After more than a decade in development, director Kevin Smith's Clerks III is approaching release. The upcoming threequel will bring back many of the iconic characters from past Clerks installments while drawing on meta-fictional humor and elements from director and series creator Smith's recent life. The new movie will bring Randal and Dante into the modern-day while still delivering the sense of humor that fans of Clerks and Smith's other View Askewniverse movies will be expecting.

Released in 1994, the original Clerks was a pivotal movie in the rise of independent American cinema. Shot in black and white for under $30,000, the dark comedy about two men working a dead-end convenience store job became a critical darling and grossed over $3 million in theaters. In addition to a number of other View Askewniverse movies that featured the breakout characters Jay and Silent Bob, Kevin Smith revisited Randal and Dante in the 2006 sequel Clerks II which saw the duo working in fast food, as well as a short-lived animated series.


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Kevin Smith first started hinting at Clerks III in 2012, initially teasing that the third installment could take the form of a Broadway musical or a crowdfunded film. However, it would take several script revisions and nine years before filming would actually begin on Clerks 3. Despite the long gap between movies, audiences should expect to see most of their favorite Clerks characters returning. Here's everything that's known about Clerks 3.

Clerks 3 Cast: Who Is Returning?

Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith in Clerks 3

Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, who appeared as central characters Dante Hicks and Randal Graves in the previous Clerks movies, will be returning for Clerks 3. Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself, will also be back. Other returning characters include Marilyn Ghigliotti's Veronica, appearing for the first time since the original Clerks, and  Clerks 2 characters Becky (Rosario Dawson) and Elias (Trevor Fehrman.) Joining the series for the first time will be Fred Armisen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and longtime Smith collaborator Ben Affleck, although their roles in the movie are currently unknown.

Clerks 3 Story Details

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Clerks III sees Randal and Dante still working at the Quick Stop, which they now own following the events of Clerks II. After surviving a heart attack, Randal decides to make a movie about his and Dante's lives. The story was inspired by Smith's own 2018 heart attack, and adds a metafictional element to Clerks 3.

Clerks 3 Release Date

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Clerks III is set to be released theatrically by Lionsgate on September 13, 2022. The movie was originally meant to premiere in July 2022, but, as with most Hollywood projects in this era, was delayed a few months. Currently, no details have been announced for a streaming or DVD release.

Clerks 3 Trailer


The first trailer for Clerks 3 was released on July 6. The trailer features recreations of several scenes from the original Clerks, with references to moments such as the rooftop hockey scene and Randal's infamous Death Star rant. The first trailer certainly looks promising. Hopefully, Clerks III will be able to recapture the magic of the first two Clerks movies.

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