When the Bluntan and Chronic movie gets its grim-and-gritty reboot in Kevin Smith's upcoming film Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the role of Chronic will be played by Melissa Benoist. The actress, best known as the title lead on Supergirl, has been friendly with Smith for years as he has become a favorite director on Supergirl and The Flash, and so she will join his next movie as one half of the stoner superhero duo played by Jason Biggs and James Van Der Beek in 2001's Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Even that, though, is technically not true: Biggs and Van Der Beek played heightened versions of themselves in that film.
Within the story of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Bob (Kevin Smith) learned that Bluntman & Chronic, a comic that drew inspiration from them and had been created by Chasing Amy's Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee), had been optioned as a movie -- and that toxic fans on the internet had started maligning Jay and Bob (portrayed in the comics as the heroes' alter-egos) as boring characters not worthy of an adaptation. Incensed, they set out for Hollywood to prevent the movie getting made at all. In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, they...well, it's basically the same gag. Except now its' about the movie getting rebooted. See how that works?
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IT’S A (SUPER) GIRL! The majority of you guessed correctly: @melissabenoist, one of my favorite actresses in the world, indeed takes on the mantle of Chronic in our rebooted #bluntmanandchronic movie within @jayandsilentbob Reboot! (And we gave her some pants *before* the good folks at @supergirlcw!) I have loved working with Me-Me since I “directed” her in my first ep, #supergirllives. Number One on the call sheet sets the tone for the rest of production - and if that Number One is a tool, the set is a miserable place to be. But Melissa is the most exemplary and gracious Number One I ever met. She’s incredibly kind to EVERYONE in the cast and crew and she never complains about the long-ass hours, even when she’s hanging from ropes high above the ground. Then she opens up her mouth to act and you realize she’s that rare complete package in this business: true talent and true warmth. Some actors and actresses have a “process” that can be disruptive or alienating. Melissa doesn’t have to imposition anyone to be good at her job: she’s a natural. So naturally, two years ago, I asked her to be in #jayandsilentbobreboot. Melissa was the first person I asked to be in the flick (aside from @jaymewes and @harleyquinnsmith) and though it took a minute to get to the set, when we rolled cameras, she was Charm City! I saw her in the trailer in costume before we started shooting and the Last Daughter of Krypton gushed “When you asked me to be in the movie, you didn’t tell me I get to wear a cool costume too!” God, I love this kid - she’s the absolute light of the world. (And since her boyfriend is also *my* boyfriend, you might keep an eye out for a @christophrwood cameo too!) You’ll see Melissa’s Chronic and the finished #bluntcave in the #jayandsilentbobreboot trailer when it drops this weekend in Hall H at @comic_con! But until then, check the third pic to see a cameo of an infamous web portal last seen in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback! #KevinSmith #MelissaBenoist #supergirl #cw #arrowverse #JasonMewes #jaymewes #comiccon
According to Smith's Instagram post, which you can see above, Benoist was the first person he asked to be in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, other than Mewes and his own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. He also suggested that there will be a cameo from Chris Wood, Benoist's real-life boyfriend and Supergirl co-star.2comments
When Smith released a first look at a movie poster for Bluntman & Chronic's reboot earlier this week, he teased that the casting was perfect and that he was excited for the audience reaction when he debuts the trailer for the movie at his Hall H panel later this weekend at Comic Con. So far, he says, a lot of fans had guessed Benoist's role, so he decided to let the cat out of the bag...but the actor playing Bluntman remains (at least so far) shrouded in mystery. Some fans have speculated that longtime Smith collaborator Ben Affleck, who hasn't been in one of the filmmaker's projects since a cameo in 2006's Clerks II, could be playing the role, which is an obvious parody of his own turn as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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