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The Fake Trailer to Promote Judd Apatow’s Real Movie ‘The Bubble’ Is Brilliant

It's confusing. Let me explain it to you.

Karen Gillan yelling as a dino tries to eat her

Would you instantly watch a movie starring Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, and more? Well what if I told you that they are all in a movie that is about the filming of another, fictitious movie that got shut down due to COVID? Because that’s actually happening.

The Bubble may feel too timely when you think about it, but it is hilarious given the new fake trailer that they just dropped for the film. From Judd Apatow, The Bubble is about a big franchise film production that gets shut down due to the pandemic. Based in part on what happened while filming was underway for Jurassic World: Dominion, it makes sense that the fake trailer for Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest is … well … about people living with dinos.

Cliff Bea6ts is described as “Humankind is threatened once again by a dinosaur species: Cliff Beasts. The team must reunite, after 5 long years, to battle the Cliff Beasts – but this time on Mount Everest,” which, I guess, in theory doesn’t matter, given that it’s not a real movie, but the amount of work put in to promote a movie that doesn’t really exist is honestly inspiring.

We even got an “official” poster for Cliff Beasts 6.

So, the real question is simply: WHAT?!

Confused? Let me explain.

So basically what happened was that Judd Apatow saw what happened with movies at the start of the pandemic and thought to himself, “Huh, that’d be funny,” and wrote a movie about the “bubble” that was created to get movies finished—hence the title The Bubble.

Jurassic World: Dominion inspired Apatow because the final installment in the Jurassic World franchise (and hilariously the sixth Jurassic movie) was in the middle of filming when they had to stop and adopt the bubble protocol later on—meaning that the cast and crew could basically only see each other.

Apatow’s movie is about the cast and crew being trapped away from everyone else in a hotel while filming. What’s great about the fake poster and trailer for Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest is that it leans into its inspiration from Jurassic World: Dominion and yet is a hilarious look at movies and the era of filming we just went through.

Is The Bubble too soon?

Right now, so many of us do not want to watch something about the pandemic, but I say that a movie like The Bubble works because it’s a fun look at how we worked through it all. It’s not a sad experiment about COVID or a look into the apocalypse. It’s making fun of how movies were being made and the chaos that ensued from it. And if you give me Pedro Pascal in a dinosaur movie, I’m going to want to see more of it for my own selfish needs.

Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest is set to come out this April 1 (lol), and whether or not this is a mean trick to just get to the actual trailer for The Bubble or not is still up in the air.

(image: Netflix)

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Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. A writer her whole life but professionally starting back in 2016 who loves all things movies, TV, and classic rock. Resident Spider-Man expert, official Leslie Knope, actually Yelena Belova. Wanda Maximoff has never done anything wrong in her life. Star Wars makes her very happy. New York writer with a passion for all things nerdy. Yes, she has a Pedro Pascal podcast. And also a Harrison Ford one.