Awesomeness Films, the digital prodco behind Tyler Oakley’s Snervous documentary and Smosh: The Movie, has partnered with YouTube on We Love You, a social-media-friendly feature film slated to debut on YouTube Red in April.
The film stars YouTuber Yousef Erakat (pictured, top), better known as fouseyTube to his 8.5 million online fans, Viner Lele Pons (pictured, right) and Dear White People actor Justin Dobies. Joining the cast are influencers Ray William Johnson (14 million fans) and Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen (three million subs).
Production on the project began earlier this month on location in South Carolina with Huck Botko directing and Jon Shestack producing. Additional cast members include Joe Hursley and Londale Theus, Jr.
The movie is billed as a contemporary love story with a comedic twist.
“It’s the kind of film, supported by a cast of talented actors, that we know our audience loves,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films, in a statement.
We Love You is the third project from Awesomeness to debut on YouTube Red since the subscription streamer went live late last year.
“In less than a year, Awesomeness Films has established itself as a leader in creating films audiences love, and we’re excited to partner with them again on their next film,” said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, in a statement.
Botko is represented by Paradigm and Hansen Jacobson; Erakat is represented by CAA; Pons is represented by UTA and 3 Arts; Dobies is represented by Paradigm and Inphenate; Luthringshausen is represented by Big Frame, UTA and Hansen Jacobson; Johnson is represented by Gersh; Hursley is represented by Gersh and Avalon
and Theus is represented by CAA and 3 Arts.
YouTube Red is currently available in the U.S., but the Google-owned platform has made public its plans for an international expansion, beginning this year.
Awesomeness Films is the film division of digital media co. AwesomenessTV, owned by DreamWorks Animation and Hearst.