Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, & Bill Murray To Go On ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ For Peter Farrelly

The name Peter Farrelly carries a lot more respect on it now that he’s an Oscar-winning filmmaker. The Best Picture award given to his film Green Book wasn’t without controversy, however, with many saying it was just another movie by a white director putting a pretty face on racism. Whatever one thinks about Farrelly, there’s a lot of attention on what he’s doing next, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which looks to be assembling one Hell of a cast and may have a generous backer in Apple.

Deadline reports Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and Bill Murray are in talks for The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Damn. That’s the kind of star-powered lineup that would attract a streamer like Apple, which is in talks to produce and distribute the film.

Based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War, the film is set in 1967 and tells the true story of author Chick Donohue as he leaves New York City to have a beer with his buddies fighting in Vietnam. Farrelly will co-write the script with Brian Currie and Pete Jones.

Farrelly’s Green Book star Viggo Mortensen had been eyeing a role but that seems to have fallen through. I’m guessing that part has gone to Crowe.  Efron is expected to play Donohue.

My guess is Farrelly will take heat for depicting with kids gloves the Vietnam War. Just call it a hunch.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.