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22 Apr 2023

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The cast of Napoleon Dynamite are reuniting next year in Clearwater, Florida to celebrate the hit movie’s 20th anniversary.

Taking place on February 24, 2024, the event (which will take place at the Bilheimer Capitol Theater) has been dubbed Napoleon Dynamite Live! 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The live event will feature cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), and Efren Ramirez (Pedro).

“The beloved indie classic Napoleon Dynamite was released 20 years ago,” reads the event description. “Since then, much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes Napoleon Dynamite one of the most quoted movies of our time.”

The ticketed event will include a full screening of the movie, followed by a “lively, freewheeling, discussion” with the stars as well as comedy improv, a game show, and a party that will include audience participation.

Directed by Jared Hess, Napoleon Dynamite first premiered at Sundance on January 17, 2004 and in addition to Heder, Gries and Ramirez, starred Tina Majorino, Aaron Ruell, Haylie Duff, Emily Kennard, and Diedrich Bader.

The successful film spawned an animated series spinoff on Fox in 2012, voiced by the original stars, which was canceled after just one season. Heder, however, recently teased a possible sequel to the film.

“Part of the charm of Napoleon is the innocence of youth,” Heder explained. “They’re in high school, they don’t have any real responsibility or accountability too much, it’s all coming of age. Napoleon today would be: he’s entered the workforce, he’s got responsibility, he’s paying for maybe one or two alimonies, child support for one of them.”

You can purchase tickets to the Napoleon Dynamite Live! 20th Anniversary Celebration event from The Ruth Eckerd Hall.