Wyatt Russell and Elisha Cuthbert are the latest to join Jay Baruchel’s hockey comedy sequel GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS. The film takes place following the wedding of Seann William Scott’s sweet, but physical Doug to Alison Pill’s Eva, his love interest from the first film.
Baruchel, who also wrote and produced the 2011 indie, returns to make his directorial debut, based on a script that he co-wrote with Jesse Chabot. The co-production between No Trace Camping and Caramel Films is slated to begin June 22 in Toronto.
Goon followed the exploits of hockey enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt, a kind-hearted softie able to take and dish out a mean beating both on and off the ice. The sleeper comedy was a surprise hit with critics and audiences, praising the film’s unexpected heart.
Russell stars as Anders Cain, a young hot-shot with a fiery temperament who becomes the new captain of the Halifax Highlanders/challenger to Doug after a pro lockout abruptly demotes many players back down to the minors. Cuthbert will play Mary, Eva’s sister and confidant. Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Marc-André Grondin, and Kim Coates will all reprise their roles from the first film.
Russell has quickly emerged as a rapidly growing star, making waves in Sony’s hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and in the indie scene, starring in the cult horrors At the Devil’s Door and We Are What We Are. He just recently wrapped on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follow-up That’s What I’m Talking About for Paramount and Fox Searchlight’s dramedy Table 19, which co-stars Anna Kendrick, Mark Duplass, and Craig Robinson.
Cuthbert broke onto the scene with her roles in the sex comedy The Girl Next Door and Fox’s hit series 24. She most recently starred on NBC’s comedy One Big Happy, which unfortunately went the way of her critically beloved comedy Happy Endings. Up next, she’ll appear opposite Goon‘s Scott in the Anchor Bay’s drama Just Before I Go.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor