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Fanboy (film)

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Directed byGillian Greene
Produced byAshley Bua
Andrew Blumsack
Mu Sun
Written byGillian Greene
Chester Hastings
R. Dean McCreary
StarringFran Kranz
Jed Rees
J.K. Simmons
Matt Lanter
Dileep Rao
Mike Binder
Sam Raimi
Ian Bohen
Reggie Lee
CinematographyChristophe Lanzenberg
Edited byMu Sun
Running time
38 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Fanboy is a 2019 American independent comedy film directed by Gillian Greene and starring Fran Kranz, Jed Rees, J.K. Simmons, Matt Lanter, and Sam Raimi. The film premiered on March 29, 2019, on Prime Video [1]. The film went on to screen at the 2019 French Riviera Film Festival[2]

Fanboy was Greene's directorial debut, she went on to direct the 2014 feature film Murder of a Cat[3]


Video store employee Jeremiah Brennan (Kranz) is the world's biggest Sam Raimi fan. He's also hopelessly in love with his co-worker Tracy, who hardly notices him. So when Jeremiah hears that Raimi is auditioning actors to play the role of 'Gus' in FOR LOVE OF THE GAME 2, he spontaneously makes the trip from South Carolina to Hollywood. He has hope that if he wins the part, he'll win Tracy's heart, but little does he know of the mishaps and heartbreak that Hollywood has in store for him. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he is picked up by his cousin Todd (Rees), an aspiring actor himself who wants to teach Jeremiah the tricks of the trade. Jeremiah goes on to encounter a number of idiosyncratic showbiz characters who derail his plans again and again. Yet, just when Jeremiah is at his lowest and ready to throw in the towel, he manages to meet his idol Sam Raimi and land the role of a lifetime.


  • Fran Kranz as Jeremiah Brennan
  • Jed Rees as Todd
  • J.K. Simmons as J.K./Frank Perry
  • Matt Lanter as Ben
  • Sam Raimi as Sam Raimi
  • Dileep Rao as Dileep
  • Reggie Lee as Greg
  • Emily Arlook as Tracy
  • Gonzalo Menendez as Josh Goldman
  • Mike Binder as Acting Coach



Greene came up with the initial idea for the film after making a birthday video her husband director Sam Raimi. Making the fun birthday short gave her the opportunity to direct for the first time, by directing many of Sam's friends and colleagues from over the years such as Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Judd Apatow, James Franco, Debbie Liebling, and Russell Crowe in the tribute 50th birthday video[4]. After that she got the urge to direct a short film and developed the idea of Raimi's biggest fan traveling to Hollywood in hopes of being cast in his next film [5] Greene then brought on writers Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary to adapt her story. The character of Jeremiah Brennan was based on a real person who was an actor dating one of her friends [6]


Production began in 2011 and was shot over the course of 10 days around Los Angeles. Two of Greene and Raimi's children, daughter Emma and son Dashiell appear in the film[7]


The film was originally thought to be a festival contender, but due to it's run time, the decision was made to not put the film in any festivals. After sitting on the shelf for several years, the film found a suitable platform for its uncommon length in Amazon Prime and the film was distributed there on March 29,2019 in the United States and United Kingdom. The film's trailer was released on all platforms on February 25th, 2019[8]


The film was overall liked by critics and audiences. Chris Olson from UK Film Review said, "takes a conventional yet cinematically impressive look at this classic story of a guy from the sticks trying to make it in Hollywood."[9] Thomas Tunstall of the Irish Film Critic stated, "“Fanboy” offers an insightful forty-minute journey through the myriad gatekeepers that line the corridors of power in Hollywood[10] It was also nominated for Best Comedy at the 2019 French Riviera Film Festival [11]


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