UPDATE: Kevin Smith tweeted that the character Gallner is playing is a “Gretzky-Like character, not actually Gretzky.” The original story follows below, with that addendum made.

Anybody who knows anything about Kevin Smith knows that Kevin Smith is a massive hockey fan. He’s also a massive Wayne Gretzky fan. So the news that Smith has cast Kyle Gallner to play someone akin to The Great One in his upcoming hockey film Hit Somebody is just about the biggest compliment Smith could pay the young actor.

Gallner just finished working with Smith on Red State and also had significant parts in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and Jennifer’s Body to go along with an extensive TV resume (Big Love, Veronica Mars, etc.) But how does this Gretzky-like figure play into Smith’s upcoming hockey film starring another Red State alum Nicholas Braun? Find out after the jump. Read More »