By Mandi Bierly
Updated December 01, 2010 at 04:41 PM EST

Image Credit: David Livingston/WireImage.comKevin Smith’s hockey movie, Hit Somebody, now has a lead. The director announced the casting of Nicholas Braun on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On (#14). Smith had hoped his film would star Seann William Scott, who he’d worked with on Cop Out, but Scott ended up leaving him for another hockey film, the comedy Goon. There are no hard feelings though, because Smith found Braun, who also stars in his upcoming film Red State. “He’s this really, really great actor, who I love to death, and he is the perfect lead,” Smith said. Hit Somebody is based on the Warren Zevon song “Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)” with lyrics by Mitch Albom. The song centers on a Canadian farm boy: “The king of the goons with a box for a throne/A thousand stitches and broken bones/ He never lost a fight on his icy patrol/But deep inside, Buddy only dreamed of a goal/ He just wanted one damn goal.” Smith hopes to being shooting this summer. We may not know much about Braun (he starred in Sky High and is apparently really tall), but his sense of humor on Twitter seems promising.