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Taylor Kitsch Returns to Canada with 'Grand Seduction' After 'John Carter,' 'Battleship' & 'Savages' Misfires

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2012 at 4:26PM

There's still hope for Taylor Kitsch, despite the failures of "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Savages." He is set to join the ensemble cast of Brendan Gleeson, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Gordon Pinsent for "The Grand Seduction," which begins shooting today in Newfoundland, Canada. The film, to be directed by Candian filmmaker Don McKellar, is a remake of 2003 Quebecois film "Le Grand Seduction" (aka "Seducing Doctor Lewis").
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Taylor Kitsch in Savages
Taylor Kitsch in 'Savages'

There's still hope for Taylor Kitsch, despite the failures of "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Savages." He is set to join the ensemble cast of Brendan Gleeson, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Gordon Pinsent for "The Grand Seduction," which begins shooting today in Newfoundland, Canada. The film, to be directed by Candian filmmaker Don McKellar, is a remake of 2003 Quebecois film "Le Grand Seduction" (aka "Seducing Doctor Lewis").

The story "centers on the small harbour of Tickle Cove which is in need of a doctor so the town can land a contract to secure a factory that will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) searches to find a doctor, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently."

The original (which played Cannes 2003) was scripted by Ken Scott, who adapted it into English with "Goon" director Michael Dowse.

Check out the trailer for the original below. This looks like the antithesis to Kitsch's latest efforts; not a bad thing given he's yet to break his rotten luck on the Tomatometer. Kitsch tells THR that "Savages" director, Oliver Stone, told him (following "Battleship"'s sinking): "With any job there is always going to be self-doubt that creeps in, but know that you are going to have a long career." Also in the works for Kitsch is Peter Berg's Navy SEAL drama "Lone Survivor" with Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.