Kevin Smith’s “TUSK” to star Johnny Depp?


Fans of RED STATE director Kevin Smith have had a surreal experience following the development of his sophomore fright flick, TUSK. A body horror jokingly conceived on Smith’s podcast, SModcast, while riffing on a real-life classified ad, Smith called off his impending retirement and churned out a script for TUSK last summer, wrapping production by the fall and being secured for release by UNDER THE SKIN distributor A24 Films shortly after. And while Smith’s social media presence has kept the horror community up to speed regarding the film, including announcements of the cast to some disturbing concept art, Smith has intentionally shrouded the identity of who would be playing one of the film’s protagonists, a Canadian detective named Guy LaPointe.

Based on a running character on SModcast also inspired by real life events, Smith claimed to have gotten a huge star to appear as LaPointe in the film yet has been tight-lipped as to just whom. However, TUSK star Justin Long, in speaking to Long Island Newsday, may have let the cat out of the bag, stating that none other than Johnny Depp may be the mystery star.

“Yeah, the one where a man turns into a [walrus]. It’s called “TUSK.” Johnny Depp is in that one,” says Long.

Although unconfirmed by Smith himself, this casting would be a whopper of an addition to the film which currently stars Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment, and would further explain how TUSK had been acquired for distribution so quickly. This news also follows the announcement that MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE singer Gerard Way would be performing a traditional English folk song for the film. Stay tuned for an update soon, as the film is expected to hit theaters this fall.

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