The ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Waco’ star joins a cast headed by Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick in the series.
Taylor Kitsch has joined the cast of Netflix’s opioid crisis drama Painkiller.
The Waco and Friday Night Lights star is one of eight actors to come aboard the series from showrunners Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Narcos executive producer Eric Newman. John Ales, Sam Anderson, Carolina Bartczak, Jack Mulhern, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ron Lea and Tyler Ritter have also joined the series.
The show’s previously announced cast includes Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, West Duchovny, Dina Shihabi and John Rothman.
Painkiller is a reunion for Kitsch and director and executive producer Peter Berg. The two worked together on Friday Night Lights and Battleship.
Painkiller will dramatize the origins of the opioid crisis with a focus on Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma. The show is based on Patrick Radden Keefe’s New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” and Barry Meier’s book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic.
Kitsch will play Glen Kryger, a hardworking family man whose life is upended when he suffers an injury. Ales (Euphoria) plays Gregory Fitzgibbons, a doctor in rural West Virginia. Anderson (Lost) plays Purdue Pharma co-owner Raymond Sackler. Bartczak (Most Dangerous Game) plays Glen’s wife, Lily Kryger. Mulhern (Mare of Easttown) will play Glen’s stepson, Tyler. Kayne plays Brianna Ortiz, an ambitious young attorney. Lea (Orphan Black) will play Bill Havens, a veteran lawyer. Ritter (Homecoming) plays U.S. Attorney John Brownlee.
Newman, who has an overall deal with Netflix, executive produces with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster, Berg, Alex Gibney (The Crime of the Century) and Keefe. Meier is a consultant.
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EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Kitsch has been tapped to star opposite Chris Pratt in Amazon’s conspiracy-thriller series The Terminal List, based on Jack Carr’s bestselling novel. Pratt also executive produces the series along with Antoine Fuqua, who directs, and writer David DiGilio (Strange Angel). The Terminal List is a co-production from Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.
Written by DiGilio, who also serves as showrunner, The Terminal List follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves.
Kitsch will play Ben Edwards, a former SEAL and Reece’s best friend. Now a member of CIA Ground Branch, Edwards uses his intelligence access and operator skill set to help Reece seek his vengeance.
Carr also serves as an executive producer along with Pratt and Jon Schumacher through Indivisible Productions, Fuqua through Fuqua Films (The Equalizer, Training Day) and writer Daniel Shattuck. DiGilio will write, showrun and executive produce.
Kitsch, best known for his role in NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights, most recently portrayed the infamous cult leader David Koresh in Paramount Network’s hit limited series Waco, which he also executive produced. Prior to that, he starred alongside Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second season of HBO’s True Detective. Kitsch next will be seen in Bron Studios’ The Defeated (fka Shadowplay), in which he stars alongside Michael C. Hall and Logan Marshall-Green. Up next, he will adapt his crime-drama short, Pieces, into a feature length film, which he will also produce, direct, and star in. Kitsch is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Range Media Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Kitsch has been set as the new male lead in Wash Me in the River, after Colson “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker dropped out due to scheduling.
Kitsch joins Robert De Niro and John Malkovich a drama that will be directed next month by Randall Emmett. Emmett restarted production and wrapped on Midnight in the Switchgrass, the vet producer’s directing debut. That film, which had Baker in its ensemble cast, halted five days into production when the pandemic shut everything last March. Wash Me in the River shoots early next month in Georgia and Puerto Rico.
The action-thriller is in the vein of No Country for Old Men. Kitsch will play a recovering addict who goes Man On Fire toward every drug dealer he thinks might have played a role in his fiance’s death. Two cops are hot on his trail. Script was written by Adam Taylor Barker and Chris Sivertson did a rewrite.
Emmett/Furla’s Emmett, George Furla, and Tim Sullivan will produce. Alex Eckert, Nicholas D’Angelo, and Lydia Hull are the executive producers. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
Kitsch plays a Brooklyn cop sent to post-War Berlin in the period crime drama, which premieres at the CanneSeries TV festival.
For a fan of Friday Night Lights, it’s hard to sit across from Taylor Kitsch and not picture high-school bad boy Tim Riggins, the character — part womanizer, part wounded man-child — Kitsch played for five seasons in the acclaimed, Emmy-winning NBC drama.
But Kitsch has spent the last decade of his career carving out a darker path, with stand-out roles in Ryan Murphy’s TV movie The Normal Heart, on the second season of True Detective, and as cult leader David Koresh in Paramount Network’s Waco.
For his latest role — as Max McLaughlin in Shadowplay — Kitsch has again gone deep and dark. The period crime drama, from the creators of Nordic noir series The Bridge, sees Kitsch playing a Brooklyn cop assigned to set up a police force in the chaos of post-World War II Berlin and to take down the Capone of post-war Berlin, “Engelmacher” Gladow (played by Sebastian Koch). Max is also on a mission to save his brother Moritz (Logan Marshall-Green). Both siblings share a common, childhood trauma, but have taken very different paths. Moritz, who served in World War II, has returned to Germany and begun to hunt down unrepentant Nazis, killing them in increasingly brutal ways.
Michael C. Hall, Nina Hoss, Tuppence Middleton, and Mala Emde co-star. Kitsch spoke to The Hollywood Reporter’s European Bureau Chief Scott Roxborough while on a break from shooting Shadowplay in Prague. The series, from Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions and Canada’s Bron Studios, premieres at TV festival CanneSeries.
There have been a lot of movies, and TV series, made about World War II, but almost nothing from when Shadowplay is set, the immediate aftermath of the war.
I had no idea what things were like in ’46. I don’t know what I thought but it wasn’t this. The violence didn’t stop after the war. Everything just went rogue. I got here a few weeks before we started shooting and went to Berlin to see all the sites for myself. I took a week and went to Auschwitz to study that. You can look at these pictures all day but being there you have a sense of the gravity of it all.
This series seems much bigger, and more ambitious than much of the television you’ve done in the past.
[Creators Mans Marlind’s and Bjorn Stein’s] vision is so big. Even shooting-wise, we have huge action set pieces but then also very beautiful scenes. Today we have a huge scene, where we blow up the police station. It looks unbelievable. Dust rising like a huge cloud before the firefight ensues. It’s the biggest action sequence we have in the whole series. But it’s the heavier stuff, the emotional stuff, that is going to drive the show. And that’s what I find most challenging. Me and my brother Moritz go through trauma, our mom is shot in the kitchen by our father and we see it. My character, Max, deals with that trauma completely differently from Moritz. So every time we have a scene together, the stakes are so high. I was talking to [Shadowplay co-star] Nina [Hoss] yesterday and was saying how the scenes I struggle with are exposition. I hate exposition, talking to drive a storyline. In the scenes that are black and white, where it’s clear what’s happening and what the stakes are, those are the scenes you live for. Waco was like that: it was clear what I was doing in every scene. It’s similar here.
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the rest of the interview!
Taylor caught up with Adrianne Palicki, Stacey Oristano, and Derek Phillips for the virtual ATX Festival during quarantine back in June.