Taylor Kitsch Eyes Serial Killer Thriller EXIT 147; Askel Hennie Joins Dwayne Johnson in HERCULES

     February 21, 2013

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this morning.  First up, Taylor Kitsch may soon be tackling a serial killer film.  Though the talented Friday Night Lights actor didn’t have the best 2012 when it came to box office success, Kitsch seems to be taking everything in stride.  The folks over at Bloody Disgusting report that the actor is attached to star in the thriller Exit 147, which centers on a small town sheriff who arrests a man driving across the desert at night and holds him captive as part of a sadistic game.  Kitsch would play the sheriff, and Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, The Girl) is attached to direct from a script by Travis Milloy (Pandorum).

We haven’t heard any official confirmation regarding Kitsch’s casting Exit 147 just yet, so it’s one to keep an eye on the in the near future with regards to the actor’s upcoming schedule.  Kitsch most recently wrapped the contemporary true-life Navy SEAL story Lone Survivor from director Peter Berg alongside Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning director Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

Additionally, Brett Ratner continues to fill out the cast for his upcoming take on HerculesDwayne Johnson is set to topline the film as the titular hero, and this graphic novel adaptation pegs the character as a mortal with a fearsome reputation rather than as the demigod son of Zeus.  Heat Vision reports that Headhunters star Askel Hennie has signed on to play Tydeus, “a warrior devoted to Hercules who wields twin axes and is such a madman that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps.”  The pic is a passion project for Johnson, and it appears that Ratner is plotting a large-scale action iteration of the classic story.  Filming begins later this year in anticipation of an August 8, 2014 release.

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