american assassin first look

Actor Dylan O’Brien still has work to finish on The Maze Runner series, but he recently attached himself to another potential franchise. Based on Vince Flynn‘s best-selling book series, O’Brien will play CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp. Director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the Messenger) thriller also stars Michael KeatonTaylor Kitsch, and Sanaa Lathan.

Below, check out the American Assassin first look.

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Taylor Kitsch American Assassin

The last addition to director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the MessengerAmerican Assassin was Michael Keaton. Now joining Keaton and star Dylan O’Brien is Taylor Kitsch, who recently did some strong supporting work in HBO’s True Detective and The Normal Heart. Kitsch has signed on to play the antagonist in American Assassin.

Below, learn more about the Taylor Kitsch American Assassin casting news.

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HDTGM: A Conversation with Renny Harlin


Renny Harlin

A couple months back, Paul Scheer and the gang covered The Covenant on How Did This Get Made? Ever since then, Paul and I have been trying to arrange an interview with the film’s director, the great Renny Harlin, a Finnish-born filmmaker best known for helming action-packed classics like Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger.

It took a little while to coordinate the conversation, as Harlin has been stationed in China these past two years. But luckily for us, between finishing post on his upcoming Jackie Chan film Skiptrace and launching his new production company in Beijing, Harlin carved out an hour to take a stroll down memory lane.

During our chat, we talked about all sorts of things. From his mission to assemble the “sexiest cast ever” for The Covenant to his original choice to play the villain in Cliffhanger. But as interesting as details like that can be—and as wonderfully quotable as Harlin tends to be—they pale in comparison to the unexpected and over-arching story of Harlin’s career. A career that, as you will now see, never even should have been…

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Taylor Kitsch in True Detective

Taylor Kitsch‘s career in front of the camera has an uneven one. He shot to fame playing dreamy Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, but his performance as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was met with shrugs and his would-be franchise-starter John Carter was a big, expensive flop. True Detective sounded like a good next step on paper, but Kitsch had the bad luck to star in the show’s polarizing second season instead of its widely acclaimed first one.

But maybe he’ll have more luck stepping behind the camera for a change. Kitsch is set to make his feature directing debut on Pieces, a crime drama which he will also write, produce, and star in. Peter Berg, who directed Kitsch in Friday Night LightsBattleship, and Lone Survivor, will produce.
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The English-language The Raid remake may have run into the kind of trouble that no amount of gunplay or fisticuffs can solve. According to a new report, the project has just lost director Patrick Hughes, studio Screen Gems, and star Taylor Kitsch. Frank Grillo, as far as we know, remains on board. Read about The Raid remake below. Read More »

True Detective season 2 character posters

There’s a set of four new True Detective season 2 character posters, but they almost do more to obscure the quartet of new leads than they do to reveal them. We see the new leads Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, but their eyes are all cropped out of each image. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs we have to wonder if any of these characters can see that new world coming.

See those posters below, and get some comments from creator/writer/producer Nic Pizzolatto about the new season.  Read More »

True Detective S2 teaser

True Detective season two will premiere on June 21 on HBO, and now you can see the first footage from the new season. This tease doesn’t offer much, but the very first shot of a California highway interchange seems to link right to early reports about the season. Then there are shots of the primary cast, including Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, with some atmosphere that is similar to that of the first season — this looks just as heavy — but with a feel that is distinctly different. Check out the first True Detective S2 teaser below. Read More »

Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor

Several weeks after Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were announced as two of the four leads for True Detective Season 2, the other two main cast members have been finally been confirmed.

Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams will play detectives Paul Woodrugh and Ani Bezzerides, while Kelly Reilly joins the cast as Jordan, wife of Frank Semyon (Vaughn). Get the latest True Detective Season 2 cast info, including new plot details, after the jump.

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first-person call of duty ad

Peter Berg and Taylor Kitsch have stuck by one another for years, beginning with Friday Night Lights and carrying through Battleship and last year’s Lone Survivor. Now they’ve teamed up for an entirely different sort of combat engagement. Kitsch stars in Berg’s first-person Call of Duty ad — a live-action affair that, like the game series, puts the viewer in the primary role. Then it throws a set of sad cliches at us. Catch ’em all below.  Read More »

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Rachel McAdams Offered ‘True Detective’ Lead

Rachel McAdams True Detective

With Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn locked as the two primary leads for True Detective season two, Nic Pizzolatto and the rest of the show’s producers at HBO are starting to set the rest of the cast. We’ve heard quite a few names for the many female roles in the show, and now Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead in True Detective season two.  Read More »