Sam Worthington should watch his back because Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch is slowly but surely moving in on his action hero turf. Last year he starred in the coveted role of Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he’s currently shooting the Disney flick John Carter of Mars, and now he’s about to sink your Battleship!
According to THR, Kitsch has been hired as the lead in Peter Berg’s big screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game. He’ll play a Naval commander named Alex Hopper, described as “wildly spirited” and “a great seaman but a lousy politician.” Before he came along plenty of actors were rumored to be attached to this project including The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner and at one point Robert Pattinson. Neither of them made a solid commitment so the part’s going to the guy who plays Tim Riggins on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” You know the super-senior who’s 20 years old and in the 12th grade? Our lives are now in his hands.
The screenplay for Battleship was written by Jon and Erich Hoeber and “sees an international fleet come together to battle a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin.” That means they’re going to be fighting aliens at some point, a new plot device that a lot of fans don’t want. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about it so just sit back and pray that Berg’s final product is somewhat watchable.
It looks like the next few years will be all about Kitsch, the guy who got his start with bit parts in John Tucker Must Die and Snakes on a Plane (yeah, I remember you in that, ‘Surfer Guy number 1′) with these two headlining projects. Let the insanity begin!
What do you think of Taylor Kitsch landing the lead in Battleship? Who else should they have considered?