Margaret Atwood has joined the growing list of Canadian celebrities set to appear in the upcoming movie Score: A Hockey Musical, and thank heavens, yes, she’ll be singing. This isn’t the first time Atwood has gone on film to show her love of the good ol’ hockey game—remember her celebrity tip segment from Rick Mercer’s Monday Report where she dressed up as a goalie? N0? A reminder, at left.
Set for an October release, Score follows a teenage hockey star’s ascent to fame (Olivia Newton-John plays the boy’s sports-averse mom). Directed by Michael McGowan (One Week), the film is the cinematic equivalent of a Canadian tourism commercial or the Olympic closing ceremonies in Vancouver, with appearances by Nelly Furtado, George Stroumboulopoulos, Hawksley Workman, Walter Gretzky, Theo Fleury, Dave Bidini, Alex Tagliani, Eddie Shack and Dan Hill. And by appearances, we assume brief cameos during the finale. Hopefully, this ode to our national sport will fare better than the last attempt to bring the Leafs and Hockey Night in Canada to international audiences. For one thing, Mike Myers isn’t attached to the film. Yet.
• Olivia Newton-John starring in Canada hockey film [Reuters]
• Score: A Hockey Musical [Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Flood]
• Celebrity tip with Margaret Atwood [YouTube]