Kevin Smith has a number of big shot Hollywood friends, having worked with a number of them during his time as a director, but recently he has apparently become close with Johnny Depp, of all people. Back in April it was "revealed" that the Oscar-nominated actor would be playing a role in the filmmaker's upcoming horror movie Tusk, but their collaboration isn't ending there. Now new reports have surfaced saying that Depp will actually be the star of Smith's next feature - and he'll be bringing along his daughter for the ride.
The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that Johnny Depp is now attached to star in the upcoming film Yoga Hosers, and he'll be doing so alongside his real life daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, as well as Kevin Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith. Based on an original screenplay by Smith, the story centers on two Canadian 15-year-old girls named Colleen (Depp and Smith's daughters) who are infatuated with yoga and work at a convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. The plot takes a turn when supernatural forces threaten to stop the girls from getting to a party, so they team up with a "legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp)" to take down the forces of evil.
Kevin Smith has previously referred to Yoga Hosers as a spin-off to Tusk, which isn't surprising given that most of the cast of that movie - including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach and Harley Morenstein - will be in the new one. The director has said that Tusk features a scene set at the Eh-2-Zed, and this development could suggest that Depp will be making his debut performance as Guy Lapointe in the horror movie. Also signing on to the film and, by extension, the indie cinematic universe are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jay himself, Jason Mewes.
THR adds that the writer/director is thinking of this film as his foray into the world of comic book movies (obviously not including the Superman Lives script that he wrote years ago and never ended up getting made). Said Smith,
"People always ask me ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’ 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."
Exactly when we might see Yoga Hosers or when it will go into production remains a question mark. The production has already found financing, and foreign rights for the film will be on sale at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (which is quickly approaching). Before all of that. you'll be able to see Kevin Smith's Tusk in theaters on September 19th.