Victoria’s screen success continues with Ricky Stanicky secured for the state

01 February 2023

Cameras will roll this month on Ricky Stanicky, a new major film production that create over 350 jobs for Victorian crew, and 850 roles for local cast, casuals and extras.

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Zac Efron and John Cena

Starring John Cena and Zac Efron, directed by Oscar winning director Peter Farrelly and produced by Oscar winning Australian producer Paul Currie, the production is expected to inject more than $40 million into the Victorian economy.

The film follows four childhood friends who create a fictitious character to get them out of sticky situations. When their partners become suspicious, they're forced to hire a washed-up destructive actor to bring him to life with dire, yet hilarious consequences.

“I’m super excited to be coming to Melbourne, Australia to make this fantastic comedy that I’ve wanted to make for the longest time”, director Peter Farrelly said.

Producer Paul Currie noted, “Ricky Stanicky gives our local cast and crew another fantastic opportunity to showcase their incredible skills and talents working with world class director, Peter Farrelly, who has a history of making some of the most iconic comedies of all time”.

The film was attracted to the state through the Australian Government's Location Incentive along with support from the Victorian Government through VicScreen's Victorian Screen Incentive.

Find out more about Victoria’s screen incentives