Poor Taylor Kitsch. Though he turned heads in the critically acclaimed small screen adaptation of “Friday Night Lights,” his forays into the big screen haven’t been met with similar praise. Last year was Kitsch’s big test as leading man, with starring roles in “John Carter,” “Battleship” and “Savages,” and it didn’t turn out so well. Box office receipts and critical pans be damned however, because the former football star with the bedroom eyes has lined up another leading role.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Kitsch has will star in the Julian Jarrold-helmed horror-thriller “Exit 147.” Written by “Pandorum” screenwriter Travis Milloy, the film centers on “a man driving across the desert who is arrested by a small town sheriff (Kitsch) and held captive as part of his own sadistic game.” First Landry (Jesse Plemmons) — SPOILER — shoots a kid on “Breaking Bad” and now Riggins gets (presumably) tortured either physically or psychologically. Or both.
Jarrold, of course, is probably most famous for directing period literary adaptations like “Great Expectations” and “Brideshead Revisited,” but he recently dealt with seedy subject matter when he helmed the first part of the “Red Riding” trilogy. “Exit 147” would be Jarrold’s first theatrical film in over four years, with his last two films being made-for-TV affairs, including last year’s other Hitchcock biopic “The Girl.” No production start date is set but with the starring role sewed up, expect this to move fast.