For Fire, Win It All, and Ride the Eagle. His unique voice has made him a sought-after voice actor for projects like Lost Ollie, Hoops, and High School USA.
Notably, Johnson lent his voice to the character of Peter B. Parker, the down-on-his-luck Spider-Man, in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, reprising the role in its highly successful sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. He is also credited with inspiring the comedy series Drunk History after an incident where he drunkenly attempted to explain Otis Redding’s death to the show’s creator, Derek Waters. Currently, Johnson stars in the ’70s-themed series Minx, which will premiere its second season on Starz in July, following its cancellation at HBO Max.
Self Reliance was produced by Lonely Island and Walcott Productions, with Ali Bell, Joe Hardesty, and Jake Johnson serving as producers. The executive producers include members of the Lonely Island comedy troupe, namely Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone.
Mark your calendars for Self Reliance’s release on Hulu on September 8, and stay tuned to FilmSweep for more updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about directorial debut
When is Jake Johnson’s directorial debut, Self Reliance, being released?
Self Reliance is set to be released on September 8.
Where can I watch Self Reliance?
Self Reliance will be available for streaming on Hulu.
What is Self Reliance about?
Who stars in Self Reliance?
Self Reliance features a star-studded cast including Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Morales, Andy Samberg, GaTa, Emily Hampshire, Mary Holland, Boban Marjanović, Christopher Lloyd, and Wayne Brady.
What is Jake Johnson known for?
Jake Johnson is known for his role as Nick Miller in the sitcom New Girl. He has also appeared in films such as 21 Jump Street, Jurassic World, and Tag.
Is Self Reliance Jake Johnson’s first directorial project?
Yes, Self Reliance marks Jake Johnson’s directorial debut.
Who produced Self Reliance?
Self Reliance was produced by Lonely Island and Walcott Productions, with Jake Johnson, Ali Bell, and Joe Hardesty serving as producers.
Are there any notable collaborations in Self Reliance?
Lonely Island comedy troupe members Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone served as executive producers for Self Reliance.
Can you tell me more about Jake Johnson’s career?
Jake Johnson has not only acted in various films and TV shows but has also co-written and produced independent comedies. He has lent his voice to animated projects such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and has inspired the comedy series Drunk History.
Where else can I find updates on Self Reliance?
For future updates on Self Reliance, you can stay tuned to FilmSweep.