Kevin Smith Announces Melissa Benoist Joined ‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot,’ Tells The CW He Gave Her Pants First

Kevin Smith confirms Melissa Benoist’s role as Chronic in the upcoming Jay and Silent Bob film.

Melissa Benoist walks onstage at the "Supergirl" Special Video Presentation
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Kevin Smith confirms Melissa Benoist’s role as Chronic in the upcoming Jay and Silent Bob film.

Kevin Smith announced in a passionate Instagram post that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist will be playing comic book character, Chronic, in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

The plot of the new satirical film is centered upon Jay and Silent Bob attempting to prevent their superhero movie Bluntman and Chronic from being remade. Melissa stars as an actress who has taken the rebooted role of the now female Chronic, The Wrap reports.

Meanwhile, Smith playfully poked fun at Melissa’s new costume for her hit CW show via his Instagram post.

The director made a point to mention that he gave Melissa pants to wear in his film before she got them for her role as Supergirl. The actress adores Chronic’s costume, according to Smith.

He also gushed about the former Glee star, writing she is one of his favorite actresses and a delight to be around. Smith recalls having a fantastic time working with her while directing an episode of Supergirl.

The director praised her natural talent, warmth and graciousness. He shared similar sentiments about Melissa’s beau, actor Chris Woods, and teases that her boyfriend will have a cameo in the movie.

Smith also revealed that 30-year-old Benoist was one of the first thespians he recruited to be part of the new Jay and Silent Bob film.

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IT’S A (SUPER) GIRL! The majority of you guessed correctly: @melissabenoist, one of my favorite actresses in the world, indeed takes on the mantle of Chronic in our rebooted #bluntmanandchronic movie within @jayandsilentbob Reboot! (And we gave her some pants *before* the good folks at @supergirlcw!) I have loved working with Me-Me since I “directed” her in my first ep, #supergirllives. Number One on the call sheet sets the tone for the rest of production – and if that Number One is a tool, the set is a miserable place to be. But Melissa is the most exemplary and gracious Number One I ever met. She’s incredibly kind to EVERYONE in the cast and crew and she never complains about the long-ass hours, even when she’s hanging from ropes high above the ground. Then she opens up her mouth to act and you realize she’s that rare complete package in this business: true talent and true warmth. Some actors and actresses have a “process” that can be disruptive or alienating. Melissa doesn’t have to imposition anyone to be good at her job: she’s a natural. So naturally, two years ago, I asked her to be in #jayandsilentbobreboot. Melissa was the first person I asked to be in the flick (aside from @jaymewes and @harleyquinnsmith) and though it took a minute to get to the set, when we rolled cameras, she was Charm City! I saw her in the trailer in costume before we started shooting and the Last Daughter of Krypton gushed “When you asked me to be in the movie, you didn’t tell me I get to wear a cool costume too!” God, I love this kid – she’s the absolute light of the world. (And since her boyfriend is also *my* boyfriend, you might keep an eye out for a @christophrwood cameo too!) You’ll see Melissa’s Chronic and the finished #bluntcave in the #jayandsilentbobreboot trailer when it drops this weekend in Hall H at @comic_con! But until then, check the third pic to see a cameo of an infamous web portal last seen in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback! #KevinSmith #MelissaBenoist #supergirl #cw #arrowverse #JasonMewes #jaymewes #comiccon

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Melissa also took to Instagram to admit her excitement over the role.

On her Instagram page, she shared the film’s poster while writing that she is a huge fan of Smith’s work and has seen all of his films, including the critically panned Yoga Hosers.

She went on to say that her sister — who was obsessed with Dogma and Mallrats — was the person who introduced the actress to Smith’s films at a young age. In the post, The CW star called the director her friend.

Smith, 48, and Jason Mewes, 45, will reprise the roles of the lovable stoners, reported Screen Rant.

The characters were first introduced in Smith’s 1994 buddy comedy, Clerks. The duo had their own feature film in 2001, titled Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In the movie, Jay and Silent Bob try to stop the film adaptation of their comic book, Bluntman and Chronic.

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Joe Manganiello, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Harley Quinn Smith, Kate Micucci, David Dastmalchian, Craig Robinson and Frankie Shaw are all set to star in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, according to The Wrap.

The film will have an extremely limited release, playing in only 600 theaters starting October 15, Rolling Stone reported.

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it is time @supergirlcw #season5

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