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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

Mallrats 2 continues to fill up with the recent addition of Ethan Suplee. Director Kevin Smith announced the news on Instagram this week.

Suplee joins original Mallrats co-stars Jason Lee, Shannon Doherty, Michael Rooker, Stan Lee, and Jason Mewes. (Smith will also reprise his role as Silent Bob.) Not yet confirmed to return are Claire Forlani, Jeremy London, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, and Renée Humphrey. [Instagram]

Bella Thorne has climbed aboard Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. The upcoming sequel sees the critters striking out for New York City based on the misunderstanding that Dave (Jason Lee) means to dump them after proposing to his new girlfriend.

Thorne joins Tony Hale and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as well as returning stars Justin Long (Alvin), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon), and Jesse McCartney (Theodore). Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip opens December 23. Walt Becker is directing. [Deadline]

Ted 2 hasn’t even opened yet, but it seems Universal may already planning ahead for the next one. Sam Jones (a.k.a. Flash Gordon) reveals he’s already set to reprise his role. “I just signed on for Ted 3. We’re moving onwards and upwards, it’s wonderful.” He later clarified, “We haven’t filmed Ted 3 yet.”

Jones had a small role as a fictionalized version of himself in the first Ted. He reprises the role for Ted 2 due out June 26. According to him, “it’s funny, if not funnier” than its predecessor. [ComicBook.com]

Normally, actors are tripping over themselves to declare how good their next film is gonna be. But David Hasselhoff knows you’re not tuning into Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! to see a good movie. “You know, it’s the worst movie you have ever seen,” he promised. “Everybody’s in on the joke, and it is so much fun.”

Hasselhoff plays Gilbert, father to Fin (Ian Ziering). “I came in and played him very real,” he recalled. But not too real: “The last shot of me is me on top of the moon [saluting].” And if all goes well, the Hoff says, he could be back for Sharknado 4. Sharknado 3 premieres July 22 on Syfy. [THR]

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Click on ahead to see Zoolander and Hansel in action, read Simon Pegg’s plans for Star Trek 3, and assess Vin Diesel’s Furious 7 Oscar hopes.

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