Kevin Smith’s upcoming indie comic book movie, Yoga Hosers, has signed on some serious star power. Johnny Depp and his 15-year-old daughter, Lily Rose, will star in the movie, which promises to be an action-adventure featuring young female heroes. The addition of a name like Depp’s will gain Smith a bigger audience for the film than his bizarre recent indie efforts have been getting otherwise, and according to a description of the movie obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Yoga Hosers sounds like it will be a hilarious spoof on yoga, Canadians, and comic book movie tropes.
The movie is written by Smith and stars Lily Rose Depp and Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, as the high-school-age protagonists, both named Colleen, who work an after-school job at a convenience store in Manitoba called Eh-2-Zed and practice yoga in their spare time. A supernatural evil force “rises from beneath Canada’s crust” and throws the girls’ plans to attend a senior party in jeopardy. With the help of a “legendary man-hunter from Montreal” played by Johnny Depp, the girls seek to defeat the evil force using “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”
“People always ask me ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’” Smith said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “This is it —–but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two 15-year-old girls.”
Starstream Entertainment is producing and financing the movie, and Starstream CEO Kim Leadford said the film will target an under-served female audience with its girl heroes. “The timing couldn’t be more perfect as so many production companies are struggling to find content to fill a serious void in the market of female superheroes and antiheroes. And it’s pretty exciting to have their dads making the film with them,” Leadford said, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Depp’s role as “legendary man-hunter” Guy Lapointe will likely see him in familiar territory as a dark, beatific character that bestows wisdom upon the young yoga warriors, although Smith’s obscenity-filled writing style would be a change of pace for an actor who has been wasting his talent in Disney franchises in recent years. Working with Smith will hopefully give the actor a chance to flex some comedic muscle in a well-written manner, something Depp has not done enough of over the course of his career, especially recently. His upcoming film Mortdecai is an action-comedy, but the recently released trailer is cringe-inducing.