We reported last week that Kevin Smith had begun casting his religious horror thriller Red State with plans on shooting by this August. Cinemablend reports that Smith announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that Michael Parks has officially signed on to star. Parks is best known as the character “Texas Ranger Earl McGraw” from Robert Rodriguez and Quentine Tarantino movies From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse and Kill Bill. “For those that are unaware, the film will be somewhat based on the Westboro Baptist Church, who, coincidentally, are picketing this year’s Comic Con. Parks’ role will be based on the role of Fred Phelps, who founded the church,” they write. Red State is a horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America. Watch for more casting soon.