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Talk about a family affair.
The team behind director Kevin Smith‘s latest horror outing, Yoga Hosers, has released the first promotional still from the Tusk spinoff, and it doesn’t disappoint. Now shooting in Los Angeles, Yoga Hosers stars Johnny Depp as a Quebec police detective who is enlisted by two convenience store clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, both 15. (All three actors are reprising their Tusk roles.)
The movie, also written by Smith, centers on two teenage yoga nuts 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 12th-grade party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with “all seven chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time,” according to the producers.
Smith and Depp have been friends for years, and the same goes for their daughters. “Their onscreen chemistry comes courtesy of a lifelong friendship: Harley and Lily have known each other since first grade,” Smith tells THR.
“Acting is a job of making choices, and Harley and Lily were making their own character and delivery choices from day one on the flick,” Smith continued. “At one point, I pulled them both aside to ask, ‘You are making excellent choices without me saying anything. What adult is telling you to do these things behind my back?’ The girls said they’d simply learned to act from watching movies and TV shows their whole lives. But in their case, acting and goofing around is in their blood. And it was thrilling to watch them both take their first steps in what’s bound to be a lifelong passion for performance.”
StarStream Entertainment is financing and producing Yoga Hosers in association with Invincible Pictures, Abolitta Productions and Smith’s SModcast Pictures. XYZ Films, which handled Tusk, is representing international rights and will update foreign buyers on the movie’s progress at the upcoming American Film Market, although a promo reel won’t be ready until Berlin’s European Film Market in February.
“It is a broad commercial movie that could really break out and become a franchise. I know that Kevin, the girls and Johnny all want it to be something more than just a one-off movie,” said XYZ co-founder Nate Bolotin.
Yoga Hosers also stars Tusk alums Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.
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