Kevin Smith Confirms Return of Jason Lee & Others for 'Mallrats 2'
by Ethan Anderton
March 24, 2015
Last week, writer and director Kevin Smith confirmed that he's going to make Mallrats 2, and even explained why he felt compelled to do it after 20 years. And now he's starting to firm up the returning cast from the 1995 comedy, and easily the most important part of the original ensemble was that of Jason Lee. Thankfully, Smith has just confirmed on Twitter that Lee will absolutely be back as Brodie Bruce, though we still don't know where we'll find his character 20 years later. At the end of the first Mallrats, he went on to host "The Tonight Show," and then in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back he was running a comic book shop.
Here's the photo Kevin Smith posted to Twitter with Jason Lee and a familiar prop:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 24, 2015
Smith also confirmed the return of Brodie's girlfriend Shannen Doherty for the sequel as well:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 23, 2015
And then there was this post last week too, but it requires some explanation:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 20, 2015
While Stan Lee and Michael Rooker were both part of the cast of the original Mallrats with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, the filmmaker clarified on Facebook that this wasn't a confirmation of the former two returning for the sequel. Smith explained, "This pic was taken yesterday, as all four of us gathered to shoot a really adorable Stan-centric spot for Audi that you’ll see online as we get closer to the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron." So that doesn't necessarily mean that Rooker and Stan Lee will be back, which would seem kind of forced, but it might be in the cards.
As for the rest of the cast, Smith says in that tweet with Jason Lee, "6 more to go!" So he's got plenty more cast members to reveal. Will Jeremy London and Claire Forlani be back as TS Quint and Brandi? They got married at the end of Mallrats (right where Jaws pops out of the water at Universal Studios) so their story was pretty much done. Plus, they're pretty much the most forgettable characters in the View Askewiverse that Kevin Smith created, and haven't been referenced much since the release of Mallrats. But since they were a big part of the original, they may be back in some capacity. Stay tuned.