Clerks III has had a difficult, protracted, and unpredictable journey. The threequel to Kevin Smith’s cult masterpiece Clerks from 1994 has endured false starts, production setbacks, casting issues, Smith’s personal health, and a worldwide pandemic, but don’t worry.
In a few days, we’ll get our first look at Dante, Randal, Becky, and, of course, the return of Jay and Silent Bob to the big screen in the next film. According to Smith, the Clerks III trailer will debut exactly one week from today, on July 6th. Baby, snotty booties! Be prepared.
We won’t see the first glimpse of this long-gestating sequel’s footage for a few days, as Smith said on Twitter. Make a note of the date in your calendar because after the trailer is released, tickets will shortly be offered for the official Clerks III screening tour, which will launch in September in 19 yet-to-be-announced cities.
The second round of dates will then be revealed at this year’s comic con, which has served as a second home for smith and his devoted following.
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Although Clerks III has undergone a few changes over the past few years, this version of the eagerly anticipated sequel centers on Randal (Jeff Anderson), who, after suffering a nearly fatal heart attack, enlists the aid of Dante (Brian O’Halloran), Elias (Trevor Fehrman), Becky (Rosario Dawson), Jay (Jason Mewes), and Silent Bob (Smith) to make a film about the convenience store that started it Naturally, even a casual fan of Smith will be aware that Clerks III will adopt a very meta-perspective on not only Smith’s life but also his career and the endurance of this improbable film series, which launched Smith’s own View Askewnieverse before the concept of a movie universe was a commonplace.
The Clerks movies, in particular, have been a personal and frankly soul-searching decade-long movie series for the cult-favorite director, who has always been a heart-on-his-sleeve artist and writer. So perhaps Clerks III will be a joyful and appropriate send-off for the movies and audience that made Smith a household name.
ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!
The CLERKS III trailer drops Next Wednesday! Get your first look at the return of Dante, Randal, Elias, Becky, Jay and Bob, and score your tickets for the first 19 cities we’ll be touring in September (with the second wave of dates announced at @Comic_Con)! pic.twitter.com/bh264cwjzN
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 29, 2022
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Of course, Smith has explored the troubled lives of Dante, Randal, and, in particular, Jay and Silent Bob in follow-up movies like Mallrats, Chasihttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424345/ng Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and 2019’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which is Smith’s most recent movie.
This is in addition to Clerks and 2006’s Clerks II (which, in my potentially controversial opinion, might be even better than the original). Clerks III sounds like a return to those modest days, and hopefully a significant return to form for a writer-director who hasn’t had the most consistent filmography. It’s been quite a voyage of films since Smith’s Sundance victory.