After headlining blockbusters didn’t really work out for him, Taylor Kitsch is giving small indies a shot. Variety reports the “John Carter” and “Battleship” star has signed on to star in “The Grand Seduction”, a remake of 2003 French film “Le Grand Seduction”, rounded out by a cast that includes Brendan Gleeson, Gorden Pinsent, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Liane Balaban.
The film, to be directed by Don McKellar and written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott, who also wrote the original French film, centers around a small ailing village who needs a doctor in residence in order to land a contract for a new factory to be built. Kitsch will play a doctor who passes through and ends up on the receiving end of a town-wide “seduction” effort to get him to stay permanently. Filming began today in Canada.
Kitsch received critical acclaim for his role as Tim Riggins on NBC series “Friday Night Lights”, prompting quick castings in major blockbuster films “John Carter” and “Battleship.” They were set to be Kitsch’s introduction to the movie audience, but really through no fault of his, both films were box office bombs and critically panned. A more serious role in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” didn’t garner much higher marks, so it’ll be interesting to see where his career goes next.