Jay Baruchel To Rock Out In Punk Period Piece The Rebel Kind
When I see Jay Baruchel, I tend to throw him into the same category as Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg. It's not to say that his range is limited - same goes for Cera and Eisenberg - but he does have the tendency to play the weak, skinny nebbish who doesn't do well with confrontation. As a result it will be hard to see him as a hardcore punk rocker, but that's exactly what he'll be going for in The Rebel Kind.
According to Variety, Baruchel has signed on for the project, which is based on the memoirs by The Modernettes frontman Buck Cherry (aka John Armstrong). The movie will center on the emerging punk rock scene in Vancouver during the 1980s and will be seen from the point of view of a band that just can't seem to make it. The project is being written and directed by Reg Harkema, who has directed multiple projects, but also recently worked as an editor on Goon, the upcoming hockey comedy which stars, you guessed it, Jay Baruchel. Said producer Kevin Eastwood about the project, "A lot of people don't realize that Vancouver was a huge hotbed of musical activity in the early 80s. At the time, Vancouver was one of the three axis points of the universe -- there was London, New York -- and then there was Vancouver."
It's been kind of a down year for Baruchel, who, in 2010 came out with three movies (How To Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and She's Out of My League). The report doesn't specify if the movie will be a comedy or a drama, but part of me is hoping for the latter - every actor deserves a chance to showcase their talent and this could be that time for Baruchel.
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