Poor Taylor Kitsch. Hollywood insiders tapped him as the next big thing, but after a string of big box office disappointments, that didn’t look it was ever going to happen. In his defense, I don’t think any actor could’ve saved the disasters that were John Carter and Battleship. His latest film reunites him with his Battleship director, Peter Berg. Hopefully this time around, their collaboration yields better results.
If there was anyone who could pull Kitsch out of his slump, it’s Mark Wahlberg. The former Marky Mark co-stars with Kitsch in Lone Survivor. The film is based on a 2005 mission called “Operation Red Wing” which found Seal Team 10 on a mission to capture a Taliban leader named Admad Shad in Afghanistan. Sadly, the operation failed leaving Marcus Luttrell as the sole survivor. Rounding out the cast are Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Alexander Ludwig.
Lone Survivor hits theaters in a limited release December 27 before going wide in January. Clearly, an attempt to sneak in for awards consideration. Reportedly Peter Berg couldn’t get support for the film without directing Battleship first. That explains the creative misstep. LOL. Check out the trailer below.