Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson Team for 'The Grand Seduction'
It goes without saying that Taylor Kitsch has had a pretty terrible year at the movies. John Carter was a disappointing flop, Battleship was a giant mess, and even working with renowned director Oliver Stone in Savages wasn't enough to salvage his public perception. But it looks like Kitsch may have found a redemption project, and it's not an action tentpole or drug-fueled revenge story. Variety reports that Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson are co-starring in The Grand Seduction, 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.
The original French film won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2004, and this sort of small remake might be just what the doctor ordered (get it?) for Kitsch, who hasn't been given the best material to work with in the blockbuster realm. Plus, Gleeson is at his best when he's scheming, and he was able to bring out a career-best performance from Colin Farrell during In Bruges, so maybe some of that luck will rub off on Kitsch so he can start his recovery and quickly put 2012 in his rear view mirror. Thoughts?