Posted on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
Based on the Warren Zevon song, Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song), the story is about an insanely passionate hockey player named Buddy who gets his chance play professional hockey for the World Hockey Association, but as an enforcer (aka the “guy who goes out there and beats the shit out of people”). The movie tells the story of a hockey enforcer who strives to score just one goal in a hockey game. The film adaptation will be set in the late 1970s right before the World Hockey Association was absorbed into the NHL, “during the last gasp of the goon era of hockey when it was all about fighting.”
On Twitter, Smith revealed what role some of the Red State cast members will have if they decide to sign on to Hit Somebody:
- Michael Parks would play the French Canadian coach of Buddy’s first pro team.
- John Goodman would play Blue Jay Jennings – Buddy’s first coach.
- And Smith confirmed he would also like to have Melissa Leo back, “If she’s not too tired from double-fisting awards all year, GOD YES!”
Smith originally wanted Sean William Scott to play the lead role of Buddy, but Scott instead jumped at the chance to play a hockey player in the comedy film Goon.
Smith later announced that Red State cast member Nicholas Braun (Sky High, 10 Things I Hate About You series) will play the role of Buddy, and that Red State co-star Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, Jennifer’s Body, Big Love, Veronica Mars) will play a Gretzky-like character early in their career, everything Buddy McKracken wants to be.
Smith is not a stranger to promising returning actors and future projects at the conclusion of his credit rolls: In Clerks he promised that Jay and Silent Bob would return in Dogma, in Mallrats he promised the characters would return in Chasing Amy, in Dogma he revealed that Jay & Silent Bob would return in Clerks II: Hardly Clerkin’.