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Kevin Smith has worked with some pretty big-name actors in his time, and it looks like he’s booked the A-list-iest of them all for his next film Tusk. According to star Justin Long, Johnny Depp has signed on for a supporting character in the offbeat monster movie.

Tusk will be Depp’s first movie with Smith, and it seems like the perfect place to launch their professional relationship. Depp clearly has a taste for the bizarre, and what’s more bizarre than a tale about a guy trying to create a walrus-man hybrid? Hit the jump for details on Depp’s character.

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Kevin Smith‘s new horror film Tusk may have been a no show at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of Smith’s debut film Clerks) but they aren’t letting the festival end without an announcement. A24 will distribute the movie domestically with a wide release in the third quarter of 2014, with XYZ films handing international rights. XYZ will be “introducing the project, currently in production, to international buyers at the European Film Market in February.” A24 has released Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring, and the Sundance films Locke, Obvious Child and Laggies. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Kevin Smith has talked about the possibility of impending retirement from feature film directing, but that isn’t how things are going down. Instead, Smith seems to be moving into his most fertile period yet. When Red State bowed in 2011 Smith said he would follow it with his final film, the hockey story Hit Somebody. That mutated into a (possible) television series, and Smith had Clerks III on his plate, before announcing the strange horror film Tusk. That was announced this past fall and shot in November, with a bit of work still to do in January.

Indeed, Smith seems to have new directorial vigor, at least when it comes to getting things written and shot. Clerks III remains on the horizon — Smith says a May 2014 shoot window is open — but now there’s another project.

Helena Handbag will be written by Smith based on a a Smodcast story by he and longtime producer Scott Mosier. What’s the tale? In Smith’s own words, “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Read More »

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Kevin Smith‘s online ad- turned- podcast turned- screenplay turned- horror movie Tusk has just been picked up for distribution. A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now and Spring Breakers (and which recently signed an exclusive deal with Amazon), will give the film a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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As can occasionally happen in the new world of Kevin Smith, the writer/director/podcaster/film geek came online Tuesday and dropped a massive update on his upcoming film Tusk. Smith has tons of praise for the film, which finished principal photograph last month, and has only two more days of filming to go once a mystery actor becomes available.

While his original plan was to rush the film for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Smith is so happy with the final product he’s holding it back so he can add in those final scenes and give the film a “monster movie score!” He’s hired Chris Drake (The Dark Knight Returns animated films) to do that. Instead of showing the movie at Sundance, he’ll debut a trailer in Park City.

Read much more, including where Smith could film Clerks III, and see some artwork for the in-film podcast featuring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, below. Read More »

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The first image from Kevin Smith‘s Tusk wasn’t a disappointment, exactly, but considering the film’s wackadoo premise — man tries to turn hostage into walrus-man hybrid — it was really rather tame. The craziest thing about it was how much older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment looks these days.

Happily, the latest picture should do a much better job of satisfying horror fans’ craving for something weird. The filmmaker has just offered a new peek at the design for the bizarre half-walrus, half-man creature. Check it out after the jump.

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Kevin Smith Tweets First Set Photo From ‘Tusk’

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Kevin Smith is just over a week into production on Tusk, his true-life inspired horror film starring Michael Parks and Justin Long, the latter playing a man who is forced to dress up as a walrus.

You can read a bunch more about the film here, but Smith just tweeted the first image of the set featuring himself, and co-stars Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez. Read More »

Genesis Rodriguez

We’ve heard lots about Kevin Smith‘s upcoming horror movie Tusk, but we haven’t heard where the beautiful girl fits in. We know Justin Long plays a podcaster who goes to interview an old man (Michael Parks) who then makes him dress up like a seal. There’s also a detective role with a big star set, though Smith is mum on exactly who plays him. Now the stunning Genesis Rodriguez, who appeared in The Last Stand, Casa de Mi Padre and Identity Thief, is in final negotiations for the film. Filming starts next month in North Carolina [Variety]

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