Awkwafina Stars in Dark Comedy Thriller ‘Jackpot!’ with Deadly Lottery Twist


In Paul Feig’s upcoming film “Jackpot!”, Awkwafina stars in a near-future Los Angeles where winning the lottery means surviving a day of being hunted.


“Jackpot!” takes inspiration from Shirley Jackson’s classic story “The Lottery,” but with a modern twist. Set in a future Los Angeles, the film centers around a new lottery system where the prize is both wealth and a death sentence.

Plot Beats

  • Katie Kim (Awkwafina), an aspiring actress in L.A., accidentally wins a multi-billion dollar jackpot.
  • The catch: the winner must survive being hunted by others until sundown to claim the prize.
  • John Cena and Simu Liu star as protectors trying to keep Katie alive in exchange for part of her winnings.
  • The film is set in 2030, where such deadly competitions are surprisingly unknown to the protagonist.

Cast and Crew

  • Cast:
  • Awkwafina as Katie Kim
  • John Cena
  • Simu Liu
  • Ayden Mayeri
  • Donald Elise Watkins
  • Murray Hill
  • Sam Asghari
  • Director: Paul Feig

Buzz and Highlights

The film’s dark humor lies in its outlandish premise: a sanctioned murder competition in a major U.S. city. The idea of Awkwafina’s character being unaware of such a significant event adds a layer of absurdity. The trailer balances moments of humor with the intense stakes of the deadly game.

Production Notes

“Jackpot!” draws on themes of survival and societal critique reminiscent of Jackson’s story but adapts them to a modern, urban setting. Paul Feig directs this thriller, blending his knack for comedy with a darker narrative.

Closing Credits

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“Jackpot!” is set to premiere on August 15 on Prime Video. Prepare for a thrilling ride filled with humor, action, and a biting look at societal norms.

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