Half Baked 2, the upcoming sequel to the 1998 stoner comedy, will feature Rachel True reprising her original role as Mary Jane Potman.
The next sequel to the stoner comedy Half-Cooked 2 will feature Rachel True reprising her original role. True played Mary Jane Potman in the 1998 film half cooked, which starred Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz, as a group of friends who love to smoke weed. She’s the love interest of Chappelle’s character Thurgood, which poses a problem considering that – despite her evocative name – she’s staunchly anti-drug.
By Deadline, Half-Cooked 2 just wrapped production in Baton Rouge. The film, which will be released theatrically in 2023, announced that True (who is possibly known for her role in the 1996 teen movie The job) officially took over the role of Mary Jane. So far, she’s the only returning actor to be confirmed for a major role, although Williams is also set to make a special appearance.
Everything we know about Half Baked 2
Although Williams and True are the only official on-screen connection to the original half cooked, the film will also pay homage in its screenplay. The plot will follow JR (Dexter Darden of Peacock’s saved by the bell reboot series), the son of Thurgood Jenkins. After his friend Bruce (Joel Courtney of kissing kiosk trilogy) dies from smoking an extremely potent joint, he teams up with his friends Miles (Moses Storm of friendless) and Cori (Ramona Young of by Netflix I have never) to raise enough money to bury him.
The movie was made by Naked and A haunted house director Michael Tiddes, who has collaborated with star Marlon Wayans no less than five times, originally starting as an assistant on films such as white chicks and Little man. Screenwriter Justin Hires has a similar pedigree, with experience as an actor in projects like 21 jump street, Key and Peeleand the Peak hour TV adaptation. The cast also includes Ash Santos from american horror story and David Koechner of Office and Presenter: The Legend of Ron Burgundywith additional special appearances by comedian Jeff Ross and Malcolm in the middle star Frankie Muniz.
Why isn’t Half Baked 2 getting a theatrical release?
Sequels many years later are quite common in modern cinema, including entries as disparate as Top Gun: Maverick, Scream 2022, and next year house party to restart. However, despite this, there are still no plans to Half-Cooked 2 to be screened in theatres. The reason for this is likely the fact that the original film was a cult hit that gained most of its notoriety on home video. The film grossed $17.5 million in theaters, but it barely doubled its $8 million budget, only ranking 6th in its opening weekend behind titles like the megahit. Titanic and Goodwill hunting. The producers probably want to see if the sequel can replicate the original movie’s template as quickly and directly as possible, rather than risk an expensive theatrical release.
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