One of this summer’s biggest comedies is going to be “Vacation Friends”, which stars Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, John Cena, and Meredith Hagner.  This will be the first 20th Century Studios film that is releasing directly onto Hulu and Star On Disney+ internationally.

The film tells the story of strait-laced Marcus and Emily are befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla, at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.” Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation.

During a recent press event, John Cena told us about his feeling about playing a gentle giant in the film.

The cast is very gifted and-and all in their own-in their own discipline. You know, [Bache?] has been making [comedic?] content on the-on the internet for so long and become so successful like that. Meredith has such a presence on screen, and her comedic personality.  Yvonne and Rel are both established standups. So I think I  just kinda let everybody do what they do, and it’s very obvious in how to play comedy with me, you use a big guy, and the first piece of low-hanging fruit is you know, you go against the physical stereotypes or you lean into them.

And lot of this was leaning in there, because this guy is… On his resume he’s such a badass, but in life he’s really such an emotional person. And I love the contrast of that. And because Rel is so wound up, it really gave great balance. And then you see this wound up dude with all this energy trying to take it out on this large, hulky man who just really wants to give him a  hug. And I think that’s a lot of hilarity between Rel and I.

“Vacation Friends” is coming to Hulu and onto Disney+ as a Star Original on Friday 27th August.

Are you looking forward to “Vacation Friends”?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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