Justin Long Cast In Kevin Smith’s Walrus Horror Film “Tusk”

September 26, 2013

What started as a podcast joke has turning into reality as Kevin Smith, known for pounding out screenplays, is already in pre-production and casting for TUSK. In a lengthy interview with Entertainment Weekly, Smith discussed Tusk‘s plot, while also revealing that he’s cast Jeepers Creepers star Justin Long as the film’s monster.

It’s about a guy who turns another guy into a f–king human walrus,” Smith tells the mag. “As weird as it is in my head when I talk about it, they finally sent me the costume designs by Robert Kurtzman, and I was like, ‘Holy sh-t, it’s a monster movie, I had no idea.’ I thought I was making a kind of sister thriller to Red State. As soon as I saw the designs, I go, ‘Of course this is a monster movie and he’s Dr. Frankenstein.’ 

It looks like Red State‘s Michael Parks will be playing the film’s Dr. Frankenstein, while Justin Long will play the “walrus monster”: “It was written for Michael Parks, who I loved in Red State. That was one of the best times I ever had my career, sitting on a set, rolling a camera on a true f–king genius, who is pretending to be somebody else and I forgot who the real guy is because his performance is so good,” explains Smith. “I wrote the script around him, so it’s nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you’re in that suit, you’re covered. I reached out to Justin and he wrote back and was like, ‘This is awfully scary but how can we not? Let’s fall down this hole.’ So it’ll be Parks versus Long trying to answer the age-old question, ‘Is man indeed a walrus at heart?’

It’s a f–ked up movie, dude,” Smith concludes.

Tusk begins filming on October 21st. Expect a festival run in 2014.

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