TORONTO — The puck stops in Toronto this summer for the sequel to the hockey comedy Goon.
Canadian actor Jay Baruchel says Goon 2 is good to go “after a very long time, a lot of hard work and blood, sweat and tears.”
Global News has learned the sequel will be filmed in Ontario. The original was shot in Manitoba.
(A rep for Baruchel said Thursday the location has not been confirmed.)
Both films were co-written and co-produced by Baruchel with Vancouver’s Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen’s production partner.
Goon debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and grossed $6.5 million after its theatrical release in early 2012 — enough to earn Telefilm’s Golden Box Office award as the top-grossing English-language Canadian film.
Goon also gained a significant cult following.
In addition to Baruchel, Goon starred Seann William Scott as enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt and Liev Schreiber as Ross “The Boss” Rhea. Eugene Levy, Alison Pill and Kim Coates were also in the cast.
“Everyone’s available, mostly,” Baruchel said during an interview last month on the Spoiler Alert podcast. “We’re just trying to get all our ducks in a row.”
In 2013, Baruchel told The Canadian Press fans can expect “all the stuff you loved from the first one and then some.”
He added: “I’m proud as hell of the first one but I think we’re going to smoke it with No. 2.”
Baruchel, who was born in Ottawa but calls Montreal home, will begin work this fall on a second season of his TV series Man Seeking Woman in Toronto.
Scott, best known for his American Pie role, starred in the 2003 made-in-Toronto movie Bulletproof Monk and made 2000’s Final Destination in B.C.
Schreiber was in Toronto late last year working on the feature Spotlight and made the chess drama Pawn Sacrifice in Montreal.
BELOW: Watch the trailer for Goon.
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