While hockey isn’t necessarily our principle area of expertise, we’re quietly looking forward to the Canadian hockey comedy “Goon.” Written by “Knocked Up” star Jay Baruchel with Evan Goldberg (who co-wrote “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” with Seth Rogen), it stars Seann William Scott as a bouncer who joins a struggling hockey team, and is currently filming in Winnipeg under the eyes of “Fubar” director Michael Dowse.
There’s a very promising cast, also featuring Baruchel, Allison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Liev Schreiber and Eugene Levy, and the project’s been compared to the likes of “Slap Shot” and, more intriguingly, “Raging Bull.”
The film’s been trying to attract distributors at the recent American Film Market (which wrapped yesterday), and Twitch Film happened to spy an early poster for the film. And, you know, it’s fine. Better than “The King’s Speech,” not as good as “Black Swan.” But we do like the tagline: “Punch Destiny In The Face.” There’s no word on a US distributor as yet, but we imagine a debut at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival is likely, with a release following not long after.