Principal Photography Wraps on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, so we’re re-capping everything that we know thanks to social media and the Internet.
This article will be updated with new announcements as they are made with additional cast and crew.
Kevin Smith shared via an early morning posting to Twitter on March 27th that it’s a wrap on production of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot in New Orleans, LA.
IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! Last night, after a 21 day shoot (the same number of days in which we shot CLERKS some 26 years ago), we wrapped my Askewniverse magnum opus #JayAndSilentBobReboot! Thank you to my #NewOrleans crew, my cast and especially @JayMewes for his stellar performance!
With this bit of news we thought it would be a good time to look back on what we have been able to learn about who we will see in the movie through Instagram and Twitter since we last reported on production. We could write something clever and informative about each one, but we’ll leave it to Kevin to provide the color commentary on each one because he already did!
“Chasing Joey! @joeylaurenadams is back as indie comic icon Alyssa Jones, when @jayandsilentbob Reboot! Neither #jayandsilentbobstrikeback nor #jayandsilentbobreboot could have happened without me knowing Joey. Because we met, I made #chasingamyin the first place - and Amy is where the idea of #jayandsilentbob as the basis for #bluntmanandchronicoriginated (as a commentary about the differences between the slapsticky Jay and Bob in #mallrats versus the slacker Jay and Bob in #clerks). And both Strike Back and Reboot hinge on their comic book alter egos somehow fucking with our heroes’ real lives. So of course Joey had to be there when we returned to the #viewaskewniverse. This woman not only made me a better artist, Joey also made me a better person. When I saw her on shoot day, I said “See all these trucks? All this equipment and all these people came all the way to #neworleans today - all because you and I met 24 years ago.” I’ve done some of my best work with #joeylaurenadams - and I’m hoping Reboot ranks right up there with Amy and Rats. With Joey on board as Alyssa Jones - one of my favorite characters in any of my #viewaskewmovies - we’re that much closer to the goal!”
“There are very few people I love in this business as much as @rosariodawson! So when Ro-Dawg Rebooted with us, I was reminded how she can take boring old Kevin Smith lines and make magic! Getting the always-in-demand Dawson into @jayandsilentbob Reboot required Ro to go above and beyond and take a few flights to get #neworleans. It would’ve been more than understandable if she couldn’t make it. But my friend made moves and interrupted her busy life and work schedule to come play with us in the #viewaskewniverse once again. I can honestly say she made the movie better! When she was wrapped, Rosario gave me this giant hug and said “I’m happy you’re still here.” This woman is who I aspire to be in life: a consummate professional and an incomparable human being. The only stain on her otherwise stellar resume is that she’s now played two #viewaskew characters. One more and they’ll kick her out of Hollywood.”
“This Reboot is gonna make House Party look like House Party 2! @joeugly returns as the beleaguered A.D. of the Bluntman & Chronic reboot. 18 years ago, Joe made #jayandsilentbobstrikeback a little bit funnier - and last night, before we wrapped out of our @carvertreme set, Joe did more of the same! And since A.D.’s are part of the @directorsguildofamerica, we got to make a DGA joke (that’s not too inside baseball)! Today is the last day of shooting on @jayandsilentbobReboot. After dreaming about making it for 2 years, I’ve been immersed in it for 21 days now, trying to capture what we need to make not only the movie, but also our packed work days. While I loved every second, this movie was more work than anything I’ve done since #chasingamy - because like Amy, both our budget and schedule were incredibly ambitious. But thanks to an amazing cast and #neworleans crew, the flick turned out better than any #jayandsilentbobkinda picture has any right to be! It’s been a trip returning to the #viewaskewniverse after so long away. After the heart attack, I felt old. So to feel young again, I pulled out all my old toys, which I appreciate so much more now (and mind you, I was always waaaaaay more into my #viewaskew movies than anyone else). It’s like Andy from @toystory got Woody and Buzz back in his late 40’s and then set ‘em up again so he can play with his kid. This was my reward to myself for not dying last year: I got to return to my make-pretend version of the New Jersey suburbs that made me who I am today.”
JAMES VAN DER BEEK & JASON BIGGS
“SPOILERS: Bluntman & Chronic Classic! @vanderjames and @biggsjasoncame back to play and it was bliss! Their scene in @jayandsilentbobReboot was one of the first I wrote and I couldn’t wait to shoot it! But as fun as it was on the page, the boys took it to the stars when we rolled cameras! They were spitting comedic fire like they’d been working together for the last two decades - not just 1 time in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback 18 years ago. I can’t thank them enough for flying all the way down to #nola to make jokes about themselves, our old movie and our new movie too! And holy shit, they look like they were preserved in amber from 2001! The plot of #jayandsilentbobreboot takes #jayandsilentbob to Chronic Con - a pop culture convention centered around the campy old Bluntman and Chronic movie starring Biggs and Van Der Beek (the movie that’s getting a reboot). So for the last week, we’ve been in a fake version of a very familiar world! For 8 drafts, the event was called BluntCon - because I didn’t want to step on the toes of the funny flick by @youdontknowdoug. But in the 9th draft, I went for the more sensible (and alliterative) title. Can’t wait to show scenes from our faux con at this summer’s @comic_con! “
NICK FEHLINGER & JAKE RICHARDSON
“All this time, our dirty l’il secret is that while @jayandsilentbob Reboot is a sequel to #jayandsilentbobrestrikeback, it’s also a semi-sequel to all of the #viewaskew movies I ever made. But last night, we extended the stories of the kids who bought weed from me and @jaymewes at the top of Strike Back: @jakerichardsonforreels & @nickfehlinger joined us as grown up versions of their characters! So at about 2am this morning, we found a moment to recreate a pic we all took 18 years ago! One of my favorite aspects of #jayandsilentbobreboot is seeing where all my characters are in the 2019 #viewaskewniverse! While our heroes are desperately trying to hold onto their 90’s way of life, the rest of their world has moved on from them and grown up. Last time we saw Jake and Nick together, they weren’t grown up yet. But last night, I shot a fun and funny scene with a pair seasoned of adult pros! “
“GARMY STRONG! Of course my BABBLE brother @ralphgarman is front and center in @jayandsilentbob Reboot! Ralph and I have done 4 movies together (Red State, @tuskthemovie, @yogahosersand now #jayandsilentbobreboot) but this is his first #viewaskew movie! The leader of the #garmy and host of #theralphreport plays a pivotal role in the flick, helping to set in motion the #jayandsilentbob adventure this time! Many thanks to my podcasting pal for bellowing the funny and gilding our lily! Only 5 more days left to Reboot - then we can get back to our real jobs: hosts of #hollywoodbabbleon!”
“Oh, what a lovely tea party! The first person to sign on to @jayandsilentbob Reboot was @baderdiedrich, so I got to thank him yesterday for being our first official step on the road to reality! Reprising his role as the relentless Security Guard in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback, Diedrich is responsible for one of my absolute favorite days on a set, when he ad-libbed “And after it’s all over, you say ‘Oh, what a lovely tea party.” But the last time we worked together, Diedrich hadn’t done the amazing cartoon series #batmanthebraveandthebold - one of my favorite incarnations of #Batmanever presented. So when Diedrich returned to Reboot, you better believe the #hammersofjustice came out to play! This guy is so fucking talented, he does the dialogue you wrote and then sweetens it with way better bon mots! Even though we’re making a comedy, the schedule is so relentless, you rarely have time to enjoy what’s going on. But yesterday, I slowed down enough to enjoy making pretend with Diedrich again - and I got to laugh out loud!”
MOLLY SHANNON & KATE MICUCCI
“Two ladies made #jayandsilentbobreboot far funnier last week:@nbcsnl royalty@theofficialsuperstar and one half of @garfunkeloates, Miss @katemicucci! Molly made the airport scene a scream and Kate killed in her Mooby’s debut! No direction was needed: they were like surgeons performing microsurgery - and I’m happy to report, in both instances, they saved the patient! After tonight, we have only 6 more shooting days on #jayandsilentbobreboot! I am ecstatic with our results thus far! The cast and crew are making a way better movie than the one I had in my head! Also: big thanks to the#jeffersonparishsheriffsoffice for keeping us safe on the shoot.”
“You think I’d miss Missy? @jenschwalbach played one of the original Girl Gang in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback so when she shot her scene today in @jayandsilentbob Reboot, it was like returning royalty! Part of the fun of filmmaking for me is putting people I love in front of the camera. That way, the whole flick functions like a very expensive family photo album! And Jen is who I think of when I think of family - both in real life and in the movies too! Also: for those keeping count, this is the fourth Mooby’s fast food joint we’ve built for the #viewaskewniverse flicks, starting with Dogma in 1999. So 2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of Mooby, the Golden Calf! “
“I was there when #y2jayandsilentbob happened!
@chrisjerichofozzy joined #jayandsilentbobreboot last week in a scene stolen from some of the 80’s road movies I grew up watching! This was the first time @jaymewes shared screen time with #rawisjericho but it’s the second time I’ve worked with the #fozzy frontman (the first being on the forthcoming horror anthology #killroywashere). And both times, this super sweet Canadian kid has been cast waaaaay against type. If I ever get to make another movie after this one, I told Chris he’s gonna be a good guy (maybe we’ll finally do that Canadian James Bond comedy we talked about on the podcast that one time). After today, we only have 8 shooting days left on @jayandsilentbob Reboot, which is basically the entire third act. I’ve got 40 minutes of the movie already edited and I’ll cut more this weekend. Thanks to @dpronlevy, the movie is way better than I even wanted it to be (Reboot is easily one of my best looking movies to date). And starting at noon, it’s all cameos all the time from here on out, as fresh famous faces join us every day until we wrap!”
“And Justice for all! It didn’t feel like a true sequel until @shannonelizabeth stepped on the set of @jayandsilentbob Reboot. But it’s almost like she stepped out of a box that was sealed when we wrapped #jayandsilentbobstrikeback - because Shannon hasn’t aged at all! Time marches on, and it’s marched all over my face and Jay’s face - but not Shannon’s! The love of Jay’s life returns to kick our primary plot into gear - and Shannon returned to us from #africa, where she’s been living lately, working to save elephants and rhinos with her @shannonelizabethfdn! So @jaymewes and I were especially appreciative Shannon not only came back but also came far, leaving behind the noble work for a minute to do some silly shit with old friends. One of the hidden highlights of the shoot for me thus far was overhearing #jasonmewes remind #shannonelizabeth that she was his first onscreen kiss. 18 years after we all got together and struck back, we’re reuniting to Reboot!“
APARNA BRIELLE, TRESHELLE EDMOND, ALICE WEN, AND HARLEY QUINN SMITH
“For #internationalwomensday, let me introduce you to our Reboot Girl Gang! In #jayandsilentbobstrikeback,@jayandsilentbob met up with a Girl Gang in a van. So in the Reboot, the stoner duo meet up with another Girl Gang in a very similar van (I’m telling you, it’s almost the same movie). And as most reboots feature a familiar story freshly presented with a young and diverse new cast, we follow the example and go full “Force Awakens” with our Girl Gang! But that’s not the only movie with origins in the 70’s that we share a little DNA with:#jayandsilentbobreboot has some#badnewsbears in it, with me & @jaymewes as Buttermaker and the Girl Gang as our North Valley Bears (but with the van, we’re more like#thebadnewsbearsinbreakingtraining).@aparnabrielle plays our plucky Jihad,@treshelleedmond plays our Silent Bob-ish Soapy,@alysswhen plays our mysterious international podcaster Shan Yu, and my favorite actress ever @harleyquinnsmith plays Milly - who’s kinda like the Justice of this Girl Gang (minus the romance with Jay, naturally). And like the last Girl Gang that changed Jay and Silent Bob’s lives, these quick, quippy young ladies will take our heroes on the adventure of a lifetime, ending at that most wretched hive of scum and villainy - Hollywood!”
METHOD MAN & REDMAN
“Method Acting! In @jayandsilentbob Reboot, we finally answer the immortal question: How high? So @jaymewes and I turned to the only men who might be able to solve this eternal mystery: @methodmanofficial & @redmangilla! Holy fuck, what a great night we had on set! It was a gigantic, packed day where we had a hundred extras and I was in and out of costumes - and in the middle of it all was the Mef and Red scene. But the moment we called “Action,” the legends launched into the single best first take I ever shot in 25 years: they were pitch-perfect and hysterical (and a little touching)! It was so good, I could’ve cut their whole performance from that one take! But my friends flew all way to #nola to say this shit, so we did another two shot, a pair of singles and then picture wrapped our secret sauce! I’ve had millions of memorable moments over the course of my career. But watching that magic take unfurl is in my Top Ten! And when I heard #methodman and #redman say “Snoogans” and “Snootchie Bootchies”? I was lifted! Many thanks for bringing absolute fire, my friends!”
“This is one of my favorite returning cameos in #JayAndSilentBobReboot! Thanks to @DavidHMandel for not only flying to NOLA in the middle of finishing @VeepHBO so we could repeat an old joke, but for a shot suggestion that literally made the movie funnier! Bear is still driving!”
Dave Mandel: “Almost 20 years after #jayandsilentbobstrikeback, I was invited to New Orleans by @thatkevinsmith & @JayMewes to reprise my role as #guydrinking2cupsofcoffee in #jayandsilentbobreboot #anythingforajoke”
“In Brodie’s Secret Stash, there hangs a @therealstanleegame-worn sweater. In the movie, this is because Brodie still marks the day he met Stan as the defining moment of his life. In real life, the shrine exists because Stan had a big role in every draft of @jayandsilentbob Reboot. For the 23 years I knew him, Stan would always ask me “When are we making another movie?” And here we are making a movie he was *very* central to - and sadly, we’re now having to do it without our sensational, smiling seraph. But for a few hours yesterday, it was 1995 anew - because Stan was at the Mall with us again. (The Stan photos featured were taken by @allanamato when Stan appeared on our @hulu show Spoilers.)”
“These phenomenal folks are the department heads who are making @jayandsilentbob Reboot! Without these cinematic story-tellers, there is no movie. Send them your love before they embark on this holy (and wholly unnecessary) endeavor! We just finished the production meeting - which is like the final checklist before cameras roll! It’s really happening, Kids - on Monday, all the people you see here (and lots more) are gonna bring back #jayandsilentbob! Eternal gratitude goes out to my Keys: they could’ve worked on any other project, yet somehow chose mine! I’ve been dreaming of this for years; thank you for making my dream come true!”