Nicholas Braun

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It’s a bummer of a day for fans of comedy as it is for certain that Kevin Smith will officially be retiring once he finishes his upcoming film Hit Somebody. Most folks who have been following Smith are well aware of this. We actually reported this back in November, but it wasn’t official then. For those who doubted the fat man, he recently spoke at a screening of Red State during the Sundance Film Festival, and announced his retirement.

Leave it to Smith to go out with a bang (literally and figuratively!)  Hit Somebody is a story about a hockey player who doesn’t just has a love of the game but a love for fighting as well.  The cast is rounding and consist of Kyle Gallner who just worked with Smith on Red State and Nicholas Braun a rising star who has done a few small projects and will hit the big screen is the newest Disney, High School Musical type movie, Prom.

It is fitting that Smith would go out this way , in a fucking heaping pile of controversy that would make for a great Kevin Smith film itself.    His recent film Red State has created quite a bit  fuss due to the events of the film focus on an outrageous evangelical pastor and the people in the town who blindly follow his irrational ways.  The film’s plot even has the disgusting pile of crap known as the Westboro Baptist Church speaking out against the film. Also, Smith will be distributing the film himself by going on tour and also only plan to promote through nonconventional ways. It’s unknown what Smith will ultimately do, but it’s speculated that will “instead focus on helping other people make movies. Whether this means that he will be serving as a producer or continuing to write is unknown.”

Oh Kevin Smith, I will miss your crude humor and endearing work like Mallrats, Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri.  What about Clerks you may ask?? (yes, I know I like the most random Kevin Smith films!)

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“Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared / When Buddy the goon came over the boards /
“Coach,” he’d say, “I wanna score goals” / The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role /
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score, / Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for”

Ah, now with words that poetic who wouldn’t wanna make a movie about it? Well Kevin Smith sure as hell did!  In his upcoming project Hit Somebody based on the song by Warren Zevon, Smith has just decided to cast Nicholas Braun (Sky High), who Smith worked with on Red State.  The 22 year actor certainly looks as though he could play rough and tough hockey player Buddy McKracken, but who knows if has the ability to command the screen.

Originally, Seann William Scott was set to play the role but ended up leaving the project for another hockey movie.  Here’s what Smith had to say about his casting situation,

At one point it was Seann William Scott, and Seann William Scott apparently wanted to make a hockey movie real fuckin’ bad… So he went to do another one, which meant we were star-less for a while, which was totally OK by me. But then I found so much of my Hit Somebody cast while making Red State, so… The guy who’s going to play my lead, whose name is Buddy McKraken in the movie, is a fella who’s in our flick [Red State] and his name is Nicholas Braun. He’s this really great actor who I love to death and he is the perfect lead for this hockey movie, for this script.

Hit Somebody is set to get rolling some time between July and September of 2011.  Now while we may not know much about the project I have no doubts that Mr. Smith will not disappoint us or his country (“Oh Canada”) by making a shitty hockey movie.  Hopefully this thing will be as hilarious as it sounds. What do you guys think??

Source: Slashfilm