Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are teaming up with their daughters for the second movie in Smith's "True North Trilogy". But what do we know about it so far?
After a run of poorly received films that have dented Johnny Depp’s reputation as a box-office magnet, the Hollywood superstar must be keen to move onto pastures anew. For his newest venture, Depp has teamed up with cult filmmaker Kevin Smith in a high-concept action movie based around the exploits of a pair of teen yoga fanatics and their fight against evil spirits. Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn will take the lead roles whilst Depp will co-star in the curiously entitled project, Yoga Hosers.
In recent years, Depp's box-office status has tailed off after some poor performances.
Set in rural Canada, Smith has written the film and will direct it when it begins production. The story will follow the two girls as they battle a mysterious and ancient evil that threatens a planned party by rising from the underground, penetrating through a spiritual netherworld to usurp the two girl’s weekend plans to attend the coolest party in town. It will mark the second venture by Smith in a trilogy of films, nicknamed the “True North Trilogy” set in the vast and spacious Canadian countryside. The first, Tusk, is currently scheduled to do the rounds in the Autumnal film festival circuit and features largely the same cast as Yoga Hosers. Harley Quinn and Lily Rose also appear in Tusk in roles that are synonymous with Smith’s directorial oeuvre: convenience store clerks. For Yoga Hosers, however, the girl will take on much more pro-active roles.
Despite being labelled as a “comic-book movie” by Smith, the film is not based on an actual comic-book, but instead originates in Smith’s warped imagination. With the two girls tasked with fighting an ancient evil, Johnny Depp will be the man who aids them in their battle, just so the two girls can attend that all important Grade 12 party. Depp will play a man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with “all seven Chakras, one warrior pose at a time”, according to producers. One thing is for certain, Yoga Hosers looks set to be the exact opposite film in terms of style, to what many film fans associate with Smith. The director shot to prominence with his brand of micro-budget ‘slacker’ films, beginning with the much heralded cult classic Clerks, which was shot almost entirely within the confines of the very convenience store that Smith worked at as an adolescent.
Smith is known as the king of slacker films, but Yoga Hosers promises to be anything but.
Also appearing in the film will be Kill Bill’s Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment who you may remember as the boy from Sixth Sense and Tony Hale, who plays the blustering idiot and ultimate mummy’s boy Buster Bluth in the brilliant sitcome Arrested Development. Fans of Jay and Silent Bob will be interested to hear that Jason Mewes has also joined the project, hinting at a return from everyone’s favourite slacker duo.