The trailer has arrived for An American Pickle, an upcoming comedy that finds Seth Rogen playing two roles.
The feature is based on the 2013 novella Sell Out, which author Simon Rich has adapted. The story tells of Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen), a labourer who immigrates from Eastern Europe to America in 1920. Life takes a tumble when Herschel falls into a vat of pickles while at his factory job. He’s preserved, waking up a century later in present day Brooklyn, where he meets his grandson, mild-mannered computer coder Ben (Rogen).
This marks the first solo feature film as director for Brandon Trost, who previously co-directed under-seen 2011 throwback comedy The FP with his brother and who has had a sizeable career as a cinematographer (Bad Neighbours, The Interview, The Disaster Artist). An American Pickle looks enticing, with Rogen seemingly given a good amount to work with and a tone that looks both amusing and heartfelt. Also nice to see Sarah Snook here, even she doesn’t appear to have much to do.
An American Pickle was intended to get a wide theatrical release, but is now set to be released on HBO Max on August 6th.
Official synopsis for American Pickle:
AN AMERICAN PICKLE, directed by Brandon Trost, is based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.