The duo’s daughters, Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, are starring
By Borys Kit
Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are teaming up for what is being dubbed a “comic book movie” and are bringing their daughters with them.
This week, Smith will start principal photography on Yoga Hosers, an action-adventure movie that will star Depp, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
The movie is Smith’s follow-up to Tusk, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September and is the second installment of Smith’s True North Trilogy, movies which are steeped in Canadian myths and culture.
Lily-Rose, left, and Harley Quinn
In fact, the entire cast of Tusk is returning for Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach and Harley Morenstein.
New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.
StarStream Entertainment, which is behind A24’s current release Life After Beth, is financing and producing the film in association with Invincible Pictures, Abolitta Productions and Smith’s SModcast Pictures.
XYZ Films will be selling foreign rights for the film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival while WME Global handling North American rights. (XYZ Films is also handling foreign sales on Tusk.)
Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Charkas, one Warrior Pose at a time.”
Smith, a comic book geek who has written titles for Marvel and DC and who once wrote a Superman movie script, said he considers this his entrey into the comic book movie genre.
"People always ask me, ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’" Smith said. "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 fifteen year old girls."
Said StarStream CEO Kim Leadford: “The timing couldn’t be more perfect as so many production companies are struggling to find content to fill a serious void in the market of female superheroes and antiheroes. And, it’s pretty exciting to have their dads making the film with them.”
Liz Destro, Jordan Monsanto and Jennifer Schwalbach are producing Hosers. Leadford and Charles Bonan of StarStream will executive produce alongside Abolitta Productions’ Tim Nye and XYZ Films.
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