Kevin Smith has announced that Sky High star Nicholas Braun is being lined up to star in Smith’s upcoming hockey film Hit Somebody. Last February Smith had announced that Seann William Scott in the film’s lead role. Smith made the announcement, and clarified why Braun was sliding into Scott’s ice skates, on today’s installment of his Hollywood Babble-on podcast –
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.
In addition to starring in Smith’s Red State, Braun has appeared in the Disney family superhero film Sky High and the television series version of 10 Things I Hate About You.
Smith is hoping to have the film, based on the song by Warren Zevon, late next summer or early fall.