Matte Projects/Fyre Media
The disastrous Fyre Festival is all anyone has been able to talk about since the 2017 "luxury music festival" turned out to be a complete scam. Serial con-man Billy McFarland, along with the help of Ja Rule, created a mess as they tried to create something exclusive and hip and failed miserably. Two dueling documentaries have been released, from Netflix and Hulu, and they've been so popular. So that means one thing: the Fyre Festival biopic is coming. There's no way someone won't capitalize on this insane story!
Today we're dream casting the all-but-assured film. Who should play Billy? Who but Ja Rule could actually be as insane as Ja Rule? Oh, and what about all those influencers who shot a highlight reel for the festival that never actually materialized? We've got some ideas about who would be perfect to play this motley crew of festival runners, attendees, and victims of McFarland's frauding!
Contribution to the festival: Chief Marketing Officer/Billy's right hand man
Margolin has been Billy's right-hand man since McFarland's days touting his "black card for millennials" called Magnesis. So, when Fyre Fest and the Fyre app came around, Grant was right there to help his pal Billy get it off the ground. As Chief Marketing Officer, Margolin got himself in a bit of trouble instead of immortalizing himself in festival history. We think How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor would be the perfect actor to portray Grant. He's got the whiney, self-indulgent thing down (remember Ted Mosby?) and they definitely have a similar look. Slap some glasses on Radnor and you've got your Margolin!
Netflix/Fox 2000 Pictures
Contribution to the festival: Caterer/Restaurant Owner in the Bahamas
Rolle was one of the big victims showcased in Netflix's Fyre. The caterer and restaurant owner was tasked with providing food for the festival and the workers but was never paid for her work. She used $50,000 of her own savings and altogether she reports McFarland owes her $134,000! Luckily, her GoFundMe page has proven the kindness of strangers and helped her out. When it comes to a Fyre Festival biopic, there's no way this sympathetic hero won't be included. Perfect casting choice: Octavia Spencer! That front tooth gap is a perfect match for Rolle's!
Contribution to the festival: Promotional video models
In what world would the influencers who helped promote Fyre Fest want to be played by anyone but themselves?! Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin (ahem, Bieber), and Emily Ratajkowski all journeyed to the Bahamas to help create an epic video to promote the festival. If only they had known then that they would have more fun that weekend shooting a teaser video than any real attendees would have! In a Fyre Festival biopic, it would make so much sense to have these influencers just play themselves! They're instantly recognizable and, let's be real, this whole fiasco proved they'll do just about anything for a nice payday!
Hulu / WENN
Contribution to the festival: Graphic Designer with Jerry Media
Aks was a graphic designer with Jerry Media during the creation of the festival and one of the heroes of Hulu's Fyre Fraud. As someone who went to the first three years of Coachella, he fell in love with that festival's design and wanted to do that himself for Fyre. He seemed pretty torn up about his part in crafting the disastrous fest and even traveled abroad at the end of 2018 to escape the scrutiny. His former company, Jerry Media, made the Netflix documentary and he was not included. Instead, considering he didn't leave them on the best terms, he hopped over to Hulu to share his truth apart from his old company. In a Fyre Festival biopic, we're totally seeing Shia LaBeouf for this one. Long, stringy, almost greasy-looking hair is Shia's M.O.!
Contribution to the festival: Technical Production for the festival's acts
Sabatini was one of the most short-lived additions to the Fyre Fest crew. Mostly because he was only brought on 45 days before the fest was set to take place! Yeah, he was set up for failure from the start. He and his company, Unreal Systems, provided many services to the Festival and in the end, all they did was lose tons of money. Because, predictably, Billy didn't pay the customs bill and all of Sabatini's equipment was seized by the government! Luca is a dead ringer for Krumholtz so we're 100% convinced he should play him in any Fyre Festival biopic!
Contribution to the festival: Consultant responsible for accommodations/Yoga instructor for the fest
Weinstein was one of the standouts from Netflix's Fyre. The consultant was tasked with making sure the accommodations for guests were on point — and with leading yoga classes throughout the fest! He was one of the few Fyre Festival workers to advise Billy to cancel the whole thing. If only the head honcho had listened! The perfect actor to play him in a movie would be Mantzoukas! You may not know the name, but you definitely know the face. He's been in everything from Parks and Recreation to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The curly hair and tan skin are super fitting for Marc!
Contribution to the festival: Creative Director for Fyre
Yeah, his name is MDavid. No, the M is not silent. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about Fyre's Creative Director. Low was primarily working on the Fyre App, which the festival was supposed to promote. As an employee of McFarland's, Low's credit was destroyed when he became a signatory on a company card that was maxed out and never paid off. You'd think that would make him want to put this whole thing behind him, but surprisingly it didn't. Low has been working with Ja Rule on ICONN (a.k.a the Fyre app rebranded) and is still trying to make the idea of hiring celebs for private parties happen. We could see Tom Hardy playing him in the movie version of events. Hardy is quite a bit hotter than Low, but this is for a would-be movie!
Contribution to the festival: Matte Projects Director, hired to do advertising and marketing for the festival
Kincaid worked with Matte Projects to handle advertising and marketing for the fest. They were the masterminds behind the commercial full of influencers that went viral and made Fyre Fest look like it would be incredible. He still works as the Creative Director of the company and is working to improve Matte's image post-Fyre Fest. We're thinking Chris Hemsworth as an excellent casting choice for an eventual Fyre Festival biopic. Hemsworth's Thor-esque long, blonde locks are perfect.
Contribution to the festival: Product Designer for the Fyre app
Deng was one of the employees hard at work in New York City on the Fyre app while the festival craziness was taking place. She was notable in the Netflix doc for calling Billy out on his BS. When he told the staff that payroll would be suspended but they weren't exactly fired, Deng pointed out that the move prevented everyone from collecting unemployment benefits. Billy was shady and she knew it! She's distanced herself from this mess and now works as a design lead at Nike. So, safe to say things worked out for her. In the movie version of events, Constance Wu would be a great match. She's killing it since Crazy Rich Asians and her real-life love of calling douchebags out on their crap means she'll be awesome at recreating Deng calling Billy out!
Netflix/Def Jam Recordings
Contribution to the festival: Software Engineer for the Fyre app
Ciccarelli was a software engineer for the Fyre app that never fully took off. He worked on making sure the platform actually worked and helped develop the website for the Fyre Festival. He was one of the many people behind-the-scenes that had no idea what was actually transpiring in the Bahamas. Luckily, he came out relatively unscathed by the whole thing. He even reports that since the Netflix doc, he has been flooded with requests from people looking for help building their apps! The casting choice for him in an eventual Fyre Fest movie is so insanely obvious: rapper Logic! The two are almost identical. We're actually kind of wondering if they're secretly related!
Contribution to the festival: a Venture Capitalist who worked to expose the Fyre Fest fraud
Wells appears in both the Netflix and Hulu docs and claims he's one of the first people to catch on that the whole thing was a scam. He started the Twitter account @fyrefraud before the festival to try and reveal the truth about the fest. Wells also leaked info to The Wall Street Journal and other publications that things weren't quite right with Fyre. It's clear he caught on early to the fact that things were amiss, but he was widely disregarded. The smug, blonde finance bro seems like a great role for Matt Damon! Damon has the eerie ability to transform from heartthrob to schlub depending on his hairstyle, so we think he could reasonably be Wells in a Fyre Festival biopic!
Contribution to the festival: CEO of Jerry Media and one of the people who helped create Netflix's Fyre
Purzycki and his team were responsible for the social media presence and marketing for the festival. The promotion for the fest may be the only part of it that was an actual success. Purzycki and his team did help sell out the festival! As the Jerry Media CEO reports, the failure of the fest was on the island not in the marketing lead-up. It's obvious he's eager to redeem Jerry Media which led to the creation of their own doc about the festival. The Jerry Media team wants to make it clear that the blame for all this is on Billy, not them! He'll feature prominently in any Fyre Festival movie so he needs to be played by someone pretty hot. We're thinking Tyler Hoechlin, a Teen Wolf alum and the current Superman on Supergirl. There are definite similarities between the two that would make him perfect to play Purzycki. Plus, he has the leading-man jawline we all deserve!
Contribution to festival: Billy's girlfriend post-Fyre Fest
Russian model Eremenko may be the most understanding woman on the planet. She appeared in the Hulu doc (the one that actually got a Billy interview) and recounted meeting Billy post-Fyre Fest. Oh, and she knew nothing about the whole debacle until she googled her new boyfriend's name! She stuck with him, though, and the two are still going strong. She even shared letters he wrote her from prison in the documentary! Why not cast a model to play a model? Delevingne already has some acting credits under her belt and is a tall, leggy blonde like Eremenko. She'd be picture perfect in any Fyre Festival biopic!
Netflix / FOX
Contribution to the festival: Attendee who pursued legal action post-fest and won
Crossno is an attendee who paid $4,000 to attend the faux fest. He appeared in both the Netflix and Hulu docs to tell his story and recount how he took legal action — and won! In 2018, he and his friends were awarded $5 million in damages by a North Carolina judge. As much as a Fyre Festival biopic would have to focus on the people who worked on the festival, it's definitely important not to forget the actual people who paid to attend this thing and got screwed over. Jesse Plemmons seems like he was made for the role!
Contribution to the festival: Founder of Jerry Media and mastermind behind the @fuckjerry Instagram account
Tebele is the head honcho behind Jerry Media and therefore one of the biggest influencers on how the Fyre Fest was marketed and presented to the world. They later took those skills and created their own documentary about what went down. While Netflix's Fyre skirts around their responsibility a bit (conflict of interest comes to mind...), Tebele probably didn't know all the crazy sh*t Billy was doing behind-the-scenes. He's a key player in all of this, regardless, and will need to be in any potential Fyre Festival biopic. Andy Samberg would be the obvious choice to play him. The two could be twins!
Contribution to the festival: Event Producer a.k.a the "blow job story guy" from the Netflix doc
If there is one person everyone remembers from Netflix's Fyre, it's this guy. King was the Event Producer for the fest that tried desperately to keep it all together. This meant almost performing oral sex on a customs officer at Billy's request in order to get a truck full of water to festival goers. Did he need to tell that crazy story? No, definitely not. But it provided plenty of shock-factor, so we're kind of glad he did. This guy would have to be in any Fyre Festival biopic and Steve Martin would be the ultimate choice to play him. Not only do they look alike, but Martin would nail any retelling of that particular story!
Contribution to the festival: Fyre's co-founder as well as Billy's partner in all this
While Ja Rule hasn't been persecuted (literally) in the same way as Billy, he was involved with Fyre from the get-go. But, it's easy to believe that he was the celebrity face of the company and didn't have a damn clue what was going on behind-the-scenes. He's not exactly painted as a genius in either documentary! There are a few options for who could play him in a Fyre Festival biopic. The first, obvious answer would be him playing himself! He clearly loves the spotlight and it may be a great way for him to defend his role in everything. If he was unwilling, our second choice would most definitely be Kevin Hart. He's got the height (or, lack thereof) and build of Ja Rule and would be able to convincingly play Ja's off-the-wall demeanor!
Contribution to the festival: The man behind all things Fyre Fest and Fyre Media
Billy is, of course, the main person to blame for the disaster that was Fyre Fest. He defrauded investors, kept people purposely in the dark, and didn't call off the festival even after he realized it would not be even close to what he promised. So, obviously, any Fyre Festival biopic will show a whole lot of Billy. The absolute best person to play him would most likely be someone I thought he may be related to in real life: Seth MacFarlane. Before realizing the minute differences in their last names, I assumed the two might be cousins due to how much they look alike. So, it's a no brainer to have Seth play Billy in a movie! Especially since, with all these dream casting decisions, any Fyre Festival biopic should be a comedy. Maybe Adam Mckay, fresh off the movie Vice, is available to direct?!