Rap veterans Method Man and Redman aren’t expected to appear in a highly-anticipated How High sequel. The original film’s stars won’t share cameratime in the long-awaited follow-up to the 2001 cult classic.

According to reports, How High 2 producers didn’t go out of the way to snag Red and Meth for the upcoming movie.

Sources close to “How High 2” tell TMZ … the hip-hop duo wasn’t cast in the made-for-TV movie after starring in the original stoner comedy. We’re told the sequel is going to be fundamentally different from the OG version — think sativa vs. indica — because it’s for a television PG-13 audience, and weed legalization has made strides since 2001, when Meth and Red blazed their way through Harvard. Meth and Red are MIA — probably ripping a bong somewhere — but one of the original producers, Shauna Garr, is returning. (TMZ)

A couple weeks ago, buzz developed about a much-needed How High sequel going into production.

How High 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the iconic and outrageous stoner comedy starring Method Man and Redman, began shooting today in Atlanta, with Grammy®-nominated artist Lil Yachty in the lead role. The follow up to the 2001 cult classic is produced by MTV and Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. How High 2 will premiere on MTV in 2019. How High 2 chronicles two young “potrepreneurs” on a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up. Lil Yachty plays “Roger, an entrepreneur and the younger brother of one of the protagonists from the original film.

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Back in 2009, comedian Mike Epps talked to SOHH about his disinterest in resurrecting his “Baby Powder” character in a potential How High sequel.

“Yeah, I mean, you know, you know, I’m really, really really trying, no offense to anybody, Redman, Method Man or the project, I’m really trying to move on,” Epps explained. “I’m really trying to get some opportunities where I can really show my acting chops and get some respect. I’m approaching a certain age in my life, you know, some of those roles are kinda like, they’re old for me man. You know what I mean? Those roles are for younger guys that are entering the business now.” (SOHH)

Blaming Universal for not allowing him and Method Man to move forward with their film, Redman previously said he wanted to find a new movie deal for How High 2.

“Yo, Red and Mef, we coming too,” Reggie Noble promised in an interview. “Thanks everybody for buying the Blackout 2! album and everyone who’s wondering about the How High movie, listen, we’re trying to get a deal for it. Universal is not allowing us to use the name or the characters because of paperwork, right, so y’all know the deal, we gonna work around that. But the most important part, the video will still be marijuana-related, and that is the very important part.” (The Life Files)