With more than 10 million followers, Baker is one of the most popular musical parody comedians in the digital space. He’s joining Jason Nash (who is also directing from his own script), Brandon Calvillo, Busy Philipps, Andy Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Greg Cromer and Manon Mathews in the film.
Variety first reported that Vine stars Nash and Calvillo — who have more than 8 million followers on social media — would star in the movie.
“FML” follows a 40-something man, played by Nash, as he treks across the United States with a 19-year-old (Calvillo) to gain a million followers; allowing Sam to take care of his family and Henry to land the girl of his dreams. Baker stars as “Swagg,” an overnight social media millionaire, singer and marketing genius who brands everything “Swagg.”
“FML” is produced by John Baldecchi of Digital Riot Media and Kevin Herrera of Moopsy. The film is executive produced by David Martin; Doug Barry and Stacy Maes of Digital Riot Media; Erik Wong and Tyler Condon.
Shooting has started for the movie, which is slated for release this summer.
“We are thrilled to have put together such a high caliber cast: a mix of young comedy voices and top veteran comedians, performing a script by a writer/director/performer who has thrived in both digital and traditional entertainment should make for a hilarious look at the times we live in today,” said Herrera.
Baker’s popular YouTube parodies include his hilarious takes on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”
Digital Riot launched in December with the aim of targeting fans of stars from Vine, YouTube and Instagram.