YouTube has been an internet staple for over 14 years now, so it’s no wonder that we are seeing YouTube stars on the big screen. From independent films to big blockbusters, YouTubers are proving they were getting too big for their 5 minute online videos!
1. Anna Akana in Ant-Man
After years of being on YouTube, comedian Anna Akana got her big break. But, if you blinked or went to the bathroom, you might have missed it. Anna Akana is actually the “Super-Fine Writer Chick” from “Ant-Man.” Her scene consisted of her lip-syncing a story that moved so quickly it was almost impossible to recognize the YouTuber!
2. Bo Burnham in Hall Pass
Bo Burnham has come a long way since his YouTube and vine days. He actually has his own Netflix special, but it’s not the first time he’s been on the big screen. In 2011 Bo was in the movie “Hall Pass” where he played a nightclub bartender. Again, if you blinked at all during the film, you would have missed his 10 second cameo.
3. Casey Neistat in Nerve
He’s no stranger to the movie industry, considering Casey Neistat started filmmaking when he was 20. But, it wasn’t until 2016 that he had one of his biggest roles. Casey had a quick cameo playing himself completing a live online dare in the exciting summer movie “Nerve”. Though the film didn’t do as great in the box office as hoped, it gave Casey Neistat lovers enough Casey to be satisfied!
4. Troye Sivan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Troye Sivan started making YouTube videos at the age of 11, and it proved to pay off when he was 14. The YouTuber didn’t have just a cameo in “X-Men origins: Wolverine” he actually played young Wolverine. The movie is about the origins of one of X-Men most beloved characters, and he got to play the role of young Logan, or James if you want to get technical. He also got to flex some serious acting muscles, which were pretty impressive!
5. Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: Episode 8
Though she hasn’t had many large roles in YouTube videos, kelly Marie tran has found herself cast in a legendary film series. The producers of “Star Wars: Episode 8” have kept details about tran’s role under wraps. But, the fact she landed a supporting role is almost unheard of considering her acting background. Keep a look out for her when the film releases in December 2017.
6. Flula Borg in Pitch Perfect 2
You may remember Flula Borg from his “Party Pooper” rant on YouTube. Well, he was able to springboard the viral video into a full-time YouTube gig. He’s now all over the place, and even made an appearance in Pitch perfect 2. His cameo included him being the leader of the “Das Sound Machine” singing group, and it was absolutely hilarious!
7. Kassem G in Transformers: Age of Extinction
After selling the company he co-founded maker studios to Disney in 2014, YouTuber Kassem G has slowed down on making videos. Though you may not see him on your computer monitors as much, you may see him on the big screen. The YouTuber turned character actor had a quick cameo in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. Kassem played a rocket scientist who had 2 lines, but hey, it’s a start!
8. Justine Ezarik in the Wedding Ringer
Justine Ezarik is a YouTube legend, considering she started Vlogging in 2006. She has accumulated 5.7 Million followers, which has lead to an impressive acting career. She’s had small roles in “The Vampire Diaries” and “Criminal Minds”, but it was her silver Cameo that excited fans. Justine had a small cameo in the Kevin Hart movie “Wedding Ringer”, it was short and sweet, but that’s ok!
9. Lilly Singh in Ice Age 5: Collision Course
It’s only fitting that Lilly Singh plays unicorns in “Ice Age 5: Collision Course”. She has a habit of calling herself and her YouTube followers “Little Unicorn”. Lilly voice “Misty” and “Bubbles” who are tiny unicorns that have 2 lines in the movie. This makes Lilly yet another YouTube star who gets a big screen role, only to be missed if the viewer blinks!
10. Harley Morenstein in Tusk
The Canadian actor blogger Harley Morenstein helped to create a YouTube channel “Epic Meal Time.” He was able to use his nationality as a Canadian to tap into his role in the movie “Tusk”. The YouTuber played a hilarious Canadian Border Patrol officer, who gave Justin Long a lesson in “Canada-Dos and Cana-Don’ts”. His character also believes that Americans invented sadness, which is fair enough.