Napoleon Dynamite Cast Hypothesize Where Their Characters Are Today


  • Napoleon Dynamite cast reunites to speculate on characters’ futures, hinting at child support, legal tangles, political aspirations.
  • Uncertain fate of Napoleon and Deb’s relationship, Uncle Rico’s YouTube legal troubles, Pedro running a law firm with Summer.
  • Possibility of
    Napoleon Dynamite
    sequel hinted by Jon Heder, with Jon Gries suggesting a real-time, winter setting for film.

Napoleon Dynamite is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, and the cast recently got together to not only mark the occasion, but to speculate on where their beloved characters would be now. Released on June 11, 2004, the film has gone on to be regarded as one of the best comedies of the early aughts, and made Jon Heder a household name, paving the way for him to star in such films as The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, and Blades of Glory. Produced on a budget of just $400,000, Napoleon Dynamite would go on to earn $46 million at the box office.

As per People, John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sánchez), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) recently attended a 20th anniversary screening of the film in Orlando, Florida. During a Q&A session following the movie, the three took the time to hypothesize where their characters would be now in 2024. For Heder, he says that “it’s not looking good” for most of them, including Napoleon.

“Napoleon is probably paying child support to two different moms, with two different kids… maybe Trisha was a fling. Like, ‘Let’s give it a go… no, I was right the first time.’”

As for what could have transpired between Napoleon and Deb (Tina Majorino) following their reconciliation over a game of tetherball? Heder says it didn’t work out, but Napoleon’s still trying.

“It didn’t work out with Deb, but
he really wants to make it work with Deb
so he’s like, ‘I’ve gotta get some political sway to pull some cool favors.’ So he goes to his best friend, who’s in some high places.”

Jon Gries, who played the ambitious Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite, says that his character embraced the emergence of social media, even going so far as to use YouTube to start his own channel, Backyard Teenage Wrestling. Unfortunately, this has led to a lot of legal trouble for the outgoing Rico.

“He started his own YouTube channel, Backyard Teenage Wrestling. He’s [had] some subpoenas, ’cause
kids have broken arms and broken ankles from jumping off of roofs onto tables and things
. But he has a good plan. Anyway, he might go to Sánchez and Sánchez, to get him out of trouble.”


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Sánchez and Sánchez is the law firm that Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sánchez) says his character started with Summer Wheatly (Haylie Duff) following their stint as successful bakery owners. He says by now, they probably have “five kids,” though Pedro still has political aspirations.

“They would have like, five kids. Maybe even twins! But
I would also say he’d be running for city councilman
, and he’d want to make everyone’s wildest dreams come true. But not only that — he’d
probably have a law firm, Sánchez and Sánchez, along with Summer
, and they’re working together as a team. And they’ll say, ‘I’ll build you a case or something.’”

Will There Ever Be a Sequel to Napoleon Dynamite?

While many films these days seem to be reboots, reimaginings, and legacy sequels to beloved films of the past, the chances of Napoleon Dynamite 2 happening are not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact, Heder himself thinks that it’s “inevitable” that a sequel will eventually happen. Appearing at Pittsburgh’s Steel City Comic Con last year, the 46-year-old actor says that he doesn’t think “the book of Napoleon is closed forever.”

“I don’t think the book of Napoleon is closed forever. I honestly think there’s gonna be something —
whether it’s a sequel, or a TV show, or another animated [show]
… Maybe we’ll be back. I honestly don’t think it’s dead. There’s gotta be something.”

For star Jon Gries, who is now 66 and stars in HBO’s The White Lotus, he thinks that a sequel would have to be shot in real time, and “maybe in the winter.”

“We do feel like this film would be shot, yes, in real time, 20 years later — maybe in winter, so that we could kind of show that
life sometimes isn’t always sunny and summery and sweet
and blue skies.”


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For now, fans can only hope that Napoleon Dynamite 2 will one day become a reality. In the meantime, you can catch Jon Heder in the Netflix animated musical comedy Thelma and the Unicorn, which was penned and directed by Jared Hess, who created Napoleon Dynamite all those years ago.

Napoleon Dynamite
is available to stream on
, and you can check out our interview below with Jared Hess where he discusses his new comedy,
Thelma and the Unicorn