It’s been 25 years since Kevin Smith made his feature film debut with the indie flick Clerks. The black and white comedy cost only $27,000 to make, but went on to become a cult classic, earning $3 million at the box office. The film introduced Smith’s alter ego Silent Bob, as well as best friend Jason Mewes as Jay, with the duo consistently making cameos in Smith’s future projects, including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and eventually scoring their own film with 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now getting in on the reboot action, Smith and Mewes are once again taking on the lead roles and have invited some of Hollywood’s biggest names to make cameos, including Smith frequent collaborators Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
The new film features Jay and Silent Bob traveling to Hollywood to stop the reboot of Bluntman and Chronic, the comic book film based on characters they inspired. Jason Lee reprises his role as Banky Edwards, the comic book artist who created the film and it looks like Affleck returns as Edwards’ former comic book partner and Chasing Amy character Holden McNeil, with a blink-andyou’ll-miss-it shot of Affleck at what appears to be Comic-Con. As for Damon, the actor is shown sitting in a pew in the new trailer, leading fans to guess he’s returning as the apparently not-so-dead angel Loki from Dogma.
Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith, who has appeared in his films Jersey Girl, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, Tusk and Yoga Hosers, plays Mewes’ long lost love child who demands the duo take her to Hollywood with them.
The other trailer cameos read like a call sheet from Smith’s previous films, with the director teaming up once again with Justin Long (Tusk), Rosario Dawson (Clerks II), Shannon Elizabeth (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Craig Robinson (Zack and Miri Make A Porno), Jason Biggs (Jersey Girl), and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy). James Van Der Beek, who played himself in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, also makes an appearance as a frustrated James Van Der Beek.
The film also features a handful of actors who are new to the Kevin Smith-iverse, including Chris Hemsworth, Joe Manganiello, Fred Armisen, Method Man, RedMan, Tommy Chong, Molly Shannon, Kate Micucci, and Val Kilmer, with the former Batman star playing Bluntman in an inspired bit of casting.
Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and The Flash’s Grant Gustin both star in the new reboot, with Smith having previously directed episodes of both superhero shows.
The new trailer is especially exciting for longtime fans of Smith, with Affleck’s inclusion marking the end of the rift between the old friends. Smith has previously spoken about his falling out with Affleck, who starred in Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma, attributing it to Affleck’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner, who Smith says didn’t get his humour, and Smith’s penchant for talking about his former friend in interviews.
Sharing an emotional reaction to Affleck’s inclusion in the film, Smith posted pictures of the reunited friends on his Facebook page. Smith credits the reunion to Kevin McCarthy, who brought up the reboot to Affleck while interviewing the actor about the Netflix film Triple Frontier. Writing “…naturally, weepy me—who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks—was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back,” Smith said, adding his renewed friendship with Affleck “brought back a massive missing piece of my heart.”
Smith announced the first trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on his Instagram page, surprising fans by dropping the video ahead of his Saturday appearance at Comic-Con. Smith and Mewes are planning a tour for the new film, with the duo announcing 41 dates across the US for the Reboot Roadshow.
Check out the R-rated (seriously, throw some headphones on this is NSFW) trailer below.