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Exclusive: Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill Join Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’

Michael Dowse’s indie film stars Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel


Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill ("Milk") have been cast in the indie hockey comedy "Goon," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Seann William Scott stars as a bouncer who joins a rag-tag hockey team and inspires them to greatness.

"The Sorceror's Apprentice" star Jay Baruchel will play his best friend, while Marc-Andre Grondin ("C.R.A.Z.Y.") is set to play a French-Canadian hockey star in the film.

Schreiber's role remains unclear, though Pill will play the female lead.

Michael Dowse is directing from a screenplay by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote "Superbad" with Seth Rogen. The project is inspired by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio's book "Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey."

Baruchel has described the project to journalists at Comic-Con as 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.'"

The film is a co-production between Don Carmody's DCP Productions and No Trace Camping, whose
David Gross and Jesse Shapira will produce with Carmody and Baruchel.

Production is scheduled to begin next month in Winnipeg.

Schreiber was most recently seen opposite Angelina Jolie in "Salt." He next stars alongside Helen Hunt in the indie comedy "Every Day," and he's also set to appear in the outrageous omnibus film "Untitled Comedy."

Pill recently wrapped Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." She previously played one of Steve Carell's daughters in "Dan in Real Life," and she was last seen on the bigscreen as Michael Cera's lovelorn ex-girlfriend in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." On the small screen, she has appeared on HBO's "In Treatment" and in Starz's big-budget miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth."

Schreiber is represented by CAA, while Pill is repped by WME, Fountainhead Talent and manager Joannie Burstein of The Burstein Company.