TAYLOR KITSCH (Hopper) will be seen next in the 2012 film Savages. Directed by
Oliver Stone, the film tells the daunting story of a fight against Mexican drug
cartels. Kitsch will star alongside the riveting Salma Hayek and Benicio Del
Toro, and plays one of the parts in a love triangle that becomes endangered when
the threat of the cartels becomes all too personal. Production for this movie
began in July 2011.
Kitsch was recently seen on the big screen in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang
Club. Starring as Kevin Carter, Kitsch played one of four young photojournalists
whose graphic images drew the world's attention to the last stages of apartheid
in South Africa. Based on a true story, this gripping drama portrays the
stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme
conflict. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and
was screened on April 21 at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Its theatrical
release was on the following day, Friday, April 22, 2011.
Director Peter Berg previously directed Kitsch on NBC's critically acclaimed
sports drama Friday Night Lights (based on Berg's 2004 feature film), in which
Kitsch plays the role of Tim Riggins, a troubled Texas high-school fullback who
struggles to find his identity while wrestling with personal demons. The fifth
and final season of Friday Night Lights (FNL) premiered on April 15, 2011, and
ran throughout the summer season.
Prior to enlisting with Berg for his tour of duty on Battleship, Kitsch starred
in the title role of Disney's 2012 live-action film John Carter, a sweeping
action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars),
which was released on March 9, 2012. Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
and directed by two-time Academy AwardÂ® winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding
Nemo), Kitsch plays John Carter, who is inexplicably transported to Mars where
he becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions among the inhabitants of
the planet, which include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating
Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse,
Carter discovers that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
During one of FNL's summer hiatuses, the prolific actor filmed the 2008 feature
Gospel Hill, alongside Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Samuel L.
Jackson. Directed by actor /director Giancarlo Esposito, the story focuses on a
bigoted former sheriff of a Southern town and a civil-rights worker whose
intersecting lives are still haunted by events that took place decades before.
Kitsch, who grew up in British Columbia, Canada, began his career in 2002, when
he moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. He landed
his first major feature film back on familiar ground (Vancouver) the very next
year in David R. Ellis' cult classic Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L.
His additional feature film credits include Renny Harlin's horror flick The
Covenant; Betty Thomas' comedy John Tucker Must Die; and Gavin Hood's 2009
sci-fi action-adventure, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he starred as Gambit
alongside Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and his John Carter
co-star, Lynn Collins.
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