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.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
I am irritaded by this, proly more than I should be. I dislike the fact that the Man said himself "If I cannot bring anything new to the game, and I assure I cannot, there is no point to me stepping up to the plate." And here we are, a once great indie director, with no new ideas doing what Hollywood does best, churn out unneeded or unwanted sequels. I imagine he would be ashamed if not for the piles of money. Sad really. What more sad.......proly watch the movie. I did really love Mall Rats. "That kid is BACK on the escalator again!!"
Brian Sleider on Mar 24, 2015
Mallrats dude. One word.
Shannon Miller on Mar 24, 2015
Dude, Clerks 2 was awsome.
ErrorSapiens on Mar 26, 2015
Dude, not really. It was pretty clearly worse than the first. Not as bad as Tusk though. Which really shows what Smith is capable of these days.
Brian Sleider on Mar 26, 2015
Tusk was a bad choice, I agree on that part.
ErrorSapiens on Mar 27, 2015
This is what I find annoying about Kevin Smith. Not one second of this movie exists yet and he finds the need to update, tweet, press release and hint at every minute detail of the film. Once it's in production we'll hear how it's shaping up to be his greatest project, by far. As the release gets closer we'll hear how it's his masterpiece, a return to form, equal to and even greater than his greatest hits. Then, more likely than not, it'll get here, be disappointing at best, and I'll be here wondering if maybe it would have been that masterpiece he kept promising, hyping, hinting, suggesting and tweeting if he'd put half as much effort into even making the damn movie. This announcement is fine. Whatever. 6 more? Please. Put them all into one if you feel the need to make "announcements" at all, then bury yourself in your work. Don't tell me it's good 800 times, MAKE it good the first time. Then when you have something worth hyping, hype it. Until then, this shit isn't just annoying, it's conceited.
Wafffles on Mar 24, 2015
I've struggled with Smith over the years. I was a huge fan up until Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. During that time I read some interviews with him, and how he was "never" going back to his characters in that world, and would never make sequels to Clerks, ect. Then he did! Blew my mind, and I really lost a lot of respect for the guy. I have yet to see anything he has directed since then, except Jersey Girl (to my dismay). However over the years, I have seen a couple interviews and such from him, and what I now realize is that he just a pot smoking geek that loves being himself. Being that he is, it really is no surprise that he doesn't act like a studio exec and acts like a normal guy.
MaqueeStalker on Mar 26, 2015
Now with 90 per cent more wrinkles!!~
DAVIDPD on Mar 24, 2015
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