Actress Elisha Cuthbert is lacing up her skates and joining fellow Canuck Jay Baruchel in the sequel to the 2011 Canadian-made cult comedy Goon. The next installation, called Goon: Last of the Enforcers, marks the directorial debut for fierce hockey-lover Jay.
The collaboration also marks a long-awaited reunion between the two stars, who first worked together in 1997 on the educational series Popular Mechanics for Kids. They both went on to have illustrious careers south of the border, with Elisha starring in dramas like 24and The Forgotten, plus the comedy Happy Endings. Jay shot to stardom in Judd Apatow’s Undeclared and has starred alongside good friend Seth Rogen in Knocked Up and This Is the End.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers sees the return of Sean William Scott as the titular Doug Glatt, with Alison Pill and Liev Schreiber also reprising their roles. Elisha will reportedly play the sister of Alison Pill’s character, Eva. In addition to penning the script, Jay steps behind the camera for his feature film directorial debut. (He previously directed an episode of the Trailer Park Boys in 2014.)
The experience is a dream come true for the Montreal native, who told etalk, “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid. Even when I started acting at 12, mom said ‘You want to be a director.” The subject matter is also perfectly suited to the hockey aficionado, who was named an honourary captain of his favourite team, the Montreal Canadiens, for whom he also shot a series of promotional videos.
The movie is set to film this summer in Toronto, where Elisha lives with her husband, Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf, during the NHL season. The couple, who tied the knot in 2013, spends the off-season at their home on Prince Edward Island.