Actress Lea Thompson may soon collaborate with Kevin Smith for Marvel’s animated Hulu TV show Howard the Duck. In 1986, Thompson starred in Willard Huyck’s 1986 science fiction film of the same name (and pitched a reboot last June), though she is perhaps best known for portraying Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Based on Steve Gerber’s Marvel comic book, Howard the Duck was produced by George Lucas’ production company yet barely surpassed its $37 million budget at the box office. However, the film ultimately became regarded as an ‘80s cult classic, most notably because of its 27-year-old subject, a wise-talking animal. Despite its comedic elements and special effects, Howard the Duck received seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations for its perceived failures in cinematic achievements. None of the Golden Raspberry nominations included the female lead, Thompson, who received critical acclaim for her follow-up performance in Some Kind of Wonderful, the second film by Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink).
According to Kevin Smith, Thompson may be part of the new Howard the Duck series. On Instagram, the filmmaker posted an extensive message about Hulu’s deal to carry four Marvel animated shows: Modok, Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck. According to Smith - director of ‘90s indie favorites like Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy - he’s been hired to co-write the Howard the Duck series with Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Smith also noted that he reached out to Thompson about a “to-be-revealed-later role,” and that “she did NOT say no.” In the comments section, Thompson responded with a resounding “YES!!!,” along with a note that “#howardtheduck and his fans rule. And so do you.” The actress also included various emoji to express her support.
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Last week @hulu announced a deal to carry four new @marvel animated shows: #Modok, #HitMonkey, #TigraAndDazzler and #HowardTheDuck! This is fantastic news to me as a fan, but as a professional, it’s quacking me up because THEY HIRED ME TO WRITE IT! Mercifully, they hired the great #DaveWillis to write it too, so we might have a successful show! Dave and I are going Full-Gerber on Howard: Beverly, Bong and the entire cast of characters that made this fowl legend fly! I saw tests for Hit Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. already and holy duck, are they astounding! Like, legit next level shit! So Dave and I have our work cut out for us. But since Dave’s the cartoon genius behind #meatwad and the #aquateenhungerforce, Howard is in some fine feathered fingers! Thank you to #jephloeb and the #marveltelevision folks who egged me on, #hulu for the home, and #stevegerber and #valmayerik for not only an amazing character, but also the eventual job for me your work provided! I can’t spoil where we’re going, but I can tell you this: I already asked movie-Howard heroine @lea_thompson to lend us her vocal Quack Fu in a to-be-revealed-later role! And she did NOT say no! The duck versions of @jayandsilentbob come courtesy of @jeremysimser! #KevinSmith #davewillis #howardtheduckmovie #marvel
Smith paired his Instagram message with a comedic image, courtesy of artist Jeremy Simser. The picture shows two ducks, with one of them wearing a backwards hat and smoking a cigarette, and the other saying “Snoogans!” It’s a clear homage to Smith’s iconic movie duo Jay and Silent Bob, portrayed by Smith himself and actor Jason Mewes. In 2001, Smith dedicated an entire feature to the characters, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , the fifth cinematic installment of the “View Askewniverse.”
Last year, Smith suffered a heart attack and subsequently lost an extensive amount of weight. With his health back on track, hopefully the Howard the Duck writer can revive his career with Marvel and Hulu.
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