Here goes my best shot at getting everyone up to speed on the indie hockey comedy Goon via a ton of info that may or may not be news to your ears. For starters, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill have joined the film. While Schreiber’s role is unknown as of now, Pill will play the female lead. Additionally, Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Marc-Andre Grondin have landed roles as well. According to THR, Goon tells the story of “Doug Glatt, a bouncer (Scott) who has been touched by the fist of God. Upon discovering both his right hook and skates, he joins a downtrodden hockey team and inspires them into new heights.” That in mind, Baruchel will play Scott’s best friend whereas Grondin will play a French-Canadian hockey star.
Goon was written by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg with Michael Dowse directing. For more info on the film, including Baruchel’s own description, hit the jump.
In a video interview with Steve back in March, Baruchel called Goon “the goriest, rowdiest, coarsest language, awesomess, hockey flick ever made.” Moreover, The Wrap also quotes him describing the film as such:
“A funnier Raging Bull. It’s real mean, and it’s truthful, and it’s everything hockey is without any of the bullshit sports movie cliches. It’s the badass movie that hockey fans have been waiting to see their whole lives. It will be by far the best hockey movie since Slapshot.”
In addition to his writing and acting contributions, Baruchel will also co-produce. The script he and Goldberg penned is inspired by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio’s book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey.