By Nick Milligan
The turnstile of Hollywood remakes continues to spin with the news that Zac Efron and Michael Cera have signed on for a reboot of revered 1992 comedy Wayne’s World.
Efron and Cera will step into the roles of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar respectively, two hard rock tragics from Aurora, Illinois, who host their own public-access TV show in their basement. For the reboot, in this age of internet celebrities, public-access TV has been replaced with Youtube.
Originating from a Saturday Night Live sketch starring comedic actors Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, the original Wayne’s World quickly ingratiated itself into popular culture, and remains one of the most quoted comedies of all time. It also sent Queen’s prog-rock classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ back to the top of the charts. Myers and producer Lorne Michaels wasted no time in making an “excellent” sequel that was released in December 1993.
Paramount announced on March 31, 2017 that Neighbours and Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller would helm the remake, along with the production team of Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver. Zach Galifianakis will play slimey TV producer Benjamin Oliver, a far cry from the chiseled, glorious perfection of Rob Lowe in the original film.
There’s no word yet as to who will fill the kung-fu fighting boots of Wayne’s love interest Cassandra Wong, played with stunning ferocity by Tia Carrere in director Penelope Spheeris’ original. But the Paramount statement did reveal that Mike Myers himself would have a role in the movie – and if the original movies are anything to go by, expect a slew of celebrity cameos and cheeky product placement.
Wayne’s World is slated for release in December 2018.