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