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An Ensemble Cast Brings ‘TAG’ to the Big Screen

Based on a true story

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Warner Bros. Pictures released the first “TAG” trailer today, the adult-comedy is set to release in theaters later this June. “TAG” has an ensemble cast led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), Annabelle Wallis (“The Mummy”), Rashida Jones (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Isla Fisher (“Now You See Me”), Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man 2”), Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hold a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade. All the while risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down. This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. Based on a true story, the New Line Cinema comedy “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

“Tag” is directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”), working from a screenplay written by Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”) and Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”). The screen story is from Mark Steilen, and the film is based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It,” by Russell Adams. The film is produced by Todd Garner and Mark Steilen, with executive producers Hans Ritter, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.

“Tag” is set to release on June 15th, which puts the film against Disney’s “Incredibles 2”. While “TAG” may not win the weekend, it will give teens and adults a non-animated option at the theaters. The real competition for “TAG” is the week before, and after, the film’s debut in theaters. The horror-thriller “Hereditary” and “Ocean’s 8” are opening the week before “TAG,” and could split the box-office in week-two. The week after “TAG” hits theaters is the launch of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” so “TAG” will have a very short window to pull-in a decent weekend.

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