Jay Baruchel to shoot hockey movie, ’The Goon,’ in Manitoba this summer

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TORONTO — Jay Baruchel is bringing hockey to Manitoba.

No, he’s not behind the push to bring the Winnipeg Jets back, but the 28-year-old actor said that he expects to head to the province at the end of the summer to shoot “The Goon,” a movie he co-wrote about a bouncer who becomes a hockey enforcer.

“It looks like we’re finally going to get to make the movie,” he told The Canadian Press during a promotional stop in Toronto for his film, “The Trotsky,” which opens Friday.

“We’ll probably be making it in Manitoba at the end of the summer, with a few days in Halifax because the movie takes place in Halifax. But the Manitoba government has been very kind to us.”

He co-wrote the film with Evan Goldberg, whose credits include “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express” and the upcoming “The Green Hornet.”

“The Goon” will be directed by Michael Dowse (“Fubar,” “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”). Baruchel says he’s “champing at the bit” to reveal the actor who has been lined up to star in the movie, but has to keep tight-lipped for now.

“Our lead is someone really amazing — it’s a bona fide American movie star coming to do a Canadian movie,” he said.

Baruchel also offered an update on “Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse,” the film collaboration with Vancouver native Seth Rogen and Goldberg that began life as a short film back in 2007.

The trailer was posted to YouTube that same year and has been viewed more than 300,000 times even as updates on the status of the film — which revolves around a pair of friends who become unlikely survivors of the apocalypse — have been scarce.

“It’s the ’Chinese Democracy’ of movies,” Baruchel cracked, referring to the endlessly delayed Guns n’ Roses album.

“Seth and Evan are writing it right now. ... They finished producing this movie, ’I’m With Cancer,’ and ’Green Hornet’ is all cut. The only thing that Seth and Evan are working on right now is ’Jay and Seth.’

“People still want to see this movie, and I feel bad because twice a year someone asks me, and then Seth always makes me look like an ass because he contradicts whatever I say. But I know for a fact they’re writing it right now. It’s just a matter of time.”

Organizations: Winnipeg Jets, Canadian Press, The Green

Geographic location: Manitoba, TORONTO, Halifax Vancouver

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