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'An American Pickle': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Seth Rogen’s new movie

The comedy revolves around Herschel Greenbaum, who's been preserved in a 'vat of pickles' for 100 years, and now finds himself in Brooklyn with only one relative

New streaming service HBO Max bought the film 'An American Pickle' from Sony Pictures as theatres are not opening due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The comedy revolves around Herschel Greenbaum, who's been preserved in a "vat of pickles" for 100 years, and now finds himself in Brooklyn with only one relative. The film is based on the 2013 New Yorker short story 'Sell Out' written by Simon Rich. It is the first original film released by the streaming service, which acquired the streaming rights from Sony Pictures. Principal photography for the film took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from October 29 to December 22, 2018.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film,” Seth Rogen said. “We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible. We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it," said Rogen, who plays a dual role in the film. Here's what we know about the upcoming comedy feature!

Release date

'An American Pickle' will premiere on August 6, 2020. 


The synopsis reads, "Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen), a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds he hasn’t aged a day. When he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder."


Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum / Ben Greenbaum

Seth Rogen attends the "Long Shot" Premiere - 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 09, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

Rogen played the role of Officer Michaels in 'Superbad,' Dale Denton in 'Pineapple Express,' Britt Reid in 'The Green Hornet,' himself in 'This is the End' and Aaron Rapaport in 'The Interview.' Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote the films 'Superbad', 'Pineapple Express', 'The Green Hornet',' This Is the End,' and served as directors for 'This Is the End' and' The Interview.'

Sarah Snook as Sarah Greenbaum

Sarah Snook plays Herschel's beloved wife whose greatest ambition is to be rich enough to buy her own gravestone one day. Snook, an Australian actress is known for her starring role as Siobhan "Shiv" Roy in the HBO satirical comedy-drama series 'Succession'. She received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2020 for the part. She is also known for film roles in 'Predestination', 'The Dressmaker' and 'Steve Jobs'. For her performance in 'Predestination', she won the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Sarah Snook as Sarah Greenbaum (IMDb)

The rest of the cast includes Maya Erskine, Sean Whalen, Jorma Taccone, Joanna Adler as Professor Kim, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Geoffrey Cantor as David, David Mattey as Ivan, Adam Ratcliffe and much more. 


The movie is directed by Brandon Trost, with Simon Rich serving as writer. Rich, Ted Gidlow and Alex McAtee serve as executive producers and Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, and James Weaver serve as producers.



The trailer shows the Greenbaums -- Sarah and Herschel -- in the fictional Eastern European country "Schlupsk" getting married and united in their ambitions to pursue a better life pursuing the "American Dream". Once they reach, Herschel gets a "good job" at a pickle factory and promises Sarah that the Greenbaum family in 100 years will be a prosperous family in America. But an unfortunate accident sees him fall into a vat of pickles being brined. The brine preserves him perfectly along with the pickles as a scientist reveals in a press conference to 'unveil' Herschel to the modern world after he revives. Understandably, Herschel is adrift in the world since everyone he knows has died, including his beloved wife Sarah. But he finds his great-grandson, Ben. He is disappointed that Ben has no ambition and pushes him to start a pickle factory to make the Greenbaum name a mighty and prosperous one like he had once dreamed.   

Where to watch

Catch 'An American Pickle' on August 6, 2020, on HBO Max.

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