The Greatest Beer Run Ever
Directed byPeter Farrelly
Written by
  • Brian Hayes Currie
  • Peter Farrelly
  • Pete Jones
Based on
The Greatest Beer Run Ever
Produced by
CinematographySean Porter
Distributed byApple TV+
CountryUnited States

The Greatest Beer Run Ever is an upcoming war drama film directed by Peter Farrelly based on the book of the same name by Joanna Molloy and John "Chickie" Donohue. The film stars Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and Bill Murray.


In 1967, John Donohue was a 26-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran working as a merchant seaman when he was challenged one night in a New York City bar. The men gathered had lost family and friends in the ongoing war in Vietnam. One patriot proposed an idea many might deem preposterous: one of them should sneak into Vietnam, track down their buddies in combat, and give each of them messages of support from back home, maybe some laughs, and beer.



On April 26, 2019, as soon as Skydance Media picked up the rights to adapt the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever to film, Peter Farrelly came on board to write the script with Brian Currie and Pete Jones as well as direct the movie. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger would produce for Skydance along with Andrew Muscato.[1] Viggo Mortensen was cast in the film, with Dylan O'Brien joining him soon after.[2][3]

In March 2021, the film was picked up by Apple TV+, with Mortensen and O'Brien no longer involved. Zac Efron and Russell Crowe entered negotiations to join the cast to replace O'Brien and Mortensen with Bill Murray courted for a supporting role. Efron and Crowe were confirmed to join the cast in July 2021.[4] Filming was expected at the time to begin in August 2021, either in Australia or New Zealand.[5] Jake Picking, Will Ropp, Archie Renaux, and Kyle Allen were cast in September 2021.[6] Murray would be confirmed in October,[7] with Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Matt Cook, Omari K. Chancellor and Will Hochman joining the next month.[8]

Filming began in September 2021, and will shoot between Thailand and New Jersey.[9]


  1. ^ "'Green Book' Helmer Peter Farrelly To Adapt 'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' For Skydance". Deadline. April 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 11, 2020). "Viggo Mortensen, 'Green Book' Director Peter Farrelly Reteam for 'Greatest Beer Run Ever'". Collider. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 7, 2020). "Dylan O'Brien to Star in Peter Farrelly's Vietnam Movie 'Greatest Beer Run Ever'". Collider. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 15, 2021). "Zac Efron Signs With WME". Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Apple Poised To Take 'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' With 'Green Book's Peter Farrelly & Skydance; Zac Efron & Russell Crowe To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  6. ^ Grobar, Matt (September 28, 2021). "'The Greatest Beer Run Ever': Peter Farrelly's Apple Original Adds Jake Picking, Will Ropp, Archie Renaux And Kyle Allen".
  7. ^ Spending From Filmmaking Expected to Exceed $500 Million in 2021
  8. ^ Grobar, Matt (8 November 2021). "'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' Adds Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Matt Cook, Omari K. Chancellor & Will Hochman". Deadline. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  9. ^ The Great Beer Run Ever Production Listing