Red State Shooting in September, Adds Angarano, Root & More

August 4, 2010
Source: The Wrap

Kevin Smith's Red State

Many of us have been hearing about Kevin Smith's horror flick Red State for years. Whether it was his fleeting mention of a script unlike anything he's done before during many an "Evening with Kevin Smith," or his official announcement of the project, it's been talked about and updated for awhile. Last we heard was the film would start shooting in July, but that month has come and gone with no production start. Now the word on the street from Smith himself (via Twitter) is he'll be shooting in September, and The Wrap reports he has a fancy supporting cast joining him including Michael Angarano, Stephen Root and more below.

Though his last Twitter update on the film didn't come true, Smith specifically says production begins on September 22nd after he gets back from New York where he's hosting a 25th anniversary screening of The Breakfast Club complete with a live discussion with Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy (why not Emilio!?). In addition, The Wrap throws out names of an interesting supporting cast. Joining Angarano/Root will be Dermot Mulroney (Flash of Genius) and Kyle Gallner (Jennifer's Body) with 2009 Best Actress nominee Melissa Leo (of Frozen River) circling a role in the film as well.

Michael Parks (who played "Earl McGraw" in both Grindhouse films) is leading this flick with a character loosely based on Reverend Fred Phelps of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. All we know about the story is that it follows a group of misfits who encounter religious fundamentalists in the heart of the country. I'm sure we'll be hearing more once shooting begins so stay tuned, as this is definitely a film that's on our radar.

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  • Al
    I like Kevin Smith, but as a conservative I'd like to point out that we really don't think to fondly of the Westboro baptist church ourselves. It seems like by calling it Red State, people will associate conservative, republicans, etc. with these freaks and killers and what have you.
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    @ #1: I completely agree, with you. The people who are members, of Westboro Baptist are cultists not Christians. As for having a horror movie using Phelps as the "monster", I have no problem, with that; but it *is* irresponsible and a bit lazy to say that Phelps is indicative, of all conservative voting Christians. The left is just as prone to idol worship; look no further than Chris "Chill running down my leg" Matthews. This movie should be balanced out, with a film version, of Bernie Goldberg's "A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media".
  • carlos
    He know's he can no longer make "Kevin Smith" films and I hope he nails this.
  • Jimmy Love
    After Seeing Cop Out I still wanna see this movie BUT! I just hope its better than Cop Out
  • ryderup
    Haven't seen Cop Out. Don't plan to either. But i allways look forward to new Kevin Smith-films. Someday he might make something to top Clerks... But I'm from sweden and don't have any problem with him portraying christians as "freaks" and/or "killers". Go for it!
  • Spacey
    Already twats are overreacting to this movie. You guys are the ones afraid of being compared to freaks so far, without any reason to think that you would be. I think that's pretty telling. Smith did a great job with Dogma so there's no reason he would be unfair with the wackos in this one either. HE'S CALLING IT RED STATE BECAUSE IT'S A HORROR FILM YOU JACKASS, fuck... #3 is right though. He's been hyping this script for a long time and with the failure of cop out he needs a hit.
  • Al
    Spacey, Im basing my concern on the only thing available, the title. I mean, jesus man, its called "Red State." Seems pretty unfair to me.
  • Spacey




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