The Bubble — release date, cast, plot, trailer, first looks and everything we know

The Bubble sees Karen Gillan play a movie actress getting attacked by a monster on Everest!
The Bubble sees Karen Gillan play a movie actress getting attacked by a monster on Everest! (Image credit: Netflix)

The Bubble is a Netflix movie about a movie being filmed at the height of the pandemic! Ordinarily Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan has exactly what it takes to head up a huge action movie, but in The Bubble she’s taking on the role of an actress merely filming an epic about a bunch of flying dinosaurs. Confused? Don’t be — it all makes sense, we promise! 

The movie features a group of actors forced to live in a Covid bubble during the height of the pandemic in 2020, as they make a film designed to help the world forget its troubles. But with the pandemic to contend with, strict restrictions to adhere to and a multitude of problems on set, it looks highly unlikely that they will all come out of the experience unscathed. 

Here’s everything you need to know about The Bubble on Netflix which was penned by Girls director Judd Apatow and features a host of stars including Judd’s real-life wife Leslie Mann and his daughter Iris...

It's 'Green Screen' hell for the actors in The Bubble.

It's 'Green Screen' hell for the actors in The Bubble. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Bubble release date

The Bubble is released worldwide by Netflix on Friday April 1, so you can see all the actors playing actors in action then.

The Bubble review

Check out What to Watch's The Bubble review right here.

Is there a trailer for The Bubble?

Yes there's a trailer for The Bubble with actors hanging in front of green screens and vomiting as they face flying dinosaurs. It looks like great fun. Check it out here... 

The Bubble plot

The Bubble is set against the backdrop of the Covid pandemic in 2020 and focuses on a group of actors and film crew who have to quarantine together in a hotel in order to film an action movie. They are making Cliff Beasts 6: The Battle for Everest: Memories of a Requiem, the latest in a franchise about flying dinosaurs. The film is designed to provide audiences with some escapism during the pandemic whilst saving the film studio from financial ruin. However, the shoot is far from an easy one and the cast and crew have to tackle an outbreak of influenza, stifling social distancing restrictions and a number of other issues on set. 

The Bubble actors led by David Duchovny, Leslie Mann and Pedro Pascal and shooting their dinosaur movie.

The Bubble stars David Duchovny, Iris Apatow and Pedro Pascal, as actors shooting their dinosaur movie. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Bubble cast — Karen Gillan 

Karen Gillan played Amy Pond in Doctor Who from 2008 to 2013. She also starred as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers movies and Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. She’s also had roles in The Circle, The Call of the Wild and the TV series Selfie

The Bubble star Karen Gillan launches the movie.

The Bubble star Karen Gillan launches the new Netflix movie. (Image credit: Netflix)

David Duchovny on starring in The Bubble

David is best known for playing Fox Mulder in the huge hit sci-fi series The X Files, alongside Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully. He also played Agent Dennis in the surreal show Twin Peaks and starred in movies such as Return To Me, Zoolander and Things We Lost in the Fire

In The Bubble David Duchovny and Leslie Mann star as a divorced acting couple forced to isolate together. 

‘The actors are trying to make a big action franchise film and they all have different levels of happy to be coming back for the sixth time,’ reveals  Duchovny. ‘The movie is about the protocols you have to observe to make a movie, and then the added pressures of what it must be like for people who've been working together for so many years to then be quarantined together,’ he adds. ‘You see all the petty hatreds and competition, plus the boredom and the freakouts, that would happen in such a pressure cooker of quarantining.’

Appropriately, The Bubble was also filmed in England in accordance with Covid restrictions. ‘Just to be able to work at all during the pandemic was kind of special,’ says Duchovny. ‘Things are starting to pick back up, but this past year hasn’t been that busy. So I was really happy to be working, and to work with Judd Apatow. I met him when he was a writer on The Larry Sanders Show when he was probably in his 20s, so to be back together is really nice.’

David Duchovny and Leslie Mann as married actors bubbled together in a hotel.

David Duchovny and Leslie Mann as divorced actors bubbled together in a hotel. (Image credit: Netflix)

Screamers in The Bubble!

Screamers on set in The Bubble! (Image credit: Netflix)

 Who else is starring in The Bubble? 

The movie has a huge ensemble cast including Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power Of The Dog), The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal, comedian and actor Rob Delaney, Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!), and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star Maria Bakalova. Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) and daughter Iris Apatow (This is 40) also star alongside comedian Fred Armisen and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy).   

The Bubble launches on Netflix on April 1.

The Bubble launches on Netflix on April 1. (Image credit: Netflix)

TV tonight Benedict Cumberbatch stars

The Bubble sees The Power Of The Dog star Benedict Cumberbatch in a guest role. (Image credit: Netflix)

Nicholas Cannon
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I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.