Saturday, 30 August 2014

Johnny Depp set to join Yoga Hosers

Kevin Smith (Clerks) has worked with some pretty big names before – Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Dogma) to name but a few – but they were usually people he knew way back when, before they became household names. And after his bad experience with Bruce Willis on Cop Out (2010), we really didn't expect him to be collaborating with someone in Johnny Depp's league any time soon. But the Lone Ranger (2013) star is front and centre for Smith's latest, Yoga Hosers.




The main stars will be the writer/director's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (Clerks II), and Depp's own progeny, Lily-Rose Depp (soon to appear in Smith's Tusk). They're leading a hefty ensemble as 15-year-old yoga fanatics Colleen Collette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) who work after school in Canadian convenience store Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath the ground in Manitoba and threatens their invites to a big party thrown by one of their schoolmates, the girls join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives and channel everything they've learned in their yoga lessons.

This won't actually be Depp's first dip into the Smith universe, as he also appears in Tusk as the investigator poking into the disappearance of Justin Long's (Drag Me To Hell) podcaster. The Colleens also appear briefly in Tusk, marking the start of what he's calling his True North Trilogy of horror flavoured films drawing from Canadian myths and culture.

The rest of the Tusk cast – Long, Michael Parks (Django Unchained), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Genesis Rodriguez (The Last Stand), Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Red State) and Harley Morenstein – are also back for Hosers including a fresh batch of new recruits and some veterans of Smith's previous work. Tony Hale (Stranger Than Fiction), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie), Austin Butler (The Bling Ring), Adam Brody (Jennifer's Body), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and the director's old Quick Stop stalwart Jason Mewes (Clerks).

"People always ask me 'Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?'" Smith tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This is it – but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two 15-year-old girls."

With shooting already underway, the film's rights will be for sale at this year's Toronto Film Festival, and given the names attached, we'd expect to see it hit our screens sometime next year. Tusk, which itself premieres at the festival, will be in US cinemas on 19 September, and will be released over here by Sony Pictures, though it is yet to receive a firm release date.

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