Everyone has been asking me what Taylor Kitsch is going to do next. As I wrote earlier this summer, Taylor Kitsch took the biggest hit from the Battleship flop. The young leading man who was headed to the top sustained two embarrassing box office bombardment in two months. First came the debacle of “John Carter” by Disney and then Battleship. This caused many to ridicule the young actor, The Hollywood Reporter wrote Taylor was “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-Lister” and websites like TV Without Pity tweeted, “Phew, Texas Forever, But Big Screen Success Probably Never.”
There is no doubt, this year has been really tough on Kitsch, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that the actor will never go on and have a box office success. It will take time, but he’s young enough to make a comeback. I think we all over reacted a bit.
He will start that comeback with Brendan Gleeson in ‘The Grand Seduction.’ Its a remake of a French film about a down-and-out fishing town that schemes to convince a visiting doctor (Kitsch) to live there permanently.
The town needs a factory built there to restore it to its former glory, but the catch is that it can only be built if a doctor lives in the town full time. Gleeson plays a village resident who organizes the townsfolk to pretend to like the same foods, sports, and music that the young doctor does in an effort to convince him to stay. Don McKellar is directing from a screenplay by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott (who also wrote the original movie), and filming began in Newfoundland today.
I think a small picture like this is the right move. He will have to take it one step at a time. IMDB says he is set to star in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. I have heard the same thing. That film really centers around Mark Wahlberg’s character though, and Kitsch’s role will be in support. The other film Taylor was attached to is Need For Speed, but that seems to have been canned with his recent summer flops. If Battleship and John Carter were hits I think Need For Speed would be his next film, but it didn’t turn out that way.
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