Jay Baruchel to Direct and Star in ‘Goon’ Sequel
Heh, Seann William Scott’s jersey number is 69. I forgot that joke from the first Goon.
That’s a scene from 2011’s Goon, a warm but irreverent comedy about a sweet-natured (but incredibly tough) enforcer for a minor league hockey team. Goon was a Slap Shot for the 2000s, right down to the way it almost immediately gained a small but deeply passionate cult fanbase, and it boasted one of the best performances of Scott’s career. (Seriously. He’s awesome in it. And he’s great as Stiffler, too, and doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a comic actor in general. But that’s a conversation for another time.)
To the delight of Goon fans everywhere, there will now be a sequel, and, per The Hollywood Reporter, it will also mark the directorial debut of one of the film’s stars, Jay Baruchel. Baruchel co-wrote the first film with Seth Rogen comedy partner (and This Is the End and The Interview co-director) Evan Goldberg and also played Pat, the best friend of Seann William Scott’s Doug “The Thug” Glatt. He’ll now direct the follow-up, which is called reprise the role of Pat, and co-write the screenplay (this time with Jesse Chabot), which will reportedly follow Doug’s team “and a host of new players during a pro lockout.”
It will be interesting to see how Baruchel fares as a director. He’s yet another guy who got his big break from Judd Apatow (as the star of the short-lived college series, Undeclared), but where a lot of his Apatow colleagues have already branched out behind the camera, Baruchel’s stuck mostly to acting (and had a great deal of success in that arena, headlining huge movies like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and voicing the lead of the popular How to Train Your Dragon franchise). His writing and producing on Goon was his first major work behind the scenes. Will Goon: Last of the Enforcers mark the start of a whole new career path or a minor diversion from his old one? Who knows. At this point, I’m just excited to spend some more time with Doug the Thug. 69 is hilarious!