Back in 2011, director Michael Dowse (What If) teamed up with co-writers Jay Baruchel (Man Seeking Woman) and Evan Goldberg (Sausage Party) to produce the sleeper hit sports comedy Goon starring American Pie actor Seann William Scott as bouncer turned minor league hockey player Doug "The Thug" Glatt. Based in part on the non-fictional account of real-life enforcer Doug Smith, the first movie proved to be a surprise success with general audiences and critics alike, with plenty of bone-crunching action and melodramatic romanticism to boot.
Following his work on writing the script for the first movie, Baruchel has been hard at work on the sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, since 2015. Serving as the directorial debut for Baruchel, the Goon sequel will include most of the first film's cast and characters - plus a few new featured hockey players - and following the release of an official poster earlier today, a red band trailer for the forthcoming sports comedy has been released online.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can get their first look at all of the minor league hockey action soon to come in Goon: Last of the Enforcers, which is slated to see the return of Scott as Doug "The Thug" Glatt, Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) as Ross "The Boss" Rhea, and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as chief love interest Eva. Furthermore, Collider speculates that given the release window for the first film - which saw its Canadian theatrical premiere about a month in advance of other territories - the new movie will debut in March 2017 in the Great White North before making its way to VOD and a limited theatrical run stateside.
Fans of the first movie have a lot to look forward to by the looks of things, though the very fact that a sequel to the 2011 original is actually happening should be more than enough reason for celebration already. Goon was a surprising studio comedy that managed to appeal to both a masculine love of contact sports and a more emotional need for sentimentally felt drama, and Last of the Enforcers appears primed to carry on that legacy.
Much like the release of Bad Santa 2 this week, Goon: Last of the Enforcers should provide die-hard fans of the underrated comedy gem more than enough reason to reacquaint themselves with the entire roster of players for the fictional Halifax Highlanders. For everyone else, now might be as good a time as any to watch the first movie and prepare for another round when the sequel officially comes out in early 2017.
Goon: The Last of the Enforcers opens in theaters in Canada on March 17, 2017, and in the U.S. sometime thereafter.