Eugene Levy Joins Goon

Ice hockey movie, not zombie comic

If today’s Hobbit news is the world news headline, here is the movie news equivalent of the squirrel that can waterski: Euguene Levy has joined Jay Baruchel’s ice hocky movie, Goon.

There’s no word on who Levy is set to play, but here’s a brief synopsis: “Labelled an outcast by his brainy family,” (have you guessed yet?) “a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under-performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.”

The Canadian comedian joins a cast that includes fellow American Pie veteran Seann William Scott, as well as Jay Baruchel (who’s also producing and had a hand in adapting the screenplay), spell-check nemesis Liev Schreiber, and Scott Pilgrim’s Alison Pill.

For such a cinematic sport, great ice hockey movies are surprisingly thin on the ground – there really hasn’t been one since 1977’s Slap Shot (no, we haven’t forgotten the okay Rob Lowe / Patrick Swayze drama Youngblood, nor the lacklustre Mystery, Alaska). But with Superbad's Evan Goldberg also on script duties for Goon, fingers crossed that we may be treated to a double-whammy next year, between this and Kevin Smith’s Hurt Somebody.