‘Dogma’ lures young faithful

NEW YORK — Linda Fiorentino, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman and Jason Mewes will be the ensemble cast of “Dogma,” writer-director Kevin Smith’s latest project for Miramax Films.

A comedic fantasy set against a supernatural background, “Dogma” is about a most unusual group’s battle against a pair of outcast angels.

” ‘Dogma’ is one of the most innovative and original screenplays I have read in years from one of the most innovative and original voices in independent film,” Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. “That the script has attracted a cast of this caliber is a testament to Kevin and his enormous talents as a writer and director.”

Smith commented, “This is no doubt our most ambitious effort to date, with a cast to match. I only pray I can do the script the justice that I know these all too talented individuals will. Because if this flick doesn’t pan out, it’s back to register jockeying for me.” Before he became a filmmaker, Smith worked as a cashier.

“Dogma” will be produced by Scott Mosier, who also produced the “New Jersey Trilogy” — “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and the recent box office hit “Chasing Amy.”

Principal photography is skedded to begin in February.

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