Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are keeping it in the family for “Yoga Hosers.”
The director and star are set to begin shooting the upcoming action-adventure this week with their daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, co-starring, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Written by the elder Smith, “Hosers” will tell the story of two teenage yoga enthusiasts (Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith) who work at a convenience store after school and team up with a legendary man-hunter (Johnny Depp) to battle an ancient evil.
Smith, an avowed comics fan who has written for Marvel and DC, told THR, “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 anti-heroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two 15-year-old girls.”
The pairing of Smith, a quirky, talky, self-referential director, and Depp, a huge movie star with a predilection for playing offbeat characters, is certainly an intriguing one, made more so by the fact that both are coming off a string of recent stumbles (including Smith’s “Cop Out” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and Depp’s “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger”).
“Yoga Hosers” will serve as the second installment in the director’s new True North Trilogy, a series drawing on Canadian culture that will kick off with the horror-comedy “Tusk,” premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. That film tells the story of an old seafarer who kidnaps a podcaster and tries to turn him into a walrus. (Yes, you read that right.)
The “Tusk” cast, which includes Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez, is also set to return in “Hosers.”
Confirming the news on Twitter, Smith wrote, “This happened all because a bunch of you once Tweeted #WalrusYes,” a reference to the social-media encouragement he received while developing “Tusk.” He added, “Sometimes, a little encouragement goes a LONG way.”
StarStream Entertainment is financing and producing “Yoga Hosers” in association with Invincible Pictures, Abbolita Productions and Smith’s SModcast Pictures.
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