You know how Captain America was frozen in ice and re-emerged into a modern world he didn’t understand? Well, imagine if that guy wasn’t frozen, but brined in pickle juice. And imagine if that guy was Seth Rogen. Well, that would be the premise of An American Pickle, which is hitting HBO Max and has just debuted its trailer.
Rogen takes on the dual role of 1920s immigrant Herschel Greenbaum who lands a job at a pickle factory, only to fall into the brine and be preserved for 100 years. Discovered and introduced to the new world, he’s connected with his great-grandson, an app developer who has lost his way in the wake of his parents’ death.
This might not look like the laugh out loud riot some are expecting from Rogen, especially when one considers the ridiculous premise. There’s a lot of emotion and heart to be found in this trailer, and we know from past experience that Rogen can do that stuff just as well as he can play a stoner.
The cast is led by Rogen, who is joined by Sarah Snook, Jorma Taccone, Maya Erskine, and Kalen Allen. Brandon Trost directs, with Rogen also on board as a producer.
An American Pickle hits HBO Max on August 6th.