1998 bud-centric classic Half Baked is getting a sequel next year, sans Dave Chappelle. Deadline has reported that production on Half Baked 2 has recently wrapped in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, with Rachel True reprising her role as Mary Jane in the Michael Tiddes-directed film. Also a part of the cast is Dexter Darden (The Maze Runner), Moses Storm (Moses Storm: Trash White, Everything’s Trash), Ramona Young (Never Have I Ever), Ash Santos (True Story), Joel Courtney (Super 8, The Kissing Booth), and David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy). Frankie Muniz, comedian Jeff Ross, and Harland Williams (who starred as Kenny Davis in the original film) will also cameo in the film according to the report.
While the 1998 stoner comedy flick followed Chappelle’s character of Thurgood Jenkins, the sequel will center Jenkins’ son JR (Darden), along with his best friends Miles (Storm) and Cori (Young), who search for funds to bury their friend Bruce “who died from smoking the most powerful joint in the world.”
“We are thrilled to announce the next chapter in Half Baked, with new characters and a hilarious story that is sure to satisfy followers of the original film while attracting a whole new generation of fans,” Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal 1440 Entertainment said. “The sequel features a talented young cast alongside Rachel True reprising her role as the fan-favorite ‘Mary Jane.’ We can’t wait to show audiences where the story goes from here.”
While still continuing her acting career, True has also become a self-help guru, releasing tarot set and memoir True Heart Intuitive Tarot in 2020. That same year, the actress spoke with Okayplayer about her pivot as an author.
“I think it made sense to do it as a book because a lot of people secretly want to write a book,” she said. “And I also wanted the challenge of, ‘OK, you haven’t written anything longer than like five or six pages since college. Can you do it?’ It’s usually very motivating for me; there were certain points where I was like, ‘I don’t know if I could do it.’ But I did.”
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