It just hasn’t happened for Taylor Kitsch. At least, not yet.
Back in 2012, the former “Friday Night Lights” star was being positioned as the next big thing, thanks to roles in films like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages — films that all disappointed in one way or another, with Kitsch appearing to be the common denominator. Since then, the actor has steadily loaded up his resume with a variety of roles, perhaps to show his versatility to a gun-shy Hollywood. He went back to action — loaded with emotion — in Lone Survivor. He took on The Grand Seduction, a smaller affair from indie director Don McKellar. After that, Kitsch popped up in the HBO version of the beloved stage play The Normal Heart, where he wowed with his unexpected passion (the role is easily his best one yet, and showed a side of him that hadn’t been on display since his “FNL” years).
It hasn’t happened for Kitsch. Not yet. That might be changing, though.
The Wrap reports that Kitsch has been offered the leading role in the upcoming remake of The Raid, set to be directed by Patrick Hughes. The English-language version of Gareth Evans’ original is getting a script from Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night) and is looking to start shooting next January.
The details of Kitsch’s potential involvement are a little fuzzy, however, as the Wrap share that “while two sources told [the outlet] that Kitsch is in negotiations for The Raid, one cautioned that the two sides remain apart on financial terms of the proposed deal.” Still, it would be a real coup for Kitsch to land such an action-heavy role, one that, should it work out, would pretty handily erase a mess of bad John Carter memories.
Moreover, the weeks-old news that Kitsch could star in the second season of True Detective hasn’t abated. It sure seems as if casting information is heating up, what with yesterday’s news that Vince Vaughn could join the project, so we can’t be too far off from some form of official announcement. The Wrap reports that Kitsch’s team “has been pushing HBO and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto to cast him as the young male lead of the second season.” If both roles pan out, it could be a real piece of luck — and scheduling luck, too, as The Raid is set to start filming just as True Detective wraps.
Taylor Kitsch: still maybe a movie star.
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