Kevin Smith Leaves Entourage At Home For 'Red State'

Kevin Smith so loves working with the same group of actors, he once joked that had he directed "Jaws," he'd "cast Ben Affleck as the shark." But according to the director, familiar faces won't be found in Smith's upcoming "Red State," a horror movie about religious fundamentalism.

"'Red State' I would like to do with completely unknown people. I think it would be tough to settle into a horror movie if you're like, 'Hey! That's the Snootchie-Bootchies guy,'" Smith deadpanned.

So no Jason Mewes, no Jason Lee, and no Jeff Anderson. But what about Bruce Willis, who Smith met while filming a cameo on "Live Free or Die Hard"? "Bruce Willis would never do one of my flicks," Smith laughed. "In a million years he wouldn't. Dude would be like, 'No way, I don't want to put the kibosh on my career, man. I hitch my wagon to your star, forget it, we're plummeting,' Justin Long though...maybe one day. If he's feeling charitable."

Originally slated to be his next project, "Red State" may wind up being pushed back so Smith can next film "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," (A page of which was recently posted by "Entertainment Weekly").

"I went to go work on 'Zack and Miri,' so I'm still working on the script for 'Red State,'" Smith told MTV News. "We're not sure. We were going to shoot 'Red State' first and then 'Zack and Miri' second, but we might flip-flop 'em, [do] 'Zack and Miri' first. Script's done [and] it's out to actors now. We've just submitted our budget so we're trying figure out if we'll shoot in the fall or in the winter."