Jake Picking, Will Ropp, Archie Renaux and Kyle Allen join the cast of Apple TV+ original “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”

Actors Jake Picking, Will Ropp, Archie Renaux and Kyle Allen will star alongside previously announced cast members Zac Efron and Russell Crowe in the upcoming Apple TV+ movie, titled “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”.


  • The four actors will star alongside Zac Efron and Russell Crowe
  • Bill Murray is being considered for a supporting role
  • This Apple TV+ original is based on a best-selling NYT book

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“The Greatest Beer Run Ever” fills out the cast

Deadline has confirmed with industry sources that Picking, Ropp, Renaux and Allen have all joined the cast of “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”.

Picking, Allen and Renaux will play Rick Duggan, Bobby Pappas and Tommy Collins, the three childhood friends of Efron’s Chickie who are serving in the Army, when he comes overseas to visit them. Ropp joins the cast as Kevin McLoone, another friend of Chickie’s from the Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood who runs into him during his journey.

Set in 1967, the movie follows a story of a guy named Donohue (played by Efron) who one day decides to deliver beer to his childhood friends who are serving tours of duty in Vietnam. He hitches a ride on a Merchant Marine ship, gets mistaken for CIA, carries the beer through the jungle and so on, you get the idea.

Principal photography is set to take place later this year in New Zealand and Australia. The project’s script was co-written by Farrelly, Pete Jones, and Brian Currie. Skydance will be helping with the production studio via David Ellison, Don Granger and Dana Goldberg.

Based on the New York Times best-seller “The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War” by Joanna Molloy and John Chick Donohue. This Apple TV+ project joins several other original films that are available on the service.

Of course, more originals are coming to the service as Apple TV+ continues to build out its library of content. For instance, the upcoming Apple TV+ movie “Ghosted” will reunite Marvel stars Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in this romantic action-adventure. The streamer also won its first Oscar nominations for the films “Wolfwalkers” and “Greyhound.”